Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting

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by Gina Bourdage

Here are notes from Monday night’s (Mar. 23rd) Burien City Council meeting (link to PDF agenda here):

The City of Burien has a lot of improvements underway – everything from the restrooms to the city’s website is getting a little “spring cleaning.”

The city releases a printed newsletter every quarter on recent achievements, goals and upcoming events. Now there is a solution to fill the time between the months of waiting for the next quarter to roll around: a monthly eNewsletter that can be subscribed to by visiting the City of Burien’s website at . You can also keep an eye out for your newly tech-savvy city on social networking sites, blogs and twitter for up-to-the-minute Burien information (or you can always visit your favorite blog, which has been doing this for well over a year: Read our story on the city’s new newsletter here.

Burien is currently looking for artists to display artwork in local business storefronts, in a continued effort to beautify the city as well as make it a welcome spot for a diverse and more deeply cultural community. For more information contact Gina Kallman at Moshier Arts Center: 206-988-3713.

The topic of replacement options for the Seattle Viaduct has been an intense one. No matter which neighborhood you live in, this topic affects us all (especially us 509/99 users who love to get downtown quickly). The City of Burien reviewed their stance last night, suggesting they draft a letter pointing out their general concerns for the impacts made to residents in our community and neither taking a pro or con vote on the matter in general, until their specific issues are addresses.

“I don’t think there is any way I could support this,” said councilmember Gordon Shaw. “My belief is that reducing the capacity does not create a viable alternative. They ought to go with a bigger tunnel if they are going with a tunnel. The current bored tunnel solution is not a solution.“

With the visible decline of major auto dealers in our area in the recent months (see our coverage on Burien Nissan, which we first reported on March 13th), the city has received expressed interest from local dealership owners in the creation of an auto mall in the northeast neighborhood of Burien. Three years ago, auto sales accounted for 25% of sales tax revenue; however, due to the current economic climate the city is only seeing a 3% return in sales tax this year. The creation of an auto mall is one option for driving auto dealers back to Burien.

Highline Medical Center and the staff of the City of Burien will be participating in King County’s Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program. The program is aimed at increasing the number of ride share participants and promoting alternative methods of transportation for employers with more than 100 employees that arrive between the hours of 6am-9am. Finding alternative ways to get to work significantly decreases the negative effects on the environment. King County has taken steps to make the program easier to follow by setting measurable goals and tracking the progress. For more information visit

On a recent trip to Washington DC, Burien City Councilmembers learned about how Federal Government is distributing funds to business and states in need. Through this process, steps have been developed to track the spending and make each recipient accountable for spending decisions through a public website at, allowing the public to see how their tax dollars are being spent.

Members of the Burien City Council may be attending a public hearing held by the Washington State Boundary Review Board for the purpose of considering proposed annexation to the City of Burien of an area known as “North Highline” on Monday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. at Riverside Residence Inn, 11244 Tukwila International Blvd, Seattle, 98168. The hearing room/building is located behind the main building of the Inn.

The city council’s next regular meeting will be Monday, April 6th.

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4 Responses to “Notes From Monday Night’s City Council Meeting”
  1. Susanna says:

    Thank you so much for this! I really appreciate ready access to a summary of the City Council meetings

  2. Christine says:

    You guys are doing a great job….I get nearly all my local news from the B-town Blog!

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