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PAGE A4 - THE ISSAQUAII PRESS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 1998 EDITORIAL jailhouse go-ahead is the right direction tion may be one of the most disconcerting fiscal issues a warding a construction bid for the city’s new police sta— the City Council has faced in years. In the end, the coun- cil made the right choice by moving ahead. Rising construction costs put the council in a quandry when it first went out for bid on the police station that also includes addi— tional city office space. Councilors split on their options, but eventually agreed to revise the plans and go back out for bids. While bids were still high the second time around, the adminis- tration has put together a funding package that puts the city in a tight spot —— but still applies good sense. C] The City Council approved councilmanic bonds equal to a third Of the city’s total bonding capacity without going to the vot- ers, leaving the city with only about $6 million available for emergency monies. But there’s little room to argue that this is an appropriate use for those bonds if there ever was one. C] The police station and jail complex is already a year behind schedule. Meanwhile, the city has housed all Of its prisoners else- where, for an added cost of about $18,000 a month. Further con- struction delays mean continued jail costs, as well as the loss of revenue the city usually receives for housing prisoners from other cities. D Once the new police station building with its additional top- story city administrative Offices is complete, city employees will be able to move in, vacating space in the city’s temporary quar- ters near I-90. Those offices then will be available to lease and generate revenue to help pay Off the bonds. We hope council members will continueto pay close attention to the financial details while city coffers feel the pinch in the midst of growing pains. That attention has finally paid Off with a bid award and a green light for the police station, jail, gun range, city offices and parking. It’s a bit of a risk, but one worth taking. OFF THE ’Beam me to State 3A’ he weekend in local sports, I the logistics and foibles of reporting it, and the work Rita Balock and I put into produc- ing the state fastpitch and track championship coverage can be best summed up as follows: Joe Brosseau and Brady Jones won state track and field titles and Skyline fastpitch began its final game simultaneously. That meant synchronize-your- watches-be-in- - three-places- at-the-same- time simulta- neously. Funny, the job description didn’t mention breaking the laws of physics. But GREG we managed to FARRAR beam our— PRESS selves back PHOTOGRAPHER and forth across Tacoma for two days, and the athletes made it worth the effort. Freaky Freeway Frlday Our first hurdle Friday was actually getting to Tacoma. Some truck’s accidental cargo spill at the Puyallup River bridge on I-5 closed all southbound lanes, and the typical wait was two hours. But lucky for Rita, she was in a car with the Driving Madman of the Apocalypse — and I had a map. Instead of crawling to Exit 130 I took 142B turned right at the light turned left on Pacific Highway South saw a road-work- ahead sign so turned left on 70th Avenue East right on 20th Street East right on the Port of Tacoma Road got back on [-5 at Exit 136 back on course to Exit 130 turned right at South 56th Street crossed the train tracks turned left on Adams Street and voila a savings of fifteen minutes! “I was only scared a little bit,” said Rita. Liberty fastpitch started at 2 pm; Issaquah and Skyline at 4. We would be able to watch and shoot at the adjacent Indians and Spartans ball fields when the Pats’ game was over, no problemo. That was, until Liberty’s game ran 10 innings! According to my notes — other- wise, it’s all a blur I went to the Skyline game after Liberty’s ninth inning, and caught the Spartans from the bottom of the first till the top of the third, got the Issaquah game from the top of the fifth to the end of the seven-inning game, and returned to Skyline’s bottom- seventh to the end Of their eight- inning contest. I was pooped. We deserved a dinner after that, and went to Houlihan’s for chicken fingers (although we didn’t know chicken had fingers) and a steak. What we didn’t know was that Saturday would be twice as busy and we’d be stuck with hot dogs. Stressed-out Super Saturday Rita drove. She dropped me off at Lincoln Bowl (not the bowling alley two blocks away but the actual stadi- um) at 9:30 a.m. Balock went to cover Issaquah and Skyline fast- pitch semifinals while I was to cover pole vault, girls’ high jump, girls’ shot put and boys’ javelin, all starting at 10. Four places at once — Scotty, can you keep the transporter working for me? Well, it was on the fritz. I pho- tographed shot put and javelin in the upper field, but Skyline’s vaulter and Liberty’s jumper were done when I got to the lower field. Now there was time to kill. I had the first of two Polish dogs and read from a book Of poetry Samuel Taylor “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Coleridge, to be exact. When Rita found me - inci- dentally, the Lincoln Bowl is famous for nonexistent parking and it was quite a hike — she said I was the only photographer she saw reading poetry, and also the only one flapping around in his wide- legged jeans, or “Pipes.” Definitely the only one doing both. Anyway, it was time for discus and the 800-meter race. Brady Jones was the top qualifier, so he was the last thrower in the last flight, and discus got a late start, and he finally threw his first three at 1:50 pm. Brosseau’s race was at 2. The transporter worked this time and I beamed down to the track. Joe won his SOD-meter race at the same time Brady was taking his final three throws. But luckily, his best throw had been in the flight, not the final. One more hot dog and Off to fastpitch. We caught Skyline’s last three innings against Olympia, and then the Issaquah-Capital title game, which was a tense pitchers’ duel ending with Capital’s one-out run in the bottom of the seventh. And although I had the shots to go with Rita’s coverage, the words that strike terror in a photograph- er’s heart had come to pass. I had to use my last roll of film. Congratulations to all of the participants. Take care. ISSAQUAH PRESS, V’PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY SINCE 1900 45 FRONT STREET S. PO. Box 1328 ISSAQUAH, KING COUNTY, WA 98027 $22 PER YEAR / $38 Two YEARS ADD $12 OUTSIDE KING COUNTY/ $15 OUTSIDE STATE OPINION // — /, ,1 g / ...r;.-~._3.' ,/ I////l //.’//. 7%; «I ANOTHER SIGHTI /' v, //,".‘;'1/ . / W/l/ ’(l/a/ll/I,/l -’ ’/////.’:7 4/ // EVERYW loo _ .I 4/ 6. THESE WILv W819 AVE .\ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR SPAR County is dedicated to new road After reading your editorial on the “County’s low priority for SPAR inexcusable,” I felt com- pelled to clarify some information and miscon- ceptions presented in The Issaquah Press. (King) County has been a leader in the imple- mentation of the cluster of projects known as the Sammamish Plateau Access Road (SPAR), the Sunset Interchange and the Issaquah Bypass since the concept began taking shape in 1989. With the advent of the Growth Management Act and the proposed Urban Planned Development Of Issaquah Highlands, the county seized the oppor- tunity to develop a Master Transportation Financing Agreement (MTFA) with the develop- er, the City of Issaquah and WSDOT (state Department of Transportation). Under the MTFA, this project was split into these multiple phases including the segregation of the SPAR into the north and south links. While it is true that the six-year Capital Improvement Program adopted by the County Council in November 1997 shows construction funding for the North SPAR in 2003, the county always has been deeply committed to funding the project at the earliest opportunity as required under the MTFA. The county has long stated its intent to move ahead with construction of the North SPAR in 2001 -— if funding for the Sunset Interchange was obtained. The county remains deeply committed to meeting this schedule. The MTFA requires the county to construct the North SPAR following the start of construction of the South SPAR and the Sunset Interchange. Since [1995, the county, in partnership with the City of Issaquah, WSDOT and the developer of Issaquah Highlands has been working to secure funding for all four projects. The coun- ty was informed recently that Congress will, in fact, agree to provide $19.8 million to fund the Sunset Interchange, which should ensure the pro- ject’s completion. I believe our aggressive action to move this package of projects forward speaks for itself. These projects have, and will continue to be, leading transportation priorities for the county and its partners. Paul Toliver Director, King County Department of Transportation SCHOOL ELECTION Volunteers, donations appreciated On behalf of the Volunteers for Issaquah Schools, we gratefully acknowledge the commu- nity for its support of the Issaquah School District bond and levy measures on the May bal- lot. The Show of support began on March 30 at a rally and fundraiser held at Village Theatre. The event, attended by 150 people, was co-spon- sored by Issaquah PTSA Council and the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. The Liberty High School Jazz Band and a string quartet from Issaquah High provided musical entertain- ment. Art work by district high school and mid- dle school students was on display. We would like to thank all those who participated in the event with a special thank you to Village Theatre for letting us hold the rally in their lobby. The people who worked on the campaign are ALL DEPARTMENTS CAN BE REACHED AT 425-392-6434 too numerous to list individually: 95 worked on preparing mailings; 123 made “get out the vote” calls; approximately 90 doorbelled their neigh- borhoods; 88 conducted poll watching efforts on election day; approximately 350 people waved signs at 17 locations during morning and evening rush hours on election day. The following people deserve special recogni- tion: Maureen Shaw, treasurer; Judy Brewer, sign distribution; Roseshel Howe, “get out the vote” call coordinator; Robin Steams and Sheryl Goldsberry, endorsement ad; Jan Yalowitz, distri- bution of materials to pre-schools; Connie Fletcher, VIS hotline; Marianne Kersten, Kathy LeMond, Diana Wooden, Jan Bennett, Saras Eisenberg and Melissa Gardner, doorbell coordi- nators; Marianne Kersten and David Irons, fundraising. Others who contributed a great deal of time in j a number of different capacities include Steven and Kathleen Drew, Debbie Householder, Melissa Freeman and Erica Haynes. It was wonderful working with a dedicated group of volunteers united by the belief that we were supporting issues that are in the best inter- est of the students of Issaquah. It was a pleasure working with all of them! Lesley Austin and Dave Sharkey Co-chairs, Volunteers for Issaquah Schools Here’s why I voted ‘no’ I’ve been a resident for more than 17 years, and I never miss an opportunity to vote. I have watched the spread of the school sys- tem, and I have observed the waste of my tax dollars on bloated administration staffs and grossly excessive administration salaries, grandiose structures and needless infrastructure spending that do not add to the educational expe- rience. The purpose of school funding is to provide good education to kids. It is not to perpetuate an administrative system, not to support a bureau- cracy, not to enrich land owners and not to enrich developers. And, the quality of education in Issaquah schools, as I see it, is not all that great. We don’t get what we’re told, and I don’t believe we’re getting what we’re paying for. And we pay and pay and pay. ‘ If the amounts proposed and approved in levy votes during the past 10 years (pick a period), added to the state basic funds, had been simply allocated to each kid, all kids in the Issaquah school district could undoubtedly have been sent to excellent private schools, with lots of money left over. The size of the student population does not warrant the size of the taxes taken (this of course would have put a large and growing bureaucracy out of work). I will gladly join with any and all that oppose the continued abuse of the taxpayer by the Issaquah schools bureaucracy. John S. Gordon A more candid approach, please I was honored at Mr. Richard Symms’ invita- tion to call him regarding volunteer opportuni- ties. Rowley Enterprises’ secretary referred me to Mr. Symms’ voice mail, on which I left a mes- sage. While Mr. Symms may have had some . . . OFFICIAL PAPER FOR e-marl: web site: THE CITY OF ISSAQUAI-I DEADLINES: NEWS Is NOON FRIDAY ADVERTISING IS NOON MONDAY Pamooxw'msrAcErAm AT THE ISSAOUAH Post OFFICE AND DEBORAH BERIO ................ ..PUBus1-II=.R JUNE FoRn .... ..ADVEKI'lSlNG MANAGER DAVID HARRIs ...... ..PRODucn0N MGR. Auflgg‘flggfmummofifin KARL KUNKEL' ............... ..EDnOR BRIAN BRETIAND .... ..SALES DIRECIOR DONA FROST MOKIN ...... "PRODUCTION US 270720. RITA BALDCK ............. ..RFJ’ORI'ER MARILYN BoYDEN ....... ...ADVERI'ISING Boa TORRES .................. ..CIRCUDATION WW3, STACY GOODMAN .... "mom MARY ETTA GOES ......... ..ADVERnSING ANNE WEINERr ........ ..FR0NT OFFICE Sam ADDRESS CHANGES 1o: GRACE REAMER .................. "REPOKYER ADRIENNE TURIEY ..C1ASSIFIEDS MGR. KAREN WILSON .............. ..ACCOUNTING ISSAOUAH PEN. P-O- BOX GREG FARRAR ............ ..PHOIOGRAPHER TRISH COULS'ION ............ "CLASSIFIEDS JAOOUEUN McCALLA .... ..ACOOUNTING 1328' “MW”, WA 98027- '1; I; .7229, -- i; IF' .eei [fill/l r “71%) l .: ‘\ I.y I} ” of its I I .leerty als¢ "S. teachei lffe AwaI for its stuc lace finisl ,Ibi’ Senior B ‘3 kind 0] a teacher a . ,What the H t], 15 working ’3‘] a team Press Header THE ISSAOUAH PRESS P.O. Box 1328 Issaquah WA 98027 background in education, his current posing“ n at thef with Issaquah’s premier developer indlcfieer’ ben0f1_1r9{ that his rimar focus has chan ed consl . 1.“ y 1% p y g n03, ‘ Secret in ‘ ably. Mr. Symms’ ideas of what voluntee . ” for our community is all about doubtless .‘lilon ‘ t f: coincide with mine. But if Mr. Symms “’1 s ' agree to volunteer time to one of my Causes, I’ll consider volunteering equal time t0 0” his causes. i V\ ‘ May I confess that I’m skeptical of ME , Symms’ Statement that his employer, SKIP I * Rowley, has done “more for kids,’without " fare,” than anybody in the community. M" Rowley indeed donates a (minuscule, ta)" exempt) proportion of his wealth to various causes. v Is that more significant than, say, scho‘zl ,. 3 board members’ contributions to Issaquah “‘ cation system, the contributions of enviroI}n1 F tal activists fighting to keep our air and SO1 of health-destroying pollution resulting from} local overdevelopment, the struggles of R“ 'f‘ Kees, Denise Smith and Joanna Buehler “3 serve our superb surface and ground waters"f tems, or the efforts of our dedicated 0011’s unteer firefighters? “Without fanfare?” If I had Mr. ROW wealth, one of my top aides would proba the time to praise me to the heavens. ,‘ The controversy surrounding the last Mgd school bond elections had little to do with :; eating the “kids.” It had to do with whether Rowley Enterprises and other developerS 5 pay their fair share of the cost of construCt on, new educational facilities, the need for Wm j wasn’t persuasively demonstrated. Mr. Symms’ speculation that I p . without “knowledge of facts” is under!la true to some extent. Especially when the .1'" “facts” are defined by Mr. Rowley’s t0? 3‘5 those “facts” used by big-bucks deveIOPelavli when “persuading” politicians to weakean and regulations related to developmellt a pollution. Mr. 5. A more candid approach is called for, f, Symms. Abe R' p lay" my I roceed ‘ bit