Newspaper Archive of
The Issaquah Press
Issaquah, Washington
February 11, 2009     The Issaquah Press
PAGE 2     (2 of 16 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
PAGE 2     (2 of 16 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
February 11, 2009

Newspaper Archive of The Issaquah Press produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2021. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.

A • WEDNESDAY 9 FEBRUARY 11, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS C Council unanimously approxes plans t',,r Issa, iuah High School BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK The Issaquah City Council has unanimously approved the master site plan and site development per- mit for Issaquah High School. The approval means limited site work can begin and the project is one step closer to construction starting. The Feb. 2 vote included 20 con- ditions on its approval. Those included storm water and erosion plans, impact fees for fire and police services and even defined what types of landscaping can be used. They also included having the building and public works per- mits in hand before major con- struction begins. Those permits are still pending, but city officials in both depart- ments are reviewing the applica- tions, said Christop[ Wright, a senior planner for the city. "As far as the building permit goes, in the middle of December, the department sent out a correc- tion letter," he said. "We expect the school district to submit those revi- sions and corrections any day." Once the revisions come back, they will take two to three weeks to review. If there are no other revi- ONTHEWEB Read the 20 conditions for approval for the master site plan and site development permit for Issaquah High School at www.issaquahpress•com• sions, district officials can have their building permit. Otherwise, another round of corrections and review will begin, Wright said. The public works permit will like- ly get split in two parts, one for on- site work and one for off-site work, which would be the right of way and intersection improvements that will be done later, he said. The on-site permit would allow district officials to begin working on the project and would likely come in around the time the build- ing permit is approved, he said. The back and forth of the permit reviews is not unusual, he said. "For a project of this scale, that is not uncommon at all," he added. "Even with single-family houses, there is often atleast one round of corrections and revisions. So, you can imagine, with a high school, there is a lot to look at." District Officials put the project out to bid Jan. 5, according to Sara Niegowski, district communica- tions director. Bids were initially due Feb. 12, but due to a large response, the deadline was pushed to Feb. 19. District officials expect to pick a contractor at the Feb. 25 school board meeting and hope to begin demolition work on the site as soon as possible, Niegowski said., The rebuild includes resituating many of the existing buildings and building three three-story class- room wings, as well as a perform- ing arts center and new gymnasi- um facilities. The current sports fields, except for new tennis courts, will remain in place. The school will be 285,000 square feet-- about 99,500 square feet larg- er -- and will serve about 1,850 stu- dents in 85 classrooms. Freshmen will return to campus in fall 2010, when the new classroom wings are done. The school may still be under construction in other areas then. Demolition and construction were slated to begin last summer but encountered several hang-ups in obtaining city approval• Delays included a decision on what type of traffic mitigation dis- trict officials would need to pay to the city to offset new traffic to the high school, and a technical design issue with the inside corridors and commons area off of the three classroom wings. District and city officials have met frequently to resolve problems throughout the approval process. After discussions with city staff members, district officials agreed to help make roadway improve- ments to Second Avenue and Sunset Way, and the intersection of Second Avenue and Front Street. Each intersection will get new turn-only lanes to help ease con- gestion during peak travel times. Residential. street parking at Second Avenue and East Sunset Way will be reduced to accommo- date the new turn-only lanes. In addition, improvements, like new turn-only lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks, will be made to Second Avenue directly in front of the school. Those conditions were also listed in the council's approval of the master site plan and site develop- ment permits. Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or c.lusebrink@iss- press.com. Comment on this story at www. issaquahpress, com. CONTRIBUTED WAY OF THE WHEEL Steve Pelikan, a technical analyst and writer from Is- saquah, stands beside "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sa- jak. Pelikan is a contestant on the episode that will air Feb. 16 on KOMO-TV, channel 4. Family escapes ,house rite unharmed BY KATHLEEN R. MERRILL An Issaquah woman, her teenage daughter, and their two cats and two dogs escaped injury Feb. 3 when the attic of their downtown home caught fire. Elizabeth Chubbuck awoke at 5:40 a.m. to the smell of burned plastic. She hunted around for a few moments to find the source and realized it was coming from the attic of her home in the 500 block of Northeast Alder Street. She awoke her 16-year-old daughter Elaine, tossed her ani- mals out the back sliding glass door and grabbed her purse and key"'o were out of the house in moments. Ei ht minutes after she woke, a ] der truck, three Read more about this story on Page A4, in the OffThe Press column. engines, a battalion truck, three fire investigators and numerous firefighters from Eastside Fire & Rescue's nearby Station 71 were at the home. Spotlights lit the scene like a movie shoot• But Chubbuck was calm as she talked with her friend Michelle Mohrland, who came to provide coffee and moral support. "I just knew we had to get out of there quickly, Chubbuck said• "I'm glad we're all safe. As long as my daughter and my animals are safe, that's all that matters." Firefighters told her the fire started with wiring in the attic, above her" bedroom closet, Chubbuck said. Capt. Steve Westlake approached her shortly after 6:30 to give her an update on the situ- ation. "We covered your clothes with plastic before we cut into the attic," he said, to her obvious sur- prise. "We don't usually have time to do stuff like that, but this time we did. We try to take care of peo- ple." Chubbuck has been staying with a friend Since the fire, but was hoping to be back in her home by Feb. 10 or 11. Reach Editor Kathleen R. Merrill at 392- 6434, ext. 227, or editor@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press, com. Sherril Huff leads big in elections chief race; Irons distant second Sherril Huff, the appointed incumbent, easily outdistanced a field of six candidates in the Feb. 3 race to fill the first-ever elected post of King County elections director. Huff had 46 percent of the vote, followed by former Metropolitan King County Councilman David Irons, of Sammamish, with 19 percent, and state Sen. Pam Roach (R- Auburn) with 16 percent. Former banking industry man- ager Bill Anderson had 8 per- cent, followed byformer Elections Superintendent Julie Kempf with 6 percent, and high school teacher Christopher Clifford with 4 percent. In November, voters approved an amendment to the King County Charter calling for the election of the county s top elections official. Previously, the county executive appointed the division leader. The elections director over- sees a permanent staff of 60 and an annual budget of about $20 million• The job pays $146,000 a year. The election will be certified Feb. 18. Family and Smile Design Dentistry Dr. Kelley Fisher, DDS Actual patient testimonial - Chris "I went to Dr. Fisher to save my worn teeth. Other dentists had told me that nothing could be done about my smile. The fact that I got a great smile is a pleasant side effect to correcting the total problem. The staffis kind and respectful of my time. I would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great dentist!" Family and Csmetic D 425-392-1256 9 600 NW Gilman Blvd., Ste D, Issaquah www.DrKFisher.com Back issues of your hometown newspaper - now online! ISSAQUAH Theater FROM PAGE A1 basement can't be used, because there is only one exit, making it a fire hazard• Those rooms are now for storage• A tiny trailer behind the theater now stands in for dressing rooms for some cast members• Those who have been in productions in the building in recent years talk and joke about becoming too famil- iar with their cast mates because of the cramped dressing room space. When asked about that, Bobbie Kotula, an actress who was giving tours, laughed and winked. The building was built in 1913 and the owners lived upstairs, Hunt said. That upstairs is now filled with mold and falling apart. People who came to the fundrais- ing kickoff said they were sur- prised that the rooms were so dingy and in such disrepair• Ceilings are falling in, paint has chipped away and the carpeting is well past worn. About $1.54 million of the $2.8 million needed for the reconstruc- tion has been raised, thanks in part to a $500,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation. Village Theatre will get the grant if it raises the remainder of the money it needs, hence the seat- naming campaign. The fund is $180,000 from the start of construction, said Craig HOWTO HELP For a donation of $1,000, your name will be engraved on a perma- nent brass plate on a theater seat. For a donation of $5,000, your name will be displayed perma- nently on the Capital Campaign donor wall plaque• In both instances, your name will also be listed in the Campaign Celebration program and you'll be invited to that exclusive event. Call 392-1942. Watjen, co-chair of the Capital Campaign Cabinet. That was immediately amended when a $1,000 donation was presented b] Keith Watts, president of l h DownTown Issaquah Association• DIA members raised $714 by sell- ing raffle tickets at Salmon Days, and added the rest to make the donation with seat-naming rights• With more than 18,000 sub- scriptions, Village Theatre is the third largest subscriber-based the- ater company in the state, accord- ing to Dan Anderson, a member of the theater's board of directors. Only the opera and the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle have more sub- scribers, he said. Reach Editor Kathleen R. Merrill at 392- 6434, ext. 227, or editor@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press, com. $10 offyour next Quick Lube 0il Change! www.lntegrityAutoRepair.com intef00rity 425.557.8665 automotive st maintenance & repair 5648 221 Place SE - Issaquah One block east of Costco • S " "It's more than a name...it's how we do busmes.. Issaquah'sLargest and Most Respected Independent Automotive Service Center Interest-Free Fhmndn 8 Available (oAo