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THE I SSAQUAH PRESS ' Thirty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 50 December 14, 1983 . ,,i ii i i , illal 00wanis ponder an old 'uestion : should women allowed in the club ? Rodi Shemeta L udlum Wednesday at noon, banquet room of the Sun Restaurant reverberates a chorus of deep male booming out "My 'Tis of Thee," "Oh, " and the Pledge of llegiance. is a feeling of ilinhibited camaraderie the Issaquah Kiwanis they meet each week, a many say is only when groups of men t together. Yet for the past weeks, the question allowing women in to the club has once again raised. Every week for next year or so, one club will be allowed to for five minutes either or against allowing to join Kiwanis. No is allowed, but each there is an alternate president, Bob a local architect, that the men who an opinion are split for and against the ad- of women, but that a group is undecided. He that by the end of his all members will have a enough opinion to one way or another. He the vote will be for "If a service group gets and calls itself a ser- group, I think it should to all," said Davey. a group of men want to e;her :nd play pokc cigars, well, that's some particular quality to it that justifies excluding women." The question is academic at this point because the Kiwanis International con- stitution must be changed before any local club could admit women. But Davey believes pressure from local clubs is the best way to in- fluence the larger organiza- tion. Club members Ernie Smith, the manager of Old National Bank, and Leon Kos, City Administrator, have represented the local club at the national conven- tion for the past two years. The question of admitting women has come up each time, and both voted to allow women in the clubs. The pro- posal was soundly defeated each year, but Smith says the "no" votes seem to be de- creasing. "It's impossible to give ac- curate numbers because it's a voice vote," he said, "but the first year it was about 90- I0 and the next year it was about 75-25.' Though Smith says he's not opposed to the idea of women in Kiwanis, especially since he thinks the member- ship would double im- mediately, he also has some reservations about women in the club. "In my opinion -- and I don't think I'm sexist -- there is a certain camaraderie between guys in this club. would be good for the com- munity if they were admitted. "I don't entertain the idea that we're in competition with men," said Suzanne Suther of Boehm's Candy Kitchen and head of the Citizen's Advisory Commit- tee on Tourism. "l think we need to pool our talent, l wouldn't lobby them to become a member, but fl" they asked, I would love to join." Kateri Brow, the school district's Assistant Superintendent for Cur- riculum and Instruction, said she is not interested in join- ing a group of all men or all women -- "I want to join a group of people who are in- terested in doing neat things for the community. If it were available to me and main- tained it's current quality of service, I would be there ask- ing for membership." Brow was on the board of directors for Community Enterprises of Issaquah for six years, the group that receives the largest donation in the Kiwanis budget. Gilman Village manager Betty Konarski says all-male groups are fine with her if the purpose is social, but she says men join groups like Kiwanis and Rotary to improve their business and make ad- vantageous contacts in the community. "If an organization truly becomes a business asset and becomes a business deduc- certain amount of corn- reasons are as munication thht happens practical as they are with males that doesn't hap- He needs more pen between male and eVabers. The present female." total of about 73 Smith concluded, "I don't enough to fulfill the see anything wrong with and goals of the women starting their own he says. club. ,, more people and I Ken Miller, secretary of the talent available in the group, argues that I was in charge of Kiwanis clubs are not "anti- auction last year and I lady," pointing out that have enough help. every group and service shouldn't I be able to receiving Kiwanis funds is from an immense pool made up of both men and ,9 women and that women are member Bob Lind- welcome as guests at meet- who gave his five- ings arrd social functions. flute speech at the "Ours is not a social 7 meeting, argued club," said Miller. "If we the club is sending a were, then we would need message" to and require women. I think Community by excluding as a service club we're doing a good job without ladies and in our day-to-day work, I don't think they would add are constantly rubbing anything." with women who are Women in the community petant and profes- have various reasons for he said. "I don't wanting to join the club. we believe that women None wanted to fight for ad- less competent than mission, saying they didn't But as a service club we want to go where they're not saying that maleness has wanted, but all agreed it ring the family to UNDAY BRUNCH WITH SANTA featuring Eggs Benedict Blintzes Crepes a la Reine Bacon, Ham, Sausage Scrambled Eggs AssortedFreshFruits ST.g 5 ms from our Sa/ad Bar Complimentary Champagne ($495 children) (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.- Photographs available i Make reservations now for our New Year's Eve Party Call for details - 392-6421 Exlt15off 1-90 of Issaquah 392-6421 no longer a social organiza- tion." Many members have their businesses pay their $50 an- nual membership, but even that is slowly becoming more difficult. Any employee con- nected with the federal government is discouraged from joining any organiza- tion that discriminates on the basis of age, race, creed, col- or or sex. Because banks are connected with the Federal Reserve Bank and Federal Deposit Insurance .Corpora- tion, bank employees such as Ernie Smith pay their own dues. Postmaster Preston Wilburn, who joined initially and paid his own way, has dropped his membership. About six months ago, the U.S. Post Office issued a strongly-worded notice em- phasizing that Postmasters were not to join discriminatory organiza- tions. Wilburn is torn because he feels he should be involved in the community, but he can't in good conscience join an organization that excludes women. He added,' 'The guys who say those organizations must remain all-male are having their wives do a lot of the work anyway. If women joined the club, they'd just be doing up front what they're already quietly doing now." New Issaquah High prin- cipal Dr. Len Fellez was pur- sued for membership, but told the group he wouldn't join because of the rule against women. "They've got a good group and have done some neat things for schools -- they're supported everything we've asked -- but on a personal level, I just can't buy into it." Club president Davey thinks it's only a matter of time -- perhaps five years -- before the policy is finally changed. "It's going to happen a lot faster than people think. And the first service organization that recognizes what's going to happen is going to be the most successful." Sewer hookup discounts may sway county island residents to annex land Morning light The morning light catches the snowy mane of a horse in the wooded hillside behind Kel- ly's Riding Ranch. Photo by Debbie Brusius. I I IIII Illll I ..... BurgerKing to buitd,inlssaquah There will soon be a third competitor in the battle of the fast food giants along Issaquah's Gilman Boulevard. Burger King, which has spent much of this year in a tough-minded advertising campaign .against McDonalds, will soon offer to let local people "have it your way" just a couple of hundred yards from the Golden Arches. Members of the Develop ment Commission recently approved a modified "BK- 50" Burger Kin.g building, scheduled for the southwest corner of Gilman Boulevard and the Renton-Issaquah Road. The firm's original plans had placed them in The Meadows, the new shopping center immediately across the street from McDonalds and dbout a half mile from Ken- tucky Fried Chicken. However, restrictions on their building design and a Burger King change of management led to a dropout from that site. Even' in their new, in- dependent location, the store will be heavily restricted on lighting and signs. The com- mission eliminated the tradi- tional lighted roof and the familiar "Home of the Whopper" sign from the top of the building. According to permit coor- dinator Colin Quinn, "the commission is trying to make sure Gilman does not turn in- to a fast food strip," even in appearance. One of the items that was approved is an all-weather play area for children plann- ed for the new building. 'Merry Christmas'fund nets $335 Les and Delores Lumbcrg Marion and Ruby Metz The Tom Norton family S.J. and Helen Soderlund While the donations are a good beginning, it. is hoped that well over $1000 will be Bikes needed "Merry Christmas Issa- quah" is off to a good start. Checks totaling $335 have been received in the com- munity fund to aid families in need of shelter, food, and other necessities. Two women's service clubs have contributed. The Issa- quah Welcome Wagoneers and the Women of Unity of Bellevue each sent checks for $50. One anonymous check was for $25. The Issaquah Press staff donated $50. Private donations have come from a number of local families. They include: L.E. and Lucille Buchart Brian and Pat Bretland Richard and Ann Ferrarini Douglas Hart I I II gathered to turn over to Community Services. Send contributions to "Merry Christmas Issaquah," c/o The Issaquah Press, P.O. Box 1328, lssaquah, 98027. Jim Busch of Busch Auto Repair on Sunset Way needs donations of old bikes and bike parts to help him pro- vide the Christmas gift of a restored bicycle to a child who might not have one otherwise. Bikes and parts may be brought to his shop. For more information, call 392- 6561. Free room, board not what he asked A 21-year-old Issaquah man picked the wrong place to ask for assistance with a bare cupboard this week. When Thomas G. Kamin, of 7525 Renton- lssaquah Road, showed up at the police station December 5, he requested a Salvation Army food voucher. In some circum- stances the station is a drop-off location for food and gas money from local charities. But when dispatchers made a customary check on Kamin's identification, they found he was wanted in Olympia and in Mason County on assorted charges ranging from failure to appear in court, Theft III and malicious mischief. Later, a friend listing the same address as Kamin, posted the re- quired $1369 bail in cash. by Terry McLafferty County Island residents who live along Newport Way have received a "carrot" from an Issaquah City Coun- cil seeking new ways to make a possible annexation more attractive. The encouragement comes in the form of a 75 per cent reduction in sewer assess- ments for property owners who agree to give a "yes" vote to the annexation at some future date. Impact of the cost reduc- tions could be considerable for a property owner who chooses or is forced to hook up to the new city sewer line passing their front doors. On one parcel, used as a demonstration for the coun- cil, the savings of a property owner would excede $7500 if agreement could be reached. Property owners along Newport Way may or may not be able to expand their development, to subdivide or even to replace an existing septic system that might fail, now that the city has an available line to hook up to. "It is not a well under- stood, mishmash of regu- lation right now," explains Dwight Hartman, city plan- ner. Many of the applicable rules are being "variably en- forced and the rules them- selves being frequently re- evaluated," he adds. County planners admit they aic v,'at,.hh:. o maly master plans being developed at one time, they are extreme- ly reluctant to expedite any short term or piecemeal per- mits for development in the area. And the independent Boundary Review Board, which sets up, monitors and approves annexations, is an entity famous for playing its cards extremely close to the vest, thereby giving no one a clear idea of the alternative. Hartman says the city has never applied for nor re- ceived official approval even to offer utility services to the area, but has done so in fact even before the Boundary Review board came into being. While it is not always true, it is considered politically ad- vantageous to be the provider of such city services as water and sewers to an area the city might want to annex. There- fore the city stands to gain I I I I from becoming provider to as much of the county island as possible. In addition, the county has shown a decided tendency to cooperate with city wishes on land use within the island, recognizing that annexation to the city is the only possible future for the land. According to Hartman, more than one bill before the state legislature would make annexation of this and other such islands surrounded by a city mandatory and unilateral, without need for a vote among the residents. The last time the annexa- tion question came up for a vote locally, it was sondly defeated. Several council members agreed last Monday that an opportunity to provide "a carrot" to encourage residents to consider annexa- tion favorably was an oppor- tunity not to be missed. Mayor A.J. Cuiver did not endorse the plan, however, explaining that the general idea was a good one, but the specific discount was ex- cessive. "A fire sale is a fire sale," he said, shaking his head, "but 75 per cent off is just too much incentive." From August, 1980 through July 1981 the city of Issaquah installed more than 3500 linear feet of sewer line along Newport Way, from Sunset Way to SE 72nd, at a cost of more than $158,000. There were, however, no hookups along the line. It was designed to reduce the congestion on the Front Street sewer lines which had become overloaded by development in Mountain Park and Wildwood, accord- ing to Jack Crumley, public works director. The cost of the line was borne by all of the city's sewer rate payers, some 80 per cent of the residents. However, by virtue of a 1978 city statute, any new hook- ups to the line can be charged their share of the construc- tion costs. For a brief period in the 1970s, such charges were set at very high rates in various cities and dubbed a "development tax," charg- ing new hookups not only for the sewer work but for pro- rata shares of everything from police services to parks maintenance. In 1978 the legislature put an end to that, but said that cities could charge new users an equitable share of the ac- tual system they were going to use. Crumley, along with other city's public works of- ficers, was forced to figure back to 1930s construction costs on the original system, and from that point forward the city had a base to work with. Since the sewer users also have to pay a hook up fee, the situation draws a great deal of complaints and mis- understanding, Crumley says. He likes to explain the two costs by using the analogy of a man growing a third arm. The first thing that arm does is put a strain on all of the "original equipment" body parts, increasing the fear of breakdown for the "body" of the system. That "cost" is the "buying into the game" which new users must shoulder, he says. That is the cost of having the Continued on Pa 2 Sewer rates up slightly City Council members ap- proved an increase in the 1984 city sewer rate at their December 5 meeting, but cut the hike down from a pro- posed 35 cents to 15 cents per month per household. When the new mandatory hike imposed by Metro is figured in, city ratepayers will find their bills up $1.30 per month in '84. Originally, Mayor A.J. Culver had proposed that the city hold-off on any compa- mon hike this year, suggest- ing instead that a larger jump be considered for 1985. But council members determined that repairs to the city's aging sewer lines re- quired immediate attention, and made a preliminary plan for a 35 cent increase. Relying on figures prepared by Public Works Director Jack Crumley, the council settled on a 15 cent figure to raise an estimated $20,000 for preliminary repair in '84. A bit of Evergreen in the Golden State Sometimes people from Issaquah invade California, instead of the other way around. Dale and Vlcki Smith, of Rohnert Park, in the San Francisco Bay area, took a little bit of home with them when they moved out of Issaquah recently. They promptly bought a California vanity license plate that reads "ISAQUAH" ("we were only allowed 7 letters" Vicki says) that still brings honks and waves from Washingtonlans on the freeways of Developerland. Dale was an Issaquah police officer for nine years and Vlcki was raised In Issaquah.