Fall 2012
What's New in Newcastle
Fall has arrived, even though unseasonably warm weather prolonged the sense that summer was still here. Summer was filled with community events like the Fourth at the Lake Celebration, the Concerts in the Park series and Newcastle Days. Give us your opinion of summer events by taking a short survey, and take a look at what's happening this fall.
Celebrate Newcastle's Arbor Day
The City of Newcastle and its partners invite you to participate in a tree planting event Saturday, October 13th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn more about how to plant a tree and about the May Creek Watershed. Volunteers will plant a variety of species including conifers, ferns and others at the May Creek open space located on SE 92nd Street near Windtree Park. Parking is available on Windtree neighborhood streets, or a van will shuttle participants to the site. The van departs Coal Creek YMCA at 9:30 a.m. and Lake Boren Park at 9:45 a.m. Students can earn community service hours. Volunteers should bring a volunteer release form to the event. To download the form or for more information and a map to the location click here.
Newcastle Health and Safety Fair 
The Newcastle Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Health and Safety Fair Wednesday, October 24th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hazelwood Elementary School Commons located at 7100 116th Ave. SE. This event will provide you with expert tips on keeping safe and improving your health and wellness.
  • Learn more about nutrition and exercise programs
  • Get "need to know" information about what to do in an emergency
  • Receive free health screenings
  • Enjoy refreshments, prizes and giveaways

Join City of Newcastle emergency response staff, Valley Medical Center, Puget Sound Energy, Newcastle Chiropractic Wellness Center and other local businesses for this new event.

Annual Town Hall Meeting
Discuss important community issues with your City Council and city staff at the annual Town Hall Meeting Monday, October 29th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Golf Club at Newcastle. The meeting includes a question and answer session using electronic polling devices. Other topics include:
  • Where your tax dollars go and the City of Newcastle's financial future
  • Overview of current and future development in the city
  • Community safety, crime prevention and policing

Your opinions and participation are a key part of this meeting. Complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks are provided, and no-host beverages are also available. The golf club is located at 15500 Six Penny Lane in Newcastle.  

Newcastle Library Grand Opening  
The King County Library System has announced that a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting for Newcastle's brand new library will be held Saturday, December 8th, starting at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome to experience the newest addition to Newcastle's downtown area located at 12901 Newcastle Way.
Assist Family Displaced by House Fire
A Newcastle family recently displaced from their home by a devastating house fire needs your help. You can donate clothes for their twins, a 5 year old daughter and son who both wear a size 5 in clothes and a size 12.5 in shoes. You can also donate a gift card. Drop off your donation today at City Hall's front service desk. City Hall is located on the second floor of the Newcastle Professional Building at 12835 Newcastle Way.
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The City of Newcastle has a Facebook page and uses Twitter! Receive timely information about road closures, police alerts, community events and other items of interest by connecting with us on social media. You can also ask questions and receive answers from city staff via Facebook.
Citizen Requests for Action
The City of Newcastle makes it easy for you to report a non-emergency concern or request for action. Just complete an online request for action form on the city's website and a member of staff will contact you. If your request for action involves dogs, cats or livestock, contact King County Animal Control. For more information about reporting traffic violations or abandoned vehicles visit the city's traffic complaint web page where you will find contact information for the city's police and a traffic complaint form. If you need immediate assistance do not hesitate to call 911.
Services at City Hall
At the City Hall front desk, the City Clerk's division can provide you with your pet license or passport, or notarize a document. A pet license may also be purchased online at the King County website. Licensed pets are returned home faster if they get lost. Appointments must be made in advance for passports by calling 425-649-4444. For more information on applying go to the City Clerk website or contact City Hall. A fee is charged for these services.
City Sign Regulations 
With election season come political signs. The Newcastle Municipal Code allows political signs up to three square feet per side to be placed in the planter strips along the side of the road. Political signs are not allowed in the center planting area on Coal Creek Parkway. Off-site real estate signs are another type of temporary sign allowed in the city right of way as long as they are limited to four square feet per side and displayed only during daylight hours when the seller is at the property.
Living with Wildlife in Newcastle
Coyotes, deer, raccoons, bears and other wildlife also make their home in Newcastle. While coyotes may appear fearsome, they rarely harm humans. Unusually aggressive coyotes have likely lost their fear of humans due to deliberate or inadvertent feeding by people. If a coyote approaches too closely, pick up small children and act aggressively towards the animal. Coyotes will usually run away if challenged. State wildlife authorities will not remove coyotes unless they pose a threat to humans.
Feeding of raccoons gets them in the habit of getting very close to you and your home, which can be the cause of health concerns or damage to property. Bears also occasionally get too close for comfort. They are attracted to unsealed garbage cans or other potential food sources. If you see a bear that does not pose an immediate threat, contact the State Department of Fish and Wildlife, and 911 to report an emergency. Motorists should be aware that there are deer in the area to avoid striking them.
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Upcoming Events 

City Arbor Day
Saturday, October 13th 
May Creek Open Space
SE 92nd Street near Windtree Park
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Newcastle Health and Safety Fair
Wednesday, October 24th
Hazelwood Elementary School Commons
7100 116th Ave. SE
 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Annual Town Hall Meeting
Monday, October 29th
Golf Club at Newcastle
15500 Six Penny Lane
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 Newcastle Library Grand Opening Event

Saturday, December 8th
At the New Library 
12901 Newcastle Way
Starting at 9:30 a.m. 


City Hall Closures
November 22nd and 23rd
December 25th
City Meetings
City Council
October 16th, November 6th, November 20th, December 4th and
December 18th
City Hall
12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200
Begins at 7 p.m.
Planning Commission
October 17th,
November 21st
and December 19th
City Hall
12835 Newcastle Way,
Suite 200
Begins at 7 p.m.
Parks Commission
October 10th,
November 14th
and December 12th
City Hall
12835 Newcastle Way,
Suite 200
Begins at 6 p.m.
City Council
Rich Crispo
Deputy Mayor
Lisa Jensen
Councilmember Position 2
Carol Simpson
Councilmember Position 3
Steve Buri
Councilmember Position 4
Gordon Bisset
Councilmember Position 6
Bill Erxleben
Councilmember Position 7
John Dulcich
City Staff Directors
City Manager
Rob Wyman
Finance Director
Chris Olson
Public Works Director
Mark Rigos
Community Development Director
Vacant Position
Police Chief
Melinda Irvine
City of Newcastle 
12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200
Newcastle, WA 98056

City Clerk Sara McMillon
City of Newcastle
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