City Council sets goals, including plan to make Issaquah a mountain-biking mecca

June 26, 2010

NEW — 7 a.m. June 26, 2010

The ambitious agenda for 2011 calls for the city to turn Issaquah into a mountain-biking destination, decide whether to annex Klahanie and surrounding neighborhoods, and continue to promote Issaquah to prospective businesses.

City Council members OK’d goals for 2011 on Monday, and handed Mayor Ava Frisinger a broad set of priorities to be accomplished next year. The decision represents the first step in the process to shape the 2011 city budget.

Department chiefs start to prepare the budget in the summer. The mayor then delivers a proposal to the council by October. Members mold the proposal into a final budget, and the council approves the spending plan in late December.

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Council OKs money to change Providence Point intersection

June 22, 2010

City Council members took the initial step June 7 to improve the accident-plagued intersection at the entrance to Providence Point.

The city and consultants will make the project “shovel ready” — and more competitive for state or federal dollars. Officials hope the state or federal governments could pick up all or most of the eventual construction cost. Beyond the city-funded planning, however, the future of the project remains uncertain.

City Council members agreed to spend up to $100,000 to complete plans to realign the intersection at Southeast 43rd Way and Providence Point Drive Southeast. The effort will require utility providers to prepare plans to move utility lines in order to accommodate proposed changes.

Before city engineers consider the project to be “shovel ready,” the city must also complete the environmental review for the project and secure right of way for the proposed realignment. Providence Point management has indicated interest in donating right of way to the city.

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Council OKs money to change Providence Point intersection

June 14, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 14, 2010

City Council members took the initial step last week to improve the accident-plagued intersection at the entrance to Providence Point.

The city and consultants will make the project “shovel ready” — and more competitive for state or federal dollars. Officials hope the state or federal governments could pick up all or most of the eventual construction cost. Beyond the city-funded planning, however, the future of the project remains uncertain.

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Survey shows strong interest in human services campus

March 30, 2010

The proposed Issaquah human services campus could offer a range of services — healthcare, youth and family counseling, assistance to seniors — supporters said last week. Read more

Development of Issaquah human services campus inches forward

March 22, 2010

NEW — 4:45 p.m. March 22, 2010

Issaquah stands a step closer to opening a human services campus, after a Redmond nonprofit completed a city-funded survey to gauge interest in a campus.

Family Resource Center officials announced the completion of the survey Monday. The nonprofit surveyed 50 organizations; 25 responded and 14 respondents indicated interest in participating in the Issaquah campus.

Officials envision the campus as a clearinghouse where needy people can receive food, healthcare and employment, in a place where several organizations share campus space. Family Resource Center pioneered the model in Redmond 20 years ago.

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Tent City 4, ‘a crossroads of humanity,’ returns here

January 26, 2010

Paul Winterstein points out a spot to unload pallets and plywood sheets from a moving truck as Tent City 4 arrives Jan. 23 in Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

Tent City 4 returned last week, hauled piece-by-piece to Community Church of Issaquah, assembled by volunteers and readied for residents to settle into nylon tents by nightfall.

The homeless encampment returned to the Squak Mountain church where congregants last welcomed Tent City 4 in late 2007. The camp will remain at Community Church until late April.

Donald Brown, a Tent City 4 resident dressed in a plastic poncho and a hat with earflaps to protect against the chill, moved into the encampment last year. He described the camp as “a crossroads of humanity” where people with assorted backgrounds and experiences coexist.

“Some people come in and they stay a day,” he said. “Others stay for a year, two years, three years.” Read more

Tent City 4 homeless camp, ‘a crossroads of humanity,’ returns to Issaquah

January 23, 2010

Peter Martin, a resident of Tent City 4 since New Year’s Eve, and a member of the mobile homeless city’s five-member executive committee, carries a bundle of tarp fence framing lumber as pallets and plywood are assembled on moving day, Jan. 23 at Community Church of Issaquah. — Photo by Greg Farrar

NEW — 1:25 p.m. Jan. 23, 2010

Tent City 4 returned Saturday, hauled piece-by-piece to Community Church of Issaquah, assembled by volunteers and readied for residents to settle into nylon tents by nightfall.

The homeless encampment returned to the Squak Mountain church where congregants last welcomed Tent City 4 in late 2007. The camp will remain at Community Church until late April.

Donald Brown, a Tent City 4 resident dressed in a plastic poncho and a hat with earflaps to protect against the chill, moved into the encampment last year. He described the camp as “a crossroads of humanity” where people with assorted backgrounds and experiences coexist.

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New City Council takes shape

January 12, 2010

As family members watched and cameras flashed, Tola Marts and Mark Mullet joined the City Council last week. Read more

New members join City Council; John Traeger elected council president

January 6, 2010

NEW — 11:35 a.m. Jan. 6, 2010

As family members watched and cameras flashed, Tola Marts and Mark Mullet joined the City Council on Monday.

The new councilmen took the oath of office before a packed council chamber, where the audience included families, political supporters, former Councilman David Kappler and County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, whose district includes Issaquah.

Deputy City Clerk Randy Reed administered oaths to the new councilmen, as well as incumbents Mayor Ava Frisinger and councilwomen Eileen Barber and Maureen McCarry. The terms end Dec. 31, 2013.

“This is a wonderful start to 2010,” Frisinger said.

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John Rittenhouse is proud of human services impact

January 5, 2010

John Rittenhouse

John Rittenhouse

During a single City Council term, John Rittenhouse advanced watershed legislation to reshape city elections and establish a human services campus in Issaquah.

The former councilman led the effort to cap city campaign contributions at $500 for cash and in-kind donations from a single party — a measure the council overwhelmingly approved in May.

Rittenhouse led the push to open a proposed human services campus, a clearinghouse where needy people can receive food, healthcare and employment. The council OK’d the first steps toward a campus — location scouting and business planning — in a unanimous vote last month.

Before Rittenhouse left the council last week, colleagues praised him as affable and effective. Read more

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