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38-year EFR , See Page B1 Skyline loses championship rematch with Bothell, 25-20 b Sports, Page CI Local author taps teen scene with novel 'Giving up the V' AS:g, Page B4 t LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1900 ° 75 CENTS By Warren Kagarlse Issaquah Press reporter City planners detailed last week how the long-planned Park Pointe project could impact Tiger Mountain views, wetlands and wildlife. But the information could be useless because the land where Park Pointe would be built heads to auction Nov. 6. The project developer, Wellington Park Pointe LLC, failed to make payments on a loan from Regal Financial Bank and in June defaulted on nearly $12 million owed• Developers envisioned hun- dreds of homes on 67 forested acres on the west slope of Tiger Mountain, behind Issaquah High School. City planners released the long- awaited• environmental impact statement for the project last week. The timing carries a particular irony: The final environmental impact statement for Park Pointe was released Oct. 30 -- a week before the land heads to auction. Meanwhile, city officials hope to smooth the way toward a develop- ment-fights transfer to keep the Park Pointe site undeveloped. The transfer of development rights between the Park Poi.nte developer and Issaquah Highlands developer Port Blakely Communities would leave Park eointe undeveloped; additional houses would be built in the highlands instead. WEDNESDAY~ Major Development Review Pointe or a portion of the site in the Team Manager Keith Niven said past, but the cost was prohibitive. city officials still want the develop- Even the city s main planning merit-rights deal to materialize. He document calls for Park Pointe to said city officials entered discus- remain undeveloped. Conditions sions with developers to gauge attached to development include interest in the Park Pointe site and the preservation of open space and a transfer of the development efforts to encourage public trans- rights, portation for residents. The development-rights propos- Plans presented by the developer al is not new. Mayor Ava Frisinger proposed the swap last September to preserve Park Pointe -- a plan hailed as visionary" by then-King County Executive Ron Sims, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and local envi- ronmentalists in a newspaper op- ed piece. Conservation groups also expressed interest in buying Park show Park Pointe with 251 units or 344 units. Under the first option, 251 residential units -- 121 single- family attached units and 130 mul- tifamily units -- would be built on 14 acres of the lower slope. The larger option would include 59 sin- See PARK POINTE, Page A5 NOVEMBER 4~ 2009 • V( mo;o~ --4 " J r'- -,.I C) (= r- o~ r- ~. ;0 _..I rrl r"- ::ij ~Oz< .~ 513 -.-I 7 ¢,IDz * Qmm =t . 44 oO97 development would IJ~ built on 67 acres near Issaquah High School, but the project is in limbo as the land heads to auction Nov. 6. SOURCE: CITY OF ISSAQUAH L .5 ,..5 ,~ I City officials want to know how nearly a mile of Newport Way near Issaquah Valley Elementary School should be improved. Bring ideas to a city open house at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the school, 555 N.W. Holly St. Officials hope to improve Newport Way from West Sunset Way to Maple Street. The city wants better safety, traffic flow and storm water management on the street. Officials will discuss enhanced facilities for cyclists and walkers, and landscaped and planters. Newport Way Northwest includes a single lane of traffic in each direction, bordered by nar- row shoulders and asphalt walk- ing paths. Most vehicles use the street as a major roadway. Officials are reviewing a three- lane configuration with intersec- tions outfitted with traffic signals, or a two-lane option with round- about intersections. During the open house, officials will present both options. Design work could begin next year. Construction would depend on funding and grants. BY GREG FARRAR IT'S THE WIENERMOBILE! Everyone is in love with Mia Sullivan, 6, and brother Max, 4, as they blow on wiener whistles while Alison Kwong, Oscar Mayer hotdogger, looks on Oct. 30 during the Wienermobile's visit to Fred Meyer on East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. Kwong and co-driver Mary Kate DeCoursey were in the Puget Sound area during the week, helping communities celebrate Halloweenie. By J.B. Wogan Issaquah Press reporter The King County Parks Department has taken a major step toward ceding Klahanie Park to the city of Sammamish. Kevin Brown, director of King County Parks, sent an e-mail to a Kiahanie homeowner Oct. 29 announcing thaL~he county was moving forward with translerring the park to Sammamish. "I think the intent here is that Homeowners Association had expressed interest in taking over the park, but the county felt it was in the public's best interest to transfer the park to another public agency. The park, built in the early 1990s and located between Southeast 32nd Street and Southeast Kiahanie Boulevard, is 64.11--aex~s with: one baseball field, two soccer fields and a rest- room. The fields are natural grass and are not lighted. folks want to see the park open The park costs about $95,000 a and available to the public," Brown year to operate, according to King said in a later interview. County Parks• The transfer of own- Since September, the city ofership will not cost Sammamish Sammamish has pursued takinganything. over the park as a way to avoid the The transfer still needs the bless- closure of a public park on the city's southeast border. Brown said the decision to trans- fer the park to Sammamish came after discussions with the parks directors at the cities of Sammamish and Issaquah. Brown said that the Klahanie ing of the King County Council and the Sammamish City Council. Brown said the County Council would probably vote on the trans- fer before the end of 2009. Before See TRANSFER, Page A5 9 By Warren Kagarlse Issaquah Press reporter Floodwaters caused about $1 million worth of damage and left behind piles of debris and muck when Issaquah and Tibbetts creeks overflowed in January, but the dis- aster also readied emergency plan- ners for the next flood. The next time flood waters rise, Coordinator Steve Campbell said readings from a pair of flood gauges did not correlate with the damage caused by floodwaters• A U.S. Geological Survey gauge downstream on Issaquah Creek appeared inaccurate, Campbell said. The gauge indicated about 2,500 cubic feet per second, Campbell said, but flood damage was similar to the 3,500 cubic feet volunteers will fan out across per second estimate from the last flood-prone neighborhoods and major flood to hit Issaquah, in city officials will unleash a deluge 1996. of information about water levels, A reading from a gauge road closures and recovery efforts, upstream recorded levels less than Many of the procedures were test- ed during what officials character- ized as a successful response to the major flood in mid-January. But the next flood could occur as early as the next several weeks, and officials said work remains to be done to prepare Issaquah for another natural disaster• On Oct. 27, City Council members received a briefing about the response to the January :flood and preparation efforts for the upcoming flood sea- the November 2006 flood -- a much less severe event. Municipal officials plan to install a new flood gauge on Issaquah Creek north of 15 Mile Creek, but the device will likely not be ready for the upcoming flood season. Public Works Operations Director Bret Heath requested $33,000 for the new gauge in the proposed 2010 city budget. By Warren Kagarise roads -- combined with the influx Issaquah Press reporter of evacuees -- could clog Interstate 90, Issaquah-Hobart Road and If the Green River swells from state Route 900. Debris could fall and winter rains, flooding destroy and damage bridges span- could snarl traffic for Issaquah ning the Green River, and interrupt commuters, disrupt deliveries of utilities; gas, power and: water food and fuel, and -- a more lines are hung beneathbridge remote possibility -- cause local spans. sewers to back up as floodwaters "We could have water eight overwhelm the regional system, miles wide and several feet deep" Though the river winds through in the river valley, Tukwila Auburn, Kent and Tukwfla, the Emergency Management human and economic toll from Coordinator Hillman Mitchell told flooding could reach Issaquah, the City Council. "Within this corri- emergency planners told City dor, we have an enormous amount Council members Oct. 27. of critical infrastructure." Employees who commute to Authorities expect the Green Issaquah could be delayed by River will flood because the U.S. Councilman David Kappler flooding or unable to reach the city. Army Corps of Engineers will allow COVRTESY OF BRENDA B AMWELL Issaquah might also open shelters son. David nramwell (left) shovels sand into a bag held by Bruce Wendt in a sand- to house flood evacuees. City Emergency Management See FLOOD R[VI[W7 Page A6 bagging practice run for CERT volunteers last week. If the Green River floods, closed See 6RI=I:N R|V[R, Page A6 YOU SHOULD KNOW INI,IDE THE PRESS RAIN GAIN l IlllU!!!!ll[!!!l!tIJI I I l l "" r', , ' A&E ........B4 Opinion ...... A4 City, county, state and federal offices and banks will close 2.44inches ill ~l I $2.77S2"I6-Costc°- hrco Classifieds ... C4-5 Police & Fire .. C5 Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Post offices will Total ~r~:~': ! J: s,~/~(c-"~,:')" I 1403 N.W. Sam djamish Community ... B1 Schools ...... C6 close and mail will not be delivered. State driver's license offices also 44.57 inches i /'7 \ "~, [ : will be closed. Metro Transit will operate on a reduced weekday Total last year: !fi/ "\ f I IIIGJI[S[I~KP~* 7 a Obituaries .... B3 Sports ..... C1-3 schedule. Call 206-553-3000 or go to metro.kingcounty.gov.(throu Nov. 2) :.. !~i[ ~,~ I ~' $2.96 - Chevron ' ~ 745 S.W. Mt. Si Blvd. To repo~ gas prCes in your area, go to w~w.seatt/eg~s/x/ces.cvm. ' III'I ' II I I ::~5 _ [!IE ~