Upcoming Important Events

Jan 22, 2018

UPDATED May 23, 2018

King County Parks has issued the Draft Black Diamond Area Stewardship Plan for public review and comment until May 24, 2018. To read more about this program and to review the plan, please visit this website: Draft Black Diamond Area Stewardship Plan .  The GMVUAC previously submitted comments on its review of an earlier draft Plan on February 14, 2017 — read our letter here: BD Stewardship Plan – GMVUAC Comments .  DNRP has extended its deadline to June 11 for comments to be submitted by the GMVUAC — please let us know asap whether and what comments you may have and wish to be included in our formal comment letter.

King County River and Floodplain Management Section is hosting two public meetings on June 12 and 13 to discuss its large wood program in various rives and streams intended to reduce the risk of floods and to restore fish habitat.  Click on this link to go to the King County website for more detailed information: KC Watersheds – Large Wood Program Information and Public Meetings .

The GMVUAC received the following email from the King County Sheriff’s Office, Precinct #3 (Maple Valley), regarding the August 7, 2018, National Night Out Against Crime; please spread the word to your neighbors and neighborhood associations and participate if at all possible — the GMVUAC thanks you:

Greetings! I am sending you this email because you have been identified as an involved community member, HOA representative, or property manager. If you are not the right contact person for these types of communication, please let me know. National Night Out Against Crime is quickly approaching (Tuesday August 7th)! We will be sending King County Sheriff’s deputies and personnel out to those communities participating in National Night Out. This is a great opportunity for us to meet with residents and discuss crime and other police issues, along with building friendships to support crime prevention and crime fighting efforts. Please reply to this email and let me know if you are planning to have a National Night Out event in your neighborhood. If you are, please let me know the following:
· 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.
I realize that this is a few months away but I’m trying to secure units to attend and I need to get my bid in by end of June. I look forward to hearing from you!  If you want more information about the program, here is a link to a website with all the details about the nation-wide program: National Night Out Campaign . Also, please feel free to contact me directly if I can be of any assistance.
Contact: Micki Christensen — Precinct 3, King County Sheriff’s Office; Phone: 206-477-6446; Direct: 206-477-6428; Address: 22300 SE 231st St., Maple Valley, WA 98038; Email: micki.christensen@kingcounty.gov

Community invited to participate in superintendent search for the Tahoma School District.  The Tahoma School Board is inviting the community to participate in the interview process for a new superintendent of schools.  There will be three interview panels.  Each candidate will appear before each panel in 45-minute sessions.  One of the panels will be made up of school principals and administrators.  The other two panels will feature parents, community leaders, teachers, support staff, students, a School Board member, and PTA/PTO representatives.  When the interviews are completed, panelists will meet for about two hours to summarize their impressions for the School Board.  The finalists will be chosen by the School Board on Saturday, May 19, after the board interviews a group of semifinalists for the position.  On May 21, board members will conduct informal interviews of the finalists during lunch and dinner breaks and when the finalists are given tours of the school district.  The School Board is scheduled to decide which candidate to hire by May 24. Current Superintendent Rob Morrow will retire on June 30.

KCC Member Reagan Dunn is presently conducting a 2018 Unincorporated Area Survey.  If you wish to participate and give Councilmember Dunn your input regarding a variety of issues that may affect you, your family, and/or your neighborhood, please visit the following website and complete the Survey Monkey form: 2018 Unincorporated Areas Survey .

Information regarding the creation of a new Department of Local Services may be read and accessed below on this page, and all residents are encouraged to download, complete, and send to Harold Taniguchi (contact information on the form) the following Local Services Initiative Questionnaire: Local Services Initiative_Questionnaire

The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has issued certain approvals to continue mining coal at the John Henry Mine. Please visit our Environment Committee webpage for more details.

The State Board of Health is in the process of considering changes to the State Onsite Sewage Systems Regulations, WAC 246-272A. This process provides the opportunity for public participation as either direct participants or interested individuals.

King County is commencing work on the 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update.  For more details, click on the following link:  2018 KC Comprehensive Plan Update

SR 169 Asphalt Facility Moratorium was NOT extended by the KCC at its May 7 meeting — it was referred to the KCC’s Planning, Rural Service, and Environment Committee, Chaired by KCC Member Kathy Lambert; so it appears that the current Moratorium Ordinance #18611 will expire automatically on May 13, 2018, and, because no action on the extension has been scheduled by the PRSE Committee to date, the project’s immediate fate will be in the hands of DPER to process any permit applications it now has, and likely soon will have, submitted by Lakeside Industries.  The GMVUAC has formally submitted its comments regarding the Cedar River Sites Industrial Moratorium Study that was prepared by KC DPER in response to the King County Council’s Moratorium imposed pursuant to Ordinance 18611.  Visit our Asphalt Facility webpage in the Current Issues Box, or simply click here: Asphalt Facility    KC Exec has published the Cedar River Sites Industrial Moratorium Study required under Ordinance 18611 — Read Study and Transmittal Letter here: Cedar River Sites Industrial Moratorium Study   Transmittal Letter

The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is working on its Regional Open Space Conservation Plan.  View the Plan and related information here: PSRC Regional Open Space Conservation Plan

The King County Solid Waste Division is working on its Comprehensive Waste Management Plan Update and Environmental Impact Statement, the purpose of which is to develop a plan for how to manage our garbage and recycling for the next 20 years.  Visit our Environment Committee webpage for more information, or view a presentation about this program here: KC SW Comp Plan Update_Slides_02 12 2018

OSS BILL HB 2420 IS DEAD FOR NOW — 2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION CLOSED ON MARCH 2 WITHOUT FINAL ACTION TAKEN — Visit Our Environment Committee Webpage for more information and link.  For detailed information and status on this Bill, including any upcoming hearings in future legislative sessions, please visit the following legislative website:  HB 2420 Legislative History

PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE NOTICE THAT the KC Executive has introduced legislation to create a new DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL SERVICES that will include the DPER together with various functions of the KCDOT, KCDNRP, and the PH-SKC On Site Septic Systems Program.  Information regarding the Local Services Initiative may be read here: Local Services Initiative_Report , and more detailed information regarding this new Department may be viewed here:  KC Exec Proposes New Dept of Local Services_01 22 2018 .  On February 13 the KC Council was briefed and presented more detailed information on this proposal.  This information may be viewed here: Legislation Details (With Text)   2018-B0015_Dept of Local Services   LSI GAO presentation Feb 13   At the March 12, 2018, KC Council meeting, a Motion was introduced at the request of the KC Executive intending to provide guidance regarding the establishment of the new Local Services Department — read the relevant documents here: 2018-0159 Transmittal Letter  2018-0159 Legislation Details (With Text)  2018-0159 Legislative Review Form   The GMVUAC had Harold Taniguchi present and discuss details regarding this new department at our April 2, 2018, monthly meeting.  At our meeting, Mr Taniguchi advised us that the present plan is to NOT include plumbing services, onsite sewage system services, and the Boeing Field airport directly in the new Department — but to have inter-agency agreements with these services that will hopefully coordinate related programs to give residents better services.

Please visit our Environment Committee webpage to read about the legislative fix to the Hirst decision.  We will endeavor to keep abreast of future regulatory progress on the implementation of the fix, including opportunities for public review and comment.

Public comments are due soon on several proposed major projects that affect our rural area.  For information on each of these major projects, please see our Current Issues box on this website and click on the topic you would like to review — including Reserve Silica, Asphalt Facility, Franchise Compensation Rulemaking, Solid Waste Plan Update, and the PSRC Regional Transportation Plan.

Comments on Reserve Silica Corporation’s Remedial Investigation (RI) Report (site south of Ravensdale towards Black Diamond) regarding site clean up of materials under MTCA are to be submitted to the Department of Ecology in January 2018 (specific date has not been specified, but the earlier in January the better).  Also, subsequent reports and proposed remedial orders will be made available for public review and comment, and any proposed rezone and/or development proposals will be posted on our website.  The Department has an ongoing public participation initiative and invites area residents and other concerned individuals to submit comments on the MTCA cleanup program for this site.  Check this webpage and the Reserve Silica link in the Current Issues box for further information.

Information regarding Lakeside Industries’ proposed SR 169 asphalt facility, including information relating to the County’s interim moratorium affecting projects along the Cedar River, will be posted on our website as such become available.

Updates regarding the County’s Franchise Compensation Rulemaking will be posted as such become available — see our Current Issues Box.

Detailed information, including reports and applications, may be found in the respective section (documents are generally found on the agency website that may be accessed by a clickable link).