King County holds landfill meeting in Issaquah

April 23, 2013

King County will host a community landfill meeting in the continued effort to gather feedback and share ideas.

The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ Solid Waste Division will host an ongoing forum for area residents from 7-9 p.m. April 24 at the King County Library Service Center, at 960 Newport Way N.W.

Topics for the meeting will include updates from county staff about landfill activities and updates from Bio Energy Washington staff members on its landfill gas-to-energy plant.

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County offers landfill tour

April 23, 2013

King County extends an invitation for the public to take part in a free, guided tour of its Cedar Hills Regional Landfill on April 27.

As a part of the county’s Earth Week series of educational events, the tour will last for about an hour and limited space means that reservations will be required.

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District officials consider school safety concerns

March 26, 2013

The Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School may have happened on the other side of the country, but phones were ringing in the Issaquah School District.

In the weeks following the shooting in Connecticut, district officials said they had an influx of parents calling to find out what was being done to keep students safe. In response to the heightened concerns, principals across the district sent out newsletters on the topic and held parent safety meetings.

“What we know is effective is being prepared,” said Jodi Bongard, the district’s executive director of elementary schools.

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Issaquah City Council extends county solid waste agreement until 2040

March 12, 2013

The Issaquah City Council has extended its existing solid waste interlocal agreement with King County to 2040.

King County approached the city with a restated draft to continue to provide services well into the future and indicated that should Issaquah wish to deny the restatement, it would face higher disposal rates to the county.

“The King County solid waste interlocal agreement provides the city to be a part of the regional solid waste system, including system planning, transfer stations and disposal at the King County Cedar Hills landfill,” Councilman Joe Forkner said in his introduction to the revised agreement at the March 4 City Council meeting. “The county has asked for an extension of 12 and a half years to the agreement through 2040. The primary reason for the amendment is to allow for long-term bonds for capital improvements to the aging transfer stations’ system, hoping to keep garbage disposal rates lower than they would be.”

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