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Take the to fab , See Page B4 Bothell humbles Issaquah 36-14; Skyline, Liberty get easy wins , Sports, Page CI Winners chosen for the amateur photo contest Community, Page B1 invited to , See Page B6 LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1900 75 CENTS --Aw-- WEDNESDAY~ SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Residents may notice more weeds at city parks, longer waits for passports and fewer road proj- ects next year as municipal officials trim expenses by about $7 million. After months of penny pinching, officials took another dramatic cost-saving step last week when Department, for instance, is gener- staffing: About one-third of salary ated through building permits -- costs for city employees are associ- which dropped precipitously as ated with benefits. construction slowed. City Council members adopted a Mayor Ava Frisinger announced The layoffs followed a hiring $109.5 miUionmunicipalbudgetin the layoffs of 10 city employees, freeze and a voluntary severance December. Employees in the municipal program enacted by the city.The layoffs are the first in recent Building, Human Resources, Parks Municipal officials will save about & Recreation, Planning and Public $595,000 next year after seven Works Engineering departments received notice their positions would be eliminated. Some of the departments have been hit by a downturn in building construction. Money for the Building employees opted for a severance package. All told, the hiring freeze, severance program and layoffs will save the city $2.025 million. About 75 percent of the municipal operat- ing budget is associated with memory related to budget prob- lems. Overall, the size of city staff will shrink by about 10 percent, or 27 positions. Additional layoffs are "not some- See LAYOFFS, Page .42 WHATTO KNOW , Building, Staff redl Issaquah Police, s Several city departments will operate three with fewer employees as a result of Planning, staff redL layoffs, vacancies and a voluntary ~ Public Works Engin severance program. About 10 per- reduction of three cent of the city workforce - or 27 Executive, staff red employee positions - has been cut. Finance, staff redu| The following departments were Human Resources, impacted: of one Parks & Recreation, staff reduc- ~ Public Works Operations, staff tion of seven reduction of one By Michael Bayless Rowe lssaquah Press reporter A 20-year-old Issaquah woman was rescued from Mount Si after suffering a back injury caused by her overeager hiking companion -- her dog. The woman was hiking with her dog and a friend Sept. i. The dog pulled hard on its leash, which caused the woman to have a painful back spasm. She was in so much pain that she was unable to walk. King County Sheriff's Office Search and-Rescue was notified about the emergency at about 5 p.m. The two women were able to call 911 from the mountain using a cell phone. The sheriff's office's Guardian 2 helicopter responded to perform a hoist rescue, but a low cloud over the mountain forced the helicopter to abort the mission. Ground teams traveled up the mountain on Tenerife Road and hiked across the connector trail to find the injured woman. The search and rescue team carried her back to where their vehicles were parked on Tenerife Road and drove her down the mountain. She was then transported by ambulance to Overlake Hospital. Michael Bayless Rowe: 392-6434, ext. 248, or mrowe@snovaUeystar, com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK SCHOOL'S BACK IN SESSION Issaquah Valley Elementary School safety patrol officer Dominic Card, a fifth-grader, helped students cross to the school campus safely. See more back-to-school photos on Page C6 and in a slideshow at www.issaquahpress.com. ~r 111 ...... By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter City development commission- ers cautioned a developer about building a subdivision on a steep site near Providence Point, but the project architect said the develop- ment would move forward. Commissioners heard early plans from Issaquah developer Delta Inn Construction for a pro- posed 46-1ot subdivision Aug. 19. Delta Inn plans to use about five acres of the 11.9-acre site for attached dwellings and single-fam- fly houses: Lot sizes would range from about 1,800 square feet to about 2,400 square feet. However, density "depends on the lay of the land and the size and the shape of the lot," city Senior Planner Marion O'Brien said. She outlined several challenges at the site, including wetlands and trees protected by a new tree ordinance. Hazards related to erosion, land- slides and seismic activity are present as well. Planners said the meeting was a first step ahead of a formal pro- posal from a developer. No appli- cations have been made related to the project. The meeting was set up to raise questions about the potential project. The site, in the 22000-24000 block of Southeast 43rd Way, is just south of Providence Point. The road separates the land from the See SUBDIVISION, Page AS " " Salmon Days Festival hosts IIII Ill /I volunteersign-upparb/ THt zels ISSAqUA A sign-up party for Salmon Days 16-year school education for children all over the [ volunteers is from 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Pickering Barn, state." 1730 lOth Ave. N.W. board member to After 16 years, Fletcher Director of Festivals Robyn Kelley announced this spring that she said ideally 500 volunteers are resign next week wo d not seek re-election for her needed in myriad positions for the district Director 2 position, repre- two-day event Oct. 3-4, including: senting the southwest portion of FieldofFun By Chantelle Lusebrink the district. After her announce- , The trash collecting Refuse Issaquah Press reporter ment, state board officials Rangers or four-hour shift. She said some approached her about a position, * The tech team (in charge of pro- positions require additional com- Issaquah School Board member she said. duct:on, setup booths, signs and mitments. Connie Fletcher was selected as She will resign from the bleachers} Keeping a festival that regularly the newest member of the Issaquah board at its next meeting , Sporting events (held the week- draws more than 200,000 people Washington State Board of Sept. 9. The resignation takes end before Salmon Days} to the streets of Issaquah wouldn't Education on Aug 31. immediate effect; Fletcher cannot , Parking be possible without volunteers, "It is a real honor," Fletcher serve on both boards simultane- . Booth official Kelley said. said. "I'm really looking forward ously. , Man the booths "We can get everything planned, to it." Fletcher has served two terms , Take surveys but nothing will happen without The state board directs educa- as board president and six years Attendees at the signup partyvolunteers to implement it," she tion policy, like graduation as the board's legislative repre- will receive: a free dinner, provided said. "Also, we hear from vendors requirements and curriculum, for sentative. She worked to imple- by sponsor Timber Ridge at Talus, and attendees who say this is the the state, ment several pieces of legislation and will get a free Ruby Red T- nicest festival to come to, because "They set policy that makes a to improve education and she shirt, in honor of the 40th anniver- it's so friendly. big impact on our local communi- chaired the Achievement Gap sary, from sponsor 0verlake "Making that happen are the vol- ties," Fletcher said. "So, hopefully, BY ISSAQUAH SCHOOL DISTRICT Medical Center Issaquah. unteers in the front-line positiOns." I can not only do good for our own Issaquah School Board member Connie Retcher testifies earlier this year Kelley said volunteers are Call the Salmon Days office at 392- district, but hopefully improve See FLETCNI:R Page A6 before the Washington State Board of Education in Olympia. required to sign up for one three- 0661 or go to www.SalmonDays.org. GAS GA[IGE A&E ........B6 Opinion ...... A4 Classifieds ... C4-5 Police ....... C5 Community ... B1Schools ...... C6 Obituaries .... B3 Sports ..... C1-3 As students head back to school, the King County Sheriff's Office wants to educate children about staying at home alone after school. Children Should carry a house key in a safe place, know how to call 911, how to give directions to their home in case of emergency and how to interact with callers at the door or on the phone. A child should never let a caller or visitor know that he or she is home alone. I Last Week's Rainfall: " J ]~S]' LO0~ PIIJ{~S * I 1.99 inches [ ~ $2.78 - Costco 801 10th Ave. N.W. 33.87 inches ' UlGN[$[ LOCAl. PR[[" Total last year: l jr ~/ i. $2.93 - Shell (t~rough Sept. 7) !. 15 E. Sunset Way 36.16 inches To report ~as pdces in ~our area, ~o to