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Page 2 - The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, November 11, 1987 i Opinion The good, bad and ug/y Last night's scoping meeting regarding the prospect of an incinerator located near Interstate 90 had all the elements of the good, the bad and the ugly. Let's take it from the bottom The Ugly is garbage itself. No one likes it at Cedar Hills Landfill, rotting into the earth, into Issaquah Creek and then into Puget Sound. But no one likes the idea of burn- ing it in Issaquah either. That's where the Bad comes in, the county, who has to take the blame for lack of public education. The scoping meeting was the first opportunity many people have had to leam much about an incinera- tion plant for the Ugly. The Bad should have held some informational meetings first, then come back to hear citizen input. If a garbage-burning facility is as safe as the county says, maybe some of the fears could have been dispelled. If the concems of the citizens are as real as they are imag- ined, the Bad had better go back to the drawing board. But last night's meeting was not all Bad, for out of the topic of Ugliness came the Good. Tuesday night at Issaquah Middle School and last week at organizational meetings, the town came together like never before. Developers were seeking the advice of environmentalists, and the Mother Earth activists were relieved to see big buck land barons stepping forward with resources of the unnatural kind. Together they joined hands and hearts with a common concern  the future of Issaquah. The Good was like some kind of mira- cle. It was inspiring to behold. It makes you realize just what power a common goal can have. It's a Pollyanna point of view, but Good may be the best thing that has happened to Issaquah for a long time. Putting the Bad and the Ugly aside, the Good may mean a time of new direction among the factions of these hills and val- leys. Public meetings Planning Policy Commission, Thursday, November 12. The scheduled meet- ing has been cancelled. Development Commission. No De- velopment Commission meeting has been scheduled for this week. Joint City Council/School Board Work Session, November 11, 6 p.m., Se- nior Center, 105 NE 2nd Ave. This is a joint work session between the city council and Is- saquah School Board on issues affecting both the city and school district. City Council, Monday, November 16, 7:30 p.m., City Council Chambers, City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way. An 8 p.m. public hearing is scheduled on the proposed Cabot, Cabot & Forbes Issaquah 1-90 Business park master site plan. Other agenda items include a resolution to form an advisory centennial committee, an ordinance fixing the amount of taxes to be levied in 1988, the subject of the screening of dumpsters will be referred to the development commission and a solid waste interlocal agreement with King County will be referred to the utilities committee. City Council Budget Work Ses- sion, Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room, City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way. This is the first council work session on Issactuah's 1988 city budget. School Board, Wednesday, November 18, 7 p.m., administration service center, 565 NW Holly. The board is tentatively scheduled to discuss cancelling a few projects approved by voters in the 1986 bond, vote on a name for the new elementary under construction on the Pine Lake Plateau, and hear a report on housing development within the district. Meeting times, dates, places and agenda items are subject to change. Meeti At its October 19 meeting, the Issaquah City Council appointed Diana Duke to com- plete the unexpired term of Mark Bernsten on the park board which runs until March 1, 1988... adopted the findings of facts and conclusions regarding the appeal of a SEPA determination of significance for expansion of Hokanson Electronics authorized expenditures not to exceed $9,600 for completion of the Master Shoreline Program plan by hiring a consultant... October 26, the council passed an ordinance to give them- selves a $75 a month raise, increasing monthly salaries from $175 to $250 a month. Councilors Don Raybuck, Ken Pease, who were re-elected to the council November 3, and Wayne Hopman, who ran unopposed will receive the raise in January. The other coun- cilmembers will not receive a raise unless they are re-elected in 1989 as state law pro- hibits elected officials from receiving salary raises without standing for election... completed preliminary work on the Cabot, i i fol November 2, passed an ordinance allowing the city to bring in special consultants at devel- opers' expense to study special problems on a development site.., appointed Pat O'Shay to the development commission to fill the unexpired term of Jerry Stickney which ex- pires March 1, 1989 and appointed Wayne Hopman to temporarily fill the unexpired term of former city councilor Dick Mitchell. Hopman was recently elected to a full-term council position which he will take in Jan- uary 1987 when Mitchell's seat will again become vacant. The Issaquah School Board at its November 4 meeting voted to let political parties use school facilities for presidential caucuses; ac- cepted the gift of a computer for Briarwood Elementary from Rusty Moore and Abby Adams; received $5,900 from the Maple Hills PTA for classroom supplies and musical instruments, and accepted a computer for Cabot & Forbes master site plan... Clark ElementaryfromVivianFlanagan. r00ectio " n n Latest elect:o -"87 result, t=llted The November 3 election may be history, but workers at King County Records and Elections are still busy tally- ing absentee votes. Because of the large number of absen- tee ballots cast, they expect to be at it the rest of this week and tallies will not be final until next week. Here's a look at the most recent results for contested Issaquah race, s: IIIII I King County Fire Commissioner Position 2 Vaughn "Jim" Merritt, 3135; Robert Lontz, 1752. King County Fire District I0 Lid Lift Yes, 2579; No, 2472 (re. quires a simple majority to pass)._ Issaquah School Board, District I Karen Taylor Sherman, 3786; Valerie Knecht Hoff, 2557. Issaquah School Board, District 2 Bill McGlashan, 3734; Diego Frutos, 2397. I I THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Published every Wednesday since 1900 45 Front St. S. (Box 1328), Issaquah, King Co., WA 98027 Phone (206) 392-6434 $14.00 per year. $24.00 two years. $7.00 seniors eve r 65. Add $5.00 per year outside King County. Deborah Berto, managing editor; Michael Landauer, news editor; Linda Thlelke, Peg Carver, reporters; Brian Bretland, William Steele and Beverly Balch, display advertising; Kathy Guthmlller, classified advertising; .Carol Feser, circulation; Myrtle Winslow, accounting; Roxalne Reynolds, contributing writer; Frank Gallagher, darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................... Friday, 5 pm. Display Advertising ................. Monday, 3 p.m. Classified Advertising .............. Monday, 3 p.m. Office Hours ................ Mon.-Frl. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ; OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issaquah Post Office under Act of March 2,1897. A Division of U.S 270720 Murray Publishing Co, POSTMASTER: SEND ADDRESS CHANGES TO PO BOX 1328, ISSAQUAH, WA g8027 l I Letters Grange united front As a longtime Issaquah resident and Grange Supply mem- ber, I am greatly concerned about the future of our Grange Supply and the striking employees. Management and the board of directors are totally unrespon- sive to calls and inquiries made by membership. Are they not accountable to us? Maybe if we presented a united front we can get some re- sponse to our questions and concerns. If any other members feel the same and would like to help in this endeavor, please contact me. Roy M. Robertson Holland clarifies statement In response to the letter published November 5th which asked "whom does Holland represent?" concerning the pro- posed expansion of the Cedar Grove Airport. I was quoted as saying "(I) will not be opposing the increased number of planes at the Cedar Grove Airport." I believe.one can follow my rationale in the complete quote: "I will not be opposing the increased number of planes at the Cedar Grove Airport. This is because of the tremendous community support for the Issaquah Skyport, in which case they (the residents of Issaquah) almost passed a tax in- crease to make it a public facility. Since it did not pass, we need increased flying operations for recreational flyers at that location, where I hope they (private aircraft) will be a good enough neighbor to enjoy the same support as they did in Issaquah." Representation means listening to and evaluating all view- points. Even though one cannot represent every viewpoint, I will continue to conduct extensive surveys and to listen as carefully as possible to each of the people I represent. Sincerely, J. Bruce Holland State Representative School district plays waiting game in wake of H JR 4220 defeat The defeat of HJR 4220 in funds. Priority is given to last week's general election projects that PrOvide class- was a big disappointment for room space for "unhoused Recovery Program those in charge of the Is- students," Usua|ly found in The King County Depart- saquah School District. When growing s'hl districts ment of Public Works has : the voters in the state defeated, where enroltrlhrog, th h asked the council for an addi- construction through;a new: :,s0fl. E-veTulthDedr,.,,ontirmes its w0rk:'n identi- statewide property tax, they prFtatd!,4he state, fying a site for the ener- consigned Issaquah to a long it bumps rla witin'g  project gy/resource recovery facility, wait for.state matching funds further down!  the lri0rity known as the incinerator in on several upcoming projects, list, That is why remodeling Had HJR 4220 passed last and updating of schools cur- week, the school district would have stood to collect a little more than $9 million on four construction projects. Now that the measure is de- feated, the district may still collect that amount but it could take up to 15 years to do so on some projects. And there are other projects, like the Issaquah High remodel, that will probably now never rently in use getS little or no priority. DistriCt officials fear that the Sunset and IHS pro- jects will be sent to that un- prioritized limb0-1and, forcing the district to bear the entire burden on the cost of those projects. Despite an organized cam- paign for the measure by the state's political big guns and no formal opposition, HJR qualify for matching funds. 4220 failed by large margins "I!m very respectful of across the state. A very ran- voters' decisions," said dom sample done locally, Superintendent Kateri Brow. "I don't think they were say- ing no to school consL"uction last week, I think they were saying no to another tax. "The impact of the defeat of 4220 on our district will certainly be very measurable." The passage of HJR 4220 probably would have meant the district would receive $2 million for the rebuilding of Sunset, $4.7 for Issaquah High, $2 million for a new elementary on Cougar Mountain, and $423,000 for new classrooms at Liberty. Until a new scheme is devel- oped, it will be back to the old system for supplying lo- cal districts with state match- ing funds. Currently, there is a back- log of $300 million in school projects awaiting matching makes it appear the measure did no better with Issaquah area voters. In a check of three voting precincts in diffrerent areas of the district, HJR 4220 was soundly defeated in all of them. In a precinct on the Pine Lake Plateau the vote was 97-68 against 4220 It was 59-47 in a city precinct, and 80-30 out in the southend. School district administra- tors say that although the de- feat was a disaPpointment, they do not plan to alter the construction schedule they have been working on. They feel each of ,the projects is important enoug h to the dis- trict and its students, that they are willing to go ahead without the assurance of a state match. Social security numbers required for school kids The Issaquah School District wants to remind parents that a new regulation requires all children over the age of 5 to obtain a Social Security number by the time their parents file their 1987 federal tax returns. Parents cannot claim unregistered children as dependents. The regulation was included in the Tax Reform Act of 1986. To obtain a Social Security number for a child, a parent must provide two original documents verifying age and identity. These may include the child's birth certificate, hospital or doctor records, baptismal or confirmation certificates, repo rt cards or records from day-car, schools, certificates vaccination  " , membership csrds from the Girl Scouts, BoY Scouts or anlZtalons or other youth org " _ " student body cards from secondary schoolS. oc:al Secunty The nearest S " office is located at 127 107th NE in Bellevue. County budget includes funds for projects of local interest by Peg Carver and Linda Thielke The King County budget is going under the microscope, as programs and expenditures are scrutinized before the county council votes on whether to approve the docu- ment in December. Many items in the $556.6 million dollar budget are of direct concern to Issaquah area resi- dents and several will be the subject of public hearings in eastern King County before the budget process is over. Cedar Grove Airpark EIS The 1988 budget includes the county's contribution to- ward the costs of an Envi- ronmental Impact Statement (EIS) checking the feasibility of buying Cedar Grove Air- park for use as a general util- ity airport for small private planes. The bulk of the cost of the $200,000 project will be paid for by the Federal Aviation Administration, which will contribute $180,000. The controversial proposal has already been the subject of one public hearing, another is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 2 in Room 402 of the King County Courthouse. Mem- bers of the county council's Public Works and Facilities Committee will be hearing arguments on whether another general aviation airport is ac- tually needed. Energy/Resource lay terms. That money will go toward completing an EIS on each of the six sites i- dentified as possible loca- tions, including the one north of Issaquah near Lakeside Sand and Grovel. The total budget for finding a site is $2 million and work began on the project last year. The county has targeted fall of 1988 as the deadline for completing the EIS work, with construction to begin in the fall of 1989 and opera- tions starting in 1992. The next two public hear- ings on the incinerator sites will be held November 17 at Once again it is the time for the County Council to review and adopt our budget for the fiscal year commenc- ing on January 1, 1988. Un- der the provisions of the County Charter it is manda- tory that the King County Executive present a proposed budget not later than October 15 to the council. The coun- cil then has until December 1 to approve the budget and it must be balanced. The charter makes no allowance for deficit financing. In addition to sources of revenues the budget includes proposed ex- penditures for all county pro- grams and projects, and a proposed capital improvement program for the next six fis- cal years. The proposed current ex- pense budget for 1988 is $194.5 million plus an addi- tional $6.2 million in capital projects for a total of $200.7 million dollars. Following the same pattern as in recent years, almost six out of every 10 dollars the County spends goes to support our law, Why Iss-Hobart Rd. didn't make the budget Some items of concern to Issaquah residents did not receive funding in the proposed 1988 budget, most notably improve- ments to Issaquah-Hobart Road. That does not mean, however, that the county is unaware of problems with the roadway. County council staff member Cynthia Walker, who worked extensively on the transportation por- tion of the budget, said work on Issaquah-Hobart Road was funded in 1987's budget, to the tune of $790,714. The county planned to construct and pave eight-foot shoulders on both sides of the road between Issaquah city limits and May Valley Road. A channelized inter- section was slated for the May Valley Road turn-off and the entire stretch of road was tagged for resur- facing. The plans were contin- gent upon the county re- ceiving a $493,036 grant from the Washington Ru- ral Arterial fund. The ap- plication was ranked num- ber two in the state and the grant was awarded to an- other area. Walker said the county has not yet decided whether it will re-apply for the grant or seek funding from other sources. If it can find a means to come up with the nearly $500,000 shortfall, the county will supply the remaining am- ount held over from the 1987 budget. 7 p.m. at Snoqualmie Middle School, 39500 Snoqualmie- North Bend Road and Nov- ember 18, 7 p.m. at Redmond High School, 17272 NE 104 Street. Building and Land Development (BALD) The $12.6 million budget for BALD includes several important changes for those on the Eastside. Most sig- nificant is the funding of a year's lease for the relocation of BALD offices to Bellevue. i By the endof th year the de- partment's offic'es will move  to Eastpointe Plaza near Fac- toria along the Interstate 90 corridor. Although hearings on some developments will continue to be held in Seattle, by this time next year BALD officials expect to hold all public hearings in Bellevue, eliminating the needs for Issaquah-area residents to drive to Seattle to voice their coneems. The 1988 budget also in- cludes the addition of a num- ber of employees in an effort to speed up the permit pro- cess. Public Safety Almost $6 out of every $10 spent by King County goes to support the Law, Safety and Justice system. It is by far the largest budget items this and every year. The most significant change in the 1988 proposed budget for local residents is the funding of 20 additional police offi- cers. According to Bob Thomas of the King County Council staff, seven of those new officers are earmarked for Precinct 3, the precinct which serves the county from the southern shores of Lake Sammamish to Renton. An- other five officers will go to Precinct 2, which serves the Pine Lake Plateau and other areas north of Interstate 90. Major Frank Adamson, com- mander of Precinct 3, said the influx of manpower will mean the precinct will be able to beef up the number of officers along the Interstate 90 corridor, which should help to reduce response times to calls for citizens. Billboard regulations One of the key objectives listed in the 1988 county budget is the improvement of regulations regarding bill- boards and sign displays in unincorporated King County. The county council has pro- posed a moratorium on the issuance of permits for off- premises signs larger than 12 square feet in size. In the meantime, a study being conducted by the county's parks, planning department is expected to completed in six months. will suggest legislation on sign requirements. A public hearing on moratorium will be held 9:30 a.m. on November Room 402 of the County Courthouse. Issaquah Community Hall A $40,000 Cc Development Block been recommended for wo, at the Issaquah Community, i Hall, which is adjacent to tht: fire station on Sunset WaY, Remodeling of the hall discussed in conjunction the improvements at the fit* station, but the funds were not available. The fire station remains on hold until the can be re-bid. All bids ceived earlier this fall we#'i over the department's budgeL The community hall modeling work would installation of showers and J wood floor for classes. Planning The proposed budget aside $948,000 for comrnU!i: nity planning projects, cluding the proposed of the East Sammam Community Plan. The rent plan "lacks policy tion for utility, commercial and industrial velopment," according to budget, and is with the urban desi of the Comprehensive The updated version focus on transportation public se'vi,:e isues would formation from the City Issaquah's comprehenS: plan. An East Sammamish Plan will also be funded work to begin in 1988. The Cedar Hills Site velopment plan will to receive funding That project will the phasing of capi improvements at Although mblic on the budget county council will to study the prop throughout November. tion on the budget is by law by December 1. with concerns or about budget items contact the county office at 344-7445. Message from the County Councilman Bruce Laing safety and justice system (58 percent). General government takes the next largest amount (23 percent), followed by culture and recreation (7 per- cent), mental and physical health (6 percent), economic development (3 percent), hu- man services (2 percent) and physical environment (1 per- cent). Naturally these broad categories are broken down into many divisions. Copies of the budget as proposed by the Executive are available in each public library. One item in the budget of special interest to Issaquah residents is a $200,000 re- quest for a study of the feasi- bility of improving and ex- Panding the Cedar Grove Air- port. The Cedar Grove Air- port has been targeted by the K!n.g County Airport Ad- mm:stration as an expanded general aviation airport. The proposal would include extending the current runway to approximately 2,500 feet and other actions to up-grade on-site facilities. The budget request Would provide funds to determine the impact of such an expansion on the community surrounding the airport. The policy question on whether or not we need additional general aviation airport capacity in King County will be considered at a public meeting of the Council's Public Works and Facilities Committee at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 2, 1987 in Room 402, King County Courthouse. On separate matter, public meetings are now being held on the siting of energy re- source recovery facilities (garbage burning plants). You still have time to Participate. There is a meeting on Tues- day, November 17 at 7 p.m. in the Commons Room, Snoqualmie Middle School, 39500 Snoqualmie.North Bend Road, Snoqualmie and ori Wednesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. in the Cafeteria of the Redmond High School, 17272 NE 104th Street, Redmond. Six alternative sites have been selected as potential lo- cations. The sites are: the Cadman gravel at the east edge of Burlington Northern property located north of east of Issaquah-Fall Road and north of the southwest quadrant of I 1-90/SR 18 interchange; a near South 212th Street 84th Avenue South in a site north of 15th St SW and west of C Street in Auburn, and a site sou' Auburn-Black Diamond at 148th Street east Auburn. The meetings will inci presentations and of the following items: project description; tives to be analyzied Environmental Im ment (EIS); the proposed site; the tionship of energy recovery to waste recycling and iandfilling, issues to be covered in EIS. For those the siting of an energy source recovery facility 1 i you to attend one of lic meetings and make views known. r