Sammamish Forum July 10
July 10, 2013
Community center about more than money
To John Curley, here is the real math on the Community Center:
Cost to Sammamish to build the center = $25,000,000
Fee for Sammamish residents to join = $0
Estimated monthly fee for family of 4 = $107
Community swim days for non-members = free
The look on your children’s faces the first time they learn to swim = priceless
is for everyone
Sammamish is now a community of around 47,000 people with a significant number of youngsters. Although Sammamish is, on a per capita basis, one of the wealthiest communities in the state, some cannot afford memberships at private fitness and country clubs in our area.
Issaquah has a community center. Bellevue has community centers as well as Boys & Girls Clubs. Redmond has facilities. Mercer Island has a splendid center. None of these were free. Each requires fees in order to operate. Sammamish has the opportunity to buy into a partnership with the YMCA and provide an outstanding facility at a reasonable cost, greatly expanding the ability for the folks in our community to enjoy healthful exercise in a convenient, central location.
It is illogical to argue that Sammamish residents “own” just 2.3 percent of the facility. We are paying for a significant portion of the total cost of construction for the privilege of having a first class Community Center in our growing city. Is it a real problem that a reputable organization, the YMCA, manages the enterprise? Is John Curley arguing that Sammamish add this to its governmental responsibilities? This is from a man who argues for a limited role for government.
I have read the arguments of those who believe the Pine Lake Club is all we need. Even if its membership were free, Sammamish has outgrown its modest capabilities. The Community Center is an investment in the future of Sammamish, something for all our citizens, young and old, to enjoy.
Sammamish should be part of annexation discussion
Your recent editorial brings out many of the facts I have been saying for years. Due to geography, delivery of services and demographics, Sammamish appears to be in a better position to provide urban service to Klahanie. Those who favor Issaquah say it is the ZIP code and the Growth Management Act that dictates that Issaquah is the only annexation option.
Many of us who live in Klahanie just want the city that can provide the best service to our community. It is childish at best to defeat Issaquah annexation to have the opportunity to look at Sammamish. We need to get both Sammamish and Issaquah to work together and expand the Nesbit Annexation Study to include Sammamish. I have been critical in my past letters that a Sammamish representative was not added to the annexation task force.
It is important that Issaquah not rush the annexation but step back and work with Sammamish to explore the impacts to both cities of the possibility of a Sammamish annexation, which may be more cost effective for Issaquah. We need to know the facts, impacts and benefits for both cities and Klahanie residents.
It is not in the best interest of either city for Klahanie voters to defeat Issaquah annexation to have the opportunity to take a close look at Sammamish. We would like both Issaquah and Sammamish to work together and explore the possibilities before proceeding with any annexation vote.