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flare over Patriots surprise KingCo foes with two swim meet wins , Sports, Page C1 Teller's retirement means end of an era for local bank , Communi ', Page B1 , See Page A2 , See Page B4 LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 4l, 1900 75 CENTS WEDNESDAY~ DECEMBER 16, 2009 * VOI 50 [IS By Warren Kagarise lssaquah Press reporter Issaquah City Jail will add a cor- rections officer, but parks and road mprovements will be scaled back in the 2010 budget headed to the City Council next week. The plan reflects difficult deci- sions as the council sought to bal- ance savings and services amid the recession. City residents will notice changes large -- fewer traf- fic signal upgrades -- and small -- only two city newsletters will be mailed next year. Mayor Ava Frisinger proposed a leaner budget for next year for a city with fewer employees and capital projects planned. After sev- eral tweaks, the City Council plans to adopt the $99 million budget Dec. 21. "In this economic climate, there were some difficult choices that had to be made," Councilman Joshua Schaer said. "This is a con- sensus document, so no single one of us was able to control or domi- nate the way in which our city's dollars are going to be spent." The proposed budget contains no property tax or rate increases, though a separate measure head- ed to the council Dec. 21 would adjust city water rates. Officials tackled the budget after mid-year spending cuts and layoffs due to declining sales tax revenue and building permit fees -- impor- tant cash sources for the city. Schaer noted that the tough choices include maintenance delays and spending cuts -- deci- sions outlined in a budget memo from council members to Frisinger. The memo includes ambitious directives to re-examine the way several city departments conduct business. "I hope the budget is indeed lean, but I hope it's not mean," Frisinger said. Council considers alternatives The council asked the city administration to study privatiza- tion options for Parks & Recreation Department facilities and pro- grams. Staffers are due to bring the options to the Council Services & Operations Committee in the first quarter. And, almost four years after city voters passed a $6.25 million park bond meant to improve recreation and preserve undeveloped land, the council wants updates on city open space. See BUDGET, Page A3 PHOTOS BY GREG FARRAR WINTER S ARRIVAL The official start of winter isn't until Dec. 21, but temperatures last week as low as 10 degrees put a chill on eve g./ ove, ducks on Lake Sammamish were still swimming, but smaller lakes over. Left, was , tracks. Village Theatre, AtWork/ sustain water damage By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter AtWork! employees were gath- ered for a late-afternoon meetin last week when someone hearu what sounded like rain -- com- people were in the building, after clients left. The organization helps disabled people learn skills and find jobs. Homeowners and workers throughout Issaquah endured similar inconveniences last week ing from inside the building, as the mercury plummeted. Employees watched as water The deep freeze and subse- gushed from the ceiling, and quent problems caused calls to then leapt into action to cut off the supply and shove buckets beneath the leak, administrative assistant Winter Taylor said. The source of the deluge was a burst pipe, brought on by days of below-freezingtemperatures. Lucky for the employees, the accident occurred when fewer spike to Eastside Fire & Rescue and the city Public Works Operations Department as prop- erty owners sought to deal with the damage. EFR crews respond- ed to more than a dozen calls related to flooding caused by burst pipes. A near-disaster brought on by old pipes and below-freezing temperatures brought the house down at Village Theatre's First Stage Theatre building. Crews started cleanup efforts Dec. 10 to remove insulation frozen by leaking water. The frozen insulation then fell from the ceiling. The damage claimed KID- STAGE costumes, a soundboard and other equipment. Managers did not have cost estimates for the damage by late last week, theater spokeswoman Michelle Sanders said. See WATER DAMAGE, Page A5 'S By Chantelle Lusebrink Issaquah Press reporter The Issaquah School District's 15th elementary school finally has a name. Creekside Elementary School, 20777 S.E. 16th St., Sammamish, will open in fall 2010 for students on the Sammamish Plateau near Pine Lake. The school board unanimously voted on the name at its Dec. 9 regular business meeting. The Chang family, of Sammamish, couldn't be more thrilled with the choice, since it was their submission, Melody Chang said. Creekslde entrance at BY ISSAQUAH SCItOOI, DISTRICT Elementary School as seen from the northeast, with the main left and classrooms at right. Jesse and Melody Chang's two daughters, Emma, 7, and Erin, 4, will attend the school. "When the community was asked to submit names, we came up with the name Creekside because it.was simple, yet true to the area, Melody Chang said. "We think it is indicative of the surrounding area and the nurtur- Ing environment that the elemen- tary school has such an important role in playing." In early November, Planning Principal Robin Earl gave a pres- entation to the board about the five names the school's Naming Selection Committee chose. Those were Creekside, Ebright Creek, Lake Vista, Opportunity and Samena elementary schools. Community members submitted more than 130 submissions based on a set of rules, which included See CREEKSIDE, Page A3 When 8-year-old David Adams case generated unprecedented searchers to Tiger Mountain. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY GREG FARRAR disappeared in May 1968, the still-unsolved news coverage and attracted hundreds of By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter The walk home was short, but David Adams never completed the trip. David left a friend's house on a late spring day in 1968, and set off down a shortcut worn by neigh- borhood children. Somewhere along the path -- whether by acci- dent, misstep or chance encounter -- the 8-year-old boy disappeared from Tiger Mountain. Searchers volunteered by the hundreds and combed through dense forest for days. Tiny Issaquah, with 4,000 or so people then, was the nexus in the unprecedented search effort. With the techniques and technol- ogy available to investigators and searchers in May 1968, the search for David unfolded as a rescue mis- sion. Searchers offered theories. Maybe David fell down a coalmine shaft. Maybe a wild ani- mal attacked the boy. Maybe -- a Part I: Missing A three-part series ~ the 1968 disappearance of David Adams. more remote maybe in the -- someone abducted David. Searchers found nothing. 1960s See LOST, Page A3 By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter Klahanie residents want answers about what will happen to the community after Sammamish acquires Klahanie Park from cash- strapped King County. Sammamish officials want Klahanie Park and adjacent Issaquah School District property. Klahanie Park and several other county parks were marked for clo- sure in August as county officials worked to cut costs. Before the transfer, the deal between Sammamish and the county will prompt Sammamish, Issaquah and county officials to redraw planning maps to remove Klahanie Park and the school dis- trict land from the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area -- about 1,200 acres spread across several subdivisions and home to about 11,000 residents. The park discussion has also opened a dialogue between Issaquah and Sammamish officials about future annexations, and whether Sammamish leaders would be interested in all or some of the potential annexation area -- land bordered by both cities but included in long-term growth plans for Issaquah. "King County planning policy says within the urban growth boundary, there should be no islands, Issaquah Planning Director Mark Hinthorne said. "We can't give up any part of that potential annexation area unless See PARK, Page A3 GAS GAUGE FAIN GAIN INSIDE THE PRESS A&E ........ B6 Opinion ...... A4 Classifieds... C4-5 Police & Fire .. C5 Community ... B1Schools ...... C6 Obituaries .... B3 Sports ..... C1-3 A free obituary lookup service is available on the Web at the Washington State Library at www.secstate.wa.gov/library/Obituaries.aspx. Find older obituar- ies unavailable on news Web sites. Use the service to locate hard-to-find and historical obituaries as well. 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