Council Roundup: January 7, 2019

Plastic Bag Ban, Sea-Tac Airport, Deputy Mayor Election
Posted on 01/08/2019

Council debated the election of a new deputy mayor and discussed issues related to Sea-Tac International Airport. Council also adopted an ordinance to restrict the use and sale of single-use plastic bags.

Election of Deputy Mayor

There was a tie vote for Councilmember Nancy Tosta and Deputy Mayor Austin Bell. Because there was a tie, the current deputy mayor will serve as deputy mayor in 2019, unless Council chooses to select a new deputy mayor before January 2020.

Plastic Bag Ban

Council passed Ordinance 690, restricting the use and sale of single-use plastic bags in the City of Burien. The City will be communicating with businesses and residents for the next year to prepare them for the official effective date of January 1, 2020.

Issues Related to Sea-Tac International Airport

The Burien Airport Committee presented four resolutions about how the City of Burien and other government agencies can work together to mitigate the impacts of continued growth of Sea-Tac Airport. Council also discussed changing the format of the Burien Airport Committee. Council will discuss and possibly take action on the resolutions and the proposed changes to the Burien Airport Committee on January 28, 2019.

Proposed Sea-Tac Airport resolutions:

New Council Meeting Guidelines

Council adopted new council meeting guidelines. The biggest modification made was the deletion of sections of the Council Guidelines addressing use of social media during Council meetings.

City Manager’s Report

The City Manager writes a report before each Council meeting providing both Council and the public with operational updates from City staff.