City Council axes temporary commission liaison

April 3, 2014

Despite pleas from Community Activities commissioners, the advisory board no longer has a council member liaison after the Newcastle City Council decided against renewing the position at its March 18 meeting.

The council voted down a motion, 4-3, seeking to extend the liaison through the end of the year.

A council liaison was appointed last year to help the volunteer board as it transitioned from the Parks Commission to the Community Activities Commission.

Councilman Rich Crispo, who led the changes to the commission, was chosen to serve as the liaison. The council representative acted as a nonvoting member of the advisory board; the position was set to expire at the end of March.

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Public meetings

July 3, 2012

From sidewalk installation projects to snow removal to property tax collection, decisions made by officials at a local level have the potential to impact your daily life. Get involved. Provide feedback. Make a difference.

Let leaders know what’s on your mind to shape a better Newcastle at these July meetings:

The City Council will have a regularly-scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. July 17 at Newcastle’s City Hall. An executive session precedes the meeting from 6-7 p.m.

The Parks Commission is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. July 11 at City Hall.

The Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. July 18 at City Hall.

The Economic & Community Development Commission meets from 8-9 a.m. July 10 at City Hall.

The Finance Committee meets from noon to 1 p.m. July 19 at City Hall.

Teen racks up 777 volunteer hours for local Weed Warriors group

May 31, 2012

Connor Reichenbach is no stranger to backbreaking work.

In the past year, the graduating senior racked up a staggering 777 volunteer hours — more than 32 full days worth — for Newcastle’s own nonprofit organization combating invasive species, the Weed Warriors.

Reichenbach’s internship, a graduation requirement for the International School in Bellevue, focused on nine projects and two educational events, including Earth Day.

Newcastle parks commissioners, friends and family attended the student’s internship presentation May 9 at City Hall at the commission’s monthly meeting.

Connor Reichenbach

Each graduating senior must complete a yearlong project on a topic or subject in which they have a particular interest. He said he hopes to study the environment as he looks forward to college next year.

“It is something that I’m passionate about,” Reichenbach said. “I feel strongly that we need to conserve the resources that we have and try to go greener to make it easier for future generations that we’ll have.”

Reichenbach’s internship included elements of site assessment, project planning, use of GPS technology and King County’s iMap, and creating a report on his findings.

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Public meetings

May 31, 2012

From sidewalk installation projects to snow removal to property tax collection, decisions made by officials at a local level have the potential to impact your daily life.

Let leaders know what’s on your mind to shape a better Newcastle at these June meetings:

  •  The City Council will have regularly scheduled meetings at 7 p.m. June 5 and June 19 at Newcastle’s City Hall.
  • The Parks Commission is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. June 13 at City Hall.
  • The Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. June 20 at City Hall.

Commissions talk future park, recreational development at open house

May 30, 2012

NEW — 11:05 p.m. May 30, 2012

The Newcastle Parks and Planning commissions will host an open house June 13, to discuss future park, trail and recreational development and planning in Newcastle.

Commissioners will gather public opinion on goals and policies for parks, trails and recreational facilities.

The commissions will also seek input on what level of service the city should maintain and which capital projects for parks the city should pursue.

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Parks commissioners seek feedback on goals

April 5, 2012

The city of Newcastle is seeking feedback on a plan for the city’s parks, trails, recreation and open space. Parks commissioners are seeking input on goals they have drafted to be included in a portion of the Comprehensive Plan, the city’s main guiding document.

The information you provide will be used to update, modify or create additional goals. View the Parks Commission’s proposed goals and current goals at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us

Comments are due by April 9. Email them to Michael Holly, parks program manager, at michaelh@ci.newcastle.wa.us.

Submissions sought for park-naming contest

January 6, 2012

Newcastle needs your help to name a local park.

The Parks Commission will consider entries and ultimately recommend a name for the park on the west side of Newcastle at Southeast 80th Street and 113th Avenue Southeast to the City Council.

Entries are due to the commission by 5 p.m. Jan. 31.

The site is about .15 acres or 100 feet by 60 feet; has small native plantings and pine trees; and includes picnic tables, benches and a gravel pathway.

The naming of park spaces should be based on the site’s relationship to certain criteria, including natural or geographic features, historical ties or features, individuals (living or deceased) who have made significant contributions to the park system, individuals who have contributed civic service to the city or neighborhood or common usage identification qualities.

Call Parks Program Manager Michael Holly at 649-4444, ext. 142, or email him at michaelh@ci.newcastle.wa.us for more information.

Commission seeks submissions for park-naming contest

December 20, 2011

NEW — 3:05 p.m. Dec. 2011

Members of the public are encouraged to submit ideas to the city’s Parks Commission for a park-naming contest for a park near the Hazelwood Gardens area.

The commission will consider the entries and ultimately recommend a name for the park, located on the west side of Newcastle at S.E. 80th St. and 113th Ave. S.E., to the City Council. Entries are due to the commission by 5 p.m. Jan. 31.

The site is about .15 acres or 100 feet by 60 feet, has small native plantings and pine trees and includes picnic tables, benches and a gravel pathway.

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Council votes for 1 percent increase in property tax

December 1, 2011

Typical homeowner faces $11 increase next year

Members of the City Council have agreed to cover the city’s $61,000 shortfall between revenue and expenditures for its 2012 budget in part by taking an allowable 1 percent increase in property tax.

The move will provide the city with about $40,400 in revenue — closing that shortfall to about $21,000.

Other reductions are still on the table to balance the 2012 budget — including the elimination of the city’s parks manager position, reductions to the city’s communication funding and cuts to the city manager’s contingency money that acts as a cushion for unexpected expenses.

An ordinance to set the city’s property tax collection must come before the City Council at its Dec. 6 meeting before the action will be finalized. Final adoption of the city’s 2012 budget is also expected at that time.

“This is responsible on our part,” Councilman Sonny Putter said. “It enables us to move forward, and it seems reasonable.”

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Resident input wanted for online survey

December 1, 2011

The first in a series of surveys conducted by the city’s Parks Commission is available online for public input on parks and recreational opportunities in Newcastle at www.surveymonkey.com/ s/KJ329WT.

The city aims to update its 20-year, city-wide Comprehensive Plan with resident input gathered from the surveys.

One major element of the Comprehensive Plan is the Park, Trail, Recreation and Open Space Plan, which serves as the city’s guide to develop its parks, recreation and open space facilities and programs. Information provided in this and future surveys will be used to help update the Newcastle PRO Plan.

Learn more by calling Michael Holly, parks program manager, at 649-4444, ext. 142, or email michaelh@ci.newcastle.wa.us.

 

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