by Jack Mayne Monday night’s Burien City Council meetingÂ was the last one of the year, the last one for Councilmember Gerald Robison and the shortest meeting in a long time â€“ less than two hours where the norm has been over three hours. The Council held a pre-meeting celebration for Robison, and issued a proclamation (read about that here). Mayor Lucy Krakowiak was excused to arrive late and Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz was excused. Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta presided. Truck route change Robison got his wish to revise the north Burien truck routes to make Military Road South between South 128th Street and South 112th Street a city truck route and reclassify Military Road South as a minor arterial. The Council unanimously approved it without comment. Then well over a half hour was spent discussing whether property rezone changes should come before or after changes to the cityâ€™s comprehensive plan, with Robison, Tosta and others saying the process was convoluted and difficult to comprehend. â€œThis just doesn’t feel right,â€ said Tosta. Council, appearing exasperated, finally approved a rezoning request for 14421 8th Ave. SW from MS Property Management and Rick and Anna Friel. Youth council considered Resident Charles Schaefer told the Council in a letter and an appearance Monday night that he was glad the Council was going to consider reappointing a Youth Council, a group he said he was a member of between 2004 and 2007 while attending Highline High School â€“ â€œI was even vice president one year.â€ The Council agenda said it â€œexpressed a desire to develop a Youth Council with the goal of ensuring that the youth in our community have a mechanism to be heard and express their interests.â€ The city staff said the Youth Council should be able to provide â€œprogramming options for youth, including age groups from elementary through high school.â€ Classes and other activities would be provided by city staff and through partnerships with the Highline School District, the agenda bill said. Resident J.J. Sullivan-Counley said Youth Council was â€œan awesome idea.â€ â€œWe need our kids involved in Burien,â€ she said. â€œThere is nothing for our kids here, we donâ€™t have a skate park, we donâ€™t have a community center â€¦ and this is a great idea to get ideas from our youth. We donâ€™t need anymore fancy restaurants, we need the kidsâ€™ idea of what brings them and keeps them in our city instead of leaving.â€ Debbie Zemke, Burien recreation manager, said the age range for a Youth Council would likely be teenagers. She noted that six times the number of kids apply for school-related sports activities as there are team slots, so there is a high interest for other intermural sport programs. Robison suggested considering programs that would include youth after they graduate from high school and before 21 years of age. Zemke said that idea would be considered in a later proposal to the Council. Tosta said the city staff should review exactly what such a youth group should do and how it would interact with the Council and report back later. Councilmember Bob Edgar also said more research was needed and how it can better relate to the city. City Manager Kamuron Gurol said the city could gather the information asked for but did think more specificity of goals was needed. â€œThe more we can get a consensus from the Council helps us generate a proposal that you will then embrace,â€ he said, adding that the discussion should continue with the Council next year. Fireworks and pot Police Chief Scott Kimerer reminded the Council that with the coming of New Yearâ€™s Eve, fireworks were illegal in the city, but he did not find a great number of complaints in previous years. Only Kent and Auburn allow fireworks in South King County, he said, and during the New Yearâ€™s and Fourth of July periods there are a lot of complaints but also other things that keep police from focusing on fireworks adding there were 270 pounds of fireworks confiscated by police last Fourth of July. Chris Cody, owner of Herban Legends, a medical cannabis store in White Center, asked the city to decide where a retail store could be located in Burien. He said a new state law allows â€œgood actors like myselfâ€ to apply to for a retail license since Burien has no marijuana retail store. The one Burien site selected earlier by state lottery was unable to find a â€œsuitableâ€ location, meaning Burien will not get a share of revenue from taxing marijuana stores.]]>
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