Cities name regional fire district, animal control top concerns

March 16, 2010

Issaquah and Sammamish city council members met last week for a wide-ranging discussion about the challenges faced by the neighboring cities.

Talk about Klahanie Park, how the cities will provide animal-control services after June 30 and the future of emergency services dominated the March 9 meeting at Sammamish City Hall.

With county-run animal shelters set to end June 30, members of both city councils said no proposal exists yet to provide the services now handled by King County Animal Care and Control. Although, representatives from both cities said staffers continue to work on a solution.

A solution could result in a regional partnership among several cities, or individual cities could commission animal-control officers. Federal Way officials, for instance, announced a plan to form a city animal-services agency.

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County outlines solution for Klahanie Park

March 16, 2010

Under a new proposal offered by King County, Issaquah could still receive Klahanie Park if the city someday annexed the surrounding neighborhood — even if Sammamish acquired the facility in the meantime.

King County Parks Director Kevin Brown offered a proposal to transfer ownership of the park to whichever city annexes Klahanie. Sammamish has proposed a takeover of Klahanie Park in unincorporated King County, but the offer has riled neighborhood residents.

If Issaquah ever annexes Klahanie — and if neighborhood residents vote for the proposal — Issaquah receives the park alongside the neighborhood.

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City wants Klahanie Park decision to hinge on growth

March 2, 2010

Local residents try to have their say in keeping Klahanie Park open, and which local jurisdiction they would like to see be its steward as King County officials plan to close the park. — By Greg Farrar

Issaquah city officials called last week for decisions about adding Klahanie Park to the municipal parks system to be made alongside long-term growth agreements.

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Issaquah officials want Klahanie Park decision to hinge on growth

February 26, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 26, 2010

City officials called Thursday for decisions about adding Klahanie Park to the municipal parks system to be made alongside long-term growth agreements.

Members of the Council Services & Safety Committee discussed the park Thursday night. The committee followed a recommendation from the city administration to weigh decisions about the park in conjunction with potential Klahanie annexations in mind.

Although Klahanie and nearby neighborhoods border Issaquah and Sammamish, the area is included only in long-term growth plans for Issaquah. Officials from both cities will discuss the issue and others at a March 9 joint meeting.

City officials also encouraged King County to forge a maintenance agreement with a volunteer group or government agencies to keep the park open.

The full council will discuss the issue at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Members meet in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

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Sammamish city manager addresses Klahanie Park concerns

February 23, 2010

In an effort to set the record straight about a possible takeover of Klahanie Park by neighboring Sammamish, Sammamish City Manager Ben Yazici sent a letter to the Klahanie homeowners association Feb. 12. Read more

Issaquah considers Klahanie Park options

February 23, 2010

After listening to repeated pleas from Klahanie residents, City Council members will meet Feb. 25 to discuss a possible city takeover of county-run Klahanie Park. Read more

City officials mull change to Klahanie annexation area

February 16, 2010

Klahanie residents asked the City Council to reconsider a still-nascent proposal to redraw a key growth map, as Issaquah officials consider annual changes to the city growth plan. Read more

Klahanie residents ask Issaquah City Council to keep community in long-term plans

February 6, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 6, 2010

Klahanie residents asked the City Council to reconsider a still-nascent proposal to redraw a key growth map, as Issaquah officials consider annual changes to the city growth plan.

The council heard Monday from 13 Klahanie residents, who encouraged Issaquah officials not to cede the community to potential annexation by Sammamish. The residents also protested a proposal by Sammamish to take over Klahanie Park.

Proposed amendments to the city growth blueprint to evaluate the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area — about 1,200 acres spread across several subdivisions and home to about 11,000 residents — prompted residents to address the council.

But the council did not discuss the proposed amendments, and instead sent the items to the Council Land & Shore Committee for review. The committee meets 6 p.m. Monday in the Pickering Room at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W.

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Klahanie pushes county to consider park proposal

January 12, 2010

Klahanie residents asked King County officials last week to slow the proposed Klahanie Park transfer to Sammamish until the homeowners association can assemble a proposal to take on the park.

But the cash-strapped county hopes to complete a transfer before money runs out — possibly within the next few months — to keep the 64-acre park open.

The park and Klahanie, bordered by Sammamish and Issaquah, is in unincorporated King County. The former county executive proposed closing Klahanie Park and 38 others in unincorporated areas in August to help the county close a yawning budget gap.

Sammamish then offered to acquire the park and adjacent Issaquah School District land, despite protests from Klahanie residents. Neighborhood residents, however, failed to submit a proposal to take over the park — something residents blamed on poor communication between county officials and the homeowners association.

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PSAT scores available after Jan. 4

December 29, 2009

Scores for students who participated in the districtwide Pre Scholastic Assessment Tests this fall will be available Jan. 4.

Parents interested in learning what the scores mean for students and additional opportunities available for them having taken the tests can attend a meeting with district officials at 6 p.m. Jan. 6 in the administration building, 565 N.W. Holly St.

Parents can review their child’s answers and find out how to improve their skills in areas like math, reading and writing, and learn about the National Merit Scholarship Program.

District officials can also help parents and students create an educational plan to help students reach their goals.

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