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November 9, 1983

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Fred port Airfid ard, made!| i MayorAi arler ,ecord.On i.. Ve have c!i ation in.]i ent ,,We art ; opera!ipai! ', ]1 lying s(;ls01 present 10c8! :kering F, The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, November 9, 1983 - Page 3 (S-3) 94-home hillside development has public hearing November 16 A proposed development of 94 new homes in the hill- side area just northwest of Newport Way at SR-900 is expected to draw a host of community questions November 16 at a public hearing before the city's develoment commission. Anticipated impacts of the development, as outlined in the recently completed environmental impact state- ment, include re-directing of a seasonal feeder stream of Tibbetts Creek and the crea- tion of access roads so steep Lots of death destruction 00Qme after ithe war 10st of the fellows my age in World War II. We shipped off to any one )dozen far-flung battle- where we were ex- tgility and vul- of life. By the time Came home, we were sick the killing; we just wanted settle down and get on )ur lives. of us were soon mar- Then we learned what all about! As pro- and protector, we were aon to kill all sorts of little things -- bugs 9ice, stuff like that! .Can remember standing the bathroom mirror, lathered up, a razor in hand, still half asleep and the other half was too. I was jerked out rny drowsiness by a blood- ling scream. I rushed in- bedroom, ready to do with Genghis Kahn or the Hun. The wife was Serunched up in a corner, ; on one leg, a lo0k of her face. "There," Screamed, jabbing with "Kill it- kill it!" it? I couldn't even see It was a tiny, harmless I stepped on it, and to the bathroom to first aid to the wound on my chin. incident forced a reas- of my values. I had to never kill again! the roll of provider and call for this? I de- it was a small price Iay for all this bliss, be- the look of sheer ad- in her eyes was to be considered. We have to live with our ; we have to go on bugs, and it aid hat, run-of-the-mill; to it. Until that day re called upon to go after game! if you will, a man, jumping around room, beating the with a broom, while his e Stands on the davenport, her lungs out. As Pound the floor, you what you've come to, vhy you harbor such ha- for that poor little the victory is won, to the sheer ferocity of you stare in hor- at Your victim. You don't Want to touch it, but the of protector demands You must! As you carry intruder, dangling from appendage, to the bath- suddenly realize joy this new role. young husbands Could be a danger sign! too could become indif- to the killings! You Could become calloused hardened. The values You place on life could become compromised. might even sink to the of that I ese days, when televi- gets boring, a fly between the slid- doors and watch the struggle for life. kind of sick, doesn't you have to admit, it more interest than "Dallas" or re-runs as to seriously affect fire department response to the new homes. Other questions will in- clude the building of some 67 of the homes on lots averag- ing 6,175 square feet, and problems of surface water runoff in a high erosion potential area. The project, called Terra Highlands, is being proposed by a San Jose, California firm called Terra Properties. Their EIS is now available for inspection at City Hall and in the new library. According to city environ- mental coordinator Carol Hoppler, the develoment will be judged on the 1977 Comprehensive Plan in effect when the land was annexed in 1981 as part of the so-called Chase Annexation. These zoning rules were less stringent than many pro- .posed for the area under the 1983 Comprehensive Plan now being installed. Still, most of the proposed project could be approved under the new legislation, Hoppler said. One exception is the diver- ting of the minor stream watercourse, the more south- erly of two streams which cut across the proposed project, in addition to Tibbetts Greek's main waterway. The small stream drains a major portion of the north- west slopes of Cougar Moun- tain and has, the report says, left in the past a large alluvial fan across the property. The stream disappears underground during periods of low to moderate flow, water consultants to the city have reported. It does not resurface north of Newport Way. During heavy rainstorms, however, the stream flow becomes heavy and contiimes in an eroded, vertical-sided channel with a gravel and cobble bed. In the past, blocking of a nearby drain culvert and flooding of New- port Way was "a frequent occurrence," the consultants say. A recent enlargement of the culvert has eliminated this problem, according to ci- ty officials referred to in the EIS. Re-routing the stream into a broad, rock-lined water- course with staggered ponds to cut down velocity and aid in infiltration of runoff back into the ground, is proposed. Developers say the propos- ed channel was once a natural waterway servicing the same stream. The other major proposed impact concerns building an upslope grouping of some 27 lots with access only through a steep roadway estimated at 18 percent grade, which may, says the study, "slow fire truck response by three- quarters of a minute." Fire Chief Tony Singleton said this week that the pro- posed road would be about as steep as any now in town, including S.W. Forrest Drive, S.W. Ellerwood and S.W. Fernwood. All the city's equipment, except for its oldest truck, can make these grades on good weather days, Singleton says, adding that the newest trucks will seriously grind You are invited to an Old Fashioned Holiday Open House of your favorite Front Street Shops Sunday, Nov. 13th 12-5 p.m. Issaquah Floral & Gift Shoppe Refreshments, door prizes, holiday floral rangements, decorating ideas and Santa too! ar- Issaquah Gallery Hot spiced apple cider, cookies, door prizes every half hour and in -store specials. Fischer's Meats Open house from 11 a.rn. to 5 p.m., free cake and coffee, balloons for the kids, and almost everything will be on sale! their rear bumpers on most of them. "In an emergency, we'd get up there and worry about fixing the trucks later," Singleton said. The problem arises in bad weather, when city trucks would be forced to go up one rig at a time, in compound low gear. During heavy icing or snow, even trucks driving four-wheel studded tires would have to creep, he said. The Book People Refreshments and courtesy discounts books. Please stop in and see us/ on most Danielson Jewelers Holiday goodies galore, layaways [or Christmas and dra wings for gift certiHca tes. Bicycle Center Refreshments, specials on children's bikes, layaways for Christmas and a drawing for a set of "'cushion grips. " Brandt's Western Shop Refreshments, drawing [or a holiday turkey and special prices throughout the store. Haus of Antiques Hot apple cider and other yummy goodies, 20 % OFF on all antiques. We're new on Front Street, located directly behind Front Street Photo & Frames. This and other questions will be open for discussion at the first public hearing.