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i i Grossonbacher ros. THE l SSAQUAH Twenty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 14, April 6, 1983 il votes on Four finalists 'a,b's"image' announced for Donkin Council decided night to devote an on April Proposed compre- for Issaquah. minute push to pin OWn questons, the late into the 4 on 20 points "Issaquah's That issue has been "missing link" in comprehensive )COUncil drafted the 20  earlier this month and A J. Culver on each point in Council review night. At times, members criticized for being too in his of the future Nick Pergakis the mayor the words ereial,, and "in- business, land and e talked about balanc- and resi.. not increasing everywhere,,, said wrote in his that he "tried to prejudices, but ckslid some- what." The council could not reach a consensus on many points and decided that a ma- jority vote on the image ques- tions would suffice. They agreed Issaquah is mostly a residential community, not an employment center. They said it is a "distinctive" com- munity that should attract people for tourism and recreation. It should provide jobs, but mostly in the areas of goods and services for Issaquah citizens, and "clean" industries like research and technology firms. They rejected the im- age of Issaquah becoming a service or employment center for the "greater Issaquah community." After much discussion, Councilman Dave Clark said he thought the image they were drafting didn't reflect the unique qualities of the ci- ty. "Our image should be a spinoff of our natural set- ting, not based on goods and services like every other city in the area!" Clark said he thought the public generally emphasized the word "uni- que" at hearings over the past year. Mayor Culver responded saying "unique doesn't pay the bills." Off and running tm Nearly 300 runners start the first part of a flve-mlle race to benefit Little League last weekend. For details and race results, see sports. Photo by Debble Bruslus. ('reams of airport and ballpark near Lake, Sammamish fields ,lars and ng through un, For years the playing soccer the only sounds ng: with croaking xM twittering birds. the silent land end of Lake Sam- State Park along COuld be filled with airplanes, I, softball Players, joined by of joggers. that has in- tOUs park boards now it's a dream InSpired this year's they put an in the Seattle rnal of Commerce architectural firm beautiful big park Interstat ;-90, on land that has been domain of the Club and for years. looking for so- termind a park for everyone, tennis courts, and a recreational help pay for the whole thing. The City Council has not taken any action on the idea, but Mayor A.J. Culver, after some "informal discussion," told the park board in January to get the ball rolling on design plans. It will cost between $5,000 and $I0,000 to complete the study. City Parks Director Kerry Ander- son says it's a major turning point in the history of that land. For about four years, the Issaquah Soccer Club has had a lease with the state on a number of fields inside the 80 acres. Over the years they have paid $I00,000 to im- prove, and maintain the play areas. But in 1984, the club's lease is up. Anticipating that,. the City Parks Department approached the state a year and a half ago with the idea of taking over a long term lease on the land. The soccer club was to retain its fields, but share them with more peOple. The State Park and Recreation Commission agreed in principle to a 25- year lease with the city, on h few conditions. The property title would never be handed over to the city, the land Issaquah Exit 15 off 1-90 392.6421 would be used for recreation purposes only and the city would show them a plan for exactly how they were going to do it. The state's answer elated city park planners. Excite- ment ran high and fantasies about the ultimate park were tossed around between en- thusiastic board members. But soon after, their hopes were quashed. Suddenly, the Soccer Club wanted the whole idea scrapped. They said there had been a big mis- understanding and they wanted no part of communi- ty play fields on or near their soccer fields. They feared the grassy turf, groomed to perfection for young players, would take a terrible beating from other organized sports trampling all over them. The conflict prompted the resignation of then Park Board Director Chuck Nohavec and State Park Director Jan Tveten to say the deal was off until the two groups settled their dif- ferences. In September 1982, the soccer club's presidency changed hands and Jerry Ruehl, who was also a member of the Park Board, took over. His attitude was different. "I figured there was little to be gained by continuing this brohaha that simply started from a lack of com- munication," says Ruehl. So he set about arbitrating a "meeting of the minds" be- tween the city and the soccer club. By his reasoning, there is a lot to be gained by joining forces with the city. Maintenance costs have escalated over the years and Ruehl says the city is in a bet- ter position to do the work with $25,000 of annual club fees. He also imagines the day when the club will go shopping for lights on the ball fields and maybe bleachers and better restrooms. Those costs would be cut in half because the city could go after state and federal matching fund. Further, Ruehl is not con- vinced that bulldozers will come along and carve up their fields to make sandy diamonds for the Little League. Unlike part soccer club presidents, he feels an arrangement can be worked out for soccer fields to overlap in certain areas as baseball outfields. "The beauty of the whole thing," says Ruehl, "is everyone comes out a win- ner. ' ' His view has given adrenaline to park planners here, including Anderson, who anticipates it will take at least eight weeks to hire a professional consultant to sketch out his dream park. "It's so attractive a pro- spect, we don't want to move too fast," says Anderson. Neither Anderson nor the mayor have any firm ideas about where the money to develop the park will come from. They do however, see a large part of its budget generated from a lease with the relocated airport. Along with soccer club fees, the air- port would be the largest revenue generator. The airfield would take up about 2,000 feet of runway, about 100 feet wide. As a recreational airport, it would not have the services of regular airports, no lights or gas, but would serve strictly as a landing strip for the kinds of aircraft that now fly over Issaquah. Jamey Woodward, owner of the Issaquah Parachute Center, would not comment on the idea of moving his operation to the state park property. While he has dis- cussed it with the local office of the Federal Aviation Ad- ministration, he says he wants to stay on the land he presently rents. Until the City Council decides on tbe future of that property, Woodward ! I I BLV The city hopes to create a money-making park on land leased from the state. doesn't want to elaborate on what a move would entail. Skyport manager Linn Emrich would not comment either. According to the Director of Flight Planning for the FAA, George Saito, there is plenty of federal money available to developing air- ports. Ninety percent of the cost of relocation would be covered by the FAA, which is well endowed with aviation taxes to promote the establishment of new air- ports. But, Saito says right now the Issaquah Skyport does not qualify for federal funds because it must be run by a public agency and is not con- sidered a "reliever" airport to Sea Tac. But he added if the city came to them with plans to take over the air- port, they would consider helping with its development. Mayor Culver says the city would not run the airport, but adds it's premature to get into those details at this point. "The main thing right now is to get a plan out there. We've got to take our dog and pony show to the state and show them we can develop and utilize a big chunk of their land," says Culver. Tveten told the Press he didn't know the city was for- mally moving ahead with plans for the park land, but says, it is good news to him. "I'm glad to see the city and the soccer club have worked out their squabbles. I look forward to seeing the plan." Block grants help with small ,projects This year the city will receive almost $120,000 from the federal government to pay for public improvement projects all over town. U.S. Housing and Urban Develop- ment block grant money re- quires matching funds from the city and recently the City Council approved the money for four projects. Gibson Park will get a tot lot, basketball' court, picnic area and a sidewalk in front, for a total cost of $12,329. The sidewalk will wind from the driveway in front of Hutchison House to the southern tip of the park. The city's contribution to the pro- ject is $4,000 cash and $1,000 in labor costs. A large paved parking lot behind KC Foods will cost a total of $18,000. The lot, which has recently been im- proved with a gravel surface, will provide space for over fifty cars. The city's con- tribution will be $10,350. After the summer, seniors ner backstop. The total cost will not have to worry about of that project is $7,000, with foul balls crashing through the city pitching in $2,000. picture windows at the Senior The final phase of the el- Center on Memorial Field. ty's waterline project, costing The H.U.D. money will pay $81,950, is also being partial- for a protective hood over the baseball backstop, which will extend along the sideline, deflecting balls that acci- dently go astray. Included in that project will be angled parking spaces along Second Avenue from the Senior Center to the cor- ly paid for with H.U.D. money. This phase will put a new 12-inch waterline from Clark .Street, south, along Front Street to the Issaquah Villa. It will be funded with $40,975 of federal money and $41,000 in a match from the city. superintendent by Rodi Shemeta Ludlum The Issaquah School Board has announced four finalists for the position of superintendent, narrowed from a field of 52 applicants. They are: Robert Alford, 40, superintendent of the North Kitsap School District; Dr. Ronald Crawford, 42, superintendent of the Monroe School District; Dr. Russell Joki, 38, superinten- dent of the Nampa (Idaho) School District and Dr. James Swick, 48, a financial planner from Port Orchard and former superintendent of the South Kitsap School District. One of the four will be chosen to succeed Dr. Clifton Johnson, who is retiring in June after 20 years in the Is- saquah School District, 17 as superintendent. The board will hold a community recep- tion for each of the four finalists later this month. Robert Alford has been a school superintendent since age 31, starting with three years in the Gates Chili School District in Rochester, New York and five years at North Kitsap. A native of Rochester, Alford worked in the district for a total of 13 years, starting as an English and journalism teacher and later as administrative assis- tant and five years as assis- tant superintendent. Alford earned his bachelors in English at the State University of New York at Courtland and his masters in education administration at the State University of New York at Brockport. He was a graduate fellow of English at the University of Rochester, where he received a certificate of advanced study in education ad- ministration. Alford's wife Sue is per- sonnel director for Pan Am World Service in Bangor and his daughter is a junior at the University of Washington, where she is studying literature and dance. Dr. Ronald Crawford has been superintendent of the Monroe School District for the past five years and was assistant superintendent in the Snohomish School District for two years before that. From 1972 to 1976, he was the principal of a middle school in the Mamoroneck (New York) School District in conjunction with his doc- toral studies at Columbia University. Crawford is also a former principal at Nelson Junior High (later Nelson Middle School) in the Retton School District and was vice prin- cipal and principal of Hazen High in Renton. He worked for years as a teacher and counselor in the Seattle School District. He earned his bachelors at Washington State University, masters at the University of Washington and his M. Ed. and Ed. D. at Columbia University. Crawford was born in Seattle and grew up in the San Juan Islands. His wife is a teacher in the Lake Stevens School District and they have three children: two sons in high school and a daughter in seventh grade. Dr. Russell Joki has been superintendent in the Nampa School District in Idaho for the past three years. Before that, he spent 11 years as assistant superintendent and business manager in the Couer D'Alene School District. He also worked for three years in the district as an English teacher. Joki is also a former city council member for Coeur D'Alene and was chairman of the finance and public safety committees. He also teaches courses in ad- ministrative leadership, school finance and school theory and instruction at Boise State University, the College of Idaho and Univer- sity of Idaho. He earned his bachelors in English at the University of Idaho, a masters in school administration at Whitworth College in Spokane and his doctorate at the University of Idaho. Born and raised in Coeur D'Alene, Joki is married to a former teacher and is the father of a seven-year-old son and five-year-old daught- er. James Swick has been a self-employed investment and tax planner since leaving the South Kitsap School District in 1982. He had been superintendent there since 1976. Before moving to Washington, Swick was the first director of Housing and Community Development for the City of Omaha, Neb- raska, a department he created which took on a ma- jor redevelopment of the downtown Omaha area. Be- fore that, he was director of staff development and assis- tant to the superintendent in the Omaha School District, which had 60,000 students at the time. He also worked at an educational research center in Kansas City, designing education programs for teachers who wanted to work in urban schools. He has also worked as a teacher, prin- cipal, assistant superintend- ent and educational consul- tant in Illinois. He earned his bachelors in Graceland, Iowa and his masters and Ph.D in educa- tion administration at Southern Illinois University. He was born and raised in West Virginia. Swick is married to a teacher in the Central Kitsap School District and has two children: a daughter who is an elementary school teacher in Iowa and a son who is a premed student. Each candidate will meet with the community and staff at a reception at the Ad- ministration Service Center later this month. The recep- tion for Crawford will he held Thursday, April 14, for Alford on Tuesday, April 19, for Joki on Wednesday, April 20 and Swick Thurs- day, April 21. Each reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Final selection of the superintendent is expected to be made in May. Calling all bachelors The Press continues to seek unmarried men over the age of 21 for its annual "Bachelors of Issaquah" guide, to be published in May. Men are encouraged to nominate themselves. Friends and relatives are also invited to submit the names of bachelors who live or work within the boundaries of the Issa- quah School District. Be sure to leave a number where the person can be reached. Mail names to "Bache- lors," Issaquah Press, P.O. Box HH, Issaquah.