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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY9 NOVEMBER 4, 2009 A5 FROM PAGE A1 ~ale-family detached, 145 single- mily attached and 140 multifam- storm water work in the report was driven by input from resi- dents. Planners received com- ments from 30 people after the draft was released in January. Consultants hired by the devel- oper said storm water on the site would be slowed, stored and then reintroduced into the ground to ily units. The developer had indicated a preference for the smaller option. However, if a deal were not lands at the Park eointe site, and a reached to preserve the upper por- majority of the tree canopy would tion of the property, developers be undisturbed, regardless of the would request the ability to devel- development option chosen by the op the entire site. builder, the report states. Ron Slater, a Wellington vice The transportation portion of the president based in Calgary, environmental report would need Alberta, could not be reached for to be revised if Park eointe sits idle comment, for years, Rosen said. Officials decided in 2004 to"If it sat for a long time and did- change the land-use designation of n't go through permitting, and the Park eointe site from urban vil- nothing was done, it's very likely lage -- a setting similar to the they would have to do a new trans- Issaquah Highlands and Talus -- portation analysis," he continued. to low-density residential. The Rosen joined the city in early switch allowed the city to limit 2000, and Park eointe was one of density and prohibit commercial the first projects to reach his desk. buildings. Officials made the He described the release of the change to prevent development in final Park Pointe environmental sensitive areas, such as steep report as a relief, but said the slopes and areas critical to the langthy process was not unusual. Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer, a "Every jurisdiction has some source of city drinking water, properties that may be difficult How to handle storm water because of critical areas," Rosen runoff at Park Pointe was a key said. issue addressed in the final envi- ronmental impact statement. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or City Environmental Planner wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at Peter Rosen said the additional www.issaquahpress.com. recharge the aquifer. Development would avoid wet- FROM PAGE A1 the council votes, the county would hold public hearings, which aren't on the schedule yet. Don Gerend, Sammamish's mayor, said he sensed the Sammamish City Council support- ed the transfer and would vote in favor of it. No one on the council has spoken out against the trans- fer in the council's two brief dis- cussions on the subject. George Whitehouse, a Klahanie resident, said he wasn't happy to hear Sammamish might take over the neighborhood park. "I have no say with the county or the city of Sammamish," Whitehouse said. Klahanie sits in unincorporated King County, which has one King County Council representative {Kathy Lambert) on the nine-person council. Whitehouse said the park does- n't have enough street parking, but it's in good shape otherwise. His concern lies in what Sammamish might do to the park after the takeover. "Are they going to do everything there that they couldn't do at Beaver Lake?" He asked, referring to an ongoing city process to change Beaver Lake Park. Residents around Beaver Lake have protested city plans to add lights and turf fields, which would create more opportunities to use the field but would also create noise and lighting issues. Whitehouse said he's worried that Klahanie Park will end up get- ting the noise and light pollution that Beaver Lake residents reject. Klahanie Park is one of 39 coun- ty parks that King County Executive Kurt Triplett proposed to mothball in August. Triplett has said the county would save $2.3 million per year if it relinquished control of the parks. The King County Council would probably vote on mothballing the parks Nov. 19, according to A1 Sanders, a spokesman for the council. If Klahanie Park does go to Sammamish, Kiahanie residents would still have a limited say as to what happens to the park. In October, the Sammamish City Council approved a change to its Parks Commission, so one nonres- ident can join the commission and make policy recommendations to the council. Reporter J.B. Wogan: 392-6434, ext. 247, or jbwogan@isspress.com. Comment at issaquahpress.com. PUBLIC MEETINGS Nov. 5 Council Transportation Committee Agenda: Squak Mountain transit update, transportation concurrency 5-6 p.m. Picketing Room, City Hall Northwest 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Cemetery Board 6:30-8 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Nov. 9 CI~ Council 2010 budget workshop 6-9:30 p.m. Cougar Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Arts Commission 6:30-8 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Nov. 10 Central Issaquah Plan Advisory Task Force 5:30-8 p.m. Pickering Room, City Hall Northwest 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Sister Cities Commission 6:30 p.m. Eagle Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Nov. 11 City offices are Veterans Day. closed in observance of FROM PAGE A4 some point, don't we ask the question -- are we swimming up the right stream and perhaps shouldn't we get some new help? Perhaps that is what our City Council is for? I've said it before -- you can't solve problems with the same thinking (or people) that created the problems. Ikran Wansteh lssaq~Th E/ect/ons Thanks for asking candidates about local museums In the Oct. 21 article about the upcoming election, I was pleased to see that The Issaquah Press asked candidates how the city of Issaquah might help fund a new facility for the Issaquah History Museums. The construction of a new facility for the photographs, artifacts and archival material of the community is sorely needed. We currently operate out of the Issaquah Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museum. After the completion of a new exhibit at the depot in 2010, we will have filled our available exhibit area. Our storage space for col- lections is even more limited; many of our collections are cur- rently stored under less-than- ideal conditions. Workspace is also at a premium, and staff and volunteers work very closely, in every sense of the phrase. Our primary need is 5,000 square feet of climate-controlled, masonry-constructed, collections storage space. That space also needs a fire-suppression system. We have witnessed devastating losses at other organizations due to fire; even when the fire is put out before it can do any damage, water used to extinguish the blaze causes its own brand of de- struction. We also need roughly 1,000 square feet of rotating ex- hibit space, which will give us the opportunity to address many facets of Issaquah's past and share a variety of artifacts and images with guests. The city has been one of our most generous supporters over the years, providing the space that we work in, along with most of the funding needed to pay staff. The museums also generate roughly $50,000 annually through other grants, donations and earned income. When we launch a capital campaign for a new museum facility, the support of the city -- both the government and the residents -- will be criti- cal to our success. City support will also continue to help us lever- age funds from other sources. If you haven't had an opportu- nity to visit the museums re- cently, I invite you to come take a look at your community's history at the Gilman Town Hall or the Issaquah Train Depot. Location and hours are available on our Web site at www.issaquahhis- tory.org. Erica S. Manlez lssa4uah H/story Museums d/re,or insurance might not be enough. We am an aeltedzed Agent (425) 392.4288 161 Front Sheet N. IssaquakWh 98027 email: frontstreet@colmaninsurance.com FROM PAGE A4 learning curve. We've learned about sacrifice. To get into a nice house that doesn't meet all your desires, what are you willing to give up? We found a tremendously at- tractive rambler in North Bend -- huge back yard, great flow from the kitchen to the living room and located in an up-and- coming neighborhood where at least three other homeowners were upgrading their houses. But located on a flood plain, the property required flood insur- ance. Did we want to pay extra every year to roll the dice and avoid a lO0-year flood? No. The search continues. We are learning to be flexible. When we close our condo sale, we'll have some extra dough to put into the next home. Do we go with an FHA loan? Cash deposit? How much -- 10 percent versus 7 percent and save some for im- provements? Resident owned versus short sale, or bank owned? Sure bank-owned prop- erties are cheaper, but deals with a bank can be lengthy, not defini- tive and not worth the trouble. Lastly, now that we're zeroing in on a property in Kirkland, I advise to do your research. My wife's cousin -- a former real es- tate agent herself-- recom- mended doing a sex offender search for the area, and several turned up. But then we did a comparison for where we live now and, again, several turned up. Who knew? All these tips may seem like common sense steps in the home-buying market. But you just never know what you don't know until you ask. 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