June 2019 Unincorporated Area Newsletter

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June 2019

Local Services to hold 4 Town Hall events in June

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Local Services holds annual Town Hall meetings in each of King County's unincorporated Community Service Areas. These events are opportunities to meet with King County officials and staff members to talk about issues that affect your community.

This year's series kicks off with four meetings in June (see schedule below). The remaining six will be held in September and October. To stay updated, visit our website, follow our blog, or follow us on Instagram (@kingcountylocalservices) or Facebook.

Note: Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to meet some of your King County service providers!

Town Hall schedule - June 2019

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River
Tuesday, 6/18, 7-9 p.m. at Hobart Church
27524 SE 200th Street, Hobart (event flyer)

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain
Wednesday, 6/19, 7-9 p.m. at Maywood Middle School
14490 168th Avenue SE, Renton (event flyer)

SE King County
Tuesday, 6/25, 7-9 p.m. at Enumclaw Expo Center-Fieldhouse
1456 Roosevelt Avenue E, Enumclaw (event flyer)

West King County - Fairwood
Wednesday, 6/26, 7-9 p.m. at Northwood Middle School
17007 SE 184th Street, Renton (event flyer)

Two hires round out leadership slate at King County Local Services

David Daw

Daw to manage external relations

David Daw will lead the King County Department of Local Services' effort to engage and collaborate with King County’s unincorporated communities.

The Seattle native attended Evergreen State College in Olympia and studied economic development in both Central America and Africa. After earning his bachelor’s degree in public administration and intercultural communication, he co-founded The Initiative Newspaper, which ran stories about positive community action and provided resources and information about the local African-American community.

For the next 15 years, Daw's work focused on connecting communities and building the capacity of King County organizations and residents. He served as South Seattle Community College’s Student Organization Coordinator, the White Center Community Development Association’s Neighborhood Revitalization Manager, and the South King Council of Human Services capacity building manager and director. He comes to Local Services from a post as the King County Housing Authority's senior manager of resident services, SW region.

In all of these roles, his approach has been consistent: It’s about people. The Department of Local Services, he says, has to “create platforms that allow all residents access to information and resources in an equitable way, and continue to build relationships and trust with communities.”

Mark Rowe

Permitting Division has new deputy director

King County Local Services recently welcomed Mark Rowe as Deputy Director of its Permitting Division.

This is somewhat of a homecoming for Rowe, who had two prior stints with the county. He spent six years as a registered environmental health specialist for Public Health-Seattle & King County before joining AT&T Broadband, where he managed the teams that established high-speed data and voice networks in Washington. In 2003, he rejoined Public Health as its emergency preparedness program manager, then served as section manager for Food Protection and Water Recreation Facilities.

Most recently, Rowe served in senior leadership roles with Amazon.com Corporate, first as a global food safety senior manager for Amazon Fresh, Prime Now, and Treasure Truck, then as a senior food safety manager for Retail and Operations Integration.

In both the public or private sectors, Rowe says he’s been dedicated to improving an organization’s systems. Efficient, value-adding systems support staff, increase engagement from those delivering the service, and ultimately help optimize customer service.

“I believe people come to work wanting to produce good work,” he says. “If there’s a problem, I’m a big believer that it’s more about the process than the people.”

Fun fact: Rowe used to compete in triathlons. As a lifelong swimmer and runner, he used to train about 20 hours per week for events.

Forum on land use in Skyway-West Hill set for June 1

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Skyway community members are invited to attend the Skyway-West Hill Land Use Plan Community Forum on Saturday, June 1, at Dimmitt Middle School (12320 80th Avenue S, Seattle).

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with two back-to-back sessions (see schedule below).

Participants will learn about, and comment on, draft land use and zoning changes proposed for this community.


Session 1
10 a.m.: Visit info stations, ask questions, share your thoughts
11:30 a.m.: Presentation and closing remarks

Session 2
12 p.m.: Visit info stations, ask questions, share your thoughts
1:30 p.m.: Presentation and closing remarks

Language interpretation will be provided in Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Disability accommodations available with advance request.

Questions? Email AskLocalServices@kingcounty.gov or call 206-477-3800.

View/print an event flyer: English | Soomaali | Español | Tiếng Việt

King County Water and Land Resources news

Are you—or do you know—an #OrcaHero?

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According to King County Water and Land Resources, many #OrcaHeroes are helping preserve a clean, beautiful environment through their daily actions.

This kind of hero helps keep our waters and Puget Sound clean and orcas healthy. Every action adds up—cleaning the pollution that comes from our homes, neighborhoods, and businesses.

Things you can do

*Avoid pesticides and synthetic fertilizers
*Remove invasive plants, like poison hemlock, knotweed, tansy ragwort, and ivy
*Use mulch, compost, and native plants in gardens
*Conserve water in summer
*Pick up litter
*Report illegal dumping
*Check for and fixing car leaks
*Help restore habitat
*Safely dispose of hazardous waste
*Pick up dog poop and throw it in the trash
*Install a rain garden

Share your #OrcaHero on social media and tag @PugetSoundStartsHere
Find info at Puget Sound Starts Here! Y en Español.

Learn how to control invasive knotweed

King County is holding free workshops on invasive knotweed and how to control it. Knotweed crowds out native plants, increases erosion, and hurts habitat for fish and wildlife. It can also damage roads, septic systems, pipes, and building foundations. And it’s really hard to get rid of!

This class teaches why knotweed is so hard to kill and what works well in different areas. Participants can also borrow stem injectors for free for their own knotweed projects.


Workshop schedule

June 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Covington Library, 27100 164th Avenue SE

June 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fall City Library, 33415 SE 42nd Place

Class information and online registration

Can't take a class, but want to borrow a stem injector? No problem. Watch our videos and take a quiz to qualify instead.
For more information, email noxious.weeds@kingcounty.gov or call 206-477-9333.

Public Health - Seattle & King County news

Measles outbreak affects King County

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A measles outbreak has infected people in several western Washington counties. The measles vaccine is very effective, and most people are immunized. However, measles is extremely contagious, and before people know they have measles they can transmit it to people who are not fully immunized.

If you think you might have measles

Call your doctor, nurse, or clinic right away. Before you go to the doctor's office, call to tell them  you might have measles. This will allow them to take steps to avoid exposing other people. Stay away from other people until at least four days after the rash starts or a test proves you don't have measles.

Learn more about measles, including places where infectious people have visited, at www.kingcounty.gov/measles/cases.

King County Emergency Management news

Free disaster skills workshops in June

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

Thursday, June 6, 6:30-8 p.m.
Fall City
King County Library Meeting Room
33415 SE 42nd Place

Thursday, June 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
Boulevard Park
King County Library Meeting Room
12015 Roseberg Avenue S

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

Peace N The Hood

Job fair to be held June 28 in White Center

A fair for job seekers aged 16-24 will be held on Wednesday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Log Cabin in Steve Cox Memorial Park (1321 SW 102nd Street) in White Center.

Need a job? 30+ employers with jobs will be there.

There will also be food and door prizes.

Questions? Contact Justin at 206-354-4570 or Jody at 206-477-2095.

Need resume and application help?
NewStart and the King County White Center Teen program will offer assistance on Tuesday, June 27 from 3 to 6 p.m., also at the Log Cabin.

4Culture will be listening in Fall City June 19

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4Culture is hosting listening sessions across King County to help them better understand the cultural health of our region.

They'll be in Fall City on Wednesday, June 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fall City Library (33415 SE 42nd Place). If you live in Fall City, you're invited to come tell them what's working and what's not as you engage with culture.

Learn more/RSVP

King County Solid Waste news

Still time to weigh in on design of new transfer station

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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!

Eligible customers save money with Cleanup LIFT

Clean up LIFT

Since Jan. 1, more than 1,000 Solid Waste Division customers have used the Cleanup LIFT discount. This program makes it more affordable for low-income customers to dispose of materials at King County’s recycling and garbage transfer facilities. To receive the discount, customers just have to show their ProviderOne, EBT or ORCA LIFT card when entering a facility.

Eligible customers receive $12 off the cost to dispose of garbage, refrigerant-type appliances, yard waste and clean wood. The discount is good for each type of material, every visit.

The discount is only available to King County residents who live outside the cities of Seattle and Milton, which are part of separate solid waste systems. This service is not available to businesses.  

Learn more

Bong Santo Domingo

June 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: June 4, 11, 18, and 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for customer service. For more information, contact him by email or call 206-351-8071.

Road Services news

Keep up with summer road construction with King County Road Alerts

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The summer road construction season will soon be heating up. The best way to keep up with county road construction projects in your neighborhood or along your commute is by signing up for Road Alerts.

You’ll get updates on all county road construction sent directly to your phone or email inbox.

Upcoming community meetings

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Monday, June 24, 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, June 15, 9-11 a.m.
Location TBD (please visit the website)

Fall City Community Association

Tuesday, June 4, 7-8:30 p.m. (sometimes to 9 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, June 11, 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, June 3, 7-9:30 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
Southeast corner of SE 231st Street and SR-169 intersection

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

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Meeting

Wednesday, June 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fire District 44, Station 95
32316 148th Avenue SE

The June 26th meeting will feature a local speaker on the topic of growth management impacts from new development. This discussion dovetails recent meeting discussions and public hearings related to the Ten Trails Development in Black Diamond.

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, June 6, 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, June 10, 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 June.

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

West Hill Community Association Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 2, 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 contact@mywesthill.org.

Contact King County Local Services

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

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