January 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

Green to Cedar Rivers Trail community meeting

Learn about King County Parks’ efforts to develop the Green to Cedar Rivers Trail – an 11-mile-long corridor connecting the Cedar River Trail to Flaming Geyser State Park in south King County. The meeting will be on Jan. 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lake Wilderness Lodge in Maple Valley. For more information and to sign up for project alerts, visit the G2C webpage.

News

Take Winter By Storm

As winter settles in across King County, we can expect more snow, ice and cold wind. Make sure you and your family are prepared for winter's worst. Look for checklists and tips on the Take Winter by Storm website.

It's open enrollment time

Sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act now! Read the Public Health Insider to learn more about why signing up is still a good idea, and also where you can get in person help signing up.

Mumps outbreak

King County is currently experiencing a mumps outbreak with over 50 people coming down with this painful disease. Mumps is characterized by painful swelling of the cheeks and jaw, along with more common symptoms such as fever and headache. While most people recover from mumps within a few weeks, it can cause serious inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, along with deafness, so make sure that your family is protected with appropriate immunization. Learn more about mumps vaccination at the Public Health Insider.

Does your car drip?

Ever wondered if a “spot” on the ground came from your car? Want to learn how to properly maintain your car? Join the experts for a free auto leaks workshop – a $125 value – sponsored by the Don’t Drip and Drive campaign. Register at an upcoming workshop on the website.

Wrap up the holidays with RASKC

Get your last-minute holiday gifts wrapped by the outstanding volunteers of Regional Animal Services of King County and help pets in need, too! Volunteers will be at Barnes & Noble locations in Tukwila and Federal Way on select days through Dec. 24. Donations benefit the RASKC Angel Fund, which helps care for sick and injured animals. Check the King County Pets Facebook calendar for dates, times and locations.

Prevent coyote encounters

With the growing population of coyotes in Washington, especially in the Vashon area, Regional Animal Services of King County is working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to educate residents about the risks and what they can do to prevent conflicts with wildlife. If you see a coyote in your neighborhood, call WDFW at 425-775-1311.

Forest Stewardship coached planning class

This online forestry class will help you get the most out of your land. As part of this class we will “coach” you writing your own simple forestry plan that could qualify you for property tax reductions or conservation cost-share grants.


Community Service Area news

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

For more information about the community council, visit the Upper Bear Creek Community Council website or the the Upper Bear Creek Facebook page.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meeting

Jan. 18, 7 - 9 p.m., at Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78 at 20720 SE May Valley Rd. in Issaquah. Visit the Four Creeks UAC website for the latest information.

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Jan. 23, 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.

Southeast May Valley Road closures

Drainage improvement work is taking place on Southeast May Valley Road about quarter-mile east of 150th Place Southeast near Newcastle and Renton. Daily closures run through Jan. 31, except holidays. Visit the website for more details and a map.

Playground rehabilitation at Coalfield Park

The playground at Coalfield Park is scheduled for rehabilitation in the spring with new playground equipment and safety surfacing. The playground is tentatively planned for closure for about three months, beginning in April. This project is funded in part by the voter-approved 2014-19 King County Parks, Trail and Open Space Replacement Levy.

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings

Jan. 9, 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.

This item submitted by the GMVUAC.

On-site septic systems management plan
The stated aim of Seattle-King County Public Health’s On-Site Septic Systems Management Plan encourages proper operation and maintenance. The area council submitted comments stating their view that the plan should focus on those geographic areas where concerns are the most critical, as well as their preference for state funding for fixing specific problem areas and County funding for financing necessary and appropriate day-to-day operations.

Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area

Tolt-MacDonald Park barn rehabilitation update

Damaged siding on the barn at Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation has been removed and replaced, and structural elements damaged by water have been repaired. Painting of the barn will continue through December and the roof replacement is planned for 2017. The barn will remain closed during repairs and is expected to reopen next summer.

Fall City Community Association meeting

Jan. 13, 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

Jan. 25, 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. 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

Maury Island Natural Area restoration update

Work to remove invasive vegetation and replant approximately three acres in the Maury Island Natural Area will be wrapping up by the end of December. King County Parks is doing this work in order to comply with our agreed order with the Washington Department of Ecology to clean up contaminated soil at the site. For more information and to sign up for updates, visit the website.

Vashon Social Services Network

Jan. 3, 9 - 11 a.m. at J.G. Commons, 17300 96th Place Southwest, on Vashon. Monthly meeting of human and social services providers on Vashon-Maury Island. Open to the public. For more information, visit the website.

CSA Vashon Days

Jan. 3, 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

White Center Shelter update

King County and the White Center Shelter Task Force are continuing to meet to plan for the opening of a temporary shelter at the former Public Health Clinic in White Center for families experiencing homelessness. Mary’s Place will operate the shelter opening in early 2017 to provide shelter, meals, hygiene services and connections to housing, healthcare, employment, and other services. Updates will be posted on the website.

White Center programs for at-risk youth honored

The Metropolitan King County Council recently recognized two at-risk youth programs based in White Center. Councilmembers honored members of the Greater King County Police Activities League White Center Boxing Club and the White Center Teen Program Aztecs Soccer team with an official County recognition highlighting their athletic successes and contribution to the community. Read the Council’s news release to learn more.

Steve Cox Memorial Park stadium rehabilitation

King County Parks is rehabilitating Mel Olson Stadium at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center. Work will include structural seismic upgrades, metal roof panel replacement, concrete patch repairs, wall surface treatments, and grandstand light fixture replacement. The rehabilitation is expected to be completed by the end of February, in time for the start of the baseball season.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting

Jan. 5, 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

Jan. 3, 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

Jan. 11, 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

Jan. 17, 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 representatives from King County Roads and the King County Community Service Area program. 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

Jan. 17, 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.