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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY9 JUNE 3, 2009 A3 BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK After community input, Issaquah School District officials are rethinking plans to put a cell phone tower near Beaver Lake Middle School. District officials told school February, Kuper said. One person attended that meet- ing, so district officials believed the community's attitude toward cell phone towers had changed in recent years. However, some neighbors said they didn't know about the meet- ing, so they asked Kuper and Crawford to conduct another with board members May 27 they are looking to rescind the contract they property owners in the area. offeredto AT&T or find a new loca- Nearly 25 residents attended tion for the cell phone tower, that meeting, most adamantly District officials offered the con- opposing the placement of a tower tract as a way to earn additional revenue, said Jacob Kuper, the dis- trict's chief finance and operations officer. District officials are working to finish closing a $5.4 million budget gap, as a result of funding at the state level. on school grounds and near their homes, citing concerns for safety and of property values. Several of those neighbors addressed school board members at a May 27 meeting. "I would like to request the school district enhance its notification AT&T would pay district officials process," said Klahanie resident $1,000 down for the cell phone Ramesh Mandyam. I am also con: tower and between $1,300 and cerned about the placement of a cell $1,500 a month for locating it on phone tower on school property, as school property, Kuper said. research and science have left it Two other schools in the district, open-ended, noting that long-term Sunset Elementary and Skyline studies would have to be conducted High, have towers located on or next to their properties. The cell phone company pays the district for use of its land at Skyline, while the cell phone company with the tower next to Sunset doesn't have to pay, since it is in the right of way zone, said Steve Crawford, director on their safety. Due to the lack of data, I would ask the district err on the side of caution by not placing a tower on school property." I am a parent of a Skyline stu- dent and I wasn't notified when that tower was placed, because I didn't live in the 200 to 500 feet of of capital projects for the district, it, but I would have voiced con- Near Beaver Lake. there areceru," said Patricia Vargas, anoth- already threeother cell phone tow- er resident who would live near ers within a two-mile radius of the the proposed tower. "I do have school, Kuper said. concerns, because I don't know if, it "While it is small, it is a stable is safe or not." revenue stream for the general "It appears we misread the fund," he said. "We are always barometer of the community," looking for new revenue streams Kuper said. that are stable." Notification to property owners Reach Reporter Chant,lie Lusebrink at living within 200 feet to 500 feet of 392-6434, ext. 24I, or clusebrink@iss- the proposed tower went out and a press.com. Comment on this article at public meeting was held in www.issaquahpress.com. BY WARREN KAGARISE A city program to cut water pol- lution has prevented industrial chemicals, fryer grease and even the material dentists use to fill cavities from contaminating ground water. City officials inked an agree- ment with the state Department of Ecology last year to pay for a city Public Works Engineering Department employee to stop pol- lution at its source. Environmental Science Associate Dana Zlateff is tasked with handling source con- trol for the city. Source control means the city attempts to deal by the ecology department. The city would receive $155,668 from the Department of Ecology, according to the council bill. The was treated as hazardous waste. Her efforts helped dentists proper- .... ly dispose of 15 pounds of amal- gam. She said 1,600 gallons of haz- ardous materials have been con- tained and protected as a result of BY DANA ZLATEFF Before and after photos of haz- ardous materials at an Issaquah gas station show the materials stored in secondary containment to prevent a spill or release to the environment. of turnover -- factors that con- tribute to problems with educa- tion and compliance with regula- tions. the program. Zlateffconducted 215 visits to more than 160 businesses since the program began in early 2008. Of the 55 follow-up visits, only four had not yet made recom- mended changes. The program also offered free spill kits to businesses in the city. The kits -- a container, gloves, absorbent pads and drain covers with pollutants at the source -- council was set to consider the Restaurants and automotive --cost about $55 each. before they can enter and harm grant proposal June 1, after The businesses were some of the most The city also participates in the the environment. Press' deadline, difficult to change because of King County Hazardous Waste Zlateff recently told City Council The source control program is those issues, Zlateff said. Management Voucher Incentive members the program had pro- part of an effort to protect the "While small businesses typical- Program, providing vouchers up duced a dramatic effect with Critical Aquifer Recharge Area. ly handle small amounts of toxic to $500 to businesses that need regard to improved water quality Much of the drinking water pro- products and wastes, cumulatively assistance to manage hazardous in Issaquah and Tibbetts creeks, vided to city residents is drawn The ecology department provid- from wells that tap into the Lower ed money for Issaquah and 13 Issaquah Valley Aquifer. Because other local governments to hire numerous wells are located near staff to take steps to reduce the high-traffic downtown Issaquah, amount of pollutants entering they are vulnerable to pollution. ground water. Issaquah is one of Zlateff outlined some of the two jurisdictions to exceed the challenges during her presenta- requirements of the ecology tion to council members at the department grant. April 28 Committee-of-the-Whole The current grant is set to end Council meeting. June 30. City officials are working Councilman John Rittenhouse on an application to reauthorize praised the effort. He said it was and extend the grant, which heartening to see city officials and would keep Zlateff at her post. business owners take action to Officials want to extend the grant clean up contaminants. through the end of 2010, but the Zlateff said small businesses city would also agree to a term set have small staffs and a higher rate these businesses have the poten- tial to impact storm water and harm drinking water supplies if they don't follow proper proce- dures," she wrote in a follow-up e- mail. During her presentation, Zlateff described the variety of materials she works to prevent from enter- ing ground water. Solvents used in dry cleaning, motor oil and other industrial chemicals are obvious culprits. But materials that may seem innocuous -- such as fryer grease -- can also do harm. Zlateff also worked with dentists to make sure the material used to fill cavities, mercury amalgam, materials. Officials said the source control program has been successful because business owners are encouraged to educate their employees and prevent contami- nation. "The response has been posi- tive," Zlateff wrote. "A total of 51 out of the 55 businesses needing to make changes in their business did. This is a 93 percent success in participation to our community." Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392- 6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. Potential high school math curriculum up for viewing Issaquah School District officials are reviewing a potential new high school math curriculum for geometry and algebra. After an in-depth study of sever- al curricula, district officials and teachers have recommended Discovering Mathematics and are now asking for community input. Parents can view materials and provide feedback at one of three open houses at the district adminis- tration building, 565 N,W. Holly St.: 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 2 1:30-3:30 p.m. June 4 9-11 a.m. June 5 The math curriculum is one also recently reviewed by the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. However, pub- lic instruction officials voted to approve Holt Mathematics, the math program they viewed as most strongly aligning with the state's new math standards. Districts do not have to use the Holt program. They have the option of selecting their own, as long as the new curriculum meets new state standards. After the initial open houses, the Instructional Materials Committee -- parents, teachers and commu- nity members -- will review the curriculum for bias, readability and fit with the district's mission and charter. If that committee approves Discovering Mathematics, a pro- posal to adopt the curriculum will go before the school board in late June or July. If the committee doesn't approve the curriculum, the process to adopt a new cur- riculum would stop. adoption." Second Avenue to close Second Avenue will close from 9:35-9:55 a.m. and again from 10:40-11:15 a.m. June 5 to allow an Issaquah High School proces- sion to walk from the high school, 700 Second Ave. S.E. to the com- munity center, 301 Rainier Ave., and back. City officials have authorized students to use the center for their Learn more at annual senior assembly that day, www.issaquah.wednet.edu; click since their gymnasium has been on "high school math curriculum torn down for construction. King County Sheriff's deputies host sexual offender meeting King County Sheriff's deputies held a sexual offender notification meeting at Apollo Elementary School June 2, after The Press' deadline. The meeting was for families and community members living in the area where Randall Berry, a Level 3 sex offender, has regis- such a meeting to inform the pub- lic, enhance community safety and awareness, and tell residents how best to report any criminal or sus- picious activity. Questions about the meeting can be answered by calling 206-205- 7948 or going to www.kingcoun- ty.gov/sheriff . City gravesite rates could rise tered. A Level 3 sex offender is one City Cemetery Board members considered highly likely to re- recommended creating a single offend given the opportunity, rate for both sections of the ceme- Berryis a white male, approxi- tery, and increasing the cost for mately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, gravesites and maintenance fees. weighing about 185 pounds. He A full-size grave in the lower has brown eyes and black hair. area of Issaquah Hillside cemetery Berry is living in the 14600 block costs $650; a full-size grave in the of Southeast Renton-Issaquah upper area of the cemetery costs Road, within one mile of the $750. The proposed rate change school, 15025 S.E. ll7th St., would bring full-size graves in both Renton. areas to $1,000. He was convicted of first-degree rape, attempted rape and two counts of second-degree assault in 1984 for assaulting four different women. Berry stopped each woman driv- ing in their car alone by flashing his vehicle's headlights or emer- gency lights. Once the women were stopped, Berry would inform them he was an off-duty police officer not in uniform and show them a fake Council Services & Operations Committee members endorsed the proposal May 21. City Council members were set to consider the rate hike June 1, after The Press' deadline. If enacted, the new rates would become effective July 1. Cemetery Board members plan to review the rates every three years. Parks Manager A1 Erickson told committee members the revised badge. He would tell the women rate structure would cut confusion they had committed a minor traffic regarding the differences between violation or they had inoperable or the different areas of the cemetery. defective vehicle equipment. He Moreover, he said space in the lower would then use a knife to force the level was increasingly limited. women from their vehicle and sex- Erickson said Issaquah would ually assault them. still be cheaper than cemeteries in Police are requh'ed, in accor- surrounding municipalities: "Even dance with the Community with our rates going up, we're still Protection Act of 1990, to hold very reasonable," he said. welcome! ISSAQUAH % PRESS.com emJt l m m ~c~ Susan H. Gerund, CRS, GR/,ASP Certified Residential Specialist 206-7 19-4663 ~nc~nT,S,e susangerend,com ~ --,-~ om Happy ]Father's Day! 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