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A6 • WEDNESDAY~ OCTOBER 21, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter King County prosecutors have • filed charges against a Costco employee who Issaquah Police said bilked the company out of more than $60,000 in bogus trav- el expenses. Prosecutors said Woodinville resident Anthony J. Toliver, 40, falsified expense and travel docu- ments for hotel rooms and rental cars. The fraudulent activity last- ed from July 2007 until January 2009, after Costco managers alerted company security, court documents state. Costco is the largest employer in Issaquah. The wholesaler employs 2,500 people at a Lake Drive complex and at other build- ings in the city. Toliver was charged with first- degree theft and forgery Sept. 9 after a months-long Issaquah Police Department investigation. Toliver had not been jailed in the case by press time. He was due to appear in King County Superior Court for arraignment Oct. 13. Toliver had no criminal history, court documents state, reports Jan. 24, Toliver fled the He was employed as a facilities building. auditor at the time of the inci- "Montague explained that dent. Toliver agreed to meet with him, Police launched the investiga- but needed to use the bathroom tion after Costco managers raised first," court documents state• questions about excessive "After allowing Toliver's expenses during a January busi- request,Montague told ness trip Toliver took to Kansas Detective Benko [Toliver] City, Me. instead walked off toward the Issaquah Detective Darrin second floor toward the sky Benko met Larry Montague, bridge, proceeded to the first Costco director of security, and floor, and left the building." other Costco managers Feb. 2. A The next day, court documents company manager had examined state, Toliver called his supervisor travel and expense reports sub- and "was frantically stating that mitred by Toliver for 69 business he did not want to go to prison." trips. A Costco manager called The supervisor asked Toliver to hotel and rental car chains to come to the office to talk about the determine expenses submitted for situation, but he refused, court lodging and car rentals were documents state. higher than actual costs, court Benko then attempted to con- documents state, tact Toliver, only to discover the Whether authorities and Costco phone at his Woodinville home managers believe Toliver used had been disconnected. other accommodations during his Authorities believe Toliver could trips -- or even made the trips -- have moved out of the area, court is unclear from court documents, documents state. Toliver could not be reached for comment. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or When Montague contacted wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at Toliver about the expense www.issaquahpress.com. City approves office building 3,610-square-foot office complex, building and parking lot at 320 E. along East Sunset Way City planners approved a site Sunset Way. Parking for the build- development permit for the proj- ing at 370 E. Sunset Way was Plans call for a two-story office ect Oct. 2. The notice was sent to completed as part of the first building to be constructed on the Issaquah architect Michaelphase• foundation of a three-unit apart- O'Brien and FPL Properties, of Planners attached several con- ment building at 370 E. Sunset Issaquah. ditions to development of the Way. The project is the final phase of property, including new sidewalk The apartment building will be a project that started with con- panels in front of the project site demolished to make way for the struction of a two-story office and new landscaping. |l By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Before he settled on Squak Mountain in 2006, Tola Marts encountered Issaquah politics as a Klahanie resident during the unsuccessful push to annex the community. The measure would have added more than 10,000 people to Issaquah during a period when the city grew 139 percent through other annexations and construction of the highlands and Talus• Marts and his neighbors sup- ported the Klahanie annexation, but city officials balked when the majority of Klahanie residents refused to take on a share of the city's debt. As Marts campaigns for a City Council seat, he could face the unresolved Klahanie issue again. How Issaquah grows will be a Tola Marts students• He was tapped for the Issaquah School District Levy Development Committee and advo- transportation interacts with busi- nesses interacts with the financial side•" He described his views as cen- trist and pro-business. He said offi- cials and residents should be proud Issaquah is the headquar- ters of Costco. But he said the effort to retain businesses is just as important as the drive to lure new employers• "What are we doing to help our current businesses thrive and make sure they don't get a wan- dering eye?" he asked• He said the recession, combined with a slowdown in housing con- struction, would reshape how Issaquah grows. "The days of astronomical growth are slowing down, he said. "I think this latest recession and its effects on the city having to lay some people off are a perfect example." defining issue for the next council, cated for education issues in How the city responds to the Marts grew up in White Bear Olympia. recession willbe the No. 1 chal- Lake, Minn., a Twin Cities suburb hit hard by the boom-and-bust cycle of growth. "I came from a town in Minnesota that has really strug- gled," he said. "It was doing great when I moved there in 1980 and it has struggled to find its way after Marts said he believed the delib- erative approach and ability to build consensus he employed on school groups would serve the City Council well. As he mulled a coun- cil bid, he crossed paths with city government in a familiar place: Issaquah Valley Elementary. Marts lenge faced by the next council, Marts said. The city has shed 27 jobs throughout 2009 due to lay- offs, a hiring freeze and a sever- ance program. "You have to manage your growth more carefully," he contin- ued. "In a growth economy, if you being a growth city." talked to Council Presidenthave 27 extra employees, you can Marts, active in Issaquah School Maureen McCarry, whose daugh- maybe hold out for awhile, District affairs since 2005, became ter, a former IVE student, is friends because you're going to need 27 interested in how to best position with Marts' daughter, new people. But if you re going to the city for the growth ahead. He He talked to other elected offi- be at approximately 250 [employ- said he hopes Issaquah avoids the cials, too, and realized his engi- ees] for awhile, then all of the sud- problems of his hometown. "Now that I've come to really love Issaquah, I just don't want to see that happening here," he said. "So, I started talking to people on the City Council." Marts, 40, entered the race for the Position 7 seat in May. Voters will choose between Marts, a mechanical engineer and design lead at Blue Origin, a commercial neering background could be use- den the math becomes harder." ful to the city. Part of the recovery effort, he "Many of the problems that we said, will involve outreach to city face, especially as you look at the business owners and residents. If Central Issaquah Area Plan. What to do with the central area is an example where I feel that some- body who has got a really strong background in technical systems" could be useful, Marts said. Central Issaquah -- 915 acres elected, he said he would sit down with civic and community groups to discuss mutual goals, "I talk about the challenges that we face as a city, but I don't want that to come across in any way as doom or gloom," Marts said. "I spaceflight venture based in Kent, straddling Interstate 90 -- is the think they are things that need to and another newcomer, mortgage commercial heart of the city. be understood and taken into adviser Nathan Perea. Residents will pick a successor to Councilman David Kappler, elected to the seven-member board in 1991. After the move to Squak Mountain, Marts dipped into school district affairs. He served on the PTA and site council at Issaquah :Valley :: Elementary School, where his children were Mayor Ava Frisinger appointed a account as we do things gong for- task force last month to plot rede- ward. I think that Issaquah s best velopment in the area. Marts said the effort would be critical to the city's economic health. "In the engineering world, you have to look at how aerodynamics interacts with structural interacts with thermal," Marts said. "In the same way, you have to look at how Early Childhood Made Funl i D Presented by Megan Kophs, certified Love & Logic facilitator and K-8 educator. Learn how to avoid power struggles over whining, eating, potty training, defiance, chores and bedtime. Parents will also learn how to succegsfully handle tantrums, play dates, sibling issues and morning hassles. 5 week series: Monday Evenings Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 6:30-8:30pm $ S person or S 401 oup e Virginia Mason Medical Center lssaquah 100 NE Gilman Bird, ,ssaquah, WA ~D|CI~E~ To register contact Megan Kophs at (206) 226-2980 or mkophs@hotmail.com days are ahead of us." Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. Highlands education series launches with mayor, count}, councilwoman The first in a series of get-to- know-government forums in the Issaquah Highlands was a success, the event organizer said last week. About 25 people, including high- lands residents and City Council candidates, gathered at Blakely Hall for the Oct. 14 forum. The event, presented by the Issaquah Highlands Government Affairs Committee Event Group, featured presentations by Mayor Ava Frisinger and County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, who represents Issaquah. Attendees queried the elected offi- cials during a question-and-answer session after the presentations. Organizer Nina Milligan, a high- lands resident and member of the Government Affairs Committee, said the most common questions at the two-hour event were related to how officials decide where to make budget cuts. "The dialogue was very engag- ing," she said: Milligan lauded elected officials for providing in-depth information about how budgets are crafted. Milligan said the next forum in the series, planned for early December, will focus on state government. "Tola Marts gets the endorsement ... experience offers the clearest distinction." The Seattle Times, Oct. 6, 2009 IHY TOLA • Leader in Issaquah School District boundary review and levy development efforts • 20+ years of civic involvement • Professional career as a structural engineer • Loving husband and proud father .TOLA41SSAQUAH.NET "I fully support Tola and urge my past supporters to do the same." David Kappler, Incumbent Position #7 ! Nll.I... • Focus Central Issaquah Plan on Living Wage Employers and Housing for Working Families • Require Published Quarterly City Financials for Better Tax Stewardship • Enforce Existing Wetlands, Creek Setback, and Canopy Ordinances • Expand Intelligent Traffic System and Implement Newport Improvements to Relieve Traffic