Cameras cut speeding, but raise drivers’ ire

April 6, 2010

Cameras installed along Southeast Second Avenue to deter speeders have cut the number of violations since the Issaquah Police Department started issuing citations last April.

The city recorded about 110 violations per day in May 2009 — about a month after speeders started to receive $124 fines for exceeding the 20 mph limit. By January 2010, the number of violations had fallen to about 40 per day — a drop of about 64 percent. The city released the data March 31.

Police issued 4,920 citations for violations caught by the cameras. The devices generated about $360,000 for the city.

Officials said the numbers showed the need for the cameras in a school zone packed with everyone from kindergartners to high-school seniors. Detractors said the cameras catch unknowing motorists and overcharge violators.

The city did not complete a formal cost analysis for the photo-enforcement program, although officials said the effort incurs significant expenses related to Issaquah Municipal Court, and the city finance and police departments. Police officers must review and then approve or reject each violation.

The city did not hire additional workers to handle the increased number of infractions. Read more

Speeders caught on camera face fines

April 13, 2009

Drivers could be fined $124 for speeding near four schools — even if no police officers are present. Officers will begin to issue citations this week for speeders caught by traffic cameras that overlook a busy Second Avenue zone near the four schools. Read more

City Council unanimously approves plans for Issaquah High School

February 9, 2009

The Issaquah City Council has unanimously approved the master site plan and site development permit for Issaquah High School. Read more

Conversion of freshman campus will be in 2010

September 19, 2008

Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus will remain a freshman campus until fall 2010, leaving middle schools overcrowded one extra year. Once converted, PCFC will become a middle school.

Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen announced the delay Sept. 11 citing several factors including permit, construction and site delays.

Construction projects at Issaquah and Skyline high schools need large phases to be completed before the freshman class can be accommodated. Both are nearly seven weeks behind schedule after several summer delays.

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