November 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

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 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; Nov. 3 at Tolt Middle School in Carnation.

Less than month left to apply for unincorporated area grants

Touch base with your community and consider applying for a 2017 unincorporated Community Service Area (CSA) grant that could be worth up to $5,000. The Nov. 18 application deadline is less than a month away. Past projects include concerts and movie nights, National Night Out events, and neighborhood signage. These funds are a great way to support a community gathering or event. Details and an application can be found on the CSA Grants website. Awards will be announced in February.

King County Metro Alternative Services Pilot Participation Application Period is open

King County municipal jurisdictions, tribal governments, and unincorporated CSA councils/organizations are eligible to submit an application for participation in King County Metro's Alternative Services Demonstration Program. From the applications received, Metro will identify up to eight pilot communities for projects that will be initiated in 2017. Please contact Cathy Snow, program manager, for information about the application process.


King County's 2017-18 budget now under Council consideration

The Metropolitan King County Council is currently considering King County Executive Dow Constantine's proposed 2017-18 proposed biennial budget . The 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 is available on the website.

General election is Nov. 8

Ballots have been mailed to all registered King County voters. For a detailed list of what is on the ballot, please visit the King County Elections website. Here are some ways to return your ballot: Via U.S. mail with a first class stamp, postmarked by Election day, Nov. 8; at any one of the 43 ballot drop boxes across the County, or in person at one of three Accessible Voting Centers.

Information to 'weather' winter storms

Hazardous weather season is upon us. Knowing what's going on and receiving important emergency directives is critical for keeping your family safe. Check the King County Emergency News website for up-to-date emergency. Register for ALERT King County, a regional public information and notification service offered by King County Emergency Management, to help you stay informed about potential hazards and threats that impact your area. Armed with good information, you can make good decisions!

Save time - check the line

The King County Solid Waste Division is taking steps to make the customer experience at solid waste facilities more convenient with the installation of new web cameras. Customers heading to the Algona, Bow Lake, Factoria, Houghton, Renton, or Shoreline transfer stations can now visit the website to view the line of vehicles waiting to enter the stations and see average disposal times. Photos of transfer station entrances are updated every 60 seconds to give customers a real-time awareness of the line of vehicles in the queue, and disposal times list how long it is currently taking customers to complete their visit after they have weighed in at the scale house.

Haunted Pool Party

On Friday, Oct. 28, the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center hosts its annual Haunted Pool Party. Costume contests, coin dives, canoe rides and a haunted tunnel are just some of the activities to enjoy at the event. For $5, swimmers can attend the first swim from 6-7:30 p.m. or the second swim from 8-9:30 p.m.

Property taxes due for second half of 2016

King County property owners have until Monday, Oct. 31 to pay the second half of their 2016 property taxes. After that date, interest charges and penalties will be added to the tax bill. To make the process easier, King County provides several ways for property owners to pay their taxes quickly and conveniently, including the secure eTax application. For more information, visit the website or call 206-263-2890.

Community Service Area news

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area


Nov. 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd. NE in Woodinville. Marissa Alegria, CSA program representative, will be available to meet with the community. Please contact Marissa Alegria,for more information.

Bear Creek Watershed water quality planning public meeting

On Oct. 13, about 40 residents came to Woodinville to give input on a watershed-scale stormwater management plan for Bear Creek. Attendees asked good questions and provided their perspective on Bear Creek conditions and different options for the plan. For more information and updates, visit the website.

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

For more information about the community council, visit the Upper Bear Creek Community Council website or the the Upper Bear Creek Facebook page.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meetings

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

Nov. 28, 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

Nov. 7 & Dec. 5, 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.

These items submitted by the GMVUAC.

Transportation forum
On Oct. 18, the four King County Rural Area unincorporated area councils (UAC) hosted a forum to meet with Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) staff and King County Department of Transportation employees to discuss jurisdictional growth targets and regional transportation concurrency. The forum helped foster a better understanding of PSRC's role in regional planning. In turn, PSRC is better aware of rural area residents' transportation issues. PSRC encouraged UAC participation in the ongoing Transportation 2040 Update, as well as its Rural Transportation Study.

Annual Operating Model Train Show

The area council hosted its 19th annual Operating Model Train Show on Oct. 15 and 16 at the Gracie Hansen Community Center in Ravensdale. There was a good turnout by the community, despite the storm warnings, to see a great variety of operating model trains in many creative layouts. As usual, the Legos were a big hit with the children, as well as the "adult" kids.

Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area

Tolt-MacDonald Park barn painting and roof replacement

King County Parks is in the process of repairing and painting the Tolt-MacDonald Park Barn in Carnation. Damaged siding is being repaired and replaced, and painting will take place through November. The Tolt Barn roof replacement is planned for 2017. The barn is closed during repairs and is expected to reopen next summer.

Tolt-MacDonald Park Campground closed during flood season

As in previous years, King County Parks is closing the campground at Tolt-MacDonald Park along the Snoqualmie River during flood season from Nov. 1 through March 1. Park visitors should use extreme caution and follow all advisory signage when flooding is occurring. The campground closure enables staff to perform routine maintenance and limits the time spent clearing debris after each flood event. The permanent restrooms in the campground are also closed until March1. Portable restrooms are available near the Tolt Barn.

One lane of North Fork Road Southeast closed for two weeks

King County Road Services is doing bridge repair work on the Tate Creek bridge crossing on North Fork Road Southeast. Work began on Monday, Oct. 17 and is expected to last about two weeks. One lane of North Fork Road SE will be closed 24/7 for the duration of the project. Motorists should expect delays in the area during this time. Signs located at the project site will provide updates. Visit the website for a map and more information.

Fall City Community Association meeting

Nov. 11, 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

Pinnacle Peak Park Trailhead and Parking Lot

King County Parks has contracted with Pivetta Brothers Construction Inc. to construct the parking lot at the Pinnacle Peak Park Trailhead. Construction has begun and the trail connection will be developed by the King County Parks Backcountry Trail Crew. The parking lot is anticipated to be complete by the end of November, with trail construction and on-site restoration to be completed this winter.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association

Oct. 26 & Nov. 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive in Black Diamond. Agenda items include committee updates on transportation, environmental, and safety issues. The October meeting will feature an overview of stormwater services and fees provided by John Taylor, Interim Director of King County's Water and Land Resources Division. The November meeting will be the last regular monthly meeting for 2016. 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.

Vashon/Maury Island Area

King County landslide hazards workshop

King County and the Flood Control District have released new landslide hazard maps, created with state-of-the-art technology. The Department of Permitting and Environmental Review has scheduled a meeting for Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Vashon Rural Services Center, 10011 SW Bank Rd. on Vashon to discuss its updated landslide hazard mapping for use as a new permit screening tool in unincorporated King County outside of the forest production zone.

Maury Island Natural Area restoration

In the latter half of October, construction equipment will begin arriving on site at Maury Island Natural Area. Contractor crews will be removing invasive vegetation and replanting three acres of the park, in the area south of Southwest 260th Street, near the cell phone tower. King County Parks is doing this work in order to comply with their agreed order with the Washington Department of Ecology to clean up contaminated soil at the site. The work is expected to last approximately two months. During this time, short-term, intermittent trail closures may occur during the day for equipment access.

Vashon Highway Southwest

Expect traffic delays on Vashon Highway Southwest near the ferry dock through Oct. 28. Crews are removing a building foundation and re-sloping the hillside near the Cunliffe Road intersection. During construction, lanes will be shifted to make room for equipment and vehicles.

Vashon Social Services Network

Nov. 1, 9 - 11 a.m. at J.G. Commons, 17300 96th Place Southwest, on Vashon. Monthly meeting of human and social services providers on Vashon-Maury Island. Open to the public. For more information, visit the website.

CSA Vashon Days

Nov. 1, 1 - 6 p.m. at the Vashon Community Service Center, 10011 SW Bank Rd. on Vashon. Come meet your Community Service Areas representative, Bong Sto. Domingo. To make an appointment email Bong Sto. Domingo, or call 206-351-8071.Walk-ins are welcome.

West King County Area

Big Finn Hill Park Playground Update

The lower playground at Big Finn Hill Park is closed for construction and is currently on schedule to reopen in mid-December. 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.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting

Nov. 3, 7 - 9 p.m. at the North Highline Fire District Training Center, 1243 SW 112th Street in Seattle. Monthly meeting of North Highline's volunteer community council. The council provides leadership in promoting, resolving and discussing community needs. For more information, check the North Highline UAC website or contact Liz Giba.

Skyway Solutions

Oct. 29, 2 - 5 p.m. at Skyway Bowl, 11819 Renton Ave S, in Seattle. Come meet your neighbors, learn about resources available to you and see upcoming improvements to Skyway Park. King County Public Health will be assisting with insurance sign ups, Orca Lift cards and food and energy assistance! Open to the public. For more information, vist the Skyway Solutions website or contact Michael Majeed.

Skyway Solutions board meeting

Nov. 7, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at 13470 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, in Seattle. A community based organization whose mission is to promote community-building, equitable development and neighborhood revitalization. Monthly board meeting of the board. Open to the public. For more information, vist the Skyway Solutions website.

White Center Teen Program Halloween Carnival

King County Parks' White Center Teen Program will host its annual Halloween Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 2-5 p.m. at Log Cabin at Steve Cox Memorial Park. It'll be a fun afternoon of arts, crafts, games and entertainment! Teen volunteers are needed. To volunteer, contact Vana at 206-477-2105.

White Center Chamber of Commerce meeting

Nov. 8, 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

Nov. 9, 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

Nov. 15, 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.