LETTER: ‘I Wanted to Send a Big High-5 to the Staff at the City of Burien’
I wanted to send a big high-5 to the staff at the city of Burien. There are a myriad of reasons why we can complain about the way things happen (or don’t happen) at home, at work and certainly with our neat little town of Burien. But, it is equally important for us to stand up and shout regularly about the really good things that are happening in our city.
I live, work, play and pray in Burien. I have lived in Burien since I came here as a kid in 1974. I remember attending the planning meetings held in local schools when the city was conceived. I am honored to be a member of the Discover Burien board. I purposefully moved our business to downtown Burien because I really like Burien. I’m a fan!
Right now, the city is split over the discussion of annexing White Center. Our individual opinions on the topic do not matter with regards to what I am going to share. I want to give kudos to our city staff because they deserve it and because they are simply doing a great job. I feel, in my dealings with the city that this extends beyond the people whose names I’ve listed below. We have a great little city staff group that has a great attitude and are really helpful. Sure, there are a couple that are a pain but… Maybe everyone over there is really happy because they have so many great choices for lunch in and around Burien everyday! Maybe it is because of the fancy new digs they get to call “work.” Maybe Mike Martin, the city manager has a deal with Elliott Bay to keep the frig stocked with IPA… Or, maybe like you and I they just love our little town of Burien.
Whatever the reason, let me tell you about an experience that I had recently…
Kevin Gracey is a Burien resident. He owns RMC powder coating which is located in White Center. My kids race go karts and I needed one of the frames powder coated (type of paint) recently. So, I went to RMC as I have for various things in the past. In talking with Kevin, I learned that he lives in Burien and is working on a renovation project at his home. He was literally blown away at the support, attention and friendliness of the building department staff. Specifically Steven Blake, the building inspector, Dan Cruz, the electrical inspector, Kirk Gentile, the plans examiner and the support team at the counter which includes Julie Brown and Sangeyah Badu. Kevin said this team was simply amazing to work with especially in comparison to his experiences with other city/county building/planning departments. He was shocked to admit that he was actually dealing with a government agency because none of these people act like it! I am so thankful for these people and the culture we are building in Burien. Great job City of Burien staff and leadership. Keep it up!
I talked to Kevin about the potential annexation and his comments were filled with anticipation and joy of the opportunity to be a part of Burien. Why? Because of the care that he feels White Center would get as part of the city of Burien. I agree Kevin, I think you and the other residents and business owners in White Center would be welcome and well taken care of. I know several other business owners in White Center that welcome the opportunity to be a part of Burien. I wonder how much of that is because Burien is just a bit more humble and unassuming that some of the larger, wealthier or more prestigious cities around the area. This is “culture building” my friends and fellow citizens. Each of us is responsible for building and effecting culture in our community. Let’s continue to make Burien GREAT!
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