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.
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Green River preliminary flood insurance rate map public meeting
The King County Flood Control District Executive Committee will host a special meeting to discuss Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps for the Green River Valley. FEMA’s flood maps define special-risk areas that could affect insurance rates or building regulations. FEMA staff will talk about the flood maps and what they could mean to property owners, and will be available to answer questions. The meeting will run from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center, 401 Fourth Ave. N., in Kent. For more information, read the news release or call 206-296-1000.
Is your community disaster-resilient?
King County is committed to creating and sustaining disaster-resilient communities. To fulfill this pledge, King County Office of Emergency Management is in the process of updating the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan in partnership with cities and special purpose districts throughout the county. Help King County understand your personal level of disaster knowledge and perceived risk by taking their online survey and attending a free workshop.
Starting Oct. 1, about 180,000 uninsured King County residents will be able to enroll in free or low-cost health coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder, a one-stop shop where people can choose a health plan that meets their needs and their budget. King County is working with a broad network of partners, including the health sector, community-based organizations, the faith community, business and many others— to help enroll uninsured residents in affordable health coverage.
Community Engagement Grants awarded
The Community Service Area (CSA) program has awarded 25 grants for community enhancement for 2013. $60,000 in grants of up to $5,000 each and requiring a community match of at least one-fourth of the total project cost offer residents in the County’s seven CSAs a chance to participate and be more connected in their unincorporated area communities. A list of the 2013 awardees is available online. The 2014 CSA grant process is schedule to begin next month.
CSA work programs updated
The CSA website now includes updated 2013 CSA work plans for each of the CSA areas. The updates include new initiatives and changes in project schedules. The 2014 work plans will be included following the King County budget process this fall.
Wastemobile comes to Covington, offers free household hazardous waste disposal, Sept. 6-8
All King County and city residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile makes a stop in Covington. From Sept. 6-8, the Wastemobile will be in the parking lot of the Covington Fred Meyer, 16735 SE 272nd St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Have you changed your name or address?
Help celebrate National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 24. Update your voter registration information with King County Elections early, so you will receive your ballot for the November General Election. It’s easy to do online.
WSU Extension Forestry class
WSU Extension is offering their annual forestry class on Tuesday nights this fall at the Preston Community Center for people who have woods on their property. Learn how keep trees healthy, attract wildlife and even save money on property taxes.
King County Parks smooths bumpy stretch of Sammamish River Trail through Bothell
Crews are removing trees with roots that are coming up through the surface of the trail, installing a new root barrier system and repaving those areas. While the trail remains open, users should expect delays of up to 15 minutes during tree removal activities. Work is scheduled for Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of September. For more information, visit the website.
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 on the website.
Alvord T Bridge demolition
King County Road Services division will begin demolition of the Alvord T Bridge next week. Demolition will take about four to six weeks, and should be finished by early fall.
Pasado's Mobile Spay Station at the Pet Adoption Center
Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) has partnered with Pasado's Safe Haven and South County Cats to bring the Mobile Spay Station to Kent every Friday. Fees for spay/neuter surgery are: cats, male $35/female $50; and dogs, male $75/female $85. For complete details, income guidelines and instructions, visit the website or call Pasado's Safe Haven at 360-793-9393.
Community Service Area news
Bear Creek/Sammamish Area
Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area
Southeast May Valley Road repaving
Crews are repaving 3.4 miles of Southeast May Valley Road. Paving can only occur during good weather, and work occurs weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flaggers will reduce traffic to one lane, and some delays of up to 15 minutes are possible. Work is planned for up to three weeks from State Route 900 to 229th Drive Southeast.
Sept. 18 & Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at the May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Rd. in Renton. September’s meeting will include two special presentations. A representative from Public Health—Seattle & King County will talk about the Medicaid expansion and the new Washington Health Benefit Exchange, and King County Emergency Management Program Manager Rich Tokarzewski will give a presentation and lead a discussion regarding the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan update, which includes public involvement in the planning process and a public comment period.
Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area
Sept. 9 & Oct. 7, 7 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley
(This item submitted by the GMVUAC)
Covington Master-Planned Development (MPD)
On Aug. 26, comments were submitted to Covington regarding its proposed large MPD (up to 1,500 homes) Planned Action Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Concerns included: transportation; stormwater runoff; public services; and use of a Planned Action EIS. Assumptions made in the transportation analyses were found unrealistic (for example, the expansion of SR-516 from five to seven lanes, with no plan or funding identified), as well as relying on the full build-out and mitigation of the Black Diamond MPDs.
Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area
Southeast Middle Fork Road closure
Southeast Middle Fork Road will remain closed through mid-September while King County Road Services Division continues to replace an aging culvert. During construction, crews discovered and had to remove a very large boulder under the road.
Free street address signs for rural Carnation and Duvall area residents
Thanks to a grant from the Community Service Area program, rural residents outside of the Carnation and Duvall City limits in the 98019 and 98014 ZIP codes can receive an address sign free of charge, while supplies last. To receive a free address sign, please contact the Duvall Fire Department at
email@example.com or 425-788-1625 by Dec. 15, 2013.
Snoqualmie Valley Transit
Snoqualmie Valley Transit begins service Sept. 30.This new transit service will provide residents with access to an expanded network of service that is more effective yet costs less than traditional fixed-route bus service alone. Metro routes 209, 224, and 311 will be revised and a new Route 208 and Snoqualmie intra-valley shuttle will be created. Visit the website to see the changes and new route information.
Vashon/Maury Island Area
Vashon Highway Southwest closure
Beginning Saturday, Sept. 14, King County Road Services will be rebuilding the seawall and bulkhead to stabilize Vashon Highway Southwest at approximately the 24400 block, between 115th Avenue SW and Burton along outer Quartermaster Harbor. This segment of Vashon Highway SW will be closed between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. every day for two weeks.
Limited deer hunt at Island Center Forest
King County Parks will open Island Center Forest to deer hunting for a limited season, Oct. 12-31, when no other access will be permitted on 200 acres of forestland. You can learn more by reading the news release.
Sept. 17, 6 p.m., Land Trust Building, 10014 SW Bank Rd., Vashon
Sept. 16, 7 p.m., McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon
Sept. 19, 8:30 a.m., Penny Farcy Memorial Training Center, 10015 SW Bank Road, Vashon. Speakers include staff from King County Community Service Areas program, Department of Transportation, Department of Permitting and Environmental Review and Public Health.
West King County Area
Celebrating 75 years of the Log Cabin
As part of its 75th Anniversary commemorations, King County Parks is hosting this free family-friendly celebration Sept. 14 at the Fieldhouse (Log Cabin), at 1321 SW 102nd St. in White Center, from 2-5 p.m. Share your memories of the Fieldhouse by participating in a virtual scrapbook, an interactive timeline, recording a short video clip, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the event website.
North Shorewood Park Playground Grand Opening
King County Parks recently installed a brand new play area in North Shorewood Park with the help of funding from the Community Development Block Grant Program. Join us on Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the park located at 10061 21st Ave. SW in White Center for a ribbon cutting and celebration of this wonderful addition to this neighborhood park. There will be games and activities for kids, and the official program will begin at 5:30 p.m.
West Hill Community Association Fall Community Cleanup
The Fall Community Cleanup, sponsored by the West Hill Community Association, kicks off on Sept. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Skyway Fire District 20, 12424 76th Ave S., with a light breakfast and coffee. Put on gloves and hats and pick litter and tend gardens. Free hot catered lunch from Lakeside Bistro at noon.
King County Executive meets with the White Center Chamber of Commerce
At a recent gathering of the White Center Chamber of Commerce, King County Executive Dow Constantine praised Chamber membership for reflecting the diversity of the community and addressed the future prospects for annexation, continued funding for the storefront deputy, and the innovative cleanup of Hicklin Lake. The Executive also announced three local Community Service Area grants and shared news of affordable healthcare enrollment. Read the articles in the White Center News and West Seattle Herald.
Oct. 3, 7 p.m., North Highline Fire District Office, 1243 SW 112th St. in Seattle. The Public Safety Forum will include a special presentation regarding King County's Sex Offender Program/Registry by Detective Michael Luchau. Deputy William Kennamer of King County Metro, Deputy B.J. Myers, White Center Store Front Deputy, and Major Wills will be on hand to answer questions and provide information regarding safety issues in White Center and the North Highline area. All are welcome.
Sept. 11, 7 p.m., Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S., Seattle
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