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Grossonbehor Bros, 61A N,?I. 6th Ave, Portland, Oro/on 'ru THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Twenty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 11, March 16, 1983 i  : ; ;2 .... / Getting the word up Students at Sunset Elementary fill the air with balloons at the end of a three-day "Focus on Public Education" celebrated in Issaquah and school districts throughout the state. Each balloon contained a message to the state legislature to come up with the funds to keep public schools afloat. Photo by Debbie Brusius. berty,attendance area now includes 't er Mountain, Mirrormont, Cedar Grove Ludlum graders who live in Mountain, Cedar nt and areas will go to fall, a year the school dis- lally planned. Board voted to send those s early to help anticipated over- Issaquah High tools go into ents from areas who already High will not the change in also school musical. There is no tennis or track program this spring and it's possible those activities will not be offered next spring either. Issaquah offers all those programs. Students may also get an exemption to the transfer if a counselor can show there is a "unique curricular pro- gram" the student needs that is available at Issaquah and involved in a Sport or other activity not berty could go instead, if Prove a long-term to the activity. for that be presented 13 board does not offer gYm.nastics, golf, Pncs, a boys' n or all- not at Liberty. The board also decided to allow an "open enrollment" policy between the two schools, but it will be some- what complicated to use. Under the district's open enrollment policy, students may register at any school they want as long as it is less than 90 percent full. If it is more than 90 percent full, thole is a "one in, one out" restriction in the policy. In other words, a student from the Liberty attendance area can not go to Issaquah unless a student from the Issaquah attendance area goes to Liberty. Since Issaqua h is more than 90 percent full, the "one in, one out" policy will apply next fall. High school students in Open enrollment begins this month Parents who live in the " Issaquah School District and decided want their children to attend a School outside their regular attendance area have an opportunity to request "open enrollment" for the 1983-84 school year, March 28 through April 15. The following schools have space for open enrollment on a first-come, first-served basis: Apollo Elementary, Briarwood Elementary, Clark Elementary, Issaquah Valley Elementary, Maple Hills Elementary, Sunset Elementary, Issaquah Junior High, Maywood Junior High, Pine Lake Junior High, and Liberty High. Because of heavy enroll- ment, Sunny Hills Elemen- tary and Issaquah High are closed to open enrollment. A first-come, first-served wait- ing list for Issaquah High and Sunny Hills Elementary will be made and students moving out of those schools will be replaced by students on the waiting list. High Valley, Mirrormont, Cedar Grove and Tiger Mountain area students who will. be in 10th grade next year are in Liberty High at- tendance area. Next year's llth and 12th graders who are attending" Issaquah High may apply to attend Liberty through the open enrollment process. Parents who participate in the open enrollment program must arrange their own transportation. Application forms for open enrollment are available at any school or at the Administration Servi.ce Center. They should be returned to the Pupil Services Office by April 18. High Valley, which has always been in the Liberty attendance area, have been exempt from the one in, one out rule ever since Liberty opened. About half the students chose to go to Issa- quah. At the last meeting, however, the board decided that High Valley students will now be subject to the same enrollment restrictons. Those who have transfer- red their children under open enrollment during the present school year do not have to fill out a new application for next year. A limited number of re- quests will be considered for lssaquah High for curricular, co-curricular or guidance reasons crucial to the stu- dent's educational progress. Such requests should be made in writing to Jeanne Hanson, Pupil Services Ad- ministrator, Issaquah School District 411, 22211 S.E. 72nd, Issaquah, 98027. Senior citizens go to war over who gets free food in Issaquah by Rhoda Donkin Marion Rebney was named Senior Citizen of the Year in 1982 and nicknamed "Lady Bountiful" by Issaquah seniors grateful for free food she has passed out for five years. But two weeks ago, Rebney became an "un- wanted guest" at the Senior Center. The center's director, Tommie Troutman called Issaquah police to have her expeditiously removed. The Friday morning hoop- lah was not the first time the lady, applauded for good deeds, has locked horns with lssaquah seniors. Her food donations to senior citizens go back long before the Senior Center 'opened its doors in October, 1980. Since 1978, she set up her food tables in front of Community Hall, where seniors gathered twice weekly for luncheons. Rebney has singlehandedly initiated a program with local Safeway stores, picking up their surplus and past due foods and delivering them to needy seniors in Issaquah. Along the way she expanded her pickup sites, including Safeway stores in Factoria and Eastgate and Albertson's in Eastgate. Daily she packs her 1972 blue Chevelle and makes her rounds, stopping at six or eight apartments, including Hutchinson House and East- ridge House. "I deliver food to seniors who are crippled and can't get out. I not only deliver food, I sit and talk and if they need things done, I do them," says Rebney. The food left over after she makes those rounds was passed out to the 80 seniors who come to lunch at the Senior Center Tuesdays and Fridays. She says her food has become the mainstay for many of the people who pass by her table at the north end of the building. But not all seniors see it that way. Troutman,and members of the Issaquah Valley Seniors Executive Board say she stands guard over the food, threatening some. They called it "the last straw" when Rebney threatened to "shove an orange down Jack Herbert's throat," March 4. It's a claim she denies. Says Rebney, "I told him to shut up!" The seniors' vice president Herbert approach- ed Rebney that day at 11 a.m. with instructions from the senior board that she re- move her food from the Senior Center. The board's decision "to get out of the food business" on February 25 came as a complete sur- prise, says Rebney. "But I smelled a rat when 1 saw my picnic table gone," she says. "I set up anyway." She wouldn't be moved. Her food boxes were displayed on the horse shoe pits on Memorial Field. Only one member of the senior board, Irv Green, voted to let Rebney stay. He turned in his resignation soon afterwards. As long as she has been handing out free food to seniors, she has been selective about who gets her food, says Dorothy Terman, now a member of the Senior Board and past president. "Discrimination started from the very beginning. She has special people she will not serve." The policy of the board, says Troutman, has never permitted discrimination. "But we ignored it because we weighed that against the good she was doing. And time and time again, the peo- ple who were discriminated against didn't want to say anything to jeopardize the program for others. Rebney heartily denies dis- criminating against seniors. "Whoever needs it?" says Rebney. "Any senior can have the food." Terman, Troutman, Ed Campbell, Gladys Hoover and Mary Faye, say Rebney guarded the food, parceling it out item by item at her own discretion. They accuse her of using abusive language to people she refused to serve. Rebney has never been allowed to pass out her food inside the Senior Center building. She claims it's because Troutman has been out to stop her "at every move." Troutman says it was too crowded at the center when Rebney gave out food on the same days 80 seniors sat down to lunch. She added it was a health and fire hazard. So Rebney was stationed outside. "Out in the elements," she laments. "I'd stand there get- ting wet and cold." "She didn't have to stand there," says Campbell. "It would not have been neces- sary if she had not needed to lord over the food like she did." The problem of discrim- ination escalated in recent months when the center became a clearing house for food donations from all over King County. Since last fall, the center has been accepting food from a government surplus depot in north Seat- tle, passing it out to old and young alike. In early 1983, Troutman and other seniors, including Campbell started hunting for a central place to store food donations. Increased food drives during the holiday season caused severe crowding at the center. The food bank was born, now situated on city property on Andrews Street and temporarily on Rainier Blvd. Volunteers have served up to 1700 people a month since it opened. In the meantime, the newly-formed food bank board asked Rebney if her surplus food could go to the bank, freeing it up for dis- Continued on Page 2 New Liberty attendance area J , L i ,,, Mirrormont WEUTER LAKE mm m ml | | m | I) m mm i | m | | | m m | | mmr | m I |, TIOIER MOUNTAIN 30311 Ft Issaqu'ah Exit 15 off 1-90 392-6421 i Public hearing held to discuss county surface water utility study The King County Depart- ment of Public Works has scheduled a public meeting in Issaquah to discuss preliminary recommenda. tions of its year-long Surface Water Utility Study. Development is creating an increasing number of urban drainage and flooding pro- blems, and the solutions to these problems are getting in- creasingly complex because of the cumulative effects of inadequate control of surface water," said Public Works Director Don LaBelle. The study and its recom- mendations attempt to ad- dress surface water manage- ment problems in unin- corporated King County. The meeting will be held Thursday, March 17 at Pine Lake Junior High from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The study began in January, 1982, when the King County Council ap- propriated $236,500 to fund it. The funds were secured through interest-bearing war- rants that will be repaid by service charge revenues, in the event the county establishes a Surface Water Management Utility. The study focused on several issues. Basic issues, h6wever, included whether a Surface Water Management Utility would, help save King County's streams and reduce drainage and flooding pro- blems, whether forming a utility would be the best way to carry out that responsi- bility, and how much homeowners, developers and business owners should pay for its operation. The steering committee provided the study staff with policy direction and helped develop pleliminary study recommendations for con- sideration by County Ex- ecutive Randy Revelle and the County Council. With the aid of a com- puterized data base, a utility service charge analysis was completed. This portion of the study indicates that initial service charges would be about $3 per month for a single family residence. Non- residential rates would vary, depending on the amount of stormwater generated. This is measured in terms of the amount of impervious sur- face on each property. At the heart of the study is that proposed services would address surface water pro- blems that are not being ade- quately addressed now. The study also suggests a "building block" approach which would divide service to be provided by a surface water Management utility into two major areas. The first would be service paid for by monthly utility charges. The second would be a major captial improve- ment program that would provide for structural and non-structural solutions to major drainage problems. In both eases, the utility's effort would incorporte King County's present surface water management policies. Those policies strive to ma:- imize the cooperation bet- ween man and nature in handling urban drainage pro- blems. Another major recommen- dation of the study, and a conclusion reached by the steering committee, is that the proposed Surface Water Management Utility service area should emcompass only the urban and 'urbanizing areas of unincorporate King County. That recommenda- tion would place the utility service area where it is most needed. The service area would be in all of unin- corporated King County that lies west of a line currently porposed in the county's comprehensive plan that distinguishes permanent rural areas from developed and developing parts of the county. A longer-range plan for the utility would be to enter into agreements with subur- ban jurisdictions that would provide for coordination of utility services in shared drainage basin areas. Additional revendes would have to be found two years after the utility is established in order to fund, through long-term financing, acom- prehensive capital improve- ment program for the utility. However, that program would not be developed until after drainage basin studies have been completed. Right now, King County spends betwen $7 million and $8 million annually on storm- water control. Revenues from the utility would be us- ed to provide services that present general tax revenues cannot support, such as preservation and rehabilita- tion of streams, floodplains, wetlands and other natural drainage areas, increased in- stallation and maintenance of stormwater control facilities, and drainage basin studies designed to minimize stormwater impact from development. Capital needs alone for unincorporated King County have been estimated at bet- ween $100 and $300 million. Basin studies are needed to know for certain. A variety of ways to pay for the county's growing stormwater control needs are available -- increased taxes, County-wide bond issues, special assessments. The study considered all of those and found the utility ap- proach made the most sense. The utility concept is simple, it is based on contribution to a problem and its revenues would be clearly earmarked for its stated purpose. The public meeting will give Issaquah residents and opportunity to review an comment on those findings and others in the study before the County Executive makes his recommendations on the issue to the County Council in early April.