State of the City of Issaquah
January 19, 1999
A year ago I spoke about commitments and our form of government, which is built on pledges, on trust, and on the knowledge that any power government has, is derived from its people. Tonight I want to share with you a glimpse into the future based on what the people of Issaquah have said their vision is.
The year is 2008. What is Issaquah like? There are more of us, close to thirty thousand residents living in well-established neighborhoods such as old downtown, Squak Mountain, Sycamore, Issaquah Highlands, Montreux, and East Village. We may have been joined by Overdale Park and Providence Point, perhaps even by other neighborhoods further afield on the Plateau.
As has been the case for close to twenty years, we are proud of our treasures and have protected them for future generations to cherish. The treed hillsides have been retained through a strengthened tree preservation plan and through the protection of existing native growth protection easements. The high quality of Issaquah Creek has been maintained through upstream acquisition of wooded properties and by the city's implementation of the Issaquah Creek Basin Plan. Fewer places are flood prone and the creek meanders according to its nature. Tibbetts Creek floods less often with less siltation than in the past. Now, as in years gone by, Coho make their way up Tibbetts Creek each fall to spawn. The Issaquah Hatchery, thanks to the efforts of community volunteers and the State's recognition of the value the facility adds to weak and endangered wild stock recovery, houses a state-of-the-art incubation program in the historic Works Progress Administration Building.
Issaquah provides a match between housing and jobs as our long adopted Comprehensive Plan vision of high tech, environment-sparing businesses located in Issaquah. Our local economy remains strong. A wide range of housing is available to Issaquah residents of varying income levels. The City keeps its commitment to retaining subsidized, affordable housing within our town. Each of our newer neighborhoods has housing that teachers, firefighters, and police officers can afford. Young families starting out can live here. Our adult children are not forced to move away.
number of Issaquah residents make a difference in their own lives and the
City's through environmental stewardship.
From fewer than a dozen Eco-teams in 1998, there are more than one
hundred. Issaquah is a sustainable City, a healthy place to live,
work, and play thanks to responsible citizens taking charge of their own
actions. Public support for the
use of transit has increased. Traffic
has been reduced as those who are able to use regional and countywide buses
and rail to get places throughout the tri-county region.
Locally, our shuttle has grown in ridership and takes people where they
need to go within Issaquah and on the Plateau.
The trolley provides an entertaining way to go from old downtown to
continues to be a vibrant, cultural and historical heart for Issaquah as it,
too, is one of our treasures. The
expanded Library, the Police Station, the Community Center, Pool, the enlarged
Senior Center, and City Hall, along with the Hatchery, are part of a dynamic
old downtown that has services and stores within easy walking distance of one
Traffic is less
of a problem as more capacity has been added through improvements to State
Route 900 and Newport Way, as well as by the SE Bypass.
Fewer commuters take up space on Issaquah's streets.
Thanks to the City's concurrency ordinance and transportation
improvement planning, we have made up for previous street deficiencies and
have an additional means of crossing I-90 from north to south.
Although it does not significantly change traffic, our additional
trails and walkways let people get to work without getting into their cars, if
they so choose.
Although we have
grown in numbers and size, we remain a caring community willing to help and
look out for one another. We
recognize that we are one of Issaquah's treasures and that our lives are
enriched by one another.
happened in 1998 that gives me confidence that ten years in the future
Issaquah will be as the Comprehensive Plan has envisioned it and I have
described it? Let me share with you advances and improvements made during
1998 thanks to your input, the policy direction of our City Council, and the
carrying out of those policies by Issaquah's dedicated and professional staff
under my leadership and direction.
to Public Health and Safety
Consolidation of Fire Department
Construction of Police Facility
Citizen Police Academy
in regional water supply to meet Issaquahs planned need for safe water.
Service Programs enhance the quality of life for the entire Community
of local Human Service Agencies such as CEI, Eastside Adult Day Center,
Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, Issaquah Valley Senior Center, Friends of
Youth and Eastside Baby Corner.
Support provided by Finance to the Issaquah Youth and Family Network by
acting as their fiscal agent.
Special Population programs are gaining momentum at the Community
Continued support of the Village Theatre--Capital and Operational
Brought two performances of the King County Dance Network
Added Gillda the Coho as partner to Finley--Salmon Sculpture at the
Partnered with King County and the Issaquah School District to place an
Artist in all Elementary Schools.
The First Annual Fine Arts Fest was attended by 5000 individuals
The First Annual Jazz Festival was attended by over 1,000 individuals
Weekly Concerts on the Green throughout the summer were attended by
over 3000 individuals
The Cultural Plan became an element of our Comprehensive Plan
Provided service to community
Thousands of adults and youth participated in the City-run athletic
programs--highly popular programs.
One hundred seniors per day participated in aquatics
Standards for Development
Issaquah Highlands Evergreen Builders Manual recognized regionally
(WA, OR, and British Columbia) as valuable tool for environment sparing
City funding, part contributor/funding for the Watershed
Waltz/Sammamish Swing working with nature to avoid lake damage.
Minimized flood damage in an environment-sparing and restoring way.
Implemented basin plan through purchase of additional flood prone
properties. Partnered with King
County to restore bought-out property as a model of what owners can do to
minimize flood damage, and work with nature.
Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
Facility Maintenance Stream and Riparian Restorations
Technical improvements such as intranet and internet improved our
ability to serve
Improved Web site provided additional information to citizens
Standardized Building code requirement for Eastside cities