October 2, 2008 · Updated 2:23 PM
Meadowbrook Bridge to lose two-lane status
The historic Meadowbrook Bridge in Snoqualmie will soon be able
to carry a full load once the county implements some much-needed
improvements to the 79-year-old structure.
Representatives from the King County Department of
Transportation told the Snoqualmie City Council
that its plans to convert the two-lane bridge to a single-lane thoroughfare will
produce the best outcome for a relatively small price.
The design for the roughly $3.9 million project is expected to be
completed in about eight months, starting in 2003.
Arsonist strikes City Hall
North Bend's City Hall, which is housed in the same building as the
fire department, was set on fire at approximately 11 p.m. on May 29.
The building suffered an estimated $5,000 in damage, officials said.
A passer-by called 911 on her cell phone, then put most of the fire
out by kicking dirt on the flames.
According to police reports, an accellerant was splashed on
the building's south brick wall and ignited. The incident was
what firefighters call a "splash and dash."
North Bend Officials introduce parking plan
A community parking area is being planned for North Bend and
if approved, will be located between Orchard Street and Cedar Falls
Way, near the Si View neighborhood.
The area would serve as a Park and Ride for weekday commuters and
as evening and weekend parking for Si View Park users. The 150-stall
lot would also provide overflow parking from Torguson Park and
pedestrian access to downtown from the adjoining Tanner Trail.
Riverbend recovers from E. coli scare
Riverbend neighborhood residents had an E. coli scare when routine
water system tests taken June 12 showed traces of the bacteria.
But a second round of tests, conducted immediately after the first
results arrived, found no trace of E. coli.
In Riverbend, the potential contaminate was discovered when the
test came back June 13. Additional samples were taken and more
than 50,000 gallons of water were flushed from the system. The remaining
water was chlorinated, according to Riverbend water systems
operator Renny Lillejord. Since chlorine kills bacteria, the water was rendered
safe that same day.
County council signs off on Fall City
The Metropolitan King County Council finally approved the
blueprint that will guide the future of Fall City.
A Citizens Advisory Committee began discussions on the Fall
City Subarea Plan in 1998. It was then forwarded to King County Executive
Ron Sims, and later to the council.
A couple of amendments relating to the sewage treatment options in
the business district were re-written to reflect the community's desire to
keep sewers out of the downtown core.
In addition, the council voted to re-zone five parcels along State
Route 202, across the street from the totem pole, from the A-10 (Potential
Regional Business) category to Neighborhood Business.
Tollgate final EIS released
The document was released that will determine if and how much
development will be allowed on the historic Tollgate property in
The Miller Land and Timber Co. owns the 229-acre parcel, which
is bordered by 420th Avenue Southeast and Northeast Eighth Street.
Boalch Avenue and State Route 202 run through the property, as well as
the Snoqualmie Valley Trail and the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad.
Plans were originally submitted in 1996 which call for building about
56 homes, an 800-square-foot industrial park and a 180,000-square-foot
office park on the land known for its historical Native American and farming