Sammamish issued this statement on its website last week:
The Sahalee Way Open House report previously scheduled for the Nov. 17 City Council meeting has been postponed. That report, which will summarize resident comments received at the Nov. 4 Sahalee Way Open House and other public input opportunities, will be scheduled for later this year or early next year. The delay will provide more time for staff to properly tabulate the high volume of comment received and also give incoming City Council members a greater opportunity to take part in the decision process. The city will provide advance notice when the new report date is set.
This is the right decision. As Sammamish Comment previously reported, the City was rushing to approve the contract this year on a schedule that allowed virtually no public input before the decisions were made.
At the Nov. 4 Open House, at the Boys and Girls Club, the turnout was far more than expected. Getting to the tables with the preliminary plans was difficult. Although a few residents complained about the lack of a formal presentation, it’s clear from the turnout and the City comments above that the Open House was useful and productive.