Klahanie, community center figure big into city manager’s year

August 28, 2014

New: Aug. 28, 1:16 p.m.

Sammamish City Manager Ben Yazici received a glowing review from the City Council for his work in the past year.
The review, dated July 1, gives a look at not only what the council thinks of Yazici’s job performance in the past year, but what it expects the city to accomplish in the year ahead. Read more

Sammamish City Council may revise sewer policies

August 16, 2014

New: August 16, 10:14 a.m.

Sammamish City Manager Ben Yazici proposed the city revise its sewer policy to give more flexibility about when new homes must connect to a sewer line.
Speaking at the City Council’s July 15 meeting, the issue came up during a presentation of the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District’s Comprehensive Plan. Read more

EFR on the road to becoming a nonprofit

August 7, 2014

New: Aug. 7, 10:33 a.m.

A move to make Eastside Fire & Rescue into a nonprofit is proceeding, but the Sammamish City Council wants some answers before they’ll support the effort.
Sammamish is a member of the consortium, including Issaquah, North Bend and Fire Districts 10 and 38, which provides fire and emergency services to the area. Read more

Sammamish and Issaquah councils hold joint meeting

August 1, 2014

New: August 1, 12:14 p.m.

Issaquah and Sammamish had the meeting equivalent of a group hug July 14.
After a year where the two city’s leadership have found themselves on different sides of several issues, both city councils and other city administrative staff met in Issaquah’s City Hall to discuss points of mutual interest. It was their first joint meeting since 2011. Read more

Klahanie study released

July 30, 2014

New: July 30, 1:14 p.m.

City could net nearly $2 million, but money would be quickly spent

As expected, Klahanie residents will pay less in taxes, and the city of Sammamish will net more money if city annexes the unincorporated area.

Pete Butkus, a former Sammamish deputy city manager who now runs Butkus Consulting, presented his study of Klahanie to the City Council July 15.
Sammamish paid Butkus $26,500 for his work. In addition, it paid Issaquah $30,000 for access to information from that city’s study completed last year. Read more

New rules could help with runoff in Sammamish

July 29, 2014

July 29, 10:43 a.m.

A change in stormwater rules will make more new homes subject to a review process that could reduce the impact new homes have on existing neighbors.
The Sammamish City Council enacted the regulations July 15 with a unanimous vote. Read more

Kokanee salmon recovering, not yet safe

July 17, 2014

New: July 17, 1:24 p.m.

Local groups have been working to save the Lake Sammamish kokanee salmon, and while the news over the past few years isn’t tremendously better, it is less bad.
“We’re doing better, but it’s still verging on extinction,” said David St. John of the King County Department of Natural Resources during the July 8 City Council meeting. Read more

New state stormwater regulations could make Town Center harder to build

July 15, 2014

New: July 15, 3:04 p.m.

A series of new stormwater regulations look like they might make it harder for developers interested in building in the town center area.
The rules place much tighter requirements on the amount of water that a new building can generate and let flow into a wetland.
Eric LaFrance, the city’s stormwater engineer, gave the City Council an overview of the new rules July 7. Read more

Sammamish Parks plan approved after testy exchange

July 9, 2014

New: July 9, 11:59 a.m.

It was only supposed to take a couple minutes, but instead. approval of a long-term plan for parks improvements turned into a testy exchange between the Sammamish city manager and a city councilman.
The council ended up approving the parks’ capital improvements plan on a 5-2 vote, with councilmen Ramiro Valderrama and Tom Odell dissenting at a July 1 meeting.
The council had previously discussed the issue in a Read more

Sammamish approves homeless regulations

July 8, 2014

New: July 8, 10:15 a.m.

Homeless camps will be allowed to stay longer in Sammamish than in any other Eastside city under regulations approved by the City Council July 2.

After hours’ worth of emotional pleas on both sides of the issue, the council unanimously approved the regulations.

Under the new rules, camps will be permitted to stay in Sammamish for four months – the standard on the Eastside is three months. After the stay, however, the camp won’t be back for a while. A camp is only allowed in the city once per year. And it may only stay in the same place once every 18 months. The 18-month clock starts ticking on the day the camp leaves. Read more

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