January 2013

Unincorporated Area Community News

Welcome to Community News, King County government's monthly newsletter for unincorporated area residents. You can find the newsletter online with links to program details, at www.kingcounty.gov/UnincorporatedAreaNews. To see previous versions of the Unincorporated Area Community Newsletter visit the archives.


Jan 15
West Hill Community Association Quarterly meeting

Jan 16
Four Creeks UAC meeting

Jan 17
26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King King, Jr. Celebration

Jan 21
Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting

Feb 4
Vashon-Maury Island Community Council Board meeting

Greater Maple Valley
Area Council meeting

Feb 7
North Highline UAC meeting

Feb 13
West Hill Community Association Board meeting

Feb 27
Free fair housing workshop and seminar

Community Service Area completes open house series
Councilmembers Kathy Lambert and Reagan Dunn were joined by Deputy County Executive Fred Jarrett and Assistant Deputy County Executive Rhonda Berry, along with representatives of several County departments and the Sheriff’s Office at five open houses in King County’s Unincorporated Service Areas. The December open houses gave community participants a chance to see King County’s departmental work plans and ask questions of County staff members about items of interest in their communities. The CSA program will schedule additional open houses throughout unincorporated King County this year. Access the CSA work plans on the CSA website

Engage with King County

26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration scheduled
Join King County on Thursday, Jan. 17 at noon for the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, at the 5th Avenue Theater, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. The theme for this year’s event is a reminder to each of us from Dr. King: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Speakers include County Executive Dow Constantine, County Council Chair Larry Gossett, and others. This event is free and open to the public.

Be sure to mark Monday, Jan. 21 on your calendar for the MLK Day of Service in King County. Visit the website and find out how you can turn a day off into a day of service.

Forest stewardship coached planning class starts Feb. 6
WSU Extension is offering its Forest Stewardship coached planning class online this winter, starting Feb. 6. Learn how to care for trees, attract wildlife and reduce property taxes. Call 425-357-6023 or visit the website for details and registration.

Free fair housing workshop and seminar
The civil rights agency partnership Fair Housing Partners is hosting two, free fair housing trainings at the Jackson Federal Building in Seattle, Feb. 27: Introduction to Fair Housing Workshop (9 a.m. to noon) and Advanced Fair Housing Seminar (1-3 p.m.). For details, directions and to register, visit the Office of Civil Rights website.


King County Community Service Centers are here to serve you!
King County Community Service Centers bring County services closer to home – wherever home might be. With six locations throughout the county, there’s one close by. Even better, most locations are open into the early evening hours to better accommodate busy schedules. Services offered at Community Service Centers include U.S. passport applications, marriage license applications, property tax payments, King County pet licenses and much more. Visit the Community Service Center near you today!

Update voter registration
Resolve to be a perfect voter! Now is a great time to update your voter registration if you’ve moved or changed your name. It’s also a good idea to update your signature periodically, since people’s signatures change over time. Get ready now, as there could be a special election in your area in April, in addition to the August primary and November general election.

Housing repair
Do you need a new roof, electrical or other repairs to your home this year? If you are a low- to moderate-income King County homeowner, the King County Housing Repair Program may be able to help with no interest loans for repairs and disability modifications. Find out more by calling 206-263-9095 or visit the website.

Prepare for winter driving
The dark, wet days of winter are here, and it’s time to prepare for winter driving. Find out how on the King County Roads website.

Cirque du Soleil tickets available now!
King County’s Marymoor Park is proud to host Cirque du Soleil’s U.S. debut of Amaluna on Jan. 31, under Cirque’s iconic blue and yellow big top. Performances of Amaluna will run through March 17 and tickets are available on their website.

King County Parks fourth-annual Big Backyard 5K June 2
Register for the Big Backyard 5K presented by Group Health in support of King County Parks! The race will be held on Sunday, June 2 at King County’s Marymoor Park. Register as an individual or team for this dog and stroller friendly event. All proceeds benefit King County Parks. For more information and to register, visit the event website.

Property clean up in Issaquah
A multiagency team recently tackled numerous environmental, health and safety violations on an Issaquah property where there was illegal automotive dismantling, open burning of waste and illegal dumping. Working together, the team was able to obtain quick compliance, including the cleanup of more than 60 gallons of solvents, paints, and automotive fluids, about 40 auto batteries, and 150 cubic yards of garbage. The multiagency approach is effective in helping prevent pollution and protect natural resources. Make requests for technical consultations or complaint investigations through the Business Waste Line at 206-263-8899 or toll-free 1-800-325-6165, ext. 3-8899.

Community news

Four Creeks

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meeting

Jan. 16, 7 p.m., at the May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Rd. in Renton

Greater Maple Valley

Greater Maple Valley Area Council
The Area Council endorsed the upcoming Fire District No. 43 Excess Levy for maintenance and operations to address impacts caused by declining property valuations.

At separate school board meetings the Area Council formally expressed it opposition to a boundary line adjustment proposed by the Enumclaw School District that would result in the Tahoma School District losing approximately 55 acres of land and its associated property tax revenue.

Greater Maple Valley Area Council meeting

Feb. 4, 7 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley
The Department of Natural Resources and Parks will discuss the upcoming Flood Hazard Management Plan update.

North Highline

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting

Feb. 7, 7 p.m., North Highline Fire District Office, 1243 SW 112th St. in Seattle

Upper Bear Creek

Upper Bear Creek Community Council meeting - Canceled

Vashon-Maury Island

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting

Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m., McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council Board meeting

Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m., McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon

West Hill

West Hill Community Association Quarterly meeting

Jan. 15, 7 p.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 South 126th St., Seattle

West Hill Community Association Board meeting

Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S., Seattle

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