April 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

Meet your County representatives at a town hall and open house

The 2017 Unincorporated Community Service Area (CSA) town hall and open houses in unincorporated King County will begin in April. The open houses bring together the local County Councilmember and representatives from the Executive, Sheriff and numerous other County departments to meet with local residents and discuss issues affecting local communities. All meetings, except Vashon, will run from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, including locations, please visit the website.

  • Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County on April 12
  • 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
Where does all that rainwater go?

Stormwater pollution is the biggest water quality problem in the Puget Sound region. Every year we update our stormwater management program that addresses the rain water quantities and pollutants and welcome your feedback. Check out the plan and provide comments on the website.


News

E. coli infection linked to I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut butter

A King County child is hospitalized with an E. coli infection linked to the national outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157:H7 linked to I.M. Healthy brand SoyNut Butter. Officials have issued a national recall for this brand of soynut butter. Read more in Public Health Insider.

Does your car drip?

Join the experts for a free auto leaks workshop – a $125 value – sponsored by the Don’t Drip and Drive campaign. Get a free professional car health assessment from a certified automotive instructor, learn how to identify and prevent leaks, tips on repairing minor leaks, and receive a free vehicle maintenance check kit. Open to everyone in Puget Sound.

Fair housing training: All about service animals workshop

Join us for this comprehensive workshop to learn about the use of service animals by tenants in rental housing, government buildings, employment and places of business. The training is March 22 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the King County Chinook Building, Rooms 121/123, 401 Fifth Ave., in Seattle. Sponsored by King County Civil Rights. Pre-registration is required.

Fair Housing 101: Nonprofit transitional and shelter housing providers workshop

This basics workshop outlines what nonprofit housing providers need to know about fair housing, and offers details about reasonable accommodations for residents with disabilities. The training will be held on April 5 from 1:30-4 p.m. at the King County Chinook Building, Rooms 121/123, 401 Fifth Ave., in Seattle. Sponsored by the King County Civil Rights. Pre-registration is required.

Forest Stewardship planning class

The spring session, held in Enumclaw, will run from April through June. The forestry class will help you get the most out of your land. As part of this class we will “coach” you in the writing of your own simple forestry plan that may qualify you for property tax reductions or conservation cost-share grants. For more information and to register, visit the website.


Community Service Area news

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

March 28 and April 25, 7-9 p.m. at the Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd. NE, in Woodinville. At the March meeting, John Taylor, Assistant Division Director for the DNRP Water and Land Resources Division, will give an update on the Surface Water Management program, projects and investments. The program combines landowner assistance, maintenance and construction projects, regulatory requirements, stewardship, and restoration programs to identify, fix, and reduce the impact of polluted stormwater runoff. For more information about the community council, visit the Upper Bear Creek Community Council website or the Upper Bear Creek Facebook page.

Evans Creek stormwater project meeting

Join the project team for a discussion about the upcoming installation of two stormwater detention vaults, one on Northeast 78th Street and one on Northeast 76th Place, to provide adequate stormwater control for development in this area. The meeting is April 12, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Emily Dickinson Elementary School, 7040 208th Ave. NE in Redmond. Stormwater detention vaults are enclosed, underground concrete boxes that help slow down the release of stormwater to prevent pollution and protect water quality. The project is scheduled for construction this summer. For more details visit the Stormwater Services Section Capital Services Unit website.

Paradise Lake Road guardrail installation

Crews are installing guardrails at seven locations along Paradise Lake Road, also called 204th Avenue Northeast, Northeast 198th Avenue and 197th Avenue Northeast, near Woodinville and Duvall. The work will run through March 28 and will require the road to be reduced to one lane daily, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with alternating traffic.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area

King County Parks Play Area Rehabilitation Program update

The Coalfield Park Playground will be getting a face lift this spring. The playground is scheduled to be closed for approximately three months, starting April 3, to replace the existing playground equipment and install rubber tile safety surfacing. Construction is weather permitting.  Follow the Parks Plog for updates. This project is funded in part by the voter-approved 2014-19 King County Parks, Trail and Open Space Replacement Levy.

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

March 27 and April 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 meeting

April 11, 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

Ravensdale Community Park and Meadow community meeting

King County Parks will hold a community meeting on March 25, from 3 - 4:30 p.m. at the Gracie Hansen Community Center, 27132 SE Ravensdale Way, in Ravensdale, to gather comments from the public on the third phase  of the redevelopment. Improvements to be discussed are multi-purpose fields and lighting; expanded parking; meadow picnic shelters; and control of truck traffic through the park. 

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill community meeting

These meetings provide an ongoing forum for area residents to ask questions and learn about activities at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill and at Bio Energy Washington’s landfill gas-to-energy facility. The next meeting is set for April 20, 7-9 p.m. at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW in Issaquah. For more information please visit the website. To request accommodations, please call 206-477-4466, TTY Relay: 711 at least one week prior to the meeting.

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings

April 3 and May 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. The guest speaker will be Bob Burns, deputy director of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, who will discuss King County’s Land Conservation Initiative.

Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area

Savor Snoqualmie brings Snoqualmie region together

Savor Snoqualmie Valley is a community-driven, collaborative effort that is bringing Snoqualmie valley community and governmental organizations together to celebrate local farms, restaurants, businesses, arts, historical and cultural organizations as well as recreational interests to celebrate and support the greater Snoqualmie Valley. Check out the Savor Snoqualmie Valley website or Facebook page to access the interactive map and learn more. 

Tolt-MacDonald Park campground open!

The campgrounds at King County’s Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation are now open for use after being closed during flood season. To make a reservation, call the camping reservation line at 206-477-6149 or book online using King County Parks’ new reservation tool.

Join the March of the Vegetables

Join community members and participate in the March of the Vegetables pedestrian only parade in Duvall on March 25 at 3 p.m. This is a celebration of art, agriculture and small towns that will feature people-powered floats, handmade costumes, local musicians and marching bands. 

Tolt-MacDonald Park barn rehabilitation update

A replacement of the Tolt Barn roof is planned for this year. The barn will remain closed during repairs and is expected to reopen this summer.

Northeast 124th Street slide

On Feb. 16, a slide occurred along Northeast 124th Street near Highway 203 and Duvall. King County Roads has launched an information webpage that provides updates, flyers, photos, a map and sign-up for an email group.

Fall City Community Association meeting

April 14, 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

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association

March 29 and April 26, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive in Black Diamond.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. 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

Frog Holler Forest dedication and volunteer event

King County Parks is holding a public dedication and volunteer event for its brand new community forest on Vashon Island – Frog Holler Forest! The 60-acre forest is part of a long term partnership effort with the Vashon Land Trust to protect more than 500-acres of forest on the south end of Vashon Island. The event is on April 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For information contact David Kimmett.

CSA Vashon Days

April 4, 1 - 6 p.m. at the Vashon Community Service Center, 10011 SW Bank Rd. on Vashon. Come meet your Community Service Areas representative, Bong Sto. Domingo. He'll open the community center to provide information and resources to residents of the island. To make an appointment email Bong Sto. Domingo, or call 206-351-8071.

West King County Area

Mary’s Place White Shelter Family Center opens March 21

The new White Center Family Shelter operated by Mary’s Place will welcome the first homeless families on March 21. The shelter will house 30 initially, expanding to serve up to 70 people at full capacity. The shelter will be open 24/7, offering onsite services including case management, meals, homework tables, housing assessments and other assistance to help each family build self-sufficiency to be successful in housing.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting

April 6, 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

April 10, 5:30 - 8 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

April 12, 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 Community Association Quarterly meeting

April 18, 7-9 p.m. at the Skyway Fire District 20, 12417 76th Ave. So. in Seattle. Monthly board meeting of residents in West Hill. Guests include John Taylor, Assistant Division Director for the DNRP Water and Land Resources Division, who will give an update on the Surface Water Management program, projects and investments. The program combines landowner assistance, maintenance and construction projects, regulatory requirements, stewardship, and restoration programs to identify, fix, and reduce the impact of polluted stormwater runoff. In addition, a variety of community reports and information from local organizations will be presented. 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

March 21 and April 18, 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.