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Page 2- The Issaquah Press, December 31, 1986 " i I Opinion i I Time [or community action Just before Christmas there was a movie on television starring John Denver. Did you happen to see it? In the story, the people of a small Colorado town banded together to keep away the big time developers that would change their town forever. It could have been Issaquah, except that no one here is advocating keeping the developers out, just keeping the quality of life as good as it is now. It is time for the Issaquah community to join together to fight for that quality. To us, that means pure, clear drinking water from the aquifer and our open air land- mark, the Skyport. Right now the fight is for the Skyport. Chances are you are one of the many who have been saying, yes, the Skyport should stay but what can I do about it? It's time to take action. There are two things you can do, right now. One, write to the city and county councils and urge them to put up a bond issue to purchase the 27 acres of Skyport land through a recreation service district. The owners are willing to sell the land, but the city council has yet to be convinc- ed that the community is willing to sup- port a bond. Second, the city council has agreed to put up $3,750 toward the feasibility study needed before approving the bond elec- tion, but only if the citizens will match that amount. Your donation is needed right away. Any excess funds collected -- and we like to think there will be plenty -- will be used to educate the public about the election issue through cam- paign literature. Last week in our editorial we urged you to help others through the "Merry Christmas Issaquah" fund. This week we encourage you to write a check for purely selfish reasons, for yourself, your family, and your quality of life that this little town gives you. Where to write: send letters to Issaquah Ci- ty Council, P.O. Box 1307, lssaquah, WA 98027, and to King County Council at 400 King Co. Courthouse, Seattle, WA 98104. Send checks to City of lssaquah (Skyport Study), c/o Parks Director Kerry Anderson, P.O. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA 98027. -- i i ii Public meetings i , i City Council, Monday, January 5, 7:30 tial bond projects totalling $34.7 million. No p.m., City Hall South; 135 E. Sunset Way. decision is expected. Also, election of 1987 Agenda includes a recommendation to ad- school board members. ministration to draft an ordinance for the an- nexation of Muggy and Bergsma properties. Council will also hear a staff report on the findings of fact on the Malloy appeal in regards to occupancy of the old car dealership building on NE Gilman Boulevard. Issaquah School Board, Monday, January 5, 7 p.m., Administration Building. Special meeting to address the budget deficit. Open to the public. Issaquah School Board, Wednesday, January 7, 7 p.m., Administration Building. Special meeting for public hearing on paten- Issaquah School Board, work study ses- sion, January 10 and 11. Board members will review public input received at public hearing on proposed bond issue, and may make a decision on the bond total and its election date. lssaquah Ground Water Advisory Committee, Thursday, January 8, 4 p.m., Issaquah Library. Committee will set goals for ground water management plan, set up policy and technical sub-committees, and establish the budget and scope of the work to be done. Note: meeting times, places and agendas are subject to change. Issaquah area has more than one to be site for incinerator A plan to site incinerators around King County includes at least three possible selec- tion areas near Issaquah, although the plan may change greatly by the time the county council is done with it. King County Solid Wast Manager Ran Hansen had submitted a list of seven loca- tions that met his depart- meat's criteria for accessibili- ty and zoning. But some county council members complained the bulk of the potential ERR plants were concentrated in south and southwest King County. Hansen and County Ex- ecutive Tim Hill returned to the council with an I l-site study plan that included lssaquah-area locations that had been previously exclud- ed. The county has not pin- pointed exact locations yet for the garbage burning plants, only areas that could possibly support such a pro- ject. Locally selected areas are: the junction of 1-90 and Highway 18 near Echo Lake; the Issaquah portion of the I. 90 corridor; and land adja- cent to the current operations at the Cedar Hills Landfill. The county is also consider. ing a location in the Renton Highlands areas, south of May Creek. The study plan is now in the hands of the county council for review. Hill and Hansen hope to complete an ERR management plan by March 19, 1987, and break ground for the first plant in 1989. Hill said the 11 sites were chosen after county staffers researched where refuse is generated in the county, housing densities of the pro- posed sites, transportation factors and other surroun- ding industrial development. He said the county staff also studied how the plants could be constructed as part of the regional network of in- cinerators stretching from Snohomish to Pierce coun- ties. District 6 Councilman Bruce Laing has said he op- poses any incinerator near Cedar Hills because he feels residents there have been the brunt of the county's garbage problems. On another front, resi- dents near Cedar Hills are continuing their battle against expanding the landfill with Seattle's garbage. Members of the Environmen- tal Task Coalition (ETC) have a preliminary ap- pearance before the Seattle Hearing Examiner on Jan- uary 8 to present their con- cerns on Seattle's En- vironmental Impact State- ment that brought the gar- bage to Cedar Hills. A full, formal hearing is set for February 3 and 4. Christmas fund climbs to $5.052: still time to donate AS of Monday, the "Merry Christmas Issaquah" fund had climbed to $5,052, near- ing the total of last year. Fewer families contributed this year, however the average donation was larger. Donations ranged from $1 to $400, but the average for the 70 contributions was $72 each. in 1985, 90 families contributed $6,264. This week's contributors include: Jo Garner Rolf and Mildred Edstram Hans and Hazel Siebert Marilyn Boyden Kay Firestone ateven ann Priscdla Call James and Jean O'Sullivan Precision Products Co. Mary Coe Blom Bruce and Pam Tandy Jens and Adrianna Houby W.H. and Diana Oliver Susan and Robert Liebling The Issaquah Press employees Diana and Carl Behrent Six anonymous donations H.G. and Jennette Putnam The "Merry Christmas Issaquah" fund will close Monday, January 5. Until then, donations may be sent c/o The Issaquah Press, P.O. Box 1328, Issaquah, WA 98027. 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 over 65. Add $5.00 per year outside King County. Deborah Berto, managing editor; Michael Landauer, news editor; Linda Thielke, Peg Carver, reporters; Brian Bretland, William Steele and Beverly Balch, display advertising; Kathy Guthmiller, classified advertising; Carol Feser, circulation; Myrtle Winslow, accounting; Roxaine Reynolds, contributing writer; Frank Gallagher, darkroom technician, DEADLINES News ............................... Friday, 5 p.m. Display Advertising ................. Monday, 3 p.m. Classified Advertising .............. Monday, 3 p.m. Office Hours ................ Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. l:;,,. OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAOUAH Entered as second class matter at the 'rsc//4] 10 \\;@" Issaquah Post Office under Act of March 2,1897. A Division of Murray Publishing Co. U.S. 2/0720 POSTMASTER: SEND ADDRESS CHANGES TO P.O. BOX 1328, ISSAQUAH, WA g8027 Letters Issaquah as a trails club On September 27 of this year the Issaquah Alps Trails Club addressed a letter to Mayor A.J. Culver, summarizing a presentation of a proposed city trails policy I'd recently made to the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, to a very enthusiastic reception. Only three months have passed, so it's not too late to expect a response, assuming he received the letter; I've had no acknowledgement. However, pending some reaction from the mayor, the city council and/or the parks department and planning department, I'd like to offer a summary of the sum- mary, to suggest the reason for the enthusiasm of the Chamber of Commerce members in attendance at that par- ticular meeting. Geography has given Issaquah the opportunity to be a ma- jor center of the nation's two fastest-growing and most popular outdoor recreations: walking and bicycling. The city will serve the entirety of Puget Sound City as a trail hub, bringing in dollars to support a great enlargement of the ex- isting recreation industry. Being a trail hub also will enhance the quality of life in Issaquah, to the benefit of real estate values and property taxes. However, the City of Issaquah -- the government and the citizens -- cannot simply lay back and wait for it to happen. Action is required -- now. For one example, the Issaquah-to-Snoqualmie Falls Trail -- which currently exists the entire distance, if officially so only part of the length -- is in peril. King County Parks has been intending to complete the "missing links" in the near future. However, the easternmost stretch -- the link through Snoqualmie Falls area to the town of Snoqualmie -- is in jeopardy. Puget Power and King County have been negotiating for a public easement, but seem now to be at an impasse. We will not speculate on who is at fault. We simply say that the City of Issaquah could play a role by officially an- nouncing to Puget Power and County Executive Tim Hill and County Councilman Bruce Laing that the city wants the trail completed, and no excuses or finger-pointing. For another example, for many years the City of Issaquah has had a Squak Mountain State Park. Washington State Parks has repeatedly attempted to provide a trail from downtown Issaquah to the park boundary and been blocked by property owners. The City of Issaquah never has entered the situation, never tried to work with state parks, never has exercised its powers of persuasion (quid pro qua) over land- developers. There currently is an opportunity -- a willing pro- perty owner, an eager state parks -- to obtain a trail corridor that would make the state park a civic asset, easily accessible to residents -- and to outsiders to come to enjoy "Wilderness on the Metro 210." The City of lssaquah has been apprised of the opportunity by me, by State Parks, by the property owner. Has the city responded? Not to me. In this space I will forego discussion of several other Issa- quah trails that excited the Chamber of Commerce: the trails to Cougar Mountain State Park from the city's west edge; the trails to Lake Sammamish State Park, Marymoor Park, and the East Sammamish Plateau; the trails to the Tradition Lake de facto park and the Tiger Mountain State Forest. They also were taken by the notion of erecting trail signs in downtown Issaquah -- such as, at the Metro bus stops, and at Sunset and Front, etc. Should the salmon eventually succumb (heaven forbid!), the annual gala might become Issaquah Trail Days. Members of lssaquah government, as well as leaders in civic and economic affairs, shared in the fruitful discussion at the Chamber meeting. The Trails Club hopes they may be able to obtain motion toward an Issaquah Trails Plan. Sincerely, Harvey Manning President, Issaquah Alps Trails Club Council lacks information It is truly commendable that the city council has been giving extra time to reviewing the proposed Picketing project. As a group they were attentive during the eight hours of staff reports and it is clear that they are taking their part in the decision-making process seriously. Unfortunately some major points of great importance were left out of the staff report. The major areas that I believe still need to be presented to the city council are: 1. The probable as well as possible effects of building over and into the aquifer; 2. Overall traffic problems projected for the city, not just those adjacent to the Pickering Project; 3. Actual traffic counts which have been compiled by the city in recent months; 4. Analysis of those counts which has been done by Mr. Stein- wachs, a development commissioner; 5. Basic information and conclusions drawn by the development commission dur- ing their 16 months of deliberations on this project. Toward the end of the eight hours of the staff report, it became obvious that the city council has a lot of catching up to do. For example, the mayor showed great surprise that a traffic analysis paid for by the city and published in February of '86, recommended putting a flyover ramp directly through the middle of the Picketing project. Obviously this is an ab- surd solution which is unacceptable to everyone involved. But why was anyone on the city council surprised by this informa- tion? This traffic analysis is basic reading for anyone dealing with the project. If this document hasn't been read, how many more will be left unopened and unabsorbed? The overall traffic picture was not presented in the staff report. For example, according to the same traffic analysis 20 intersections will be in need of $7 million dollars worth of im- provements in order to pull 12 of them out of the "F" level of service. F stands for failure, or the same as a blocking acci- dent at each of L these 12 intersections every single day during rush hour. Six more intersections would be at level "E", which means intolerable delay and consistently waiting for more than one green light before you can drive through. If no improvements are made this will all be with you in three short years if our present rate of growth continues. 1 believe the council members are doing the best they can. But the whole picture has to be looked at and examined with enough facts before a decision can be made. Much of the work has already been discussed by the development commis- sion. My suggestion to the city council is that they request a. member of the development commission to be present at each meeting to transmit knowledge and keep the city council from having to re-invent the wheel. I wish the city council the best during its difficult delibera. tions. I hope that they give this project the extra hours needed in order to make wise and informed decisions which will fluence this city for decades. Hopeful for our future Jamey outshines them all Since the time I began jumping at the Issaquah Parachuu Center I have had the privilege of getting to know the Jamey Woodward. This letter is being written because of concerns that the Issaquah Parachute Center may be closed and the Skyport developed into office buildings and stores. As the newest owner of the Issaquah Parachute Center had the opportunity to change the name. He did not. He is proud of the town Issaquah as he is of the Skyport. As I around town I am pleased to see the development of such beautiful buildings and as I look upward the sky is filled parachutists. Such poetry! Yours is such a special place. Everywhere there is something to see. As I get to know Jamey it becomes more apparent that he is fanatical about safety. For instance, the FAA tandem master to have 10 test jumps before Jamey requires his tandem masters to have 25 test jumps. have seen riggers argue with him because he wanted to out a parachute and absorb the cost of a new one rather repair a parachute that has probably seen better days. Jamey is in this business to make money, he is also in it to jumpers the thrill of a lifetime in the safest possible way he wants to do it in Issaquah. I am impressed with his sionalism and his leadership. Even though I pull my own cord, I'd still trust him with my life. Issaquah is a very unique place because of the Issat Parachute Center and Jamey Woodward. You have the of both worlds.., there is an active sense of history here Skyport is over 30 years old) and there is a future here choose to have it. Whenever I mention Issaquah to people, their eyes get big, they smile and say "That's where the crazy people jump out of perfectly good airplanes." You on the map because of the Issaquah Parachute Center. you know that? Jamey has done his utmost to keep the well-groomed and people are encouraged to come watch.., no high pressure sales tactics. He just wants share. I have been there when there were 300 people sitting the lawn, eating picnic lunches and looking skyward, Everybody wins. My heart breaks to think that the Issaquah Center may be torn down. Sure, there are other places jump but they are not the same. Sure, there are other managers, but Jamey outshines them all. He gives credit te Issaquah and aviation and skydivers. If you, the public, any say in the matter of keeping the Skyport alive and Jamey Woodward as the Skyport manager, I beg you to so. Without it Issaquah will become ordinary. So far you proved you are far from ordinary. Sincerely, Lee Port Angeles, You be the school board Put together your own bond packag People love to second- realizes board members may guess the Issaquah School not be able to support a price Board. "Why didn't they do tag that large. this or that" is a frequently In a recent meeting, Swick asked after-tke-fact question, gave the board a work sheet. On January 7, the board on it were eight possible will hold a special meeting to bond projects. Five of them ask people in the district how were broken down into a they should fund all the pro- prioritized list, with the jects that need doing in the prioritizing being done by the schools. Putting together a staffs in those buildings. bond is tough, especially Swick asked each board when you are uncertain what member to look at the the public is willing to pay priorities and price tags for for. the different elements and Su'perintendent James create their own bond. Swick and his staff are recommending a $34.7 We are giving you the same million bond project for chance. You be the board. 1987. Thesuperintendenthas Pick and choose the items told the board that is his you feel are high on your list recommendation for the best for quality education in the possible program, but he Issaquah SchoolDistrict, and City to get tough on smokers To comply with state and federal laws, the City of lssa- quah announced plans to limit smoking in its buildings. A city memo dated December 19 reads in part: The City of Issaquah is dedicated to providing a healthy and productive work environment, and recognizes its legal obligation to do so as outlined in the Worker's Compensation and Occupa- tional Safety Regulations and the Washington State Clean Air Act. Based on input, as well as in the recent opinion of the United States Surgeon General, this policy will be implemented effective January 1, 1987. I. Smoking will be permit- ted only in areas designated by the city administrator. 2. No-smoking areas will be appropriately signed and waste receptacles will be pro- vided at appropriate en- trances and locations. Smok- ing will not be permitted in the following areas: a. Indoor areas of City Hall North, City Hall South, and Community Hall. b. Lobbies/waiting areas and public restrooms of all city facilities. c. City vehicles being used as carpools (When there is more than one person in any city vehicle, the rights of the nonsmoker prevail). All violators of this policy will be subject to penalties prescribed in the Washington Clean Air Act. * Learn to write A free worksholb on learn- ing to write correct press releases to further your chances of publication will be taught Thursday, January 15 my Michael Landauer, news press releases editor of The lssaquah Press. The workshop begins at 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Library. Pre-registration is needed, through the Issaquah Parks and Recreation Department. that you'd be willing to sup- port with your tax dollars. When you've completed the worksheet, send it to us at The lssaquah Press, P.O. Box 1328, Issaquah 98027. After we tally the resttlts, we will submit your ideas to the school board. This is your chance to tell public officials how to spend your tax dollars. ISSAQUAH HIGH SCHOOL (pick one alternative) ALTERNATIVE #2 (additions only) Item 1. Classrooms - 26 2. Science Rooms 3. P.E. Facilities 4. Commons, Kitchen, Stage, OR 5. Commons Cover only 6. Fields, I l acres So. Fields 7. Parking Basic to above: Site Dev. Total Est. Budget $ 2,585,421 814,050 1,813,355 2,842,25 I (1,400,882) 1,131,115 2,140,461 925,925 430,858 $12,683,435 Check Your Choices [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] ALTERNATIVE #3A (remodeling) Item 1. Classrooms - 26 2. Science Rooms 3. P.E. Facilities 4. Commons, Kit., Aud. 5. Modernize Clssrms. 6. Art Area 7. Library 8. Fields, I l acres So. Fields 9. Sp. Ed. & Ind. Tech. 10. Home & Family I I. Administration 12. Parking Basic to above: Site Dev. Total ALTERNATIVE #4A (new school) Est. Budget $ 2,486,863 872,568 1,743,491 5,712,131 3,684,630 480,200 880,697 1,027,664 1,973,485 1,358,007 718,394 767,602 872,374 614,688 $23,192,794 Item 1. New Building 2. Fields 3. Parking/Roads 4. Site Work Total Est. Budget $20,676,762 3,016,454 1,006,049 639,988 $25,339,253 Check Your Choices [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] Check Your Choices [] [] [] [] LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL Check Your Item Est. Budget Choices 1. Classrooms $ 375,843 [] 2. Science 254,644 [] 3. Chorus 407,868 [] 4. Parking 91,950 [] 5. Weight Room 261,870 [] 6. Counseling 89,058 [] 7. Fields 534,062 [] 8. Toilet 15,658 [] 9. Track 439,386 [] Sub-Total $2,511,379 10. Artificial Turf 985,500 [] Total $3,496,879 Your Total TRANSPORTATION CENTER Item 1. Fuel System 2. Electrical System 3. Drainage/Ecology 4. Remodel Existing Maintenance Area 5. Add 3 bays & parts 6. Office Area 7. Parking Expansion Check Your Est. Budget Choices $ 161,686 [] 124,278 [] 457,569 [] Total 368,616 [] 373,357 [] 908,396 [] 213,532 [] $2,607,434 Your Total, $ Your Bond Total $ OTHER PROJECTS Item 1. Remodel Clark Elem. 2. Alternative High (relocate to portables from Clark) Est. Budget $3,500,000 700,000 Check Your Choices [] [] Total $4,200,000 Name: Phone No Comments: Your Total $