Updated Through October 22, 2022
OVERALL AREA COUNCIL STRUCTURE
Matrix showing all Council Officers, Focal Points, and Committee Members: Officers-FPs-Committees Matrix–October 22, 2022
(See Executive and Bylaws Committee webpages for duties)
Chair: Steve Hiester
Vice-Chair: LarKen Buchanan
Recording Secretary: Luke Hansen
Correspondence Secretary: Peter Rimbos
Treasurer: Sue Neuner
“Focal Point” is a position/responsibility as may be designated from time to time by the Council Chairperson upon recommendation of any Member, other Committee, or the Council, and assigned to monitor a particular government function or agency and report to the Council for possible future action. Members may volunteer to serve as a Focal Point and, thus, assume the responsibilities thereof assigned by the Council Chairperson. The Council has designated the following current Focal Points:
Government Affairs – Monitors activities of county, state, and others regarding proposed and enacted ordinances and laws affecting the unincorporated area and reports significant information to the Council in a timely fashion.
Public Safety – Monitors activities (may attend meetings) of county and others, including the Sheriff’s Office and Fire District #43, regarding this service and reports significant information to the Council in a timely fashion.
School District Affairs – Monitors activities (may attend meetings) of school board and others regarding this service and reports significant information to the Council in a timely fashion.
Human Services – Monitors activities (may attend meetings) of King County human and social service departments and private organizations and reports significant information to the Council in a timely fashion.
Environmental Services – Monitors activities (may attend meetings) of county and other organizations, such as the Cedar River Council, regarding this service and reports significant information to the Council in a timely fashion.
Maple Valley Farmers’ Market – The GMVUAC was previously selected by the MVFM to be a stakeholder member of its Board. On May 7, 2018, and based on the Council’s prior history of support for the establishment of the MVFM, the GMVUAC’s Council voted to approve its stakeholder membership on the MVFM’s Board together with the recommendation that such membership be a Focal Point under the GMVUAC Bylaws. The initial Member selected by the Chair to oversee this Focal Point is Luke Hansen. This Member will attend the MVFM’s Board meetings and, with appropriate authority as may be necessary from time to time, exercise GMVUAC’s voting rights regarding and relating to any matter the MVFM’s Board may wish to implement for the benefit of the greater Maple Valley area community and consistent with GMVUAC’s Charter and Mission. Visit the MVFM’s website: Maple Valley Farmers’ Market
The Council conducts all its business through its three major subject-matter Committees–Environment, Growth Management, or Transportation and an Ad Hoc Economic Development Committee. These committees address issues by conducting fact-finding, interacting with the Public and government agencies, and preparing reports, etc. for full Council review and approval before Public release. Standing Committees are: Executive, Public Relations, and Train Show. Descriptions of the mission, membership, and work of all committees can be found on respective committee webpages.
Under the Council Bylaws, each Council Member is required to participate on at least one major subject-matter Committee and at least one other position: Standing Committee (Executive, Public Relations, or Train Show), Ad Hoc Committee, or Focal Point. “Ad Hoc Committee” is a short-term work group as may be designated from time to time by the Council Chair upon recommendation of any Member, other Committee, or the Council, and assigned special projects outside the jurisdiction of any existing Committee and report to the Council its recommendation(s) for possible future action. Members may volunteer to serve on an Ad Hoc Committee and, thus, assume the responsibilities thereof assigned by the Council Chair.
Citizens do not need to be Council members nor live within the Council territory to be able to serve on a Council Committee. Consequently, each committee is enhanced by dedicated volunteers who do not serve as Council members.
Greater Maple Valley
The GMVUAC serves the residents of unincorporated King County living in the Tahoma School District No. 409 (outside the city limits of Maple Valley). Our Washington nonprofit corporation was established in 1977; we serve a population of 16,100 (2010 Census); and our service area is 116 sq mi. Below is a map of our Service Area and the four Community Areas:
2023/2022 GMVUAC Monthly Meeting Articles
* 12/22--KC Dept. of Local Services
* 11/22--KC Budget
* 10/22--KC Tax Assessor
* 9/22--Conserve Our Futures
* 8/22--School Siting & Impact Fees
* 7/22--Community Outreach
* 6/22--State Representative Visit
* 5/22--Rural Area Issues
* 4/22--KC Comprehensive Plan
* 3/22--Fireworks Prohibition
* 2/22--Fossil Fuel Facility Permitting
* 1/22--Area Council Biennial Survey