July 28, 2015
NEW — 4:17 p.m. July 28, 2015
Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler said when the City Council ends its summer recess in September, he will recommend the speed limit on Newport Way Northwest be dropped to 25 mph.
He said the move would come prior to completion of a crosswalk safety study being launched by the city.
The announcement drew applause from some of the 60 or so residents jammed into Tibbetts Creek Manor on July 27 for a public meeting on pedestrian safety.
The session was organized by the city following the death of 4-year-old Haochen Xu after the boy was struck by a car while crossing the intersection of Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive on June 26. He died the next day.
July 23, 2015
July 16, 2015
On July 8, Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler announced the city would undertake a detailed study of numerous crosswalks throughout Issaquah.
Butler later said in an email that consultants would help determine which crosswalks as well as how many crosswalks would be studied. He did say the Newport Way crosswalk, where Haochen Xu was struck, would be scrutinized.
July 16, 2015
Tina Conforti said the evening prior to the accident, her next door neighbor, 4-year-old Haochen Xu was playing in the sprinkler in her backyard. After clearing it with his parents, she shared a peanut butter sandwich with him.
“A little angel lost his life,” Conforti told the Issaquah City Council at its regular meeting July 6.
She was just one of about 50 residents who attended the meeting to talk about the accident site — the crosswalk at Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Oakcrest Drive.
July 6, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. July 6, 2015
The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park will host an open house July 7 to celebrate the completion of the park’s new Sunset Beach Bathhouse.
The event also will commemorate the annexation of the park into the city of Issaquah earlier this year.
The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. Get directions at https://goo.gl/maps/XSFsf.
Festivities will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by music from the Sammamish Symphony quartet and tours of the new building. Refreshments will be served.
July 2, 2015
Robin Kelley may be kept busiest when it comes to Salmon Days in October. But as director of festivals for the city of Issaquah, she confided that their favorite time of year just might be the Fourth of July.
That’s when the community turns out for Issaquah’s Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day.
June 25, 2015
After meeting since early May, a five member Independent Salary Commission recommended the first increases in salary for Issaquah City Council members in what salary commissioners said was 11 years.
As of July 1, council members will receive $1,250 per month, or $15,000 annually. Just as now, the council president and deputy president will earn somewhat more, with the president taking home $1,450 per month, or $17,400 per year. The deputy-president will make $1,350 monthly, $16,200 a year.
June 25, 2015
The Issaquah City Council has formally approved eight new goals for the future, most noticeably re-allocating $75,000 to cover an administration study of possible funding sources for Issaquah’s proposed $308 million transportation plan.
According to various officials, while they are counting on impact fees paid by developers along with state and federal grants to pick up a large portion of the cost of the plan, Issaquah likely will need to contribute about $96 million of its own. The council has charged Mayor Fred Butler and the rest of the city administration to formulate, by August, some plan to pay for the Issaquah’s portion.
June 25, 2015
June 3, 2015
“You never know where you are going to end up,” said Shelley Frey, one of four chaplains with Eastside Fire & Rescue.
On the day of this interview, May 29, Frey responded with firefighters to the death of a 55-year-old woman on the plateau. The woman happened to be the mother of her daughter-in-law’s best friend, a situation that made her presence even more palpable.