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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY~ MARCH 25, 2009 A5 FILE Demolition of industflal buildings was underway last August at the site of Overlake Center, a retail development to include a total of seven buildings, between Southeast 56th Street and Southeast Black Nugget Road on East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. report said. The developer, OB Frank Workers removed the drmn from Properties, is working with city the trench and covered it with soil, and Department of Ecology offi- according to a Department ofcials to remove debris and clean up FROM PAGE A1 Ecology report. When city inspec- the contaminated soil. Dale Frank tors arrived, they noticed a sheen Jr., listed in city documents as the on water in the trench, but did not property owner, could not be contamination issues to be smell anything unusual, according reached for comment. addressed before the retail center to the report. "We have inspected the site and is completed and the site is paved, Initial tests near the excavated reviewed the steps taken so far," city Surface Water Engineer drum showed high levels of sol- Department of Ecology spokesman Valerie Monsey wrote in an e-mall, vents and other hazardous chemi- Larry Altose wrote in an e-mail. Inspectors were called to cals, Monsey wrote. Follow-up "The contaminated material is address soil contamination at the tests in the trench where the drum properly isolated and secure. Overlake Center construction site was found showed much lower lev- Within 90 days, the agency's twice in early March. The site, els of hazardous chemicals. Toxics Cleanup Program will con- once owned by Puget Sound Additional material was removed duct an investigation of the con- Energy, encompasses about 13 from the trench and more tests acres at 22405 S.E. 56th St., near were conducted. No solvents or the intersection of East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Southeast Black Nugget Road. A contractor laying a sewer line at the site March 2 discovered an area with buried debris and tires. A city inspector said the debris was accompanied by a strong petrole- um odor, according to a Department of Ecology report. The contaminated soil was isolated from the construction site and cov- ered with plastic sheeting. The developer hired a consultant to take samples after the contami- nation was discovered. A city inspector was called to the site March 11 after a worker oper- ating a piece of construction equip- ment punctured a metal drum while excavating a trench, accord- ing to a Department of Ecology report. A Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District inspector at the site said water in the trench turned white when the contents of the drum leaked. The inspector said he briefly smelled a strong, unknown odor, which he said could be a cleaning product, the taminated site. The fmdings could lead to the ecology department other hazardous chemicals were placing the site on a list of haz- detected during those tests,ardous sites, a list of confirmed Monsey wrote. Instead, the tests and suspected contaminated sites discovered a very low level of or both lists. diesel fuel. In the meantime, however, the "This small amount is well below property owner may proceed with the level that would be a concern," an independent cleanup without Monsey wrote. "The contaminated waiting for the state investigation. soil that has been excavated has The property owner may submit a been contained and will be proper- request, backed by data, for the ly disposed of." ecology department to determine When PSE owned the land, thewhether the site requires further electricity provider registered the cleanup. site as a hazardous waste facility. The owner or consultant provid- Several industrial businesses have ed the ecology department with occupied the site as well. data from soil samples taken at the Plans for Overlake Center call for site, Altose wrote. seven buildings and about 115,000 Cleanup could slow construction, square feet for tenants. Overlake Brock said. In November, the med- Medical Center Issaquah will be ical center announced it would the main tenant of the completed move into the new development by project. Other tenants will include summer. Bartell Drugs and 24 Hour Fitness. "Any delay now is going to cost Overlake Medical Center spokes- them time on the other end," Brock woman Karen Johnson said hospi- said.. tal officials were not aware of the site's history or the recent contam- Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392- ination. 6434, ext. 234, or "So far, it doesn't affect any of wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this our timelines," Johnson said. story at www.issaquahpress.com. FROM PAGE A1 Spokane school districts. The lawsuit is supported by nearly half of all school districts in the state. District officials say the state's funding system for special educa- tion is unconstitutional and inade- March 2007, determined the quate~ and leaves them funding a state's funding cap on special edu- large portion of special education cation violates the state's constitu- programs with local taxpayer dol- tion. lars. They argue that under the However, Mcehee's ruling did state constitution, the state should not find that the state's overall spe- fully fund special-education pro- cial-education funding formula is grams, unconstitutional, which is the The Court of Appeals upheld the heart of the alliance's argument. decision of Thurston County A decision whether to continue Superior Court Judge Thomas the appeals process hasn't yet been Mcehee. His decision, issued in made. FROM PAGE A1 implement a comprehensive plan. Issaquah adopted such a plan in 1995. The parks information will be submitted to the city Planning Department by June. An update .to the plan's parks elements has not been conducted in several years, Macleod said. During the last update, residents said they wanted to have more trails within the city and connec- tions to trail systems on Cougar, Tiger and Squak mountains, Macleod said. The parks department is also surveying several city parks and city-owned open spaces as part of the Open Space Stewardship Plan. When survey work is complete, property boundaries will be staked and posted as city property. Macleod said city officials want to improve management of open spaces and better control invasive plant species. Conservation district to announce election winner Results of the election for a King Conservation District board super- visor will be available by March 25. Election Trust, the election offi- cer for the district's March 19 elec- tion, will finalize the canvas of bal- lots. Bellevue-based Election Trust will review the ballots cast at 13 voting centers across the district, which encompasses most of King County. Three candidates sought the post: Carnation residents Preston Drew and David Mank, and Mark Sollitto, of Seattle. Supervisors serve three-year, unpaid terms. They oversee dis- trict operations, staff and financial administration. They also guide the direction of district programs and policies. Annual revenue for the district totals about $6.3 million. The district uses about $2.5 mil- lion to fund operations and its staff of about 17 full-time employ- cos. Read an update about the win- ner at www.issaquahpress.corn. With the purchase of two beverages. I On your next visit, save on any breakfast, lunch or dinner entr4e and enjoy. I Real Breakfast 24/7. J % Valid only at Issaquah location, Not valid with any other coupon or offers. Coupon has no cash value. No change returned. One coupon per visit. One coupon per check per visit. Taxes and gratuity not included. No substitutions. Alcoholic beverages not included. Valid at participating restaurants only. Selection and prices may vary. Only original coupon accepted. Photocopied and Internet printed or purchased coupons are not valid. 2008 DFO, LLC. Printed in the U.S.A. Offer expires 4/31109. i Maxwell- D-Renton- Y 2SSB 5945 creates the Washington Health Partnership Plan to provide comprehensive health coverage to all residents of the state. It passed the Senate by a vote of 28-19 and is before the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness. 5th Distdct - Sen. Cheryl Pfiug - R-Maple Valley - N 41st District - Sen. Fred Jarrett - D-Mercer Island - Y ESHB 2261, which passed the House by a vote of 71-26, creates a Basic Education Steedng Committee to oversee the review and revisions to the state's basic education sys- tem, It's before the Senate Eady Learning & K-12 Education Committee for further consideration. 5th District- Rep. Glenn Anderson - R-Fall City - Y 5th District - Rep. Jay Rodne - R-North Bend - Y 41st District - Rep. Judy Clibborn - D-Mercer Island - Y 41st District - Rep. Marci Maxwell- D-Renton- Y HB 1487 expands the definition of "resident student" for college and uni- versity fees to include persons who have lived in Washington, primarily for purposes other than educational, for at least one year and hold an H-l, E- 3 or L vise. It passed the House by a vote of 59-38 and is before the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development. 5th District - Rep. Glenn Anderson - R-Fall City - Y 5th District - Rep. Jay Rodne - R-North Bend - Y 41st District - Rep. Judy Clibbom - D-Mercer Island - Y 41st District - Rep. Marci ESSB 6035, which passed the Senate by a vote of 25-24, would require disclosure of funds retained by retrospective rating sponsor groups. It's before the House Commerce and Labor Committee for further consideration. 5th District - Sen. Cheryl Pfiug - R-Maple Valley - N 41st Distdct - Sen. Fred Jarrett - D-Mercer Island - N SB 5599 would allow for Washington's electoral votes to be awarded to the presidential candi- date that receives the most popular vote in the country as a whole. However, it would only go into effect if enough states, holding a' majodty of electoral votes, agree to the same terms and conditions. It passed the Senate by a vote of 28-21 and is before the House Committee on State Government & Tdbal Affairs. 5th Distdct - Sen. Cheryl Pflug - R-Maple Valley - N 41st District - Sen. Fred Jarrett - D-Mercer Island - Y F..SSB 5344, which passed the House by a vote of 74-23, requires covered vessels that pass through the Strait of Juan de Fuca to pay for at least one emergency response tug to be stationed at Neah Bay for the purpose of responding to vessels in distress. It previously passed the Senate by a vote of 44-4. 5th District - Rep. Glenn Anderson - R-Fall City- Y 5th Distdct - Rep. Jay Rodne - R-North Bend - Y 41st District - Rep. Judy Clibborn - D-Mercer Island - Y 41st District - Rep. Marci Maxwell- D-Renton- Y Voting key - Y = Yes, N - No, E = Excused, NV = Not voting SOURCE: WashingtonYotes.org, a free, nonpartisan Web site to find plain- English explanations of bills and a record of each legislatgr's votes. Learn more at wwm WashingtonVotes.org. Groups give to food bank More than 18,000 pounds of food were recently donated to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank by local organizations. .... Employees at the Joker Pub & Grill collected money and pur- chased items -- more than 8,500 FROM PAGE A4 learned during this experience. First and foremost, this is a team game and one needs a strong corps of caregivers. I was fortn- nate my wife Pauline was one of them. She was my nurse at home. My sister-in-law Rosemary was my taxi driver, getting me to my daily appointments at Seattle Can- cer Care Alliance. My son David provided daily spiritual help. It pays to have a strong faith as a foundation. Doctors and nurses at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance agreed with that statement. I have been fortunate to have many peo- ple, including local pastors and their congregations, praying for my recovery. I have benefited from so many people rooting for me, including the Liberty High football team, which gave me an autographed football last fall. Attitude is important. During the past year, I keep recalling the words of former North Carolina State basketball coach Jim Val- vane, who lost a valiant battle with cancer, "Don't give up. Don't ever give up." I haven't given up. That's why I'm back. And, boy, does it feel good. PUBLIC MEETINGS March 26 CMI Service Commission 4-5 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Cable W Commission Agenda: review commission goals, ICIV 21 Channel update/Providence Point update 6-9 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way pounds of food. The staff collects money and donates food to the organization every year. April 1 Members of local Scouting organizations collected 10,092 Development Commlsslon pounds of food for the food bank 7-9 p.m. in March. In addition to collecting Council Chambem, City Hall the food, Scouts put the items on 135 E. Sunset Way shelves and cleaned up afterward. Planning Policy Commission Agenda: Central Issaquah Plan update 6:30-9 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way South How did my hips and knees get so much older than the rest of me? The price some of us pay for a long and active life are joints that wear out before the rest of us does. Fortunately, you can get new ones. And the expert surgeons at the Swedish Orthopedic Institute do nft~re total joint replacements than any other medical center in the state. Come meet one of our surgeon.s, learn about our nev,, dedicated orthopedic hospit~, and ask any questions that are on your mind. So join us. You have nothing to lose, except for a life of pain. FREE HIP AND KNEE REPLACEMENT SEMINAR \Vednesday, April 8, 6-8 p.m. Swedish/Issaquah Campus 2005 NAV. Sammamish Road, Issaquah 7b reserve your spot; call 206-386-2502 or visit swedishortho.org