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.
Engage with King County
King County Agriculture Commission meeting
The Agriculture Commission will hold the first meeting of the year on Feb. 10 from 4-7 p.m., at the Issaquah Fish Hatchery, Watershed Science Center, 175 W. Sunset Way, in Issaquah.
King County Comprehensive Plan 2012 update
A major update is under way to the King County Comprehensive Plan, which sets county policy and guides development. The plan is reviewed and updated every four years, and the 2012 update will be submitted to the King County Council this March. Staff have already met with the six Unincorporated Area Councils, the Agriculture and Rural Forest commissions, and held a public meeting to discuss the review and update scope of work. Comments on this initial step are due by Feb. 9 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UAC leaders meet with Executive Constantine
King County Executive Dow Constantine met with the leaders of the six Unincorporated Area Councils Feb. 2 to discuss community issues and concerns, including the King County Council proviso that calls on the Executive to develop “a plan to consolidate the six UACs into one unincorporated area commission.” Executive Constantine expressed his appreciation for the hard work of the UAC members and pledged to work with the UACs over the coming months as he develops a proposal to improve and strengthen the county's partnership with the residents of the unincorporated areas.
Landfill gas brings revenue
When King County began collecting revenue last year from the sale of methane gas created from decomposing garbage buried in a landfill, it was only the start. Now the county will sell the emissions credits associated with this renewable energy source to Puget Sound Energy, bringing in an estimated $500,000 in additional revenue per year. This estimated $1 million in new revenue will help keep solid waste disposal rates low and offset other solid-waste expenses.
Special Election Feb. 8
Special Election ballots must be returned by Tuesday, Feb. 8. To see if your district is participating, track your ballot or view results, visit the Elections website. The Voter Hotline is available to answer questions and provide assistance, 206-296-VOTE (8683).
Free fair housing workshop and seminar
The King County Office of Civil Rights and other civil rights agencies are hosting two free fair housing trainings at the Jackson Federal Building in downtown Seattle on Wednesday, Feb. 23. The Fair Housing Basics workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon, and the Advanced Fair Housing Seminar is from 1- 3 p.m. Participants receive extensive free fair housing materials, in print and CD formats. For details and directions, visit the website. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call 206-296-7592 for more information.
2011 Seattle Bicycle Expo
Visit the King County booth at the Seattle Bike Expo, March 12-13 at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal on the Seattle waterfront.
King County Parks second-annual Big Backyard 5K
Come run, or walk, your big backyard off at the 2011 Big Backyard 5K on Sunday, May 22 at Marymoor Park. For more information and to register, visit the event website.
2011 Youth Sports Facilities Grant (YSFG) applications
The YSFG Program provides matching grant funds to rehabilitate or develop sports fields and facilities serving youth in King County. For more information and to download the application, visit the YSFG website.
The flu season is reaching its peak and it’s not too late to get a flu shot! Walgreens drugstores is partnering with Public Health – Seattle & King County to provide free flu shot vouchers to everyone age 9 years old and older, redeemable at any Walgreens nationwide. Pick up a free voucher at any Public Health Clinic across the county while supplies last.
Public Health is on Facebook!
Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/kcpubhealth.
National Heart Month
Did you know smoking contributes to heart disease? Celebrate National Heart Month by quitting smoking once and for all. Help is available. Visit the Public Health website to get started!
Healthy adoptable pets ready for Valentine’s Day adoptions
Regional Animal Services of King County has many healthy, adoptable pets just waiting to bring joy to your home. For a listing of available pets, visit the Adopt a Pet website. To license a pet that you already have visit the Pet Licenses website.
Rural Economic Strategies relocation
The Rural Economic Strategies Program is moving to the new Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget in the Chinook Building at 401 5th Ave., Suite 800 in Seattle. Julia Larson continues as Strategies Coordinator with a new phone number, 206-263-9689; her e-mail address remains email@example.com.
Four Creeks/May Valley
Feb. 16, 6-7 p.m., at the May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Rd. in Renton
Feb. 16, 7 p.m., at the May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Rd. in Renton
Greater Maple Valley
Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council
(This item submitted by the GMVUAC)
Feb. 7 & March 7, 7 p.m., at the Sheriff's Precinct 3, 22300 SE 231st in Maple Valley
March 3, 7 p.m., North Highline Fire District Office, 1243 SW 112th St. in Seattle
Upper Bear Creek
Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Woodinville Water District Office, 17238 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd. in Woodinville
Feb. 7 & March 7, 7 p.m. at McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon.
West Hill Community Council Board meetings
Feb. 9 & March 9, 7 p.m., Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S. in Seattle
If you have comments or suggestions about future content, please contact Lauren Smith at 206-263-9606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.