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ortyr 'k Wednesday. September 2. 1998 Island briefs Jennifer Dunn hosts Labor Day Picnic The liastside Republican Club and Jennifer Dunn are hosting a Grand Old Picnic from 11 am. to 3pm. on labor Day. Monday. sept. 7 al : Carnation Farm. All of the local and __ statewide Republican candidates haVe ' been invited. There will be games for the kids. and a free barbecue and cold drinks. Attendees are asked to bring their best pic for the pie contest. To RSVP, call 425-865-9841. a Scholarships offered for preschool, kindergarten Mercer Island Youth and Family Services has scholarships available for families seeking scholarships for .preschool. all day kindergarten. or day care in the fall. The funding is provided through the fund raising efforts of the Mercer .Island Preschool Association. Call Deb Bigelow at MIYFS. 236— 3530. for applications and/or more information. Recycling event set ' A Special Recycling Event will take place from 9 am. to 3 p.m.. Saturday. Sept. 12 at Eastlake High School. at 400 228th Ave. NE. Items sucn appliances and scrap metals. refrigerators. clothing. fumiture. lead‘ acid batteries. tires. concrete. and porcelain toilets will be accepted. The event also features a special building materials exchange where residents can pick up or drop off ma- terials that are reusable for their orig- inally intended purpose. Examples include doors. windows. cabinets. sinks. tubs. and lumber. For'information. call 206-296- 4466. This event is sponsored by the King County Solid Waste Division. Continued from page A1 fie. She says city staff gave her a dif- ferent impression. ' “We knew when we bought the house that the tavern was supposed to close. We talked to the city staff, and they said in ‘85 that the tavern was lsupposed to be abated and that it would never expand." Peterson said. "I've never heard of that one,” City of Mercer Island Building Inspector Bill Price said. He believes the only way the Roanoke could close would be if the business failed on its own. If that happened. no new com— mercial business could open in its place. “But I‘ve never heard of any ju~ risdiction ever having the power to shut down a pre—existing business. fiiRodiioke subject of complaint. Mercer Island Reporter A5 Hell, it’s a historic dangers drivers and building, and we ‘It’s long-standing pedestrians near the can’t let any changes intersection of 72nd come to it." common Avenue SE. and pafiitkaiigr‘éii know'edge ‘0 “"t‘.‘.‘.“3.f;:‘:t§t::. “At this time the city teenagers 0n garden also increased 3325515: 233312: 1513‘“! that yo“ iflli-‘fiiifi‘i’lsigfi with all applicable can go and get and tenanfs endure. a protozoa: served at the to the zoning code Roanoke.’ ignored by the city. coming into effect, it’s allowed to con— tinuc as a non—con- forming use." 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"' No premiums other than what you currently pay for Medicare, and you must use contracting Senior Partners providers. H sales representative will be present with information and applications. -fi AID-41 (9-1998) HOURS: Monday Saturda Convenient early AM rep-offs ‘ Quality care for Dogs 0 Cats 0 Reptiles o Aviuns o Rabbits Rodents 0 Fish and other exotics Glen Howard, DVM 0 Evan Cracker, DVM Dial 232-VETS . 2448 76th SE Mercer Island claim also charges that the city has a tacit understanding with the Roanoke to allow underage drinking in the pub. and that the tavern is a “no go” area. off-limits to police officers. “I drove down to the state Liquor Control Board headquarters in Olympia. and they have a huge num- ber of violations of the Roanoke serve ing liquor to minors going back many years.” Peterson said. “It's long-stand- ing common knowledge to teenagers on this Island that you can go and get served at the Roanoke." The state Liquor Control Board’s computer database shows no record of any underage drinking violations at the Roanoke since the database began in 1994. And Director of Public Safety Jan Deveny refutes the idea that there is any unwritten rule that the police give prefer- ential treatment to the Roanoke. “No, I do not ig- “Your Mercer Island Sales ‘I do not ignore To prove that the city has known about, and chosen to ignore, the parking problems caused by the H Roanoke. Peterson cites a 1988 letter from Deveny to the State Liquor Control Board. He wrote that; “parking at the Roanoke currently does not meet their use." Peterson adds that the Roanoke’s business. and congestion. have only grown in the ensuing decade. “They have expanded without meeting laws that other businesses are expected to meet. They in no way are allowed to expand in a residential area." Peterson said. “It‘s real noisy here after 10 pm. Try having a big crowd of people con- gregate outside your bedroom win- dow at night and see how easy it is to sleep. There‘s loud conversation and boisterous laughter outside there until 1 or 2 in the morning," Jeff Cunningham. a tenant in Peterson’s house. said. Other residents disagree. “Noise is not re- ally a problem. SW..." iiii‘ébli’isdr‘? problems at the paranoia: l u 0 Peterson has com- Roanoke, . We Denise Mouroux, l ' d, h ‘1 l‘ .‘ th £021.12. Kalli have gone over - I‘.‘.-‘lél"lf§’.%”m§ we have not been there, and we have Roanoke. said. “It's noble to find an thin a v :r 7ood estab- illcgal to alctyon.é “at been aple to lishiniitii and I think ashram; endanythmg , surprise. it’s irregular Illegal to aCt onv bors. if anything. it and we show up when we‘re not ex- pected, the same as we do in other places." PETERSON ALSO alleges that the city has allowed the Roanoke to ex- pand in violation of all applicable city codes. The Roanoke opencd’an outdoor beer garden in 1996. It placed six ta- blcs along the south side of the build- ing, the side closest to Peterson‘s property. Peterson claims the Roanoke re~ celved no conditional use permit to ex- pand. and had no permit to serve al- cohol outside at night. 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CITY STAFF say they have done everything required to assure the Roanoke meets all ap- plicable City codes. and that the out~ door seating does not require a con- ditional use permit. ' “The beer garden is perfectly le— gal.” Price said. “It‘s not on expan- sion; they‘re not adding on to the building. they‘re just opening up a section outside. On the noise, i’vc been over there to measure it many times. it doesn‘t break the law unless it‘s 90 decibels at the property line. You can definitely hear music or con- versation at the property line. but it has never been more than 90 deci- bels." According to Dorothy Recck. own- er of the Roanoke, all outdoor ser- vice ends at it) pm. Signs on the gate leading to the beer garden inform customers at the closing time. The Roanoke also appears to meet state permitting guidelines to serve alcohol outside at night. The State Liquor Control Board requires no ad- ditional license for these services; bar owners simply must add those permits on to their existing liquor li~ ceases. The Roanoke applied May 5. 1997 for an extension of its license to cover the beer garden. and the rc- ‘ quest was approved. When it comes to traffic and parks ing around the Roanoke, the city be- lieves it has done everything it has been asked to do to ameliorate prob- lems associated with the Roanoke. Peterson requested that the city ex- amine parking in front of her house. and city staff agreed to create a parking restriction there to provide safer pedes— trian access to the Roanoke and the VFW hall across the street. Nancy Falrchild, the city‘s traffic coordinator, says that Peterson has never request- ed a traffic study for the intersection. Peterson filed the claim Aug. 24. If the city does not respond, to Peterson’s satisfaction by Oct. 23, she could decide to file the lawsuit. Retired? 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