Sammamish and Issaquah hash out Klahanie deal

April 4, 2014

New: April 4, 3:25 p.m.

Leaders from Sammamish and Issaquah announced a deal April 4 that will provide for the transfer of Klahanie to Sammamish. The agreement is preliminary and will still need to be approved by both city councils.

In broad terms, Sammamish gets Klahanie, and Issaquah gets support on a host of other issues. Read more

Klahanie votes against annexation; Issaquah approves the bag ban

February 25, 2014

Issaquah’s ban on plastic bags still stands, while a Klahanie-area annexation continues to fall short.

As of Feb. 21, 1,504, or 49.51 percent, of the residents in the Klahanie area voted in favor of the annexation and to take on the encumbered debt of Issaquah, while 1,534, or 50.49 percent, voted against it.

Although the measure needs 60 percent to pass with the new residents sharing the city’s indebtedness, the City Council can still choose to annex the area if the vote receives a simple majority. Under that scenario, the Klahanie area would not assume its share of the city’s current indebtedness.

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Sen. Andy Hill stops Klahanie bill to block tax credit

February 10, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 10, 2014

Sen. Andy Hill (R-45) announced he would not move ahead with a bill he introduced to alter Issaquah’s tax credit if it were to annex the Klahanie area.

Under current law, Issaquah would get a state sales tax credit for annexing the Klahanie area. Hill introduced a bill Jan. 29 that would have eliminated that credit.

The bill came before the Senate Ways & Means Committee for a public hearing Feb. 4. Hill is chairman of that committee.

In a statement Feb. 6, Hill said he would not continue to advance the legislation.

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Editorial

February 4, 2014

More than one way to community unity

The community is still riding high on the wave of anticipation and celebration of Seahawks glory. It created a new wave of Northwest unity unlike anything in recent memory. Hold on to that feeling!

Coming up is another thriller — the 2014 Olympic Games, beginning Feb. 6. The pride of America grows with every gold medal earned and won in Sochi, Russia.

But let’s not miss out on another opportunity to make a difference in the esprit de corps right here at home. All you have to do is vote. It’s easy, it’s patriotic, it’s essential. And it unites us all.

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Voter registration deadlines are approaching for special election

January 11, 2014

NEW — Noon Jan. 11, 2014

Be sure you’re ready to vote in the Feb. 11 special election by updating your voter registration if you’ve changed your name or address.

If you’re not yet registered to vote, now is a good time.

More than half of King County voters will receive ballots, which will be mailed Jan. 22. Sixteen school districts, the city of Issaquah and the Klahanie Annexation Area have measures on ballots.

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Residents discuss benefits of annexation to Issaquah

January 7, 2014

A map of all neighborhoods in the potential annexation area.

A map of all neighborhoods in the potential annexation area.

Brookshire Estates Homeowners Association President Dick L’Heureux likes to tell people he “takes a left and that’s the end of the story.”

By that, he means when he leaves his neighborhood and comes to a “T” junction at Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast, he always turns toward Issaquah. As Klahanie potential annexation area residents vote whether to join Issaquah Feb. 11, reasons like L’Heureux’s and others determine how people decide.

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Issaquah City Council officially requests Klahanie annexation vote in February

December 10, 2013

NEW — 12:20 p.m. Dec. 10, 2013

Barring county disapproval, a Klahanie annexation vote will occur Feb. 11.

During a special Dec. 9 meeting, the Issaquah City Council officially requested King County to hold a special election for Klahanie Potential Annexation Area residents to decide whether they would like to join the city. The vote was 5-1 with Councilman Tola Marts absent.

The council held a brief public hearing before the vote, limiting speakers to three-minute comments. Five citizens stood to address the council on the vote.

“We’ve been on and off on this for the past 10 years,” Brookshire resident Dick L’Heureux said. “All we want is to be a part of your beautiful city. All we’re asking is a chance to vote.”

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Boundary Review Board OKs Klahanie annexation vote

October 15, 2013

In quick order, the King County Boundary Review Board unanimously gave preliminary approval Oct. 10 to Issaquah’s annexation request for the Klahanie area.

Two long meetings were held last month where government representatives from Issaquah and Sammamish were joined by a slew of public opinion on the proposed annexation. The Boundary Review Board took the information given and returned with a decision for Klahanie voters to vote on whether Issaquah should include them in its borders.

“None of these are easy,” board member Robert Cook said as the board held informal discussion before a vote. “And a couple factors gave us some sleepless nights. The overriding fact is that the city of Issaquah is responding to a petition of residents that want to be a part of the city. They did what they were asked to do by the citizenry. They did what they are mandated to do by state law. There really aren’t any losers in this, because the citizens will vote on this and determine their own fate. It’s kind of a win-win.”

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Public hearing on Klahanie pre-annexation zoning is Tuesday

September 2, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 2, 2013

The Issaquah City Council will hold the first of two required public hearings regarding annexing Klahanie at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

The Klahanie proposed annexation area consists of approximately 1,243 acres north of the existing city limits, and includes the planned community of Klahanie and several neighboring single-family subdivisions.

The proposed pre-annexation zoning for the area is the Issaquah zoning classification that is most comparable to the existing King County zoning, and would only apply if, and when, annexation to Issaquah occurs.

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Council approves 2014 annexation vote

July 15, 2013

NEW — 10:22 p.m., July 15, 2013

Compared with the intense study process, the City Council’s Klahanie annexation decision was a mostly subdued affair.
With a vote of 6-1, the council’s role in this round of potential annexation took a large step forward with the decision to place the future of the Klahanie’s residents in the hands of its voters.
As opposed to the vocal public hearings and the numerous hours examining the Nesbitt Planning, Inc. financial study, a small presentation was delivered to the council by Finance Director Diane Marcotte and Bob Harrison summarizing the Land & Shore Committee’s recommendation. Following that, most of the council gave detailed reasons for individual support on the resolution and approved it.

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