Pete Butkus to return temporarily

April 11, 2014

New: April 11, 2:22 p.m.

Every time he thinks he’s out, they pull him back in.

On March 17, the Sammamish City Council approved hiring former Deputy City Manager Pete Butkus as a consultant.

Two of the city’s department heads have been named city manager of different cities in recent months – Mike Sauerwien in Medina and Kamuron Gurol in Burien. Read more

Sahalee Way improvements getting juggled

April 10, 2014

New: April 10, 1:21 p.m.

Sammamish will delay small improvements to Sahalee Way in favor of big ones.

The City Council endorsed a plan April 1, which will shift money that had been planned for creating pedestrian improvements to Sahalee Way, and instead begin designing a larger fix for the road. Read more

Sammamish City Council changes barricade rules

April 9, 2014

New: April 9, 2:14 p.m.

Barricades have long been a touchy issue in Sammamish – the mere mention of removing one can bring hundreds of people to a City Council meeting.

On April 1, the City Council made a modification to its process for removing barricades, which will give the council far more latitude in how it handles future barricades. Read more

Sammamish City Council reluctantly endorses roads and transit measure

April 8, 2014

New: April 8, 9:14 a.m.

No one on the Sammamish City Council seemed particularly excited about endorsing a proposed tax increase to fund roads and King County Metro bus service, but they did it anyway.

On a 6-1 vote, the council endorsed a measure that will add one-tenth of one percent to the sales tax (one cent on a $10 purchase) and replace an expiring $20 car tab fee with a $60 car tab fee. Councilman Ramiro Valderrama was opposed. Read more

Sammamish and Issaquah hash out Klahanie deal

April 4, 2014

New: April 4, 3:21 p.m.

Leaders from Sammamish and Issaquah announced a deal April 4 that will provide for the transfer of Klahanie to Sammamish. The agreement is preliminary and will still need to be approved by both city councils. Read more

Bigger Sammamish Comprehensive Plan study means bigger costs

April 4, 2014

New: April 4, 2:26 p.m.

Additions to a study of Sammamish’s comprehensive plan could cost upwards of $200,000, but it’s unlikely the price tag will be quite that high.

The City Council heard details March 17 about the extra money and time it would take to add on a series of high-profile items to the comprehensive plan rewrite. The city is in the midst of updating its plan, which governs many aspects of city government, particularly land use. Late last year, the council suggested a laundry list of items it would like to see included in the review. Read more

Sammamish, Northeast Sammamish Water and Sewer District at odds over study

April 3, 2014

New: April 3, 12:14 p.m.

Sammamish has been approaching the two water districts within city limits, with an eye toward studying if they should be dissolved.

One of the two, the Northeast Sammamish Water and Sewer District, is fighting the idea of even doing a study.

“We didn’t see there was any real benefit,” said Laura Keough, the district’s general manager. Read more

Design underway for parking lot at Sammamish Landing

March 28, 2014

New: March 28, 2:16 p.m.

Sammamish is looking for ways to add parking to Sammamish Landing Park, and city officials have begun the design of a new lot across the street.

At its March 11 meeting, the City Council approved a $150,000 contract for designing a new parking lot. The vote was unanimous among the four members present – Councilmen Tom Vance and Bob Keller, and Councilwomen Nancy Whitten and Kathleen Huckabay. Read more

Outside company to review Sammamish Community Center plan

March 25, 2014

New: March 25, 2:38 p.m.

In an effort to make sure the Sammamish Community Center project will work, the City Council authorized spending $14,000 to have Swinerton Builders review the construction documents.

City Manager Ben Yazici said Swinerton Builders are not affiliated with the project, nor are they interested in bidding on any portion of the construction. The idea is to have them go over proposed construction plans to catch any problems before they arise, and require change orders. Read more

Sammamish starts look at cable franchise

March 21, 2014

New: March 21, 10: 32 a.m.

The Sammamish City Council began a formal discussion of the city’s cable franchise agreement during its March 11 study session.

The city inherited an agreement with Comcast from King County when the city incorporated in 1999. The agreement is so old, noted Kamuron Gurol, the city’s development director, that it still refers to TCI as the cable company, not Comcast. Gurol is spearheading the city’s efforts to review its agreement now that the terms are set to expire. Read more

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