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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY~ DECEMBER 16, 2009 A5 O" S By Warren Kagarise Issaquah Press reporter A proposal to allow a gas station in the Issaquah Highlands has become the latest flashpoint in the ongoing debate about how devel- opment in the hillside community measures up to the vision offered by the developer and the city. The dispute centers on a revi- sion to the development agree- ment between the city and high- the original vision of the high- lands," Councilman John Traeger said as the Land Use Committee forwarded the proposal to the full council. Surveys: Residents want gas station Traeger and other Land Use Committee members heard con- cerns from both camps during a tense Dec. 8 committee meeting. Port Blakely President Alan Boeker said Town Hall meetings lands developer Port Blakely and surveys showed residents sup- Communities to allow a gas sta- port a gas station in the highlands. tion to be constructed in the corn- He described the amendment pro- munity. Supporters said high- lands residents want a gas station for convenience and safety, when severe weather occurs and resi- dents need fuel. Detractors argued that a gas station would be a poor fit for a community billed as "green" and pedestrian- friendly. The amendment would overhaul the development pact between the city and Port Blakely to allow gas stations in the decade-old commu- posal as a resident-driven request. Regardless, gas station oppo- nents urged the Land Use Committee to scuttle the proposal. Issaquah residents sacrificed mountain views and environmen- tal quality when officials approved the highlands, citizen activist Connie Marsh said. Former Councilman Hank Thomas asked Port Blakely execu- tives what city residents would receive in return for the revision to tamination of the Lower Issaquah Valley Aquifer -- a source of drinking water for the city -- led officials to ban under- ground fuel tanks and prohibit gas stations in the highlands when the city and the developer formalized the development agreement in 1995. But subsequent technological advances and a new understand- ing about geology beneath the highlands prompted officials to rethink the agreement when Port Blakely executives asked for the revision. Officials learned a messy lesson during a 2004 landslide, when about 20,000 cubic yards of rock and soil slid downhill from the mouth of Camp Creek above the Sunset Way interchange and filled retention ponds near the site with sediment. Before the landslide, storm water from the highlands was infiltrated into the ground near the present-day Swedish Medical Center site. Geologists nity. The revision includes tight the development agreement, and city officials believed the language to limit what developers Chris Hysom, the Port Blakely site acted almost like a geologic and operators could do with the legal and community affairs pipe to the aquifer. But property. . . director, said the company would aquatards -- thin, impermeable Besides gasoline, the operator be willing to contribute toward a soil layers -- caused infiltrated would be required to offer at least mountain bike skills course storm water to flow horizontally one alternative fuel and three elec- requested by highlands residents, out of the highlands, instead of tric-vehicle charging stations. The Sue Bueing, a highlands resi- vertically into the aquifer. The agreement also requires the build- dent, said she surveyed fellow res- resulting landslide reshaped the ing to meet eco-friendly building idents at a coffee shop, a restau- way officials approached high- standards and utilize photovoltaic panels or wind turbines to gener- ate at least some energy for the facility. The features are part of the "energy station" concept advanced by Port Blakely executives. The City Council will weigh the proposed amendment Dec. 21. Council Land Use Committee members sent the amendment to the full council after more than seven months, several committee meetings and multiple revisions. "I am disappointed in the loss of Krispy Kreme offers free doughnut with toy donation Krispy Kreme is making the hol- iday season a little sweeter for children in need by hosting a Salvation Army toy drive. Customers who bring in a new, unwrapped toy for donation at participating stores in Oregon and Washington will receive a free doughnut or doughnut coupon. Toy collection barrels will be available at the Issaquah store, 6210 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., through Dec. 20. The Salvation Army will then dis- tribute the toys to families in need. FROM PAGE A4 leaving your severed finger there for her to find? Furthermore, no matter what time of day you go, don't re-enact that scene from "Saw." It's not as fun in real life. Next, remember to pick an ap- propriately sized tree. Don t forget that trees look smaller from a dis- tance. If you cut down a tree that's far too large, it may fall on you and cover you in sap if you are unable to support it as you finish the cutting process. You may also pop a hernia try- ing to carry an overly large tree, and that's not a very festive way to start the season, as much fun as an emergency trip to the hospi- tal is. Finally, be sure you properly se- cure your tree on your vehicle. Do get it baled and tie it down on your car. Don't just put it on the top of your car and hope it doesn't fall off. Speaking of getting the tree baled, don't stick your younger sister's head in the baling ma- chine. Take it from me: just don't. After you have your tree safely secured on your car, go home and celebrate surviving the process. Happy holidays, and cut safely. Tim Pfarr: 3924434, ext. 239, or new- cas@isspress.com. Comment at www. issaquahpr ess. com. rant and door-to-door in the com- lands geology. munity. Bueing said the results The gas station amendment showed overwhelming support for could also receive a boost from a gas station, action the City Council took in Bneing said she surveyed 280 October, when officials bent the people -- 219 people who support- rules for Swedish Medical Center. ed a gas station in the highlands, Hospital executives asked to 26 opposed and 35 respondents include underground fuel oil and who did not care about the propos- propane tanks -- meant to hold al. fuel for emergency generators -- at Port Blakely surveyed about 300 a medical center under construe- highlands residents during spring; tion in the highlands. The council about 70 percent indicated a pref- allowed the arrangement, but lim- erence for a gas station in the com- ited the underground tank rule to munity. About 7,000 people live in hospitals. the highlands. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Contamination worries prompted ban wkagarise@isspress.com. 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Village Theatre is in the midst of a large-scale renovation of the First Stage building. Sanders said the water damage would not interrupt any productions, because plans had been made to accommodate First Stage and KIDSTAGE productions during the remodel. Initial plans called for a remodel of the 96-year-old building. After said Dec. 14. He estimated the officials learned the building damage would be repaired within lacked a foundation and had sink- a few days. ing walls, the renovation plans Elsewhere in the city, Public were overhauled to a $2.8 million Works Operations employees effort to upgrade the structure, received calls for "no water --a lighting, sound and ventilation sys- sign of frozen pipes. Most of the terns, calls related to frozen lines on pri- Pipes also froze at Gibson Hall, vate property; property owners the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah are responsible for the thaw. clubhouse along Newport Way A few calls resulted because Southwest. meters froze, and city crews Though the pipes froze and responded. The number of frozen ruptured, the hall escaped addi- meters was typical for a lengthy tional damage because crews freeze. turned off water at the meter, and Issaquah School District cam- the water in the pipes was not puses, meanwhile, made it enough to cause damage, through unscathed. Lissy Mendel, "We were very fortunate not to a district communications special- have any water damage," Don ist, received no reports of broken, Robertson, chairman of the leaking or frozen pipes during the Kiwanis Gibson Hall committee, cold snap. District adjusts levy request recoup them," Sara Niegowski, in face of budget uncertainty district communications director, wrote in an e-mail. The Issaquah School Board"Our community has been clear voted to increase the amount of about our goals with the M&O the maintenance and operations levy. We need to maximize our full lew. from $155.5 million to $172.5 authority, while still respecting million at its Dec. 9 meeting, residents financial situations in The M&O levy is one of three this economy, Niegowski said. before voters on the Feb. 9 ballot. If the Legislature doesn't Board members approved the increase the levy rates, then only the amount allowed under statute Tibbetts Creek Manor. On all sides, single-family houses border the site. Tibbetts Valley Park also borders the site to the east. REO Consultants LLC, the BotheH consultants working with the property owner, asked city planners for a community confer- ence related to the proposed development. No decisions about the project will be made at the 7 p.m. Development Commission increase in response to changes occurring at state and federal levels, will be collected, she said. meeting. The commission meets at Among the changes was a rec- City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset ommendation by state Development Commission will Way. Superintendent of Public review subdivision proposal The site is platted as two lots; Instruction encouraging districts the applicant wants to create five to use full levy authority in the face City development commission- lots on the property. The land also of dwindling state funds, a request ers will review a proposal for a includes a steep, sloped area. to the Legislature by Gov. Chris five-lot subdivision Dec. 16. Planners said the sloped area Gregoire to increase by 4 percent, Frontier Bank, headquartered would be conserved in a critical and the volatility of federal fund- in Everett, owns the 1.53-acre site area buffer and a protection ease- ing, said Jacob Kuper, the district's across state Route 900 from ment. officer of finance and operations. If board members hadn't voted for the increase and the lidFor the latest news updates, increased was approved, millions of locally funded dollars would " hp remain unused with no way to go to www.lssaqua cess.com. PUBLIC MEETINGS Development Comml~lon ture Agenda: Issaquah View subdivision 6 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall community conference South, 135 E. Sunset Way 7 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall Dec. 16 South, 135 E. 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