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November 2017

Flood season is here—be prepared

Snoqualmie Valley

Preparing for flooding is an essential activity this season – whether you live along a wild river, or in the middle of town. Heavy rainfall can trigger flooding along rising rivers and creeks, and streets can flood because of clogged storm drains. Taking a few simple steps today can save you thousands of dollars tomorrow and protect your family and property.

Take Winter By Storm offers five tips to prepare for flooding – find all the details at TakeWinterByStorm.org. It’s your one-stop winter hazards information hub that includes regional resources related to high winds, heavy rain, snow, freezing conditions, power outages, flooding and more.

Staying informed about current conditions and safety directives is critical for protecting your loved ones. Check www.kcemergency.com for up-to-date information during an emergency. Register for public alerts at www.kingcounty.gov/ALERT. You can also get real-time flooding information on your mobile device by downloading the free King County Flood Warning app, which shows current river flows, forecasts and flood phasesArmed with good information, you can make good decisions!

Helping more young people throughout King County reach adulthood healthy, empowered, and ready to thrive

Best Starts for Kids has launched new investments that will provide young people with the opportunities and tools they need to weather challenges during adolescence and be ready to flourish as adults. The Youth Development Initiative – a partnership between King County and 32 nonprofit organizations – will provide leadership opportunities, mentoring, and other services that help young people achieve their full potential.

Several awards will serve young people in unincorporated areas. Read more on the Best Starts for Kids blog.

New solar panels at Steve Cox Memorial Park


King County is installing 206 solar panels at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center.  The panels are expected to generate more than 70,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, powering the park’s community center and lighting up a nearby sport court.

Grant deadlines approaching

The 2018 grant funding application opportunity for community organizations in unincorporated King County closes Friday, Nov. 17. Grants are available to organizations throughout unincorporated King County to support local community building initiatives. Local organizations serving residents of unincorporated King County have until Nov. 17 to apply for up to $5,000 in funding to support local initiatives through King County’s CSA Program.  The funding application, funding criteria, and information listing past awardees is available on the website.

The Arc Artist Fellowship is a new 4Culture grant program, a $12,000 award in unrestricted funding to offset daily expense for fellows as they pursue their creative work. Eligible applicants must be artists with physical, developmental, cognitive, intellectual, and/or emotional disabilities. Apply by Nov. 29 at https://www.4culture.org/grants/arc-fellowship/.

Skyway Solutions is seeking to support the next generation of leaders to build connections, gain leadership and upward mobility tools, engage their community, and gain placement in the workforce. Participants will receive a $500 stipend in the form of a financial investment tool. Residents of ZIP code 98178 between the ages of 18- 24 can learn more and apply here

Youth and Amateur Sports Grants (YASG) are designed to support fit and healthy communities. YASG invests in programs and capital improvements that reduce barriers to access physical activity. There are special opportunities for unincorporated areas. For more information, check out the website. Applications are due by Nov. 9.

Trailhead Direct service on pause until the spring


Trailhead Direct is on pause until the spring. Trailhead Direct is a transit van pilot project sponsored by King County Metro’s Community Connections program and King County Parks that seeks to ease vehicle congestion, reduce safety hazards and expand access to hiking destinations in the Issaquah Alps. More information visit

Pinnacle Peak Fire Lookout public meeting


The Mt. Peak Historical Fire Lookout Association is dedicated to the reconstruction of the fire lookout tower that once stood atop Mt. Peak.  They group is currently conducting a feasibility study and wants your input on the project.  A second public meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6-8 p.m., at the Enumclaw Library.  For more information check out the Facebook page.

Park Updates

Marymoor Playground South closure

The Marymoor South playground is closed for rehabilitation. These renovations are part of the King County Parks levy funded Play Area Rehabilitation Program. Follow the Parks Plog for construction updates.

Tolt-MacDonald Park barn rehabilitation update

King County Parks is planning to replace the roof of the Tolt-MacDonald Barn in Carnation. Repairs are planned to start later this fall. The barn will be closed for the duration of repairs and will be expected to reopen for public use in spring 2018. 

Community Service Area News

Skyway Convening hosts dialogue on Skyway-West Hill Community Service Area Plan, plans for Skyway Park and local school initiative

King County continues to engage with residents of Skyway-West Hill to prepare the local community plan for consideration by the King County Executive and the King County Council.  Skyway-West Hill residents are invited to attend the forum below where King County staff will be in attendance for you to learn about the current status of the plan.  
Saturday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Skyway Fire Station
12424 76th Ave. S.
For information about the Skyway-West Hill Community Service Area planning process contact Bradley Clark at Information about the Skyway Convening is available at the following:  Facebook event and Eventbrite . 

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill news

Community meeting

Regular meetings provide an ongoing forum for area residents to ask questions and learn about activities at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill and at Bio Energy Washington’s landfill gas-to-energy facility. The next meeting is set for Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7-9 p.m. at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW in Issaquah. For more information please visit the website. To request accommodations, please call 206-477-4466, TTY Relay: 711 at least two days prior to the meeting.

Landfill tour

This is a great learning opportunity for the whole family – children ages 5 and over are welcome to join if accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and reservations are required. To reserve your spot on the accessible Metro bus or to request accommodations, or an interpreter, call 206-477-4466. The tour will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, 9-10:30 a.m. at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill - 16645 228th Ave SE, Maple Valley.

GMVUAC citizens’ survey and election

The GMVUAC biennial survey, conducted online from Nov. 20 to Dec. 15, addresses issues such as planning, zoning, development, traffic, economics, water, and sewage. Citizens may also express their interest in becoming a member. Go to: www.gmvuac.org and click on the Survey button. Your input is needed, valuable and, as always, will be kept confidential.

Upcoming Community Meetings

Fall City Community Association

Friday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fall City Fire Station
4301 334th Pl. SE
Fall City
Monthly board meeting, open to the public. For more information visit the Fall City Community Association website.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Fire District 44, Station 95
32316 148th Ave. SE
This month’s regular meeting agenda items include committee updates on transportation, environmental, and safety issues.
Visit their Facebook or Twitter  accounts for more information.

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (GMVUAC) monthly meetings

Monday, Nov. 6, 7-9 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
SE 231st St and SR-169
Maple Valley
Guest speaker Fred Jarrett, Senior Deputy County Executive, will discuss a new initiative to explore improved ways to serve the people of unincorporated King County. All Rural Area UAC/Associations are invited to attend.

Monday, Dec. 4, 7-9 p.m.
Regular meeting
Maple Valley Fire Station
SE 231st St and SR-169
Maple Valley

All Rural Area UAC/Association meeting with the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC)

Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
PSRC Executive Director Josh Brown will discuss the newly approved four County Regional Economic Strategies. Discussion will focus on rural area economic opportunities.
King County Library Service Center
960 Newport Way

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council

Tuesday, Nov.  14, 7-9 p.m.
Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78
20720 SE May Valley Rd
Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meeting dates and locations.

CSA Day in Vashon  

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1 – 6:30 p.m.
Vashon Community Service Center
10011 SW Bank Road
Community Service Areas staff Bong Sto. Domingo will be on the island from 1 to 6:30 p.m. to assist island residents in county-related matters.  For appointments contact bong.stodomingo@kingcounty.gov or 206-351-8071.

West Hill Community Association

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7 – 9 p.m.
King County Fire District 20
12417 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.

Skyway Solutions Monthly Board Meeting

Monday, Nov. 20 6 – 7:30 p.m.
13470 MLK Jr. Way .S
Open to the public, monthly board meeting of the neighborhood community organization in West Hill.  For more information contact visit the website.

West Hill Business Association

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 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 at 206-722-7343.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

Thursday, Dec. 2, 7 – 9 p.m.
North Highline Fire District Office
1243 SW 112th St.
Open to the public. For more information visit the website.

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

No community meetings for the months of November and December in observance of the holidays.

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

No meetings currently scheduled.