December 14, 2010
NEW — 3:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 2010
The Snoqualmie City Council passed the city’s 2011 budget, which preserves existing services but raises property taxes and utility rates. The $52.6 million budget puts off filling two positions and purchasing new equipment.
The budget raises utility rates by 3 percent — from 6 percent to 9 percent — to pay for a 10-year loan to pay off debt from City Hall’s construction. The city owes $3 million on the building, which cost $7.34 million and was finished in 2009. It will pay down the debt by $1 million from reserves and cover the rest with the loan.
The council had been considering combining the debt with a bond to pay for infrastructure projects, but decided to split the two, decreasing how much interest the city pays on the City Hall debt.
April 1, 2010
NEW — 6:00 a.m. April 1, 2010
Snoqualmie has settled the largest claim on outstanding charges for City Hall construction.
January 13, 2010
The building is built on two decades of reviving Snoqualmie, says mayor.
NEW — 10:55 a.m. Jan. 13, 2010
The sun played peek-a-boo in Snoqualmie Jan. 9 as guests came to the new City Hall’s grand opening.
Snoqualmie Public Works Director Dan Marcinko greeted visitors at the door. Inside, people milled around the lobby and council chambers, talking excitedly and admiring the $6 million building.
January 7, 2010
NEW — 1:43 p.m. Jan. 7, 2010
December 23, 2009
For the first time in the city’s history, Snoqualmie now has a building designed and built specifically as a city hall.
“This is a landmark occasion in the city’s history,” she city spokeswoman Joan Pilego. Read more
December 19, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 19, 2009
The Snoqualmie Arts Commission is looking for a few good paintings for the new City Hall lobby.
Artists are invited to submit pictures of their work before Dec. 23. Images should be sent as .jpeg files to Jeffrey Waters, the commission’s chairman, at email@example.com.
The commission will choose the images to display in the new year on Dec. 23.
If selected, paintings must be framed and ready to hang.
December 16, 2009
Snoqualmie’s new City Hall opened its doors for business Dec. 14. The event was 18 months in the making.
The staff moved in the Friday before on Dec. 11. Read more
June 30, 2009
Officials say three downtown Snoqualmie fires in one night were the work of an arsonist.
The fires were reported in the early morning hours of June 30. The first fire was reported just after 2 a.m. at the Snoqualmie Depot of the Northwest Railway Museum on Railroad Avenue.
The fire was set inside a plastic garbage can outside of the Depot’s freight room. The fire climbed along the exterior wall of the building. It triggered the building’s automatic sprinkler system, which reduced the intensity of the fire.
Snoqualmie firefighters arrived on the scene about five minutes after the sprinklers were activated and quickly extinguished the fire.