2014 budget process begins at Oct. 1 City Council meeting

September 30, 2013

NEW — 3:40 p.m. Sept. 30, 2013

The 2014 budget process is set to begin in earnest at the Newcastle City Council’s Oct. 1 meeting.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. for a study session, where members will discuss 2014 budget priorities and needs with department directors. Study sessions are open to the public. That discussion will continue into the 7 p.m. regular meeting.

Finance Director Christine Olson will also present an updated five-year revenue forecast.

Council members will review an ordinance amending the 2013 budget, increasing expenditure appropriations for the Equipment Rental Fund and the city’s pavement management program. Since this is an ordinance, a public comment period is provided.

View the full agenda here.

City reminds owners to pick up pet waste

September 27, 2013

NEW — 12:55 p.m. Sept. 27, 2013


The city of Newcastle wants to encourage pet owners to be mindful and “scoop the poop” of their pets.

Pet waste contaminates local rivers and creeks. Picking up pet waste and disposing of it in the trash helps protect water quality in the neighborhood and local watershed.

Residents can visit City Hall, 12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200, to obtain a free doggie-bone bag holder. The holder clips to a pet’s collar and holds up to 10 plastic bags. Read more

Newcastle Historical Society hosts final September talk

September 26, 2013

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Sept. 26, 2013

The Newcastle Historical Society hosts its final presentation about the city’s history Sept. 26 at the Newcastle Library.

Vickie Baima Olson, who has ancestors that worked in the Newcastle mines, will lead a discussion about the Newcastle Historic Cemetery.

“Gone but Not Forgotten” will explore the history of the cemetery and the pioneers that call it their final resting place.

The free presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the Newcastle Library, 12901 Newcastle Way.

Meet City Council candidates Oct. 8

September 23, 2013

NEW — 12:55 p.m. Sept. 23, 2013

Newcastle residents will have the opportunity to interact with current and future City Councilmembers at an informal meet-and-greet Oct. 8.

John Drescher and Mark Greene will compete to fill the seat that will be vacated by retiring City Councilman Bill Erxleben. Incumbents John Dulcich and Rich Crispo will both run unopposed to retain their positions. All are expected to be in attendance at the October event.

There is no formal program for the no-host event held at The Golf Club at Newcastle’s Wooly Toad Lounge. The event goes from 5:30-8 p.m.

RSVP to John Jensen at John@JensenRoofing.com so The Golf Club at Newcastle can have a rough head count. Learn more about the city’s only contested race here.

Newport Hills Community Faire postponed

September 20, 2013

UPDATED — 3:45 p.m. Sept. 20, 2013

Edit: Unfortunately, it looks like the Community Faire has been postponed due to weather. Follow the Newport Hills Community Club on Facebook for the latest event updates.

The Newport Hills community will host its second Community Faire from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21.

“A lot of Park in the Parking Lot,” is the theme of this year’s event and will be held at the Stods Baseball parking lot, 5629 119th Ave. S.E.

More than 30 handmade craft vendors will sell their goods at the event. There will also be food, kid-friendly activities and live music.

Students from the Cornerstone Dance Studio will perform, and the Newport High School robotics team will provide demonstrations.

The event will also include garden-centric activities, providing a nod to Newport Hills’ orchard history with an apple cider press, apple bobbing and more.

Learn more about the event at http://bit.ly/17PnSKh.

Participate in the vision for the city’s future

September 18, 2013

NEW — 2:50 p.m. Sept. 18, 2013

The city of Newcastle’s volunteer Planning Commission is reaching out to residents for feedback as it looks to update the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan, effectively rebranded as Newcastle 2035 for the remainder of the update, is a document that outlines the city’s vision and goals for the future.

Residents can offer their opinions about the city’s future, and what they would like to see in the next 20 years in an online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DCGR99P.

A statute requires cities to update their comprehensive plans by June 2015. Newcastle last completed its Growth Management Act-mandated update in 2003.

Learn more about Newcastle 2035, and how you can participate, in this July Newcastle News article: http://bit.ly/1eREUOa.

Liberty outlasts Hazen in Sept. 13 showdown

September 17, 2013

By Greg Farrar Marquise Lee (3), Hazen High School junior running back, works to elude Liberty defensive back Kasper Lui Delange on a play during the fourth quarter of their Sept. 13 football game at Renton Memorial Stadium.

By Greg Farrar
Marquise Lee (3), Hazen High School junior running back, works to elude Liberty defensive back Kasper Lui Delange on a play during the fourth quarter of their Sept. 13 football game at Renton Memorial Stadium.

For the second straight year, it was the Liberty student section’s right to chant “We run Renton,” when the Patriots defeated the Highlanders, 28-7. Read more

Lake Boren Park, budget and more on Sept. 17 City Council agenda

September 16, 2013

NEW — 1:10 p.m. Sept. 16, 2013

The Newcastle City Council will meet to review plans for potential Lake Boren Park improvements prior to their regular Sept. 17 meeting.

The City Council directed staff to brainstorm future plans for the park, and the staff will present that information at a 6 p.m. study session.

Budget season is fast approaching, so the council will review a 2014 budget calendar during the general meeting that begins at 7 p.m.

Mayor Rich Crispo is also expected to give an update on where the city stands with the Newcastle Historical Society. In August, the City Council reviewed an ordinance that would incorporate the Newcastle Historical Society into the city’s operations as an official standing committee, though no action was taken.

View the full agenda here.

Access routes set to close due to overlay project

September 13, 2013

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Sept. 13, 2013

Project is more than 50 percent completed

Three access routes along Coal Creek Parkway will be closed from about 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Sept. 16, and continuing through Sept.18, weather permitting.

Three road barricades will be placed at 135th Avenue Northeast, the primary access to the Milepost community and Newcastle Elementary School, Southeast 79th Place and at Newcastle Golf Club Road.

Barricades will be removed from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The city has created a vicinity map showing the closures as A, B and C, and potential access options as 1, 2 and 3. View the map here:  http://bit.ly/1d8WTvc. Read more

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