Another milestone: First Participatory Budgeting project chosen by voters will expand Cemetery Pond Open Space area in East Renton

We’ve reached another milestone in the Participatory Budgeting process – the first of dozens of projects that voters chose during a history vote this year has become reality.

The Cemetery Pond Open Space area in East Renton has received $50,000 to acquire critical green infrastructure.

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New Vashon-Maury Island Community Van Coordinator brings experience and passion to help islanders reach their destinations

Lilie Corroon may be a relative newcomer to Vashon Island, but she’s an expert in connecting people to the services they need.

That’s why she is passionate about her new position as Coordinator of the Vashon-Maury Island Community Van program!

The Vashon Community Van gives residents a way to reach any part of the island without taking their cars. The reservation-based rideshare program – which has been available on the island for five years – was developed to provide alternative travel options and help fill transportation gaps.

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King County Local Services launches Business Survey for establishments in unincorporated areas

Attention business owners in unincorporated King County: Did your business seek and receive business grants, technical assistance, or other support in the past two years? How would you rate the condition of your business?

Local Services’ Unincorporated King County Business Survey is now open and can be completed online. We’ll use your responses to develop services and programs to support businesses in unincorporated King County. By taking this 10-minute survey, you’ll give us information that helps us support businesses in your community.

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Community office hours are back in unincorporated King County! 

In another sign that our region is emerging from the pandemic, King County Local Services is excited to announce the return of our regular community office hours in the unincorporated areas! 

This popular program provides local, in-person help by one or more of our staff members who can connect you with county services and information – all of which are regularly scheduled in your communities. Local Services is partnering with local libraries, a local senior center, and a homeowner’s association to increase access to government services in the unincorporated areas.

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Local Services’ Evelyn Wood retires after 17 years with King County

Evelyn Wood, whose public service career began with the Highline School District before joining King County.

Local Services wants to wish Executive Assistant Evelyn Wood – one of the key people who has helped our department deliver government services to the unincorporated areas since we began operations – a happy retirement.

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Community celebrates winning projects of King County’s historic Participatory Budgeting vote

Ayanna Brown and Trenise Rogers, both members of the Community Investment Budget Committee, hug following the announcement of the winning Participatory Budgeting projects.

SKYWAY, Wash. – It was obvious to those who attended last week’s announcement of the winning Participatory Budgeting projects that this wasn’t your typical government function.

You could sense it as community members filled the outdoor seating area for the big unveiling during a warm, sun-kissed evening at King County Fire District 20.

You could tell the night was different as organizers high-fived, hugged, and shed tears of joy because their dreams of new facilities will finally become reality. Those dreams include plans for a new food bank, a community track, a park splash pad for hot days and a Khmer Cultural Center.

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Roads removing load restrictions on seven bridges in unincorporated King County

Bear Creek Bridge 333-A load limit sign to be removed

Did you know that Road Services is going to remove the weight limit restriction on some of our bridges in unincorporated King County? It’s true. Seven bridges (see the list at the bottom of the post) will soon be open to heavier trucks such as large fire engines and hauling vehicles. Work to remove the posted weight limit signs starts this week. It may take up to two weeks to take down all seven signs.

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‘Don’t Blow It, Cut The Fuse’: Reminder that the use and/or sale of consumer fireworks is prohibited in unincorporated King County

As the July 4th holiday approaches, Local Services reminds residents that the use and sale of consumer fireworks are not allowed in unincorporated King County.

To put it another way, #DontBlowIt: Residents must #CutTheFuse on fireworks in unincorporated areas such as Skyway, White Center, Snoqualmie Valley, Greater Maple Valley, Enumclaw Plateau and Vashon Island.

This is the first year that fireworks have been banned in unincorporated King County. For some, the new rules are a big change to their July 4th traditions. Unincorporated areas won’t see fireworks stands. Residents aren’t allowed to light fireworks in their cul-de-sacs or back yards.

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King County Local Services earns national communication award for its ‘Employee Diversity Showcase’

King County Local Services’ efforts to celebrate the diversity of its team in 2021 garnered some prestigious recognition this month.

The department won first place in the Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Awards competition by the National Association of Government Communicators. The winners were announced during a ceremony earlier this month in Louisville, Ky.

Local Services’ entry, “Employee Diversity Showcase,” was awarded the top spot in the “Other – Special Purpose Product” category. Others recognized in the category included the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the City of Clarksville (Tenn.).

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The People’s Budget – Your Voice, Your Choice: Residents can learn about proposed community projects at pair of virtual meetings May 23-24

Nearly a year after King County embarked on a new process that gives communities the power to choose how money is invested in their neighborhoods, residents will get the chance to learn about the community projects that could come to their areas.

The Community Investment Budgeting Committee, the group of residents from King County’s urban unincorporated areas that created the framework for the new Participatory Budgeting process, will lead a pair of virtual Project Expo Community Meetings on May 23-24.

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