Unincorporated Area News
January 2015


Dec. 17
Four Creeks UAC meeting

Dec. 22
Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage meeting

Tent City 4 Community meeting

Jan. 5
Greater Maple Valley UAC meeting

Skyway Solutions Board meeting

Jan. 9
Fall City Community Association meeting

Jan. 14
Fair Housing Workshop

West Hill Community Association Board meeting

Jan. 15
MLK Celebration

Tolt River meeting

North Highline UAC meeting

Jan. 20
West Hill Business Association

West Hill Community Association Quarterly meeting

Jan. 21
Four Creeks UAC meeting

Jan. 26
Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage meeting

Jan. 28
Green Valley/Lake Holm Association meeting

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

Tolt River corridor action plan public meeting
Meet with the project team and learn more about flood risk reduction and salmon habitat restoration efforts for the lower Tolt River on Jan. 15 in the Tolt Middle School Commons Room, 3740 Tolt Ave. in Carnation. The meeting will run from 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. with an open house before and after the presentation. Ask questions, talk about your experiences with flooding, and share your priorities for the river.

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Everyone is invited to join together in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the annual King County MLK Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 15. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, which Dr. King championed. The celebration will take place from noon – 1 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. in downtown Seattle.

Great response to Community Service Area (CSA) grant opportunities
The King County CSA team received 55 applications requesting community grant funding for 2015. Awardees will be announced in February. Meanwhile, it is never too early to start thinking about new proposals for 2016.


Celebrate ‘Green Holidays’
King County is making it easier to reduce the environmental impact of the holiday season with Green Holidays, a program that provides resources for sustainable gift-giving, decorating, entertaining, and recycling all the waste. Visit the website for advice and resources to reduce waste during holidays, such as Styrofoam packaging disposal, Christmas light recycling, fair-trade gifts and more.

Superfund cleanup of lower Duwamish
The EPA's long-awaited decision provides a roadmap for cleaning up historic contamination in the lower Duwamish River. It follows a decade of early cleanup action, and complements the Executive's effort to coordinate clean water and habitat work that is being done across the 500-square-mile Green-Duwamish Watershed.

Health insurance
You might qualify for free or reduced-cost health insurance, and Public Health – Seattle & King County has coordinated in-person help at locations across the county. Assistance is available for new and renewing clients. Visit the enrollment website to learn more.

Household hazardous waste home collection service for eligible seniors, and residents with disabilities
Do you know someone 65 or older who has household hazardous waste but is unable to bring it to one of our collection facilities? Tell them about our free home collection service. Find out if they are eligible by calling the Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

January deadline for voter registration updates
February 10 is Election Day for some voters in King County, including those in the Snoqualmie Valley School District. The deadline to change your address or make other voter registration updates for the February Special Election is Jan. 12.

Prepare now for winter storms
What will you do if you become isolated due to bad road conditions? What if your utilities are out at the same time? Learn more about snow routes, preparedness and alerts on the website.

Need a last-minute gift idea? Give an emergency kit!
For that hard-to-shop-for person on your holiday list, why not give the gift of preparedness? For less than $40, you can build an emergency kit with the essentials: water, food, flashlight, batteries and more. For a shopping list, visit the Take Winter by Storm website.

Help Orphaned Pets Everywhere during the Season of HOPE
You can Help Orphaned Pets Everywhere this holiday season with a gift to Regional Animal Services of King County. Your donations during the Season of HOPE fund life-saving care for animals in our region. You can donate online through the eDonation service, or check out the wish list to donate pet supplies. Thank you for your gift during the Season of HOPE!

Free Fair Housing workshop
On Jan. 14, the King County Office of Civil Rights and other civil rights agencies will offer two free trainings: Introduction to Fair Housing workshop from 9 a.m. – noon and Advanced Fair Housing Seminar from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Bertha Landes Room, at Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Seattle. Extensive free fair housing materials included. Please pre-register by emailing or calling 206-263-2446. For details visit the website.

Forest assessment for real estate professionals
WSU Extension Forestry is offering a special class providing real estate professionals with a foundation of forestry knowledge to assist their clients in the buying and selling of wooded properties, starting Jan. 20. Real estate license holders and appraisers who take this course can receive credit for 15 classroom hours that may be used toward educational requirements.

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
Dec. 22 & Jan. 26, 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
Dec. 17 & Jan. 21, 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

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings
Jan. 5 & Feb. 2, 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.

Council files complaint with County Ombudsman
On Dec. 4, the area council filed three complaints with the King County Ombudsman related to a permit application for marijuana processor industrial facilities to be located in the rural area outside the cities of Covington and Maple Valley. The complaints, which deal with vesting, innocent purchaser status, and public notice/comment, were filed because of concerns with responses received from the County Prosecutor’s Office and Department of Permitting and Environmental Review. For more information, visit the GMVUAC website.

Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area

Fall City Community Association meeting
Jan. 9, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Fall City Fire Station, 33415 SE 42nd Place in Fall City. FCCA elected its 2015 officers at their December meeting. Congratulations to Ashley Glennon, the new FCCA President. Continuing to serve are Christine Johnson, Vice President; Laurie Hauglie, Treasurer; Nancy Moore, Recording Secretary; and Anne Loring, Corresponding Secretary. Kudos to outgoing President Allen Minner for his years of service to the FCCA. For more information visit the Fall City Community Association website.

Southeast King County Area

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association
Jan. 28, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive in Black Diamond. Invited guest, Peter Rimbos, will speak about “Regional Transportation Issues and Solutions.” As a member of the Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council, he serves on its Transportation Committee. The Association submitted testimony to the City of Black Diamond Public Hearing Examiner regarding Preliminary Plat 2c concerning protections for rural water systems. For more information, visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Vashon/Maury Island Area

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting
For more information, visit the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council website.

West King County Area

New roof at Steve Cox Memorial Park
The roof at the Steve Cox Memorial Park racquetball court building was recently replaced. The project ensures continued teen program use in this sports facility for the next 20 years.

Tent City 4 Community Meeting
Dec. 22, 4 p.m. at Empire View Mobile Home Park, 5711 South 129th Street in Seattle. An open public meeting on the recent Tent City facility in West Hill hosted by SHARE. For more information visit the website or contact SHARE at 206-448-7889.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting
Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m., White Center Pizza, 10231 16th Avenue Southwest in Seattle. Open to the public.  A monthly community meeting that discusses and informs community residents of issues relevant to their neighborhoods.  Check the North Highline UAC website for details.

Skyway Solutions Board meeting
Jan. 5, 6 p.m., at Park Hill Apartments, Building 8, 12511 69th Ave. S. in Seattle.Check the website for details, like Skyway Solutions on Facebook, or contact Michael Majeed, Interim Executive Director, at michaelmajeed@skywaysolutions.org or 206-227-5577.

West Hill Community Association Board meeting
Jan. 14, 7 p.m., Skyway Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S. in Seattle. Open to the public.  A monthly community meeting that discusses and informs community residents of issues relevant to their neighborhoods.  Check the West Hill Community Association website or Facebook for details.

West Hill Community Quarterly meeting
Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 S. 126th St. in Seattle. Open to the public. On the agenda are Richard Brooks, Executive Director of the Renton Area Youth Services; Deputy Kurtis Andrews, West Hill Storefront Deputy; and Dave Nelson, Fire District 20 PIO. Check the West Hill Community Association website or Facebook for details.

West Hill Business Association
Jan. 20, 9 a.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 So. 126th St. in Seattle. Open to the public. Monthly meeting of business and community members. For more information Contact Stephanie Rice at 325)-812-4326.

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