Friday, May 18, 2012

Looking for Local History: Council Meeting Minutes, Ordinances & Resolutions



Town and City Council meetings for Issaquah can provide a lot of interesting information. Looking at the issues the council members were grappling with can tell you a lot about the state of the city at that time. (To get a better sense of all the issues at play when Stella Alexander was recalled as Mayor, take a look at the 1933 council meeting minutes).


1. All of the minutes, resolutions and ordinances for Issaquah are posted here. http://issaquah.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=0

2. If you already know the date of the ordinance you're looking for, you can select the appropriate date range, first by decade, then year, and then month. The ordinance numbers for each decade also also displayed, so if you only know the ordinance number, you can browse for it that way, also.




3. If you don't know the date of the event, you can use the Advanced Search feature. Advanced Search is not infallible, so if you can't find something through the search, it doesn't mean it isn't there. Many of the records, for early years in particular, are hand-written and almost impossible to index. Advanced Search is a good place to start, though.


4. I'm looking for the resolution that changed the street names in Issaquah (the first time). I'm pretty sure they were changed in the early 1960s, but I don't remember exactly, so I'll choose two decades to expand the search range.

5. There are four different ordinances on record that use the phrase “street names,” The second one looks like the document I was searching for, although apparently not the only one dealing with street names and numbers.


6. Voila!



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