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City continues planning for Klahanie-area annexation

Sammamish Review of Sammamish, Washington

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The Sammamish City Council and city staff members are plowing ahead with preparing the city for the addition of the Klahanie annexation area.

And as it continues to meet, the Klahanie Transition Committee is outlining many of the same concerns as the city's current residents, said Tim Larson, city communications manager.

Larson has been acting as a liaison between the city and the transition committee, which consists of Klahanie residents.

According to Larson, one major concern is the safety of children walking to Sunny Hills Elementary School and overcrowding of the roundabout near that school. Several streets also are attracting a lot of attention, including Issaquah-Pine Lake and Issaquah-Fall City roads.

One specific concern is over a green belt along Issaquah-Fall City Road, Larson said. Residents fear revamping and widening the road will wipe out that green belt, exposing residents to increased roadway noise. Larson said that section of street should only reach three lanes and the work will not greatly impact the green belt.

Klahanie and several surrounding neighborhoods officially become part of Sammamish on Jan. 1. Officials delayed the formal annexation partly out of a professed need to ramp up municipal services.

At its regular meeting, on Sept. 15, the council authorized seven major equipment purchases, including new vehicles, to help service the Klahanie area. Those purchases, totaling $138,000, will include a snowplow and at least two general-duty trucks.

The council also authorized a $70,000 contract to a private firm to complete a census of the annexation area. State law requires that census, Mayor Tom Vance said.

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Original Publication Date: September 24, 2015

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