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Originally published in the South County Journal, February 17, 1997

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

Troubled Fire District 17 rebuilds, brings more services to residents

Fire trucks never cease to amaze children, as the smile on this resident proves. Fire District 17, which serves Black Diamond and the Lake Sawyer area, has expanded its services to the communities and put the department on more solid financial ground in the last year. (Dan Delong/Journal)

BLACK DIAMOND — Officials at the Black Diamond/District 17 Fire Department are feeling pretty good these days.

In the past year, they say, they have turned the department around financially and have implemented a raft of new programs that have increased service to the district’s residents.

“It’s time we let people know what we have been doing,” said Assistant Fire Chief Janine Johnson, who along with Fire Chief R.A. Mercer Jr. took over running the troubled district a year ago. The volunteer fire district encompasses 19 square miles, including the city of Black Diamond and the Lake Sawyer area.

With the possible annexation of Lake Sawyer to Black Diamond later this year, the district is in store for some changes. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, February 12, 1997

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

BLACK DIAMOND — The proposed annexation of Lake Sawyer to Black Diamond has no fatal financial flaw and may even provide a property tax cut for lake residents and a beginning budget surplus for the city, a study concludes.

Annexing the fourth largest lake in King County, more than 500 acres of mostly suburban residences and 1,450 more people, however, couldn’t be done without some consequences for both the city and people of Lake Sawyer. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, February 12, 1997

By Paul Gottlieb
The Courier-Herald

Mario Sorci

A 16-story cell-phone tower will rise above Black Diamond on Lawson Hill, right next to an existing AT&T tower that is 10 feet shorter.

The Black Diamond City Council approved a special-use permit for the Sprint Spectrum Personal Communication Services tower on Thursday.

The hearing was continued from Jan. 16 after councilmembers Andy Williamson, Shari Davies, and Mario Sorci raised concerns. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 11, 1998

By Cecilia Nguyen

Due to the potential impact the Muckleshoot Reservation amphitheater will have on the City of Black Diamond’s traffic, a resolution requesting the Army Corps of Engineers perform an environmental impact study that includes traffic flow was unanimously passed during the January 5 Council meeting.

Along with City Planner Jason Paulsen, Councilman Geoff Bowie drafted a resolution that would petition the Army Corp of Engineers to study whether or not the construction of the amphitheater in Auburn would affect traffic and emergency response time in Black Diamond. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, February 9, 2010

By Kathleen Kear

Bids were opened on December 22, 2009, for a street reconstruction project in the heart of the historical business district on Railroad Ave. that when completed would not only be aesthetically pleasing, but also much safer.

Twenty-three bids were submitted to the City of Black Diamond with J.R. Hayes & Sons of Maple Valley coming in as the low bidders at $676,731.89. Awarding of the contract came during the January 21, 2010 City Council meeting. (more…)

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Originally published in the Valley Daily News, February 1, 1988

By Chuck Tiernan
Correspondent

The first steps to clear up Lake Sawyer were made public last week as consultants for the City of Black Diamond outlined the alternatives for replacement of the city’s failed wastewater treatment facility.

The early stages of two suggestions on how to deal with problems caused—or at least not corrected—by the failed sewage treatment plant were presented to the approximately 20 citizens who attended the first of three scheduled public meetings. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, January 30, 2007

By Kathleen Kear

Rising once again to the occasion of causing residents living around the lake concern, Horseshoe Lake, located just off the Auburn/Black Diamond Rd. outside Black Diamond, has also once again caused concern of Black Diamond residents living around Lake Sawyer.

The rising problem was brought to the attention of the City of Black Diamond staff, who have been hard at work since receiving the information three weeks ago, looking up old documents dating back to the 1990s. (more…)

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