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
Unincorporated CSA open houses scheduled for 2015
The 2015 CSA open houses in unincorporated King County are scheduled through April and June. The open houses bring together the local County Councilmember and representatives from the Executive, Sheriff and numerous other County officials to meet with local residents and discuss issues affecting local communities. All meetings will run from 7 - 9 p.m. For more information, including locations, please visit the website.
- Bear Creek/Sammamish on April 13
- Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County on April 21
- North Highline/White Center on April 23
- Vashon/Maury Island on April 28
- West Hill/Skyway on April 29
- Fairwood on May 5
- Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain on May 12
- Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River on May 19
- Southeast King County on June 2
What is the future of public transportation in our region?
King County Metro is hosting a public transportation visioning event to kick off its long-range public transportation planning effort. Come hear a panel of experts speak, and share your own ideas in a breakout session on March 31 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. in downtown Seattle. Please visit the website for more information.
Free tour of the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill
King County is offering a free, one-hour guided public tour of the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. Reservations are required by April 17. Space is limited. To reserve your spot or to request accommodations, call 206-477-1693. Parking is provided at the landfill and participants will board a wheelchair accessible Metro bus for the guided tour.
Join the conversation on carbon pollution in our region
How does carbon pollution affect you and what should we be doing about it? Add your ideas to the conversation happening online and help shape the update of King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan update.
Flood reduction grant program
The King County Flood Control District is accepting grant applications, due May 29, to fund programs that reduce the impact of local flooding. Eligible applicants include homeowner associations, private non-profit organizations or associations, schools, special districts, Tribes and King County jurisdictions. For more information about the application process, the complete list of eligibility requirements and the application form, visit the website or call 206-477-7777.
Communities of Opportunity grants
King County and the Seattle Foundation announced more than $1.5 million in investments over the next three years to confront the increasing inequity in King County. The recipients are local community-based organizations that have demonstrated success in creating opportunities in places with the greatest inequities in the region. The White Center/North Highline unincorporated area is one of the three areas to receive a grant through the White Center Community Development Association to improve health, housing and economic opportunities. Learn more Communities of Opportunity Grants on the website.
Metro Transit’s newly created ORCA LIFT reduced fare program made its debut March 1. King County Executive Dow Constantine and the County Council created the program to help make riding the bus more affordable for people struggling to make ends meet. Visit the website to find out if you qualify for the program.
Are you ready to vote?
The April 28 Special Election will be a countywide election with a King County proposition and six measures from local districts, including several with unincorporated areas. Watch for ballots in mailboxes in mid-April and return your completed ballot early.
Spring cleaning – a good time to restock your emergency supplies
As spring ushers in longer days and more sunshine, take time to “clean out” and replace expired food, water, medical supplies and batteries in your emergency kits. This simple task will keep your household disaster-ready. Find more tips on the website.
WSU Extension forestry class
WSU Extension offers its popular forestry class for landowners on Tuesday nights this spring at the Black Diamond Community Center for people who want to keep their forested property of any size healthy, attractive to wildlife and even save money on property taxes.
‘Free ride home’ program for pets
Lost pets wearing a King County license get a Free Ride Home the first time they're picked up by a Regional Animal Services officer. License your pet quickly and conveniently online.
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
March 23 & April 27, 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
April 15 & May 20, 7 - 9 p.m., at the Fire Station 78, 20720 SE May Valley Rd., in Issaquah. Visit the Four Creeks UAC website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.
Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area
Ravensdale Park Foundation is nearing completion of Phase Two at Ravensdale Park via King County Parks’ Community Partnerships and Grants Program. Improvements include two large synthetic multi-purpose sports field with lights, new restrooms, a concession building, parking, and related infrastructure. The sports fields were opened for interim use last month. The last major items include paving the parking lot, will take place in the next four to six weeks and the new maintenance building will be constructed this summer. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for May 21.
Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings
April 6 & May 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.
This item submitted by the GMVUAC.
- King County Noise Ordinance
The area council submitted a set of detailed comments to the King County Council on proposed Noise Ordinance 2014-0480. Comment topics included: enforcement responsibilities; the proposed removal of Public Health - Seattle & King County’s involvement; evaluation of complaints; funding; exemptions; public notice requirements; and demonstration projects. Read the full comments on the GMVUAC website.
Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area
Northwest Honkers Baseball Team
King County Parks welcomes the Northwest Honkers baseball team to Fall City Park! The team of post-collegiate players competes in the Pacific International League and will be hosting their home games this season at Fall City Park. Their first home game is June 7, and many more summer games are listed on their schedule.
Fall City Community Association meeting
April 10, 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
March 25 & April 22, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive in Black Diamond. The March agenda includes Captain Scott Somers from the King County Sheriff’s Office, who will discuss dealing with increasing traffic, personal and property protection, supporting the precinct’s deputies, and adapting the “Block Watch” program to rural areas. For more information, visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
This item submitted by the Green Valley/Lake Holm Association
Safety and preparedness classes
There are several safety preparedness classes available to local residents offered by Auburn King County Fire District 44 and the Green Valley/Lake Holm Association. The next free Community Emergency Response Team training session is April 8, and the next First Aid/CPR/AED class will be held April 12. For class schedules, locations and registration, please visit the website.
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
Skyway West Hill Action Plan Open House
March 26, 7-9 p.m. at Secondary Learning Center, 7800 South 132th St. in Renton.
A third of a series of open houses to advocate for the Skyway/West Hill Action Plan, sponsored by Skyway Solution, focuses on youth led teen talk. Open to the public. For more information email Andra Kranzler.
North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting
April 2, 7 - 9 p.m., North Highline Fire District, 1243 SW 112th in Seattle. Monthly meeting of the community council. Open to the public. Check the North Highline UAC website for details, or email Barbara Dobkin.
West Hill Community Association Board meeting
April 8, 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, or email Sonja Bowden.
West Hill Business Association
April 21, 9- 11 a.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 So. 126th St. in Seattle. Monthly meeting of business and community members. Open to the public. For more information, contact Chuck Vitiritti at 206-772-9982.
West Hill Community Association Quarterly meeting
April 21, 7 p.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 S. 126th Street in Seattle. Quarterly meeting of the Association. Agenda items include WHCA board elections to fill five open seats. Invited speakers include: Officer Denny Stumph from Washington State Liquor Control Board; Mara Fiksdal, Communities in Schools; Major Jerrell Willis of the King County Sheriff's Office and DeAnna Martin from King County Department of Transportation. Open to the public. Check the West Hill Community Association website or Facebook for details, or email Sonja Bowden.
Alajawan’s Annual Community Family Reunion
April 29, 6:01 p.m. until dark at the Skyway Grocery Outlet, 11656 68th Ave S. in Seattle. Attended by over 200 residents and visitors, complete with live entertainment, raffles, prizes and food. Open to the public. For more information, contact Ayanna Brown at 425-208-6236.
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