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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDA~ DECEMBER 30, 2009 * A5 The Quality Education Council districts would rely less on their The prototypical school model, A formal report from the council has developed two recommenda- local levies to support basic needs "illustrate(s) the level of resources is due for delivery to the tions to put before legislators next to operate schools, but that would needed to operate a school of a Legislature next month. month as part of their work to mean finding more money in the particular size with particular Council membership includes redefine basic education and create state budget to support education, types and grade levels of students, four state representatives and four a new state funding model for it. "The recommendations have the using commonly understood terms state senators -- there is equal At their Dec. 2 meeting, council potential to help save local districts and inputs, such as class size, representation of Democrats and members voted to approve a new a significant amount of money," hours of instruction and various Republicans -- Dorn; Bette Hyde, pupil transportation funding for- State Superintendent and Council categories of school staff."director of early learning; a gover- mula, beginning in 2011. Full Chair Randy Dorn said in a press How to get there is still in dis- nor appointee; and several repre- implementation of the new trans- release, cussion but end goals should be sentatives from the State Board of portation system would take place The full plan for altering the determined sooner rather than Education and the Professional by September 2013. state's budget to account for the later, Dorn's release said. Educator Standards board. It also voted that the state's new bill, is not yet known. "If we don't know now what the The council was created with the system should pay for nonemploy- ESHB 2261 calls for the system, system should look like in 2018," passage of Engrossed Substitute ee related costs, like maintenance, based on a "prototypical" school- he said, "it will be a bit like having House Bill 2261, which will create supplies and operating costs of funding formula, to be implement- blueprints for a new house without a new state funding system for schools, beginning in 2011. ed by 2018, according to theknowing how much money your education based on a new state If approved by the Legislature, release, supplies will cost." definition for basic education. Council 0Ks human services campus study A clearinghouse where people in need can receive food, healthcare and employment is a step closer to reality for Issaquah. Officials hired nonprofit Family Resource Center of Redmond to Another audit released Sept. 30 examined how the city complied with federal laws and regulations. Auditors found no problems with the way city finances are han- dled, and no problems with the way city staffers handled federal dollars. State auditors audit the city -- www. wsdot.wa, gov/traffic. Because weather changes minute by minute, transportation officials ask drivers to use the cameras as a tool, along with other communication resources. The resources include: Looking at weather forecasts and road temperatures throughout locate a suitable site for a human and other government agencies -- the state. services campus, engage in busi- each year. No findings were report- , Checking for delays and viewing ness planning and provide legal ed in the 2003, 2005 or 2006 traffic conditions. assistance. City Council members audits. approved the $35,000 pact in a unanimous vote Dec. 7. Money from the Talus developer would be used to pay for the study, per the agreement between the developer and the city. The long-planned pact stalled for months in the Council Services ,& Operations Committee while Councilwoman Eileen Barber Auditors found in the 2004 audit that city staffers did not remit all impact fees to the Issaquah School District, as required by state law and city ordinance. In 2007, audi- tors found that the city did not have adequate controls in place to ensure accurate financial report- ing. City employees subsequently resolved both issues. Dialing 5-1-1 to get the latest highway information. Reading portable and overhead variable message signs. Tuning into 1610 AM and 530 AM for Highway Advisory Radio. City, businesses work to protect ground water located within the recharge area have tracked hazardous materials and drafted management plans to handle hazardous materials. Businesses are required to take the steps if they store or use more than 20 gallons of hazardous material. Public Works Engineering staffers worked with businesses to meet the recharge area requirements. The city requires business owners to take several steps -- from planning and prevention to mitigation -- to prevent hazardous materials used at the businesses from entering surface and ground water. City facilities are also taking steps to meet the regulations. The city program to cut water pollution has prevented industrial chemicals, fryer grease and even Almost 95 percent of the worked to ensure there would be Issaquah businesses affected by the material dentists use to fill cav- no conflict of interest if Family DOT unveils Iow-ligM cameras regulations to protect city drinking ities from contaminating ground Resource Center conducted the through SnoqlB[mie Pass water have complied with require- water. study. Barber voted for the agree- ments. The state Department of ment Dec. 7. Traveling on Interstate 90 City Public Works Engineering Ecology pays for a city Public City Council members set a goal through Snoqualmie Pass just got staffers initiated the Critical Works Engineering Department to establish a human services cam- easier. View nighttime road condi- Aquifer Recharge Area program employee to stop pollution at its pus in Issaquah next year. tions on the Web through low- to protect ground water rules last source, or "source control." Under Family Resource Center light cameras installed by the year. Ground water in the Lower the practice, city employees Executive Director Pam Mauk lauded the council for the decision. "A one-stop human service cam- pus increases access to services," she said. "Most people, when they need help, they need the help of more than one human service agency." State auditors find no problems in latest Issaquah audit state Department of Transportation. State transportation officials used dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to pay for eight new low-light cam- eras with infrared illuminators on the pass. The new cameras enable motorists to clearly view low-light or nighttime road conditions from the DOT Web site. "Not only will WSDOT crews have a better idea of conditions State auditors found no prob- lems in the way city staffers han- on the roadway at night, drivers died high-risk assets, such as com- can also plan their evening trips puters, in a city accountability based on the travel and weather audit released Nov. 16. conditions they see from the cam- In the areas examined by the eras and other information on State Auditor's Office, city internal our Web site," state traffic engi- controls were adequate to safe- neer Rick Gifford said in a news guard public assets, the audit stat- release. ed. City officials also complied with Some existing cameras were state laws and regulations, and replaced and several new ones their own policies and procedures were added. Crews finished in the areas examined by state installing the cameras in auditors. September. The cameras are locat- Auditors evaluated internal con- ed on 1-90 from west of trols, audited city activities and Snoqualmie Summit to Cle Elum at determined whether city staffers the following locations: complied with state laws and regu- , East Bandera, milepost 46.8 lations, as well as policies and pro- , Franklin Falls, milepost 51.3 cedures. , Snoqualmie Summit, milepost Per standard practice, auditors 52 did not examine every transaction, * Hyak, milepost 55.17 activity or area. Instead, auditors , Price Creek, milepost 61 examined the areas with the high- , Easton Hill, milepost 67.4 est risk of noncompliance, misap- , Easton, milepost 70.6 propriation or misuse. Auditors , Cle Elum, milepost 84.6 looked into assets, such as comput- View the cameras from the ers, procurement, cash receipts, mountain pass condition Web page, disbursements and expenditures, www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/ payroll and personnel, and fire snoqualmie, or thestatewidetravel- hydrant costs, er information Web page, PARENTING WITH LOVE AND LOGICTM Parent training program facilitated by Liann Smith Certified Love and Logic Instructor Happiness and Harmony at home with children? It is possible! @ 425.890.2081 - www, impactparenting,com * Tell hlm what you L _I want for the holidays! No_Scatve[ No_lqeedle lqo_Pain Most advanced and most comfortable Performed by Board Certified Urotogists Friday evening and Satarday morning visits Seattle Eastside Edmonds (425) 394-0773 SWEDISH ISSAQUAIt CAMPUS, SWEDISH GREENLAKE CLINIC & EDMONDS FAMILY MEDICINE www.VasectomyCenter.com * Issaquah. Valley Aquifer is a attempt to deal with pollutants at major source of city drinking the source--before contaminants water, can enter and harm the environ- In the past year, businesses ment. your uah news when you want it. For 109 years, Issaquah has enjoyed solid weekly news reporting in The issaquah Press, But why wait to learn the football scores, city council decisions, traffic revisions and other events you care about? Now the news is updated every day, only a mouse click away, It's the same award- nning journalism you've come to expect, with videos and slide, shows to boot! ISSAQUAH PRESS. Follow us on II I Send greetings to your family, friends, neighbors with a happy ad in THE ISShQUhH PRESS Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary[ Happy Holidays! 2"x4" ad $39.00 425-392-6434 PUBLIC MEETINGS Dec. 31 CRy offices closed in observance of New Year's Eve Jan. 1 City office closed of New Year's Day In observance Jan. 4 City Council regular meatlng 7:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way FROM PAGE A1 The mail arrives each day from Thanksgiving mtil after New Year's, bringing a flurry of donation checks. Some contain a few single dollar bills; another has a check for $10,000. Some come from children who want to help, others from an office party, another from a service club. Every donation will make a difference. "I see and hear so much need at my middle school where I teach," said one note that accompanied a donation. The fund will remain open for donations until Jan. 10. Send checks to Merry Christmas Issaquah, c/o The Issaquah Press, P.O. Box 1328, Issaquah, WA 98027, or drop off at The Press' office, 45 Front St. S. FROM PAGE A4 School board needs a no new taxes pledge Just in time for the holidays -- a story about both the Pledge of Allegiance and God! I am amused for two minutes while I read a letter supporting more school levies -- which by now we all know are just taxes. Perhaps the school board can do away with the pledge to be resourceful -- and then find better ways of funding opera- tions, instead of taxes forever. Our schools have a money problem, and citizens and elected officials need to step up to the plate and solve it -- not with half-brained, levy-turned- tax ideas, but with real fund- ing. That should be our real pledge of allegiance for our schools. FROM PAGE A1 Land Use Committee, the panel tasked with reviewing major development decisions. Detractors argued a gas sta- tion would be a poor tit for a community billed as "green" and pedestrian-friendly. Proponents and Port Blakely executives billed the gas station as a cutting-edge "energy sta- tion" with alternative fuels and electric-vehicle charging sta- tions. "Conversations about the energy station with both the city and the local community have been very productive over the past few months," Boeker wrote in a Dec. 21 letter to Mayor Ava Frisinger. "The stron merits of the energy sta- tion, nowever, are often over- shadowed by a larger question -- the timing on the successful development of a vibrant mixed-use town center." Boeker said the gas station issue would be revisited during the first quarter of next year. "We know this question is of great interest to the entire corn- munity, which shares our goal of moving forward with the town center," Boeker wrote. "Further discussions will help everyone understand where we are today and what can be done to help accelerate develop- ment." Boeker asked for the delay six days after the city Urban Village Development Commission postponed a deci- sion on a 240-unit residential complex proposed by Devco, a Bellevue developer. Commissioners postponed the Devco decision as a way to demand answers from Port Blakely executives about high- lands commercial develop- ment. The commission, formed to oversee major projects in the highlands and Talus, heard from several citizen activists and highlands residents about commercial development in the community. Although the high- lands includes several restau- rants, shops and offices, resi- dents said the reality differed from the vision offered by Port Blakely more than a decade ago. Commission Chairman Geoffrey Walker, a longtime highlands resident, said people were "hoodwinked" with prom- ised-but-unrealized amenities, like a grocery store. Wehls~n Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment lssaquah at www.issaquahpress, com. 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