PHOTOS: Scenes From Ribbon-Cutting At Burien’s “North City Hall”

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It took both City Councilmember Kathy Keene, left, and Mayor Joan McGilton to wield a pair of giant scissors to cut the ribbon at the grand opening ceremony of "City Hall North" Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning (May 11) around 10am, dozens of city employees, police, residents and dignitaries attended a ribbon-cutting grand opening ceremony for Burien’s new “North City Hall” in the Boulevard Park neighborhood.

Between the overwhelming roar of third runway jet landings, City Manager Mike Martin spoke, Mayor Joan McGilton read a proclamation from King County Councilmember Jan Drago, along with Police Chief Scott Kimerer.

The new office, which is shared with the King County Sheriff’s Department, is dedicated to the memory of Barb Peters, a tireless advocate for the North Highline area who passed away last October (read our story here). Barb’s daughter Natalie Wolff spoke about her Mom, and what a “fighter” she was for both the neighborhood as well as the city’s annexation of it.

Also on hand was Joan Cox, the Mother of the late Deputy Steve Cox, an officer with the King County Sheriff’s Department who was killed in the line of duty in nearby White Center in 2006. A photo of Deputy Cox hangs on the wall inside the office.

Scott Schaefer was there, and he took these photos:

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3 Responses to “PHOTOS: Scenes From Ribbon-Cutting At Burien’s “North City Hall””
  1. Greg Duff says:

    I think this is great that Burien has opened a city hall right here in North Burien. Burien promised to include us into the city and they have done so. It touched my heart that it was didicated to Barb Peters. Anybody that knows Barb could not help but be amazed at the energy she had. She truly believed that one person could make a difference and she did. Her efforts along with the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council are just one of the reasons why this annexation happened. For those people that still believe that Seattle would be better for the remaining part of North Highline, think about that next time you need to go to Seattle City Hall and if you can find a place to park, you will pay about $10.00. A trip to Burien North City Hall will take you all of 5 minutes to get there with plenty of free parking and very helpful staff.
    Thank you Mike Martin and the Burien City Council for keeping your promises to us.

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  2. Dale says:

    Airplanes were probably landing on the Second Runway. Those landing on the Third Runway are to the west approximately along 12th Ave. So.

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  3. Kai J. says:

    How useful. A satelite office just five minutes from the multi million dollar over the top Burien Square office that we can’t afford. I just might install a 4th bathroom and espresso machine in my garage so I don’t have to go all the way in the house.

    This is Burien.

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