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Information about the Septic Proposal from Public Health

SmallSepticHousePublic Health – Seattle & King County is suggesting that a system be set up to register each septic, inspect it on a regular basis and add a yearly fee to your tax bill. There is a link below to all the material they have released so far. This is the best time for you to give your input, while they are developing this policy. Help me reset this direction.

The Board of Health has just announced a series of hearings in our district that are set for the next couple of weeks. I wanted you to be among the first to know. I will be attending the Woodinville hearing on June 22nd and the Fall City hearing on June 28th. Here is a list of the hearings and some more information from the Board of Health:

Just a quick follow up on the proposed onsite sewage system program and fee that the Board of Health heard last Thursday. This was a first reading only. In anticipation of the need for further public comment, the Board of Health secured meeting dates and locations for four meetings across the county the week of June 20 including one in Maple Valley where some State Legislators have indicated that they may join us.

For your information, here’s more information on the composition of the Board of Health. The Board of Health is a separate entity within King County. The 11-member board is comprised of:

Three health professionals:

  • Benjamin Danielson, MD, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Seattle Children’s
  • Bill Daniell, MD, University of Washington, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
  • Chris Delecki, DDS, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Seattle Children’s

And eight elected officials:

  • King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski [chair]
  • King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert [Vice Chair for King County]
  • King County Councilmember Joe McDermott
  • Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw [Vice Chair for Seattle]
  • Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez
  • Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez
  • Mayor David Baker, City of Kenmore [Vice Chair for Suburban Cities]
  • Councilmember Largo Wales, City of Auburn

These members serve terms ranging from one to three years. The Board of Health meets on the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Metropolitan King County Council Chambers, unless otherwise specified.

Here’s a link to information on the BOH briefing/proposal as well as information on how to comment including the dates, times and locations for the community meetings.

Bridges and Roads Task Force

Last fall King County Executive Dow Constantine and I convened a Bridges and Roads Task Force. It was charged with recommending sustainable solutions for funding bridges and roads in unincorporated King County. As many of you know, I’ve been a strong proponent of finding workable solutions as we cannot let our bridges and roads fall into disrepair! The 1994 funding formula no longer works and it’s time for it to be reevaluated! The terrific group of people on the Task Force came up 152 recommendations in their final report. You can access all the information including the final report and the list of recommendations here:

Here’s more information that explains the problem in detail and gives more background:

One Night Count

In January I participated in the One Night Count. (It's the first time I've walked on a trail in Redmond in the dark at 2 am; it was very peaceful!) This is an annual effort to count the homeless in our region. The day after the count, I was interviewed on KIRO radio and shared my 5 ideas for ending homelessness.

Boost Your Brainpower

I’m a strong proponent of exercising the brain as it’s a great way to stay sharp and avoid disease. I loved this article – it is chock full of very common sense ways to exercise our brains every day. Here’s to more conversation until we’re all over 100!

Parade Magazine: 23 Ways to Boost Your Brain

King County Noise Code

Effective July 2, unincorporated King County residents have a new, improved noise code. If you’re experiencing loud and raucous neighborhood noise, you should call the King County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 206-296-3311. For construction noise, call the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review (DPER) at 206-296-6680. For unreasonable animal noise, call the Pet Information Line at 206-296-PETS (7387). Learn more, read the King County Noise Code Fact Sheet (pdf, 303KB).

County Health Rankings 


Check out this website that compares the health of King County’s residents to other counties around the state and nation.

There are two types of rankings: “Health outcomes” are a measure of length and quality of life. “Health factors” are a measure of health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment.

I thought this was very informative. It’s also a reminder that there is always room for improvement regarding our health.

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