Notes From This Week’s Monthly Discover Burien Board Meeting

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by Janet Grella

Discover Burien’s Board of Directors had their monthly meeting last Wednesday night, and here are some notes:

It was just one month ago that current Executive Director Patty Sader officially resigned, and as we first reported in an exclusive on Friday July 10th, Board President Sarah Slaughter has also just stepped down (in a private executive session).

The search committee consisting of Lori Alden, Sarah Slaughter, Dave Elliott, Doug Moreland, Brian Frederick and Diane Summerhays have culled through the applicants and narrowed the field to two candidates for the position. When asked when they will announce the new director, Lori Alden said “soon.” Each of the finalists were asked to give a 10 minute presentation on themselves and their qualifications to the entire board (and stay tuned to the BTB, as we’ll most certainly report on who is chosen as the new Executive Director).

Events as presented by Debra George, Discover Burien Events Manager:

  • The weekly Thursday Farmers Market moved on July 2nd to its final home on SW 152nd in front of Town Square Park. There were 42 vendors there, with room for up to 60. The vendors were happy, with many saying “now we’re home” (BTB is the official blog of the Farmers Market and you can catch us there every week live blogging from our booth).
  • The Father’s Day Car Show was a complete success, with over 200 vintage cars this year and car enthusiasts packed the streets;
  • Fall Artwalk will be September 12. Preliminary information is being distributed.
  • OctoberFest is returning to Town Square Park September 26-27. In the works is a carnival adjacent to B/ IAS plus activities and entertainment that will use up every area of the park. BTB Advertiser Mick Kelly’s Irish Pub will host a beer garden. Additionally, Elliott Bay Brewery will have their own Octoberfest that weekend. Burien has not had Octoberfest since 2005 due to the construction of the Library, City Hall and Town Square condominiums.

Mike Martin, Burien’s City Manager delivered the City Manager’s report:

  • Mr. Martin has been in what he described as an “active conversation” with the fire department over the placement of their new fire station
    The city has received the last of the funds to complete the $22 million transit parking garage. Groundbreaking is on schedule to start in January 2010. This will add an additional 500 parking spaces.
  • Radio Free Burien, 540 on the AM dial is up and working. They are working on a Spanish translation, with other languages to follow.
  • The Community Center/Senior Center construction is on track, and should start in four months. Head Start, which used to be in Burien and moved to White Center will be temporarily housed here while their White Center building is being remodeled.
  • All Seattle Web won/earned the re-design of the Discover Burien website.
  • Martin said the Northeast Development Area is on target, or in his words, “pad ready.” They are attempting to get the auto dealers to move off first on over there plus attract outer dealers to make an auto mall. The Lora Lake Apartment complex needs to come down for this to happen, and there are a few residents along 8th Ave. who don’t want to move away. Once the auto dealers are moved off First Ave South they could open that area up for more retail. This would be another multi-year project for Burien.

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