February 17, 2015
After what will be 30 years on the job at the end of March, Issaquah City Arborist Alan Haywood will vacate his long-time position.
Haywood did not directly criticize Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler or the city administration in general. But he was clear he was not overly happy with the situation.
“My position was eliminated,” Haywood said. “It was a budgetary decision.”
December 31, 2014
It’s the time of year when people make resolutions, to decide to do better, be better.
We at The Issaquah Press have decided to make some resolutions on behalf of the city and its residents. We hope you will adopt them and keep them.
November 26, 2014
October 24, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 24, 2014
October 14, 2014
Not all 16 trees were saved in the Talus Residential Board’s decision, but even though the matter caused quite a stir among residents, city officials will not change their approach to tree removal.
“We conducted our typical review for this type of work, and the city did not need to issue permits or approve a new landscaping plan,” City Communications Manager Autumn Monahan said. “Instead, we encouraged Talus homeowners to address their concerns within their homeowners’ association framework, rather than through a governmental enforcement action.
September 29, 2014
NEW — 5:34 p.m. Sept. 29, 2014
Most, but not all, of the disputed trees in the Talus neighborhood will be removed.
A month after a contentious Talus Residential Association public hearing, the board decided Sept. 29 to cut down 10. Six homeowners originally petitioned for the removal of 16 trees that they said blocked their views of the landscape and lowered property values.
September 9, 2014
The trees are the view; enjoy them
If I could take a moment to remind those that buy homes in Issaquah… the trees are the view! We are so fortunate to live within a tall urban forest and it should be celebrated not demolished. Please, everyone, look out your window and be grateful that we have so many beautiful, oxygen-producing, soil-protecting, wildlife-sustaining evergreens all around our fine city!
August 19, 2014
A tussle over trees in Talus continues to take its toll.
After six homeowners applied to the Talus Residential Association to remove 19 trees in a communal area this past spring, a groundswell of protest began aiming to protect the landscape. The homeowner applicants claimed that the trees blocked views offered by the development’s place on Cougar Mountain.
“We had views of Lake Sammamish, downtown Issaquah and the Cascades,” Henry Farber, one of the initial applicants and the attorney representing them, said. “That was part of the interest in buying these houses for all six of us. In the last eight years, all these trees have grown over.”
June 3, 2014
Buy houses that are for sale before building more
So, 100-plus houses are going to be built next to Discovery Elementary School on 228th Street.
With the sudden clear-cutting of trees next to the park and ride, the surge in development is obvious. The destruction of trees should be the first concern. Trees improve our health, are part of history and support wildlife.
Another concern is road capacity. Drive on 228th at 7 a.m. or 5 p.m. to see the traffic backlog. The street is now supposed to absorb 100-plus additional families coming on and off the road as the two new developments are created? There has to be a point where the City Council, planning commission and citizens agree enough is enough.
April 29, 2014
The city of Issaquah stopped the removal of Talus neighborhood trees April 27 after residents cried foul.
Work began in the beginning of April to take out some tall trees blocking the view of residents. While the Talus Residential Association remains confident it took all necessary steps to remove the trees, some homeowners remain unconvinced.
“People have been pretty adamant about clearing those trees to have a better view of the lake,” said Talus resident Chad Fletcher said, who is angry about the removal. “Those particular trees were there and always were there.”