Posts Tagged ‘fire department’

Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, August 13, 1987

A decision on Graddon Realty’s proposed annexation and luxury housing development has been delayed until Black Diamond’s attorney meets with government officials to make sure full funding will still be available for the city’s sewage treatment system.

City Attorney Mike Reynolds suggested the meeting with the Department of Ecology before the council agrees or disagrees to approve the large annexation so he can be sure the sewer system will still be eligible for DOE repair funds. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, August 11, 1993

Black Diamond Mayor Howard Botts heads a list of political hopefuls into the Sept. 14 primary election.

Botts is running unopposed for the mayoral position. Councilman Dave Paules also is running unopposed for position 2. In the race for council position 4, incumbent Rich Palmer is squaring off against planning commission member Andy Williamson.

Botts, 62, is a life-long resident of Black Diamond and has been an active part of the community for decades. He will celebrate his 10th year as mayor on Dec. 31. Prior to taking over the helm of the city, Botts served eight years on the city council and 10 years on the planning commission. (more…)

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Originally published in the South County Journal, August 9, 2002

By Mike Archbold
Journal Reporter

BLACK DIAMOND — Fire District 17 and the City of Black Diamond appear on the verge of a reconciliation after threats this year by the district to divorce itself from the Black Diamond Fire Department.

At a special meeting Thursday, district commissioners approved a new emergency services operating agreement that ensures continued fire and emergency medical services with the department for the next 25 years. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, August 9, 1989

Black Diamond Planning Commission members have given developer Bob Depner the OK to continue with a 128-unit apartment complex on 10 acres of land on the Black Diamond-Ravensdale Road.

After a public hearing Aug. 1, the planning commission granted conceptual site approval for Ginder Creek Glades as long as Depner installs a life-safety sprinkler system, provides adequate fire department access, adheres to 65- and 70-foot creek setbacks, and adheres to any requests the Department of Transportation and King County may make regarding traffic lanes, signage, or restrictions for the area. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, August 7, 2002

By Kathleen E. Kear

While tending an outside barbecue on Tuesday, July 30, at approximately 4 p.m., the Rooter’s Barbecue and Deli cook became aware that the building was on fire through a neighbor who came over and told him. Rushing inside the restaurant, the cook attempted to put the fire out through the use of three fire extinguishers. However, flames had already shot up through the roof. (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, August 6, 1987

Annexation plan could change the face of former mining town

by Julie Schuster
Times South bureau

Chris Maule and her 18-month-old daughter Katie are framed in a settler’s cabin, built in 1899, that is used as an office for Maule’s business in Black Diamond. Maule says she welcomes development because it will come whether people want it or not. Mike Levy / Seattle Times

BLACK DIAMOND — When a Maple Valley developer proposed building a luxury housing development in Black Diamond, city officials lunged at the opportunity—because opportunity seldom presents itself in this economically troubled community.

Black Diamond, a former mining town of 1,300, has barely grown during a decade characterized by rapid South End growth. The town is enduring diminishing public services, a sizable debt, and civic apathy that often accompanies decline.

Two months ago, Graddon Realty made an offer city officials say they can’t refuse. The company proposed building 160 luxury homes that would sell for $200,000—four times the value of a typical Black Diamond home.

The project could increase the city’s population by 30 percent, with a comparable boost in the city’s small tax base and meager $750,000 annual budget. That means extra bucks for Black Diamond’s failed sewer system and hope that the city may retire its $1.4 million debt. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 25, 1990

A crowd of neighbors and patrons packed into the Black Diamond City Hall Thursday night to show their support for live music at Boots Tavern.

In response, the council granted the Third Avenue business an extension of its cabaret license until Dec. 31.

A petition with 197 signatures, 51 from Black Diamond, in favor of live music was presented at the public hearing before the city council on Thursday night and eight people took the podium in the tavern’s defense. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 13, 1988

With some reservations and mixed emotions, the Black Diamond City Council gave the King County Housing Authority the go ahead to place a 31-unit manufactured home complex in the middle of town.

At a public hearing July 7, Black Diamond residents hemmed and hawed for an hour, weighing the pros and cons of placing the senior housing development on land directly off Highway 169 in what could be used as a link between two of the town’s five business districts. (more…)

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Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier-Herald, July 6, 1988

Relief for the Black Diamond police department didn’t ride into town on a white steed Friday afternoon, but came in a black and white Black Diamond police car and the form of 27-year-old Tom Hill.

Hill, a part-time Black Diamond officer for the past 2 ½ years, was hired June 27 to fill a vacancy created late last year when officer Gary Koutouvidis took a job with the Tukwila police department. (more…)

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Originally published in the Voice of the Valley, June 26, 1985

By Eulalia Tollefson

Map-gazing may not be a popular sport but it can reveal the darndest things, as Chris Ellingson of Black Diamond discovered recently.

While looking at a map of Alberta, Canada, Ellingson chanced upon a town named, coincidently, Black Diamond.

Imbued with a natural curiosity, Ellingson determined to learn something about the Canadian town that bears the name of her city. Because she is a firefighter in the Black Diamond—Washington, that is—Fire Department, and knowing nowhere else to begin, Ellingson called the Black Diamond, Alberta—fire department and exchanged pleasantries with Fire Chief Tom Gillis. (more…)

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