May 20, 2015
Now that the vote overwhelmingly in favor of the annexation of Klahanie and some surrounding neighborhoods has been finalized, the next step is Sammamish City Council action to formally request the annexation.
According to final numbers from King County elections, the annexation question passed 2,467 to 400, or 86 percent to 13.9 percent in the April 28 election.
March 25, 2015
People don’t have time to keep an eye on legislators
In recent Press issues, citizens have complained about various City Council decisions. In Issaquah, the city cut the arborist position; in Sammamish, it is the trail construction. You fire off an editorial blaming the victims, the tax-paying citizens, for not attending council meetings where these issues are discussed and decided.
March 10, 2015
A weird thing just happened in the city of Sammamish.
The final word has yet to be written, but local officials and residents have reason to be optimistic, maybe even happy.
December 16, 2014
While they all seemed to agree it is way too early to tell for sure, after meeting with King County leaders, city of Sammamish officials say there may yet be some give and take to be had as construction of the East Lake Sammamish Trail moves forward.
The trail is a major sore spot with numerous residents living near the pathway, which follows the old railroad route around the edge of Lake Sammamish.
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 7, 2014
Give generously to help cover gap in education funding
With the calendar officially turned to fall, many of us are back into the daily comfort of our children’s school routine. There are morning buses to catch, lunches to pack, shoes to tie and backpacks to fasten.
School is a tie that binds us, and our neighborhoods, together. School and its activities are like a quilt that we all wrap around ourselves. But without our local Issaquah Schools Foundation, this quilt would be tattered and threadbare.
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 15, 2014
Members of the Issaquah and Sammamish city councils took turns praising a deal to transfer the Klahanie Annexation Area from Issaquah to Sammamish.
Sammamish members not only seemed to like the deal, but said they also hoped it would usher in a new spirit of cooperation with Issaquah after some tense disputes over the past few months.
The Issaquah Land & Shore Committee took up the drafted interlocal agreement in its April 8 meeting and unanimously recommended its approval by the full council.
“The general consensus is that it was great,” Land & Shore Committee Chairman Tola Marts said. “We had been hoping that this issue could occur in the context of a regional issue, and this draft agreement really does that.”
April 13, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. April 13, 2014
Karen Moran, of Sammamish, has been appointed to fill the empty seat on the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer board of directors.
Moran will fill the seat left open after Bob Brady’s resignation. Her term runs through December 2015.
Moran has served on the State Boundary Review Board, the Sammamish Planning Advisory Board and Sammamish Planning Commission. She made two failed bids for the Sammamish City Council, most recently in 2007.
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.