October 2016

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.

Learn what King County is working on in your community The Community Service Areas (CSA) website includes descriptions of King County projects underway or planned for 2016 and 2017, in the seven unincorporated CSAs. Each work plan details the projects being planned and identifies the County staff contact for the project.

Engage with King County

Apply now for unincorporated area grants

King County Executive Dow Constantine invites you to apply for a 2017 unincorporated Community Service Area (CSA) grant that could be worth up to $5,000. Past projects include concerts and movie nights, National Night Out events and community signage. Use your imagination to find ways to make connections in your community. Details and an application can be found on the CSA Grants website. The deadline for applications from unincorporated area residents for projects in their community is Nov. 18. Awards will be announced in February.

King County International Airport open house

King County is in the early stages of updating the Airport Master Plan for King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field. The updated plan will serve as a 20-year roadmap to guide future improvements of the airport’s facilities, helping to ensure the airport’s long-term viability and enhance safety, and furthering the airport and county’s goals for economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and community partnership. The first of several open houses on the master plan update is set for Sept. 27 from 5-7 p.m. at Boeing Field. For details, visit the airport blog and website.

Public review of Cougar/Squak Corridor site guidelines

Cougar/Squak Corridor is a 735-acre multi-use site in King County’s system of parks and open space. The draft site management guidelines, which are available on the website for public review, provide background information about the park, define objectives for managing the park, and provide recommendations for achieving those objectives. Public comment will be accepted through Oct. 4.

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill tour

This is a great learning opportunity for the whole family – children ages 5 and up are welcome to join, if accompanied by an adult. The tour will take place on Oct. 15 from 9-10:30 a.m. Reservations are required and must be made in advance. To reserve your spot or to request accommodations or an interpreter, please call 206-477-4466, TTY Relay: 711.

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill community meeting

These meetings provide an ongoing forum for area residents to ask questions and learn about activities at the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill and at Bio Energy Washington’s landfill gas-to-energy facility. The next meeting is set for Oct. 25, from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Issaquah Library, 10 West Sunset Way in Issaquah. For more information please visit the website. To request accommodations, please call 206-477-4466, TTY Relay: 711 at least one week prior to the meeting. For more information, please visit the website.

King County landslide hazards workshops

King County and the Flood Control District have released new landslide hazard maps, created with state-of-the-art technology. A series of workshops will be held across the county to help residents interpret the new maps and learn about landslide geology, how to reduce risk, landslide response services and more. The workshops start at 6 p.m. and are set for Oct. 25 at Lake Wilderness Lodge in Maple Valley; Oct. 27 at Meadowbrook Farm Interpretive Center in North Bend; Nov. 1 at Green River Community College in Auburn; and Nov. 3 at Tolt Middle School in Carnation. An open house will also be held on Vashon-Maury Island, date to be determined.

Share your thoughts and ideas on the Veterans and Human Services Levy

The current Veterans and Human Services Levy expires at the end of 2017. The County Council must decide if it will propose a renewal of the levy. To gather public input on the current levy, successes and thoughts on gaps or improvements, a series of community meetings have been scheduled at more than 15 locations countywide. For more information and to complete the online survey, please visit the website.


Executive Constantine proposes 2017-2018 budget

King County Executive Dow Constantine transmitted his 2017-2018 proposed biennial budget to the Metropolitan King County Council today. The 2017-2018 proposed budget invests in Metro Transit, human services, and other important programs. It also makes reductions in the King County General Fund, which primarily supports criminal justice and public safety. A summary of issues impacting unincorporated King County will be available online later this week.

Comprehensive Plan moves to full Council for consideration

At its Sept. 20 meeting, the King County Council's Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee approved its version of the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update. The Council will now set aside the plan for two months as it works on the budget, and resume its deliberations on Nov. 28. To watch the video of the Council's discussion, visit the website.

Best Starts for Kids Implementation Plan approved

By a unanimous vote, the Metropolitan King County Council approved the implementation plan for Best Starts for Kids. The approved plan will guide how the County invests nearly $400 million over the next six years to increase the number of children who are born healthy and reach adulthood ready to succeed. Some services will gear up in the remainder of 2016 and the rest will begin in 2017.

Immunization rates in King County schools

Curious about how many children are immunized against vaccine preventable illnesses at your child’s school? Check out Public Health’s searchable map and read about the issue at the Public Health Insider.

Northshore Community Service Center closing Sept. 27

After many years serving the residents of north King County, the Northshore Community Service Center in Bothell is closing permanently. The last day of business is Tuesday, Sept. 27. After that date, please visit the website to access our online services, or visit one of our other service center locations in Shoreline, Issaquah, Seattle, Renton, or Kent.

Great Washington ShakeOut

Plan now to join King County Emergency Management and our partners around the state for the Great Washington ShakeOut on Thursday, Oct. 20. At 10:20 a.m., or another time that is convenient for you, practice what you would do in an earthquake: DROP to the ground, take COVER under a desk or other sturdy furniture, and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. For more earthquake preparedness tips, visit the website.

Winter is coming - get alerts from King County

As the days get shorter, we know winter will soon be here. Get ready for storm season now by signing up for notifications from ALERT King County. This free service helps you stay informed about potential hazards and threats that impact your area. Sign up today.

Animal Shelter Open House

Join Regional Animal Services of King County for the fifth-annual Statewide Animal Shelter Open House on Oct. 1! It's a great way to support your local shelter and meet a new furry friend. RASKC has pet adoption centers in Kent and Kirkland.  You can also see all of our adoptable pets on the website.

Is your pet protected against rabies?

World Rabies Day is Sept. 28. All cats and dogs in King County are required to be vaccinated against rabies. Is your pet protected? If not, make an appointment with your veterinarian today. For more pet care tips and information, visit the website.

It’s Salmon SEEson!

The Salmon SEEson program provides information on salmon-spotting locations – from the Green River in Auburn to Bear Creek in Redmond, and from Piper’s Creek in Carkeek Park to Ebright Creek in Sammamish. Some salmon-viewing opportunities are self-guided, while volunteer naturalists are available at other locations on select dates to help visitors spot the fish and learn about the salmon’s lifecycle and habitat needs.

Community Service Area news

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

Sept. 27, 7-9 p.m. at the Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd NE, in Woodinville. Representatives from King County’s Stormwater Management Program will offer remarks and answer questions about stormwater services and fees. For more information about the community council, visit the Upper Bear Creek Community Council website or the the Upper Bear Creek Facebook page.

Bear Creek Watershed water quality planning public meeting

The Bear Creek Watershed covers 26 square miles and is important to many Northwest species, as well as home to nearly 10,000 households. Join us to learn about stream conditions and how what we have learned over the past few years will help us decide how to manage stormwater in the future and continue improving water quality. The meeting will be held on Oct. 13, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Woodinville City Hall in the Council Chambers, at 17301 133rd Ave. NE in Woodinville. For more information, visit the website, or email Jeff Burkey, or call 206-477-4658.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meetings

Oct. 19 & Nov. 16, 7 - 9 p.m., at Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78, 20720 SE May Valley Rd. in Issaquah. Visit the Four Creeks UAC website for the latest information.

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Oct. 24, 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.

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings

Oct. 3 & Nov. 7, 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 items submitted by the GMVUAC.

King County Comprehensive Plan (KCCP)
The GMVUAC submitted comments on the proposed King County Council TrEE Committee Striker Amendment to the 2016 KCCP Update. Major comments included concerns about siting of urban or urban-serving facilities in the rural area; regional transportation concurrency and enforcement; demonstration projects including Reserve Silica in Ravensdale; and potential water extensions into the rural area.

Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area

King County Parks Play Area Rehabilitation Program update

The playground at Tolt-MacDonald Park is now open! This project was funded in part by the voter-approved 2014-2019 King County Parks, Trail and Open Space Replacement Levy.

Upper Preston Road Southeast road work

Road repair work begins Oct. 3, on the southbound lane of Upper Preston Road Southeast from Southeast 97th Street to 400 feet north. During the construction, which is expected to last two months, traffic will be guided to the northbound lane by temporary traffic signals.

Fall City Community Association meeting

Oct. 14, 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

Culvert construction

Culvert work on 228th Avenue Southeast between Southeast 424th Street and Southeast 436th Street near Enumclaw has been extended to Sept.30. Local residents along 228th Avenue Southeast still have access during the closure, but other traffic is being directed to a detour route along 236th Avenue Southeast.

Community preparedness event

The Green Valley/Lake Holm Association is hosting a free, community event to address the importance of disaster preparedness with a focus on earthquakes. Join neighbors on Oct. 5, from 6:30 – 8 p.m., at Wine & Roses Country Estates, 17444 SE Lake Moneysmith Rr. in Auburn. Speakers will include Lynne Miller from King County’s Office of Emergency Management, and Tim Perciful of Mountain View Fire and Rescue. Questions? Email us

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association

Tuesday, Sept. 27 & Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive in Black Diamond. Residents are welcome to attend monthly meetings to hear committee updates on transportation, environmental, and safety issues. The October meeting will include representatives from King County’s Stormwater Management Program who will offer remarks and answer questions about stormwater services and fees. Open to the public. For more information, or to subscribe to our mailing list, email the Green Valley/Lake Holm Association. Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Pacific Raceways annual public meeting

The Department of Permitting and Environmental Review sponsors this annual meeting to hear from local residents concerning the operations of Pacific Raceways. The meeting is scheduled for Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. in the River Conference Room at Green River Community College. For more information, contact Cathy Ortiz at 206 477-0353.

Vashon/Maury Island Area

The future of surface water management, services and fees community meeting

Learn more about what King County is doing to protect water quality through pollution prevention programsand what future needs are in the face of the county’s rapid growth and development. Join John Taylor, Interim Director of King County’s Water and Land Resources Division, who will offer remarks and answer questions about stormwater services and fees, on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the McMurray Middle School, 9329 SW Cemetery Rd. on Vashon.

Vashon-Maury Island Community Service Area Plan forum

Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. at the McMurray Middle School, 9329 SW Cemetery Rd. on Vashon. Community forum on the 20-year Vashon-Maury Island Community Service Area Plan. Learn more and share your thoughts on the first draft of this island-wide plan. All islanders welcome! Please email Bradley Clark or call 206-477-2449, for more information.

Limited deer hunt set for Oct. 15-31

Island Center Forest on Vashon Island will have a limited deer-hunting season, Oct. 15-31, when no other access will be permitted on 200 acres of King County Parks-managed forestland. Learn more by reading the news release.

CSA Vashon Days

Oct. 4, 1 - 6 p.m. at the Vashon Community Service Center, 10011 SW Bank Rd. on Vashon. Bong Sto. Domingo, CSA staff, will be at the center to assist islanders with resources and information. Please email Bong Sto. Domingo or call 206-351-8071, for more information.

West King County Area

White Center Shelter proposal

The King County Department of Community and Human Services is exploring opening a shelter at the former Public Health Clinic in White Center. The proposed shelter will house up to 70 people (50 individuals and 10 couples) and provide enhanced services, including extended hours, case management, meals, and other services. King County is exploring options for operating an enhanced shelter for homeless persons in White Center.

White Center Bike Playground Grand Opening

Join King County Parks, the Yes! Foundation, White Center CDA, and Cascade Bicycle Club for a grand opening celebration of the White Center Bike Playground on Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Dick Thurnau Memorial Park. The Bike Playground will be a place for children and adults to learn traffic laws and the rules of the road on both foot and bike. Bikes, helmets and instructors will be on site, if you or your kids would like to learn to ride. The event will also feature local food and music!

King County Parks Play Area Rehabilitation Program update

The lower playground at Big Finn Hill is closed for construction. Depending on the weather, construction should be complete in two months. The upper toddler playground will remain open. Follow the Parks Plog for construction updates. This project is funded in part by the voter-approved 2014-19 King County Parks, Trail and Open Space Replacement Levy.

Skyway Solutions

Oct. 3, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at 13470 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, in Seattle. Skyway Solutions, a community based organization whose mission is to promote community-building, equitable development and neighborhood revitalization, holds it monthly board meeting on the first Tuesday of each month. Open to the public.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting

Oct. 6, 7 - 9 p.m. at the North Highline Fire District Training Center, 1243 SW 112th Street in Seattle. This all-volunteer community group group will hear a presentation by John Taylor, Interim Director, King County Water and Land Resources Division, who will provide information and updates on the proposed Surface Water Management fees increase. Open to the public. For more information, check the North Highline UAC website or contact Liz Giba at 206-605-3824.

White Center Chamber of Commerce meeting

Oct. 11, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Sky’s Barbershop, 9650 16th Ave. SW, in Seattle. The White Center Chamber of Commerce promotes businesses and community organizations in White Center. Open to the public. For more information email Bobby Beeman or call 206-444-0844.

West Hill Community Association Board meeting

Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m. at the Skyway Fire District 20, 12417 76th Ave. So. in Seattle. Monthly board meeting of residents in West Hill, often features guest speakers in addition to community reports and information from a variety of local organizations. Open to the public. Check the West Hill Community Association website or Facebook for details. For more information contact Sonja Bowden.

West Hill Business Association meeting

Oct. 18, 9 a.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 S 126th St., in Seattle. A monthly meeting of the business community of West Hill. Open to the public. For more information contact Cynthia Lamothe.

West Hill Community Association Quarterly meeting

Oct. 18, 7-9 p.m. at the Skyway Fire District 20, 12417 76th Ave. So. in Seattle. Monthly board meeting of residents in West Hill. Guests include John Taylor, Interim Director, King County Water and Land Resources Division, who will talk about the proposed Surface Water Management rate increases. In addition, a variety of community reports and information from local organizations will be presented. Open to the public. Check the West Hill Community Association website or Facebook for details. For more information contact Sonja Bowden.