Development marks milestone completed after building ban
November 10, 2010
After years of planning and about six months of construction, John Day Homes has completed the first phase of its Tannerwood development in North Bend.
The development’s first phase includes 31 houses, with an average of 3,200 square feet. The homes are priced at more than $500,000.
Tannerwood is the first significant new housing development in North Bend in nearly 20 years. It is also the first development since the city lifted a building ban that had been in place for nearly 10 years.
The neighborhood was constructed following Built Green Certified guidelines.
“Low-impact development is the name of the game these days,” company owner John Day said in a news release.
Transit panel: Better guidelines should steer future Metro service
A task force asked to consider Metro Transit’s future presented a Metropolitan King County Council committee with seven recommendations to improve service in the face of declining revenues.
Metro, which provides bus service in King County, has seen a sharp decline in sales tax revenues. To balance its budget, it will cut an estimated 600,000 service hours in 2012-2014, according to a news release from County Council.
Facing service reductions, the task force was formed to develop a comprehensive vision for what the regional transit system should look like in the future, and criteria for expanding or reducing the transit system based on available revenue.
The panel’s recommendations included:
- Create new criteria to guide service reductions and expansions:
- Adopt a new set of performance measures based on productivity to guide service decisions.
- Control the agency’s operating expenses to provide a cost structure that is sustainable.
- Create clear and transparent guidelines to use for making service allocation decisions.
- Pursue state legislation to create new revenue sources that would provide long-term sustainable support.
The recommendations from the task force will help guide the updates to Metro Transit’s Strategic Plan. Those updates could then figure into the 2012-2013 transportation budget that the county executive will present to the council next fall.
National study: Half of teens were bullies in 2009
A study from an L.A.-based institute on ethics shows that 50 percent of high school students admit to bullying someone in 2009 and that nearly half said they have been bullied.
The study by the Josephson Institute on Ethics talked to more than 43,000 children. Michael Josephson, the institute’s president, said the study shows that bullying remains extremely prevalent in high school and is not peaking in middle school as it was previously thought.
One in 10 children surveyed admitted to bringing a weapon to school at least once. Almost one in seven admitted being drunk at school.
Tanner Jeans continues scholarships
The Tanner Jeans Memorial Foundation will grant $10,000 in scholarships during the 2010-11 year, a $1,000 increase from 2009, the first year of the scholarships.
Programs eligible have included Cascade FC Select Soccer, Si View Travel Basketball, Snoqualmie Valley Wildcat Junior Football and the Mount Si Lacrosse Club.
Scholarship forms are available at www.tannerjeans.com. Scholarships will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tanner Jeans, a Snoqualmie child, died in 2004 at age 7. His family has celebrated his life with memorial golf tournaments, bike safety rodeos and Halloween events.
Snoqualmie Swedish clinic gets new doctor
The Swedish Physicians Snoqualmie clinic has a new face — Dr. Hema Nirmal.
Nirmal joined the clinic’s staff in mid-October. She is a board-certified pediatrician, specializing in newborn and pediatric primary care, and adolescent care.
She completed her residency at New York Methodist Hospital in New York, after graduating from Bangalore University’s medical college in Bangalore, India.
The clinic’s services include family medicine, adolescent medicine, pediatric care, geriatric medicine, minor surgical procedures, immunizations and preventive medicine.
Swedish Physicians is a group of more than 85 physicians and health-care workers in 14 neighborhood clinics throughout Seattle and the Eastside. The clinics are part of Swedish, the largest nonprofit health care provider in the Greater Seattle area.
County Council cancels planned Metro fee hike
The planned 25-cent transit fare increase for senior King County Metro Transit riders has been cancelled.
King County Council members adopted legislation Oct. 11 to scuttle the hike. The measure also started the transition from the Metro senior pass to the regional ORCA card.
The decision held the cost of a bus ride for seniors and disabled passengers at 75 cents. The legislation increased the cost of a monthly pass from $18 to $27, but a monthly pass can now be used on any transit system in the region.
ORCA, or One Regional Card for All, includes Metro and transit systems in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
Ridership by seniors and disabled people represents about 9 million of Metro’s 107 million annual trips. The council had approved the 25-cent increase in 2009 to help bridge a Metro budget gap. The increase had been scheduled to take effect in 2011.
Residents can save money by recycling
Most Snoqualmie Valley residents can save money by recycling, according to Allied Waste Services, which provides recycling services to the area.
By increasing the amount of material they recycle, residents can use smaller garbage cans, which cost less. They already pay a flat recycling fee.
Decreasing the amount of garbage a household puts out on the curb each week is easier than many residents might realize.
More than half of what goes in people’s garbage cans can actually be recycled or composted, according to a statement issued by Allied Waste Services.
The average King County resident generates more than 16 pounds of garbage each week, the statement said. That adds up to about a half-ton of garbage each year.
Meat, fish, poultry, fruit, dairy products, vegetables and food-soiled paper can be put in yard waste containers to be composted. Yard waste containers are provided by Allied Waste Services with garbage service.