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While I was out…

October 6, 2008

It’s been some time since I have posted to my blog and it was not because nothing interesting has been happing in Fall City.  Here are just a few things that have been going on while I was out.

Fall City Parks District has collected the necessary signatures to get the district on the ballot.  You can learn more information about the parks district here.

King County has resumed negotiations with the Snoqualmie Tribe to transfer Fall City Community Park to their ownership and has a proposed contract.

The Colonial Inn has successfully reopened as the Fall City Road House.

The Real Estate market has slowed in Fall City and in King County. More information on this later.

The Tolt Hill Bridge over the Snoqualmie River has opened and the old bridge has been recycled. You can see more information here and see a video of the new bridge.

The Washington State Department of Fisheries tried to close the Tokul Creek Fish Hatchery which supplies the Snoqualmie River with about 200,000 Steelhead smolts each year.  It looks like this has been defeated by public participation.  You can read a press release here.

The connecting road between Lake Alice and Snoqualmie Ridge is still barricaded, and it looks like it will be for the foreseeable future.

The Wells Farm and Nursery property in Fall City has been sold the property is currently for lease.

The Snoqualmie Valley School District Wasl have been published and both Fall City Elementary and Chief Kanim students did a great job on the test. 

The Snoqualmie Valley School District is working on getting a new bond proposal together that looks like it will be 25 to 50 percent of the cost of the  last bond.

King County is working on a plan to control Knotweed along the Raging and Snoqualmie Rivers. 

The Fall City Library has reopened in the new building with expanded hours.  The Carnation Library has been torn down and the building for them is under construction.  The have a temporary location in the Sno-Valley Senior Center.

The Fall City roundabout has finally been paved and striped and seems to be working very well.  It seems to be working better than the intersection on the South side of the bridge.

The old Guns and Roses property by the round-a-bout is on the market. Guns and Roses is the local nickname for the Fall City Firearms and the Fall City Green House that stood on the site of the new roundabout.

The Cherry trees along the Riverbank are getting pruned for the first time in several years.

The Fall City Food Pantry, is serving more and more families every opening.  They are open on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  Open Noon to 1:30 and again from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. The community Food Pantry is located at the Fall City United Methodist Church 4326 337th Pl SE Fall City, WA  98027

The “If Fish Could Walk” Geocache in Fall City has been replaced and updated to a micro geocache.

The Fall City Community Association has moved their meetings from the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course to the Fall City Road House.  They now meet upstairs in the banquet room.

Maguire Hill Real Estate that had offices in Fall City, North Bend, Maple Valley and Cle Elum has gone out of business.

Video Nites moved to a new larger location on River Street, the former location of Maguire Hill Real Estate.

Fire District 27 is considering a partnership/merger with Eastside Fire and Rescue that was formally known as District 10.

Tree House Point has been negotiating with the county to prevent the county from forcing them to tear down their treehouses.

Re/Max at the Ridge was bought out Re/Max Integrity.

Some of the first sculptures on the Fall City Sculpture Walk have been installed.  You can see one of them in Olive Taylor Quigley Park, the art park, the Fall City Library and at the Fall City Road House.  All of these locations are on the Redmond-Fall City Road.

The Fall City Elementary School has installed a new Falcon Sculpture.

The old location of the Snoqualmie Fall Credit Union on the Preston Fall City Road has been sold and the new owners are planing to put in a Bike, Skateboard, and Snowboard shop. They also purchased Fall City Espresso, and plan to keep it in the same location.  I heard the new name will be Bikes, Boards and Beans.  We will have to wait and see.

Interesting Week of Meetings in Fall City Washington.

December 7, 2007

This week I attended three public meetings in Fall City. 

Monday December 3rd was the public meeting for the Unincorporated Area Council or UAC.  The UAC that started out being to represent the people of the Fall City Area, has morphed into an area the size of the Snoqualmie Valley School District, less the incorporated area.  This covers an area from Ames Lake to Snoqualmie Pass.  To me it seems like too large of an area, with too many diverse interests to be represented by one UAC.  I think this size will increase the difficulty of communication and the ability to reach consensus.  One example of communication challenge is that with a UAC of that size, and $10,000 budget, they will not even be able to afford one mailing to the whole area.  The UAC appears to be evolving, and if they listen to the public input, I think it will continue to evolve.  I encourage you to attend the next meeting and see what it is all about and give your input.  

December 4th the group that is interested in creating the Fall City Metropolitan Park District had their second meeting.  They are investigating the difference between a Metropolitan Park District and a Parks and Recreation district.  They are looking at District boundaries, budgets, and a vision for the parks in Fall City. This group has a meeting planned for January 9th.  Why not come to the next meeting and share your vision for Fall City Parks with the group?

December 6th was a meeting with Representative’s from the King County Sheriff’s Department.  They discussed the crime statistics for Fall City Patrol District, Charlie 2, and discussed crime prevention tips that people can follow to help insure that they do not become a crime statistic.  I was impressed that the crime statistics are very low.   Within the presentation, The Major, the Detective and Deputy that were there listened to the concerns of the community and gave more information on how they can become part of the solution to crime.  Most of the people that were there participated in the discussion.  I was disappointed to see that more people did not come to the presentation. Perhaps that is just another sign that the people of Fall City are not concerned about the current level Crime in their community.

Fall City Food Pantry (Food Bank)

November 14, 2007

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Today I stopped in at the Fall City Food Pantry, to see if I could help, while they were open today.  They had a good variety of food and were very organized.  The Fall City Food Pantry is located at the Fall City United Methodist Church at 4326 337th Place SE Fall City.  They are open one day a month, usually the third Wednesday of the month.  This month they moved the day up one week because of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  They have hours in the middle of the day 12:00 to 1:30 and in the evening 6:30 to 7:30 PM.    The next day that they are open will be December 19th.  Please help get the word out  to everyone, that there is a new resource in town to help get food to those who need it.  You can also keep the Food Pantry in mind if you are interested in donating food.

Photo from the Fall City United Methodist Church web site.

Library Construction Has Started

November 14, 2007

The construction on the Fall City Library, a King County Library has started.  It is nice that after all these months to see some walls going up.

King County Comprehensive Plan to allow more development before making traffic improvements?

October 7, 2007

This is an interesting Seattle Times article regarding proposed revisions to the King County Comprehensive plan. They want to allow development even when congestion is at level E, in a scale from A to F. This is a radical change that eliminates traffic concurrency in my opinion.  You can find out more about the 2008 revision to the comp plan here.  The good news They are looking for comments from citizens.  The next local meeting is October 11, 2007 at Cascade View Elementary School 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Snoqualmie Tribe loses bet on Salish Lodge

October 4, 2007

The Snoqualmie Tribe lost the bid for the Salish Lodge to the Muckleshoot Tribe the Seattle Times reported today.  What a surprise.  I thought it would have been interesting to have the Snoqualmie Tribe obtain ownership of Lodge at the Falls that in their creation legend was the birthplace of the world.  Stay tuned…..

Does Fall City Really Need an Unincorporated Area Council?

October 4, 2007

David Read has been on a campaign to create an Unincorporated Area Council for Fall City for several months.  You can view his pro UAC web site and see what he wrote about it.  Unfortunately on that site you will not see any dissenting opinion because the comment link and the opinion link to do not allow the reader to post either.   So I thought I would post some of the questions and concerns that I have here.

I get the impression form the piece that David wrote that he thinks there is a vacuum in Fall City that needs to be filled.  I disagree with that.  I would have a hard time telling all the people that are active in community organizations and are contributing to Fall City that they are not, and have not been effective.  I am proud of the community and the organizations that over the years have influenced and shaped the community through their actions over the years.  Years ago I under estimated the level of community involvement because I didn’t know all the organizations that are active in Fall City.  My experience is that they quietly go about their business and when there is a pressing issue, like a park transfer, they get organized and make their opinions known.

Here are just a few of the active effect organizations that are part of our community.  Many of the organizations are reachable by the links on the side of my blog.

Fall City Community Association, FCCA

Raging River Riders

Fall City Neighbors Newsletter

Patterson Creek Advisory Committee

Fall City Elementary School PTSA

Chief Kanim PTSA

Fall City Food Pantry, (Food Bank)

Local Churches

Fall City Cub Scouts

Fall City Girl Scouts

Fall City Boy Scouts

Fall City Soccer Association

Fall City Little League

Fall City Historical Society

Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater

Mountain To Sound Greenway

Snoqualmie Valley Schools Foundation

Lake Alice Community Association

Snoqualmie Tribe

Washington Trout

Eastside Steelheaders

Fall City Hop Shed Foundation

And many more….

Each of these groups has an influence on the issues that they care about.  Power vacuum? I think not.  One example was the community response to the proposed park Transfer to the Snoqualmie Tribe.  Several groups got together and were able to express there concerns to Kathy Lambert who organized a very well attended community meeting. 

One other point that I have heard discussed is that it will increase community involvement.  When I went to the web sites of the “active” UAC’s it does not look like they are increasing the turnout. 

For example: Bear Creeks April 24th meeting, the most current meeting with minutes posted, had 4 board members attending, four county staffers and 6 community members. Maple Valley had 13 members and 2 guests at their August meeting.

I think that we have a larger turn out at FCCA meetings that they are getting at these UAC meetings for areas that have larger population than Fall City.  In my years as a Fall City Community Association member and past President.  The organization has refocused its attention based on the desires of the active membership.   There have been times when they were very focused on County issues, transportation, arts, human services etc.  It is really a reflection of the memberships wants and needs.  Perhaps the FCCA should reconsider the meeting times and increase the number of meetings a month to allow more time for discussion of the issues in the community.

My concern is that if the UAC gets approved there will be low participation, and the few that do attend will present their own wishes to the county as “the community’s wants.  One of the other thing that I have noticed that happens with the county meetings is that the county tends to direct the discussion in the way they want it to go trying to lead the discussion so that at the end of a process they are able to say that the out come was what the community wanted.  When the outcome really what the community was willing to accept from what what was offered or available. 

What do you think?  Do we need another layer of Government? Do we need more meetings?  Do you feel like you do not have access to the people in charge at the county?  What message do you want to deliver to King County?