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b A6 WEDNESDA~ APRIL 22~ 2009 THE ISSAQUAtt PRESS TIP-A-COP FUNDRAISER NETS $47500 Above right, Paul Ayers, Is- saquah chief of police, re- ceives compliments and an after-meal tip from Karen Price and daughter Sara, April 18 at the Issaquah Red Robin Tip-A-Cop ftmdraiser for Special Olympics Wash- ington. More than a dozen police department officers and support staff worked to raise $4,500 in donations during the event. Below right, Andrew Rohrbach, an Issaquah motorcycle police officer, shows his radio mic to (from left) Special Olympics athlete Charlie Goff, 10, SPan Middaugh, 5, Hannah Berg, 10, and Brynne Middaugh, 9, all of Sammamish. BY GREG FAHRAR Help launch community garden Sustainable Issaquah, a new community group that champions eco-friendly projects, is looking for volunteers to plan, design and build a community garden. At least 25 percent of the gar- den will be reserved for communi- ty impact -- which means the land will be used to grow food for the Issaquah Food & Clothing AtWork! will host a meeting about the project at 4:30 p.m. April 22 at AtWork!, 690 N.W. Juniper St. Sustainable Issaquah co- founder Chantal Stevens said city officials and residents have strong environmental ethics. She said her group aims to give people the resources and tools to bring about changes to benefit the environ- ment. Stevens said she is heartened Learn more by calling 837-9490 or 313-0201, or e-mailing sus- tainableissaquah@ginail.com. School banking programs end J.P. Morgan Chase has decided to end Washington Mutual's 86- year-old School Savings Program. The program ends May 1. Chase took over operations at Washington Mutual when it pur- Bank. Organizers said disabled by the community's response so chased the local bank in people would be supported and far. At the organization's first September as a result of its debt encouraged to help with the gar- meeting last month, about 30 peo- and sub'prime lending prac- den. ple attended, including Mayor Ava tices At Work! donated land for the Frisinger. = The School Savings Program project. AtWork! is a local organi- Sustainable Issaquah will meet allowed students to earn and save zation that helps disabled people from 7-9 p.m. April 29 'edie' their own: money while learning learn skills and find jobs. Eagle Room at City Hall, about finances at their local Sustainable Issaquah and Sunset Way. schools. Economy New system~ 31.Z package, ZO6 chrome alloys, transportation, OnStar, the full detail! stereo, * 15,OOO budget price, MSRP 2 in stock! FROM PAGE A1 July, according to a tentative schedule released by the Solid Waste Division. A final environmental impact statement is due in December. Cedar Hills, the last active land- fill in King County, sprawls across 920 acres. A 1,000-foot buffer of trees and undeveloped land sur- rounds the site. About 930,200 tons of solid waste were received at Cedar Hills last year. Thea Severn, planning and com- munications manager for the Solid Waste Division, said the final envi- ronmental impact statement would include a recommendation for the King County Council. Council members will have the final say over the project. Solid Waste Division officials are weighing five options to provide additional capacity at the landfill, which began operation in 1955. The options would stretch the landfill's lifespan from three years to 13 years beyond the anticipated closure date. Under existing condi- tions, officials believe the landfill will reach capacity and close between 2016 and 2018. Four of the options would add additional landfill areas, known as cells. Officials will also consider a "no action" option that would not expand landfill capacity. County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, a Redmond Republican whose district includes Issaquah, said county officials should explore A 20-ton transporter dumps its load at the Landfill. Each year, the landfill accepts 1 King County, including Issaquah. GEl INVOLVED Weigh in about the proposed Cedar Hills Landfill expansion. Go to http://your.kingcounty.gov/so/id- waste/faci/ities/. Follow the link for =Cedar Hills Regional Landfill," then to the Site Development Plan. Comments are due May 1. alternatives to increased landfill capacity. Two years ago, Lambert traveled to Europe to study plants that con- vert garbage into electricity. Though Cedar Hills is located in an FILE 920-acre Cedar Hills Regional million tons of garbage from most of adjacent district, Lambert has made trash her passion. "We should be looking at turning garbage into a resource," she said. In Europe, for instance, waste managers disintegrate garbage and use the leftover ash in con- struction materials. Lambert pointed to Spokane County, where a waste-to-energy plant turns nearly 1,300 tons of solid waste into electricity each day. King County officials should con- sider a similar option, she said, because "garbage isn't going away." Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392- 6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press, com. bm FROM PAGE A1 operations and finance for the dis- trict. Kuper and his staff have been figuring out the reduction in force line, more commonly known as a RIF line. Those with seniority below the RIF line will receive notices by May 1. IMPORTANT DAES April 22: School Board mem- bers informed of potential layoffs. April 26: Last day of regular legislative session. A special ses, sion~ I~il~ely to be convened to resolve the state budget. May 1: Reduction in force notices given to certified staff members. May 27: Last day for public testi- mony regarding use of 1-728 money Aug. 17: Final public hearing for the district's 2009-10 budget Aug. 31: School board adopts final 2009-10 budget. Teacher transition workshops 4-6 p.m. May 6, 20 and June 2 at the administration building, 565 N.W. Holly St. ity. But there is a third factor Kuper uses to determine the RIF line. Knowing that some teachers have special endorsements to teach classes that have mandated staffing requirements, like special education, Kuper can't count them among teachers who will be laid off. That pushes the RIF line fur- ther up the seniority list. But because of the funding swings on a state budget that has not yet been approved, Kuper said it has been hard to set the RIB line. If he sets it too high, more teach- ers than necessary will be informed that their job may be at risk. 'I would like to spare anyone that pain," he said. If he sets the line too low, the dis- trict is obligated to employ all of the teachers above the line for one full year, despite funding availabil- ity, he said. Why teachers? Funding from Initiative 728, intended to fund lower class sizes, is being partially or entirely elimi- nated in the state budget. District officials say they have nowhere else to cut. For example, Issaquah was one of the first districts to impose ath- letics fees at the middle and high schools. Officials have also imple- we have to ensure our classrooms next year have those things that they will need to continue the level of educational service we provide." The only place left to cut, after about $2 million in other support costs, is teachers, Kuper said. Projects from the 2006 bond, like the remodel of Liberty High mented energy-saving strategies, School and the building of and already consolidated bus Elementary 15, the new elemen- routes and bell times to maximize travel and fuel costs. ISD already has the lowest administrative over- head in the district. Other districts are just beginning these initiatives, Thiele said. "We're at the bone and there's nothing left," said Sara Niegowski, district communications director. "We are very cognizant that people will lose their jobs, but as a system, tary school on the plateau, will not be affected because the funding for those projects come from the school district's capital fund. Operating costs for the new ele- mentary school for the first two years have already been reserved. How a RIF line is made The Issaquah teachers' contract stipulates layoffs are based on senior- Next steps Official layoff notices will go to teachers May 1, Kuper said. As the district's budget continues to be reconciled and enrollment numbers increase, several teach- ers who receive layoffnotices could be called back to work, Kuper said. Callbacks are determined by spe- cialty and seniority. The district's human resources department is ready to answer questions and help teachers transi- tion. District officials have already arranged three transition work- shops to help connect teachers with jobs, unemployment resources and other essentials, Niegowski said. Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@iss- press.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. Auto, V8, a/c, power locks, cruise, keyless entry, trailer STK# 3694 STK# 3704 Your price* Your price* * Your price includes all applicable rebates. See dealer for details. Pictures used for illustration purposes only. *Rebates/Consumer cash subject to change, thru GM. See Dealership for details.Tax and License are extra. Military Rebate for active duty only. See dealer for details. Bonus Cash thru GM, see dealer. 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If EFR expanded, the cost for Issaquah would drop from $4.54 million to $4.49 million. The cost for North Bend would decline from about $724,000 to about $711,000. Sammamish would contribute more -- from $5.21 million to $5.38 million. The increase is largely attributed to the potential annexation of the Aldarra and Montaine neighborhoods. The city would pay more but it would also be larger. An additional 273 high- priced homes would help pick up the tab. Officials have discussed bringing District 27 into the partnership for several months. Sammamish representatives on the EFR board consistently opposed expanding the partner- ship. In the past, they have said they believe the expansion would mean Sammamish residents would pay more without a corre- sponding increase in the level of service. According to the terms govern- ing EFR, any expansion would need to be approved by all mem- bers of the group. As a result, each city wields veto power.