November 2014

Calendar

Oct. 20
Vashon-Maury Island Community Council meeting

Oct. 21
West Hill Community Association Quarterly meeting

Oct. 22
Cedar Hills Regional Landfill meeting

Oct. 23
King County Budget meeting - Kent

Skyway Solutions Community meeting

Oct. 25
Recycling event - Sammamish

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill tour

Ecotober - Brightwater

WSU Vashon field tour

Youth Action Plan Task Force meeting - Seattle

Oct. 27
Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage meeting

Oct. 28
Youth Action Plan Task Force meeting - Shoreline

Oct. 29
King County Budget meeting - Seattle

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association meetings

Oct. 31
Property Taxes due

Nov. 3
Greater Maple Valley UAC meeting

Nov. 4
Election Day

Nov. 12
West Hill Community Association Board meeting

Nov. 13
Skyway Solutions Community meeting

Nov. 14
Fall City Community Association meeting

Nov. 18
Cedar River Open House

Nov. 19
Four Creeks UAC meeting

Fair Housing Workshop

Nov. 22
Pet adoption event

Welcome to Community News! You can find the newsletter online with links to program details, at the UA News website. To see previous versions of the Unincorporated Area Community Newsletter visit the archives.

Engage with King County

Council Budget Committee holds special meetings on King County budget
Metropolitan King County Council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee invites the public to discuss budget priorities during a series of evening meetings for the Executive’s proposed biennial budget for 2015-16. The final two meetings are on Oct. 23 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center, 401 Fourth Ave. N., Courtroom 3F in Kent, and on Oct. 29 at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Council Chambers 10th floor, in downtown Seattle. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. To find information on the budget, give online testimony or watch the meetings online, visit the website.

Help shape the Youth Action Plan
King County is developing a Youth Action Plan to help guide our efforts to provide programs and services that help young people succeed. Several task force meetings are scheduled to help keep you informed and provide opportunities for public input. They are set for Oct. 25 from 3-5 p.m. at Smilow Rainier Vista Club, 4520 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., in Seattle, and on Oct. 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave. N., in Shoreline. Interpretation will be available for Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese speakers at the Shoreline meeting.

Opportunity continues for unincorporated area grants
King County Executive Dow Constantine invites you to apply for a 2015 Community Service Area Grant that could be worth up to $5,000. The deadline for applications from unincorporated area residents for projects in their community is Dec. 8, and awards will be announced in March. Past grantees have gone to neighborhood and community groups throughout unincorporated King County. 

News

County considers expanding cost-effective transit options for local communities
King County is considering an expansion of its successful Alternative Services Program, to enable Metro to team up with local cities and communities on development of better transit service in areas of the county where traditional fixed-route bus service cannot be operated cost-effectively. The proposed expansion of the Alternative Services Program includes $6 million in funding in the 2015/16 budget.

Prepare now for upcoming flood season
Although we have seen mild flood seasons for three consecutive winters, it’s important to remember that there have been 12 flood disasters declared by the President since 1990 in King County. Now is the time to prepare. For tips on what to do before, during and after a flood, visit the flooding services and information website, which includes links to all of the latest information about river levels and road conditions, plus weather reports and other critical information.

Sign up for King County Flood Alerts
King County offers free access to KC Flood Alerts, an automated system that allows subscribers to receive customized alerts of potential flooding for any or all of King County’s six major river systems. Immediate notifications about pending high water are sent to email, smart phone text or voicemail, providing subscribers with the maximum amount of warning about potential high water.

Register today for emergency alerts
Winter weather is just around the corner. Stay informed of hazards in our region by signing up for King County's upgraded Regional Public Information and Notification system (RPIN). You choose the types of notifications you receive, your geographical area, and how you want to be contacted. Sign-up is free and you can update your profile anytime.

Executive Constantine launches ‘Best Starts for Kids’
The Executive is working with community partners to develop an initiative that will ensure every baby born and every child raised in this community has a strong start in life and enters adulthood ready to succeed.

Get the facts on Ebola
The risk of an Ebola outbreak in King County is extremely low. While the recent cases in Texas have raised public concern, our local healthcare system is working hard to make sure that staff are trained to quickly identify and isolate anyone who potentially has Ebola, and ensure that people with Ebola get the best care while also protecting caregivers from infection. We may never see a case of Ebola here in King County, but if we do, Public Health’s years of experience in managing disease outbreaks like H1N1 flu and SARS, along with our day-to-day preparedness work, mean Public Health is well prepared to handle the situation should it arise. To get the facts on Ebola, visit the Public Health – Seattle & King County website.

Recycling event
A recycling collection event for residents of Sammamish and King County will be held on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunny Hills Elementary School, 3200 Issaquah-Pine Lake Rd. SE in Sammamish. For complete details on restrictions and materials accepted at this event visit the website.

Free natural yard care workshops
Free workshops, sponsored by King County and the Washington State Department of Ecology, demonstrate how easy and rewarding gardening can be. Join us and receive great advice about natural yard design from some of the region’s most notable experts. For more information and to register visit the website, email register@naturalyardcare.com, or call 206-436-0557.

‘Ecotober’ at Brightwater Center
Bring the whole family to Brightwater Center on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate ‘Ecotober’ and learn new green tips to prepare your home for the fall and winter seasons. There will be nature art projects, composting investigation and free compost, Touch-a-Recycling-Truck, live bluegrass band, tips from experts on winterizing your house and yard, and a Halloween costume exchange and pumpkin raffle!  For more information and to register visit the website.

Volunteer with King County Parks this fall
It’s planting and habitat restoration time at King County Parks. Check out the number of available planting and restoration opportunities this fall. Interested in backcountry trail work? Join King County Parks and Washington Trails Association for trail work opportunities at some of King County’s most popular parks. And, sign-up for the King County Park Volunteer Newsletter and stay in the loop on upcoming volunteer opportunities all year long.

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month
King County values the skills and talents of all people, and is committed to providing career opportunities for people with disabilities. On Oct. 6, the King County Council, along with County Executive Dow Constantine, proclaimed October to be Disability Employment Awareness Month in King County. Read the proclamation online, and visit the Office of Civil Rights website to learn how King County is helping every resident realize their full potential.

Property taxes due Oct. 31
If you pay your property taxes yourself, rather than through your mortgage lender, circle Oct. 31 on your calendar. The second half of your 2014 property taxes are due on that date. King County provides several ways for property owners to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently. Payments can be made online; by mail; in person at Treasury Operations, 500 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle; or at a King County Community Service Center.

General election is Nov. 4
Watch your mailbox! Mark and mail your ballot or return it to a ballot drop-off location as soon as possible, but no later than the Election Day deadline, Nov. 4.

Free Fair Housing Workshops
On Nov. 19, landlords and property management staff are welcome to attend a Fair Housing Basics session from 9 a.m. to noon, and/or an Advanced Fair Housing Seminar from 1-3 p.m. at Seattle City Hall in the Bertha Landes Knight Room, 600 Fourth Ave. in downtown Seattle. For details and directions, visit the workshop website. Extensive free fair housing materials included. Please pre-register by emailing or calling 206-263-2446.

‘Share the Love’ and adopt a pet on Nov. 22
Regional Animal Services of King County and Auburn Valley Humane Society will team up for the "Share the Love" pet adoption event on Nov. 22 at Mike Scarff Subaru, 3025 Auburn Way N. in Auburn. Come adopt a new furry friend and enjoy food, games, prizes and giveaways from noon to 4 p.m.

Native trees in western Washington
Join WSU Extension Forestry Professor Kevin Zobrist for a free presentation on native trees in western Washington on Dec. 3 from 7-9 p.m. in the Douglas-fir room at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. SE in Bellevue. For more information and to RSVP, visit the website.

Community Service Area news

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area

Upper Bear Creek Community Council
For more information visit the Upper Bear Creek Community Council website.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage
Oct. 27 and Nov. 24, 6:30 - 8 p.m., at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church at 12819 160th Ave. SE, in Renton. For more information, visit the website.

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meetings
Nov. 19, 7 - 9 p.m., at the May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Rd. in Renton. Visit the Four Creeks UAC website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area

Cedar River open house
The fourth-annual open house, co-hosted by King County, the King County Flood Control District and the Cedar River Council, is set for Nov. 18 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Lake Wilderness Lodge, 2250 SE 248th St. in Maple Valley. Cedar River residents will have an opportunity to learn about recent and future project in the Cedar River basin.

Black Diamond Open Space Trail Plan now available online
King County Parks has updated and approved the conceptual plan to develop trails and mountain bike-oriented amenities at Black Diamond Open Space. This plan only concerns land north of Highway 169, predominately under and around the power lines. You can learn more about the project and view the plan on Black Diamond Open Space webpage.

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings
Nov.3 and Dec. 1, 7 - 9:30 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley. Check the Greater Maple Valley UAC website for details.

Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area

Fall City Community Association meeting
Nov. 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Fall City Fire Station, 33415 SE 42nd Place in Fall City. For more information visit the Fall City Community Association website.

Southeast King County Area

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association meeting
Oct. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Dr. in Black Diamond

This item submitted by the Green Valley/Lake Holm Association.

At their regular September meeting, the Green Valley/Lake Holm Association membership approved their Rural Water System Protection Committee’s position paper focusing on Class B and private wells and springs. On Oct. 7, more than 100 residents attended a meeting on public safety featuring guest  speakers Alan Painter, Manager, King County Community Service Area Program;  Major Brad Thompson, Precinct 3 Commander, and Captain Greg Thomas, King County Sheriff’s Department; Chief Gregg Smith and Assistant Chief Mike Barlow, Mountain View Fire and Rescue.

Vashon/Maury Island Area

Dockton Forest tour
Come see the recent forest thinning of a 60-acre Douglas-fir plantation at Dockton Forest on Oct. 25. The site visit is part of the “Healthy Woodlands to Healthy Homes” Vashon field tour, hosted by WSU Extension. This free tour starts at 10 a.m. at Vashon High School. Pre-registration is required on the WSU Extension website.

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting
Oct. 20, 7 p.m., McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon. King County Councilmember Joe McDermott and King County Department of Permitting and Environmental Review Director John Starbard are scheduled to attend along with employees to talk with Islanders about the town plan. For more information, visit the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council website.

West King County Area

CitySoil Farm
CitySoil Farm located at South Treatment Plant in Renton partners with local organizations providing water and food education, career exposure and skill development opportunities for local youth. For more information, visit the website.

South Plant school field trips
The Wastewater Treatment Division's treatment plant tours and education programs provide information on history of need for sanitation and clean water, treatment processes, resource recovery programs, and pollution prevention for homes and businesses and Puget Sound health. To learn more about planning a field trip for grades four through six and high school students, focused on water, soil and wetland science, visit the website.

Skyway Solutions Community Meeting
Oct. 23 and Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Skyway Water and Sewer District, 6723 South 124th St. in Seattle. Check the Skyway Solutions website for details.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting
Nov. 7, 7 p.m., North Highline Fire District Office, 1243 SW 112th St. in Seattle. Monthly meeting open to the public. Check the North Highline UAC website for details.

West Hill Community Association Quarterly meeting
Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Campbell Hill Elementary, 6418 S. 124th St. in Skyway. Quarterly meeting of the association, open to the public. On the agenda is a candidates' forum with Pramila Jayapal and Louis Watanabe. Special guests are Morgan Wells, new Executive Director of RAYS, and Michael Davie of Youth Source Renton. Check the West Hill Community Association website for details.

West Hill Community Association Board meeting
Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Skyway Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S. in Seattle. Check the West Hill Community Association website for details.

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