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
Public comment opportunities for Algona Transfer Station replacement proposal
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) preferred alternative is to build a replacement facility adjacent to the existing transfer station. King County is hosting two informational open houses, where community members can learn more about the DEIS, talk with Solid Waste Division employees about the project, and offer comments. The first open house will be on Monday, Feb. 22 at the Commons of Auburn High School, 711 E. Main St., in Auburn, from 6-8 p.m. The second is Thursday, March 3 at the American Filipino Hall, 103 6th Ave. N., in Algona, from 6-8 p.m.
King County awards 41 grants to community organizations in Unincorporated King County
King County’s Community Service Area (CSA) program recently awarded 41 grants to local organizations throughout unincorporated King County. Awards supported such items as area playgrounds, movie and music nights, youth activities, river clean-up days, farmers markets and neighborhood safety events. King County received a record number of requests this year for the $60,000 in available funding. Visit the CSA website for a complete list of awardees. The next grant round will begin this fall.
King County’s Bridges and Roads Task Force presents final report
The Task Force held its final meeting, wrapping up six months of research and brainstorming on solutions for maintaining and preserving unincorporated King County’s aging bridge and road system. The group presented its final report and recommendations to King County Executive Dow Constantine and Councilmember Kathy Lambert. The report can be found on the task force website.
Language portal shares hazardous waste information in 22 languages
You know someone who speaks a language other than English and who wants to get rid of hazardous products. Now they can they click the language portal, choose their preferred language, and find out exactly what to do. Find more information on the Local Hazardous Waste website or call 206-296-4692.
Are you registered to vote?
It’s easy! Register online or by mail by March 28 to vote in the April election.
Seattle Bike Show
Join King County Parks at the Seattle Bike Show, March 5-6 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center. Your regional parks department will be there to answer questions regarding the new Eastside Rail Corridor, mountain bike opportunities and upcoming construction projects. We will be giving out regional trail maps and awesome bike swag, so stop by and say hi!
King County Parks Regional Trail Alerts
As the weather becomes nicer, King County Parks will begin more construction projects on our Regional Trail System, such as the Burke Gilman Trail. Stay up to date on closures and detours by signing up to receive trail alert updates via text message or email, or follow the King County Parks blog.
Rules for animals in restaurants
You may have seen a dog – or even a miniature horse – in your favorite coffee shop and wondered whether that’s legal. The answer? It depends. Learn more on the Public Health Insider website.
Forestry symposium March 11-12 for private landowners
WSU Extension Forestry experts host a March 11-12 symposium for private forestland owners who are interested in selling timber from their property. The symposium will be at Green River College in Auburn, and featured speakers include forestry consultants, loggers, log buyers, experienced landowners and representatives from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources the Department of Revenue. Visit the website for a full list of topics and registration information.
Community Service Area news
Bear Creek/Sammamish Area
March 8, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd. NE in Woodinville. Marissa Alegria, CSA program representative, will be available to meet with the community. Please contact Marissa Alegria, for more information.
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
Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage
Feb. 22 & March 28, 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
March 16, 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.
Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area
Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings
March 7 & April 4, 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.
These items submitted by the GMVUAC.
Siting of Marijuana operations and facilities
At our Feb. 1 meeting a standing-room-only crowd of concerned citizens gathered to hear Ty Peterson of the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review discuss the status of an application for two 20,000-sq-ft marijuana processing and manufacturing facilities on 200th Ave. Southeast, and a pre-application for a marijuana grow operation on 269th Ave. Southeast. The area council expressed concerns about siting such uses within residential areas.
In late 2011/early 2012, the King County School Siting Task Force conducted a comprehensive study of all King County School District capacity, current and future needs, and lands owned outside the Urban Growth Area. The task force unanimously agreed on a set of recommendations that included site-by-site solutions for every School District-owned rural property, along with guidelines for future school siting. In support of the School Siting Task Force recommendations, the area council recently submitted letters to the State Legislature opposing three proposed bills to allow schools to be sited outside Urban Growth Areas.
Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area
Fall City Community Association meeting
March 11, 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
Feb. 24 & March 23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive in Black Diamond. All residents living within the boundaries of our Community Service Area are welcome to attend and participate in discussions regarding safety resources, mutual concerns, and ideas for enhancing our communities. For more information, or to subscribe to our mailing list, email the Green Valley/Lake Holm Association. Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Vashon/Maury Island Area
Vashon-Maury Island Community Service Area Plan meeting
March 17, 6:30 p.m. at the McMurray Middle School, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road on Vashon. Kick-off meeting for the Vashon-Maury Island Community Service Area Plan. All islanders welcome! Please email Bradley Clark or call 206-477-2449, for more information.
CSA Vashon Days
March 21, 1 - 7 p.m. at the Vashon Community Service Center, 10011 SW Bank Rd. on Vashon. Bong Sto. Domingo, CSA staff, will be available to discuss issues, provide resources and technical assistance, with community members and organizations. Please email Bong Sto. Domingo or call 206-774-4522, for more information.
Forest Stewardship Coached Planning Course
WSU Extension Forestry will present topics including how to assess trees, avoid insect and disease problems, enhance wildlife habitat, get a fair deal when selling logs, and develop a personalized Forest Stewardship Plan which qualifying landowners can use to lower property taxes. Classes will be held on Wednesdays, March 20 – April 20, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Vashon Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Rd, on Vashon.
West King County Area
North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting
March 3, 7 - 9 p.m. at the North Highline Fire District Training Center, 1243 SW 112th Street in Seattle. This all-volunteer community group hosts a monthly meeting to discuss local issues, including land use, public safety and human services issues. Open to the public. Check the North Highline UAC website for details, or email Barbara Dobkin.
West Hill Business Association
March 15, 9-11 a.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 So. 126th St. in Seattle. Monthly meeting of business, government and local organizations to promote the economic development and vitality of the West Hill community. Open to the public. For more information, contact Chuck Vitiritti at 206-772-9982.
West Hill Community Association meeting
March 9, 7-9 p.m. at the Skyway Fire District 20, 12417 76th Ave. So. in Seattle. This all-volunteer, community group, hosts a monthly meeting to discuss local issues, including land use, public safety and human services issues. Open to the public. Check the West Hill Community Association website or Facebook for details. For more information contact Bill Bowden or Sonja Bowden.
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