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Grossenbaohor Bros. 614 N,W, 6th Ave. Portland, Oroon 97209 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Twenty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 12, March 23, 1983 Council nights move to Thursday ' Dogs banned in parks, food bank gets library Spring in the valley Blossoms on a thick grove of crabapple trees stand out against the foot of Tiger Mountain on a warm sunny day last week. Photo by Rodi Shemeta Ludlum. uak Mt. logging raises water worries the summer. According to the Forest Practices Act, the DNR may log as close to the stream as it wishes. Loggers are required to leave buffer zones along larger streams. Ben Cleveland who will write the Supplemental Environmental Impact State- ment on the project, said five to 10 percent of the Phil's Creek watershed will be in- cluded in the sale. One area resident, Kathy Cort of 13201 Squak Moun- tain Road, said a great deal of water washes off the slope of the mountain and the problems would be com- pounded With parts of the land clcarcut. Squak Moun- tain road washed out com- pletely in 1978, she pointed out. "There's so much water coming down off the side of that mountain, it's incredi- ble," she said. "It's incredi- ble that they think they can control it." Dozens of other concerns were raised during the two- hour meeting, the first of a series of meetings planned to discuss the timber sale. Many asked what type of herbicides would be used to control un- wanted vegetation once the clearcuts were replanted and if any aerial spraying would i Shemeta Ludlum residents who Shadow of Squak are concerned that Operation on the I s south slope water supply to is. They are alsx) clearcutting will t of water the mountain the valley below. were at nearly everyone's at a March 10 about 40 ners and a representatives Department of DNR of- the meeting to tative plans to log of hardwood between bart Road and It's known tuber Sale. Owns 200 acres in on the moun- areliminary plans t is only logging the scat- of maple and Many in the Were concerned to log along both ny stream called The creek is a meaning it has no usually dries up in Spring Sale TABtt00 Oakvene IQt=. L erand L nardwoo osctrnSquare or []iJJ '22 CHRIS Quantities Limited be done. Others pointed out problems with motorcycles and four-wheel drives using the logging roads and creating noise, litter and vandalism. Some said log- ging by the DNR would set a precedent for other major landowners on the mountain, namely Burlington Northern. Others pointed out fire hazards from slash left on the site, loss of privacy, and lower land values around the operation. The DNR's King District Manager, Bill Wallace, said a final environmental impact The south slope of Squak Mountain, where the DNR plans to log about g0 acres. statement will be published next January or February and that the timber could be sold as early as May, 1984. It may be logged ilvdie summer of '84 or '85. At a future meeting, DNR representatives plan to answer the concerns raised. Man in burned car,was suicide victim December 30, 1930, the son of Raleigh and Bessie Jones. He was raised in Kentucky and received his law degree from the University of Louis- ville in 1954. He served in the United States Air Force from February, 1955 to October, 1957 and continued to serve in the reserves until 1982. He was a Regional Counsel for Urban Mass Transportation Administration. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn of lssaquah, four sons, Raleigh of Chapel Hill, N.C.; Jeffrey, of Louisville, Kentucky; Jay of Newport, R.I.; and Chapin, of New York City; two daughters, Catherine and Christine, both of Issaquah; his mother, Bessie P. Jones of Nashville; two sisters, Josephine Canary of Colum- bia, Tenn.; and Sue Coltharp of Nashville; and one grand- son, Mathew Jones. Sensory delight promised The C.E.I. Benefit Gala dessert buffet. The second Event this Saturday, half of the evening's March 26, promises to entertainment will be a delight the senses, musical revue, "Off 'n On A buffet dinner Broadway," presented by prepared by the Feed the Feed Store Players. Store begins at 7 p.m. at Tickets are available at the the Village Theatre. At Feed Store, the Village 8:30 a preview of Theatre and the Press. "Grease" will be Tickets are $25 per per- presented, followed by a son. The King County Medical Examiner's Office has iden- tified the charred remains of 52-year-old Raleigh Olson Jones found Sunday, March 13 in his burned car. The of- fice determined the death was a suicide. According to their reports, Jones used gasoline to ignite his car from the in- side. King County police arrived at the scene, on a private road off Interstate 90 and Highway 18, after being con- tacted by nearby residents who saw the burning car. King County District 10 fire fighters assisted in ex- tinguishing the flames. The body was discovered inside the locked vehicle around 6 p.m. Jones was identified through dental records. His body has been sent back to his home state. Jones was born in Tak0na Park, Maryland on HOME FURNISHINGS N., Issaquah 392.6767 by Rhoda Donkin On March 21 the City Council voted to end a 90- year tradition of meeting on Monday nights. Acting on Councilman Ernie Smith's proposal, the council decided to move its traditional Mon- day night meetings to the first and third Thursdays of every month, beginning this May. The Council has met on Mondays since 1892. Smith initiated the change, saying he does not have enough time to review all agenda information he receives Thursday before each Monday night meeting. He said two working days is not enough time to "do my homework" especially be- cause Monday is the busiest working day of the week. "I think it's time to switch gears and be more in touch with the times," said Smith. "Things are not the way they were 90 years ago. We should be driving 280-Z's and not Model A's." Councilman Joe Peterson also supported the move, saying it would be easier to rally people to attend Thurs- day night meetings than it has been to get public atten- dance in the beginning of the week. He also said the change would allow more press coverage before meet- ings. But Councilman Nick Pergakis spoke emotionally against the change, calling it selfish on the part of a few people who are inconvenienc- ed by the Monday night meeting. "I am enraged by this mo- tion. It is the most selfish motion I have ever heard of in my life!" stormed Pergakis. He added that if Monday nights were inconve- nient for a couple of council members, Thursday nights were impossible for him. Council member Darlene McHenry shared his view, saying her busy schedule with community volunteering would be seriously impacted by the change of meeting nights. City Clerk Linda Ruehle also argued against the change, saying it would cause massive rescheduling at City Hall, requiring almost every department to break from normal deadline schedules to accommodate the change. The council is expected to pass an ordinance on the change in April and hold its first meeting on the new night beginning Thursday, May 5. Youth hired to cut alder The City Council voted to fund youth employment in the Lake Tradition area this year, but at a cost substan- tially below original esti- mates by the lssaquah Park and Recreation Department. The city will hire six youths for a total cost of $700 to clear aider trees in the water- shed area. The parks depart- ment originally said the work would cost $3,000, paying $4.50 an hour for 10 days. Ben Harrison, city forest manager, told the council he reviewed the 10 acres and his revised budget was about $700, getting the job done in three days. Harrison earlier told the city the cutting needed to be done soon be- cause young fir trees were be- ing choked by weed-like alder. Last year students from Echo Glen Children's Center were hired under a youth work program to do the job, but less than one and a half acres of the 10 that need weeding were cleared in the four weeks they had to do it. Several members of the au- dience came to the council meeting to voice their sup- port for the council's commitment to the manual clear cutting as an alternative to aerial spraying with chemicals. Dogs banned In other city business, the council voted 4-3 to ban domestic animals on city parks where signs are posted. Those parks will probably in- clude Memorial Field, Gib- son Park and Issaquah Com- munity Park. They did not set a date for when the ban would take effect. It will be enforced by King County Animal Control, and the Issaquah Park and Re- creation Department will be responsible for posting signs. Food bank gets first dibs on library The council also voted to give the newly formed lssa- quah Valley Community Set- vices first dibs on the old library building, which has to be taken off its present site on Memorial Field by July 1. The group, which runs the Issaquah food bank, wants the building to be a clearing house for free food and other services for the needy. The council told Community Ser- vice's Ed Campbell, and the group's representative Terre Harris that they have until April 11 to come up with a site and a firm commitment for funding the relocation of the building. If they do, the building is theirs for $1. Harris told the council that finding a site is proving very difficult. He said they are seeking anyone's help. He added anyone in the com- munity with a suggestion, or land for the building, should call the senior center or him at 382-1116. Costs cut on police station The final budget for the police station remodeling project was also approved Monday night, chiseled down to $295,725 from a previous estimate of $346,612. The city's public safety committee reworked the pro- posed budget during February and managed to re- duce drainage expenses by $15,000, parking lot expenses by $I0,000 and "general requirements" by $27,083. The police station will be remodeled this summer in conjunction with the con- struction of the new city jail behind City Hall. Water problems are the county's fault, say residents at surface water hearing by Rodi Shemeta Ludlum King County's rural areas wouldn't have such a pro- blem with flooding and damaged streams if county planners hadn't allowed so many developers to build in the first place. That was the overall feel- ing of more than 100 area residents who gathered at Pine Lake Junior High March 17 to her the county's proposal to create a new utili- ty service to solve drainage problems on the Pine Lake Plateau, May Valley and Is- saquah Valley. The county Department of Public Works proposes de- signing a series of ponds, tanks or other devices to hold excess storm water until it can be absorbed into the ground or released slowly in- to natural waterways. The department proposes funding the service by charg- ing homeowners a fee of about $3 per month. Businesses and developers would pay proportionately more, based on how much their buildings and parking lots contributed to the pro- blem of surface water runoff. Many in the audience ask- ed why the county wanted to start a whole new layer of bureaucracy when the pre- sent one was doing such a poor job with water runoff. Others asked how a new water utility would mesh with existing agencies like Water District 82 and Metro. The Issaquah hearing was the last in a series of five held in various areas of unin- corporated King County.,It also drew the largest crowd of any of the hearings, ac- cording to Donald LaBelIe, director of county public works. The department has been studying the problem of in- creased runoff for a year and monitering the condition of Issaquah Creek, May Creek and Tibbetts Creek along with several others outside the lssaquah area. The county's studies show May Creek has a problem with too much sediment and algae and that Tibbetts Creek also suffers from an algae problem. Issaquah Creek has no major problems, however, the study found. Damage to creeks can be traced directly to the amount of development in the area, says the study, arguing that comprehensive planning in each drainage basin is the best way to combat the pro- blem. While many residents said it was a good idea to make overall plans to handle sur- face water runoff, others said it would be a better idea to solve the problem one basin at a time to establish credibility. There were also comments that the fee should be fixed so landowners wouldn't be stuck with higher fees a few years down the road. Others said they wanted to be able to vote on whether or not the new service should be put in- to action. The public comment will be summarized in a few weeks and incorporated into the department's recommen- dations to County Executive Randy Revelle, said LaBelle. Revelle will present the plan to the County Council. Insurance wouldn't touch it with a... Chuck Graver stands on the roof of his workshop, which was speared by two 10-foot poles during wind storms last week. Graver, who lives at 16729 Tiger Mountain Road, says the poles were blown 20 feet into the air before landing in his roof. Unfortunately, his in- surance company wouldn't pay for the damage. Photo by Rhoda Donkin.