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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City accused of cybersquatting

September 17, 2013

Water district customers hoodwinked

A city of Issaquah employee was directed to register websites in May in an apparent effort to deceive customers of the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District. That move could open the city up to possible lawsuits.

Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a letter that the move directed by the administration was designed to counter a “misinformation campaign” from the district.

In a Sept. 12 press release, the district pointed to two domain names it found similar to ones it employs in business practices. Both sites, owned by the city of Issaquah, not only resembled established domains of the district, but also took an Internet user straight to a city webpage entitled “Our water, our city.”

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Editorial

September 17, 2013

City’s cybersquatting is wrong on all levels

The city of Issaquah spent tax dollars to trick taxpayers.

Just let that sink in for a minute.

Issaquah and the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District have been involved in a series of disagreements of late. One of the more recent involved Issaquah’s plan to use a water filtration system a few hundred feet from one of the district’s wells. Issaquah says it will be fine; the district fears contaminated water.

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Issaquah hoodwinks Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District customers

September 13, 2013

NEW — 10:40 a.m. Sept. 13, 2013

A city of Issaquah employee registered websites in May in an apparent effort to deceive customers of the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District.

Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a letter the move directed by the administration was designed to counter a “misinformation campaign” from the district.

In a Sept. 12 press release, the district pointed to two domain names it found similar to ones it employs in business practices. Both sites, owned by Issaquah, not only resembled the established domains of the district, but also took an Internet user straight to a city webpage entitled “Our water, our city.”

“The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District recently learned that the city of Issaquah has created at least two misleading Internet domains similar to those used by the district to redirect customers to Issaquah’s websites,” the press release reads. “This came to the district’s attention when a customer called and explained how she kept ending up on the Issaquah city website every time she typed in what she thought was the district’s website URL.”

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