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THE 1 SSAQUAH PRES S Gross onbache" Bros. 6_': N  W. (,.h Ave. Portle.nd, Oroon 97209 Twenty-five cents pc, copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 eel. 83, No. 32, August 10, 1983 es development gets final approval r ghemeta Ludlum County Council approved a acres on the will Our Thirty Seven to go ahead to build 3,200 Hestnes pro- next 20 years. Was made Men- an ends of waiting by who first propos- in June, 1980. drew Friends and the Pine Lake Com- The groups high-density did not fit in i !, with the rural character of the Plateau area and that. it did not comply with a pro- posed East Sammamish Community Plan. The county held off on final approval for the development until the East Sammamish Community Plan was passed at the end of last year. The final plan, as amended by the council, also drew criticism from Plateau residents because it allowed high density development under certain conditions. Friends of the Plateau has fil- ed suit against the county over the plan, claiming the environmental impact state- ment was inadequate, the procedure for putting the plan together was ques- tionable and that the master plan concept, under which the Hestnes development would be allowed, is un- constitutional. The suit is pending. The Friends had appealed the Zoning and Subdivision Hearing Examiner's recom- mendations to approve the development, but there was no appeal filed on his last recommendation, which was released July 15. Susan Bell, chair of Friends of the Pla- teau, could not be reached for comment. Developers had promised to build a new fire station and donate a 10-acre site for a future elementary school as well as make a number of road improvements and pay for the installation of a sewer system. Recently, they asked the county to modify some of those promises. They asked that the cost of building and equipping a two-bay fire station be held to $400,000. With inflation, the actual cost of the station and equipment would be bet- ween $600,000 and $700,000. Hearing examiner Bob Beaty said developers must build and equip the station no mat- ter what the cost. "The appli- cant's commitment is not for a specific dollar amount, but to provide the necessary facilities," Beaty wrote. Developers also asked not to provide the school district with a gym, library and cafe- teria, as they had originally planned, unless the school district requested it. The ex- aminer agreed if there were no need for the facilities, developers would not be obliged to provide them. As for sewer extensions, King County Water District 82 manager Mark Spahr says the district is in the process of creating a utility local im- provement district to serve both Hestnes and Providence Point, a large retirement community scheduled to begin construction in the next few months. Both developers have agreed in principle to share the $1.6 million cost of the sewer system, according to Spahr. Despite the final county approval, the Hestnes development is not likely to break ground within the next year. g Country delayed by road problem City Council Men- a Town and Mall that for an an in the city's district. Culver was twist as many arms as neces- the deci- the reluctance of state in giving on fuller the Renton- which will Plans suggest street, Mall run in the same general direction as Gilman Boulevard from SR 900 at least as far as 7th Ave. N.W., before any more ma- jor shopping areas can be built in the northwest of town. Before Monday's meeting, the plan said both Maple and Mall must be so extended, but the council, under Dick Mitchell's motion, agreed it could live with one through street, and Maple was pre- ferred. As current Town and Country plans are drawn, neither street meets the test: Mall deadends in the shop- ping center, and Maple awaits state approval to con- nect with SR 900. Council members made it clear to Town and Country developers Monday that last week's understated threats of lawsuits would not "back the city into a corner" on the Maple street negotiations. Victor M. Loehrer, vice president of the Sate Corpor- ation, developers of the proj- ect, refused to comment on the city's decision, after mak- ing a brief final appeal to the council for permission to go to work on the center development. "We have worked this site for four years," Loehrer said. "We have reworked this site a lot." After adding a long list of accommoda- tions to the city's previous wishes, and citing a host of traffic conditions already im- posed on the center, he added quietly, "We don't have any compromise left." Mitchell was quick to rebut. "I have never seen any plan with room for the streets we need," he said. "I don't think they're bringing any- thing to the party." The council directed Culver and city staff to call in all available political debts and make direct appeals to officials outside the highway department and the joint state-federal highway com- mission to expedite and ap- prove connecting Maple Street to SR 900. Such appeals, they agreed, may include the expenditure :: of up to $5,000 for complex engineering drawings that would illustrate the city's wishes and meet requests already laid down by state 'highway department under- lings. Public Works Director Jack Crumley, who was ef- fusive in his appreciation of Sate Corporation traffic con- sultant cooperation to date, said working with the state has so far been a far different matter. It took from December, 1982 until June of this year for one Mercer Island-based highway official to admit he was not the correct conduit for the city's appeals, Crumley said. The appropriate agency, Crumley says, meets only when "the agenda warrants it," and the city has been unable to get any state of- ficials to admit who keeps the agenda. Meetings in the past have been quatgrrly, at best, Crumley says. , eXCUSeS . . . New Iibrary...checking it out nette Voss has heard 'em all ROI'IIaI]O ItCrll say just about their day in . ask Jeannette at Issa- In her s heard every enjoy a new -'Xcuses are ac- g in time or ex- hospitaliza- the court the or of but a she said. called at told Voss he t to the 1:30 se he was in b. He had trial post- oss told him if up he would lie made the excuse In the family, called who for a make it be- died. "If We can check said. The know the The man's on the line just didn't I, said Voss, people and don't want they may man called to say his Jeannette Voss in the courtroom no one wants to visit. grandfather had died. Voss took the name, found out there was no grandfather and called the man again. This time he said that he didn't have a car to get up to Issa- quah. Since he was being tried on driving without a license, he wasn't supposed to drive anyway, Voss said. "Finally, he just said he'd tried it just to see if it would work. He was so honest, he just couldn't think of the lies fast enough to not get caught out," Voss said. "Often people who have suspended licenses will call in, or are picked up on a war- rant. 'Did they impound your car?' I'll ask. If they say yes, I ask, well, why were you driving?" Oops. Traffic infraction excuses are the most repetitious, Voss said. The most common ex- cuse is either they weren't really speeding as fast as they were charged, or that they were having problems with the car and were just trying to blow it out. Second most common is that they've never been to an area before and are trying to find a certain address. Another common excuse is that they were speeding, but they were trying to find a bathroom for (a) themselves, or (b) their child. "The funniest one I ever had was one man who came in on an overweight (that is, the truck was heavier than road regulations allowed)." "He was carrying cows to the slaughterhouse. His truck was about 2,400 pounds overweight. He said the weather was so cold, he couldn't scrape all the frozen Hundreds of people from the Issaquah area showed up at the open house for the new library last Saturday, including swarms of kids eager for the stories, puppet shows and -- of course -- free cookies and ice cream. Above, librarian Scooter Poore got kids giggling with a spirited reading of "Would you Rather...?" Photos by Rodl Shemeta Ludlum. manure out of the bottom of the truck, and that was what had caused all the extra weight. "I didn't feel that frozen manure could weigh that much extra, so I asked him if maybe he hadn't slipped in a few extra cows," she said. The man replied that they were thin cows, since they were on the way to the slaughterhouse, and he may have put in three or four ex- tra cows. "It was worth a try," he said sheepishly. Missing in Issaquah: False teeth, wet sheets, common sense by Terry McLafferty Since it isn't the full moon, what it is? Item Number One: A few minutes after mid- night August 3, police of- ficers Dave Draveling and Keith Hansen were called to a popular downtown tavern to investigate "suspicious cir- cumstances." Upon arriving, they found two women, both aged 47, and "very HBD" ("has been drinking"). That in itself was not unusual. However, the police found the women "parting out" (dismantling) the tavern's toilet. With plumber's tools, and every- thing. Since it was 12:28 a.m. and the women were attired in normal evening wear, police inquired as to the reason. Subject number one, they were informed, had gotten ill, and in the process of un- burdening her stomach, lost her teeth. Into the commode. Throughout the story-tell- to go home. By the following morning, according to a bar- tender, the women and the teeth were reunited. Neither the women, nor the teeth, were charged. Item number two: On August 2, at a few minutes past midnight, a 21- year-old Issaquah man, well- known to local officers, was stopped along Front Street, near 1-90, for traveling in ex- cess of 50 miles per hour. Police officers gave the man a sobriety test, which he passed, but cited him because the state had no record of him having a drivers license. They let him walk home, but confiscated his keys until a li- censed driver could pick it up. At 4:45 a.m. the same morning, the same suspect returned to the police station and confronted the dispatch- er with a request for his keys. This time he had a license. The dispatcher, suspicious, called in officer Dave ing, subject number two pull- Malinowski, the original ar- ed or attempted to pull the resting officer. What we have officers away, repeating loudly, "We want our teeth!" Subject number one pro- ceeded to justify her actions by revealing she was a li- censed plumber, and 'TII probably be called back in the morning to unclog the johns anyway." here, said Malinowski, is a false ID. According to one officer, this added entanglement rais- ed the subject's possible liabilities from a $37.50 ticket, to a $1500 bail. Item number three: A certain resident of the ci- ty jail is doing 180 days for The officers suggested that theft. The crime for which he the next day would be a bet- was imprisoned took place 36 ter time to rescue the teeth, hours after he was released and encouraged the women early from a 60-day stay for good behavior. That time he had been caught stealing two candy bars. The second time it was a bottle of booze. On July 30, the fellow was given a routine task to per- form. He gathered up l0 to 14 city jail sheets and was directed to travel some 100 yards to The Suds Shop, where he was to wash the sheets. While the sheets were washing, the subject decided to go back to the station, for reasons known only to him- self. While he was gone, the sheets were stolen. If you're not eating at the Holiday Inn, you're missing the best food and service in town. of Issaquah Exit 15 off I-g0 392-6421