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Year in Review - December
Bourasa's departure delayed
Duvall City Director Jim Bourasa planned to retire at the end of this
year, but his plans were suddenly changed when the mayor asked him to stay
a few months longer.
Bourasa has been with Duvall for 12 years as the interim police chief
and city director.
Grouse Ridge DEIS postponed
The release of Cadman Inc.'s Grouse Ridge Draft
Environmental Impact Statement was delayed until January. Officials said the
report needed more work and additional research before it could be published.
Later in the month, Weyerhaeuser's legal attempts to
immediately force the removal of the Fiorito family's Homestead
mining operation from leased land atop Grouse Ridge was denied by the
court. The issue will come up for trial in September 2000.
County plans natural area
If King County has its way, about $5 million will be used to enhance
the Three Forks area on the northeast fringe of Snoqualmie. The
Master plans include a pedestrian and equestrian trail, a 300-foot wildlife
corridor and several parking lots.
Opponents of the plan said the dollar amount is way too high
and should be spent on wildlife stewardship instead.
Ridge offered affordable homes
Quadrant Homes announced it would designate 38 homes
on Snoqualmie Ridge as affordable housing. The "Quadrant Cottages" are
detached condominiums priced from $133,000 to $150,000.
The homes were available to families and individuals who met
certain income qualifications.
County cuts budget
One of the most drastic cuts to the King County budget was the
reduction of Metro bus services in the Valley.
Transit officials initially announced it would eliminate three
of the four routes that service the Valley next February. But with
anticipated funding from the state, the county decided to hold off on cuts at least
until the middle of next year.
Tribe opposes development
The Snoqualmie Tribe raised concerns over Puget Western Inc.'s
(PWI) proposed Falls Crossing Development because of the negative impacts
it would have on the nearby Falls.
PWI hired an archaeologist at the request of the Tribe to survey the
area. The findings will probably be released in January.
Church celebrates 100 years
The Fall City United Methodist Church celebrated its 100th
anniversary this year. The church was originally built by Charles Cooper of
North Bend for a Baptist congregation.
But in 1913 the church fell on hard times and the members needed to
decide if the building would become a tavern or a Methodist church. It
has been a Methodist church ever since.
Council appoints mayor
The Carnation City Council appointed councilman Bob Patterson
as mayor at the city's first meeting under its new form of government.
He "ran" unopposed for the post.
Patterson was originally appointed to the city council in April 1998
after former councilman David Shoemaker resigned.
Winery land preserved
The Snoqualmie Winery, which burned down in February, will
likely be sold to the U.S. Forest Service for preservation as a component of
the Mountains to Sound Greenway.
Snoqualmie city officials said about 110 acres will be sold to
the group, but the city will retain about 8.5 acres for a park and amphitheater.
to run levies
The Riverview School District will ask voters in February to support
a $7.4 million Maintenance and Operations replacement levy, a $1
million technology levy and a $210,000 Performing Arts Center Levy.
If all of the two-year levies are approved, a homeowner with a
house assessed at $200,000 can expect to pay about $590 a year.
Surface water fees approved
The King County Council voted to extend the county's surface
water management program to the Valley, Enumclaw, and Vashon and Maury
Valley residents will pay about $85 a year to fund the program that
will try to reduce the environmental impact of runoff into waterways.