Salary commission grants pay raises to Issaquah City Council members

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.

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City Council adopts goals, including a transportation funding study

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.

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GasLamp regalvanized

June 25, 2015

By Greg Farrar The remodeling and renovation of the GasLamp Bar & Grill was celebrated with a ribbon cutting June 2 during a grand re-opening at the iconic Issaquah restaurant, 1315 N.W. Mall St. From left are Queen Issaquah Pat Rhea, GasLamp General Manager Traci Johnson, owner Gregg Fossum, Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler and King Issaquah Ed Pingul. The GasLamp originally opened in 1970.

By Greg Farrar
The remodeling and renovation of the GasLamp Bar & Grill was celebrated with a ribbon cutting June 2 during a grand re-opening at the iconic Issaquah restaurant, 1315 N.W. Mall St. From left are Queen Issaquah Pat Rhea, GasLamp General Manager Traci Johnson, owner Gregg Fossum, Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler and King Issaquah Ed Pingul. The GasLamp originally opened in 1970.

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Eastside Fire & Rescue chaplain Shelley Frey named to local Hall of Fame

June 3, 2015

“You never know where you are going to end up,” said Shelley Frey, one of four chaplains with Eastside Fire & Rescue.

By Greg Farrar Eastside Fire & Rescue chaplain Shelley Frey (right), with the audience in attendance, hears the accolades from mayor Fred Butler as she is presented the city of Issaquah’s Hall of Fame award during the 36th annual Community Awards Banquet May 28.

By Greg Farrar
Eastside Fire & Rescue chaplain Shelley Frey (right), with the audience in attendance, hears the accolades from mayor Fred Butler as she is presented the city of Issaquah’s Hall of Fame award during the 36th annual Community Awards Banquet May 28.

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.

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Project costs slashed, but Issaquah may still see state transportation dollars

May 27, 2015

While a final answer may not arrive until the end of next month, at least one local legislator is hoping he can bring home some dollars to ease congestion on Interstate 90.

The city was in line for about $126 million for road projects in the Senate version of the state’s latest budget, Mayor Fred Butler said in March.

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Council asked to fund larger skate park

April 21, 2015

Backers of a larger footprint for a new Issaquah skate park moved one step closer to their goal April 14.

Following a presentation by Seattle park designer Grindline Skateparks Inc., the Issaquah City Council’s Services and Safety Committee unanimously sent to the rest of council a recommendation that the city try for a King County recreation grant to gain another $75,000 toward the $486,075 estimate for the larger park.

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Off The Press — Influence the Choice videos amaze, inspire

April 21, 2015

There were 11 winners, but if you ask me, everyone who entered the 2015 Influence The Choice Student Video Contest were winners.

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

In this year’s contest, from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 260 students participated in producing 100 videos. Those entries represented 959 creating hours!

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Issaquah City Council moves ahead with expanded skate park design

April 21, 2015

NEW — 12:13 p.m. April 21, 2015

While the last word still has yet to be decided, the Issaquah City Council on April 20 agreed unanimously to pursue funding for a 10,000-square-foot skateboard park with a price tag of approximately $486,075.

Council authorized city staff members to pursue a $75,000 King County grant to help pay for the park. At the suggestion of Councilman Tola Marts, the city also will seek other means to close the funding gap for the skate park.

With available dollars currently sitting at $350,000, if the city earns the county money and gains the necessary matching funds, Issaquah still would be about $52,000 short. Council President Paul Winterstein said the public might be asked to close the gap.

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Ava Frisinger earns Kees Environmental Award

April 14, 2015

Ava Frisinger is the recipient of the 2015 Ruth Kees Environmental Award — the community’s highest honor for environmental advocates — and the Issaquah Highlands Community Association is the first Community Environmental Award honoree.

Ava Frisinger

Ava Frisinger

The public is invited to attend a special presentation at the City Council regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 20 as Mayor Fred Butler and council members recognize the honorees.

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Zoo celebrates tiger birthdays, Earth Day; city also has events planned

April 14, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day at Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Party for the Planet on April 18.

Special guests include the Pacific Northwest Herpetological Society, Mountains to Sound Greenway and many more. Activities include Tobias the Magician, face painting and Earth-friendly arts and crafts, as well as Earth Day-themed mini-lectures for the zoo animals. You can also get your portrait drawn by a caricaturist.

See a complete schedule of mini-lectures at http://bit.ly/1axnfe0.

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