September 2011

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 To see previous versions of the Unincorporated Area Community Newsletter visit the archives.

Engage with King County


Sept. 14
West Hill Community Council Board meeting

Sept. 19
Vashon-Maury Island Community Council meeting

Sept. 20
Island Center Forest Public meeting

Sept. 21
Four Creeks UAC meeting

Sept. 24
Brightwater Treatment Plant Grand Opening

Sept. 27
Property Tax Town Hall - Woodinville

Upper Bear Creek Community Council meeting

Oct. 3
Greater Maple Valley
UAC meeting

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council Board meeting

Oct. 7
North Highline UAC meeting

Oct. 26
Fair Housing Workshop

King County Parks wants to hear from you!

Take King County Parks online survey through Sept. 14 and help improve parks, trails and natural areas in Your Big Backyard. Complete the survey and enter to win a CamelBak hydration backpack.


Brightwater grand opening

Mark your calendar for the grand opening ceremony of the Brightwater Treatment Plant and Education Center on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The celebration will feature free food, live music, tours and festivities galore. Visit the website or call 206-296-8361 for more information.

National Preparedness Month

Ten years ago this month, our nation was shaken by terrorism. This September, during National Preparedness Month, join with us to remember those who died in the 9/11 attacks and make a pledge to prepare. Visit the website for disaster preparedness tips. You can also sign up for emergency alerts at

3 Days 3 Ways

With winter’s chill just around the corner, now is the time to prepare. Keep yourself and your family safe by making a plan, building an emergency kit and getting informed about disaster preparedness. Learn more by visiting the 3 Days 3 Ways and Take Winter By Storm websites.

September is Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Month

Mental illness and substance abuse are serious health problems that affect millions of Americans of all ages, races and income levels. Thankfully, these disorders are treatable and people can - and do - recover. Learn more about how to find help on the website.

Metro bus drivers help youth find a 'safe place'

Young people in crisis with no place to turn can now seek a nearby Metro bus driver who will connect them with community resources that can help them stay safe and get off the streets. Learn more on the website.

Football fans have a ride with Metro

If you're a fan of the University of Washington or Seattle Seahawks games, King County Metro Transit can get you to the stadium with fewer hassles than driving yourself. Visit the website to find out how easy it can be.

Two weekend road closures on Novelty Hill

The King County Road Services Division's big road project on Novelty Hill east of Redmond continues with weekend closures scheduled for Sept. 9-11 and Sept. 16-18, when crews will be working on a restoration of Upper Stensland Creek and a new roadway cut.

Rainwater harvesting

New Board of Health rules allow single family homeowners to rely solely on rain harvesting as a drinking water source, under certain conditions. Visit the website to learn more.

Plenty of cute cats and cuddly kittens available for adoption

The King County Pet Adoption Center has many cats and kittens waiting for a home just like yours! Through the end of September, adoption fees for cats are just $30 and $75 for kittens. Your fee includes a King County pet license, microchipping, spaying or neutering and more. Visit the website to check out available pets or call us at 206-296-7387.

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, Oct. 26. 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 format. For details and directions, visit the website. Space is limited and advance registration is required – call 206-296-7592.

Voter registration

Make sure you are registered to vote and update your voter information if you’ve moved recently. Visit the Elections website or call the Elections office at 206-296-VOTE for assistance and information.

Community news

Four Creeks

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meeting

Sept. 21, 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)
The GMVUAC submitted a letter to the King County Executive and to the King County Council’s Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee concerning a proposed ordinance that would govern the expansion of Pacific Raceways. The GMVUAC does not support the ordinance, and feels that DDES’s existing “Special Use Permit” process is sufficient to the task. The GMVUAC remains concerned about the precedent such an ordinance could set as well as the attendant effects on the rural area.

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings

Oct. 3, 7 p.m., at the Fire Station, SE 231st & Hwy 169 in Maple Valley

North Highline

New Burien Park-and-Ride gives commuters more choices

With more than 500 spaces, the new Burien Park-and-Ride Garage is offering commuters more options for dealing with traffic and the upcoming closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct at the end of October.

North Highline Unincorportated Area Council meeting

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

Upper Bear Creek

Wondering where your property tax dollars go?

Seeking answers on your property valuations? King County Assessor Lloyd Hara will address the property assessments process, valuations, exemptions, online services and the appeal process on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Woodinville Water District Office, 17238 NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd. in Woodinville. In light of the downturn in the real estate market, the Assessor will also provide information to residents on understanding their property taxes and the local levy rate within the King County.

Questions? Please email or call 206-296-5141.

Upper Bear Creek Community Council general meeting

Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. at Woodinville Water District Office, 17238 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd. in Woodinville.


Island Center Forest Public meeting

King County Parks has scheduled a public meeting for Sept. 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Vashon High School Commons, 20120 Vashon Highway SW, to offer the public an opportunity to comment on the County’s proposal for a limited deer hunt at Island Center Forest.

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council general meeting

Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. at McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon.

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council Board meeting

Oct. 3, 7 p.m. at McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon.

West Hill

West Hill Community Council Board meeting

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

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