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Regional Publisher Eric LaFontaine

General Manager William Shaw

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Ad Account Executives Paul Brown Summer Davis David Hamilton William Shaw

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ISSAQUAH & SAMMAMISH Issaquah and Sammamish are vibrant communities nestled in the Cascade Mountains foothills. Issaquah — a Native American name meaning “the sounds of birds” — was established in 1892, according to the Downtown Issaquah Association and City of Issaquah. The city has experienced major growth since 1990, following annexations, construction in the Issaquah Highlands and Talus urban villages and a subsequent housing boom. Issaquah now encompasses about 12.49 square miles and is home to 33,330 people. Sammamish’s name is also derived from two Native American words: “Samena” — which means hunter — and “mish,” or people, according to the city. Sammamish incorporated on Aug. 31, 1999 and is primarily a residential community located on the east side of Lake Sammamish. The city’s vision is a community of families, a blend of small-town atmosphere with a suburban character, accompanied by a unique core of urban lifestyles and conveniences. Sammamish encompasses 18.22 square miles and is home to 61,000 people. In this 24-page 2018/19 Issaquah-Sammamish Residents Guide, we hope to give both new and established residents a guide to places and activities that abound in these cities, which are both characterized by vibrant natural features and first-rate recreational, cultural and educational opportunities.

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Fresh Fare, Fruit, Flowers

The 2018 season of the Issaquah Farmers Market features fresh-cut flowers, farm fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods and more. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 29 at the Pickering Barn across from Costco, 1730 10th Ave. NW, Issaquah. For more information, including the market’s events calendar, visit www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/market.

Locals attend the Issaquah Farmers Market. William Shaw/staff photo Pure Pig, from Sammamish operates their booth at the Issaquah Farmers Market. William Shaw/staff photo

Wise Guy Italian subs and food, from Sammamish, operates a booth at the Issaquah Farmers Market. William Shaw/ staff photo

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Back for its 11th year of operation, the Sammamish Farmers Market kicked off the 2018 season with more than 2,000 people attending opening day on May 9. The market runs from 4-8 p.m., every Wednesday, rain or shine, through Sept. 26. The market is located right outside of Sammamish City Hall, next to the library and YMCA.



Attendees pick out produce from Maharlika from Wapato, WA. Evan Pappas/ Staff Photo

Gina Dugger from Mama D’s brought handcrafted bread and jams to the market. Evan Pappas/ Staff Photo

Deb Sogge, Market Manager, is excited to begin the 11th year of the Sammamish Farmer’s Market. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

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“Singin’ in the Rain” at Village Theatre in 2016 recreated the movie’s most iconic scene with real rain. Photo courtesy of Village Theatre

VILLAGE THEATRE Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest, producing entertaining professional quality theatre for the entire family since 1979. Everything you see on the stage is personally selected, designed and crafted for each of Village Theatre’s unique productions by some of the best local artisans. Add into the mix a cast of the best talent in the Northwest and what you get is a theatrical experience in a class all its own. Performing in two locations: The Francis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah and the Everett Performing Arts Center in Everett, each season incorporates a fresh artistic take on classic musicals, the production of at least one innovative new musical, and one nonmusical comedy or drama. The Issaquah theatre is located at 303 Front Street N. For more information, visit www.villagetheatre.org or call 425-392-2202.


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FITNESS CLASSES, ACTIVITIES AND MORE AT ISSAQUAH SENIOR CENTER The Issaquah Senior Center offers activities ranging from fitness classes, movies, ping pong and bingo to trips and monthly socials. Lunch is served every day at noon. The Issaquah Senior Center is free; all are welcome to visit and use the facility. Senior center membership is free for those 55 and older, though classes and programs will include fees. For more information about upcoming senior center activities and services, visit www.issaquahwa. gov/seniors, or call 425-392-2381. The center is located at 75 NE Creek Way, Issaquah. Seniors at the Issaquah Senior Center rocked and rolled the clock back to the 1950s when Elvis came to entertain them during lunch in 2017. File photo

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Zackuse Creek | By Evan Pappas Golden shovels hit the dirt on June 6, as the city of Sammamish and several of its partners gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Zackuse Creek Fish Passage and Stream Restoration Project. The city of Sammamish has partnered with the Snoqualmie Tribe, Kokanee Work Group, King County and local property owners to restore the Zackuse Creek as a spawning ground for Kokanee salmon and to replace the box culvert that leads from the creek to Lake Sammamish to improve access for the fish. Tawni Dalziel, restoration project manager and stormwater program manager for the city of Sammamish, explained that the steep ravine has filled channels of the creek with sediment that has lowered the creek’s quality as a habitat for salmon to return. The restoration project will construct 400 feet of newly recovered stream channel and a new 12-foot wide box culvert will be installed under East Lake Sammamish Parkway to improve salmon passage from the lake to the creek, as it has been a huge issue for salmon to navigate through. “We worked with the (U.S.) Army Corps of Engineers, we worked with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to really get the design right and get what we think is a stream channel that is going to be resilient,” Dalziel said. Sammamish city manager Lyman Howard and Mayor Christie Malchow introduced the event and thanked the various partners involved with the event. Snoqualmie Tribe vice chair Michael Ross addressed the importance of acting as a steward of the environment and discussed some of the work that will be done. The Snoqualmie Tribe has contributed $300,000 in grant funding to the project, Ross said. The tribe’s Environmental and Natural Resources program will also remove invasive species from the area, plant native vegetation and monitor and maintain the creek for the next five years, he explained. David St. John of King County and the Kokanee Work Group spoke about the years of work to get the project to this point. Without the partnership of several organization, he said, the creek restoration would not have been able to happen. However, he said, there is still more work to be done at other creeks and streams in Sammamish and the surrounding area. Wally Pereya, community Kokanee activist and the owner of the property where the restoration will take place, also spoke at the event about how this project, and the protection of salmon, was an important factor in buying the property in 2012. “This is the culmination of a dream that I’ve had for many, many years,” Pereya said. “I purchased (the property) and the one objective I had in mind was to protect this property forever and also to do what’s necessary to have the Kokanee return.” Dalziel said they will begin after July 4 and sometime in August, a portion of East Lake Sammamish Parkway will be closed for crews to replace the box culvert. “We are going to wrap up everything by Sept. 30, so the tribe can do the plant establishment. Because it has to be done in the fall,” she said. For more information, the city of Sammamish has a project page on its website under the Public Works’ current projects page.

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Representatives for the city of Sammamish, Snoqualmie Tribe, Kokanee Work Group, and King County held their official groundbreaking of the Zackuse Creek restoration project on June 6. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

A small, shallow portion of Zackuse Creek races by the entrance to the restoration area as it joins up with a larger stream out to Lake Sammamish. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo

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Far left, center and Right: From Issaquah Creek to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, to the local art, salmon play a big role throughout the city. Photos courtesy of the city of Issaquah Above: A salmon moves through the water during Salmon Days in Issaquah in 2016. Photo courtesy of T.J. Moody

Issaquah Salmon Days, sponsored by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, celebrates the return of the city’s favorite fish to the Issaquah Creek in their annual migration. The Issaquah Salmon Days festival is “ohfishally” one of the coolest fall festivals in Washington. The weekend-long celebration

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shakers of Issaquah. With so much to see and do, the Salmon Days festival really makes a splash in the area. The festival runs from Oct. 6-7. For more information, visit www. issaquahchamber.com/salmondays.

FALL EVENTS Zombie Walk Since 2009, Issaquahns have celebrated the coming of Halloween by slathering themselves in pallid makeup, adopting a bad case of rigor mortis and shambling down Front Street. The parade of undead ends with a recreation of the Thriller music video in downtown. Some costumes in the past have included Zombie Waldo, Rick Grimes and his son Carl, and female Ash Williams, complete with chainsaw hand.

Salmon Days The internationally recognized event is one of the largest festivals in the Northwest featuring food, arts and crafts festivities and floats that celebrate the return of the salmon to spawning grounds. A small carnival will also run from Oct.. 5-7.

Nightmare at Beaver Lake One of the most popular Halloween events on the Eastside, Nightmare at Beaver Lake transforms Beaver Lake park into a terrifying walk through Hell. Put on by Sammamish Rotary, the haunted trek runs from midOctober through Halloween night.

Halloween Happening All ages are welcome to venture through Sammamish City Hall for the city’s annual Halloween Happening. With access to the usually closed-off office space, City Hall offers a trick-or-treat adventure appropriate for all ages. The 2016 event will be from 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

WINTER Very Merry Sammamish Held in early December, the city of Sammamish holds its annual winter event at City Hall and outside in the plaza. The

event boasts festive lights, food trucks and activities for children — including a petting zoo, cookie decorating and other crafts.

Wine and Art Walk The Downtown Issaquah Wine and Art Walk is held from 6-9 p.m. on Saturdays from March to June and in September. Live music, performances, art happenings, snacks and local boutique wine tastings are located up and down Front Street.


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Rig-A-Palooza Inspired by a child’s curiosity and need to touch everything, the Sammamish Parks and Recreation department presents an afternoon of engagement, up close to vehicles like a fire engine or utility truck.

Issaquah Farmers Market On Saturdays from May to September, the city of Issaquah features farm fresh food, music and other entertainment in the Pickering Barn. The market was recently in the running for recognition by the American Farmland Trust.

Sammamish Farmers Market On Wednesday from May to September, City Hall Plaza becomes the site of food, fun and health-conscious education. EvergreenHealth participates in the event and occasionally makes the market a stop for its Mobile 3D Mammography Coach.

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Once a month, from about April to October, local volunteers lead residents along walks through Sammamish parks. Typically beginning in the morning, the walks focus on plants and wildlife. For information, visit sammamishwalks.org.

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SUMMER Fourth on the Plateau

Every year thousands of people gather in the Sammamish Commons for the star-spangled tradition of watching fireworks explode overhead. The event, packed with children’s activities, food and music, occurs on July 4.

Burgers, Bikers and Babes Thundering Angels MC take over Triple XXX Root Beer in the summer to show off and compare their rides. The event includes a bikini bike wash and bikini contest with live music.

Fenders on Front Street Held on Father’s Day, Fenders on Front Street is Issaquah’s largest car show. Collectors come out from all over the state to show off their they’re new, classic and unique rides. Previous events have included an entire collection of DeLoreans, including a loving recreation of the time machine in “Back to the Future.” Triple XXX Root Beer is a popular refreshment stop during and after the show, so bring cash.

Concerts on the Green Every summer following the Fourth of July, the Issaquah Community Center hosts weekly free concerts on its lawn each Tuesday through the end of August. Each week is different, featuring either a local performer or a cover band for popular music. These concerts are packed and it’s not unusual for people to set up their lawn chairs more than a block away.

Concerts in the Park Throughout the summer, on Thursdays from July 12 through Aug. 16, crowds of Sammamish residents will make their way to Pine Lake Park for the weekly concert series. The event sports all variety of music and the Sammamish Rotary Club provides food for sale.

KidsFirst! An event that will get the young ones moving, KidsFirst! is a summertime concert series just for children. The series, primarily sponsored by the Kiwanis club of Sammamish, takes place throughout the city, mostly in its various parks, during July and August.

Sammamish Days During the late morning and early afternoon, families are welcome to join in the festivities at the Sammamish Commons Plaza, located between city hall and the Sammamish Library. It promises cultural performances, children’s activities and vendor booths. This event takes place in August, on the same day as Sammamish Nights.

Sammamish Nights Later in the evening, the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce presents Sammamish Nights, an event filled with music and entertainment, at city hall in August. Attendees enjoy an evening of local wine and beer tasting that’s paired with signature entrees from local restaurants.


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Women participate in a boot camp, circuit training session at the Sammamish Y. File photo

Members enjoy their workout at the Sammamish YMCA. File photo

At the Y you’ll find a warm environment with friendly members who are all part of a cause dedicated to bringing about meaningful change for themselves and for their community. Programs include group exercise classes, personal training, swim lessons, programs for health, recreation, health and fitness for kids and teens and more. Y membership gives you access to all 13 Seattle area branches, as well as every YMCA in Washington State. The Sammamish YMCA is located at 831 228th Ave. SE. For more information, visit www.seattleymca.org or call 425-391-4840.

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QUASQUICENTENNIAL: Issaquah’s 125th The city of Issaquah kicked off a year-long celebration in April 2017 in recognition of the city’s 125th birthday. Festivities included a birthday bash at Confluence Park, and a time capsule full of things that symbolize Issaquah as it is today. According to the Issaquah History Museums, the time capsule will eventually rest beneath one of the school cornerstones behind the Gilman Town Hall, and will be opened in 2092 for Issaquah’s bicentennial celebration.

The historic city of Issaquah celebrated its 125th birthday last July at Confluence Park. Even Sasquatch showed up to the party, where he posed for selfie with residents. File photos

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Berntsen Park: 810 Fourth Ave. N.W. This 2-acre open space park in Olde Town Issaquah offers creek and lake view, natural open space and an open grassy area.

Black Nugget Park: 1953 24th Ave. N.E. Located within the Issaquah Highlands Development, it offers a basketball court, benches, open grassy area, picnic tables, play equipment, tennis courts and a trail.

Centennial Park: Front Street North and

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Rainier Boulevard. A small park that includes public art and landscaping along Front Street in Olde Town Issaquah. It has benches, public art and a trail.

Central Park: 1907 Park Drive N.E. Located within the Issaquah Highlands Development, it includes three park fields and facilities such as a number of athletic fields, natural open space, picnic shelter, play equipment and a scenic viewpoint. Construction to improve Central Park Pad #1 (Field #1) began in June 2017. The project will see the creation of two multipurpose sports fields with LED lighting, as well as the widening of the Central Park Lane parking area,

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an additional picnic shelter and landscaping, a walking path around the field and gathering spaces, and field amenities, including goals, mounds and a scoreboard.

salmon returning to spawn at the Issaquah State Salmon Hatchery in the fall. In May 2017, the city opened a new playground and footbridge over Issaquah Creek at the park.

Confluence Park:

Cornick Park:

655 Rainier Blvd. N.

Completed in 2013, Confluence Park is actually a merger of three parks — Tolle Anderson, CybilMadeline and Issaquah Creek. The resulting 15.5-acre park includes a large picnic shelter, restrooms, a series of trails and a fenced community garden. In late summer 2015, the park was the site of a million-dollar renovation of Issaquah Creek’s east fork, undertaken in order to create a better passageway for

335 Front St. S. A scenic green space consisting of flowers and landscaping with benches and public art.

Depot Park: 2 E. Sunset Way (Rainier & Alder). Features a restored 1888 train depot, currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes benches, parking, picnic tables and a trail.

Emily Darst Park: Located along Pickering Trail, the 12-acre restored and enhanced park provides natural open space and wetlands. There are benches, creek/lake view, natural open space and a trail.

Gibson Park: 105 Newport Way S.W. A 3-acre park with benches, an open grassy area, picnic shelter, picnic tables and play equipment.

Grand View Park: 2306 N.E. Natalie Way. Located in the northern section of Issaquah Highlands and offers magnificent views of Mt. Baker and the Cascade Mountain Range. It includes include a play area, picnic area, manicured green space, on-site parking and a restroom.

Harvey Manning Park at Talus:

919 Bear Ridge Court. On the southern edge of the Talus neighborhood development, the approximately 10-acre park site includes a basketball court, natural open space, play equipment, restrooms and a trailhead.

Hillside Park:

300 Mt. McKinley Drive S.W. This Squak Mountain park includes a nonscheduled sports field for “pick-up” games, natural open space and a trail. There is no onsite parking available.

Meerwood Park: 4703 192nd Ave S.E. This 1.75-acre neighborhood park is located within the Sammamish Cove area and features a basketball court, benches, picnic tables, play equipment and tennis courts.

Mine Hill Park:

200 Wildwood Blvd. S.W.

Located at the base of Squak Mountain, it has five acres of natural area that parallels Wildwood Boulevard Southeast and includes a creek/lake view, trail and trailhead.

Skate Park:

301 Rainier Blvd S, Issaquah (behind Community Center) The Skate Park offers a variety of challenges for skateboarders and inline skaters. The Park is unsupervised and is open at all times. Rules are posted for the safety of participants. The Park is adjacent to the southeast side of the Community Center. This skate park will be closed once the city opens a new skate park in Tibbetts Valley Park at 965 12th Ave. N.W.

Squak Valley Park: 10319 Issaquah-Hobart Road S.E. Located at the very southern edge of the city on the Issaquah - Hobart Road, the

approximately 12.5-acre site includes three midsized soccer fields, children’s play structure, restroom and parking area.

Tibbetts Valley Park: 965 12th Ave. N.W. A 30-acre active recreational community park with athletic fields, tennis courts, basketball court and a children’s playground. Construction for the new Skate Park at Tibbetts Valley Park is underway and scheduled to be completed in late 2017.

Timberlake Park:

4500 West Lk Sammamish Pkwy. SE This 24-acre acre park site is predominantly forested and provides a 1/2 mile trail down to the Lake Sammamish shoreline and beach area. It includes a beach, benches, open grassy area, picnic tables, parking, restrooms and a scenic view.

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Big Rock Park: 21805 SE Eighth Court 425-295-0500 Zip line, natural playscapes, accessible meadow trail system and boardwalk.

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Ebright Creek Park: 1317 212th Ave. S.E. 425-295-0500

Barbecue grill, basketball court, climbing wall, group picnic area, picnic shelter, picnic tables, play structure, restrooms, trails and wildlife viewing areas.

Evans Creek Preserve: 4001 224th Ave. N.E. 425-295-0582 Trails and wildlife viewing.

Northeast Sammamish Park: 21210 N.E. 36th St. 425-295-0500 Basketball court, picnic tables, play structure and tennis courts.

Pine Lake Park: 2401 228th Ave. S.E. 425-295-0500 Barbecue grill, baseball field, basketball court, beach/ waterfront, climbing wall, group picnic area, lacrosse field, picnic shelter, picnic tables, play structure, restrooms and soccer.

Sammamish Commons: 801 228th Ave. S.E. • 425-295-0500 Barbecue grill, basketball court, climbing wall, picnic area, indoor rental facility, play structure, restrooms, skate park and trails.

Skyline Community Field: 1122 228th Ave. S.E. 425-837-7700 Baseball, lacrosse, soccer and softball fields, and restrooms.


SCHOOL DISTRICT The Issaquah School District is educating the innovators, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders of tomorrow. Students in our district repeatedly score within the top five percent on state standardized tests, but our teachers aim for more. They create passionate lifelong learners who want to achieve their personal and professional potential in a rapidly changing world. The district has grown with our region as it has transformed over the past 100 years from sleepy mining towns to the heart of a vibrant economic and cultural region. Nearly 21,000 students are now enrolled in the district’s 24 schools, which cover a span of 110 square miles and seven municipalities. The district serves a community that is becoming increasingly ethnically diverse. Residents lead and work at local corporations

such as Microsoft, Costco, Starbucks, Google, and Boeing. We enjoy incredible levels of parental involvement and most of our schools 100 percent PTSA membership or close to it. The community is highly engaged with us as business members help shape career curriculum and voters consistently pass school finance ballot measures. Our schools offer a well-rounded curriculum. Students excel in highly capable, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement programs, explore interest-based and real world learning at our new innovative high school, and have opportunities to take career and technical classes. The district has also been recognized for its fiscal management by earning Moody’s Aaa highest bond rating. Less than five percent of school districts nationwide share this distinction that helps keep tax rates as low as possible for residents. To learn more, explore the district website at www. issaquah.wednet.edu.



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A major portion of Issaquah’s water system comes from groundwater served by four

wells — two in the northeast section of Issaquah and two in the northwest section. The wells are deep: two are 100 feet deep, one is 200 feet deep and one is 400 feet deep. But those wells don’t serve every Issaquah citizen.


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The Cascade Water Alliance provides water to the Issaquah Highlands and Talus urban villages, as well as the Montreux and Lakemont areas. Cascade is a municipal corporation comprised of eight municipalities and water districts that joined together in 1999 to provide water supply for current and future needs. It includes the cities of Issaquah, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond and Tukwila, as well as the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, Covington Water District and Skyway Water and Sewer District. Cascade gets its water from the Seattle system, which is of the highest quality and is tested frequently. With the exception of

Issaquah Highlands, the city’s well water and Cascade Water Alliance water are not mixed, as the distribution systems are separated. Water purchased from the Alliance is fluoridated, while Issaquah Well water is not. The city of Issaquah mails an annual water quality report to its customers, with a breakdown of all substances monitored by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. In 2017, the city of Issaquah provided 1 billion gallons of high-quality drinking water to about 29,900 customers through more than 14,800 water connections, according to the 2017 report.


Essential numbers in the city of Issaquah Issaquah Police (Nonemergency) 425-837-3300

Economic Development 425-837-3450

Public Works Operations 425-837-3470

Eastside Fire & Rescue HQ 425-313-3200

Executive 425-837-3020

Republic Services 206-392-6651

Emergency Managmt. 425-837-3028

Recology CleanScapes 425-837-1234

City Clerk 425-837-3000

Finance 425-837-3050

Support Services 425-837-3080

Development Services 425-837-3100

Public Works Engineering 425-837-3400

WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Essential numbers in Sammamish Sammamish Police (Nonemergency) 425-836-5674 Eastside Fire & Rescue HQ 425-313-3200 City Hall 425-295-0500 Public Works 425-295-0500

The Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District Board outside their headquarters. File photo.


This year, Sammamish Plateau Water is celebrating 70 years of service to the community. The story of Sammamish Plateau Water began in 1945, more than 50 years before the city of Sammamish was incorporated, when voters approved to establish a local water district. By 1948, King County Water District 82 was providing water service to 35 residents in the northwest corner of Pine Lake. Today, Sammamish Plateau Water operates 12 wells, encompasses an area of 29 square miles, and provides water and sewer services to a population of approximately 64,000 people within Sammamish, Issaquah, and parts of unincorporated King County. Two separate water distribution systems supply water and remove wastewater from two zones: the Cascade Zone, north of SR 202, and the Plateau Zone to the south of SR 202. In 2017, a combined total of more than 1.9 billion gallons of water flowed underground within the distribution systems

through 299 miles of water pipes and 184 miles of sewer pipes. Approximately 20 percent of the district’s water supply originates from the Tolt and Cedar River watersheds and comes through a regional water connection with Seattle Public Utilities. The District purchases this water through a membership with the Cascade Water Alliance. Sammamish Plateau Water is governed by an elected five-member Board of Commissioners that sets policy, and provides direction to staff. The Board is comprised of district customers who represent residents and deliver on the District’s mission of being a leader in the planning and practice of fiscal and environmental stewardship. Board president Lloyd Warren says this year’s milestone anniversary serves as a testimonial to the many workers who have both built and continue to operate a bestin-class small utility. “This is a great time to recognize the dedication of generations of Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District employees and leadership in planning for,

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constructing, maintaining, and ultimately replacing our complex water distribution systems that provide an essential resource for our customers,” Warren said.

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Chris Reh


MARY LOU PAULY Mary Lou Pauly was elected in November 2017 to serve as mayor of Issaquah. She previously served on the Issaquah City Council, to which she was elected in 2013. The former engineer has a bachelor of applied science degree in civil engineering from the University of Waterloo. Pauly’s term expires Dec. 31, 2021. Mayor Pauly welcomes citizens to meet with her. Contact her at 425-837-3020 or email mayor@issaquahwa.gov.


he city of Issaquah operates under a mayor-council form of government. In this form, the elected mayor serves as the city’s chief administrative officer and an elected seven-member council serves as the city’s legislative body.

Chris Reh holds Position 1 on the City Council and was elected Nov. 7, 2017. He serves on the Committee of the Whole Council and Council Services & Safety Committee.

Stacy Goodman

Mariah Bettise Mariah Bettise holds Position 2 on the City Council and serves as Deputy Council President for 2018. She was elected Nov. 7, 2017. She serves on the Whole Council and Council Services & Safety committees.

Stacy Goodman holds Position 5 on the City Council. She was elected Nov. 7, 2017 and serves on the Infrastructure, Land and Shore and Whole Council committees.

Victoria Hunt

Paul Winterstein

Victoria Hunt currently holds Position 3 on the City Council. She was appointed Feb. 5, 2018 and serves on the Whole Council, Council Infrastructure and Council Services & Safety committees.

Paul Winterstein holds Position 6 on the City Council. He was elected Nov. 3, 2015. He serves on the Committee of the Whole Council, and the Council Land & Shore and Lodging Tax Advisory committees.

Bill Ramos

Tola Marts

Bill Ramos holds Position 4 on the City Council and was elected Nov. 3, 2015. Ramos serves on the Committee of the Whole Council and Council Infrastructure Committee.

Tola Marts currently holds Position 7 on the City Council and serves as council president for 2018. He was elected Nov. 7, 2017 and serves on the Committee of the Whole Council and the Council Land & Shore Committee.

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Day-to-day operation in Sammamish is under the direction of a city manager, selected by the Sammamish City Council. Lyman Howard has been the city manager since March 2016. Prior to that, he was the deputy city manager in 2011 after joining the city as its finance director about a decade earlier.




DAY 2018-2019 EVENT Thurs Historic Pub Crawl

Time 7-9 pm

MAR 3 31

Sat Wine & Art Walk Sat Fresh Flower Market

6-9 pm 9-2 pm

APR 7, 14, 21, 28 7 21

Sat Fresh Flower Market Sat Wine & Art Walk Sat Keep Iss Beautiful & Party

9-2 pm 6-9 pm 9-2 pm

MAY 5 6 17

Sat Wine & Art Walk Sun Kid’s Bike Rodeo Thurs Historic Pub Crawl

JUN 2 17 21

Sat Wine & Art Walk Sun Fenders on Front Street Thurs International Music Day

6-9 pm 8-3 pm 5-9 pm

JUL 12, 19, 26

Thurs Gas Station Blues

7-9 pm

AUG 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Thurs Gas Station Blues

7-9 pm


Sat Asian Indian Cultural Prog. Wine & Art Walk

OCT 20, 27

Sat Issaquah Goes Apples/ Farm Fresh Market

25 27 NOV 3, 10, 17 10 17 24 DEC 13

Thurs Historic Pub Crawl Sat Zombie Walk Sat Sat Sat Sat

6 -9 pm 9 -12 pm 7 -9 pm

10-4 pm 6-9 pm 9-2 pm 7-9 pm 1:30-5:30pm

Farm Fresh Market 9-2 pm Holiday Lighting Work Party 10-12 pm Gilman Village Sip & Shop 6-9 pm Shop Local All day

Thurs Caroling at the Depot

6-7:30 pm

About the Council The Sammamish City Council is elected at large by the community to represent their interests. The Council selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another to serve as Deputy Mayor. It also appoints members to Advisory Boards, which advise the council on various matters. The city council selects the city manager to act as the chief executive officer of the city. The City Council sets policy for the governance of the City and relies on the city manager to implement the Council’s established policies and regulations. Regular council meetings are held on the first Tuesday and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., with a study session on the second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. A Committee Meeting of the Whole will be held on the third Monday as necessary. If necessary, study sessions or special meetings may be scheduled at 5:30 p.m., before a regular meeting. Agendas are posted to the City of Sammamish CivicWeb portal the preceding Friday. Each council meeting includes time for public comment (up to three minutes for individuals and five minutes for those representing groups) and speakers, typically the first order of business after convening. Additional public comment may be available for agenda items, individuals and speakers on behalf of groups may address an item at that time. For issues requiring follow-up action, it is helpful to have your comments submitted in writing either prior to or at the meeting along with information on how to contact you.

Leadership Downtown Issaquah Association Historic Shell Station • 232 Front Street North 425.391.1112 • www.downtownissaquah.com /downtownissaquah /dt_Issaquah events@downtownissaquah.com

Christie Malchow, Mayor (term ends 12/31/2019) Karen Moran, Deputy Mayor (term ends 12/31/2021) Tom Hornish, Council Member (term ends 12/31/2019) Jason Ritchie, Council Member (term ends 12/31/2021) Chris Ross, Council Member (term ends 12/31/2021) Pamela Stuart, Council Member (term ends 12/31/2021) Ramiro Valderrama, Council Member (term ends 12/31/2019) ISSAQUAH-SAMMAMISH REPORTER •

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