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January 2018


Colder weather: A good reason to Take Winter by Storm

Temperatures have been falling, making for colder days and nights. It’s important your vehicle gets a winter check-up and is well stocked with winter emergency items should you find yourself stranded. Keep the gas tank at least half full. Store blankets, warm clothing, flares, sturdy walking shoes, and a supply of water and non-perishable food in the trunk. Take time to winterize your home too. Wrap pipes to prevent them from freezing and have extra batteries on hand in case of power outages. Don’t get caught unprepared! Find tips on preparing for winter’s cold, wet, and windy weather at Take Winter by Storm.

Parks News

Tolt-MacDonald Park barn rehabilitation update

The rehabilitation is underway. The work includes removing old wooden roof shingles, and installing new sheathing and underlayment in preparation for new composite roof tiles installation. The barn will be closed for the duration of repairs and is expected to reopen for public use in spring 2018. 


Save the date for the grand opening of the East Lake Sammamish Trail - South Sammamish A Segment.

This approximately 1.2-mile-long segment runs from Southeast 43rd Way to Southeast 33rd Street in Sammamish. The grand opening is scheduled for Jan. 17 from 2:30-4 p.m. Check back for more information about this family fun event on the King County Parks website.

Community invited to provide input on King County’s comprehensive solid waste management plan

In January, King County will issue a draft plan for public review and comment that provides direction for how the County and cities will provide services to prevent, recycle, and dispose waste in ways that help protect human health and the environment. The draft plan, together with a draft Environmental Impact Statement that evaluates the potential environmental impacts of options in the draft plan, will be available for review on the website.

Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy feedback sessions

The Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy draft plan is almost ready for review
King County is incorporating feedback from dozens of community meetings and survey responses the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy Implementation Plan is drafted.  The survey, translated into four languages, is available at the website.  The plan will guide how levy proceeds will be spent to promote outcomes for veterans and military service members and their families, seniors and their caregivers and vulnerable populations.

Five community feedback sessions have been scheduled in February. These sessions are open to all King County residents and will be held in Bothell,  Auburn,  Issaquah,  Seattle and Mercer Island. 

Monday, Feb. 12, 4 p.m. in the Bothell Library
Address: 18215 98th Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011
RSVP & Details: www.KCBothell.Eventbrite.com

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1 p.m. in the Auburn Library
Address: 1102 Auburn Way South, Auburn, WA 98002
RSVP & Details: www.KCAuburn.Eventbrite.com

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 4:45 p.m. in the Mercer Island Community & Events Center
Address: 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040
RSVP & Details: www.KCMercer.Eventbrite.com

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1:00 PM in the Issaquah Library
Address: 10 West Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027
RSVP & Details: www.KCIssaquah.Eventbrite.com

Forest stewardship coached planning 2018 winter and spring classes

Coached forestry classes are available through Washington State University's extension program to help participants get the most out of their land.  Part of each class will “coach” residents in the writing of simple forestry plans that may qualify for a  property tax reduction or conservation cost-share grants. For more information, visit the website.

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area News

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (GMVUAC) citizens' survey

The GMVUAC’s biennial survey was conducted online from Nov. 20 to Dec. 15. Results from the survey are used by the GMVUAC to help articulate to government agencies issues of importance to residents—planning, zoning, development, traffic, economics, water, and sewage. Results will be released by GMVUAC to the public in January.

Asphalt Facility

The GMVUAC submitted a set of detailed comments to the King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review calling for a rejection of Lakeside Industries’ permit application to move its asphalt facility from the Urban Growth Area (Covington) to the rural area between Renton and Maple Valley.

Rural economic opportunities

The first all King County Rural Area Unincorporated Area Council-Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Economic Opportunities meeting was held on Nov. 28. PSRC Executive Director Josh Brown described the newly approved four-county Regional Economic Strategies. Discussion focused on protection of the environment and quality of life including compatible zoning; traffic congestion through the rural area; lack of rural area services; and identification of impediments to rural business opportunities.

Upcoming Community Meetings

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (GMVUAC)

Monday, Jan. 8, 7-9 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
Southeast corner of SE 231st St and SR-169 intersection
Maple Valley
Special Guests will be new Police Precinct Commander Major Daniel Pingrey and Kevin Patterson and Rob Morrow of the Tahoma School District. Candidates for membership on the GMVUAC will be considered. New Officers for 2018 will be elected by the Council. Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Fall City Community Association

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7-8:30 p.m.  
*note new date and time
Fall City Fire Station
4301 334th Pl. SE
Fall City
Monthly board meeting, open to the public. Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fire District 44, Station 95
32316 148th Ave. SE 
Visit the Facebook page or Twitter for the latest information and to confirm meetings. 

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7-9 p.m.
Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78
20720 SE May Valley Rd
Visit the website at for the latest information and to confirm meeting.

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Monday, Jan. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
12819 160th Ave SE
Visit the website at for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

Tuesday, January 23, 7-9 p.m.
Woodinville Library
17105 Avondale Rd. NE
Visit the website or Facebook page for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

West Hill Community Association Board Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 7-8 p.m.
King County Fire District 20
12424 76th Ave S.
Open to the public, monthly board meeting of the all-volunteer, resident based organization.  Local issues are discussed at this meeting. For more information contact contact@mywesthill.org

West Hill Community Association Winter Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6-9 p.m.
Skyway VFW Post
7421 S. 126th St.
Open to the public Fred Jarrett, King County’s Deputy County Executive, will attend and provide an update on the County’s Local Services Initiative. For more information contact contact@mywesthill.org

West Hill Business Association

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 9-11 a.m.
Skyway VFW
7421 S. 126th St.
Open to the public, monthly meeting of the business group in unincorporated West Hill.  For more information contact Cynthia Lamothe 206-722-7343.