May 2017

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.

Learn what King County is working on in your community. The Community Service Areas (CSA) website includes descriptions of King County projects underway or planned for 2017, in the seven unincorporated CSAs. Work plans detail the projects and identify the King County staff contact .

Engage with King County

Join your neighbors at King County town hall and open house

More than 100 friends and neighbors attended the year’s first Unincorporated Community Service Area (CSA) town hall and open house in the Snoqualmie Valley. They received reports on local initiatives from their Councilmember, Sheriff, Assessor, and leaders in the Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Department of Transportation, and the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review among others. Future chances to connect with County officials are available to you. All meetings except Vashon/Maury Island will run from 7-9 p.m. We look forward to seeing you this spring.

  • Vashon/Maury Island on April 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain on May 2
  • Fairwood on May 9
  • Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River on May 15
  • Southeast King County on May 22
  • Bear Creek/Sammamish on June 5
  • North Highline/White Center on June 7
  • West Hill/Skyway on June 15
Green to Cedar Rivers Trail community meeting

The design team for the north segment of the Green to Cedar Rivers Trail is ready to present two design alternatives after continuing community outreach and stakeholder meetings. Join us at an upcoming community meeting on Thursday, April 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Shadow Lake Elementary School, 22620 Sweeney Rd. SE, in Maple Valley.

Use SeeClickFix to report issues in Your Big Backyard

A partnership between King County Parks and SeeClickFix, a leading digital communications company, lets park and trail visitors be our eyes and ears on the ground, identifying issues or requesting repairs by using locational, descriptive, and photographic information. Learn more about this great tool that is available to both iPhone and Android users via the Parks blog.


News

Expanded operating hours at Enumclaw Recycling and Transfer Station

To improve customer service and access to recycling and waste disposal services, King County will extend the days of service at the Enumclaw Recycling and Transfer Station. Beginning May 1, the recycling and transfer station will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Low-interest septic loans

Publically funded low-interest loans are now more widely available for repairing or replacing septic systems in King County. Income thresholds have been raised for loan eligibility, and there are also deferred payment options for people with lower incomes. Renter-occupied residential or commercial properties and second homes are also now eligible for loans. The funding comes from the Washington State Department of Ecology, which has contracted with local lender Craft3, a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution, to administer the loans. Please contact Craft3 directly. For more information, email Craft3 or call 888-231-2170.

4Culture grant opportunities

4Culture is accepting grant applications for two programs. Applications for Landmarks Capital Grants, supporting projects to repair or restore King County’s historic landmarks, are due by May 10, and Cultural Equipment Grant applications, ensuring cultural organizations are equipped with the tools they need, are due on May 17.

Register now for the Big Backyard 5K

Support King County Parks and register today for the eighth-annual Big Backyard 5K presented by Kaiser Permanente on June 11 at Marymoor Park. Register as an individual or team for this fun family friendly event and refer a friend to receive a cool BBY5K branded coffee mug!

Hantavirus

Hantavirus is carried in western Washington by the deer mouse, which is a common woodland rodent characterized by a white underbelly. While rare, three recent cases of hantavirus in King County are a good reminder to be aware and take precautions when cleaning deer mice droppings or nests. Visit the website to learn how this serious disease is spread and how to take precautions to keep you and your family safe.

‘Puget Sound Starts Here Day’ at the Mariners

Join us on May 21 to celebrate “Puget Sound Starts Here Day” at the Mariners. Purchase individual and group discounted tickets for the game, and learn more about the special event on the website.

Poultry and salmonella

It’s chick season! With spring upon us, remember, that live baby poultry such as chicks and ducklings can carry Salmonella. Don’t let kids kiss or snuggle birds, touch their mouths, or eat or drink around them. And, always wash your hands after touching a bird so you don’t get sick. Learn more at Public Health’s Backyard Poultry website.

Pet license campaign underway

Each spring and summer, Regional Animal Services of King County conducts a pet license outreach and education campaign. Staff will visit neighborhoods in Bellevue, Covington, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Maple Valley, and unincorporated areas of south King County through October.

First half property taxes due May 1

If you pay your property taxes yourself, rather than through your mortgage lender, circle Monday, May 1 on your calendar. That's when the first half of your 2017 property taxes are due. You can pay by mail, in person at our Community Service Centers, or online through our safe, secure eCommerce system.

Teaching kids how to use 9-1-1

Did you know that only about half of the calls to 9-1-1 in King County are for true emergencies? Make sure your kids know the right way to use 9-1-1 with our free educational materials featuring Emery the Emergency Penguin. Learn more on the website and Facebook page.


Community Service Area news

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

April 25, 7-9 p.m. at the Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd. NE, in Woodinville. For more information about the community council, visit the Upper Bear Creek Community Council website or the Upper Bear Creek Facebook page.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

April 24 and May 22, 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 meeting

May 9 and June 13, 7 - 9 p.m., at Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78 at 20720 SE May Valley Rd. in Issaquah. Please note: The Four Creeks UAC regular meeting date is now the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Visit the Four Creeks UAC website for the latest information.

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area

Southeast May Valley Road work

Drainage improvement work is taking place on Southeast May Valley Road through June 2 from house #17006 to house #17330 near Issaquah and Newcastle. The work requires a daily road closure from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A detour route is in place.

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings

May 1 and June 5, 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. The guest speaker will be Erin Auzins, Principal Legislative Analyst, King County Council, who will discuss the King County Farm Initiative.

This item submitted by the GMVUAC.

Ravensdale Meadow and Community Park
At a community meeting on March 25, King County Parks and the Ravensdale Foundation introduced Phase 3 plans. Two picnic shelters will be added on either side of the Meadow, this year. Also, 140 parking spaces will be added next to the Gracie Hansen building and the existing grass ball field will be replaced by a multi-purpose artificial turf field in 2019-20. 

Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area

Raging River Quarry

The Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER) has completed its evaluation of the Raging River Quarry operations to determine whether additional or revised conditions are necessary to mitigate identifiable environmental impacts. The final report with recommendations is expected to be completed by the end of April. The DPER review of the request to expand operations onto the adjoining 25-plus acres is presently on hold. DPER notified the applicant on March 27 that, as proposed, the quarry expansion would likely result in significant adverse environmental impacts. The applicant has the option of proceeding with their application as proposed or modifying the application to significantly lessen or mitigate the impacts.

Northeast 124th Street slide repairs

Northeast 124th Street near Highway 203 and Duvall has been restored to two lanes following slide repairs. Additional future work includes County crews installing plantings and Frontier Communications performing work on the fiber optic cable. This work has not been scheduled yet and will not require the road to be closed.

Fall City Community Association meeting

May 12, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Fall City Fire Station, 4301 334th Place Southeast in Fall City. Monthly board meeting, open to the public. For more information visit the Fall City Community Association website or contact Ashley Glennon.

Southeast King County Area

Southeast Green Valley Road

Pavement repair work is taking place on Southeast Green Valley Road between 152nd Avenue Southeast and Southeast 354th Street near Auburn and Black Diamond. The work requires a daily lane restriction from 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and is expected to finish on Friday, April 21.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association

April 26 and May 31, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
New meeting location:
  King County Fire District 44, Station 95, 32316 148th Ave. SE in Auburn.

Agenda items include committee updates on transportation, environmental, and safety issues. On April 26, Bob Burns, deputy director of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, will discuss King County’s Land Conservation Initiative. The May agenda will include committee updates on transportation, environmental, and safety issues. Open to the public. For more information, or to subscribe to our mailing list, email the Green Valley/Lake Holm Association. Follow us on Twitter.

Vashon/Maury Island Area

Dockton Forest Mountain Bike Trails Celebration

Join King County Parks, Vashon Mountain Bike Association, and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to celebrate the completion of three miles of new mountain bike trails at Dockton Forest on Vashon Island this Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. Check out our Facebook event for more details.

West King County Area

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting

May 4, 7 - 9 p.m. at the North Highline Fire District Training Center, 1243 SW 112th Street in Seattle. Monthly meeting of North Highline's volunteer community council. The council provides leadership in promoting, resolving and discussing community needs. For more information, check the North Highline UAC website or contact Liz Giba.

Skyway Solutions board meeting

May 13, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at 13470 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, in Seattle. A community based organization whose mission is to promote community-building, equitable development and neighborhood revitalization. Monthly board meeting. Open to the public. For more information, vist the Skyway Solutions website or contact Michael Majeed.

West Hill Community Association Board meeting

May 10, 7-9 p.m. at the Skyway Fire District 20, 12417 76th Ave. So. in Seattle. Monthly board meeting of residents in West Hill, often features guest speakers in addition to community reports and information from a variety of local organizations. Open to the public. Check the West Hill Community Association website or Facebook for details. For more information contact Sonja Bowden.

West Hill Business Association meeting

May 16, 9 a.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 S 126th St., in Seattle. A monthly meeting of the business community of West Hill. Open to the public. For more information contact Cynthia Lamothe.