January 26, 2012
Coal Creek Utility District, Newcastle Public Works Department worked to maintain vital services despite snow, ice and power outages
NEW — 3:10 p.m., Jan. 26, 2012
While most Newcastle residents endured the brunt of January’s snow, wind, ice and consequential debris from the comfort of their own homes, five members of the Newcastle Public Works maintenance crew weren’t so lucky.
Despite 16-hour shifts, equipment malfunctions and no covered space to put chains on vehicles, Public Works Director Mark Rigos said the city staff “did an exceptional job under the circumstances.”
“We have a very small staff here,” he said. “They put in so many hours during this storm. Some had to sleep in City Hall … one of our guys didn’t go home for five or six days.”
January 25, 2012
NEW — 9:50 a.m. Jan. 25, 2012
Newcastle residents can anticipate increases as they open their water and sewer bills this month after the Coal Creek Utility District Board of Commissioners adopted new water and sewer rates for 2012 at its Jan. 11 meeting.
The new rates take effect this month.
The average single-family household will see their monthly water bill increase $4.48 and their monthly sewer bill increase approximately 80 cents in 2012, according to the district.
Water rates are scheduled to increase 12 percent in 2012 — with more than half of that increase due to the higher cost of water purchased from Seattle Public Utilities.
January 24, 2012
NEW — 4:10 p.m. Jan. 25, 2012
Multiple neighbors saw two males today in the backyards of houses along 127th Avenue Southeast between Southeast 73rd Street and Southeast 74th Street near the Newport Woods and East Donegal neighborhoods, according to a release from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.
When confronted, the males ran away through other yards, the release stated.
The Newcastle Police Department checked houses in the area and did not find any homes broken into near that location.
Residents in the neighborhood are encouraged to report break-ins or suspicious activity by calling the non-emergency dispatch number206-296-3311 or reporting it online at www.reporttosheriff.org.
January 24, 2012
NEW — 11:40 a.m. Jan. 25, 2012
While Newcastle’s annual Earth Day celebration isn’t until April, event chairwoman Grace Stiller said the application period for sponsors and for vendors to host booths during the event is now open.
The earlier businesses and non-profit organizations get their applications in, the more exposure they’ll receive on the Earth Day website and other promotional material, she said.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at Lake Boren Park.
The fourth annual Newcastle Earth Day will feature informational mini seminars, a master gardener clinic, the opportunity to recycle appliances and cell phones, the Pacific Science Center’s Science in the Environment interactive display and geocatching.
January 23, 2012
NEW — 5 p.m. Jan. 24, 2012
The ice storm that swept across much of the Pacific Northwest has left an aftermath of debris on city streets throughout Newcastle. The city’s maintenance crew will be transitioning equipment from snow and ice removal to debris cleanup on Tuesday.
Due to the magnitude of debris the storm has caused, it may take one or two weeks for the cleanup to be complete, according to the city.
Debris cleanup is one of the most time consuming and costly segments of recovering from a storm like this, the city stated in a release. Any debris that has fallen in the city rights-of-way will be removed. Debris that has fallen on private property will need to be disposed of by the property owner.
January 23, 2012
NEW — 2:45 p.m. Jan. 24, 2011
After the Newcastle City Council’s Jan. 17 regular meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather, the meeting has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at Newcastle City Hall.
The council will discuss the Issaquah School District’s request for a surface water management fee waiver, Comprehensive Plan amendment, and resolutions for updating council rules and the city’s Legislative agenda for 2012, among other business.
The council’s Jan. 20 annual retreat at The Golf Club of Newcastle and the city’s Jan. 18 Planning Commission meeting will also be rescheduled to a future time and date.