2020 Council Roundups

Icicles hanging from building.
Severe Weather Shelter, Utility Tax, Rental Housing Inspection Program, Elected Officials and Social Media, Sea-Tac Airport Community Concerns
01/04/2021
Council heard updates on planning for severe weather shelter in Burien and discussed the implementation of a new utility tax and low-income relief program, the launch of the Rental Housing Inspection program in January, addressing community concerns with Sea-Tac Airport operations, and new records retention policies for elected officials’ social media accounts.
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2021-22 Budget Adopted.
WA Notify, Budget, Public Art, Leading with Services, Waste Management
12/14/2020
Council adopted the 2021–2022 budget, discussed amendments to next year’s work plan for the Arts Commission, updated the Art in Public Places budget, extended the waste management contract with Recology, discussed the “leading with services” approach to helping people experiencing homelessness and at-risk youth in Burien, and voted to purchase a small amount of property in Seahurst Park.
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Bus stop. Protect what you love artwork.
Housing, Climate Action, Public Safety, City Manager Evaluation
11/24/2020
Council discussed the Burien Housing Action Plan and Multi-family Housing Assessment Project, heard a presentation on the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration Climate Action Toolkit, discussed community input on the topic of public safety, and interviewed a facilitator to assist in the annual performance evaluation of the city manager.
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Budget.
Retail Theft Program, Rental Housing, Budget, City Manager Evaluation
11/23/2020
Council learned about a new retail theft prevention program, approved minor changes to the rental housing code language, continued discussion of the 2021–2022 Budget, and approved a new process for evaluating the city manager.
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Budget and picture of council.
Native Land Acknowledgment, COVID-19, Budget, City Council Meeting Guidelines, Comprehensive Plan
11/05/2020
Council discussed a Native land acknowledgment, heard updates on the relief funding for local businesses and on COVID-19 rates in Burien, discussed state legislative priorities, adopted new water and sewer utility taxes, discussed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, and continued discussion of the 2021–2022 budget and council meeting guidelines.
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2021-2022 Budget graphic
Budget, Parks Risk Assessment, City Council Meeting Guidelines
10/29/2020
Council held a study session to discuss City Council Meeting Guidelines, parks risk assessment, and heard presentations from department directors on details of their 2021–2022 Budget proposals.
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Illustration of houses with trees in yard.
Budget, Indoor Air Quality in Schools, Urban Forest Stewardship Plan, Compostables, Waste Management
10/22/2020
Council held public hearings on the 2021–2022 budget and a moratorium on Ambaum Corridor development. They also discussed funding for a study on indoor air quality in schools, state legislative priorities, urban forest stewardship plan, property tax levy, Burien’s Capital Improvement Program, compostables, new solid waste service requirements for businesses, celebrating Burien’s diverse cultures and identities, and enhanced services facilities.
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Rendering of Habitat for Humanity proposed project.
Budget, New Taxes, Storm Drainage Plan, Black Lives Matter Artwork, Compostables
10/06/2020
Council approved funding for human services and parks capital projects, discussed their 2021 federal legislative priorities, reviewed updates to the Storm Drainage Master Plan, and discussed the 2021-22 budget and new water and sewer utility taxes. They discussed a new affordable housing development, directed the Arts Commission to explore the placement of a Black Lives Matter artwork in a public place, and delayed the effective start date on the ban on non-compostable food service products.
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Paper and paper clips.
Council Meeting Guidelines, Sound Cities Association Committee Appointments
09/29/2020
Council discussed revisions to the Burien City Council Guidelines and discussed applications to the Sound Cities Association.
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Map.
Human Services Fund, Business License and Rental Housing Fees, StART, Ambaum Corridor Development
09/23/2020
Council discussed updates to the building code, human services funding, rental housing and business license fees, participation in StART, Ambaum corridor development moratorium, and more.
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Photo of Miller Creek
Public Safety, Climate Action Plan, Long-range Financial Forecast, Affordable Housing Funding
08/19/2020
Council approved an interlocal agreement to enhance Miller Creek, discussed a resolution to allocate funding for affordable housing, approved a contingency budget for the Burien Annex demolition project, discussed progress on climate action plan, and discussed process to engage the community in a conversation about public safety.
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Illustration of types of housing on blue background.
Citizen of the Year, Annual Police Report, Community Safety, Census, Housing Action Plan
08/11/2020
Council selected the 2019 Citizen of the Year, discussed the 2020 Census, approved moving forward with the sale of a City-owned parking lot, extended the outdoor dining program, approved changes to Comprehensive Plan docketing procedure, and discussed police services and a community safety public engagement process.
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Close up of police car.
Community Safety and Police Reform, COVID-19, Budget, Floodplain Code Amendments
07/23/2020
Council discussed community safety and police reform, why wearing a mask is important to fighting the pandemic, crime rates in Burien compared to other south King County cities, code amendments for buildings in floodplains, and adjustments to 2019-2020 budget.
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Group photo of Burien Police Department staff.
Burien Police, COVID-19, Budget, New Housing Downtown, Signal Box Art
07/09/2020
Council issued two proclamations and discussed policing in Burien, a new downtown housing development, and discussed work plans for the the parks, recreation and cultural services department and advisory boards.
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Map of Area Y.
Annexation, COVID-19, Juneteenth, Police Accountability
06/22/2020
Council issued two proclamations, heard an update on measures King County Sheriff’s Office is taking to improve accountability, discussed funding for organizations providing relief for families economically affected by COVID-19, and discussed annexation of White Center and Top Hat neighborhoods.
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Hard hat on safety barrier, construction site.
Restaurant Delivery Fees, COVID-19, Enhanced Services Facilities, Hazard Mitigation Plan
06/08/2020
Council discussed the federal funding for COVID-19 response, Transportation Improvement Program, Enhanced Services Facilities, third-party delivery fees, Burien’s hazard mitigation plan, and more.
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Fireworks prohibited symbol.
Burien Annex, Fireworks, Restaurant Delivery Fees, COVID-19
05/20/2020
Council voted to demolish the Burien Annex, discussed preparations for the Fourth of July holiday, discussed capping restaurant delivery fees charged by third-party platforms, and discussed local and federal funding to help the Burien community mitigate impacts from COVID-19.
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Colorful mural in Burien reading "We're All in This Together"
Business Licensing, COVID-19, Community Center Services
05/06/2020
Council discussed business license code update, public safety, economic impacts of COVID-19, details of the state’s Safe Start plan, the plan for re-opening City facilities to the public, and a process for asking the community about their recreation, cultural arts, and social services needs in Burien.
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Burien Annex
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KCFD2 Firefighter wearing homemade mask
COVID-19 Response, Emergency Budget Reductions, New Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Members
04/21/2020
Council heard an update on COVID-19 response, discussed emergency budget reductions, approved the Comprehensive Plan Docket, appointed new members to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and discussed business license code updates.
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COVID-19 and money.
COVID-19, Comprehensive Plan, New Commission and Committee Members, Federal and State Leaders Asked to Freeze Mortgage and Rent Payments
04/09/2020
Council discussed a number of issues related to COVID-19, including: issuing a proclamation denouncing stigma and bias related to the disease, financial impact to the City of Burien as well as Burien economy and residents, discussed the Comprehensive Plan Docket, and more.
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Eviction notice.
COVID-19, Plastic Bag Ban Temporary Suspension, Sustainable Climate Action Plan, Arbor Day
03/30/2020
Council temporarily suspended the plastic bag ban, discussed emergency support for Burien community impacted by COVID-19, issued a proclamation honoring Arbor Day, and heard updates on the rental housing inspection program and sustainable climate action plan.
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Burien COVID-19 Emergency Fund
COVID-19 Support Resources, Census, New City Attorney
03/17/2020
Council passed an emergency resolution on COVID-19, approved a moratorium on residential evictions, approved a $200,000 emergency fund, passed a resolution supporting a complete count for Census 2020, and more.
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Collage of scenes from Burien
Urban Center Plan, Eagle Landing Park Storm Drainage, COVID-19, Census
03/05/2020
Council heard briefings on COVID-19, Census 2020, and redevelopment opportunities in downtown Burien. They also voted to increase the city manager’s compensation, approved the Burien Urban Center Plan, discussed the Eagle Landing Park Storm Drainage Project, and more.
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Financial documents being written on in pen, with calculator nearby
Enhanced Services Facilities, BEDP, Human Services, Fee Study, Minimum Wage
02/27/2020
Council extended a moratorium on enhanced services facilities, approved the Business and Economic Development Partnership work plan, approved funding priorities for the Human Services Fund, discussed a fee study, and directed research be done into a minimum wage in Burien.
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Infographic continuum of care provided by ESFs.
Enhanced Services Facilities, New Law on Compostable Food Serviceware Products, City Employee Updates
02/05/2020
Council discussed zoning regulations for enhanced services facilities, passed a new law requiring food serviceware products be compostable, welcomed new City of Burien employees, and more.
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Trees in pots on painted pavement.
Airport Committee, Planning Grant for Community Center, Council Meeting Guidelines, BEDP
01/29/2020
Council held a study session to discuss the Business and Economic Development Partnership (BEDP) annual report and work plan, recommendations from the Burien Airport Committee, a State of Washington planning grant to fund community engagement for a new community center, new appointments to local government organizations, and council meeting guidelines. Study sessions allow for a more in-depth exploration of topics.
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Audience in council chambers.
New Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Burien Annex, and Compostable Food Service Products
01/08/2020
New councilmembers were sworn in, Jimmy Matta was elected as mayor and Krystal Marx was elected as deputy mayor, and Council discussed the Burien Annex and compostable food service products.
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