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City maps show that there was coal mining underneath the proposed Ridgewood development, but what threat, if any, it poses to future lots is an open ques- tion. Moncrief and Haverkamp haven't given the city facts and figures to substantiate the existence of the supposed environmental problems; they are merely raising questions that they feel have not been adequately studied. Cily Planning Director Dwight Hartman said his response to the petition would be presented to the council at the public meeting. He said the proposal for the property was the fourth one the city had received. Three other proposals from dif- ferent developers have been turned down. "1 don't think we made any mistakes," Hartman said, "but whenever a peti- tion comes in it has to be evaluated." According to Del Ben- nett, Ridgewood developer, construction on the homes was to begin early in May, or whenever the weather was dry enough. Ridgewood is a 29-acre tract. "I know the project we're proposing will be a very high quality, nice development," Bennett said. "We spent almost a year working with the city of lssaquah." If the council reverses itself and requires an EIS for the property, the cost would be borne by Bennett. "I don't know what the underlying reason for this ac- tion (the petition) is," Ben- nett said, "but they'd better ultimately be prepared to spend some money. Because if I spend some money, they're going to have to spend some." Haverkamp and Moncrief both live on S.W. Wildwood Boulevard just below the site of the proposed develop- ment. Haverkamp, 35, is an airport sales representative for Continental Airlines. Moncrief is an Area Sales Manager for Alpha Key systems, a firm selling front- end typesetting equipment. The two estimate they have spent more than 100 man hours researching the en- vironmental questions in- volved with the project. They are now gathering informa- tion and lining up people to testify at the public meeting. They're taking the job of blocking Ridgewood one step at a time, but Haverkamp said they would be willing to take the right to the courts if necessary. They could sue the city for failing to require an EIS. However the developer could also sue the city for creating unnecessary delays. The full text of the Haverkamp-Moncrief report on the adverse environmental impacts associated with the Ridgewood subdivision runs six pages. It calls for a soils study to determine possible landslide hazards, an engineering study on any problems the coal mines might pose and a traffic study for Wildwood Boulevard Southwest. It also asks for an engineering study for the proposed Ridgewood Road cul-de-sac, a Department of Fisheries review of runoffs affecting Issaquah Creek, a study of the city's legal liabilities related to land- slides, cave-ins, etc. and a financial impact study of the costs of providing public ser- vices to the subdivision. district settles dispute builder of tennis courts David Jepsen ;reement signed by board March 28 two-year fight bet- Issaquah School and firms contracted six tennis courts at High School. dispute arose shortly were built in 1976, when ,heavy out a retaining two of the failed in early to have the courts because the builderl Crest Landscaping in Botheli, blamed the mishap on a faulty-designed retain- ing wall. The architect, Waldron-Pomeroy-Polk and Smith in Seattle, refused to accept responsibility for the damaged tennis courts and laid blame on the builder. While the builder and ar- chitect were passing the buck back and fourth in court, the school district was caught in the middle and unable to use any of the courts until all were in working condition. The courts were built as part of a general obligation bond issue that paid for fields, walkways, tracks, as well as the courts. The 10-point agreement signed by the board at its regular meeting March 28 settles the issue. Waldron- Pomeroy, the designer, agrees to pay the builder $33,000, which covers the cost of rebuilding the two courts. They are nearly com- pleted except for a surface coating. The surfacing must be completed by May 1 under the agreement. The courts were repaired at no extra cost to the school district except for $3,816.46 paid to Larry Barokas, the attorney hired to represent the district during negotia- tions. What the district did not collect was $20,000 in fines levied at the designer for not completing the project by a an agreed upon date. The original contract set that fine at $50 a day. "We still got our six courts, and even though there was a long time delay and inconvenience we felt that was the best we could do," said Harvey Hand, district finance director. New fire alarms For 2 schools At its March 28 meeting, the Issaquah School Board okayed a $24,000 appropria- tion for the installation of new fire alarm systems at two lssaquah schools. The Issaquah Fire Depart- ment has warned the city on two different occasions that the alarm systems are unsafe at lssaquah High School and Issaquah Junior High.. The fire alarm system must be separate from the paging system so that in case of failure of one system the other will still be operable. All schools in the lssaquah School District have indepen- dent systems except the junior high and high school. Fire commissioner fined for late filing Better late than never, nut procrastination is going to cost King County District 10 Fire Commissioner Jack Merr'itt $20. According to the State Public Disclosure Commis- sion, Merritt has not filed a statement of his financial af- fairs since February, 1977. As an elected official Mer- ritt is required to file a finan- cial statement after "his elec- tion and every January that he is in office. Reached for comment, Merritt said he had the repor- ting form at his office recent- ly, but now he didn't know where it was. A $10 late-filing penalty will be assessed for each of Merritt's delinquent returns. Jim Monger, lssaquah city councilman, is also late with his 1979 financial statement. 45 FRONT STREET S. ISSAQUAH, KING COUNTY WASH INGTON 392-6434 ISSAQUAH AREA SINCE 1900 i ::: : i! :: Wednesday, April 4, 1979 i ,# Spring break takes off[ Students at Clark Elementary School In Issaquah received a last-day-of-school treat March 30, when a helicopter land- ed on the school field With almost the entire student body lined up on the field, Jack Hein of Cedar Grove Airport made too approaches at the field, demonstrating landing techniques. After landing Heln and copter owner Karl Spee stoodby nervously while the students ignored teacher's orders to not touch, and examined the Huges Aircraft training copter. March 30 was the last day of school before spring vacation. Temporary industrial growth ban killed by Jack Darnton Industrial development in lssaquah will be getting a hard look but a proposed moratorium on building per- mits for one area zoned for industry will not go into ef- fect. The city council passed an ordinance April 2 directing the city's Zoning Review Committee tO examine areas zoned general industrial (IG) and present specific recom- mendations to the council. Councilman A. J. Cuiver, who proposed the review, told the council that a few residents of the city now con- sider the Issaquah Valley suitable for "general in- dustrial" type development. A companion ordinance submitted by Culver calling for a 60-day moratorium on building permits for lots bet- ween 1-90 and NW Gilman Boulevard was killed by the council. That land is zoned IG. Light manufacturing is the' principal activity allowed in the IG zone, but conditional use permits could be granted for auto wrecking yards, junk yards and slaughter houses. Conditional use per- mits are granted by the coun- cil after a public hearing on a proposed development. "We could have uses pro- posed under our current zon- ing that would make you all ill," Culver told the council. He called the area, which is highly visable from the freeway, "the tie we wear, the front of our shirt." exem pt from t he Two developments under moratorium. consideration presently for the area, UTELCO, and Bell- Before the moratorium Fair Aluminum In- was dropped council corporated, would have been members expressed doubt on what purpose it would serve. "I don't think we need that kind of adverse advertis- ing for our community," Councilman Jerry Tandecki said. Future officers to boot camp Members of the lssaquah High School and Liberty High School Naval Reserve Officer's Training Corps, (NROTC) will spend a week in boot-camp training in San- die San Diego. While the remainder of lssaquah students are enjoy- ing their spring vacation, the NROTC trainees will depart April 7 for a one-week stay at the military recruit training center in San Diego. While there, the students, 30 from lssaquah High and 10 from Liberty, will study water safety, damage con- trol, fire fighting and basic shipboard drills. Lt. Robert Engleman, assistant supervisor for NROTC students in both high schools, will travel with the students, who hope to have enough free time to visit Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo. The U.S. Navy is paying the student's transportation to and from San Diego, however students will pay for their own meals during the stay.