Rapid Response

September 6, 2012

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Would you be in favor of Newcastle being annexed into the city of Bellevue? Why/Why not? 

Negative, Bellevue is full. There’s enough consolidation going on in America. Let’s keep this individuality as long as we can. We can start with our own ZIP code!

— Dave Martinez


Having our own city of Newcastle is probably best for us. We are one the best “small” cities of the country and we can set our own direction.

— Jesse Tam


I’d like to not have to be annexed to any other city, but Bellevue would be my choice if we absolutely saw no other way to keep Newcastle as a city. Bellevue has many more resources to be favorable for us.

— Jackie Foskett


I would like to see a study done on what efficiencies could be gained by annexation. Assuming efficiencies exist then yes I would be in favor. We would still be a unique neighborhood within Bellevue making this place still every bit as nice to live.

— Peter Zevenbergen

No. A somewhat higher millage rate is balanced out by a more personal connection with the folks at City Hall and now less bureaucracy in the way of doing trail work.

— Peggy Price


How were you  affected by the Waste Management strike?

We had to initiate the human compactor protocol. My wife assisted me up a step ladder and into the recycling bin to compress the overflow. Getting out was more exciting than I preferred.

— Dave Martinez


I was not affected much by the strike because it was a short period and the garbage was still manageable.

— Jesse Tam


Not very. Put some stinky garbage in freezer, but we don’t have a lot of garbage anyway; we recycle as much as possible. Yes, the yard waste bin full of food scraps was getting a bit ripe, but it was fine.

— Jackie Foskett


Not terribly, but with another week of striking we would have been considering burning trash.

— Peter Zevenbergen


Lots of fruit flies.

— Peggy Price


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2 Responses to “Rapid Response”

  1. Karl Drew on September 11th, 2012 11:37 am

    Annexed into the city of Bellevue would be great idea.
    I used to live on West lake Sammamish before I moved to Newcastle and when it was Annexed into the city of Bellevue my property taxes went down there was a lot more police presence and they started lots of improvement project’s like sidewalks & landscaping to update to city of Bellevue’s codes.
    Because of the large size the city of Bellevue’s overhead to run it is low.


  2. A. Roosme on May 9th, 2014 1:08 pm

    Annexed into the city of Bellevue would be the best that could happen for Newcastle. Property values would increase, crime rate would be lower and it would be a cost saving for all.

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