Council Roundup: December 16, 2019

Burien Annex, New Animal Cruelty Law, Arts and Culture Grant
Posted on 12/17/2019
Paint brushes.

Council discussed the Burien Annex, arts and culture grants, animal control code, and more.

City Manager Will Bring More Information on Burien Annex to January 6, 2020 Council Meeting

City Manager Brian J. Wilson gave a summary of the decision to close the Burien Community Center Annex (the “Annex”). A large number of people provided public comment in support of the organizations that currently occupy the buildings.

Council directed the city manager to bring back more information to the January 6, 2020 meeting including: testing for asbestos, lead, and mold, alternatives to the current timeline for closing the Annex, and insurance options.

Council Votes to Support New Environmental Standards

Council passed a resolution to support the adoption of a clean fuels standard and a joint letter of commitment for climate change actions.

Affordable Housing Funds to be Pooled with Cities in the South King Housing and Homelessness Partners

Council voted to approve the pooling of affordable housing funds from Washington State House Bill 1406 with other South King County cities participating in South King County Housing and Homelessness Partners (SKHHP).

“The Reserve at Sunnydale” Subdivision Application Approved

Council approved The Reserve at Sunnydale Subdivision, a proposal to subdivide .69 acre (30,008 square feet) into eight lots for attached townhomes at 634 South 150th St.

Council Selects Recipients for 2020 Arts and Culture Grant

Council approved the Arts Commission’s recommendations for organizations to receive Arts and Culture grant funding. Recipients include Burien Actors Theatre, Highline Heritage Museum, The Hi-liners, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and more.

Council Adopted More Stringent Animal Cruelty Laws

Council adopted a more stringent animal cruelty law to the Burien Municipal Code. This means that if someone were to be found guilty of animal cruelty in the second degree, that individual would be placed in a database and would not be allowed to own an animal in the city of Burien for ten years.

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