Bus Route 269 stays in place for next year

September 16, 2014

Metro bus Route 269 received another year’s worth of support from the Sammamish City Council as system cuts loom.

A partnership between Sammamish, Redmond, Issaquah and Microsoft has annually committed to funding the route, which winds its way between Overlake and Issaquah through Sammamish along 228th Avenue. During the Sept. 2 council meeting, the city leadership unanimously approved the plan to extend the contract for another year, which would cost the city $56,520.

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Kathleen Huckabay named to board of Together Center

September 16, 2014

Kathleen Huckabay has been named to the Together Center board of directors.

The Sammamish City Council member is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Financial Planner.

Together Center was designed to lower barriers to finding help. People from the Eastside now find comprehensive assistance at one location in downtown Redmond.

Services include medical and dental care, youth shelter, child care assistance, and youth and family counseling. Tens of thousands of people were assisted on campus last year.

Together Center is at 16225 N.E. 87th St., Suite A5, in Redmond. Call 869-6699 or go to www.togethercenter.org.

Letters to the editor

September 9, 2014

People have a right to their opinions

In this month’s city newsletter, I was surprised, as were my neighbors, that the mayor chose to use the “mayor’s message” as a rebuttal in his defense. We, the taxpayer’s, pay for that newsletter!

I was not able to attend the meeting where King County came out to explain why they are taking down so many trees along the Sammamish trail, but I talked to several people who attended the meeting. It is my understanding that many people that attended the meeting were all in agreement.

No one heard anyone booing and no one had the impression a “rally” was taking place. Instead, people simply wanted to show support for the speaker as has been done countless times in this city at various meetings where the issue is an important one.

It’s a First Amendment right, Mayor Vance! It’s when they’re contentious issues that the mayor and the council should want to hear from the citizens. I am deeply disappointed in the way the City Council meetings are being run under Mayor Tom Vance. I hope he chooses not to run next year!

Mari Short

Sammamish

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Editorial — Farewell, Sammamish

September 3, 2014

As you’re reading this, I’m already gone.

First, an introduction, then the goodbye. I’m Ari Cetron, and I’ve been the editor of the Sammamish Review for just shy of seven years – about half of the length of the city’s existence.

In that time, I’ve watched Town Center go from a twinkle in the City Council’s eye to a place that, as of this issue, has a proposal for the start of a Sammamish downtown. A teen center, talked about for years, is up and running. A community center, also talked about for years – with a pool and a waterslide – is under construction.

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City manager receives award

September 2, 2014

Sammamish City Manager Ben Yazici was recognized with an Award for Excellence from the Washington City/County Management Association during the group’s summer conference Aug. 21.

According to the association’s website, the award “recognizes an outstanding administrator or manager who has enhanced the effectiveness of local elected officials and consistently initiated creative and successful programs.”

In a statement, Yazici credited others for aiding him in earning the recognition.

“It’s my job to take direction from the City Council, and then lead an excellent staff,” he said. “But I’m just one part of the puzzle. This award, which I really appreciate, wouldn’t have come my way if a lot of people weren’t doing great work.”

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

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