September 2019 Unincorporated Area Newsletter

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September 2019

Prepared not scared

September is National Preparedness Month—Join others in being disaster prepared, not scared!

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. Many of us know the importance of having emergency supplies on hand, but have you thought about the family communications, financial protection, and community support aspects of disaster planning? These actions are critical for surviving and recovering from a catastrophic incident.

To support you in these activities, King County Emergency Management provides weekly #KingCountyReady preparedness tips on social media, and there’s lots of good information on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s preparedness website—including information in multiple languages.

Free disaster skills training in September and October

Disaster prep kit

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

Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:30-8 p.m.
Covington Library
27100 164th Avenue SE, Covington

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
Kent Library
212 2nd Avenue N, Kent

Thursday, Oct. 3, 6:30-8 p.m.
Woodinville Library
17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
Normandy Park City Hall
801 SW 174th Street, Normandy Park

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.

Preparedness fairs & events

Sammamish – Sept. 7

This popular Disaster Preparedness Fair will be on Saturday, Sept. 7 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) on the Central Washington University campus, 120 228th Avenue NE in Sammamish. It will feature information booths, demonstrations, presentations, food vendors, giveaways, and more. Learn more

Green Valley/Lake Holm – Sept. 10

The Green Valley/Lake Holm Association will hold a community safety and preparedness event on the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 10 (6-8:30 p.m.) at Wine and Roses Estates, 17444 SE Lake Moneysmith Road in Auburn.

The focus will be on public safety and disaster preparedness. Guest speakers will be Major Patrick Butschli, Commander of the Precinct 3 of the King County Sheriff's Office, and Lynne Miller from King County Emergency Management.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the resource fair/tabling, with presentations starting at 6:30 p.m.

Local Services to hold 5 Town Halls in September

Speaker and audience

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 continues with five meetings in September, followed by one in October (see schedule below). 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 – September-October 2019

Bear Creek/Sammamish
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7-9 p.m. at 21 Acres Facility
13701 NE 171st Street, Woodinville

West King County-White Center
Thursday, Sept 12, 7-9 p.m. at Seola Gardens
11215 5th Avenue SW, Seattle

West King County-Skyway
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7-9 p.m. at Albert Talley High School
7800 S 132nd Street, Seattle

Vashon/Maury Island
Monday, Sept. 23, 7-9 p.m. at Vashon High School
9600 SW 204th Street, Vashon

West King County-Federal Way
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7-9 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School
4248 S 288th Street, Auburn

Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County
Thursday, Oct. 17, 7-9 p.m. at Tolt River Middle School
3740 Tolt Avenue, Carnation

Alternative housing demonstration projects coming to White Center and Vashon

Project rendering

The King County departments of Local Services and Community and Human Services are working together on a directive from the County Council to pilot alternative housing models as one approach to homelessness and housing affordability.

In 2018, Community and Human Services solicited ideas from housing developers for projects that couldn’t be built under current regulations but that would create more affordable housing. In April 2019, the department gave the go-ahead to two projects—one in White Center and the other on Vashon Island. Both projects provide housing with smaller living spaces and shared facilities such as dining rooms, kitchens, laundry, and communal areas.

As demonstration projects, these are intended to test alternative development standards before those standards become permanent amendments to King County policies and regulations.

King County Local Services is developing the standards that would apply to the two projects, and will include those in an ordinance that will be sent to the County Council later this year. The council must adopt the ordinance before the projects can proceed.

For more information, contact Harry Reinert at or 206-263-3671.

NOTE: This project will be discussed at the Local Services Community Services Area Town Halls in White Center (Sept. 12) and on Vashon-Maury Island (Sept. 23)—see article above for details about these events.

King County Local Services

Local Services days in September

King County now offers regular customer service hours in six communities. Drop by and let us know how we can serve you!

Save the date

Bear Creek/Sammamish

Tuesdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Woodinville Library
17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville
-Local Services: Marissa Alegria

Greater Maple Valley

Wednesdays, Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Fairwood Library
17009 140th Avenue SE, Renton
-Local Services: Marissa Alegria

North Highline

Thursday, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, 1-5 p.m.*
White Center Community Center (Log Cabin)
1205 SW 102nd St, Seattle
-Local Services: Bong Santo Domingo

Southeast King County

Thursday, Sept. 5, 19, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Black Diamond Library
24707 Roberts Drive, Black Diamond
-Local Services: Marissa Alegria

Vashon-Maury Island

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.*
Vashon Chamber of Commerce building, Suite 114
17141 Vashon Highway SW, Vashon
-Local Services: Bong Santo Domingo
-Permits: TBD

Skyway West Hill

Monday, Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.*
West Hill (Skyway) Sheriff's Office Storefront
12629 Renton Avenue S, Renton
-Local Services: Bong Santo Domingo

*earlier or later times may be possible with an appointment

King County Road Services

Repair work wrapping up on Landsburg Bridge

Landsburg Bridge repair work

Crews repair the deck of the Landsburg Bridge. Photo courtesy of King County Road Services.

The Landsburg Bridge on Landsburg Road SE from SE 252nd Place to 253rd Street SE is expected to reopen at noon on Sunday, Sept. 1

Resurfacing work completed this season

King County Road Services repairs and resurfaces roads to help extend their life. Some resurfacing treatments can add years of life to heavily traveled roadways.

Roads are chosen for resurfacing each year based on their condition and on available funding. Here are some resurfacing projects we've finished this year:

  • 436th Avenue SE/Cedar Falls Road SE, 2.04 miles
  • NE Union Hill Road, 0.5 miles
  • Kanaskat Kangley Road SE, 2.81 miles
  • SE 416th Street, 4.50 miles

September road work

Sidewalk repair in White Center

We're on schedule to finish the accessibility ramp and sidewalk replacement at 15th Avenue SW and SW 104th Street during the first week of September. Crews will move west to 26th Avenue SW between SW Roxbury Street and SW 107th Street to repair sidewalk in about 13 places. Some on-street parking will be affected, and traffic control will be in place when crews are present.

SE North Bend Way guardrail maintenance

Guardrail maintenance work between 372nd Avenue SE and SE 106th Place will require intermittent lane restrictions. Work is scheduled from Wednesday, Sept. 4 through Friday, Sept. 20 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Motorists will be directed through the work zone and should expect delays. Check the project website for updates.

Stossel Bridge

Upcoming work on the Stossel Bridge, on NE Carnation Farm Road at 310th Avenue NE, will require three weeks of lane restrictions while crews install scaffolding, perform load upgrades, and replace rivets. The work will take place on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., from Tuesday Sept. 3 through Thursday, Sept. 26. Flaggers will guide traffic through the work zone, and the bridge will remain open to emergency vehicles. Expect delays.

232nd Avenue NE near NE Old Woodlinville-Duvall Road

Pavement repair work will require weekday lane restrictions from Thursday, Aug. 29 through Friday, Sept. 13 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone (from NE 133rd Street to NE Old Woodinville-Duvall Road). Drivers should expect delays. The work is weather dependent, so schedule changes are a possibility. Learn more


Apply by Sept. 25 for a grant to repair or restore a historic landmark


If you own a historic landmark in King County, you can apply for a 4Culture Landmarks Capital grant to repair or restore it.

This grant provides design, materials, and labor for rehabilitation projects large and small. Apply by September 25.

King County Parks

Volunteer to improve your King County park!

Park volunteers


King County Parks has many volunteer opportunities coming up in September. If you're interested in helping Your Big Backyard flourish by taking part in one of these events, please send an email to the event contact. You can also check out the King County Parks volunteer web page to learn more and find a complete list of opportunities. Tools, gloves, snacks, and water are provided, and volunteers don't need to have prior experience.

Skyway Park—Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Help make Skyway Park a place for all to enjoy with weeding and litter pickup.
12010 71st Avenue S, Seattle
Contact: Sean Walters

North Shorewood Park—Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Help create a future healthy forest by weeding around young native plantings.
10047 24th Avenue SW, Seattle
Contact: Sean Walters

Lake Geneva Park—Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Help the forest by removing English ivy to make space for future plantings.
4600 S 344th Street, Auburn
Contact: Sean Walters

Snoqualmie Valley Trail site—Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Help restore the future site of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail extension by mulching native trees.
390th Avenue SE, Snoqualmie
Contact: Brian Lund

King County Solid Waste Division

Eligible customers can save money at county recycling and garbage transfer facilities

Residential customers who are enrolled in ProviderOne, EBT, or ORCA LIFT and who haul their own garbage and/or recyclables to a King County recycling and garbage transfer facility are eligible to receive a discount of $12 off the disposal cost of each type of waste—each visit!

Show your card at the facility entrance to receive the discount. This discount is not offered at City of Seattle transfer stations and is not available to businesses. Learn more

Recycling bins


Learn about the new transfer station coming to south King County in 2023

King County’s Solid Waste Division is designing a new recycling and garbage transfer station to replace the aging Algona Transfer Station. The new station will be at 35101 West Valley Highway S, just north of the existing Algona station. It will serve the cities of Algona, Auburn, Federal Way, and Pacific, and the surrounding unincorporated King County communities.

The new station will include recycling services, hazardous waste disposal, garbage disposal, sustainable and energy-efficient design, and public art. Learn more or request a presentation to your community group on the project website.

King County Water and Land Resources Division

King County's Beaver Working Group presents Good Neighbor Workshops


King County is seeking input on how we can be a good neighbor when beavers live and build dams on county lands. If you live next to county land that has a stream on it, your participation would be valued at either of two workshops hosted by the King County Beaver Working Group:

Saturday, Sept. 7, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Preston Community Center (8625 310th Ave SE, Preston)

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 5 – 9 p.m.
Maple Valley Library (21844 SE 248th St, Maple Valley)

If you're interested in participating, please RSVP, as space is limited. Visit the website and look for the “Workshop” link.

Questions? Email Jen Vanderhoof

Rural Area news

Unincorporated Area Councils and Associations

King County Comprehensive Plan Mid-Point Update—Joint review and comments
On July 31, following a detailed review of the King County Comprehensive Plan Public Review Draft, several Rural Area unincorporated area councils/associations* submitted a joint set of comprehensive comments to the King County Executive’s Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget.

The comments emphasize concerns about industrial development in the Rural Area, a call for regional transportation concurrency testing and user charges, loss of Sammamish Valley Agricultural Production District lands, and concerns with the 4:1 program and annexation.

They further emphasize that public policy can provide direction and incentives for communities to grow in ways that will invite personal lifestyle decisions that are consistent with the region’s goals and support policies that strive to keep the Rural Area rural. Ways to ensure this include recognizing that urban growth boundaries are intended to be permanent, not fungible, and that rural areas provide benefits in many ways for everyone, including the residents of urban areas.

*Enumclaw Plateau Community Association, Green Valley/Lake Holm Association, Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council, Hollywood Hill Association, and Upper Bear Creek Unincorporated Area Council

Vashon-Maury Island news

Vashon Metro Community Van—same service, new partner

Vashon community van

Vashon Island residents prepare to take the Community Van to Seattle for a public hearing in February 2018. Photo courtesy of Metro Community Connections.

King County Local Services is now partnering with Metro to deliver Community Van services on Vashon.

Community Van provides residents with 24/7, reservation-based transportation for group trips. Metro provides the vans, and volunteer drivers are managed by a local Community Transportation Coordinator. Metro has partnered with the Vashon Chamber of Commerce to provide this service since the two-year pilot project began in 2017.

Now King County’s Local Services department will provide the Community Transportation Coordinator for this service on Vashon. Riders and drivers will experience no interruption in service, and can request trips by calling either 206-773-7003 or 206-625-4500.

“We appreciate the way Metro has responded to the community’s needs for island transportation, from adding Sunday bus service to the Strawberry Festival Water Taxi and the Community Van program,” said Jim Marsh, Executive Director of the Vashon Chamber of Commerce. “We were glad to partner with Metro to bring the Community Van program to Vashon.”

Learn more about Metro’s Community Van program.

Upcoming community meetings

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Monday, Sept. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
12819 160th Avenue SE, Renton

See website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Enumclaw Plateau Community Association

Check the website for the latest meeting information.

Fall City Community Association

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, Sept. 10, 7-9 p.m.
Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78
20720 SE May Valley Road, Issaquah

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

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council

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

Expert panel discussion: Cedar Hills Landfill
Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fire District 44, Station 95
32316 148th Avenue SE, Auburn

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

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

Skyway Solutions Community Development Association

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

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

No meeting scheduled for September.

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

West Hill Community Association Board Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7-9 p.m.
Skyway Water & Sewer Meeting Room
6723 S 124th St, Seattle

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 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, or 206-477-3839.

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