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Grossonbacher Bros. 61/, N,W, 6th Ave. Portland, Oregon 9729 THE 1 S S AQ P RE S' Thirty-five cents per copy i ial city postponed I October 24 TerryMcLafferty in other ways, by granting lush City Council the honorable t0f an extended agen- night, voting a half hours to Ue discussion of most contentious a special meeting l V0tes on the master Ordinance, rezoning 1-90 subareas of and "final" settle- the city's long-stand- with Water 82 were held over. will reconsider Monday, Oc- beginning at 7:30 the Community the upcoming all planning mat- ,east understood, s, is the site plan or- e. It would establish and requirements to treat large "" more than 15 acres Whole. g0al of the ordinance eliminate "strip and make detail the overall of their land use lg. at stake are "bonus Which would reward for doing extra Some aspects of Open space, assur- water runoff, and some leeway in compliance with less critical regulations. The zoning issues concern the final opportunity for land owners to protest city plans for the balance of the 1-90 area of the city. Once again the key issue concerns Pickering Farm. Owners of the farm land, through their attorneys, are asking one last time that the ratio of 50 percent open land to 50 percent developed land be relaxed for the barn areas. They are asking to be per- mitted to develop up to 70 percent of the land. City hopes to have historical preservation action taken on the barn areas, and to tightly restrict develop- ment plans close to the pre- sent structures and adjacent trees, are getting one last pro- test. The water district issue concerns a contract the city is considering with District 82 that requires the district to support city concerns over future growth of the Free- gard area. In return the city would grant the district per- mission to build on certain waterline and sewer ease- ments along S.E. 56th Street. The district is under tight deadlines to complete the lines and the city wants assurances of district support of growth limits the city would like to see on the land. 's fat gym will cost I district $12,000 ;ta Ludlum Y bligh's six-year-old which is already from a warped Yet another afflic- grieve school district " it was built 10 Wide. The extra bulk gone unnoticed the district hadn't expand the gym. October 12 School architects for Two asked to authorize additional cost to pipe around to the gym. to architects Strict Operations Galloway, have been no Vith the addition if g to llans. Somewhere !line, however, dur- IStruction of the Uilding, an extra lO added. The "as which would the additional be found. The extra space in the gym means the foundation for the new part of the gym would be built right over the existing pipe. The pipe is part of the school's fire protection system required by the coun- ty fire marshal. "Who Wants to ask why we didn't do it right in the first place?" sighed board member Tom McLaughlin, who represents the Liberty area. Board members voted unanimously to authorize the additional money for the project,,, Since bids for the second phase came in so low, the district had set aside about $190,000 to equip the new buildings. This additional cost and any future change orders will be financed out of that fund. Another water pipe pro- blem in the Liberty gym -- one that broke under the foundation and warped all the floorboards -- was not addressed as scheduled, but will be discussed at the Oc- tober 26 meeting. Come join us for our Champagne Sunday Brunch lea turing Crepes a la Reine Poached Eggs Benedict Fried Chicken Beef Stew p, Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms lUs fresh vegetables de jour, assorted, fresh [rusts" and our own French pastries. l0 2 p.m. $7.95 (s4.a5 children) / NOWIN OUR LOUNGE [ The muhi-talented Dan Hausler [ on guitar, organ, trombone and others illing your requests, Tues.-Sat. of Issaquah off 1-90 392-6421 SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 42, October 19, 1983 Pumpkin-colored autumn leaves The maple leaves on Tiger Mountain's west face take on a yellow-gold hue among the dark firs on a sunny October after- noon. Photo by Rodi Shemeta Ludlum. m Two meetings scheduled :e discuss Tiger Mountain State Forest p00ar00s byRodiShemetaLudlum construction fund yet should want to built about 50 miles in a newly-planted area and T h e D e p a r t m e n t o f also preserve wildlife, special of riding trails on the eastern along roadsides is also in Natural Resources will hold areas of plant growth, and half of the mountain. Four- dispute. Some committee two public workshops in No- scenic areas. The committee wheel drive enthusiasts want members feel no herbicides at vember to find out what also agrees on the educa- to use abandoned railroad all should be used because of citizens think of a recently- tional value of the mountain grades as well as logging the danger of water contami- published report by the Tiger and the need to accomodate roads and both groups want nation and long-range effects Mountain State Forest Ad- hikers, hang gliders, horse- to use power line right-of- on the human body. Others visory Committee. The 30- back riders, hunters and ways on the eastern portion contend herbicides have long page "workbook" sum- motorcyclists, of the mountain, been used by homeowners marizes the advice of 19 com- There are sharp dif- There is general agreement and they can be safely used mittee members about future ferences, however, on the on how logging should be on the mountain with tight forestry, recreation and con- degrees of regulation in some done on the mountain, but controls. servation on the 13,500-acre of these areas. The most disagreement over the preser- The committee's report is mountain. The workbook is notable disagreement has vation of vel:y old trees, advisory only- the final inserted in today's issue of been over use of motorcycles Some feel no old trees should plans will be made by the the Press. and other off-road vehicles, be cut, at all, while others Department of Natural Re- The advisory committee, While all agree the machines feel a portion can be taken sources. " which has been working on should be properly muffled, for their high dollar value. Meetings on the report will guidelines for the state forest the drivers trained and the Basically, most trees which be held Tuesday, November since April of 1982, basically speeds kept relatively slow, are not in a sensitive area 15 at Issaquah Junior High agrees that the mountain some committee members would becut over 60 years, and at Vasa Hall in Preston should be logged to make feel vehicles should stay only The use of herbicides to on Thursday, November 17. money for the state's school on the roads. Motorcyclists control unwanted vegetation Both meetings start at 7 p,m. Volunteers begin training at Youth Center Issaquah Youth and Fami- training in crisis communica- Eventually, when suffi- grams to this job. After ly has put its new federal tions techniques, dealing cient volunteers are trained receiving his BA and doing a grant to work, and the first with parents in difficulty and and ongoing training plans brief stint in teaching, Schipp call has gone out for local in locating appropriate, worked out, a 24-hour set- returned to the University of families wishing to be trained resources. Schipp says train- vice manned by in-house Maine in 1978 to get his as crisis telephone workers in ing will take about two to helpers will go on line. masters degree in counseling. the aid of runaways pro- three weeks. grams. To begin with, he says, the When these late night calls From there he spent time The first group of volun- project will operate a tele- require follow-up the next in a New Jersey hospice, teers begins training October phone service from 9 a.m. to day, Schipp will move into working with dying patients, 19 at Our Savior Lutheran 9p.m., with volunteersinthe the case, directing the Issa- and then, in 1980, he became Church, under the direction office. Then, in the late night quah projects resources and a Vista volunteer at The of Bill Schipp, the newly- hours, an answering service making appropriate refer- Shelter, a Beacon Hill-based hired chief counselor, will be able to signal beepers rals. residential and short-term The volunteers will be to get volunteers to return Schipp brings a broad center for runaway and given about 24 hours of calls within a few minutes, experience in similar pro- "street kids. " County taxes will buy the first part of Cougar Park, if Revelle gets his way by Terry McLafferty King County Executive Randy Revelle proposed that the county will begin buying land next year to create the Cougar Mountain Regional Park. Revelle said in his budget message Monday that funds for the land will come from enacting four-tenths (.4) of the five-tenths (.5) local op- tion sales tax authorized by the 1982 state legislature. Revelle says approximately $900,000 of the $8.2 million to be realized from the tax in- crease would be used to put downpayments on about 700 acres of proposed park land. According to the long- debated Newcastle Com- munity Plan, the final Cougar Mountain State park would stretch over 2300 acres south of Issaquah. Steve Miller, deputy direc- tor of the county department of planning and community development, says the total price of the first 700 acres would be about $4.5 million. The balance of the costs may be paid out in three to five years. Miller added, however, that precise policy decisions which would decide how much future funding would go to paying off the first balance, or going to securing downpayments on additional land, have yet to be deter- mined. Harvey Manning, presi- dent of the Isaaquah Alps Trails Club and chief mover on the park plan, called Revelle's decision Monday "an excellent beginning," when questioned by the Press. "The Randy Revelle time- table on this park is being kept," Manning continued. "This is the best that could be done under the circum- stances. "This is not the whole answer to the Cougar Moun- tain Park as I am sure that Randy well knows," Harvey continued. "But it is a first class way to get started." Manning says Trails Club members and others have kept up a constant dialogue with the county over the plans for the park, through- out the Newcastle hearings and later on. "We have had a complete meeting of the minds on this problem," Manning explain- ed with a laugh, agreeing that he seldom if ever talks so positively about local politi- cians. "We have identified what ought to be part of the park, and have identified defense lines to protect parcels of land that are essential to the nature of the park. "There are several small ownerships of land around the proposed periphery that must be kept. I am confident the county will do the best possible job with the money in identifying and acquiring these key parcels." According to Steve Miller, the county is keeping quiet about what land is, being sought to hold prices down until the cash is available. But, he says, a very large part of the "most-threatened-by- development" land is on the first buy list. Some of the land is active timberland "some of it with a mature crop of trees -- and at least a few parcels do have some structures on them. According to Revelle's budget statement, the balance of the monies raised by the new sales tax would go for: increased costs of oper- ating the old county jail ($1.3 million) and the start-up costs for the new jail ($2.6 million); increased demands on the criminal justice system ($1.8 million); public defender services ($1 million); other parks enhance- ments ($1.3 million); and monies for additional elec- tion costs, and public safety improvements ($2.5 million). The public safety increases will support 16 new county police officers, he said. Part of this funding in- crease will take a bite out of City of Issaquah revenues. Since the city has already enacted the full half-penny sales tax hike, city shoppers would not feel any changes in their cash registg L receipts when they shop in town. County residents and city- based shoppers who buy goods outside of the city limits would lose the half- penny tax break they have been enjoying. The effect of the changes on city coffers cannot yet be exactly determined, ac- cording to Aagot Hess, city finance director. Complex calculations about the effect of the end of sales tax on food purchases will need to be seen first, Mrs. Hess says. Those figures are due any day. It has become highly unlikely, however, that the city's proposed reduction in the tax rate will be reduced as promised when bonds to build the new police station and jail are paid off. "That," says Hess, "would not make a lot of sense." If Revelle's proposal is ap- proved by the King County Council, 80 per cent of the money now received by the city from its surcharge will be subject to a 15 per cent coun- ty carrying charge. Only the remaining 20 per cent of the monies (the difference be- tween the .5 city levy and the .4 county levy) would come whole to the city coffers. Forty per cent of the city's half cent tax surcharge is cur- rently committed to the police station and jail fund, and sixty percent to general revenue. According to Hess, the city has anticiptted a total col- lection this year of $470,000 from sales t. Hearings on county budget held October 25 A public hearing on the King County Budget will be held in the Council Cham- bers, 402 King County Courthouse, Third and James, in Seattle. Two ses- sions are scheduled for Tues- day, October 25, 1983. The first session begins at 2 p.m. Following a recess for a din- ner break, the second session will commence at 7 p.m., continuing until everyone wishing to testify has been heard by the council. Organized groups are urg- ed to select a spokesman to present their views. Citizens will also have the opportuni- ty to comment on both King County's housing and com- munity development needs and the 1984 proposed Com- munity Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs. For the convenience of those testifying, subject mat- ter will be scheduled to be heard during certain hours. To find out the approximate time subjects will be assigned or for further information please call 344-3812 on work- ing days between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Concerned citizens may familiarize themselves with the contents of the proposed budget by requesting a copy for review at most branches of the Seattle and King Country libraries. Please phone the library branch to make certain the budget copy is available. Copies are also available for inspection at the King County Council library, 402 King County Courthouse or during regular working hours at the Housing and Community Development Division, 1718 Smith Tower, 506 Second Avenue, Seattle, Wa 98104. Traditionally, the Council passes the Budget Ordinance on or before Thanksgiving Eve. King County Charter regulations state the Council must do so by December 1st. Before the County Ex- ecutive's proposed budget is approved, the Council, Fiscal Management Committee and Council Budget Staff will thoroughly analyse all aspects of it to assure max- imum efficiency, and economy of tax dollars spent to run the County. Candidates night Oct. 27 at library The Issaquah Press and the lssaquah Library will co-host a candidate infor- mation night on Thurs- day, October 27, 7 to 9 p.m. at the library. King County Council candidates Marianne Kraft Norton (D) and Bruce Laing (R) will make presentations at 7:00. At 8:00, City Council can- didates, all unopposed, Sherman and McGlashan will speak. They are are unopposed. Marilyn Batura, Harvey Each candidate will be Scott and Kenneth Pease. given five minutes to ad- School Board candidates dress the audience before will take center stage at taking questions from the 7:30. They include Dar- audience. Debbie Berto, lene Haugen, Walter managing editor of the Haag and John Penney Press, will act as from district 5, Karen moderator. Taylor Sherman from dis- trier 1 and Bill Refreshments will be McGlashsan, district 3. served. m i