Junk cars, sexual assault awareness & subdivision approval at Council meeting 1by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council handled a number of routine items in a generally calm and quiet meeting that lasted less than two hours on Monday, March 21. The Council voted to put on their April 4 meeting agenda an extension of the CARES animal control contract from its expiration on Aug. 31 to Jan. 31, 2017 while the city staff works out details for either a new contact for the nonprofit local agency or consideration of a new contract with King County Regional Animal Services. Junk vehicles City Attorney Soojin Kim proposed a junk vehicle abatement ordinance to replace current city statutes that haven’t been effective in getting junk cars moved. The new ordinance would actually get the junk vehicles removed from private property instead of notices and orders that are ignored, Kim said. Councilmember Lauren Berkowitz, on the telephone from home, said she was opposed to the proposed ordinance because it makes the city unfriendly to people who have low incomes. “It makes our city unlivable for people who don’t have adequate means and punishing the bottom again is not a way … ,” she said. Because of Berkowitz’s objections, the Council placed the measure on its April 4th business agenda for further discussion at that time. Sexual assault awareness The Council approved a proclamation making April as “Sexual assault awareness month” in the city. The city says the goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month “is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. Burien’s proclamation calls attention to rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, child abuse, and college campus incidents, and it highlights the need to work as a community to raise awareness, support survivors, and speak out against harmful attitudes and actions.” Subdivision OK’d Council also approved the final plat of the Canhtan Ta subdivision on property annexed to the city in 2010, said Community Development Director Chip Davis, and was processed by King County until the point of final approval. Planner Chad Tibbits said the 16-lot subdivision is at 12010 26th Avenue South in the Boulevard Park area annexation.]]>