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i i1,1 i THE I SSAQUAH PRESS roll Twenty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 6, February 9, 1983 i i i i statio ' ce n str, ple .... .... uncil asks utility committee look at cutting expenses by Rhoda Donkin of the city coun- aghast at an updated tag for the remodel of station presented February 7 council Jack Smith pre- the council with a for the facility three higher than the original he gave them last when the project was estimate pre- Monday staggered Ernie Smith, demanded to know why had been told the inal cost would be ,000. Smith said the estimate just included building costs and did not' allow for drainage plans and landscaping. With those items factored in, the second estimate, presented last month, was $240,000. With that figure in mind, the coun- cil voted to levy a .2 percent sales tax to pay for the remodel. The newest estimate prompted councilman Smith to ask the council once again if members would reconsider a bond issue for the project. The price tag on the remodeled department head- quarters includes costly items the council wants the city utility committee to review over next month. Severe drainage problems at the present police facility would cost $30,000 to alleviate, according to the budget proposal. The project would contribute nearly . $40,000 to an expanded park- ing lot, a shared cost with the new library. Police Chief Dag Garrison has requested a $13,000 computer, which will be used to store information pertaining to everything from prisoners' medical needs to police and firecalls. Expenses like these could be pared down after utility committee review which is being done immediately so the project can go out to bid with the jail in the beginning of May. At $347,000, it was estimated the .2 percent sales tax would be levied for nearly three years, a year longer than earlier estimated. ew library is under budget .new Issaquah Library the city $46,000 less originally expected. proved the tag, which is a nation of city bond and a King County new library which is eady Underway on Field, is 'expected COmpleted by lat sum- It was originally ex- pected to cost $815,000. The new library will in- clude an $8,000 custom- designed circulation desk which has been specially de- signed to accommodate automated chcking. It will cost $85,000 to fur- nish the new building and that cost will include $10,000 in new eqtipment. A new video cassette recorder will be available for public use. A typewriter, opaque, slide and overhead projector will be available, along with micro- fiche readers. Special areas will be desig- nated in the new 8,000 square foot facility for using this equipment. The library is contributing $26,000 toward an improved parking.lot which will be shared with the new police and jail building and will. not be started Untii me jail hs 'been bui!,t ....... : and County .vote delayed c o u n c i I v o t e d contingent on the developers, busly to postpone Sato Corp., paying for part on the Town and of the cost of extending Square shopping Maple Street from the for the corner Issaquah-Renton Road to Ave. N.W. and 12thAve. N.W. ard. A!though developers COuncil delayed action agreed to this road cost, the 150-acre shopping state has not. The longer because approval was road would cut through the Metro Park and Ride lot and state approval is necessaary. City administrator Leon Kos said he had expected word from the state by the February 7 council meeting, but since no assurances were made in time, the c9uncil members voted to wait for formal approval. 00Ssnacht loses insurance license Fassnacht of 2424 was filed against Fassnacht against him. When the letters Ave. S.E. had his by one of his customers, were not answered, his license revoked According to Whittier license was revoked. for failing to res- Johnson, director of public Johnson said he did not to inquiries by the affairs for the insurance know what the specific tom- State Insurance commissioner, two letters plaint was, nor would he soffice, were sent to Fassnacht asking reveal who filed the corn- him to explain the circum- plaint. Fassnacht could not AUgust, a complaint stances of the complaint be reached for comment. Holiday Inn of Issaquah invites you to, listen to the enjoyable music of "PROMISES" in our Lounge LOUNGE HOURS: TUES.-SAT. 5 P.M.-2 A.M. LUNCH: 11 A.M..2 P.M. Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 Enjoy a relaxed dinner out. QUAH it 15 off 1-90 392-6421 School district property taxes up 3 percent The Issaquah School District's property tax rates increased three percent this year, the lowest increase in King County's 21 districts. However, two surrounding districts, Renton and Bellevue, showed property tax decreases. Property tax comparisons released by King County Assessor Harley Hoppe show the average property tax on a home increasing from $797.78 in 1982 to $822.03 in 1983 in the Issa- quah School District. Last March, voters in the district approved a two-year levy of $1.9 million each and a $4 million bond, which in- creased the property tax about $1.67 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. February sunshine There were still lots of puddles left to remind us of a wet January, but the mild February sunshine began drying them up at Lake Sammamlsh State Park last week. Photo by Rodl Shemeta Ludlum. Another public hearing set on Newcastle Plan The King County Council "postponed indefinitely" a decision on King County Executive Randy Revelle's veto of the Newcastle Com- munity Plan. The action was taken at their February 4 meeting, the last working day the council could override Revelle's veto. The mdve automatically sustained the veto. A public hearing date has been set for February 28 to discuss compromises, on the new plan ordinance. Councilman Bruce Laing tried to muster the six votes necessary for a council Over- ride over the past month. But it was apparent when three council members didn't show up on Friday, the six votes weren't there. In December, the Council voted 5-4 to pass the New- castle plan which permits up to two 3,000-unit com- munities on Cougar'Moun- Lain. In January, Revelle vetoed the plan, saying it would allow more development than was necessary and would threaten the proposed Cougar Mountain regional park. Councilman Gary Grant said Friday he made a point to show up to vote against the override. Grant, who served on the council panel reviewing the Newcastle plan, originally supported the idea of only one village on the mountain. He said he will propose a compromise that would slow down development in the area. Grant said the second village should not be con- sidered until the first is par- tially completed and the im- pacts of that development have been evaluated. He also said strict regulation on developers should include Stolen radio cecovered in the woods near Preston A two-way portable radio stolen from the Issaquah fire chief's car last October was discovered by hikers last week in woods near Preston. Ken Kitts of 'Bellevue found the radio under a bush while hiking with his girl- friend last Tuesday. The radio is worth more than $I,000. Issaquah police are investi- gating the burglary and have e'idence pointing toward a specific suspect, according to fire chief Tony Singleton. Several weeks after the radio was stoler adispatcher for King County Fire District 10 heard a young boy mumbling over the city fire radio frequency. He also heard an adult female voice in the background saying, "John, quit playing with that thing," and "Come on, we have to eat lunch." The radio was stolen Oc- tober 13 from the chief's provisions for low income housing and assurances that utilities, roads and school sites are made available before the villages are built. Grant also said no master plan should be approved without incorporating land for the Cougar Mountain Regional Park. Laing, who supported a three-village Newcastle plan, said he does not want to discuss compromises until the public has had a chance to speak on the issue February 28. "I don't want to carry on a debate on the subject through the press," said Laing. High density zoning asked next door to Pine Lake Jr. High Nearly 15 acres of land north of Pine Lake Junior High and west of Sunny Hills Elementary may be the site of a 266-unit development, if the county approves the developer's request to change the zoning on the land. The 14.8 acres owned by Bert McNae Inc. is currently zoned RS 15,000, which allows single family homes with a density of 2.3 units per acre. But the property also carries a potential zoning of RM 2400, which allows 18 units per acre. Developers have asked the county to allow them to use that poten- tial zoning. A public hearing on the change will be held Thurs- day, February 10 in the King County Courthouse, room 402, at 1:30 p.m. At the hear- ing, the county Building and Land Development Division will make two recommenda- tions to the Zoning and Sub- division . Examiner: either accept the higher density zon- ing, provided sewers will be available in three years, or deny the application "with- out prejudice," meaning the developer could reapply at any time. Mark Spahr, manager of King County Water District 82, which serves the Pine Lake Plateau, said, "In my opinion, there is better than a 50-50 chance that increased sewer capacity will be avail- able in three years. That's just speculation on my part, though." In order to increase the sewer capacity on the Plateau, the water district must replace a faulty and undersized six-inch sewer line running between the Plateau and a pump station near Lake Sammamish State Park, according to Spahr. He is negotiating with the developers of Providence Point and the Hestnes pro- perty to pay for installing the new line. So far, neither developer has been willing to pay for the installation. The higher, density zoning on the property is allowed in the recently-approved East Lake Sammamish Com- munity Plan, according to George McCallum, a planner with the Building and Land Development Division. The Bert McNea property adjoins a 15-acre parcel near Sadlier's Country Store which will eventually be developed into a shopping center by First City Equities of Seattle. Parachute center may open a branch in Blaine, Issaquah Parachute Center owner Jamey Woodward may open a second jump operation in the city of Blaine, near the Canadian border, if the Blaine city council allows it. The operation would be considerably smaller than Issaquah's and would not replace his current operation, he said. "I'm not moving up there and I have no intention of giving up on the airport here," he said. "I'm just do- ing a favor for some of my jumper friends in Blaine." A friend of Woodward's, Chas Bunch, had run a small parachute center out of the Blaine airport for three years before closing it a year and a half ago. At the time, he asked Woodward take over the business. border Woodward said he presented a plan to the city of Blaine more than a year ago and hadn't heard anything more about it until the Bell- ingham Herald ran an article about it last week. The plan had been studied by the city's Port and Airport Committee and was scheduled to be heard before the entire city council Monday, February 7. The Blaine parachute oper- ation would involve one plane and five parachutes, according to Woodward, and would run on the weekends. "We'd do maybe 2,000 to 5,000 jumps a year there," he said. "In Issaquah, we do in excess of 20,000 jumps a year. The article in the Bel- lingham paper gave the im- pression I was moving my whole operation up there." Going up January was a good month for the new Isaaquah Library at Memorial Field. This $800,000 project, Jointly funded by'KCLS and the City of Issaquah, came along very smoothly. Workers had the concrete foundation in by the middle of the month. They are now hard at work on the second major goal: getting walls up and an "umbrella" overhead under which to work. unlocked command car, "The project looks different every day," remarked construction coordinator Harold Sternberg. Sternberg added that the parked behind the city fire general contractor, Zylstrs Construction of Bothell, should be through with the 8,000-square-foot building in late spring station, and the library open for business In the summer.