July 2012

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.


July 11
West Hill Community Association Board meeting

July 16
Vashon-Maury Island Community Council meeting

July 17
West Hill Community Association Quarterly meeting

July 18
Four Creeks UAC meeting

July 21-22
White Center Jubilee Days Street Fair

Aug 2
North Highline UAC meeting

Aug 2-5
King County Fair

Aug 6
Greater Maple Valley
UAC meeting

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council Board meeting

Aug 7
Primary Election


Rural Service Directory updated online

The Rural Services Directory, a guide to the wide range of services available from King County government, has been update online. Whether you live in Fall City, Ravensdale, Vashon Island or Skykomish, King County is your local government. No matter what service you need, you can find the right information here. Please visit our Rural Resources website for more information you can use, including links to rural cities and communities.

King County Executive proposes $100,000 to continue 4-H youth programs

King County Executive Dow Constantine has sent the King County Council a supplemental budget request for $100,000 to continue support for 4-H youth programs in King County through 2012. The proposal would add $100,000 for continuation of such 4-H youth programs as raising rabbits, horse riding, photography, county fair exhibitions, cooking, public speaking and much more.

Concerts at Marymoor

The ninth-annual summer concert series at Marymoor Park is in full swing, and offers the chance to catch great live music at one of the region’s best outdoor music venues. Visit the website for the full list of remaining shows and ticket information.

'Movies@Marymoor' summer lineup

The 2012 summer lineup at the popular First Tech Federal Credit Union “Movies@Marymoor” outdoor cinema series is sure to draw families, film buffs and outdoor enthusiasts to King County’s Marymoor Park during the long summer evenings this July and August. The 2012 series is presented by Overlake Medical Clinics and kicks off on July 11 with “Grease”.

Watch your mailbox!

Ballots for the Aug. 7 primary election will be mailed July 18. Remember to sign the return envelope and mail back your ballot as early as possible, but no later than election day. Contact King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE, 1-800-325-6165, or elections@kingcounty.gov if you haven’t received your ballot in the mail by July 25.

Kids and chemicals don’t mix
Accidental exposure to cleaning products is the third most-common call to the Washington Poison Center. Our summer safety tips will help make your home a safer place for children to explore. Tip number one: store products safely out of reach. Learn more on the website.

West Nile Virus

Warm summer weather could mean an increase in mosquitoes. Lower your risk of West Nile Virus – wear protective clothing and use insect repellent when mosquitoes are biting. Learn more on the website.

Water safety

This summer, please choose a lifeguarded beach over an unpredictable and fast moving river. Wear a life jacket, learn how to swim and perform CPR, don’t use drugs or alcohol near water, and keep kids within arm’s reach. Remember, life jackets float. You won't. Learn more on the website.

Metro’s Alternative Services Plan

Metro’s Alternative Services Plan is being considered by the County Council and will affect rural areas in the coming years.

Patterson Creek Bridge

Patterson Creek Bridge is scheduled to close in mid August for construction of a replacement bridge.

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill maintenance

King County Solid Waste Division employees will be performing annual road and vegetation maintenance in the perimeter area of the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill throughout the summer months. This work is necessary to maintain access to the monitoring wells around the site boundary. Work will occur Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Solid Waste Division at 206-296-4490, TTY Relay: 711.

Community news


King County Fair 150th Year

Join us Aug. 2-5 for great food, live music, fun rides, 4-H livestock shows, exhibits and more.

Newaukum Creek Bridge

Newaukum Creek Bridge will close Veazie-Cumberland Road Southeast in Enumclaw for three months beginning as early as mid-July.

Four Creeks

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meeting

July 18, 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)
At the GMVUAC's July monthly meeting FCUAC member Tom Carpenter showcased various mapping capabilities that could enhance residents’ knowledge of the area and its many attributes. This information, which can be made readily available to help raise the quality of decisions and enhance local resident participation, includes: demographics, voting precincts, geographic boundaries, land use, zoning, groundcover and vegetation, hydrology, transportation, hazardous areas, recreation, and historical and cultural. The area council will consider which mapping capabilities could be used to help its constituents.

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings

Aug. 6 and Sept. 10, 7 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley

North Highline

White Center Jubilee Days is scheduled for July 14 - 22. Visit website for a schedule of events.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting

Aug. 2, 7 p.m., North Highline Fire District Office, 1243 SW 112th St. in Seattle

Upper Bear Creek

Music in the Park

Upper Bear Creek Community Council is happy to sponsor "Music in the Park" again this summer at Cottage Lake Park! Join us for a series of six FREE family concerts in the park Thursday evenings in July and August from 7-8:30 p.m. You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the park at 190th and NE Woodinville-Duvall Road in Woodinville. Visit the website for more information.


Vashon Island tests “Operation Lifeline”

As part of a multi-county earthquake exercise in June, King County supported a disaster response test of Vashon Island’s “Operation Lifeline;” a plan that uses maritime resources, specifically the King County Water Taxi, to transport emergency food, medicine, fuel and medical care to the island during an incident. Personal preparedness is equally important and every household should have a family emergency plan and supply kit to last a minimum of three days. Get a checklist on the website.

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council general meeting

July 16, 7 p.m. Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General Meeting-McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council Board meeting

Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m. at McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon

West Hill

West Hill Community Association Board meeting

July 11, 7 p.m., Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S. in Seattle

West Hill Community Association Quarterly meeting

July 17, 7 p.m., Skyway VFW 7421 South 126th St. in Seattle

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