September 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.

Calendar

Sept 10
Greater Maple Valley
UAC meeting

Sept 12
West Hill Community Association Board meeting

Sept 13
Public Safety Forum

Sept 14
CSA grant deadline

Sept 15
WSU Extension Forestry & Wildlife workshop

Sept 17
Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting

Sept 19
Four Creeks UAC meeting

Sept 20
Steve Cox tennis court re-dedication

Sept 25
Upper Bear Creek Community Council meeting

Oct 1
Vashon-Maury Island Community Council Board meeting

Greater Maple Valley
UAC meeting

Oct 4
North Highline UAC meeting

Oct 24
Fair Housing workshop

Engage with King County

Community Service Area grants deadline approachingApplications for the Community Service Area-Community Engagement Grants must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14 at the following address or sent electronically to marissa.alegria@kingcounty.gov. The application packet is available online.

Department of Natural Resources and Parks
Director’s Office, ATTN:  Marissa Alegria
201 South Jackson Street, Suite 700
Seattle, WA  98104

Got rats? You need barn cats!
Barn Cats R Us, a volunteer-led program of Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC), relocates feral cats to barns and garages where they work as rodent hunters. The cats provide organic rodent control that does not depend on the use of poisons that can sicken kids, pets, livestock and wild animals. Best of all, RASKC places barn cats at no charge. Once placed, you only need to provide safe shelter, a dependable source of food, and fresh water. For more information about Barn Cats R Us, visit the website or call 206-296-PETS (7387).

Have you changed your name or address?
Be sure to update your information with King County Elections early, so you will receive your ballot for the November General Election. It’s easy – just visit the Elections website.

King County Archives is on Pinterest!
Are you interested in the history of our region? King County Archives now has photos from King County’s past on Pinterest. Visit the County’s Pinterest webpage to see these pieces of our past, and share them with your friends!

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 Seattle on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The Introduction to Fair Housing 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.  Advance registration is required. For details and directions, visit the website.

News

Upcoming weekend closures on Union Hill, Novelty Hill roads
Construction is scheduled to close the intersection of Union Hill Road and 196th Avenue N.E. from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, to 4 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17. The contractor plans to install the curb and gutter at the roundabout.
Another weekend closure for similar work is planned at Novelty Hill Road and 195th Avenue N.E. from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, to 4 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24. Road closures are mapped online.

Ravensdale-area road closure
A section of Southeast Kent-Kangley Road is closed near Ravensdale for a culvert replacement project that is under way and is expected to be completed by Sept. 28. The new culvert will provide passage for migrating salmon and provide long-term flood protection for the roadway. Drivers must detour around the road closure via Southeast Summit-Landsburg Road and Landsburg Road Southeast.

Local farms matter
King County Executive Dow Constantine’s visit emphasizes Carnation farmers market’s role.

September is Recovery Month
Mental illness and substance abuse are serious health problems that affect millions of Americans of all ages, races and income levels. The good news is that treatment is effective and people can and do recover. Learn more about how to find help here.

Pasado’s mobile spay/neuter station coming to the Pet Adoption Center
Part of being a responsible pet owner is preventing unwanted litters by making sure your pet is spayed or neutered. To help residents and their pets, South County Cats is sponsoring a visit by Pasado’s Mobile Spay/Neuter Station at the Pet Adoption Center on Tuesday, Sept. 25. This event is for cats only, and reservations are required. Email southcountycats@comcast.net or call 206-910-4495 for information or to make a reservation.

Forestry and wildlife workshop
Learn how to attract desirable wildlife to your forest while minimizing damage from nuisance critters at WSU Extension’s Forestry and Wildlife Workshop, Sept. 15 in Carnation. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Visit the event webpage or call 425-357-6023 for more information.

Kent Community Service Center at Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) is moving
The Kent Community Service Center at the Maleng Regional Justice Center (MRJC) will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 13 so staff can move to their new offices. As of Friday, Sept. 14, the Kent CSC will be located in Room 1C of the MRJC, 401 Fourth Ave. N. For more information about the King County Community Service Center program, visit their webpage.

Forest stewardship coached planning short course
Increase your enjoyment of your forested acreage while learning how to keep it healthy and save on property taxes by attending one of WSU Extension’s Forest Stewardship Coached Planning short course, starting the first week in October in Bellevue and on Vashon. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Visit the website or call 425-357-6023 for more information.

Hantavirus
Hantavirus has been in the news lately. Learn more about this rare but deadly virus, spread by mice droppings, by visiting Public Health’s Hantavirus information page.

Pesticide-free places
Looking for a pesticide-free place in King County for kids and pets to play? Visit Pesticide-Free Places and search by ZIP code, city or name. Find more than 800 parks managed with few to no pesticides.

King County called the best place in the country to have a heart attack
All thanks to Public Health’s Emergency Medical Services and Medic One, along with partners at fire departments, dispatch centers, and hospitals, cardiac arrest survival rates top 50 percent compared to comparative systems that hover around 10 percent. Read why EMS/Medic One is one of the best in the world in EMS’s annual report.

September is National Preparedness Month
Pledge to prepare for disasters and emergencies. Disasters can strike at any time, so it is important that you and those you care about know “What to do to make it through” a catastrophe. It's easy - just make a plan, build a kit, and help others by getting involved in your community. Make a “Pledge to Prepare” today by signing up for the National Preparedness Coalition.

Community news

Four Creeks

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meeting

Sept. 19, 7 p.m., at the May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Rd. in Renton

Greater Maple Valley

A state RCO grant has been applied for to acquire a parcel of land and develop a 30-40 car parking lot for river access at the intersection of State Route169 and Cedar Grove Road, just north of Maple Valley. If approved for funding, work is projected to begin late summer 2013. For more information, come to the Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meeting on Sept. 10, 7 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St. and SR 169 in Maple Valley, or contact Dennis Burgart.

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meeting

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

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meeting

Oct. 1, 7 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley

North Highline

 

Steve Cox Memorial Park tennis court re-dedication ceremony

Join King County Parks Sept. 20 at 2:30 p.m. for a special ceremony recognizing the successful makeover of the public tennis court at Steve Cox Memorial Park, courtesy of a Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development. The ceremony will take place at the park, 1321 SW 102nd St., Seattle.

Public Safety Forum

Opportunity to meet the King County Sheriff candidates, Steve Strachan and John Urquhart, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the North Highline Fire Station, 1243 112th Street SW, Seattle. The event is sponsored by the North Highline UAC.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting

Oct. 4, 7 p.m., North Highline Fire District Office, 1243 SW 112th St. in Seattle

Upper Bear Creek

Upper Bear Creek Community Council meeting

Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Woodinville Water District Office, 17238 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville

Vashon

County plans to consolidate services, move service center to Vashon town
King County plans to relocate the Sheriff’s office, courthouse and other regional services to a little-used building in Vashon town owned by Vashon Island Fire and Rescue (VIFR). If approved by the King County Council, the VIFR building, located at 100th Avenue SW and Southwest Bank Road, would also provide space for the Vashon Community Service Center and staff, and be the place where people could find help with permits from the Department of Development and Environmental Services as well as County licenses.

King County receives funds to address septic repairs
King County has been awarded more than $800,000 to help property owners repair failing septic systems, keep livestock out of streams and address other pollution sources that could be affecting Puget Sound.

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting

Sept. 17, 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

Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m. at McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon

West Hill

West Hill Community Association Board meeting

Sept. 12, 7 p.m., Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S. in Seattle

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