City Hall needs to be made safe for citizens, says city's 1st mayor Arun Jhaveri 1by Jack Mayne
The first mayor of Burien is reawakening the angst over the “safety, security and well-being of ordinary citizens” that go to the City Hall and the King County Library.
Arun Jhaveri said in an email to City Hall and the City Council that something must be done to ensure “uncalled for behavior” in the public areas of the building must be controlled.
“The safety, security, and well being of ordinary Burien citizens, residents (and) guests have been in jeopardy for quite some time, when they use the Burien Library and the City Hall building, particularly those who accompany their children with them, due to the apparent scary and uncalled for behavior by such human elements as possible gang members, homeless people, and/or unhealthy, unclean,” Jhaveri wrote. “Unsanitary use of the restroom facilities by disrespectful people from within and outside the City of Burien. This situation must be immediately corrected to give full confidence to our city residents who need to use the public library, etc. along with their family members including children of all ages,” he wrote, adding, “It is simply not the homeless situation but much more serious and uncalled for in a city of ours, where we value everyone’s well being all the time.”
The city is keeping a close watch and the library pays for a special security guard, said the city’s communications manager, Katie Trefry. Some changes to the restrooms on the street level floor have been made to make it harder for persons to use drugs and disposal bins for drug needles have been put in place.
Sewers needed
Jhaveri said many residents who live in Three Tree Point and Maplewild area homes “are still using septic tanks for their sewer (and) sanitary needs. It does not make any sense in our 21st century to have these systems continue to function when majority of our citizens enjoy the modern sewer system connections.”
He noted that the Southwest Suburban Sewer District is the organization that controls sewer services in the area but that the “City of Burien should play an important and urgent role to convert all septic sewer systems to current public works standards.”
The city says anytime the subject of the cost of replacing septic tanks with sewer service comes, residents drop the matter.
Jhaveri said another way to handle the matter would be to form a local improvement district, which “could be an environmentally sustainable solution from a life cycle cost/benefit perspective as well as consistent with the Burien’s vision that our citizens/residents helped develop for implementation.”
Eagle Landing Park
Jhaveri also suggested the local Boy Scouts and other “environmental, parks and recreation groups and city staff can work together … to permanently provide a safe and danger-free path to and from the beachfront for everyone.”
The city has repaired the area several times, said Trefry, and it always has washed out and several people have told The B-Town Blog the area needs to be fenced off and all admission should be stopped due to the dangers on the stairs and on the beach property below. One person suggested the city should sell the land to a private party because of the dangers of potential lawsuits.]]>