January 14-The SeaTac City Clerk swore in four Councilmembers at the first Regular Council Meeting of the year. Returning Councilmembers Erin Sitterley and Peter Kwon took the oath of office along with newcomers Senayet Negusse and Takele Gobena.
Shortly after the swearing in ceremony, Mayor Erin Sitterley was selected to a second term of office. Councilmember Kwon was selected as Deputy Mayor replacing current Deputy Mayor Clyde Hill,
With a new council in place, the Mayor will be making new committee chair and committee assignments.
JANUARY 10-On December 30, 2019, a pizza parlor in White Center was robbed. During the robbery, an employee was assaulted. In the days following this crime, suspect information was developed, including a name and vehicle description. A bulletin was created and distributed to King County Sheriff’s Office personnel.
On Friday, January 3, SeaTac Police Officer Justin Kristofferson of the SeaTac Police was preparing to come to work. As is his habit, he reviewed all recent crime bulletins before starting his day. As he drove to work, he saw a vehicle that stood out to him in the area of S 206th St. and Military Rd. S. It only took him a second to realize the vehicle was from the crime bulletin he had just reviewed regarding the White Center pizza robbery. Officer Kristofferson notified other officers what he had found and maintained observation of the vehicle and the occupant, who appeared to be the suspect from the robbery. Once appropriate assistance had arrived, officers took the suspect into custody without incident.
Once the suspect was in custody, detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded. They conducted interviews, then booked this dangerous subject into jail on the Robbery charge.
JANUARY 3, 2020-Registration is now open for SeaTac residents to reserve a plot in our very popular SeaTac Community Garden. Last year, almost all of the plots were full. Single plots are available for $40 each. Second plots can be rented starting March 1, if available. Non-SeaTac residents can reserve a plot, beginning March 5, based on availability. For more information, please call the SeaTac Community Center at 206.973.4680.
JANUARY 3, 2020-Now that winter is upon us, residents should prepare for cold temperatures as well as rain and wind. These weather conditions send leaves, branches and other organic debris into our streets, curbs, ditches and storm drains/grates.
Our Public Works Maintenance crew works hard to remove the debris after each storm event, but they cannot be everywhere at once. Therefore, the City is asking residents and business owners to do their part by being a “Grate Keeper” and picking up a rake to clear the organic debris from the storm drain/storm grate in front of your property. Only do so when it is safe. Alternatively, if you cannot safely clear the storm grate in front of your property, then call in the blocked storm grate to our Maintenance Division at 206.973.4770. You may also leave a request on the front page of our website under “How Do I… Report a Problem.”
Keeping our storm grates clear helps to prevent localized flooding and flooding related accidents, so thank you in advance for doing your part in making SeaTac a better and safer place to live.
This story first appeared in our SeaTac Quarterly Magazine Winter Edition. If you would like to read more magazine articles, then click on this link.
Community Meeting for Parks, Recreation & Open Space Plan
JANUARY 3, 2019-The Parks, Community Programs and Services Department hired Berk Consulting to work on the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan and we would like to hear your ideas. If you want to learn more about your parks system and/or make suggestions on how your parks can better serve your community, please attend.
Wednesday, January 15, 6:00-7:30 PM
Valley Ridge Community Center
4644 S. 188th Street
For additional information, please contact Lawrence Ellis, Parks, Community Programs and Services Director at email@example.com
DECEMBER 26–The Sound Cities Association (SCA) made its 2020 appointments to Regional Board and Committees for elected officials, as approved by the SCA Board. the SCA is composed of all cities in King County except Seattle. According to it’s website the Mission of SCA is to provide leadership through advocacy, education, mutual support and networking to cities in King County as they act locally and partner regionally to create livable vital communities.
The Sound Cities Association (SCA) represents 38 cities of King County and provides a voice for over one million people. SCA was founded in the 1970s to help cities act locally and partner regionally to create vital, livable communities through advocacy, education, leadership, mutual support and networking. SCA Vision Statement: Capitalizing on the diversity of our cities to lead policy change to make the Puget Sound region the best in the world.
Several SeaTac Councilmembers were appointed to various boards:
Councilmember Pam Fernald is on Emergency Management Advisory Committee (EMAC)
Deputy Mayor Clyde Hill is on Joint Recommendations Committee (JRC)
Councilmember Peter Kwon is on PSRC Transportation Policy Board (TPB)
DECEMBER 26–Tuesday, December 24 was a busy afternoon for Puget Sound Fire. While lots of people were finishing their preparation for the holiday celebrations, on-duty firefighters responded to two different residential fires in about an hour.
The first was dispatched at 1:12 PM to the 28000 block of West Valley Highway in Auburn. Units form Puget Sound Fire and South King Fire and Rescue responded and found a burn barrel in the living room of a house under remodel. The barrel was full of burning wood scraps and was reported to be used by the “contractors”. The fire was quickly extinguished, and the barrel was removed from the structure. There was no extension to the structure.
The second fire was dispatched at 2:22 PM to the 4200 block of S 176 St in SeaTac. It was initially dispatched as a single unit response to an unknown type fire. The first due company was already in the area and saw a thermal column of heat and smoke and upgraded the fire to a working residential fire. Due to the location of the fire assistance was provided by the Port of Seattle (SeaTac Airport) and Tukwila Fire. The house was reported to be abandon, possible used for storage by the business on the lot. Crews quickly knocked down the fire and searched the building and found no occupants. The fire was under control in approximately 30 minutes. Investigators determined the cause of the fire as arson. Fire investigators say an arrest was made and charges filed.
No injuries were reported at either fire. Due to the quick response and efficient attacks, resources were made available quickly to respond to other calls for assistance.
DECEMBER 27– SeaTac City Hall, the Community Center, the Senior Center, the Teen Center and Maintenance Facility will be closed on New Years Day. The City Facilities will resume operation on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
King County Metro, Sound Transit, and City of Seattle launched a new on-demand shuttle service called Via to Transit that will make it more convenient to take transit in southeast Seattle and Tukwila.
Residents can use the Via app or call 206.258.7739 to hail a ride to and from five Link light rail stations (Mount Baker, Columbia City, Othello, Rainier Beach, and Tukwila International Boulevard) where they can board a bus or a Link train. Payment with an ORCA card is accepted, and will automatically apply as a transfer toward a trip on a bus or train.