Empty of water, full of sound

April 15, 2014

Water district empties tank for maintainence

Photo by Greg Farrar Every sound is magnified as if being inside a timpani, as Scott Jonas, Jeff Torgerson and Janet Sailer, with the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, stand near a hatchway on the floor of the empty two-million gallon 228th Avenue tank as the ceiling looms overhead.

Photo by Greg Farrar
Every sound is magnified as if being inside a timpani, as Scott Jonas, Jeff Torgerson and Janet Sailer, with the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, stand near a hatchway on the floor of the empty two-million gallon 228th Avenue tank as the ceiling looms overhead.

The signature water tank for the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, instead of holding the usual reservoir of drinking water, became a giant echo chamber last week during a scheduled maintenance procedure.

The 2 million gallon tank at district headquarters on 228th Avenue Southeast in Sammamish, seen as a landmark to many residents for its forest mural paint job and location at the second-highest point in the city (the highest, in the Inglewood Hill neighborhood, at 22025 Northeast 12th Place also has a tank on it), was completely drained, pressure washed and inspected for the first time since 1993.

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City Council praises plan for Klahanie transfer

April 15, 2014

Members of the Sammamish City Council took turns praising a deal to transfer the Klahanie Annexation Area from Issaquah to Sammamish during the council’s April 8 meeting.

Members not only seemed to like the deal, but also hoped it would usher in a new spirit of cooperation with Issaquah after some tense disputes over the past few months.

City Manager Ben Yazici formally presented the deal to the council last week. Details of the plan had been released April 4 (see sidebar).

The Klahanie Annexation Area is about two square miles and home to more than 10,000 people. County growth plans envision it becoming part of a city. Current plans would only allow Issaquah to annex the area.

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Council hears about Central Issaquah Plan

April 15, 2014

Before it agrees to support it, the Sammamish City Council wanted to hear about Issaquah’s plan to develop more than 1,000 acres straddling Interstate 90.

Sammamish is agreeing to support the Central Issaquah Plan, which is Issaquah’s bid to be named a regional growth center as part of a deal to expedite the transfer of the Klahanie annexation area from Issaquah to Sammamish (See story Page 1).

The regional growth center designation would allow the area to receive priority status when applying for some grants.

The plan has seen some resistance from Sammamish council members in the past who feared, among other things, traffic impacts on I-90.

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LWSD asks for smaller bond

April 15, 2014

After a near miss on a proposed February bond issue, the Lake Washington School District is asking voters to approve a smaller bond April 22.

At $404 million, the new bond is a bit more than half the size of the old one, and it avoids the most controversial portions of the past effort. It would fund construction of new schools to accommodate a projected 4,000 new students by 2021.

“Our needs have not changed. We still have growing enrollment,” said Superintendent Traci Pierce during a March 3 school board meeting at which the bond measure was approved.

The bond would include funding for three new elementary schools (two in Redmond and one in Kirkland), one new middle school in the Redmond area, an addition to Lake Washington High School, and the modernization of Juanita High School, which will include making room for a science and technology magnet program on that campus.

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Lakes stocked for April 26 lowland lakes opener?

April 15, 2014

Washington’s biggest fishing day of the year — the lowland lakes trout opener — is April 26, and state fish hatchery crews are getting ready by releasing millions of catchable fish in lakes across the state.

For this year’s fishing season, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to plant about 16.5 million trout and kokanee in hundreds of lakes across the state.

Those fish include 2.3 million catchable trout, nearly 115,000 jumbo trout weighing up to 11 pounds apiece, and more than 50,000 triploid trout averaging 11.5 pounds each. Millions of carry-over trout that were stocked last year and have grown to catchable size will also be available in lakes throughout the state.

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Revenue says it’s time to ‘Claim your Cash!’

April 15, 2014

More than three million people have unclaimed money and assets held in trust by the Washington State Department of Revenue.

Revenue officials said there is no better time to check www.claimyourcash.org to see if you or a family member has a share of the nearly $1 billion in property waiting to be claimed.

“Even if you’ve checked the website or made a claim in the past, everyone should visit the website at least once a year,” said Revenue Director Carol K. Nelson. “The list of names and money we receive grows each year.”

Revenue administers the unclaimed property program on behalf of the state of Washington. All the assets are held until the rightful owner files a claim. Revenue does not charge a fee for this service.

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Sammamish lawmakers showed up

April 15, 2014

State Legislators who represent Sammamish were among the best in terms of showing up for floor votes during the 2014 session.

In the 45th District, Rep. Roger Goodman (D) missed 7 votes while Sen. Andy Hill (R) and Rep. Larry Springer (D) missed zero.

All three lawmakers from the 41st District, Sen. Steve Litzow (R), Rep. Judy Clibborn (D) and Rep. Tana Senn (D) missed no votes.

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Police Blotter

April 15, 2014

Scammer gets graphic

A Sammamish woman reported on March 31 that she had been getting phone calls over the past two months, which she recognized to be a scam. On the last call, when she told the caller to stop calling back, he began making graphic sexual comments until she hung up.


Public laundry

A Sammamish woman reported finding a laundry basket and some torn and tattered blankets at a retention pond near the 1400 block of 225th Place Northeast March 31. Police examined the blankets, which were soaked through and moldy on a warm, sunny day. The officer threw the blankets out.

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Sammamish’s economic development plan put on hold

April 15, 2014

Citing a potentially huge change in stormwater regulations, the Sammamish City Council is delaying a draft of an economic development plan.

At its April 8 meeting, the council heard from Chris Mefford of Community Attributes, the consultant preparing the plan. Mefford’s firm has been conducting studies and meeting with business and government leaders for the past 14 months as they worked to develop a plan to guide economic development and possibly kickstart the development of the Town Center project.

Mefford said his firm was ready to start writing a draft version of the plan for public comment.

The council held off, largely for two reasons. They wanted more discussion about the elements of the plan, and they feared what could be coming in a new set of regulations.

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Make donations to mudslide emergency responders at Lowe’s

April 15, 2014

In response to the recent deadly Oso mudslide, Lowe’s has activated its American Red Cross customer donation program in all Washington stores to provide a convenient place for customers to make financial donations.

As a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, Lowe’s pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of disasters to help the Red Cross deliver immediate aid to communities in need.

Participating Lowe’s stores, including Issaquah’s at 1625 11th Ave. N.W., are accepting through April 27 donations of emergency supplies to the search and rescue teams in the affected area to support the continued recovery efforts.


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