City of Tukwila E-Hazelnut Newsletter
March 2017
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Mayor: Allan Ekberg

Dennis Robertson (Council President)
Joe Duffie
Verna Seal
Kathy Hougardy
De'Sean Quinn
Kate Kruller
Thomas McLeod 

Four community volunteers needed to sit on the Public Safety Plan Siting Advisory Committee 

The City of Tukwila is looking for four community volunteers to sit on the Public Safety Plan Siting Advisory Committee.  This group will provide input and advice to City officials while siting new facilities for our first responders. 

The Public Safety Plan has two general components:

Public Safety Bonds:   On the November 8, 2016 General Election, voters of Tukwila approved issuance of general obligation bonds not to exceed $77,385,000 to pay for:
  • Replacement of three seismically-deficient fire stations (Stations 51, 52 and 54)
  • Guaranteed funding for fire equipment and apparatus for the life of the 20-year bond
  • Construction of a Justice Center to house the Tukwila Police Department and Municipal Court.
Public Works Shops Replacement:   The City's aging shops will be replaced by allocating an equal amount of funds from the General and Enterprise Funds to cover the cost of constructing the new facility.

As the City begins the process of implementing the Public Safety Plan, it recognizes the importance of having additional voices advising its efforts.  As such, the Administration and Council created the Siting Advisory Committee, with the following responsibilities:
  • Meet regularly to review outreach efforts, provide advice on strategies and tactics for outreach, and identify key audiences.
  • Participate in public outreach efforts such as town hall meetings, review feedback generated by the community, and verify that common themes heard from the community are being incorporated into siting decisions and facility plans when feasible.
  • Provide the City Council with feedback about the physical siting process and outcomes.
  • Provide the City Council with outreach advice, such as reviewing materials and identifying other groups to contact.
  • Review potential sites and provide feedback.
The Committee will be made of seven individuals: four community members, including one representing business; two members of the City Council; and the Public Works Director.  The Committee will meet on a schedule determined by the flow of information to evaluate.  The Committee will report on its activities to the Council a minimum of once every six months, and will report more frequently prior to Council decision points, in order to provide up-to-date advice.

Interested community members should fill out the  Boards and Commissions application .  The deadline for filing the application is  Friday, March 31, 2017 at 5:00p.m.  

City Council elections coming

Interested in helping guide the direction of your community?  If you have considered serving in public office, four Council seats are up for election this year:

#1  (currently held by Verna Seal)
#3  (currently held by Thomas McLeod)
#5  (currently held by Joe Duffie)
#7  (currently held by De'Sean Quinn)

January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2021

$1,250 per month (2017), plus certain medical benefits.

Tukwila City Councilmembers serve at large, representing the City's residents.  Council duties include reviewing, studying, discussing and deciding on policy and budget questions.  Interaction with members of the community involves public and personal meetings, email or other written correspondence, and phone conversations.   Councilmembers attend weekly Council meetings, as well as meetings of standing committees and special meetings scheduled throughout the year.  

A candidate must be a registered voter and a resident of Tukwila for at least one year.  Candidates should have a working knowledge of the laws that regulate City government.
By mail:  May 1-19, 4:30pm, regardless of postmark
In person:  May 15, 8:30am-May 19, 4:30pm
Online:  May 15, 9:00am-May 19, 4:30pm
Primary:  August 1, 2017
General:  November 7, 2017

Contact King County Elections for complete rules and requirements. Questions? Call 206-296-1565   

Spring is finally here! Take a look at our new Spring/Summer 2017 Activities Guide to see all the great programs, summer camps and special events our Parks & Rec staff have lined up for you!