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PAGE A2 — THE ISSAQUAH PRESS — WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 1998 ‘ Sammamish Springs meeting reset for June 10 The state Boundary Review Board for King County (BRB) has rescheduled an infor- mational meeting regarding the proposed City of Sammamish Springs. The meeting is at 7:30 pm. June 10 at Endeavour Elementary School, 26205 SE. Issaquah—Fall City Road. Sammamish Springs would incorporate the 12,000 residents of Overdale Park and Klahanie, as proposed by Overdale Park-area resident Evelyn Coffey. She filed the incorporation papers with King County May 15. “The community wants the opportunity to decide how it will be governed rather than to leave that important task to others or to chance,” Coffey said. Medical Center with serious injuries, according to officials with King County Fire District 10. The hospital reported lateMonday he was in stable condition With a ia'ceration and multiple confusions. The Read Logging and Construction Co. Station Continued from page A1 The developers had been willing to advance the city between $200,000 and $300,000 in fire-miti- gation fees to accelerate construction of a station there. Officials at the city and Intracorp also have talked about park-mitigation fees, which could go toward buying the Kelly Ranch for the planned expansion to Tibbetts Valley Park. “Our objective right now is to dis— cuss with the city the interest in the (community facilities) location,” Liennan said. Issaquah Fire Chief Jim Rankin said discussions are to begin this week. “I don’t know where (the 10-acre site) is,” Rankin said, adding, “SR 900 is the key corridor where we want aafire station located.” The department is experiencing [ail ' Continued from page A1 all the improvements and if the total square footage would even be ade— quate. Public Works Director Greg Wilder said the city has scaled back its space needs for employees to 229 square feet from 244 square feet each. “We’ll make it fit,” Wilder said. “We’ll make do.” The council unan- imously agreed that further study is needed. “We’re extremely frustrated with the way this budget has exploded to nearly double,” said council President Fred Kempe. “I’m not sure the Aum House (185 SE. Bush St.) an increase in calls, and more diffi- culty getting to those calls from the station on East Sunset Way because of increased traffic, Rankin said. The city recently delayed construc- tion of the second station for three or four years while the search for the right site continues. Meantime, the city is planning to set up a temporary station at 1770 NW. Maple St. “I don’t see the delay as a major issue,” Rankin said. “At least we will have the equipment and personnel out there. We’re there. We’re responding.” For the temporary station, about $250,000 in capital costs would be spent on a metal, modular building for fire apparatus and a double-wide manufactured home for living quar- ters and offices, Rankin said. Rent for the land owned by the Rowley Agency is being negotiated, and could be $24,000 per year, and Monte House (280 Rainier Blvd. S.E.) are the best way to go. That is one way. I’m not happy where we are on that yet.” Several members of the police department were at the council meet- ing to witness the inclusion of the gun range. The range was added to the facil- ity only after the council was assured it could be rented to other police agencies, offsetting its cost by gener- ating as much as $120,000 per year. Officers also assured the council that the intent is not to take business from the Issaquah Sportsmen’s Club. “I don’t see (the range) displacing the Sportsmen’s Club or the function of it,” said councilor David Kappler. I ; beinginvestigated,” Turnerssaid; ,“H'e‘missed the corner and roiled the. true}: over the ' g f ' embankment. The stop lightsare gone.” . Thetruck left skidimarks', hit a curb and top , pled, leaving power lines strewn across the ' road, according to King County officers. The roads were closed in all directions for several hours, while Puget Sound Energy crews worked to restore power and King County offi- cers finished their investigation. The truck and trailer were totaled, with preliminary estimates Rankin said. The proposal is being reviewed by the mayor and will come before the City Council soon, Rankin said. The delay also gives the city and King County Fire District 10 more time to consider consolidation options, which could lead to building a joint facility and sharing the cost. After the City Council was updat- ed last week about changes to East Village’s blueprint, councilor David Kappler appeared to like the idea of building the fire station on higher ground. “Do we have a fire station poten- tially on the dry side of the road?” Kappler said. Other design changes at East- Village are: D Entrance on SR 900 moved south about 800 feet from its previ- ous location at Southeast 78th Street The project is being financed mostly by a combination of bonds — $5 million in bonds voters approved in 1995, and another $5.7 million worth of councilmanic and revenue- backed bonds. The bond total includes what will need to be issued for the administrative space. The city also has acquired $800,000 in inter- est and police—mitigation fees. The bonds will be repaid by rent- ing City Hall Northwest for an esti- mated $240,000 a year and the gun range, and by delaying construction of a permanent, second fire station by three or four years. 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Rich's SUMMER SALE Schools Continued from page A1 “I’d just like to see the board be creative,” parent Wendy Aman told the board in opposing a move toward a year-round schedule. She urged build— ing the Trossachs elementary school and seeking a bond issue again at the next possible election in February. “Keep the quality of these schools strong, because they are strong,” Aman advised. “Looking creatively isn’t neces- sarily going to house the next 4,000 students that come in here,” board member David Irons Jr. said. In his view, the district has two simple options, he said ~— continue asking voters to fund new schools until they ' approve construction money, or start planning now for the year-and-a—half transition to an alternate schedule. Year-round and double-shift schedules “are not optimal solutions,” said parent Sue Wester, who has preschool children who eventually will go to Issaquah schools. “I’m deeply, deeply saddened that we don’t have what I see as enough community support for our schools,” she added. Board member Mike Bernard had a different perspective of the elec- tion results. “I think it’s clear that the commu- nity, by a vast margin, does support the school district,” he said, referring to the 55 percent who favored the construction bond. “It just doesn’t come up to the 60 percent.” After failure at the first election in February, Bernard had wanted to wait longer before returning to vot— ers. The second failure was a signal to proceed with caution, he said. “This district cannot afford to be naive about our politics,” he said. “I think it’s important to put some dis- tance between us and the election [r- Garcia isr ‘5 from the ' who is ch lson nearly hoping to st quah for Want people hilppened in ‘ mething W _' said. “I don ‘ t0 talk about i“ Something . 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