Sammamish will conduct survey of Klahanie residents

The City of Sammamish continued to show its interest in unincorporated Klahanie and its surrounding neighborhoods earlier this week.

The City of Sammamish continued to show its interest in unincorporated Klahanie and its surrounding neighborhoods earlier this week.

After a motion by Deputy Mayor Ramiro Valderrama, the council voted unanimously Tuesday to direct City Manager Ben Yazici to prepare a survey asking citizens of Klahanie and surrounding neighborhoods their feelings on becoming a part of Sammamish.

“They use not only our services for public safety, schools, parks and other activities — most of them feel they are an integral part of our community geographically, culturally and socially,” Valderrama said.

The survey, which Yazici estimated costing between $7,000 and $12,000, would strictly focus on whether or not residents of the unincorporated areas have any interest in Sammamish.

Valderrama said it would reinforce initiatives taken by the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce and would provide validation on the council’s behalf to pursue Klahanie if Issaquah’s motion to annex the neighborhood fails.

The goal for Sammamish is to have the survey out to Klahanie residents before the end of the year.

Issaquah’s Land and Shore Committee will present its agenda bill to the Issaquah Council at its regular meeting, July 15. If the full council approves the plan, the issue will go to voters in February 2014 at the same time the Issaquah School District presents its local levy to voters.



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