City seeks applicants for municipal boards, commissions

February 7, 2012

City leaders need civic-minded citizens to offer advice on key issues as municipal board and commission members, even as officials remain undecided about just how many such groups Issaquah needs.

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City seeks applicants for municipal boards, commissions

January 30, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 30, 2012

City leaders need civic-minded citizens to offer advice on key issues as municipal board and commission members, even as officials remain undecided about just how many such groups Issaquah needs.

The city needs applicants for openings on 12 boards and commissions. The groups advise the City Council on issues related to the arts, cable TV, development, parks and, in more specialized realms, city cemetery operations and sister-city relationships.

Officials need regular and alternate members. Applicants for board and commission posts do not need to reside in Issaquah.

Applicants undergo interviews before Mayor Ava Frisinger recommends appointees to council members for confirmation. The council usually confirms appointees in the spring. Terms for appointees start in May.

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City renames forestland for former councilwoman

August 30, 2011

City Council members recognized Maureen McCarry on Aug. 15 by renaming a forested tract on Squak Mountain for the former councilwoman.

The change renamed the 40-acre Issaquah 69 parcel as McCarry Woods. The designation recognizes McCarry’s efforts as a councilwoman to acquire and preserve a key wildlife habitat and trail access to Squak Mountain State Park.

“This is, in my mind, one of the highest honors I think that we can give to any individual who has contributed so much to this community,” Councilman Joshua Schaer said before the unanimous decision to rename the land.

The city acquired the land in August 2007 as part of the Cougar-Squak Mountains Wildlife Corridor project. The forested land is just east of Squak Mountain Loop Southwest in the Forest Rim neighborhood high on Squak Mountain. McCarry is a Forest Rim resident.

In addition to preserving wildlife habitat, the acquisition protected a piece of the Bullitt Fireplace Trail — a link to the state park from Mountainside Drive Southwest.

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Reggae group to jam outside for Concerts on the Green

August 22, 2011

NEW — 4:15 p.m. Aug. 22, 2011

The next Concert on the Green is from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Issaquah Community Center lawn, 301 Rainier Blvd. S.

The night’s entertainment will showcase roots reggae performed by Clinton Fearon and Boogie Brown.

The concerts, presented by the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department and the Issaquah Park Board, are free and open to the public. No alcohol or pets are allowed. This is the second last show of the summer.

The final event features Jr. Cadillac playing classic rock Aug. 30.

Attorneys Lynn Moberly, the city prosecutor, and Wayne Tanaka, the city attorney, sponsored the reggae show.

Learn more about the Concerts on the Green at www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/parks or call 837-3300. Learn more about the act at www.clintonfearon.com.

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City renames forestland for former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry

August 18, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2011

City Council members recognized Maureen McCarry on Monday by renaming a forested tract on Squak Mountain for the former councilwoman.

The change renamed the 40-acre Issaquah 69 parcel as McCarry Woods. The designation recognizes McCarry’s efforts as a councilwoman to acquire and preserve a key wildlife habitat and trail access to Squak Mountain State Park.

The city acquired the land in August 2007 as part of the Cougar-Squak Mountains Wildlife Corridor project. The forested land is just east of Squak Mountain Loop Southwest in the Forest Rim neighborhood high on Squak Mountain. McCarry is a Forest Rim resident.

In addition to preserving wildlife habitat, the acquisition protected a piece of the Bullitt Fireplace Trail — a link to the state park from Mountainside Drive Southwest.

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City human resources director to retire May 6

May 3, 2011

Ruben Nieto

Ruben Nieto, the city’s human resources director and a longtime municipal employee, plans to retire May 6 after more than 10 years.

“It has been extremely fulfilling to recruit and support Issaquah’s extraordinary team of employees during the last decade,” he said in a release.

The city announced the retirement April 27.

Nieto oversees the recruitment, selection and retention of municipal employees, plus labor and employee relations, as human resources director. The city Human Resources Department also supports all City Hall staff, and ensures Issaquah’s personnel policies and procedures comply with employment laws.

Before joining the city, Nieto worked as a manager for the King County Office of Human Resources and the county parks department.

On April 18, City Council members appointed Nieto, a city resident, to the city Park Board. He also served as a previous member of the board.

Beyond City Hall, Nieto serves in the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah and on the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank board.

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City Council confirms, lauds municipal board appointees

May 3, 2011

Onetime City Council finalist Paul Winterstein is going to continue serving the city on the Human Services Commission, the liaison between social service groups and municipal government.

The council appointed Winterstein and 35 other people as members and alternates to city boards and commissions April 18. Terms on the 11 affected boards start May 1. The city does not pay members.

“I am continually amazed at the number of people — and their qualifications — that stepped forward to fill our boards and commissions,” Councilman Fred Butler said before the unanimous decision to appoint the members. “It seems to me in going through the applications and the qualifications of folks, we’ve got an especially strong group of people filling some critical holes on our boards and commissions again this year.”

The city put out a call for board and commission applicants in January. Then, Mayor Ava Frisinger and board officers narrowed the applicant pool, and recommended appointees to the council for approval.

The city is continuing the interview process for alternates to serve on the Sister Cities and Urban Village Development commissions.

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City human resources director to retire May 6

April 28, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. April 28, 2011

Ruben Nieto

Ruben Nieto, the city’s human resources director and a longtime municipal employee, plans to retire May 6 after more than 10 years.

“It has been extremely fulfilling to recruit and support Issaquah’s extraordinary team of employees during the last decade,” he said in a release.

The city announced the retirement Wednesday.

Nieto oversees the recruitment, selection, retention of municipal employees, plus labor and employee relations, as human resources director. The city Human Resources Department also supports all City Hall staff, and ensures Issaquah’s personnel policies and procedures comply with employment laws.

Before joining the city, Nieto worked as a manager for the King County Office of Human Resources and the county parks department.

City Council members appointed Nieto, a city resident, to the city Park Board last week. He also served as a previous member of the board.

Beyond City Hall, Nieto serves in the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah and on the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank board.

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Leaders of tomorrow are taking charge today

February 22, 2011

You don’t need to look far to see the impact of Issaquah teens’ service projects.

By Iman Baghai

Beaver Lake Middle School’s annual South African Humanitarian Project, a youth-run initiative, raises truckloads of school supplies for African orphanages each year.

Skyline High School’s Katie Mincin recently organized an Invisible Children Awareness Week that earned more than $4,000 in donations for the global nonprofit.

Beat writer Kim Bussing and classmate Kaileen Dougherty, of Issaquah High School, are holding a Destination Imagination event March 5 at the Pacific Cascade Freshmen Campus, where younger kids have the chance to participate in science fair type activities, acting and the arts.

Last year, Bussing and Dougherty raised $900 for Haiti by selling concessions at the event. This year, they plan to donate the earnings to Seattle Children’s.

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City Council candidates offer varied skills for post

February 15, 2011

Interviews start March 1 for nine council contenders

Candidates offer assorted skills for the open City Council seat created after Maureen McCarry resigned in late December.

The candidates bring backgrounds in community, military and municipal service to the interview process.

The midterm opening for the Position 5 seat attracted nine candidates.

Candidates face the council in public interviews scheduled for March 1. Then, after the 10-minute interviews, council members could recess into a closed-door executive session to discuss candidates’ qualifications.

Under state law, the council can discuss candidates’ qualifications in a closed-door session, but interviews and the decision must occur in public meetings.

The vote to appoint a member to the council is scheduled for March 7, though the appointee might not join the council until later in the month. The salary for council members is $700 per month.

McCarry created the vacancy late last year after she resigned to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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