March 17, 2015
The first post-retirement vacation for many couples might include lounging on a sunny Hawaiian beach, enjoying a moonlight stroll through the streets of Paris or driving across the country to visit their grandchildren.
Jane and Steve Schwartz chose something slightly different — hike to the top of a 19,341-foot mountain.
March 17, 2015
I spend a lot of time thinking about local people and things, and I’d like to point out some of them here.
Kudos to the parents of young Maddie Sprague, Jeannie and Colin Sprague who met Maddie when she was only a couple of weeks old. Although they knew about her health problems — she had open-heart surgery the day she was born — they adopted her anyway.
February 24, 2015
How about reinstating the bypass?
It is amazing — the Issaquah City Council is concerned about the front street rush hour traffic!
January 27, 2015
As is done in what officials said are numerous Eastside cities, non-Issaquah residents will soon be paying additional fees for city recreation and parks programs.
The new non-resident fees will take effect in February. If you live outside of Issaquah city limits, but use Issaquah recreation programs, you can expect to pay about 20 percent more than residents.
The city states the non-resident rate ensures families living outside of Issaquah contribute to services on an equal basis with residents who pay city taxes.
Additionally, daily drop-in fees for the Issaquah Community Center and the Julius Boehm Pool, when it reopens, will increase by $1. Read more
October 14, 2014
If everything goes according to plan, the city of Sammamish could set a date for a special election on the Klahanie-area annexation by the end of the year.
Plans to add the roughly 2-square-mile area onto Sammamish’s southeast corner have progressed since February, when Klahanie-area residents voted not to join the city of Issaquah. In April, the two cities announced a deal to transfer the unincorporated area, which includes about 11,000 residents, to Sammamish’s potential annexation area.
October 11, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 11, 2014
In preparing for next year’s annexation vote, the city of Sammamish is hosting an open house for Klahanie-area residents to inform them about services they will receive from the city.
The open house is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E.
The city has also begun sending residents the city’s newsletter to help inform them about city issues.
September 2, 2014
In preparing for next year’s annexation vote, the city of Sammamish is hosting two open houses for Klahanie-area residents to inform them about services they will receive from the city.
“Councilmembers, department heads and other city staff will be happy to answer your questions, respond to your concerns and present pertinent information,” the city said in a news release
The first open house is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Faith Church, 3924 Issaquah-Pine Lake Road.
June 3, 2014
A first, and necessary, step that will lead to Sammamish annexing the Klahanie area took place May 21.
The King County Growth Management Planning Council unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s area.
Issaquah City Councilman Tola Marts, who is on the planning council, made the motion to make the shift. Sammamish City Councilman Tom Odell, who also sits on the council, seconded it, said Karen Wolf, a county employee who works for the council.
The vote is a nonbinding recommendation that will now move to the County Council. If the council approves the plan — and there is little indication it would oppose it — it goes to all of the various cities in King County for a vote, Wolf said.
April 29, 2014
Issaquah’s City Council decided to release the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area on April 21.
Faced with a draft interlocal agreement, which the Sammamish City Council approved during its April 15 meeting, Issaquah’s council gave unanimous support for the comprehensive deal.
In short, Issaquah would agree to release the Klahanie area by the end of 2014 in exchange for Sammamish’s support of Issaquah growth designations, as well as that city funding improvements to Issaquah-Fall City Road to the tune of $30 million.
“Issaquah would agree to release the PAA to allow Sammamish to take immediate steps to incorporate it into its comprehensive plan and proceed with potential annexation,” Councilman Tola Marts said, introducing the agreement to the full council.
April 8, 2014
Leaders from Issaquah and Sammamish announced a deal April 4 that will provide for the transfer of the Klahanie potential annexation area 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.
The move comes after just a week and a half after the Issaquah City Council asked Mayor Fred Butler to enter talks with the city’s northern neighbor to see how releasing the entire potential annexation area would benefit the region.