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March 2019

Road crews worked 24/7 to keep unincorporated King County moving through snow and ice

Snow plow, Feb. 2019


Record snow fell on our region in February, and King County's Road Services crews rose to the occasion, working tirelessly to make roads passable and keep unincorporated King County moving.

Before the snow started falling, Roads coordinated with agency partners to prepare for winter weather. They also let residents know that their priority in the event of snow would be to keep main transportation routes open, so it would likely take a few days to clear less-traveled roads.

When the snow and ice came, crews running snowplows, graders, and sand trucks worked in 12-hour shifts around the clock, seven days a week, to clear county roads.

Our staff members also worked at all hours to communicate with residents via the 24/7 Road Helpline, social media, and email. From Feb. 3 through Feb. 19, the 24/7 Roads Helpline received more than 6,000 telephone calls requesting service—about four times the number we receive during a typical month.

This effort involved coordination with and assistance from many partner agencies and companies, including King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Office of Emergency Management, and Sheriff’s Office; local fire districts; the Washington State Department of Transportation; Puget Sound Energy; the cities of Orting and Renton; Scarsella; Rodarte Construction; Northwest Cascade; and Recology.

On-site Sewage System services are now available in Snoqualmie four days a week, 7:30-11:30 a.m.

On-site Sewage System consultation

David English, Public Health - Seattle & King County, helps a customer with her septic questions at the King County Permits office in Snoqualmie. (photo by Felisha Meusey)

Public Health - Seattle & King County provides technical customer services through our On-site Sewage System Permitting Program. Services are available in-person at our Eastgate location Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8 to 10 AM. Starting Feb. 19, they're also  available at the Local Services Permits office in Snoqualmie on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Customers may also call our Sanitarian-of-the-Day phone line (206-477-8177). Please leave a message and calls will be returned in 2-3 business days.

Sanitarian-of-the-Day services help customers with general on-site sewage system-related permitting questions, as well as specific technical questions regarding On-site Sewage or On-site Sewage permit applications.

County sponsors free community repair events

Repair event on Vashon Island


King County's Solid Waste Division is sponsoring several community repair events in unincorporated King County this year. Experienced “fixers” will work on a wide range of items, repairing or mending them if they can, and often providing useful advice as well.

At previous events, people have brought in lamps, vacuums, fans, chairs, tables, tools, computers, music players, TVs, blenders, toasters, toys, pants, dresses, rugs, bags, and much more.

You're encouraged to call or write in advance to discuss your repair, but the events are all on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more and see a countywide event schedule for 2019, visit the repair events web page. Questions? Contact Tom Watson via e-mail or at 206-477-4481.

Saturday, March 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Steve Cox Memorial Park gym, White Center (see event web page)

Thursday, May 9, 3-6 p.m.
Fairwood Library, Renton (see event web page)

Saturday, Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Steve Cox Memorial Park gym, White Center (see event web page)

A similar event will take place on Vashon Island on Saturday, March 30 (learn more).

Surface water management fee to increase this year

salmon art

In 2018, the King County Executive and Council approved a 20 percent increase to the Surface Water Management fee.

The fee is charged to property owners in unincorporated King County as part of their annual property tax assessment. It pays for services that help reduce the impact of development on our rivers, lakes, and streams. More details, including information about rates, discounts, and exemptions, is available at

This increase will fund replacement of aging stormwater facilities, which are critical to address agricultural and road drainage, salmon recovery, and other initiatives like restoring Bear Creek.

Road news: bridge washing continues

Two men cleaning bridge

One of the things King County does to maintain our bridges is to pressure wash them. This removes debris and allows our staff to inspect for cracks and corrosion. 

Due to the recent snow, the Green River Gorge Bridge washing originally scheduled for late February has been moved to April. The rest of the schedule remains the same:

Mount Si Bridge (on SE Mount Si Road near North Bend)—Feb. 25-March 1, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Requires a lane restriction.

Stossel Bridge (pictured above, on NE Carnation Farm Road)—March 4-8, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Requires a lane restriction.

Green River GorgeBridge (on SE Green River Gorge Road near Black Diamond)—April 26, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
NOTE: Requires a full closure.

Visit the Road Services website | Road Services blog

Executive Constantine announces his plan to renew the King County parks Levy

County Executive Dow Constantine

On Feb. 21, King County Executive Dow Constantine delivered his proposal for a 2020-2025 King County Parks, Trails and Open Space Replacement Levy to King County Council, renewing his commitment to expand and connect regional trails and improve access to green space and recreation for all King County residents.

Highlights of Executive Constantine’s plan include:

  • Building and designing regional trails, including missing links and crossings over rivers and highways
  • Improving trailheads by adding parking and signage
  • Repairing trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding
  • Replacing 11 ballfields
  • Rehabilitating play area equipment in six parks
  • Maintaining park infrastructure, such as pathways, roofs, fencing, and electrical systems

The levy would cost 16.82 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, which would cost the owner of a home valued at $500,000 about $7 per month.

Learn more:

Take a look at King County’s annual planning for rain, runoff, and clean water

Driving rain

The county's Stormwater Services Section shares the Stormwater Management Program Plan every year, welcoming feedback and comments. The plan describes what will be done to meet regulations for addressing rain runoff issues for the coming year. Find the info at: and send your feedback. Whether you live next to the water or in the foothills, find out easy things to do to keep your local waters clean at Puget Sound Starts Here.

There’s still time to apply for funds for a creative project in arts, heritage, or historic preservation

4Culture 2019 project grants

4Culture is now accepting applications for grants to support creative projects in arts, heritage, and/or historic preservation.

They encourage new applicants and want to work with everyone producing arts and culture in Unincorporated King County.

The deadline is March 6.

For more information, visit the 4Culture website.

Bong Santo Domingo

Local Services Days on Vashon

Bong Santo Domingo from the King County Department of Local Services will be on Vashon Island on March 5, 12, and 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for customer service. For more information, contact him by email or call 206-351-8071.

Disaster icons


Disasters happen. Are you ready?

When disaster strikes, many services we rely on could be overwhelmed. Critical infrastructure, including transportation, utilities, and communication systems, may be damaged. We all need to be prepared to be self-sufficient for days or weeks at a time.

This free workshop is open to the public and covers local hazards, utility control, water storage and purification, emergency sanitation, and creating emergency plans.

Note: the class is free for all King County residents, but registration is required. To check on space availability at a particular workshop, please email or call Sophia Lopez (206-205-6545).

Monday, March 4, 6:30-8 p.m. - Kenmore *** SOLD OUT ***
Northshore Fire Station 51
7220 NE 181st Street

Monday, March 11, 6:30-8 p.m. - Issaquah *** FEW SPACES LEFT ***
King County Library Meeting Room
10 W Sunset Way
Register for this class

Tuesday, April 2, 6:30-8 p.m. - Des Moines
King County Library Meeting Room
21620 11th Avenue S
Register for this class

Thursday, April 11, 6:30-8 p.m. - Skyway
King County Library Meeting Room
12601 76th Avenue S
Register for this class

Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8 p.m. - Vashon
King County Library Meeting Room
17210 Vashon Highway SW
Register for this class

Rural area news

2020 King County Comprehensive Plan Mid-Point Update—Scoping

On Feb, 15, five rural area unincorporated area councils/unincorporated area associations submitted a joint set of comments to the King County Council on the King County Executive’s proposed scoping for the 2020 King County Comprehensive Plan Mid-Point Update, including comments and recommendations on key topic areas related to policies, zoning, and land use. (View or download the comments).

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area News

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (GMVUAC)

Asphalt facility move to rural area 

On Jan. 30, the council submitted detailed comments on the Combined Notice of Applications & Environmental Review Process for File No. COMM 18-0014 & SHOR18-0032 regarding Lakeside Industries’ proposed move of its asphalt facility from Covington (inside the Urban Growth Area) to a site along SR-169 that's next to the Cedar River in the rural area. Many critical issues are discussed, and preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement was recommended. (View or download the document)

Upcoming community meetings

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Monday, March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
12819 160th Avenue SE

See website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Enumclaw Plateau Community Association

Saturday, March 16, 9-11 a.m.
Location TBD (please visit the website)

Fall City Community Association

Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m.
Fall City Fire Department
4301 334th Place SE
Fall City

The Fall City Community Association promotes building of community, proactively communicates on local issues, and takes action on selected issues that affect the Fall City community. Open to the public. For more information, email Ashley Glennon

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council

Tuesday, March. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78
20720 SE May Valley Road

Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meeting dates and locations.

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council

Monthly meeting
Monday, March. 4, 7-9:30 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
Southeast corner of SE 231st Street and SR-169 intersection

Model Toxics Control Act cleanup status will be discussed by four speakers from the State Department of Ecology: Tim O’Connor and Alan Noell on the Reserve Silica Mine site, and Jerome Cruz and Brad Petrovich on the Landsburg Mine site. Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Special event
Monday, April 1, 7-9:30 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
Southeast corner of SE 231st Street and SR-169 intersection

King County Department of Local Services Director John Taylor will discuss issues of importance to the unincorporated areas and how the new department will seek solutions. All southeast King County unincorporated area councils and unincorporated area associations are invited to attend.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Meeting

Wednesday, March 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fire District 44, Station 95
32316 148th Avenue SE

Visit the association on Facebook or Twitter or send email for more information.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m.
North Highline Fire district
1243 SW 112th Street
White Center
(Parking and entrance are in the back of the station)

Open to the public. Monthly meeting of all-volunteer neighborhood based community organization.  For more information, email Liz Giba.

Skyway Solutions Community Development Association

Monday, March 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
13470 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S

Open to the public. Skyway Solutions is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in unincorporated Skyway. For more info call 206-706-6400.

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

No meeting scheduled for March.

Visit the website or Facebook page for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

West Hill Community Association

Board Meeting
Wednesday, March. 13, 7-9 p.m.
King County Fire District 20
12424 76th Avenue S

Board meetings are open to the public and often feature guest speakers as well as community reports and information from a variety of local organizations. For more information, visit the website or send email to