Prepared by Marianne Wilkins and Mary Doerrer
The City of
Minutes from the
park board meeting indicate that 3 options for
Minutes from the
park board state “The Council reviewed the preliminary plan option for the
At the first public meeting for Ebright Creek Park (ECP) 3 options, all including formal ball fields, were presented. Alternatives without formal ball fields were not made available to the public.
Between October and December 2002
The two remaining public meetings were cancelled as deemed unnecessary by the
city staff. These 2 public meetings were re-instated after
the public questioned
and then demanded they be allowed to view and discuss the plans
for the park at an open meeting. These 2
meetings were re-scheduled for
The preferred Master Plan for ECP with formal ball fields was created.
The City Council approved a contract with Wiscomb
Landscape Architecture Services for Ebright Creek Park Design &
Construction at a cost not to exceed $199,882.00. When Friends of
January 2003 – June 2003
Neighbors and Friends of Pine Lake gave public comments every month at the City Council Meetings to make changes in the Ebright Creek Park Plan. (a report on an alternative site for athletic fields at The Commons with less environmental impact were given to the City by a landscape architect hired by FOPL). The ECP site is simply too narrow and too environmentally sensitive for placement of athletic fields.
The second and third public meetings for ECP were held. These were the meetings that were cancelled in December 2002 and rescheduled after public demand. Note – The Preferred Master plan for ECP was already contracted for detailed design work.(The information sheet circulated by the parks department said these 2 meetings were for the public to view the plans--not for changes).
5 page letter detailing the city’s responsibility according to state law.
SEPA rules require that agencies consider environmental information (impacts, alternatives, and mitigation) before committing to a particular course of action (WAC 197-11-055(2)(c).
The city had
contracted for detail design work in an amount not to exceed $199,882.00 on
SEPA rules encourage public involvement in decisions (WAC 197-11-030(2)(f).
SEPA rules direct agencies to integrate SEPA with agency activities at the earliest possible time to ensure that planning and decisions reflect environmental values, avoid delays later in the process, and seek to resolve potential problems (WAC 197-11-055(2).
The SEPA checklist had not been started at the time of approval for the detailed design work.
The city responded to attorney Aramburu’s letter in the media, stating all laws were being followed. A SEPA checklist had not been completed, yet the city continued with the detailed design work to create biddable documents for ECP.
An environmental checklist was finally completed by the City. Detailed design for the park had been completed with 80 - 90% of the documents ready for bidding.
June 26 –
technical, and thoughtful written comments were submitted by many citizens of
Sammamish. Included in the comments
was a Sound Study by SSA Acoustics, LLP dated
into an agreement for services with JGL Acoustics; Inc to (1) review the noise
study by SSA Acoustics prepared for the Friends of
The SEPA Determination was completed on
SEPA comments were not adequately addressed in the SEPA staff report for this project.
was the lack of response to the sound study by SSA Acoustics, LLP dated
In addition, the SEPA staff report from the
City, indicates that “an acceptable wetland and stream and buffer
mitigation/monitoring plan dated
The city staff report also references a letter
The Friends of Pine Lake and Dan DeFranco submitted the detailed statement of appeal, for the previously filed notice of appeal.
records request was submitted by Dan DeFranco for the noise study conducted by
JGL Acoustics for the City at
The City assigned John Galt, Hearing examiner for the ECP appeal.
A Notice of Stay in Proceedings pending action on the underlying clearing and grading permit by the City and filing of any appeals there from was issued by John Galt, Hearing Examiner Pro Tempore.
Letter from Dan DeFranco and FOPL to The Honorable John Galt, Hearing Examiner c/o of the City of Sammamish, requesting “the Examiner order the city to produce all reports, whether in draft or final form, they have received from JGL Acoustics Inc.”
The city is circumventing public disclosure laws by not releasing the information requested. As citizens, it is our right to request and receive any documents that the city has contracted for, regardless if they are in draft or final form.
Mr. Dan DeFranco received a call from that city at stating the JGL report was available for him. Mr. DeFranco picked up the report but was only given 13 of 15 pages of the report. They were stamped “draft”.
Mr. DeFranco was told the sound report is ready. He picked up the report which contained all 15 pages. It was not on letterhead and unsigned. It was not stamped draft.
We still need a signed copy before quoting from this report.
Received a copy of the JGL sound study on their letterhead with a cover letter signed by Jerry Lilly.
Notice of Decision of the type 2 Clearing and Grading Permit Approval
Appeal of the Clearing and Grading Permit for Ebright Creek Park by Richard Aramburu representing Friends of Pine Lake and Dan DeFranco
Elections held. Candidates Mark Cross, Nancy Whitten were elected and Michelle Petitti was reelected. Councilman Troy Romero resigned. Lee Fellinge was appointed to take his position in December.
Conference was held. The prehearing conference will be continued on
City withdrew its clearing and grading permit for EBright Creek Park.
the following to all of us on
Friends of Pine Lake, Dan DeFranco and Neighbors of Ebright Creek
Park would like to announce that the city is withdrawing its clearing and
grading permit for Ebright Creek Park.! Yesterday, City attorney Bruce
Disend called our attorney Rick Aramburu to say that he would not argue
against our motions that charged the city with violating its own code in
plans for the park. He told Rick that Dan DeFranco and Friends of Pine
Lake President Ilene Stahl would be getting a call from Ben Yazici soon,
apologizing on behalf of the city. (Mr. Disend told Rick that Ben Yazici
was misled by staff!) However when I called the city this morning, Ben
Yazici had flown to
This means that the SEPA appeal is on hold until new designs for
are approved. We are hoping that a passive design will be
implemented which will take into account city codes and respect for the
endangered Kokanee Salmon of Ebright Creek. Now that the early run
Kokanee in Issaquah Creek are officially extinct, we hope the City of
Sammamish, Washington Fish and Wildlife and King County, along with other
cities, can work together to save this rare species from the same fate. …
The city has spent more than $200,000
in planning Ebright Park.
Jan – April 2004
The city has agreed to a new process for Ebright Creek Park design. They are planning to have an open house on the site and then send out a survey to residents. We are concerned that they are not taking constraints of the site into account. If that happens we will be back with our appeal. We have presented suggestions, to the council, of activities that could be held at the park, instead of ball fields.
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