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The Redmond City Council Tuesday night voted to give Mayor Rosemarie Ives a significant pay raise.

The council arrived at the new annual salary — $106,000 — by adding an increase for inflation, which other city employees have received, to the current $87,500 mayoral salary. The council also added several thousand dollars to boost the total closer to what administrators of similarly sized cities earn. The change is effective Dec. 1.

Ives has said the position deserves a raise based on the growing responsibilities of the job because Redmond has become a major employment center, faces major challenges with housing and traffic congestion and is playing a bigger role in regional issues.


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Economic future

of city discussed

A public hearing on Woodinville’s economic future will be at 7 p.m. today at City Hall, 17301 133rd Ave. N.E.

The session will be conducted by the city Planning Commission, which is developing an Economic Development Strategy Plan. Public comments will be accepted at the hearing.

Copies of the draft plan are available at the Community Development Department office at City Hall and online at www.ci.woodinville.wa.us/communityprofile/economicdevelopment.asp. Information also is available from Carl Smith, city planner, at 425-489-2757, ext. 2282.

The plan outlines elements of the city’s economic vision, including its livability and its wine, agricultural-tourism, food and recreational businesses. The plan has been under development by a 12-member task force since April.


Paving to restrict Highway 202 lanes

All westbound lanes and one eastbound lane of Highway 202 in Redmond between the Highway 520 exit and 180th Avenue Northeast will close at 8 p.m. tonight and Thursday night for paving.

All lanes will reopen by 6 the following mornings. Westbound traffic should detour north on 180th Avenue Northeast and then west on Northeast 76th Street and back to Highway 202 at the Highway 520 interchange.

For more information, visit http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR202/SR520_Sahalee.


Races narrow for council seats

The race for two City Council seats has tightened in Issaquah and Snoqualmie.

In Issaquah, former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry has pulled ahead of Councilman Bill Conley by just three votes.

In Snoqualmie, Bryan Holloway’s lead over Gil Tumey has shrunk from 42 votes to 32.

King County will continue to update the numbers until Nov. 28. The election will be certified the next day.


7-month project ends, span reopens

King County reopened the Meadowbrook Bridge near Snoqualmie Tuesday after a seven-month safety project.

The county converted the two-lane bridge to a one-lane bridge with new traffic signals at each end. The configuration allowed the county to preserve the historic structure while adding a sidewalk.

The bridge is on Meadowbrook Way Southeast over the Snoqualmie River.


Wal-Mart film will be screened

A screening of Robert Greenwald’s controversial new film, “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price,” will be shown at 8 p.m. today at the Issaquah Library, 960 Newport Way N.W., after a meeting of the 5th Legislative District Democrats.

A group discussion will follow on the effect Wal-Mart is having on King County and the nation.

In the film, current and former employees — including managers and executives — talk about the corporation’s inner workings.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP online at http://action.bravenewfilms.org/event/wm_screening.jsp?event_KEY=7278.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau