Winter 2013
What's New in Newcastle
So far so good this winter with no major snow storms glossing the roads. Newcastle's roads will soon be at the forefront with major improvement projects taking place in 2013, starting with the Newcastle Golf Club Road landslide repair in January. Read more about these important projects and other local events.
Thanks to Our Volunteers 
Volunteer service makes the difference in Newcastle. In recognition of your generous donation of time the City of Newcastle invites you to a Volunteer Appreciation Event on Wednesday, January 30th starting at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. People who have volunteered for projects that have made the city a better place to live, like trail maintenance, weed removal and tree planting projects, are invited for recognition and refreshments. Please RSVP by sending an email to Parks Program Manager Michael Holly at
Free Health Checks for Heart Week  
Bellevue firefighters and Overlake Hospital doctors and nurses will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar checks at Newcastle City Hall Friday, February 22nd, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is part of Bellevue Fire's "Heart Week," which allows firefighters to help residents avoid or treat illnesses that are leading causes of death in the United States. Checks will also be offered at the Coal Creek YMCA on Saturday, February 16th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other event locations, dates and times are available. For more information visit Bellevue Fire's Heart Week web page.
Landslide Repair Project Begins 
A City of Newcastle contractor has started work on repairing a landslide next to Newcastle Golf Club Road. The project is estimated to be complete by April. During construction, several one-lane road closures are expected between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to accommodate commuters. Federal Highway Administration emergency relief funds will cover 86.5% of the project cost. The roadway embankment slope will be permanently mitigated by a rock buttress. Work also includes drainage improvements, landscaping and other related items.   
A New Bridge on Coal Creek Parkway  
In April, the City of Bellevue will begin a project to replace a deteriorating culvert with a new bridge along Coal Creek Parkway between SE 60th Street and Forest Drive SE. The bridge will improve public safety, provide a new walkway and improve fish passage. Construction will require lane closures on Coal Creek Parkway. Go to the City of Bellevue's project web page for more information and to receive alerts by email or text. The City of Newcastle also will begin repaving Coal Creek Parkway this year. Drivers should plan for delays or take alternate routes. 
New Sidewalks and Other Projects   
Newcastle's Public Works Department is preparing for a busy year. The following projects are planned for this spring: 
  • 118th Ave. storm drainage improvements 
  • Highlands Trail reconstruction 
  • Lake Boren Park Maintenance Garage
  • Newcastle Golf Club Road landslide repair

The following projects are planned for this summer:  

  • Coal Creek Parkway repaving
  • New sidewalk on SE 73rd Pl., between 129th and 127th Ave. 
  • New sidewalk on 116th Ave., between 80th St. and 84th St.  
  • Golf Course Trail gravel overlay and drainage ditching

This fall the following projects will move forward:

  • Gypsy Creek storm drainage pipe outfalls on 90th and 91st St
  • Boren Creek excavation for lake drainage mitigation
Register Cell Phones With Smart911 
Today about 70% of 911 calls are made from wireless phones. However, wireless phones only provide the general location of a caller, not their exact address. Through a new program called "Smart911" you can associate your home, school and work addresses with your wireless phone. You can also provide responders with critical medical and disability information and notify them of your family pet. Create a safety profile by entering information at a secure website. For more information on the program go to   
City Council Elections This Year 
Terms expire for three City Council seats this year. Voters will decide who will guide Newcastle policy for the next four years during the November 5, 2013, General Election. In Washington, citizens vote by mailing in their ballots, which are then counted on that date. Accessible voting centers will be open to voters who may have difficulty completing their mail ballot or anyone who prefers to vote in person. Ballot drop boxes also will be available. For more information on voting options or registering to vote, go to the King County elections web page.    
Newcastle to Offer Online Permitting  
This summer property owners and contractors applying for mechanical, plumbing and re-roof building permits will be able to use to apply for, purchase and receive permits. On the website, users can also check the status of a permit and request inspections. Newcastle is committed to efficient service and will join 13 other agencies in the Puget Sound region offering this convenience.    
Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirement
A new state law requiring carbon monoxide detectors in all new and existing single-family residences took effect January 1, 2013. Your home must be equipped with the device when your house is sold or you apply for a building permit for an interior remodel. Carbon monoxide poisoning kills over 500 people each year according to the Centers for Disease Control. The importance of detectors was emphasized by the 2006 wind storms in the Puget Sound area. After the storms, eight people reportedly died of exposure to carbon monoxide and over 1,000 people were hospitalized. Like your smoke detector, your carbon monoxide detector could save your life.
KCD Helps Newcastle Go Green
Thanks to a $30,500 King Conservation District (KCD) grant, Newcastle was able to offer public outreach and educational events about conservation, watershed health and noxious weeds during the "Newcastle Goes Green" program. From 2010 to 2012, KCD's grant supported Earth Day with Bert the Salmon, knotweed control training events, mapping, treatment and control efforts. With continued support from KCD, Newcastle can work with residents and volunteers on sustaining and enhancing natural resources. We are looking for your ideas on projects related to balanced water usage, water quality protection, habitat enhancement, farm management/conservation planning, soil health, slope sustainability, native plants, volunteer opportunities, stream restoration and many other natural resource topics. Contact Laura Frolich, Surface Water Engineer, at for more information on grant opportunities. Learn more about KCD at the KCD website.
Study of Tolling on I-90 Begins 
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is gathering input on an I-90 tolling environmental assessment. You can provide feedback through February 22nd via email, regular mail or in person during three meetings in January. Attend a meeting Tuesday, January 29th at the Mercer Island Community Center, or Wednesday January 30th at Bellevue City Hall or Thursday, January 31st at Seattle's Yesler Community Center. All meetings are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tolling is needed to help complete the SR520 program and to alleviate congestion on I-90. Go to WSDOT's I-90 tolling web page for more information. 
Stay Up to Date
Councilmember Carol Simpson also sends out an email newsletter with Newcastle events and topics of interest. Sign up for her newsletter by sending an email to Newcastle's police and other staff issue e-alerts and time-sensitive information to people who have provided an email address and indicated an interest, in addition to meeting and event notices. Sign up for e-alerts and/or meeting notices by completing the online form. The City's website is also a great source of local information. Find Newcastle on Facebook and Twitter for timely notices and to provide feedback or receive answers.
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Upcoming Events 

Volunteer Appreciation 
Wednesday, January 30th 
City Hall Council Chambers 
12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200 
7 p.m.


Heart Week Health Checks 
Friday, February 22nd 
City Hall Council Chambers 
12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200 
 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 City Hall Closures

Presidents' Day  
February 18th    
City Meetings
City Council
February 5th, February 19th, March 5th, March 19th, April 2nd and
April 16th
City Hall
12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200
Begins at 7 p.m.
Planning Commission
February 20th,
March 20th
and April 17th
City Hall
12835 Newcastle Way,
Suite 200
Begins at 7 p.m.
Parks Commission
February 13th,
March 13th
and April 10th
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
Tim McHarg 
Police Chief
Melinda Irvine
City of Newcastle 
12835 Newcastle Way, Suite 200
Newcastle, WA 98056
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City Clerk Sara McMillon
City of Newcastle
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