More space needed at city’s cemetery

April 27, 2010

City Council members will consider a plan next week to accommodate additional cremated remains at the city-run cemetery.

The decision could address the dual issues of increased demand and limited space at the cemetery. The plan headed to the council May 3 recommends spending about $25,000 to install additional columbaria — niches to store cinerary urns — and benches at Issaquah Hillside Cemetery.

Residents with opinions about the cemetery plan can address the council during the public comment portion of the 7:30 p.m. meeting. Members meet in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

Officials proposed a pair of granite columbaria and four benches for the lower section of Hillside Cemetery. Plans call for a columbarium to be added in the veterans’ area, and for the second columbarium to be installed near another, existing columbarium.

The city Cemetery Board suggested a bid from Pacific Coast Memorials, a tombstone company based in Everett and the lowest bidder. Council Services & Safety Committee members reviewed the proposal April 21, and recommended the item to the full council.

The cemetery sits perched above Newport Way Northwest on a Squak Mountain slope between West Sunset Way and Mountain Park Boulevard Southwest.

Track planned Newport Way upgrades at city Web site

February 22, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 23, 2010

City planners unveiled a Web site last week for residents to track proposed improvements to Newport Way Northwest near Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

The site includes information about options for the corridor and diagrams showing options.

Planners hope to upgrade the road from West Sunset Way to Northwest Maple Street to improve safety, traffic flow, storm water management and aesthetics. The city plans to continue design work until next winter, but a construction timeline remains unclear, because city officials have yet to determine how the project would be funded.

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Watch out for cyclists Saturday

July 24, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. July 24, 2009

Drivers will share Issaquah roads with about 500 cyclists Saturday as the Seattle Century ride passes through the city. Expect to see riders from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Riders will come to Issaquah from Preston.

Cyclists will exit Interstate 90 at East Sunset Way, then head down West Sunset Way, turn right onto Newport Way Northwest and then turn onto West Lake Sammamish Parkway. Riders will proceed left onto Southeast Newport Way and then pass out of the city limits toward Factoria.

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Human services campus, new hatchery dam among city’s goals

June 2, 2009

City officials want to improve traffic flow, city parks and salmon habitat in 2010. The wide-ranging list of 2010 goals directs city staffers to take steps to establish a human services campus, plan Cybil-Madeline Park and complete the first phase of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing. Read more

Council OKs transportation plan

May 19, 2009

City Council members recently approved a plan that outlines dozens of transportation projects — from construction of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing to improving sidewalks and streets.

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City Council OKs transportation projects

May 16, 2009

NEW — 3:27 p.m. May 16, 2009

City Council members recently approved a plan that outlines dozens of transportation projects — from construction of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing to improving sidewalks and streets.

On May 4, the council unanimously approved the Transportation Improvement Program, which outlines how transportation money will be spent in the next six years.

Listed in the TIP are projects ranging from an $8.39 million project to improve Newport Way from Maple Street to West Sunset Way to safety improvements, such as the construction of a traffic roundabout at the corner of East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Southeast 43rd Way, north of Lake Sammamish State Park and near Providence Point.

City Transportation Manager Gary Costa presented the TIP to council members. He explained the role of the TIP in securing dollars for transportation projects.

“In order for a project to receive any state, federal or half-cent gas tax funding, the project must be listed in the TIP,” Costa said. “And the TIP is required to be adopted by the City Council.”

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