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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY9 OCTOBER 7, 2009 A5 By Warren Kagarise throughout 2009. In August, seven other organizations supported by tion from our businesses," Issaquah Press reporter city employees opted for a sever- city dollars. Spranger said. ance package and stepped down. FISH Executive Director Gestin The layoffs and cuts in Fewer dollars would be set aside The city is down to 228 full-time Suttle said her organization woSd nonessential spending came after for the DownTown Issaquah employees after starting the year make a case for the requested officials were forced to cut spend- Association, Friends of the with 255. $25,000. She said the volunteer ing mid-year due to declining sales Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Village The proposed budget contains Theatre and other organizations no property tax or rate increases. supported by city money under the The city will start the year with 2010 budget unveiled by Mayor about $5.3 million available. Ava Frisinger. But the mayor spared social service organizations from cut- backs, citing the increased need for the programs amid the economic downturn. Frisinger proposed a $29.8 mil- lion general fund budget for next year -- a drop from the $32.3 mil- lion general fund budget approved by the council last December. Most of the savings stems from 27 employee vacancies. City officials laid off 15 employees last month and avoided filling vacant positions group provides a valuable commu- nity resource for less than it would cost if the city operated its own hatchery program. Regardless, she Frisinger said city crews would said FISH would be grateful for any do less mowing, road restriping, city money. street sweeping and upkeep of city "We understand everyone is buildings to save money, going through a really tough budg- The mayor presentedthe spend- et situation," Suttle said. ing plan to City Council members DownTown Issaquah Association Oct. 5. Frisinger worked with city Executive Director Greg Spranger department leaders to formulate said his organization would turn to the budget. Weeks of hearings and businesses to help make up short- deliberations follow the annual falls related to less city funding. budget presentation. The council The downtown group uses city will adopt a budget by late money to help put on ArtWalk and December. Music on the Streets live perform- Frisinger recommended a 5 per- ances. cent cut in funds for FISH and "We have such great participa- tax revenue and building permit fees. If a mid-year financial fore- cast showed similar declines in 2010, the mayor said further cuts would be considered. "We probablywould have to look at more layoffs, Frisinger said. Officials considered employee furloughs as well, but the idea was dropped after city leaders realized a furlough program could be prob- lematic. "We could continue to function, but things would be much slower," Frisinger said. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. FROM PAGE A1 acter of the city. "It isn't just Anytown, USA," Konigsmark said. "This place has a natural environment and people are connected to that." At the next task force meeting, Oct. 27, members will discuss transportation and mobility issues. Konigsmark said he expects a potential Sound Transit light rail line to Issaquah to be a topic. Early planning would be key, he said, if officials and resi- dents are serious about bringing ligh, t rail to the city. If we don't know that and we don't plan for it, we're not going to have light rail," he said. Besides Forkner and Konigsmark, the group includes representatives from the city Development and Planning Policy commissions, major landowners and Costco, the largest employer in Issaquah. The task force will use as a foundation the Central Issaquah Plan developed by city planners and reviewed by the Planning Policy Commission. A series of public workshops was also key to jump-starting the Central Area Plan process. "Central Issaquah is integral to our economic vitality," Frisinger said in a news release. "In turn, we want to ensure Please recycle this paper. EDITOR KATIILEEN MERRIILL mtm, Bm Mm editor@isspress,com WARREN KAGARiSE uty & County r, nwmnut wkagarise'/ isspres ;,com BOB TAYLOR Spmrts and Ro~ ip .sDorts@ spress,com 6RH FARRAR gfarrar@isspress,com ILUUHINK clusebFink@i&spress.com DAVID HAYES Hmith, home & garden dhayes@isspress,com THE lSSAQUAH PRESS www, issaquahpress,com CENIRAL ISSAQUAH PLAN ADVISORY TASK FORCE MEMBERS Joe Forkner, former city councilman Aaron Barouh, Gilman Village Peter Kahn, Costco director of real estate development Ken Konigsmark, environmental advocate Mary Lynch, Issaquah resident David MacDuff, Mountains to Sound Greenway board member John Milne, Swedish Medical Center medical director for strategic development Mel Morgan, Development Commission member Usa Picard, Rowley PropertJes Inc. Sajal Sahay, Planning Policy Commission member Tom Sessions, Issaquah business community member Steve Willard, Cascade Business Park Issaquah develops the best plan possible for our community's future based on the input we have received. The task force volunteers represent a wide range of expertise and impor- tant perspectives to help us achieve just that." Register for October public safety forums Forums focusing on public safety will be held in Issaquah soon. A nationally recognized King County program will seek input from resi- dents about several public safety four-12 people. The events take place in settings such as living rooms, libraries or conference rooms. Each forum lasts about two hours, includes a discussion and a survey, and begins with the viewing of a topic video. "Criminal justice is a vital service issues ranging from gun possession that King County provides to keep laws involving children to DUI laws, citizens safe," King County and decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana for adults. The next forum in Issaquah is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in a home in the Issaquah Highlands. Another forum will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, chairwoman of the Law and Justice Committee, said in a news release. "It is also important for us to know what citizens value most from their county government as we look at developing our budget priorities. Register for a forum at The forum program uses no taxpay- www.CommunityForums.org or call er funds and is free to participants. 800-369-2584 toll-free. Anyone living or working in King The community forums are small, County is welcome to participate. FROM PAGE A1 to 96 hours after a disaster. "We obviously need to have enough fuel on site to keep the facil- ity running in the event of a natural disaster," Brown said. Concerns about geology beneath the highlands led officials to ban underground fuel tanks and prohibit the construction of gas stations when the city and highlands developer Port Blakely Communities formalized a development agreement in 1995. Residents raised concerns about potential contamination of the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer, a source of No-Scalpel No-Needle No-Pain Performed by Board Certified Urotoq Friday evening and Saturday morning visits Three convenient locati rum I Issaqua Open to the public 7-9:30 p.m. October 8 Issaquah City Hall South 7:00 School Board Candidates 8:00 Issaquah City Council Candidates Submit questions at the forum, or email to issaquahForum@gmail.com Include name and phone number. * Presented by The Issaquah Press * Moderated by Issaquah Press Publisher Debbie Berto * Televised live - City of Issaquah Channel 28 ISSAQUAH PRESS drinking water for the city. Brown said double-walled tanks and monitoring of the tanks would limit the potential impact on the environment. "The safety guards and the tech- nology available today is safer than 50 or 100 years ago," Brown said. Despite the concerns, Brown said the crowd at a Sept. 29 presentation at City Hall was enthusiastic about the opening of the new hospital. "There wasn't a single person there who came up to me or my peers that had anything negative to say," Brown said. Salmon Days, in a tangible way, shows the residents and out-of- towners alike who crowd down- town Issaquah how important FROM PAGE A4 salmon is to the character, econ- omy and history of the city. cheese, fried onions and over- Take a look at the Issaquah sized turkey legs to put the Salmon Hatchery, buzzing with Puyallup Fair to shame. Along Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Front Street and the festival Hatchery docents and curious grounds was the title dish: tourists clamoring for photos with salmon aplenty, whether black- the salmon sculptures in front of ened, broiled, grilled or smoked, the administration building. Crowds lined up for the Kiwa- But there was plenty of time nis Salmon Barbecue, where vol- unteers grilled oceans of salmon and plated slabs of fish alongside fixings. Salmon Days and similar festi- vals in burgs and hamlets across the United States do more than raise money and instill commu- nity pride. Events such as Salmon Days show how food imbues a place with distinctive qualities. for snacks, too, as anyone who waited in line for a Boehm's Bar -- like I did -- or wolfed down a free piece of grilled Kiwanis coho -- me, again. Salmon Days atten- dees got, quite literally, a taste of Issaquah. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpr ess. com. Berrend picks up a few favorites at the festival each year: roasted corn on the cob, kettle corn and a salmon-and-cream-cheese FROM PAGE A1 piroshky. She picked up some incense and a decorative plaque Oct. the Wilsons' booth, Nancy Hutto 3. She planned to hit up a few more sold wares from the Snoqualmie S Days sights the next day. , Valley Honey Farm. The honey is 'The hatchery is so much fun, produced at beehives in North she said. Bend and sold at Pike Place Market in Seattle. Hutto has sold the sweet treat at Salmon Days for three decades "We have a lot of regular cus- tomers that count on us being here," she said. Longtime Issaquah resident Megan Berrend, 20, first attended Salmon Days when she was 7. Nowadays, she makes a point to walk to the festival from her down- town apartment, rain or shine. Kelley said food vendors and volunteers at the Salmon Days retail booth -- where pins, sweat- shirts and totes emblazoned with the festival logo were sold -- reported strong sales. "People are just having a really good time, Kelley said as the sun set on the first day of the festival. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpress, com. 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