April 2010

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

Town Hall meetings on property assessments

King County Assessor Lloyd Hara will host a series of Town Hall meetings on property assessment. Meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on April 15 at the Enumclaw Public Library, April 29 at the Maple Valley Public Library, and May 3 at the Shoreline Public Library. To learn more about the meetings, please email edna.shim@kingcounty.gov or visit the Web site.

King County’s Earth Day Expo

Join us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and let the experts show you just how easy it really is to live a green and healthy lifestyle. On April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle, you’ll learn easy ways to: recycle, green up your ride, volunteer, reduce your carbon footprint, and make your home and garden more earth friendly. The Expo will also feature activities and educational opportunities for children, including the activity corner, and an appearance by Bert the Salmon, King County’s environmental mascot.

Open Space Plan

A SEPA Determination of Non Significance (DNS) was issued April 8 for the 2010 King County Open Space Plan: Parks, Trails and Natural Areas. Comments will be accepted through April 22. The plan will be transmitted to the Metropolitan King County Council for final review, public comment and adoption. To review the plan, SEPA checklist, DNS, and other information, visit the Web site.

Garden pot recycling and South Treatment Plant tour

Join us on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Treatment Plant, 1200 Monster Rd. in Renton. The demonstration garden and greenhouse would love donated pots of all sizes. While you are there, take a tour and find out how wastewater from our homes is treated, recycled and safely returned to the environment. RSVP at 206-263-6028 or visit the Web site.

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, April 28. The Fair Housing Basics Workshop is from 9 a.m. to noon, and the Advanced Fair Housing Seminar is from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants receive extensive free fair housing materials in print or CD format. Advance registration is required – call 206-296-7592. For details and directions, visit the Web site.

News

New hours at the Northshore Community Service Center

To better serve the public, King County is extending service into the evening hours to accommodate residents who use the Northshore King County Community Service Center. Effective Monday, April 26, the center will be open from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Mondays, and from noon to 3:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays. For more information, visit the Web site.

Pay property taxes quickly and easily online by April 30

Citizens who pay their property taxes themselves rather than through a mortgage lender received their 2010 annual property tax statement in mid-February. The first-half of 2010 tax payments are due April 30 to avoid interest and penalty charges. Residents can quickly and conveniently pay online.

Taxpayers who pay their taxes via a mortgage lender will receive a postcard that explains how to access the county's database to review a detailed breakdown of levy rates and how property taxes are allocated to various governmental entities.

Weatherization loans available

The King County Housing Repair Program is offering no interest, no payments weatherization loans for low-to-moderate-income households that need help with weather stripping, air sealing, insulation, improving the primary heat source, or replacing old hot water heaters. Loans are repaid when the homeowner sells or transfers the home, or it ceases to be the primary residence. For more information, call the Housing Repair Program at 206-263-9095 or visit the Web site.

Free home earthquake retrofit permits

King County’s Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES) is helping citizens in unincorporated King County to prepare for an earthquake emergency with free home earthquake retrofit permits on homes that meet specific criteria. For additional information, visit the DDES Web site.

Ride Metro to Sounders and Mariners games

King County Metro Transit will provide special service to many of the Sounders and Mariners home games this year, teaming up with fans to cut down on congestion around the stadiums. To find out more about park-and-ride lots served by these special shuttles and other game-day transportation options visit the Web site.

Elections

Voters in and around the cities of Kent and Black Diamond and the Town of Skykomish are eligible to participate in the special election on April 27. Visit the Elections Web site to view the voters' pamphlet, use the ballot tracker and stay on top of Election news.

Big Backyard 5K

Big Backyard 5K

Run (or walk) your big backyard off at the first-annual Big Backyard 5K, presented by Group Health, at Marymoor Park on Sunday, May 23. The course is flat, so families, seniors, power walkers, joggers, skippers, dashers and the like can all enjoy a day on the trail. All proceeds support King County Parks.

New trail maps now available online

Explore King County’s natural side and hike, bike, or ride our backcountry trails. Downloadable color maps for 13 of parks, such as Cougar Mountain, Island Center Forest, and Soaring Eagle Park are available. King County Parks has more than 180 miles of backcountry trails located in 26 parks throughout the county.

Manage your stress

In these difficult times, stress can increase and negatively impact your health. Learn tips how to manage your stress and feel better.

Public Health Grants

Public Health - Seattle & King County has been awarded two highly-competitive federal grants totaling $25.5 million over two years to address obesity and tobacco use, which are the leading contributors to illness and early death. Two-thirds of the money from these grants will flow to community based organizations, schools, local governments, businesses, media and others who have ideas for projects to make policy, systems, and environmental changes. To learn more about these “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” grants, including how to apply, visit the Web site.

History of local roads is just a click away

The King County Road Services Division has compiled the history of nine road corridors in an easily accessible Web site with maps, photos, facts, and a mile-by-mile guide of each roadway's unique character. It is part of the county’s just-completed Historic and Scenic Corridors Project.

Community news

Enumclaw

Town Hall meeting on property assessments

On Thursday, April 15, King County Assessor Lloyd Hara will host a Town Hall meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Enumclaw Public Library, 1700 First St. To learn more about the meetings, please email edna.shim@kingcounty.gov or visit the Web site.

Four Creeks/May Valley

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meeting

April 21, 7 p.m., at the May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Rd. in Renton

Greater Maple Valley

Town Hall meeting on property assessments

On Thursday, April 29th, King County Assessor Lloyd Hara will host a Town Hall meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Maple Valley Public Library, 21844 SE 248th Street. To learn more about the meetings, please email edna.shim@kingcounty.gov or visit the Web site.

Greater Maple Valley Area Council

(This item submitted by the GMVAC)
The GMVAC participated in hearings on two proposed Master Planned Developments (MPDs) in Black Diamond. Chair, Steve Hiester, testified about transportation impacts and siting of schools and a large retention pond in the Rural Area. Corresponding Secretary, Peter Rimbos, attended both the FEIS Appeals and the MPD Application Hearings and provided in-depth help to the citizen Appellants. On April 15 the Hearing Examiner will rule on final environmental impact statement adequacy and, if ruled adequate, provide recommendations and/or conditions on the MPD Applications.

Greater Maple Valley Area Council meeting

May 3, 7 p.m., at the Sheriff's Precinct 3, 22300 SE 231st in Maple Valley

North Highline

Evergreen Pool to Re-open

The Evergreen Pool is slated to re-open April 12 after King County, current pool owner Highline School District, and White Water Aquatics Management (WWAM) reached an agreement on a public-private partnership with WWAM managing the pool once it is re-opened. More information can be found on the WWAM Web site.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting

May 6, 7 p.m., North Highline Fire District Office, 1243 SW 112th St. in Seattle

Upper Bear Creek

Upper Bear Creek Community Council meeting

April 27, 7:30 p.m., Woodinville Water District Office, 17238 N.E. Woodinville-Duvall Rd. in Woodinville

Vashon

Dockton Road and seawall project

Please join the King County Road Services Division at the next public meeting for the Dockton Road and seawall project. It will be held Thursday, April 22, 6 to 8:30 p.m., McMurray Middle School Multi-purpose Room, 9329 SW Cemetery Rd. The county will share the results of its studies and research on the three alternatives, as well as answer questions and take comments.

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council meeting

April 19, 7:30 p.m. at McMurray Middle School, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon.

West Hill

West Hill Community Council Board meeting

April 14, 7 p.m., Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S. in Seattle

West Hill Community Council Quarterly meeting

April 20, 7 p.m., Skyway Park VFW, 7421 S. 126th in Seattle

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