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
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
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
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
June 24, 2014
New: June 24, 1:54 p.m.
The Sammamish City Council unanimously approved its six-year Transportation Improvement Program June 17.
The plan lays out a timetable and estimated costs for roads and non-motorized transportation work over the next few years. If everything on it was built as scheduled, it would cost the city about $50.3 million. The plan itself does not mean the city is obligated to build on that timeline, however. Each project must still be approved as part of the budgeting process. Read more
June 20, 2014
New: June 20, 1:13 p.m.
The Sammamish City Council looks likely to approve a plan to develop the 51-acre Big Rock Park, but not without some elements of the plan and its overall cost drawing criticism.
Parks Director Jessi Bon presented the draft of an eight-phase construction plan June 10 at a joint meeting of the City Council and Parks Commission. Building the entire plan would cost $4.1 million (in 2014 dollars) and $386,000 in annual maintenance, Bon said.
The master plan for the park started in 2012, a few years after Mary Piggott committed to donating the land north of Pine Lake to the city. Read more
June 18, 2014
New: June 18, 11:14 a.m.
Sammamish City Councilman Ramiro Valderrama made a strong bid June 10 for the most unusual political promise of the year.
“I pledge to use the current port-a-potty going forward,” he told members of the City Council and Parks Commission at a joint meeting.
At issue was a proposal for a new restroom at Sammamish Landing Park – the narrow park along Lake Sammamish at the city’s northern edge. Read more
June 11, 2014
June 11, 10:47 a.m.
A set of rules governing homeless camps in Sammamish is taking shape, and there seem to be parts of the plan likely to make people on both sides of the issue unhappy.
The issue of homeless camps came to the fore last October when Tent City IV, a traveling homeless camp, stayed at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church. The city began debating the camps shortly after Tent City IV left Sammamish in January. Read more
June 10, 2014
New: June 10, 3:20 p.m.
The Sammamish City Council is looking to end a moratorium on one set of marijuana regulations while extending a temporary ban on another.
At its June 3 meeting, the council heard a recommendation from city planners that Sammamish should ban outright collective marijuana gardens for medical marijuana patients. The city has had a so-called “temporary” ban on such gardens since the state first authorized them more than two years ago. Read more
May 28, 2014
New: May 28, 11:14 a.m.
The bids are in, and the Sammamish Community Center could end up costing about $2 million less than anticipated.
On May 20, the City Council approved giving the $25.6 million contract to Porter Brothers Construction, of Edgewood. When combined with design costs and costs associated with the demolition of the Kellman house, the total estimated project cost is $32.49 million. About $1.4 million of that is a contingency fee, which will only be spent in the event of unexpected changes. Read more