On Monday, March 6, 2023, the Area Council will hold its regular monthly meeting from 7 – 9:30 PM at the Maple Valley Fire Station at 22225 SE 231st St (across from the KC Sheriff’s Precinct)—NEW LOCATION. Our Guest Speakers from the KC DNRP Water & Land Resources Division will discuss the ongoing KC Flood Management Plan Update (last updated in 2013). Also, we will receive an update on Reserve Silica site clean-up from the State Dept. of Ecology. All monthly meetings are hybrid—in-person and on Zoom. As the meeting date approaches, please see “GMVUAC Monthly Meetings” box for Agenda and Zoom information.
On Monday, February 6, 2023, the Area Council held its regular monthly meeting. Our Guest Speakers were from the King County (KC) Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP) Solid Waste Division (SWD): Director, Pat McLaughlin and Recycling & Environmental Services Section Interim Manager, Andy Smith and Project Manager, Eliza Kruszynski. For an article summarizing the meeting please click on “* 2/23—KC Solid Waste & Recycling” in the 2023/2022 GMVUAC Monthly Meeting Articles box or go to the “Correspondence” drop-down menu and click on “Monthly Articles” and select “2023.”
On Monday, January 9, 2023, the Area Council will hold its regular monthly meeting from 7 – 9:30 PM at the King County Sheriff’s Precinct #3 at 22300 SE 231st St in Maple Valley. Our Guest Speaker will be Jacqueline Reid, King County Subarea Planner. Ms. Reid will discuss the upcoming Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River (GMV/CR) Community Service Area (CSA) Subarea Plan. The Area Council territory makes up most of the GMV/CR CSA, so this will be the Subarea Plan for our local area. All monthly meetings are now hybrid—in-person and on Zoom. As the meeting date approaches, please see “GMVUAC Monthly Meetings” box for Agenda and Zoom info.
On Monday, December 5, 2022, the Area Council held its regular monthly meeting. Our Special Guest Speakers were: John Taylor, King County Department of Local Services (DLS) Director; Jim Chan, DLS Permitting Division Director; Tricia Davis, DLS Roads Division Director; and David Daw, DLS External Relations Manager. DLS serves all of King County’s the Unincorporated Areas including the Rural Area that makes up the Area Council’s territory. This was an excellent opportunity for Rural Area residents to talk directly with their local government. For an article summarizing the meeting please click on “12/22–KC DLS” in the Newspaper Articles box or go to the “Correspondence” drop-down menu and click on “Monthly Articles” and select “2022.”
The Area Council holds regular monthly meetings on the first non-Holiday Monday of the month from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Face-to-face meetings resumed on April 4, 2022, and starting on August 1, 2022, are held at the King County Sheriff’s Precinct #3 located at 22300 SE 231st Street, across from the Fire Station, in Maple Valley.
The Council hears from citizens in attendance and invites Guest Speakers on major topics. It discusses general business matters and decides on any official correspondence to be prepared and submitted to government agencies on key issues of importance to the Rural Area. All members of the public are invited to attend. During the Public Comment period at the start of each meeting, members of the public can address the Area Council on any local issue.
You are invited to visit our various Committee webpages and read about other topics of interest to you via the dropdown menus along the top of our Home webpage, in the Current Issues box, and in the important notices and information posted directly on our Home webpage. Get to know the Council by reading a short biography of each Area Council member, as well as its Officers and Committee members: GMVUAC Member Bios – 1/1/2020 Officers-FPs-Committees Matrix–1/10/2020.
Other Information of Interest
King County has published a Service Directory with contact information for the many services it provides — view it here: KC 2019 Service Directory. Per the advice of KCSO Precinct #3 Commander Major Troy Olmsted, for both emergency AND non-emergency calls to the Sheriff’s Office, please dial 911 — and you will be assisted and directed accordingly. KC DLS has an online website (MyBuildingPermit.com) for making an application for certain permits; read more about this online service here: Online Permit Information and Links. The KC Assessor has an online tool to assist taxpayers figure the financial impact on them of proposed ballot measures: Tax Transparency Tool. KC DLS has published its Work Plans for the Greater Maple Valley-Cedar River Community Service Area (3 MB pdf): 2019 King County Work Plans. Thanks to KC Councilmember Dunn for this handy postcard outlining the Fourth of July Fireworks Rules for the unincorporated area: Fireworks Rules – Unincorporated King County.
The King County Sheriff’s Office is the local sponsor of the National Night Out Against Crime. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, August 6. If your community wishes to participate, please contact Micki Christensen at the Sheriff’s Office Precinct 3 in Maple Valley (email@example.com) and visit the following website for more information: https://natw.org/about. When you contact Micki, please give her the following information: name of your neighborhood; the physical address where you plan to hold the event; contact name, phone number and email address; any special activities planned during the event; approximately how many people you expect to have in attendance; and the best time for an officer to stop by.
The King County Solid Waste Division is inviting residents in the vicinity of the Cedar Hills Landfill to submit an application to be considered for membership on the County’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee. More information and links are provided here: KC SWAC Invitation.
View the presentation made by (former) Tahoma School District Superintendent, Tony Giurado, to the GMVUAC at our December 3, 2018, meeting: Tony Giurado-GMVUAC Presentation-Final-12 03 2018. Read a summary of the recent joinder of Fire District #43 / Maple Valley Fire & Life Safety with the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority: FD43_MVFLS_PSRFA_Overview . In addition, read important information on Burn Bans and contacts: MVFLS Burn Ban Guidelines .
Farm King County recently launched its Food Systems Data Center, which combines an interactive mapping platform with information and data on local agriculture to tell the story of King County’s farm and food system. Farm King County is a one stop resource for information and assistance for farm operations, and this data will be useful to better understand, analyze, and measure the healthy and viability of our food system. The major components of the data center include the King County Farm and Food System Map and food system indicator progress metrics. Read KC DNRP’s Local Food blog post about the launch here.
Future Council Meetings and Planned Topics/Guest Speakers:
Periodically we will also have representatives from the Department of Ecology return and give us progress reports on the cleanup of the Landsburg mine site. We plan on having Chief Aaron Tyerman, FD#43/MVF&LS/PSRFA, back to present an update to us regarding fire and life safety services. We also plan to periodically invite the Superintendent of the Tahoma School District to discuss with us funding issues and other matters of importance to our community. As guests and topics are confirmed, we will promptly post information here. At any time, for detailed information on any issue the GMVUAC is involved with at this time, please visit our various webpages listed in the Current Issues Box or in the Committee dropdown menu on our Homepage.