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February 2018


Executive proposes new Department of Local Services to better serve residents of unincorporated King County

A new department to focus on the needs of those in unincorporated King County has been proposed by Executive Dow Constantine. The proposal would combine Permitting and Environmental Review, the Community Service Area program, Road Services, Airport, and the On-site Septic System and Plumbing and Gas Piping programs into a new Department of Local Services, starting in January 2019. Such a move would create a single point of accountability for improving the service delivery in unincorporated areas.

Among the next steps are meetings to gather input from unincorporated area residents and stakeholder groups. The County Council must approve establishment of any new department. More to come in the weeks ahead. 

Supporting volunteer-driven work to make Unincorporated King County communities safer, better connected

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced 65 volunteer-led community events and projects that will be expanded in unincorporated communities with grants of up to $3,000 each. The Community Service Area Grants enhance projects and events, such as First Aid classes, local music events, salmon habitat restoration, emergency preparedness, purchase a refrigerator for a food bank, and more.

The community groups successfully competed for a total of $90,000 in grants, which range between $290 and $3,000 each. Community organizations are required to match at least one quarter of the total project costs. 


King County Executive announces youth and amateur sports grants funding

Executive Constantine also announced 45 Youth and Amateur Grants totaling $3.6 million. Many of these grantees are in the unincorporated areas of Skyway and White Center/North Highline. The funding, which comes from a 1 percent car-rental tax authorized in 1993, helps support non-profit and local government agencies to increase access to healthy lifestyles with new or improved facilities and programs. View the list of awards and read the press release here.

4Culture seeks grant applications

It is time to apply for a 4Culture Project Grant in the arts, heritage or preservation. 4Culture funds poetry to powwows, exhibits to interviews, to the final touches of creative projects. Deadlines are Feb. 28 for Preservation Special Projects and March 7 for Arts and Heritage Projects. For more information, visit the 4Culture website.

Veterans and human services levy implemention plan feedback sessions

The VSHSL Implementation Plan Feedback Sessions have begun, and if you have not yet RSVP’d to these meetings, please do so at www.kcdchs.eventbrite.com.

The feedback sessions are open to all King County residents and will be held in Auburn, Mercer Island, Seattle, and Issaquah.

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

Thursday, Feb. 15, 3 p.m. in the Chinook Building
401 Fifth Avenue, Room 121/123, Seattle, WA 98104
RSVP & Details: www.KCSeattle.Eventbrite.com

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

Wednesday, Feb. 21. 1 p.m. in the Issaquah Library
10 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027
RSVP & Details: http://www.kcissaquah.eventbrite.com/

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area News

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council new members

As a result of the GMVUAC’s Biennial Citizens’ Survey conducted online last fall, several area residents came forward seeking to join the group. Following interviews at the GMVUAC January monthly meeting, five new members were elected to join: LarKen Buchanan, Luke Hansen, Ellie Hooman, Celia Parker, and Paul Schultz. The new members will be sworn in at the GMVUAC February monthly meeting.

Proposed asphalt facility move

The GMVUAC submitted written testimony to the King County Council during the Jan. 8 public hearing supporting the Council’s six-month moratorium and calling for a rezone of the industrial parcel. Lakeside Industries had submitted an application to move its asphalt facility from the urban growth area in Covington to the rural area between Renton and Maple Valley. 

Upcoming Community Meetings

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (GMVUAC)

Monday, Feb. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
Southeast corner of SE 231st St. and SR-169 intersection
Maple Valley
Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 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, Feb. 13, 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

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
12819 160th Ave SE
Visit the website at for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

Tuesday, March 13, 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, Feb. 14, 7-9 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 Business Association

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 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.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

Thursday, March 1, 7:30-9 p.m.
1243 SW 112th St.