No more risky business in Sammamish?

April 24, 2014

New: April 24, 10:14 a.m.

Parents may be on the hook if their children host a party and minors drink under a new regulation.

During the April 14 Sammamish City Council meeting, Councilman Tom Odell broached the topic with the rest of the council. Odell sat on a group called the IDEA committee. The group was formed after former Sammamish police Sgt. Jessica Sullivan noticed that roughly 40 percent of DUI incidents in Sammamish involve minors. Read more

Police blotter April 23

April 23, 2014

No mail today

A resident on the 5100 block of 190th Place Northeast. reported a case of vandalism at about 7:30 p.m. April 13. A community mailbox was damaged, possibly by a vehicle striking it.

The mailbox, which is set in concrete, was knocked off its base and hurled 8-10 feet. The estimated damage is $1,800. Police are searching for suspects. Read more

Cost estimate drops for Sammamish Community Center

April 23, 2014

New: April 23, 11:16 a.m.

Design is complete on the Sammamish Community Center, and the estimated price tag has dropped by about $300,000 to $34.2 million.

Parks Director Jessi Bon updated the City Council on the status of the project at the April 14 council meeting.

Bon cautioned that costs are just estimates, and the real price won’t be known until the bids are opened May 14.

An artist’s rendering shows the front entrance of the Sammamish Community Center, as seen from the plaza between City Hall and the library. When built, the front of the building will not have the YMCA logo on it as it does in this drawing.  Courtesy city of Sammamish

An artist’s rendering shows the front entrance of the Sammamish Community Center, as seen from the plaza between City Hall and the library. When built, the front of the building will not have the YMCA logo on it as it does in this drawing. Courtesy city of Sammamish

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Results shaky for ballot measures funding transit and schools

April 23, 2014

New: April 23, 9:16 a.m.

On election night, voters seem ready to reject higher taxes this election, no matter what’s being taxed or what’s being funded. Mail-in balloting means the election is not quite over, however, and results could change by May 6, the day the votes are certified. Read more

City bans bicycles from Snake Hill Road

April 22, 2014

New: April 22, 2:39 p.m.

Bicyclists and people who drive big trucks need to avoid Snake Hill Road, also known as 212th Avenue Southeast, for the time being.

In early April, Sammamish closed the road to bikes and trucks weighing more than 10 tons, said public works director Laura Philpot. Read more

Principal Lisa Hechtman to leave Skyline

April 21, 2014

New: April 21, 1:55 p.m.

Lisa Hechtman, who has served as Skyline High School’s principal since 2007, will be leaving her position at the end of the school year.

In an email to Skyline families April 14, Hechtman said she had accepted an offer to serve as the Issaquah School District’s executive director of personnel. Read more

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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