July 25, 2012
NEW— 2:10 p.m. July 25, 2012
Newcastle residents should continue to place their garbage and recycling materials at the curb according to their regular Waste Management collection schedule, despite a workers strike by the Teamsters Local 117 union announced July 25.
If materials are not collected by the end of the regular collection day, residents are asked to bring them back inside and and Waste Management will collect a double load on the next collection day. Newcastle residents can check the Waste Management website for daily collection information at www.wmnorthwest.com.
Waste Management provides the city of Newcastle with curbside collection of garbage, recycling and yard/food waste for residents and local businesses. The Teamsters Local 117 represents about 16,500 workers at more than 200 employers throughout the Puget Sound.
July 25, 2012
NEW — 9:55 a.m. July 25, 2012
The city of Newcastle is accepting applications for two positions on the Planning Commission due to two commissioners’ upcoming expiration of term.
Planning Commission volunteers help shape the future of Newcastle by making recommendations to the City Council on items like the Comprehensive Plan and development regulations.
Interested Newcastle residents should submit an application, letter of interest and resume by 5 p.m. Aug. 10.
Applications are available on the city’s website at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us.
July 23, 2012
NEW — 3:20 p.m. July 23, 2012
King County voters could decide next month to increase the property tax rate in order to prepare the criminal justice system for the decades ahead.
The ballot measure Proposition 1 asks voters to approve a $200 million property tax levy to fund a replacement for the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle.
“We have a fairly good court system. We have a good prosecution office. We have good sheriff’s deputies. But this facility is the leak in the pipeline,” King County Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a July 13 interview. “For criminal justice to work effectively — especially with the increase in crime we’re seeing right now — all aspects of that pipeline need to be operating effectively.”
Dunn is Newcastle’s representative on the council.