Old year brought new problems

December 31, 2013

Top news stories of the year

Many new things happened in Issaquah this past year and not all of them were greeted warmly.

While most people saw new parks and a new mayor as positive changes for the city, contention rose around new technology, new development standards, new fish ladders, new plastic bag ordinances and a newly legalized drug.

Much of what happened in 2013 spells more growth for Issaquah in the years to come and even more changes ahead. The year 2014 can learn much from the lessons taught by this past year of transformation.

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Pool, community center and other closures are planned for holiday

November 25, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 25, 2013

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the following city operations will be closed:

  • Julius Boehm Pool, 50 S.E. Clark St.; reopens at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 2.
  • Community center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.; reopens at 5 a.m. Dec. 2.
  • All city offices; reopen Dec. 2.
  • The city Planning Policy Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. is cancelled.

$10 million Park Bond receives voter OK

November 12, 2013

Julius Boehm Pool and the city’s parks received a healthy dose of voter support Nov. 5 as the park bond passed.

Needing 60 percent of the vote to pass, initial reports from King County Elections show 77 percent of voters decided to support pool maintenance and a number of other park projects to the tune of $10 million.

“It’s amazing to see this continued support from our community,” City Communications Manager Autumn Monahan said. “Once the results are finalized, all of those projects will go through the regular process, which will involve public input.”

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Swim lesson winter registration opens

November 11, 2013

NEW — 9:11 a.m. Nov. 11, 2013

Registration for all winter swim lessons will open Nov. 20 in the Julius Boehm Pool.

The Community Center will offer three sessions for those looking to while away the dark, cold days learning how to swim or mastering strokes.

The sessions are as follows:

  • Session 1  Jan. 6-31
  • Session 2  Feb. 3-28
  • Session 3  March 3-28

Call 425-837-3350 for more information.

Budget season opens with the mayor’s final budget

October 15, 2013

Mayor Ava Frisinger presented her final budget proposal, which includes $98.3 million in budgeted expenditures, to the City Council Oct. 7.

It includes adding a new human services manager and a police officer, increasing funding for “sustainable” efforts and $55,000 for a feasibility study into a campus to consolidate the locations of city services.

“I’m extremely proud to reflect on the last 16 years,” Frisinger told the council as she presented her budget to them. “Today, we’re planning for what’s next: a commitment to environmental protection, a strong economic base and a strong quality of life for our citizens.”

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Park bond awaits public decision

October 15, 2013

A $10 million bond to fund parks and recreation improvements is before city voters in the November election.

The proposed bond follows an intensive citizen process, which brought together a public commission to lead a public hearing and then offer recommendations to the Parks Board, which in turn led to City Council approval in July.

As it comes to voters when the ballots are mailed Oct. 16, the proposition clearly outlines how the money will be used.

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Park bond committees seeks new community members

July 23, 2013

City officials are seeking community members to serve on pro and con committees to address the park bond measure, which will go to vote in November.

Members of the committees will help educate voters by writing 200-word statements in favor of or in opposition to the measure. The statements will appear in the King County Local Voters’ Pamphlet that voters receive before the election. There is a limit of three members per committee.

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Park bond goes to November ballot

July 9, 2013

Almost 50 people turned up at the Issaquah City Council’s regular July 1 meeting to witness the consideration of a long-deliberated park bond, which passed with a 6-1 vote.

“You can see we’ve gone through quite a process getting to tonight’s hopeful vote,” Councilwoman Eileen Barber said. As chairwoman of the Services & Safety Committee, she fostered the bill through a long fact-finding process. “The idea to delay this any longer is not something I would like to see happen.”

The decision follows Park Board recommendations to the City Council regarding how a $10 million park bond, including $5 million for “life support” for the Julius Boehm Pool, should be spent.

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Cool off at Family Game Night tonight at the pool

July 5, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 5, 2013

If you’re looking for a way to cool off, head to Julius Boehm Pool tonight, and the first Friday of every month, for Family Game Night from 6:30-9 p.m.

Treasure hunts, water limbo, relay races and buddy swimming are just a few of the underwater adventures waiting to be had.

Family Game Night costs $10 per family, or $4 per adult and $3 per child/senior. It is appropriate for all ages and swimming abilities. The pool is at 50 S.E . Clark St.

Call the pool at 837-3350 to learn more.

Park Board approves bond improvements

July 2, 2013

The Park Board has approved recommendations to the City Council regarding how a $10 million park bond, including $5 million for “life support” for the Julius Boehm Pool, should be spent.

The council was expected to decide at its July 1 regular meeting whether to send the bond to voters in November.

During the past year, numerous information gathering tactics have been employed by the board and the Parks & Recreation Department to ascertain whether citizens would favor a bond and how they would like to see it used. Phone surveys, public meetings and a citizen’s advisory board were employed to gauge Issaquah’s opinion.

On June 24, the board recommended the city approve a bond for $10 million to send to the voters. It included a detailed list of items related to park space and recreational facilities, which focused heavily on repairing the Julius Boehm Pool, improving sports fields and providing money for the city’s continued acquisition of open space.

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