Council Roundups

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City Manager Search, Proclamations, Grocery Worker Hazard Pay, New Community Engagement Programs, Transportation, Staffing Updates, Hybrid Public Meetings
05/23/2022
The Burien City Council issued four proclamations, received an update on city manager search process, discussed major staffing updates, heard update from Chief Boe on video of police encounter with community member, discussed the Transportation Improvement Program, heard updates on new programs to engage community in civic processes, adopted new code governing location of public meetings, and discussed grocery worker hazard pay.
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City Council and BEDP Joint Meeting Discuss Ways to Enhance Communication and Collaboration with Burien Business Community
05/16/2022
The Burien City Council hosted a joint meeting with the Business and Economic Development Partnership (BEDP) met to discuss ways the BEDP and City Council could enhance communications between the two groups as well as to the business community.
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Affordable Housing Week, Citizens of the Year, City Manager Search, Stormwater Code Update, Opioids Settlement, Hybrid Public Meetings
05/06/2022
The Burien City Council issued a proclamation in honor of Affordable Housing Week and honored Rose Clark and Nancy Salguero, two of the three 2022 Burien Citizens of the Year. Tony Hayes will be honored at a future meeting. They also heard a progress update on the search for a new city manager, approved a memorandum of understanding related to a legal settlement on impacts of opioids in communities, discussed updates to the municipal code regulating stormwater, and discussed plans to transition to hybrid in-person and virtual public meetings.
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State Legislative Session, Ambaum and Boulevard Park Community Plans, 2021 Financial Report, Opioid Settlement
04/29/2022
The Burien City Council heard outcomes of the state legislative session, discussed progress on community planning for the Ambaum and Boulevard Park neighborhoods, received an update on the 2021 financial report, and discussed allocation of monies from a possible settlement as a result of a lawsuit other municipalities have filed against prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors.
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City Manager Search, Public Safety, Minimum Wage, Downtown Parking, Lakeview Park, Proclamations
04/25/2022
The Burien City Council issued proclamations in honor of Earth Day, Arbor Day, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. They discussed progress on the search for a new city manager and heard an update on a collaborative approach to public safety. They also began discussions on a minimum wage for large businesses and recommendations for parking in Burien’s downtown. They adopted a resolution to acquire Lakeview Park from Highline Public Schools.
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Planning Commission, City Manager Search, Miller Creek Enhancements, DESC Interlocal Agreement
04/06/2022
The Burien City Council appointed new members to the Planning Commission, issued a proclamation to raise awareness about infertility, continued discussions of city manager search, approved an agreement in support of the Miller Creek Enhancement Project, and approved an agreement regarding the DESC Burien housing development.
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Advisory Board Appointments, City Manager Search, Native Land and Peoples Acknowledgment, Mary’s Place
04/04/2022
The Burien City Council appointed new members to the Human Services Commission, discussed updates to the city manager search, discussed a Native land and peoples acknowledgment, and heard about the services offered by Mary’s Place.
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Advisory Board Appointments, Environmental Projects, Police Staffing Challenges, Creative District, Community Survey, Solid Waste Management Requirements
03/25/2022
The Burien City Council appointed new members to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Business and Economic Development Partnership, learned about environmental projects funded by the Port of Seattle, discussed staffing shortages in King County Sheriff’s Office, approved a letter of support for the Burien Creative District, discussed the BEDP work plan and annual report and 2022 Community Survey, and provided direction on proposed solid waste management requirements for businesses.
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Women's History Month.
City Manager Search, Women’s History Month, Commercial Building Code, Recovery Roadmap, Community Hub, Vaccine Mandate, Boards and Commissions, Council Work Plan
03/11/2022
The Burien City Council selected GovHR USA to help recruit a new city manager, proclaimed March as Women’s History Month, approved a letter of support for new building codes to address climate change, supported the proposed legislative agenda for the South King County Housing and Homelessness Partners, discussed digital community engagement and the plan to solicit feedback on a plan to invest federal stimulus funding, approved an amendment to the City employee vaccine mandate, and approved a process for selecting new advisory board members.
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City Manager Search Firm, Human Services Fund, Solid Waste Requirements, Teamsters
03/11/2022
The Burien City Council interviewed two executive search firms to help recruit and select a new city manager, adopted priorities for the funding of human services in 2023-2024, adopted a memorandum of understanding with the Teamsters union, and discussed solid waste requirements for local businesses.
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Black History Month, Strategic Planning, State Legislative Updates, City Manager Search, Comprehensive Planning, Support for Teamsters
02/10/2022
The Burien City Council issued a proclamation in honor of Black History Month and heard updates from the State legislative session and on the City’s strategic planning and Comprehensive Planning efforts. They also moved forward with the process of vetting executive search firms to hire a city manager and approved issuing a letter in support of the Teamsters Local 174 general strike.
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Emergency Declaration for Landslide, City Manager Search, Council Meeting Guidelines, Compostables Ordinance
02/03/2022
The Burien City Council approved a resolution declaring the landslide on 172nd St/SW Sylvester Rd an emergency. They also selected their top two choices for executive search firms, appointed their fellow councilmembers to local government organizations, discussed their meeting guidelines, and heard an update on the status of outreach and education for local businesses to help them prepare for Ordinance 709, restricting the use of non-compostable food service products, that goes into effect on July 1, 2022.
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New City Manager Search, American Rescue Plan Act Funding, Interlocal Agreements, Land Acquisition for Parks
01/26/2022
The Burien City Council determined next steps in the search for a new city manager, began discussions of a plan to use American Rescue Plan funding, approved interlocal agreements, and asked for more information about a possible land donation in the Salmon Creek ravine.
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Eviction Moratorium Extended, Bond Approval for Interim City Manager
01/19/2022
The Burien City Council held a special meeting to discuss Burien’s eviction moratorium. They also set an amount for a bond for the interim city manager.
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New playground equipment at Lakeview Park in Burien.
New Councilmember Oaths of Office, Mayor and Deputy Election, Interim City Manager Selection, Human Trafficking Awareness, New Staff Intros, Land Acquisition, Interlocal Agreements
01/13/2022
The Burien City Council elected a mayor and deputy mayor, appointed an acting city manager, issued a proclamation to raise awareness about human trafficking, met new fire and police personnel, discussed acquisition of land for parks, and discussed interlocal agreements.
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Police and Human Services, City Manager Search, Recycling Incentive Program, Comprehensive Plan Docket
12/21/2021
The Burien City Council discussed the collaboration between police and human services, approved a request for proposals to seek out and hire the next city manager, approved a new recycling incentive program, adopted the 2022 Comprehensive Plan docket, and approved a reconstruction waiver for a single-family residence construction project.
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Proclamations, Grant Funding Updates, Budget, [email protected], Tree Memorial Program, Tree Regulations, DESC, Councilmember Salaries
12/10/2021
The Burien City Council adopted the mid-biennium budget update. They also issued a proclamation in honor of people with disabilities as well proclamations to honor outgoing councilmembers Krystal Marx, Pedro Olguin, and Nancy Tosta. The City Council heard updates on major grants, discussed [email protected]’s apprenticeship program donation, reviewed the tree memorial program, discussed updated tree regulations, clarified process for the approval of the DESC supportive housing project, and discussed councilmember salaries.
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COVID-19 Rent Assistance, Rental Housing Inspection Program, 2022 Proclamations, Affordable Housing Demonstration Program
12/02/2021
The Burien City Council discussed during a study session COVID-19 rent assistance, rental housing inspection program, 2022 proclamations and other observances, and the Affordable Housing Demonstration Program.
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Special City Council Meeting on Mid-biennium Budget Update
12/02/2021
The Burien City Council hosted special meeting on the mid-biennium budget update. They adopted an increase to surface water management fees and property tax levy. They also discussed increasing the per capita rate for the Human Services Fund and changing the policy to re-evaluate the rate from every two years to every year. The City Council also discussed key areas of the budget with final adoption of the budget scheduled for December 6, 2021.
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American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, State Legislative Agenda, Public Art, Budget, City Council and City Manager Salaries, Enhanced Services Facilities
11/18/2021
The Burien City Council issued a proclamation in honor of American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month and adopted a review process for Enhanced Services Facilities. They also discussed a process to hire the next city manager, the state legislative agenda, public art grant recipients, mid-biennium budget update, and city councilmember and city manager salaries.
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Joint Burien City Council and BEDP Meeting on Ways to Enhance Communication Between City Council and Business Community
11/17/2021
The Burien City Council hosted a joint special meeting with the Business and Economic Development Partnership (BEDP), an advisory board made up of local business owners and community members who advise the City Council on topics related to economic development.
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Climate Action Plan, Federal Legislative Agenda, Budget, Trusted Community Partner Network, Planning Grants, Vaccine Mandate
11/04/2021
The Burien City Council adopted the City of Burien’s first Climate Action Plan, discussed their federal legislative agenda, and discussed the 2021–2022 mid-biennium budget update, including property tax levy and surface water management fees.
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Climate Action Plan, Boulevard Park Flooding, Mental Health Services
10/28/2021
The Burien City Council discussed the insurance, Climate Action Plan, Boulevard Park Flooding Study, King County’s crisis response system, and appointments to regional boards and committees during a study session.
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Budget, Planning for ARPA, Rental Housing Business License Fees, Subminimum Wage
10/21/2021
The Burien City Council continued discussions on the 2021-2022 mid-biennium budget update, adopted an ordinance making rental housing business license fees consistent with all other business license fees, and discussed a resolution to oppose subminimum wages in Burien.
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Native Land and People Acknowledgment, Proclamations, Budget, Comprehensive Plan, Utility Tax Relief
10/07/2021
The Burien City Council issued four proclamations, discussed a Native Land and People acknowledgment, reviewed work plans for the Parks and Recreation Board and Arts Commission, began mid-biennium budget discussions, discussed a redesigned utility tax relief program, discussed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, and reviewed an amendment to the operating agreement between the City of Burien and King County Library System.
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Eviction Moratorium, City Bonds, Fee Study, Ambaum and Boulevard Park Community Plans, Proclamations
10/01/2021
The City Council held a study session to discuss extension of Burien’s eviction moratorium, City bonds refinancing, a new fee study, community feedback gathered for the Ambaum and Boulevard Park Community Plans project, and a list of proclamations for 2022.
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Proclamations, KCSO Use of Force Policies, New Staff, Bond Rating, CDBG, SKHHP, Sustainable Airport Master Plan, Refugee Support, Employee Vaccine Mandate
09/23/2021
The City Council issued two proclamations, heard an update on new use-of-force policies from King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), announced an intention to extend Burien’s eviction moratorium through December 31, approved contracts to support new technology in council chambers and evaluation of the Sustainable Airport Master Plan (SAMP), passed a resolution to support refugees, and approved a vaccine mandate for City of Burien employees.
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Welcoming Week, Annual Crime Report, Ambaum and Boulevard Park Community Plan, Solid Waste Services for Businesses, Housing Action Plan, Ambaum Zoning Code, Rental Housing Policy, Vaccine Mandate
08/24/2021
The City Council issued a proclamation in support of Welcoming Week, discussed the annual crime report, heard an update on the Ambaum and Boulevard Park Community Plan, and discussed interim zoning changes for Ambaum Blvd SW, solid waste requirements for businesses, Burien’s rental housing policy, and a vaccine mandate for City of Burien staff.
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New Maintenance Facility, Arts Commission, Welcoming Network, Salmon Habitat Plan
08/05/2021
Council discussed progress on building a shared public works and parks maintenance facility, selected candidates to interview for membership on the Arts Commission, approved joining the Welcoming Network, discussed the WRIA-9 salmon habitat plan, and more.
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Downtown Public Safety, American Rescue Plan Act, Airport Committee and StART, Hazard Pay, Emergency Preparedness
07/27/2021
Council proclaimed July as Park and Recreation Month, approved re-financing of bonds, approved new investments in public safety, appointed new members to airport committees, discussed hazard pay for essential workers as well as eviction moratorium, and approved more time to develop an interlocal agreement for DESC Burien supportive housing development.
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DESC Supportive Housing, Eviction Moratorium, Teamsters Contract, Federal Relief Funding Plan, Downtown Burien Public Safety
06/23/2021
Burien City Council discussed plans for federal relief funding, approved DESC's application into the Affordable Housing Demonstration Program, discussed public safety in downtown Burien, discussed Juneteenth as an official holiday for city staff, approved a Teamsters contract, and approved an eviction moratorium extension.
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Proclamations: Citizens of the Year, LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, Juneteenth
Proclamations, Citizen of the Year, La Serra Subdivision, Budget, Food Trucks
06/11/2021
Burien City Council issued two proclamations, gave three Burien community members a Citizen of the Year award, approved Black Lives Matter artist proposal, and approved minor budget items.
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Ambaum Blvd & Boulevard Park Study, Climate Action Plan, Police Services Study, Hazard Pay for Frontline Workers
05/26/2021
Burien City Council held a study session to discuss updates to a new land use study, climate action plan, police services, and hazard pay for frontline workers.
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DESC Housing, Property Tax, State Law on Drug Possession, Citizen of the Year, Business License Code, Transportation Improvement Program
05/21/2021
Burien City Council postponed a decision on whether to accept a supportive housing project into the Affordable Housing Demonstration Program. They also discussed transportation projects, 2021 property taxes, a new state drug possession law and investments in diversion programs, city equity efforts, and new business license code. They also selected this year’s recipients of the Burien Citizen of the Year Award.
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Proclamations, King County Sheriff, Urban Center Streetscape Design, Rental Housing
05/06/2021
Council issued four proclamations honoring Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Older Americans Month, Peace Officers Memorial Day, and Affordable Housing Week, heard an update on King County’s efforts to change sheriff position from elected to appointed, discussed a plan for urban center streetscape design, discussed progress on the Rental Housing Inspection Program, and welcomed new employees.
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Food Trucks, Independent Investigation Team, State Legislative Session, Council Priorities
04/28/2021
Council postponed the start of the food truck pilot program, heard a summary of the state legislative session, discussed the selection process for community members to serve on an Independent Investigation Team for police-involved shootings, and discussed 2021 priorities.
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Burien Police Department officer walks bicycle through Burien Farmers' Market.
DESC Supportive Housing, Proclamations, New Advisory Board Members, Public Safety, Food Trucks, Code Updates
04/19/2021
Council issued three proclamations, continued discussion on the DESC supportive housing project, updated municipal code governing fireworks, junk vehicles, and business licenses, selected new advisory board members, discussed concerns about public safety, addressed concerns about food truck pilot program, and more.
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DESC Supportive Housing, Compostables, Proclamations, New Advisory Board Members, Recology, COVID-19 Update
04/07/2021
Council issued two proclamations, delayed the effective date of the compostables ordinance, discussed DESC supportive housing project, selected new advisory board and commission members, delayed discussion of the food truck pilot program, and approved funding for a stormwater study to address localized flooding in the Boulevard Park neighborhood.
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Study Session on City Staff Workload and Priorities
03/25/2021
Staff directors and managers presented summaries of the current workload to inform future Council discussions on short-term priorities.
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Food Truck Pilot Program, Police Services, Ambaum Development, Maintenance Facility, Eagle Landing Stairs, Advisory Boards and Commissions
03/22/2021
Burien City Council passed a food truck pilot program, discussed police services contract with King County Sheriff’s Office, heard an update on mobile vaccine program, selected applicants to interview for advisory boards and commissions, heard an update on Eagle Landing Stairs removal and new maintenance and operations facility, approved extension of Ambuam development moratorium, and discussed flooding in Boulevard Park.
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Women’s History Month, DESC Housing, Food Trucks, Ambaum Development, Downtown Parking
03/03/2021
Burien City Council acknowledged Women’s History Month, heard an updated on a proposed housing development in downtown Burien, approved a food truck pilot program, extended a moratorium on new development along the Ambaum Blvd Corridor, and approved extension of a parking program aimed at aiding economic development in downtown Burien.
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King County Metro RapidRide H Line Funding Approved
02/24/2021
Burien City Council approved pass through of state funding for the construction of the RapidRide H Line.
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Council Approves Grocery Worker Hazard Pay
02/10/2021
In a special meeting, Council passed an updated version of an ordinance requiring grocery workers be paid hazard pay during the pandemic.
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Grocery Worker Hazard Pay, Black History Month, Localized Flooding and Landslides, BEDP 2021 Work Plan
02/01/2021
Council passed a hazard pay ordinance for grocery workers, which will be discussed again during a special meeting on February 8, 2021. They also heard an update on a landslide in Seahurst Park and localized flooding in the Boulevard Park neighborhood, approved the 2021 work plan for the Business & Economic Development Partnership, and approved the Greensward Farms subdivision applcication. February was declared Black History Month in Burien.
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Grocery Worker Hazard Pay, Miller Walker Creek Stewardship, Zoning Code Amendments, Comprehensive Plan Docket
01/29/2021
Council discussed grocery worker hazard pay, utility tax relief program, the Miller and Walker Creek Stewardship Program, zoning code amendments on legacy storefronts and home occupations, and the 2021 Comprehensive Plan docket. Council discussed and placed several items on the consent agenda to be approved at the February 1, 2021 meeting. The Council often uses a “two-touch” process and by placing items on the consent agenda to be approved at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
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Deputy Mayor Election, Human Trafficking Awareness, COVID-19, Utility Tax Relief Program, Growth Targets, Plastic Bag Ban, Council Retreat
01/07/2021
Council elected a deputy mayor, issued a proclamation marking January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Burien, provided an update on COVID-19 in Burien, discussed updates to the utility tax relief program, discussed the process for establishing housing and employment growth targets, updated Burien's plastic bag ban, and discussed topics for the upcoming Council Retreat.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Paint brushes.
Burien Annex, New Animal Cruelty Law, Arts and Culture Grant
12/17/2019
Council discussed the Burien Annex, arts and culture grants, animal control code, and more.
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Burien Discusses New Environmental Standards
2020 Budget, Affordable Housing Investment, Comprehensive Plan Amendments, Climate Change, Stream Restoration, Severe Weather Shelter
12/12/2019
Council adopted the 2020 budget, passed legislation to encourage investments in affordable housing, passed ADU ordinance, amended animal cruelty code, discussed climate change, and discussed Comprehensive Plan amendments. Council also discussed funding for stream restoration and fish passage project, funding for a severe weather shelter, and councilmember salary changes.
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Census 2020
2020 Census and Urban Center Plan
11/26/2019
Council discussed the 2020 Census and the Burien Urban Center Plan.
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Revisions to Burien Zoning Code to Accommodate Accessory Dwelling Units
New Tax Rates, Impact of I-976, Accessory Dwelling Units, Climate Action, Animal Code
11/20/2019
Council approved minor increases to commercial parking tax, surface water management fees, and property tax. Council also discussed climate change, impact of I-976, accessory dwelling units, and updates to the animal code.
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Veterans Day Proclamation
Veterans Day, Shelter, Noise Ordinance, Budget, Affordable Housing
11/13/2019
Council honored veterans with a proclamation, discussed homeless sheltering models, continued to discuss the 2020 budget, approved a new affordable housing program, and approved a new noise ordinance for downtown Burien.
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Storm Drainage Master Plan
Storm Drainage Master Plan, Parking on 152nd St, Regional Homeless Authority
11/04/2019
Council discussed the storm drainage master plan, parking on 152nd St in downtown Burien, and provided comments on a proposed regional homeless authority.
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Affordable Housing, Highline Medical Center, Burien Annex Community Center, Budget
10/23/2019
Council pledged support for Highline Medical Center, heard an update on the Westmark Emerald Pointe property, appointed a new BEDP member, and discussed affordable housing and the 2020 budget.
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Ordinance 716 establishes renter housing policies designed to protect renters and improve renter-landlord relationships.
Property Tax, 2020 Budget, Rental Housing Policies, SCORE Jail
10/10/2019
Council met new employees, discussed property tax, 2020 budget, state and federal legislative agenda, rental housing policies, SCORE jail, and more.
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Burien Urban Forest
Staff Salary Study, Urban Forest Stewardship Plan, Affordable Housing Demonstration Projects
09/24/2019
Council discussed City staff salaries and benefits, an urban forest stewardship plan designed to protect Burien’s tree canopy, and affordable housing demonstration program.
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Burien micro--enterprise
Rental Housing Inspection Program, Gangs, Micro-businesses, Affordable Housing Funds, Navigation Team
09/18/2019
Council approved a rental housing inspection program, declared October 2019 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, discussed gang activity in Burien, approved funds for human services and community center projects, discussed ways to support micro-businesses in Burien, and directed staff to continue Navigation Team’s efforts to connect people living outside to services.
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People hold up map with dots at urban center design workshop.
Urban Center Plan, Climate Action Plan, Enhanced Services Facilities, New Advisory Board Members
08/22/2019
Council discussed an arts and cultural district in Burien, selected new advisory board members, heard an update on the urban center plan, extended a moratorium on the siting of enhanced services facilities in Burien, discussed a climate action plan, and more.
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Rental Housing Policy
SCORE Jail, Burien Police Officer Honored, Mercado Update, Peter Western Bridge Update, Rental Housing Policy, VISION 2050
08/09/2019
Council heard an update on SCORE jail, recognized Burien Police Sgt. Chad Myers, and discussed a "mercado", Peter Western Bridge Construction, Burien Fire Department, rental housing policy, the Puget Sound Regional Council VISION 2050, and more.
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July 4th Holiday, Town Square Fountain, Strategic Communications Plan, Staffing Changes, Mercado, Solid Waste Plan
07/17/2019
Council discussed a Port of Seattle community fund, a strategic communications plan, the July 4th holiday, staffing changes, site options for a vendor market (“mercado”), investments into affordable housing, and more.
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Pilot Program to Regulate Unauthorized Use of Burien Parks and Facilities, EMS Levy, Sign Code, Fireworks, Long-Range Financial Plan
06/04/2019
Council discussed progress on the pilot four-month program to regulate unauthorized use of Burien parks and facilities, passed a resolution supporting the Medic One/Emergency Medical Services levy, approved revisions to the zoning code regulating temporary signs in Burien, discussed long-range financial plan scenarios, and heard alternatives to the current fireworks prohibition.
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Burien's discussing an amendment to the sign code
Sign Code, Transportation Improvement Program, Initiative 976, Burien First Fridays
05/23/2019
Council discussed amendments to Burien’s sign code, updates to the Transportation Improvement Program, passed a resolution opposing Initiative 976, and heard a presentation about Burien First Fridays.
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Burien's Annex
PRIDE and National Police week, 9th Circuit Boise Decision, City Response to Camping in Parks
05/08/2019
Council issued two proclamations, discussed a proposed plan for addressing camping in parks and homelessness, and appointed members to the Burien Airport Committee and Planning Commission.
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Burien Community Center Sign
Urban Center Plan, Housing Policy, Community Center
04/25/2019
Council discussed during a study session the results of the urban center planning workshop and survey, gave direction on options for future housing policy discussions, and continued a discussion on a new community center.
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Deputy Mayor Austin Bell proclaiming May 13 -17 as Affordable Housing Week
Advisory Board Appointments, Affordable Housing Week, LEAD, Comprehensive Plan, StART
04/17/2019
Council made advisory board appointments, issues a proclamation in support of Affordable Housing Week, heard a presentation about the Burien Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, and more.
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Cynthia Upthegrove and Mayor Jimmy Matta.
Police Services Annual Report, General Fund Forecasts, Proclamations, and Comprehensive Plan
04/03/2019
Council approved updates to the Shoreline Master Program, discussed forecasts for the General Fund, heard presentation on the 2018 Police Services Annual Report, and discussed proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments.
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Single use plastic bottle
Budget Forecasts, Website Improvements, and Single-Use Plastics
03/28/2019
Council heard presentations and discussed budget forecasts, website improvements, and possible restrictions on single-use plastics.
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Mayor proclamation
Citizen of the Year, Community Court, Human Services Commission Report, Enhanced Services Facilities
03/08/2019
Council received updates on Community Court, the City’s human services program, and animal control services. The Council also presented two proclamations, selected the 2018 Burien Citizen of the Year, and issued a short-term moratorium on permitting of Enhanced Services Facilities in Burien.
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