Water and sewer district considers rate increase

December 3, 2014

Serving most of Sammamish and a sizable portion of northern Issaquah, the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District is considering increases of 5 percent and 4 percent in water and sewer rates, respectively.

The district plans a public hearing on the proposed increases Dec. 8. The district board of commissioners will consider adoption of their 2015 budget following the public hearing.

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Water district gets clean audit

May 20, 2014

The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District received a pair of clean audits from the Washington State Auditor’s Office.

One report was dated April 24 and covered financial issues during calendar year 2012.

The auditor’s office held the district up to general auditing standards for government agencies and found no problems with the district.

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Tank is empty of water, booming with sound

May 13, 2014

The signature water tank for the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, instead of being the usual reservoir of drinking water, became a giant echo chamber last week during a scheduled maintenance procedure.

The 2-million-gallon tank at district headquarters on 228th Avenue Southeast in Sammamish, seen as a landmark to many residents for its forest mural paint job and location at the second-highest point in the city (the highest, in the Inglewood Hill neighborhood, at 22025 N.E. 12th Place, also has a tank on it), was drained, pressure-washed and inspected for the first time since 1993.

By Greg Farrar Scott Jonas (left), operations manager for Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, and utility worker Jeff Torgerson, look at the pressure transducer of the emptied 228th Avenue water tank.

By Greg Farrar
Scott Jonas (left), operations manager for Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, and utility worker Jeff Torgerson, look at the pressure transducer of the emptied 228th Avenue water tank.

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Senate bill takes aim at potential annexation tax credit

February 4, 2014

Annexing Klahanie would be much less palatable for Issaquah if a bill introduced by state Sen. Andy Hill (R-45) is approved.

Hill, who represents the northern half of Sammamish, introduced a bill Jan. 29, which would mean a drastic reduction to Issaquah’s expected revenue from an annexation.

Councilman Don Gerend said the Sammamish City Council did have a hand in bringing the bill to the Senate, and to Hill, chairman of the Senate’s budget-writing committee.

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City Council celebrates water district agreement

February 4, 2014

The Issaquah City Council unanimously has backed the deal ending injecting storm water into the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer.

Less than a week after Mayor Fred Butler cemented an agreement between Issaquah and the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, the memorandum of understanding came to the council during its regular meeting Jan. 21. The deal essentially plans to create an agreement for the decommission of the Lower Reid Infiltration Gallery, which sent Issaquah Highlands storm water into the aquifer, in exchange for a 10-year Issaquah hiatus on exploring a takeover of district utilities.

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Sammamish makes offer to Klahanie-area residents

January 14, 2014

The Sammamish City Council is trying to make the Klahanie annexation area an offer it can’t refuse.

The council voted unanimously Jan. 7 that if the Klahanie area does not vote to be absorbed into Issaquah, Sammamish will “fast track” an annexation of its own. It also made a laundry list of promises for what types of services it would provide Klahanie-area residents if they were to enter Sammamish.

“We would endeavor to have a vote of the Klahanie area as soon as possible,” Councilman Don Gerend said.

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Old year brought new problems

December 31, 2013

Top news stories of the year

Many new things happened in Issaquah this past year and not all of them were greeted warmly.

While most people saw new parks and a new mayor as positive changes for the city, contention rose around new technology, new development standards, new fish ladders, new plastic bag ordinances and a newly legalized drug.

Much of what happened in 2013 spells more growth for Issaquah in the years to come and even more changes ahead. The year 2014 can learn much from the lessons taught by this past year of transformation.

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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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Two candidates will battle for water district seat

October 15, 2013

For the first time in six years, there’s a contested race for a seat on the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District board of directors. One-term incumbent Bob Brady will face political newcomer Brett Muhlestein.

Brady said he wants another term because he feels he has unfinished work to do on the board.

Bob Brady

Bob Brady

Brett Muhlestein

Brett Muhlestein

“We’re kind of in the middle of a lot of things, and I’d like to see it through,” the retired Boeing employee said.

In particular, there’s a new asset management system to put in place, and some troubles with the city of Issaquah.

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Klahanie annexation meeting becomes tug of war

September 24, 2013

In a meeting that stretched over two nights, the King County Boundary Review Board watched a local tug of war over Issaquah’s intent to annex the Klahanie area.

The Boundary Review Board is responsible for guiding and controlling the growth of municipalities. The quasi-judicial body is empowered to make decisions on incorporations, annexations, mergers and more. It will decide whether to allow an annexation vote to Klahanie-area residents by its next regular meeting Oct. 10. On Sept. 18 and 19, it heard government and public testimony about Issaquah’s intent to annex the potential annexation area and more.

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