Council Roundup: June 21, 2021

DESC Supportive Housing, Eviction Moratorium, Teamsters Contract, Federal Relief Funding Plan, Downtown Burien Public Safety
Posted on 06/23/2021
Architectural rendering of DESC Burien building.

Burien City Council discussed plans for federal relief funding, approved DESC Burien’s application into the Affordable Housing Demonstration Program, discussed public safety in downtown Burien, made Juneteenth an official holiday for city staff, approved a Teamsters contract, and approved an eviction moratorium extension.

Federal Relief Funds Plan for Burien

City of Burien was awarded $10.8 million dollars from the federal government as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. The City of Burien received the first distribution in the amount of $5.4 million in early June. The second and final distribution is scheduled to arrive in 2022. There are complex rules that govern how funding can be directed and reported. Staff is currently exploring the use of consulting services to assist with interpreting the rules and developing a plan. When additional information is available regarding American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and allowable uses, a presentation will be scheduled for Council discussion and feedback.

Architectural rendering of DESC Burien building.

DESC Burien Approved for Inclusion in Affordable Housing Demonstration Program

After lengthy public comment and significant community feedback, Burien City Council voted on June 21, 2021 to include DESC Burien, a permanent supportive housing development, into the Burien Affordable Housing Demonstration Program. Read more on the project and what’s next.

Police officers walking next to bicycles in farmers market.

Council to Discuss Adding Dedicated Law Enforcement and Support Services to Downtown Burien

Council will discuss during their July 19 meeting a proposal to add more dedicated police and/or LEAD outreach staff dedicated to downtown Burien. The proposal’s goal is to address growing concerns about public safety in the downtown area.

Proclamation. Commemorating Juneteenth in Burien.

Juneteenth to be Official City Holiday in 2022

Council placed on the consent agenda for the next meeting a new policy that makes Juneteenth an official holiday for City of Burien employees. Going into effect in 2022, employees will be encouraged to learn and reflect on the meaning of the celebration. Council issued a proclamation in honor of Juneteenth at their last Council meeting.

Teamsters Contract between Public Works Maintenance Workers and City of Burien Approved

Public Works maintenance employees are represented by Public, Professional, & Office-Clerical Employees and Drivers, Local Union No. 763 (Teamsters). Council placed on the consent agenda a collective bargaining agreement for 2021 and 2022 that was approved by both the Teamsters and City of Burien management. The agreement covers cost of living pay increase, adjustments to salaries based on a salary survey, and furloughs in 2021.

Illustration of lifesaver, house, and keys on blue background.

Eviction Moratorium Extended for Burien Renters

Burien City Council adopted Ordinance 773 that provides additional tenant protections and extends an eviction moratorium for 90 calendar days after the end of the statewide moratorium, scheduled to expire on June 30. Renters who need assistance with paying rent or utilities can find help through a new rental assistance fund for Burien residents.