May 2019 Unincorporated Area Newsletter

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May 2019

Teamwork leads to a happy ending on Vashon

Dog rescue

"Crocodile" during and after his rescue.

On Tuesday, April 16, King County Road Services staffers on Vashon Island helped rescue an adventurous dog named Crocodile. Crocodile got stuck after he chased an animal into a pipe while playing on the beach. Unable to turn around, he moved forward through the pipes until he saw daylight—but found himself trapped under a metal basket (known as a "birdcage") designed to keep things out of the pipes.

A Good Samaritan heard the pooch whimpering and called Vashon Pet Protectors and King County Road Services. After snapping a leash on Crocodile to keep him from retreating back into the pipe, the rescuers teamed up to work him safely between the bars of the metal cover so he could be reunited with his owner.

Trailhead Direct returns with more service

Hikers boarding a Metro bus

King County's Metro Transit and Parks departments and the City of Seattle are partnering again to bring Metro riders to area trails during the 2019 hiking season.

Trailhead Direct, the seasonal weekend and holiday transit-to-trails service, started 2019 service on April 20.

In response to customer feedback from the 2018 season, King County added and modified Trailhead Direct service to provide more trail access to more people, with new routes and stops, and even opportunities to transfer from one Trailhead Direct route to another at Eastgate, Issaquah, or North Bend.

Read the April 11 news release or visit the Trailhead Direct website.

Community Forum in Federal Way on May 7

Federal Way Library

Unincorporated area residents in Federal Way are invited to a community forum with King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer and staff members from the King County Department of Local Services.

Tuesday, May 7, 6-8 p.m.
Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S

Learn about how Local Services supports you, and how you can stay informed and get involved.

If you live in an unincorporated area, think of Local Services as your "city hall." Our job is to connect you to King County services and resources. We work closely with your elected King County Councilmembers and other King County agencies to make that happen.

For more info about the Department of Local Services, visit our website. If you have questions about the event, send email or call 206-477-3800.

Report: March repair event in White Center

Photo from previous repair event

More than 60 people attended King County's White Center repair event on March 9. At the event, held in the Log Cabin at Steve Cox Memorial Park, fixers worked on 79 items and were able to repair 63 of them—an 80 percent success rate!

Fixed items included five lamps, four chairs, two heaters, a laptop computer, a lantern, a sewing machine, a suitcase, a coffee grinder, a dehumidifier, a toaster, three vacuum cleaners, a shop air compressor, a toaster oven, a flashlight, 10 pairs of pants, two purses, three skirts, a sweatshirt, five hijabs, a sweater, a jacket, three curtains and five dresses.

There were also three special activities at this repair event: a donation drive for WestSide Baby (a White Center-based nonprofit); a clothing swap run by the King County Parks’ White Center Teen Program staff; and a free community lunch of Somali food.

The free community clothing swap was so popular that organizers are planning to do it again at the next White Center repair event—also the last one planned for this year—on Oct. 5.

See a complete schedule of repair events on the King County Solid Waste Division website.

Cedar Hills Landfill


Cedar Hills Regional Landfill meeting postponed

The Cedar Hills Regional Landfill neighbor meeting originally scheduled for April 30 has been postponed until Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at the Issaquah Library (10 West Sunset Way).

On April 24, the King County Council approved the 2019 Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan. The County-approved Plan will be sent to cities in King County for a 120-day review/approval period.

Given the recent landfill-related amendments to the plan, the meeting with landfill neighbors is being postponed to give the Solid Waste Division time to prepare a complete report on the status of the plan, including all amendments and next steps.

Learn more on the King County website.


En español

La reunión de vecinos del Relleno Sanitario Regional de Cedar Hills programada originalmente para el 30 de abril ha sido pospuesta hasta el jueves 20 de junio, a las 7 p.m. en la Biblioteca Issaquah (dirección: 10 West Sunset Way).

El 24 de abril, el Consejo de King County aprobó el Plan Comprensivo de Residuos Sólidos 2019. El plan aprobado por el Condado será enviado a las ciudades en King County para un período de revisión/aprobación de 120 días.

Debido a las recientes modificaciones al Plan relacionado con el relleno, la reunión con los vecinos del relleno está siendo pospuesta para darle tiempo a la División de Residuos Sólidos de preparar un informe completo sobre el estado del Plan, incluyendo todas las modificaciones y los próximos pasos a seguir.

Para más información, favor de visitar el sitio web del Condado de King (en inglés). o llame al 206-477-4466. Contamos con servicio de intérprete.

Community Service Area Town Halls are coming

CSA Town Hall (May 21, 2018)

King County Local Services will begin its 2019 series of town hall events in the Community Service Areas in June. We'll post the schedule when it's finalized. To stay updated, visit our website, follow our blog, or follow us on Instagram (@kingcountylocalservices) or Facebook.

Why is there suddenly a radio tower in my neighborhood?

Radio tower

Courtesy of the Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network

A radio network (made up of towers) has to cover a predetermined area. Areas with hilly or mountainous terrain need more towers and infrastructure than flat ones, because the radio signal that travels from the user—firefighters or police—to an antenna needs to be unobstructed. It  can pass through some trees and structures, but not hills or mountains. It takes a team of radio frequency, civil, and structural engineers, along with construction professionals, to carefully review the site for each new tower. 

Emergency radio networks undergo the same approval processes as private networks. This includes environmental review, zoning and permitting, legal lease review, landlord negotiations and acceptance, budget review, and construction feasibility.

It may seem as though a new tower has popped up out of nowhere in your neighborhood, but in fact it has taken many years of complex design and review before construction began. And because of that groundwork, it now stands ready to provide reliable coverage to your neighborhood in case of an emergency.

Learn more on the PSERN website or contact PSERN by email or phone (206-47-PSERN / 206-477-7376).

Roads news

The under-bridge inspection truck ("UBIT") at work on the Foss River Bridge.

Under-bridge inspection

Three bridge inspections are scheduled for the first week in May:

5/1: Edgewick Bridge (south of North Bend on 468th Avenue SE) will be inspected on Wednesday, May 1. Use of an under-bridge inspection truck will require a lane restriction from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit the My Commute web page to view the map.

5/1-2: Green River Gorge Bridge (east of Black Diamond on SE Green River Gorge Road) will be inspected on May 1 and 2. This one-lane bridge will have to be fully closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day to accommodate the under-bridge inspection truck. Visit the My Commute web page to view the map.

5/2: Neely Bridge (east of Auburn on SE Auburn Black Diamond Road) will be inspected on Thursday, May 2. Use of an under-bridge inspection truck will require a lane restriction from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit the My Commute web page to view the map.

Visit the Road Services website | Road Services blog

Parks news

2020-2025 Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy

King County parks levy

The King County Council approved a measure to renew the property tax levy that supports parks, trails, and open space in King County, putting it on the Aug. 6 ballot.

The 2020-2025 Parks, Trails, and Open Space Replacement Levy, to replace the current levy that expires at the end of the year, takes care of and expands King County's parks and trails and creates new county-wide grant programs for pools, recreation, and conservation to benefit King County residents wherever they live and play.

Learn more on the levy website.

Celebrate 10 years of the Big Backyard 5K on June 2

Big Backyard 5k 2019

Individuals, kids, groups, and teams can register today for King County Parks’ 10th annual Big Backyard 5K at Marymoor Park, presented by Kaiser Permanente on Sunday, June 2. Run/walk the 5K or run the special 10K course added this year to celebrate 10 years of this annual event, which supports King County Parks and is dog, stroller, and family friendly.

You can sign up online through May 30 and in person on the race weekend. Prices will vary depending on when you sign up.

Learn more on the event website.

Disaster skills workshops

Prepared chalkboard

The following workshops are free and open to all King County residents, but please note that registration is required.

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

Wednesday, May 29, 6:30-8 p.m. - Enumclaw
King County Library Meeting Room
1700 1st Street

All participants are welcome. For questions about accessibility, or to request an accommodation, please contact Sophia Lopez at or 206-205-6545. Requests should be made at least 14 calendar days before the workshop.

Wildfire Preparedness emblem

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day

The National Fire Protection Association’s Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is May 4. Everyone is encouraged to organize or join a wildfire safety project to help you prepare for wildfires and reduce your community’s risk.

Visit for project ideas and tools and share your community’s efforts on the National fire Protection Association's project map.

For more on wildfire safety, visit

Apply for 4Culture Equipment Grant by May 15

King County Cultural organizations: get out your wish list and apply for 4Culture’s Equipment grant by May 15!

The grant supports the critical needs of unincorporated King County’s cultural organizations—helping arts, heritage, and preservation organizations get the tools they need to make amazing work even better. What's on your list? Lawn mower, drum, ceramic kiln, or...?

Learn more on 4Culture's website.


County seeks input on design of new transfer station

Comment button

King County’s Solid Waste Division invites community members to take part in an online open house to help shape the design of a new recycling and garbage transfer station coming to south King County in 2023 (to replace the aging Algona Transfer Station).

The online forum is available through June 2 in four languages: English, Spanish, Korean, and Russian. Visit the online open house to learn about the project and share your ideas!

Bong Santo Domingo

May Local Services days on Vashon

Bong Santo Domingo from the King County Department of Local Services will be on Vashon Island on the following Tuesdays: May 7, 14, 21, and 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for customer service. For more information, contact him by email or call 206-351-8071.

Upcoming community meetings

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Monday, May 20, 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, May 18, 9-11 a.m.
Location TBD (please visit the website)

Fall City Community Association

Tuesday, May 7, 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, May 14, 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, May 6, 7-9:30 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
Southeast corner of SE 231st Street and SR-169 intersection

Meeting topic: water restoration and enhancement (the State Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Inventory Area Water Resource & Enhancement Committees). With Stephanie Potts (Washington Department of Ecology); Dan Von Seggern (Center for Environmental Law & Policy), and Karen Wolf (King County Executive's Office).

Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Meeting

Wednesday, May 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fire District 44, Station 95
32316 148th Avenue SE

Regular meeting agenda items include committee updates on transportation, environmental, and safety issues. Visit the association on Facebook or Twitter or send email for more information.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

Thursday, May 2, 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, May 13, 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 May.

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

West Hill Community Association

Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 8, 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

Community Coffee Hour
Saturday, May 18, 10-11:30 a.m.
Skyway Library
12601 76th Ave S

Meet the members of the West Hill Community Association, neighbors, and friends. Open to the public. Held on second Saturdays and sponsored by the West Hill Community Association. Email for more information.

Unincorporated Area Community News is published monthly by the King County Department of Local Services. Please direct questions or comments to Anna Clemenger, or 206-477-3839.

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