December 2013

Calendar

Dec. 7
White Center Tree Lighting

Dec. 11
West Hill Community Association Board meeting

Dec. 16
Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting

Dec. 18
Four Creeks UAC meeting

Dec. 19
Skyway Solutions

Jan. 6
Greater Maple Valley UAC meeting

Jan. 9
North Highline UAC meeting

Jan. 10
CSA Grant application deadline

Jan. 15
Four Creeks UAC meeting

Jan. 21
West Hill Community Association Board meeting

Jan. 28
Upper Bear Creek Community Council meeting

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.

Engage with King County

Unincorporated Community Building grant applications close Jan. 10
A total of $60,000 is available through the King County Community Service Area Program for projects, with grants of less than $5,000 to locally based, community-led organizations in unincorporated King County that encourage collaborations and partnerships. Applications are due Jan. 10. Information about the 2014 application process, grant application workshop dates, and a list of the 2013 awardees is available online.

Provide feedback on proposed Metro Transit cuts
Metro Transit plans to send a package of service changes to the County Council for approval next spring. Once approved by the council, the service changes will be phased in beginning in September 2014. The public will also have an opportunity to provide comment to the council before service changes are adopted. Check the online calendar for an opportunity near you.

County floats new rules that crack down on illegal dumping
New rules, effective in January, would help protect land managed by King County Parks from illegal dumping and include fines of up to $500 for those caught trashing public property. Despite “no dumping” signs, gates and fencing to discourage illegal dumping on Parks land, the issue remains among the most-frequent citizen complaints. The parks division is seeking public comments on its proposed rules available on the website. Email comments to Kathy Nygard no later than 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 23.

Comments sought on environmental impact review of new facility
King County is planning to build a new Children and Family Justice Center in Seattle. The public comment period for the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) environmental impact review runs from Dec. 6-20. To read the SEPA review results, or to submit comments, please visit the website.

News

2014 King County budget unincorporated initiatives
Police storefronts, a reopened police precinct and parks and trail improvements are among investments adopted in the county’s 2014 budget for the 250,000 residents of unincorporated King County.

Metro must plan now for major service cuts in absence of funding
Metro must plan now for major service cuts in absence of funding Wondering how proposed cuts and revisions to Metro bus service may affect you? Learn more about what’s happening to Metro in the absence of funding on the website.

Metro and snow
A reminder that when temperatures drop, it’s time to plan ahead and know how to use Metro Transit when it snows. Sign up for alerts and find great winter travel tips online.

Roads closed due to snow?
Snow and ice storms bring road closures and driving delays. It’s important for people with medical conditions or with critical medicines to plan carefully in case roads are closed longer than anticipated.

Quick health insurance information
Easy access to information about health insurance enrollment, including enrollment events near you for one-on-one help signing up for health insurance, is available by text message. Text KING plus your ZIP code to 468311. For example, enter the text message: KING 98022 and text it to number 468311.

Season of ‘HOPE’ at RASKC
Help Orphaned Pets Everywhere this holiday season by donating to Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC). Your donations of cash or pet care items go directly to helping animals at the Pet Adoption Center. Visit the website to learn how you can help.

Buying toys?
Some chemicals are limited for use in children's toys. The international symbols shown below appear on toys containing chemical safety standards that exceed U.S. standards. For a list of safe toy makers, visit the website.

Safer Toys Symbols

Living Christmas tree program benefits King County Parks
King County Parks is teaming up with Swansons Nursery for a second year of the living Christmas tree program - a festive partnership that gives a second life to your holiday tree while benefitting King County Parks’ habitat restoration efforts. Learn more about the program and stop by Swansons Nursery on Sunday, Dec. 8. Visit King County Parks booth, featuring kids' activities and great information about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Cavalia returns to Marymoor Park
Cavalia is returning to Marymoor Park on Feb. 26  with their latest show, "Odysseo," featuring 63 horses and 47 artists, the 125-foot-tall White Big Top, and a state-of-the-art video screen equal to the size of three IMAX screens. Tickets are on sale at on the website.

King County Parks Foundation
In celebration of King County Parks' 75th birthday, and in partnership with Laird Norton Wealth Management and The Seattle Foundation, the King County Parks Foundation was launched earlier this year to invest in preserving the next 75 years of our parks and trails. Learn more about the foundation, the advisory board, or make a donation on the website.

Stressed out over the holidays?
Family conflicts, financial worries, missing a loved one, or just too much to do – they can lead to unhealthy levels of stress or depression during the holiday season. If you feel overwhelmed and need someone to talk to, the Crisis Line funded by King County is available 24/7 at 206-461-3222 or 1-866-4CRISIS. Tips on dealing with stress and worry are available here.

Community Service Area news

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area

Upper Bear Creek Community Council
Jan. 28, 7 p.m., at the Woodinville Water District, 17238 NE Woodinville-Duvall Rd. in Woodinville.The meeting will include an informal open house and a briefing by King County Metro Transit staff regarding transportation funding and proposed cuts. Check King County Metro’s online calendar or the Upper Bear Creek Community Council website for details.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meetings
Dec. 18 & Jan. 15, 7 p.m., at the May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Rd. in Renton. The Dec. 18 meeting will include an informal open house and a briefing by King County Metro Transit staff regarding transportation funding and proposed cuts. Check King County Metro’s online calendar or the Four Creeks UAC website for details.

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meeting
Jan. 6, 7 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley. The meeting will include an informal open house and a briefing by King County Metro Transit staff regarding transportation funding and proposed cuts. Check King County Metro’s online calendar or the Greater Maple Valley UAC website for details.

This item submitted by the GMVUAC

GMVUAC Newsletter

The area council is launching a newsletter partially funded by a Community Service Areas Grant. The newsletter will be mailed to unincorporated area residents in the Tahoma School District early in the new year. The first issue will provide useful information on the area council, its four community areas, and its activities, to more than 10,000 residents. Feedback and comments will be welcomed.

Vashon/Maury Island Area

Vashon-Maury Island Community Council General meeting
Dec. 16, 7 p.m., McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon.
For more information visit the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council website.

West King County Area

White Center Christmas Tree lighting
Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. at the Triangle, SW Roxbury and 16th Ave. SW, in White Center. The outdoor event is sponsored by the White Center Chamber of Commerce.

Skyway Solutions community potluck
Skyway Soluntions will hold a community potluck on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Skyway Water & Sewer District, 6723 S 124th St., in Seattle. The potluck is open to the public.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting
Jan. 9, 7 p.m., North Highline Fire District Office, 1243 SW 112th St., Seattle. The meeting will include an informal open house and a briefing by King County Metro Transit staff regarding transportation funding and proposed cuts. Check King County Metro’s online calendar or the North Highline UAC website for details.

West Hill Community Association Board meeting
Dec. 11 & Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Skyway Fire District #20, 12424 76th Ave S., Seattle. The Jan. 21 meeting will include an informal open house and a briefing by King County Metro Transit staff regarding transportation funding and proposed cuts. Check King County Metro’s online calendar or the West Hill Community Association website for details.

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