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,% A2 WEDNESDAYs JUNE 39 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS BY WARREN KAGARISE City officials want to improve traffic flow, city parks and salmon habitat in 2010. The wide-ranging list of 2010 goals directs city staffers to take steps to establish a human services campus, plan Cybil-Madeline Park and complete the first phase of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing. City goals are meant to guide city department directors as they draft budget proposals. City Council members were set to adopt a set of nine goals June 1, after The Press' deadline. "These are certainly reasonable goals," Councilman Fred Butler said before the vote. "They were developed in concert with the department heads and the mayor and the city administrator." Council members laid out the goals May 2 during a daylong retreat. Starting with their list of 2009 objec- tives, officials trimmed the document to a nine-point list. Officials said the shorter list was a reflection of the ON'IHEWEB Read a complete list of city goals at www.issaquahpress.com. City goals for 2010 Goal 1: Improve mobility in Issaquah's transportation system Goal 2: Sustainability Goal 3: Earn citizens' confidence, faith and trust in city government Goal 4: Parks programs and facilities Goal 5: Salmon habitat Goal 6: Ensure a safe community Goal 7: Implementation of the Economic Vitality Strategic Plan Goal 8: Continue regional participation Goal 9: Explore establishment of an Information Technology Commission with," he said. Some of the big-ticket items included on the goal list depend on dollars from outside sources. Council members said projects, like the human services campus and a new dam and upper intake for the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, could be difficult to complete next year. A group of nonprofit, business and government leaders was formea in 2006 to research the creation of a human services cam- pus in Issaquah. Officials envision the campus as a central point from which to aid people in need of food, healthcare and employment. "I think we'll make good progress on that, but I think it would be a stretch to say we would open a human services campus in 2010," Buffer said. Members of the Council Services & Operations Committee are set to consider an agreement related to the campus June 18. The city could spend up to $20,000 to partner with a Redmond social services center in order to establish the campus. down economy. Goals included on Officials also listed among their lists were now outdated or to reflect accomplishments or goals a ,proposal to remove the ecome integrated into city work budget changes. The council sug- hatchery s intake dam and con- plans, they said. gested creating an Information struct a series of boulder weirs. The city faces a $1.5 million Technology Commission to deter- But the project depends on more shortfall; officials slashed spending mine how city officials can effec- than $4 million in state and feder- by $1.6 million to close the gap. Bellevue consultant Greg Prothman worked with city offi= cials to formulate goals. He sug- gested during the May 2 retreat for officials to "strategically burn" reserve dollars in order to accom- plish goals. Many of the goals are holdovers from past lists, updated by officials tively use new technology. Councilman David Kappler said before the vote that he was pleased with the list he and his colleagues produced. "It's an excellent group," Kappler said. "I think it's also realistic, given the budget constraints. "It's never complete but I'm very satisfied with the list we came up al dollars. "The wild card in just about every- thing we do is the current economic situation and how that's going to play out over time," Buffer said. Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392- 6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press, com. Issaquah Press earns Press photographer Greg photography portfolio category Farrar won first place for best for a selection of his best photo- reafionalo jiurnalism photo essay for a feature called graphs. "Beatin the heat. Wogan won third place in the excellence awards Chantelle Lusebrink won third sports reporting category for his place in education reporting for story, The recruit, about then- The Issaquah Press won an Time in a bottle," a story about a high school freshman Kasen award for General Excellence in family in Florida who found a Williams receiving national the 2008 Western Washington message in a bottle sent by attention for his football skills. Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists on May 30. The paper was named third best among all nondally newspapers. The Peninsula Gateway and Puget Sound Business Journal came in first and second, respectively. Sunset Elementary School stu- dents. Christopher Huber and J.B. Wogan, reporters for Sammamish Review, a sister publication of Issaquah Press Inc., also won awards. Huber won third place in the Laura Geggel, of SnoValley Star, another IPI publication, won third place for consumer/envi- ronmental affairs reporting for "Taking out the trash," a story about a North Bend nonprofit group and its work to clean up local trails. Callaway Diablo, FT9 or FT IQ Buy The Driver, Get A or Fairway Wood Closeout Warbird reg. $19.99 SALE Nike AirMax Summer Golf Shoes reg. $89.99 NOW BagBoy XL50 Pull Carts Compare at $79.99 Golf Shirts $1988 or 2 for $30 Cc~ors and st~es may vazy, -X-18R Irons Play a great iron for an even better price! ONLY Leather. 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District officials sent out a with 28 classrooms, a computer lab, music room, multipurpose room, gym and a resource room with an occupational and physical therapy room for special-needs students. The building will be built to achieve state Green Schools standards, which includes efficient use of building materials and energy saving tech- lowest bid -- a $14.36 million notice of intent May 28, which nology. base bid -- of eight general con- asks Babbit Neuman employees to The total project budget for tractors who submitted applica- file a contract and complete bond Elementary 15 is $22.8 million; tions for the project. Commercial and insurance paperwork with voters approved it in the 2006 Structures, of Burien, submitted the district by mid-June. Once construction bond. the second lowest bid, about that paperwork is in, district offi- Even though district officials $15.2 million, cials can issue a notice to proceed are facing a budget gap of nearly District officials, by state law, and Babbit can begin developing $5.4 million, because of state are required to award the con- plans and site work. funding cuts, they are still able to tract to the lowest responsible The new school, temporarilycontinue construction projects called Elementary 15, is in the 20800 block of Southeast 20th Street near Pine Lake on the Sammamish Plateau. The bidder. The bids were close because companies are looking for work, said Steve Crawford, director of capital projects for the district. Babbit specializes in school construction, Crawford said, adding it has built two elementary schools in Federal Way and Directions: Take Exit 17 Off 1-90. Go 3 112 miles South on Front Street. 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