Most residents happy with city, survey states

December 16, 2014

People living in Sammamish in 2012 were really happy with the city.

Fast forward to 2014 and they are not quite as overjoyed, but they are, overall, satisfied with the place they call home and the direction it is taking, according to results from a community survey done in October and presented to the Sammamish City Council on Dec. 9.

City Communications Director Tim Larson admitted the figures are down a bit from 2012, but said he felt the numbers from that year were a bit of an aberration. He said the administration has done seven or eight surveys in the past 12 years.

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Editorial — The time has come for initiatives, referendums

December 16, 2014

Why is it that 85 percent of King County residents have the right to direct democracy in the form of initiatives and referendums but not those in Sammamish?

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City leaders say county may be softening stance on East Lake Sammamish Trail issues

December 16, 2014

While they all seemed to agree it is way too early to tell for sure, after meeting with King County leaders, city officials say there may yet be some give and take to be had as construction of the East Lake Sammamish Trail moves forward.

The trail is a major sore spot with numerous residents living near the pathway, which follows the old railroad route around the edge of Lake Sammamish.

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Letter to the Editor

December 16, 2014

‘Smart and savvy’ councils should support initiatives and referendums

I support the citizens of Sammamish being granted initiative and referendum power.

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Board and commission vacancies not attracting applicants

December 11, 2014

City officials are seeking to fill several openings on four Sammamish boards and commissions that report to the City Council.

The city Planning Commission is probably the most visible of the advisory groups, but the others with openings to come are the Arts Commission, the Beaver Lake Management District Board, and the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Current terms on the boards and commissions expire in January, with new terms beginning in February. With a few exceptions, including two spots on the parks and rec board, appointments are for four years.

The city has been advertising the openings on its website and by others means. Still, applications don’t seem to be pouring in.

“We have not gotten many,” City Clerk Melonie Anderson said.

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City moves forward with Snake Hill Road overhaul

December 9, 2014

Project to stabilize road expected to cost $9 million

Even as the Sammamish City Council approved a $448,000 contract for the final design, some local legislators feel city officials just aren’t going far enough in their plan to fix 212th Way.

In approving its latest city budget, the council agreed to spend $9 million on the roadway, which has been widely described as unstable at best. The road is most commonly known as Snake Hill Road because of the winding, steep pathway it follows.

Work on the road will address several issues, said Assistant City Manager and Director of Public Works Laura Philpot.

Those include a stabilization of the road, pavement restoration, right-of-way impacts and wetland mitigation.

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Tree ordinance won’t be finalized until 2015

December 9, 2014

Trees and their retention are a hot topic in Sammamish right now.

Members of the City Council and the Planning Commission are weighing in on the best ways to strike a balance between tree retention and development.

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Editorial — Speak up now, before tree ordinance is set

December 9, 2014

Sammamish city officials are working on an ordinance regarding trees.

It appears to be a thoughtful, thorough look at the issue, and includes resident input. City Council and Planning Commission members are working to strike a balance between keeping trees and continuing with development.

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Council to consider initiative and referendum rights for voters

December 8, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. Dec. 8, 2014

About 85 percent of King County residents have the right, according to Sammamish resident Harry Shedd.

People who live in Sammamish don’t. Shedd and other members of the grassroots group Citizens for Sammamish want that to change.

The Sammamish City Council will discuss the topic of initiatives and referendums in a work session at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Shedd credited Councilman Don Gerend with getting the issue on council’s agenda.

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No tax increases in sight as council passes budget

November 26, 2014

Continued construction of the new Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center and the renovation of Snake Hill Road are two of the highlights of the $193 million two-year budget adopted by the Sammamish City Council during a special meeting Nov. 17.

City Manager Ben Yazici and Finance Director Joe Guinasso pointed out that Sammamish officials put together a balanced budget, with $10.4 million in contingency fees as well as what both deemed a healthy, projected ending fund balance of  $34.3 million.

The budget does not include any property tax increases or the imposition of any city business and operating taxes.

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