Hefty fines highlight new tree-retention plan

July 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 31, 2015

Cutting down the wrong tree could cost you thousands of dollars if the Sammamish City Council adopts new tree-retention rules outlined at a July 21 meeting.

The long-awaited proposal was put together over a period of months by the city Planning Commission, subject to council approval. While the plan contains numerous provisions, the proposed fines for violators might get the most attention.

Property owners who remove or allow the removal of protected trees could face penalties of $1,500 per inch of diameter of tree removed.

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Council OKs initiative and referendum rights for Sammamish residents

July 30, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. July 30, 2015

The Sammamish City Council took the final step July 21 in handing residents the powers of initiatives and referenda.

In a vote that reflected previous council actions on the issue, the initiative and referendum question passed 5-1, with one member absent. Deputy Mayor Kathy Huckabay cast the lone negative vote.

Huckabay also cast a vote against the issue earlier this month, joined by Councilman Tom Odell, who was absent for the final vote.

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City won’t pass comp plan until months after state deadline

July 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 30, 2015

The amended plan may have been due in Olympia by June 30, but the Sammamish City Council will not pass a required update of the city’s Comprehensive Plan at least until it returns from summer break in September.

At their last meeting before that break, on July 21, legislators said they just received a copy of the updated plan the day before. Several council members said they had not had time to review the document in any detail. The comments of Councilman Bob Keller seemed to sum up the thoughts of council members.

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City still trying to annex Duthie Hill area

July 29, 2015

NEW — 9:10 a.m. July 29, 2015

At least until recently, residents and officials alike referred to the small area off Southeast Duthie Hill Road as the “notch.”

The city is hoping to move away from that usage, said acting City Manager Lyman Howard in a report on the Duthie Hill area made July 20 to the Sammamish City Council.

The reason for ditching the notch designation, Howard said, is there are several unincorporated “notches” around King County. Howard said as the city continues its efforts to annex the local “notch,” officials hope to differentiate it from other notches.

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Letters to the Editor — July 30, 2015

July 29, 2015

NEW — 8:54 a.m. July 29, 2015

Have you voted yet?

Ramiro Valderrama and I have something very important in common. We both volunteered for military service, offering our lives if necessary in defense of our country.

The oath that we took begins:

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Hearing examiner rejects new plans for Chestnut Estates West

July 23, 2015

A Sammamish hearing examiner took issue with the city approving what were deemed substandard streets as the main routes in and out of the proposed Chestnut Estates West subdivision, blocking a would-be developer’s attempts to move the project forward.

The subdivision still could ultimately consist of 30 homes on 85 acres at the top of the Ebright Creek ravine where it rises to the Sammamish Plateau. But that proposal came under heavy attack from environmental activists and homeowners’ groups who argued the developer’s and the city’s plan would result in substantial harm to salmon-bearing Ebright Creek.

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City Council adopts six-year transportation plan

July 23, 2015

With some dissension, mostly over how the city intends to pay for some planned improvements, the Sammamish City Council adopted its six-year, $90.2 million Transportation Improvement Plan at its regular meeting July 7.

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Sammamish City Council takes first step to allow initiatives and referenda

July 16, 2015

In the April special election, city voters said they wanted the powers of initiatives and referenda by a vote of 55.4 percent to 44.5 percent.

In early October, residents will gain those rights thanks to their votes and legislative action set in motion by the Sammamish City Council at its regular meeting July 7.

By a 5-2 margin, the council adopted a resolution stating its intention to approve an ordinance allowing voter-powered initiatives and referenda in Sammamish. That resolution of intention is required under state laws outlining initiatives and referenda.

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Klahanie annexation formally set for January

July 16, 2015

The good news is that Klahanie residents can look forward to some road and park maintenance they normally wouldn’t receive.

Depending on your point of view, the bad news might be that work will be done by King County not the city of Sammamish.

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Sahalee Way open house answers, raises questions

July 2, 2015

City officials are moving forward with an $80,000 study that should lead to the long-planned widening of Sahalee Way.

According to the city, the plan is to widen the street between Northeast 25th Way and Northeast 37th Street. Potential features may include median strips, turn lanes, bike lanes and sidewalks on one or both sides of the roadway.

The city held an open house on the preliminary plans at the Boys and Girls Club Teen Center the evening of June 24.

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