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Grossonbachm Bros. 61/+ N,U, 6th Ave. THE I SSAQUAH PRESS Twenty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 19, May 11, 1983 Lake on used to be as finding a Su- dollar in County Ordi- will change to possible, are a fisher- Pine law will prohibit on both sides of S.E. from 100 550 feet south Geographic- into the Lake Park. mg to County Bruce Laing, opposed area because to Walk on the due to deep on both Public works Parking ban deles parked on Were weakening which under- go up in early So much for spring In between the rain and hall, there were some Spring Fling activities on Memorial Field last weekend. The winds were up for the kite flying contest, won by three-year-old Krlsta Sorenson for best performing kite, Shawna Clark and Kaki Gor- don for most colorful, Joey O'Toole for longest tall, Scan Kelly for weirdest kite, Jill Mortenson-Euerle, best homemade, and Mlchelle and Heidi Nelson, most unusual for their Hefty bag flier. Winners in the Jumprope contest were Bonnie Mease, Mollie Vosburgh and Kaki Gordon, tied in the 6-7 age group, Jeannah Vosburgh, and Amy Dougherty. The bicycle poker run Included trikes and even ponies this year. Winner was Kakl Gordon with a straight, Jon Fitch, se- cond with three queens, the three runners-up were Heldi Nelson, NIckl Ziche and Shawna Clark. teachers will be laid off next year udlum of the state budget, which is Board voted lower than the House version play a round of would give Issaquah enough roulette" money to keep 406 teachers. Year's budget, The district now employs more money 415. in and more As of May 2, seven ;Will go out. teachers had given notice of eye on the legis- retirement, resignation or is promising leave for next year. Newbill for public said he's sure at least two the other eye on more will pack up before the number of Issa- year is out, adding that as eachers retiring, many as 18 may eventually the leave, if the "rumor mill" is May 4 that no accurate. Teachers are re- be laid off at quired to inform the district school year. by June 1 if they are going to gamble, but the take a leave of absence the good," said following school year, but resident Bill there is no deadline for who called the resignations and retirements. action "Brouillet McGlashan said that ". (Frank "Buster" because the most conserva- IS.the state Super- tive estimate of attrition -- ot Public Instruc- nine teachers -- would give the dtrict the staff reduc- ks ago, there tion it needs, there would be send RIF no need for layoffs. The to board vote was followed by a with burst of applause from nmmediately, teachers union president of 12 teachers Midge Paterson and several resulted in others. to math, The decision means that if education there is an unexpected cut- Assistant back in state funds or if the Gary New- enrollment drops even lower than planned, thenpro- 4 meeting, grams, not staff, will be cut. Director Last fall, about 200 fewer Pointed out students than expected show- version ed up for classes and the BIG ON WHIRLPOOL APPLIANCES AT KING AND BUNNYS CORPORATION LARGE CAPACITY Washer and ;HER DRYER mOdel.., really Gas and E ectr c Models special Energy- Cool-Down Cars helps prevent wdn- Water- kiss in Permanent press ,4 Dry!rig Double Temps 3 Drying Cycles FulI-WIOm 's & Ernst in the Renton Highlands. RPPUflncE & TV Sunset board was forced to cut back nearly half a million dollars. This year the administra- tion is basing its budget on an enrollment of 6753 students. The district enrollment as of last week was 6905. The loss will come from the grad- uation of a senior class of about 600 and the entrance of a much smaller kinder- garten class of about 400. So far, 220 kindergarteners have been registered for next fall, according to Skow, which is about the same as last year at this time. This year's kinder- garten class has 381 students. In a memo to the board, Skow said he did not think the district would have a sur- prise enrollment diop the way it did last year, and that the housing market is much healthier than it was last year. "People will undoubtedly leave the Puget Sound area during the next year," wrote Skow," but the house they leave behind in Issaquah should now sell more quiCk- ly." Skow added, "The mood of people that I talked to now, by comparison to five months ago when the 6753 projection was made, has changed dramatically." The board does not make any final budget decisions until August, after the legis- lature has approved the state budget. Contract approved The School Board unanimously ratified the contract of Dr. James Swick at its May 4 meeting. The new superinten- dent, who begins work Ju- ly I, will be paid $52,000 per year. His contract runs for three years. Issaquah would pay to solve water drainage problems According to a recent sur- vey, Issaquah residents favor doing something about water runoff damage and would pay $3 a month for King County Public Works to take care of it. That was the response for 65 Issaquah area residents who filled out questionnaires after a public hearing on March 17, held to get citizen input on runoff water prob- lems. In addition to favoring the creation of a special utility within the Department of Public Works to deal with surface and runoff water, the respondents also strongly agreed on three other points: * 90 percent either agree or strongly agree that the sur- face water utility should make every effort to preserve natural drainage systems. * 84 percent either agree or strongly agree that the service charge should vary according to how much a property con- tributes to drainage prOb- lems. * 74 percent either agree or strongly agree that the utility should include both cities and unincorporated areas of King County. Public works will incor- porate citizen input when the plan is presented to King County Executive Randy Revelle. Chamber luncheon honors citizens Seven members of the community will be honored by various Issaquah clubs and associations at the an- nual Chamber of Commerce community awards luncheon Wednesday, May 18, at the Holiday Inn. Awards will be presented by the Chamber, the Issa- quail Education Association, ,Issaquah and Issaquah Valley Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, and Valley Seniors. Guest speaker will be Chuck Langlois, described as a "firebrand of community boosterism." He was one of the prime movers in a civic improvement program in Leavenworth, which turned the area from a tired old log- ging town to a Bavarian Village attracting more than a million visitors a year. Langlois, who owned a menswear shop in Leaven- worth, once raised $20,000 in one morning to put new sod in the local park. He is described as full of creativity, sparkle and fire. He now lives in Bothell, where he is a sales representative for Enatai Publications and director of the Consulting firm, "Seek the Unique," which highlights unusual businesses. The luncheon will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Reservations are available by calling the Chamber Office at 392-7024. The general public is welcome. Metro dredges milfoil at Lake Sammamish Metro will team up with the State Parks and Recrea- tion Department this summer in an effort to control Eura- sian Milfoil around heavily trafficked areas of Lake Samamish. Mechanical harvesting techniques will be employed along the beaches of Lake Samammish State Park and the public boat launch on the southeast shoreline. Harvest- ing is scheduled for June and August. Coming to the Issaquah Press: A guide to the Bachelors of Issaquah, in your May 25 edition. What's in Pickering Farm's future ? Not even council knows for sure by Rhode Donkin Seven City Council members sit breathlessly peering into a deep crystal ball. Behind them lies stacks of dog-eared papers, the cumpled versions of the 1983 lssaquah comprehensive plan. A picture of the Picketing Farm property appears in the ethereal haze of the glowing ball and the council members gather close. In the emerging scene the earth is black, dotted with 5,000 shiny buds of metallic color arranged perfectly around tall block buildings. A couple of the colored dots break away from the pack and leave the picture via a black artery. A green labrythinth is faintly visible inside the mosaic. "That's a green belt, "mutters Councilman Joe Peterson in disgust, pushing himself away from the crystal ball. He re- fuses to resume his position and instead sits resolutely in a slump. Soon Councilmen Dave Clark and Nick Pergakis also fall away, scratching their heads and casting depressed looks at each other. Councilmen Dick Mitchell and Ernie Smith are riveted on the ball. Mitchell wants to know how they managed to put in a ture without comment. Darlene McHenry suddenly lets out a gasp, motioning to the sulking council members to rejoin the group before the crystal ball. The picture is changing. The ball turns green, all green. The only visible features now are tiny colored things flying around in the air and a deep blue vein winding down the side of the picture. People are visible and there is a duster of brownish buildings near the blue line. The green is not one color, it's a patchwork" of different shades assembled in pre- cise order around these small buildings and dusters of people. "You're kidding," groans Smith. "What's that brown mess in the corner anyway?" "Those are barns and that restaurant and museum are for the tourists you talked about, "remarks Pergakis. "Or maybe it's an open air market. Are those patchy things grape vines?" "Creek looks nice and clean, "comments Clark. Mayor A. J. Culver walks in at this point and is transfixed by the flying objects. "Gosh, isn't that nice," he says. McHenry lets out a laugh, watching the group in their tur-. five-lane highway down 56th and Smith is trying to see if that mo/L She looks over at Hinds who suggests they turn the tall building has a bank's name on it. lights on and get back to work on the comprehensive plan. Af- Council President Rowan Hinds is silent, studying the pic- ter all, they are looking at the year 2,000. This is only 1983. D-Day, June 6, 1983. The City Council plans to adopt the new Issaquah Compre- hensive plan. In May, that is the inten- tion, but it won't happen unless the council has agreed on a compromise for the future of the Picketing Farm property. They have voted, by a nar- row margin, to allow the area to develop, but since that vote, they have told the city administration they want more control over how the development happens. Their goal now is to allow some big changes on that flat land across the interstate, but without alienating a commu- nity that has expressed fear of another Southcenter. The "compromise" is us- ing a Master Site Plan for the Pickering Farm property. Details of the proposal are now being drafted by the ci- ty's planning staff, with the legal assistance of City at- torney John Hackett and ideas from the seven City Council members. Basically a Master Site Plan imposed over a develop- ment district would require developers appear before the City Council for their ap- proval. The council could scrutinize and regulate plans substantially. Those are land use powers never before given directly to the council. Performance standards al- ready written into the com- prehensive plan would still be the foundation for whatever control the council has on development. But, says Plan- ning Director Dwight Hart- man, a Master Site Plan would prevent piecemeal development on the large property. "It will insure that development is well balanced and everything will look like it belongs together," says Hartman. While the master plan idea is now directed toward the Pickering Farm property, it is also being discussed for other large undeveloped areaS in IsSaquah. How large those areas would have to be, and the degree of detail in a master plan are still a ques- tion. Councilman Dave Clark says the idea is no panacea for providing all the protec- tions everybody wants, but it offers the most hope for phasing in development and airing public concerns. "You can deal with a lot of community unrest this way," says Clark. His idea of a master plan is to specifically require developers to map out utility systems, recreation areas, open spaces and roads. He says he is adamant the master plan include some provision for phasing development. "We could, for example, require the eastern half be developed before the western half (of Pickering Farms) I don't know, but it's critical we include some language about phasing develop- ment," says Clark. Further, he believes the master plan should promote the council's view of Issa- quah's image. The city's natural setting, tourism and speciality business interests should be supported in a master plan concept, says Clark. Councilman Joe Peterson is not convinced a master plan provides any protection for the city if it's placed over a development district. In his view, once an area is given the permission to develop, there is no legal opportunity to restrict it in any mean- ingful way. The city staff has controls through per- formance standards, says Peterson, but the council can't restrict development that is permitted them in the comprehensive plan. "l would dearly love to find a compromise, but I haven't found it," said Peterson. "It's a sincere ef- fort but it doesn't have any teeth." The Pickering Farm pro- perty should stay in a development district, says Dick Mitchell, but per- formance standards should be looked at very closely and a Master Site Plan should be added to development stan- dards. Mitchell sees the master plan as a way of keep- ing land intact as one development, which he listed as one of his top priorities. He also said, "I am adamant that development can't get near the creek." "It's the best opportunity to achieve the goal of pro- viding stability to a volatile situation," says Council Pre- sident Rowan Hinds. He says he would like to see lot sizes no less than 25 acres and strict control on commercial development. Darlene McHenry says the whole master plan idea is too new to discuss in detail, but, "1 think it is a step toward compromise." At its May 16 meeting, the City Council will review a version of the proposed master plan for Issaquah. They will also discuss other large properties where the master plan cold be imposed. It may look like a tidy compromise to council mem- bers, and if it does, the big- gest road block in planning for Issaquah's future might be passed. TIGER MOUNTAIN STATE FOREST Issaquah High Point Upper Preston N L, I I 0 I 2 MILES Mirrormont State land Former Weyerhaeuser land Blocking up with land trades Tiger Mountain State Forest took another step toward completion last week when the state Board of Natural Resources unanimously approved a land exchange between Weyerhaeuser and the Department of Natural Resources which allows the DNR to "block up" its holdings on the mountain. The state traded 6,626 acres of land In the Carnation and Duvall area for Weyerhaeuser's 6,544 on Tiger Mountain. The state land was valued at $10.66 million, Weyerhaeuser's at $10.59 million. Negotiations for land exchange continue between Menasha Corporation, which owns 640 acres on West Tiger, and Burlington Northern, which owns 320 acres on parcles in the north and south ends of the mountain. Land exchange or purchase has not been totally ruled out for the City of Issaquah's Lake Tradition.