Looking ahead to 2016 in Sammamish

Sammamish Comment LogoShortly after the Nov. 3 election, Sammamish Comment identified issues that face the City Council this year. These include:

  • Fully assimilating the Klahanie annexation area into Sammamish.
  • The Sahalee Way road project. The City Staff hasn’t clearly made its case to many residents, or some on the Council, why this project is needed and what it should look like.
  • Appointments to the City commissions.
  • Setting priorities for the year. This should happen at the annual retreat, Jan. 14-16. The retreat begins at 5pm on the 14th and continues to noon on the 16th. It’s at the Murano Hotel in Tacoma.
  • Holding staff accountable to its own codes.
  • Resolution of the East Lake Sammamish Trail.

The full post, with details on these, may be found here.

Although there was little activity following the election through the end of the year–the last City Council meeting of 2015 was Dec. 8–the multi-million dollar contract for refuse, recycling and yard waste pick-up became an unexpected controversy. A “process” challenge has come up that has a potential $7m price tag for taxpayers. The story is here. The City Council has to sort this out in the next few months.

Other issues ahead this year:

  • Participation in the multi-state, multi-jurisdictional earthquake disaster drill called Cascadia Rising. This is in June and the parameters of the drill assume Sammamish has enough road damage to isolate access; phone service will be cut; and other challenges will be faced by emergency services.
  • Continued development of the Town Center and associated infrastructure improvements.
  • Reassessing the funding of $90m in proposed road projects over the next six years.
  • Managing road projects on arterials so drivers still can get off the Plateau.
  • Memo to Public Works Director John Cunningham: the Intelligence Transportation System still needs work.
  • Becoming a cohesive City Council.

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