LETTER: Reader Concerned that the City is Giving Extended Contract to CARES

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

Letter to the Editor –

Clearly Burien citizens are now seeing what appears to be the “old boys city staff network giving contracts to their friends”.

The City Manager is now proposing (see page 97 of the Burien City council Packet for April 15, 2013) giving an extended contract to CARES. This extended contract is to include:

  1. Extending the contract for CARES from 2014 to 2016 with no explanation of what new services CARES will cover and what animals they will provide services to.
  2. An increase in the amount to be paid to CARES from $120,000 to $170,000 per year to CARES (an increase of $50,000 a year to CARES) with no explanation of what this increase will cover. It can be paid in advance to them and in lump sums to remedy their problems as noted in the McVicker evaluation.
  3. There will be no competitive bids allowed on this new/modified extended contract to be extended another two years
  4. CARES employees who are not employees of the city will be given up to a 3% salary annual Cost of Living Adjustment equal to that given to the city staff. Will this be included in the $50,000 increase or will the city be paying this as an additional fee? Wouldn’t we all like this kind of deal without having to provide an explanation of what we are going to do for the extra $50,000.
  5. There is no explanation given explaining the strange numbers shown about the number of service calls for Burien vs. King County as was promised at the last Council meeting. This explanation was promised by the city staff but is not included for the public to examine.
  6. There will be no presentation allowed by King County Animal Control to see what services Burien can purchase from them for $170,000 per year.

So where is that transparent and open government at work that the Burien City Manager/Mike Martin keeps stating is at work in Burien? Why no other competitive bids are being allowed? Why no explanation on the weird numbers the staff showed for Burien at the last meeting? Why just extending a contract to your buddies (Debra and Ray and whoever else) and treating them as city employees when they are supposed to be outside, non-profit contractors? Where is that competitive process that is supposed to be in operation? Would we be doing this for the Waste Management contract provider or any other contractor? Humm, think not.

Please call or email the City Council or better still come to the meeting and speak up about this issue: [email protected] phone no. (206) 248-5508

– R. DeLorm

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13 Responses to “LETTER: Reader Concerned that the City is Giving Extended Contract to CARES”
  1. May says:


    “””The designation also provides more opportunities for CARES to apply for and obtain government grants””””

    This above sentence is the main idea…for Mike Martin and Debra George aka “gorg” to get goverment grants. So, there is more money coming in from someplace.

    Transparent and open government? ….I believe they are liars and cheaters. And no wonder they want to “extend” the contract and have no oder bids.

  2. heidi says:

    i am very surprised to hear C.A.R.E.S. is still here let alone getting a extended contract. i along with many others have clearly voiced our concerns and problems with C.A.R.E.S. i find it frustrating that such a place of rude and careless behavior would be allowed to stay in business i think burien and all animals would be better off without them.

  3. Marty says:

    Until we get a new city council in November we will be unable to show this abomination of a city manager the door.

  4. May says:

    The City Manager is now proposing (see page 97 of the Burien City council Packet for April 15, 2013) giving an extended contract to CARES.

    In this Packet I object to a few things and have questions.

    1) Who is Michael D Doublesday (Fed Lobbying Services) $ Paid 6.550.00?
    2) Maiya Andrews was hired by Michael Martin. Why does the company she worked for CH2M hill is being paid from the city of Burien $2.499.00. for street funds?
    3) This is another huge CONFLICT OF INTEREST. Brian Bennett used to work for Davis Wright Tremaine Law office. Why have they been hired by Burien and paid almost $34.650.00. for services? Why are they even hired?
    This is a huge huge huge conflict of interest and they need to be removed. There is so much money going out to their friends.


    Between CARES and Davis Wright Tremaine and in between there are almost $ 60.000 going out and for what?

  5. Coverofnight says:

    I know some people question May’s seemingly constant “conspiracy” items, but if she pulled these line items out of an information packet, I think they’re legitimate concerns and I would like some detailed answers, too. Don’t we already have an attorney on the city payroll?

    • Marty says:

      We do but unfortunately from what I have seen he acts as Mike Martins personal attorney. They are joined at the hip!

  6. Feralcat says:

    Please show up to the council meeting and make this public.

    Make your concerns KNOWN!!!!

    I am at a complete loss of words for this crap.


  7. Feralcat says:

    Well sadly hardly anyone showed up to speak against cares.

    Ultimately the only way this is going to change is getting new council members in and firing mike martin.

    So be it, the citizens of Burien are screwed and the animals even worse.


  8. bystander says:

    you experts on CARE and the county need to look at the changes the county has made in the past 3 years. County annimal control has gotten motre costly with lress service so thats the reason that the city council went to cARE. As for having bids made who besides CARE and the county who is there to bid. And which one would the voters except. The lowest bidder or their own expert choice. All you people do is bitch the way things are ran but the present council has gotten a lot done with less money than most of the cities around here. You are right to question things but at least look at why things are done before making bad comments. Thanks.

    • May says:

      NO- Bystander I can make bad comments. I look at things and “why” yes why are they hiring their friends, change documents so it would bennett-fit them. What other crap do you need to happen besides them lining their pockets and huge cost overruns on projects? Remember this is your tax dollars at work.

  9. huh? says:

    The reason Regional Animal Services of King County costs more is because they offer more services—FAR more services. Burien has a very limited contract with CARES, which excludes many animal life saving and safety net services. This is a big part of how Burien is getting by ‘on the cheap’.

    The majority of complaints need to be placed in the hands of the people that wrote and approved the Animal Services Contract–Mike Martin and the Council. No one can run a full fledged animal shelter on such a shoe string budget. Hence, why CARES is not a full service animal shelter.

  10. Mike says:

    If they are going to increase what they pay cares, then why not contract and provide an apples to apples service with a PROFESSIONAL animal control (RASKC) not a second rate wanna be, get by on the cheap service? They need to provide dead animal pick up thru the animal control. Whoever (I think city workers) picks them up is being paid, we just never hear about it, but we still pay for it.

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