In 2022, King County Local Services met challenges and adapted to change to deliver local government services to the unincorporated areas.
As the region and country continued to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, Local Services found itself back in the areas it serves. We worked with our communities and took other steps to make sure we could get back to business as usual, at least as much as we could. We were even honored for these efforts throughout the year, including winning national awards.
As our department and the communities we serve in unincorporated King County get ready to start a new year, let’s take a moment to celebrate some of the things we accomplished together in 2022.
The King County Conservation Corps teamed with community members to clean trash and litter in Fall City near the Snoqualmie River this week.
Several community members requested a cleanup of the area under S.R. 202, and Local Services dispatched a Conservation Corps crew. Over two days, crew members removed 2,800 pounds of trash, debris, wood, broken glass, appliances and other items that were illegally dumped (check out pictures that show just some of the litter that was collected, as well as the now-cleaned area under the bridge).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.