Saturday, October 27, 2007

What's News in Federal Way -- Oct. 27

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Press release regarding a motorist arrested for an HOV violation who was in possession of an explosive device. (PDF)
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM (10/23) -- On October 23, 2007, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Federal Way Police were monitoring traffic near South 317th and Interstate 5 Northbound ramp in Federal Way. The officer made contact with a motorist for a HOV violation. More... (PDF)

Man arrested with grenade in Federal Way
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (10/23) -- Federal Way police today arrested a man with a live grenade who said he was on his way to blow up the Federal Building in Seattle, according to the Washington State Patrol. More...

Federal Way officer who assaulted girl, 17, resigns
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (10/25) -- An award-winning police officer assigned to patrol Federal Way High School has resigned after admitting Tuesday to touching a teenage girl on her legs and breasts. More...

Lawsuit bites Federal Way police
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (10/16) -- After four years of depositions, statements and negotiating, former Federal Way resident Ginger Mounts, 25, recently settled out of court with the Federal Way Police Department. More...

Bystanders foil hit and run driver
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (10/16) -- Bystanders helped lead to the arrest Tuesday morning of a suspected drunken driver who rear-ended a car stopped at a red light. More...

Federal Way, WA, man sentenced to 14 years in prison
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (10/19) -- A 37-year-old man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 14 years in prison for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of a firearm. More...


On the Other Side of Steel Lake . . . is a fantastic Skateboarding Park!

A little human touch goes a long way
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (10/23) -- Monda Holsinger and the Federal Way Public Schools’ AmeriCorps program received the 2007 St. Francis Humanitarian of the Year Award, sponsored by the Franciscan Foundation. More...

City voices North Shore worries
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (10/16) -- The future of the North Shore Golf Course, located in Northeast Tacoma and bordering Federal Way, remains undetermined. While the City of Tacoma continues its review of the Northshore Investors LLC development proposal, Federal Way is busy engaging in discussions with the developer and Tacoma as to how the Point at North Shore would affect Federal Way residents, said public works director Cary Roe. More...

Realtors Help Green Up The Hylebos
HYLEBOS.TYPEPAD.COM (10/17) -- Today, Hillary organized a volunteer event with about 40 realtors from the Seattle-King County Area Realtors Association. The realtors helped plant about 500 trees and shrubs at the Spring Valley Open Space near the North Fork of Hylebos Creek. More...

Boardwalk Report! (with photos)
HYLEBOS.TYPEPAD.COM (10/3) -- Friday I met up with Linda Farmer, Federal Way's new Director of Communications and Government Affairs, to visit the Hylebos. After receiving the proper security clearances, we took a trip to the West Hylebos Wetlands boardwalk construction site. More...

Central Federal Way Area Condo - $169,000
WINDERMERE.COM -- 2/1 -- Walk to shops and the theater from this centrally located condo! 2-bedroom end unit with master down, loft with closet and sunny living room. Updated with care within the past year. Come & see! More...

Federal Way Area Home - $244,950
WINDERMERE.COM -- 3/1.5 -- Fixer with long-term 10+ year stable tenants in a quiet residential community. Daylight unfinished basement with good ceiling height. Wooded backyard. See all offers, please include pre-approval letters if avaliable. More...

Would recommend as Corporate Apartment only...
APARTMENTRATINGS.COM (10/14) -- The Ridge/The Shores (formerly The Colony Apartments) My husband and I were put at The Shores in a one-bedroom corporate apartment for 2 months. The apartment was very clean and turn-key when we arrived. They provided nice furniture, tv, bedding, towels, basic kitchen needs (coffee maker included) and basic cleaning supplies. (Overall Complex Rating: 57%) More...


Environmental Protection Agency honors Federal Way high school for removing chemicals
OREGONLIVE.COM (10/24) -- Federal Way School District and one of its high schools have been given a safety award by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Decatur High School was recognized Tuesday for removing hazardous chemicals. The district was honored for training teachers and students in lab safety. More...

Federal Way Public Schools Receive an "A" in Responsible Chemical Management
EPA.GOV (10/23) -- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Education are celebrating Children’s Health Month by promoting responsible chemical management at Decatur High School in Federal Way, Washington. EPA, the Department of Education, and other federal partners are working to prevent chemical accidents at schools across the nation, through the Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign. More...


This pair of Eagles are lovebirds
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (10/24) -- For Dale and Denise Pac, the homecoming football game at Federal Way High School symbolizes more than cool October nights and reunions with former classmates. More...

Federal Way reigns after 31-year wait
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (10/23) -- There was a whole lot of hugging and handshaking going on after Federal Way came from behind to beat Kentridge, 27-21, in overtime to clinch the South Puget Sound League North Division championship. More...

Federal Way’s wait over
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (10/19) -- The last time the Federal Way Eagles were in this position on a football field, Gerald Ford was completing his presidency and U.S. voters were busy electing Jimmy Carter. More...

Teacher, ‘Voice of the Eagles’ in Federal Way
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (10/17) -- When Merlin Epp retired after teaching social studies for 36 years at Federal Way High School, he didn’t quit helping students. He volunteered daily at Lake Dolloff Elementary School where his wife, Jeanne, teaches kindergarten. He continued taking high school students on tours of historic sites on the East Coast. More...


Press release regarding the Domestic Violence Emphasis conducted by the Federal Way Police Department. (PDF)
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM (10/23) -- On Thursday, October 18, 2007, the Federal Way Police Department participated in the 5th Annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail. The Federal Way Police Department worked with agencies throughout Washington and across the country in an effort to arrest persons with outstanding family violence warrants. The Detail is part of a national effort to promote family safety and ensure that batterers are held accountable for their violence. More... (PDF)

City hosts terrorism presentation Nov. 29 (PDF)
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM (10/17) -- The City of Federal Way will host a general terrorism awareness presentation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 29 at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S., in the Patrick Maher room. Participants will gain basic knowledge on a wide range of terrorism related topics. More...

Quest for arts center plugs along
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (10/26) -- Federal Way arts enthusiasts received an opportunity to meet with consultants who are conducting the city’s performing arts center feasibility study. More...


Proposition 1 will bring transportation choices to Puget Sound
NWPROGRESSIVE.ORG (10/21) -- The Seattle Times recently published a story that shows that we are already altering the way we get around in the face of crippling congestion. When we talk about structuring investment to encourage transit use, libertarians frequently label such planning as “social engineering” (yeah, right - as if all the suburbs along I-5 have always been there - but of course they haven’t). More...

Federal Way council backs transit measure
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (10/18) -- The Federal Way City Council has unanimously endorsed a regional ballot measure that would bring light-rail and road projects to South King County. More...


Baden's high-tech basketballs bouncing back after court win
BIZJOURNALS.COM (10/19) -- In the little-known world of basketball makers, Baden Sports faces some tough players: global companies that are far bigger and better financed than the mom-and-pop Federal Way challenger. More...


VoteNoAnnexation Endorses Jack Dovey for FW City Council
VOTENOANNEXATION.COM (10/18) -- Things have been pretty quiet for a while, but now there is something that needs announcing that may really help further stifle the thought of annexation in the Federal Way city council. Incumbent Jack Dovey is the chair of the Land Use & Transportation Committee, which is where formal discussion of annexation starts. More...
(In other news, FWG's two votes have now been firmly cast against Dovey.)


St. Louis: We Just Found Google
RIVERFRONTTIMES.COM (10/25) -- After paying more than $47,000 for marketing experts to coin St. Louis' new slogan: "St. Louis: It's All Within Reach," members of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission were heartbroken to find they had been beaten to the punch. More...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Common Sense

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Wow... this has got to me one of the most brilliant things I have read in a long time. If you're unsure of whether or not rail is a good idea (or if you think more roads are the better choice), this is a must read.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Public Notice: Mid-Biennila City Budget Adjustment Meetings

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The following meetings have been scheduled to consider the City of Federal Way’s 2007-2008 Mid-Biennial Budget Adjustments:

- PUBLIC HEARING (required by RCW 35A.34) 2007-2008 Biennial Budget/Property Tax Rate

NOVEMBER 13 & 15, 2007 –SPECIAL MEETINGS 7:00 P.M. (November 15th only if needed)
- Public Hearing Continued
- Council Study Session on Mid-Biennial Budget Adjustments

- PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED - 2007/2008 Mid-Biennial Budget Adjustments
- Introduction Ordinance/2007-2008 Mid Biennial Budget Adjustments
- Introduction Ordinance/2008 Property Tax Rate
- Introduction Ordinance/SWM Fee Structure

- Enactment Ordinance/2007-2008 Mid-Biennial Budget Adjustments
- Enactment Ordinance/2008 Property Tax Rate
- Enactment Ordinance/SWM Fee Structure
- Resolution/Fee Schedule Amendment

All meetings will be held at City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, Washington (map).


Laura Hathaway, CMC; City Clerk; 253-835-2540

- Published in the Federal Way Mirror October 27 & 31, 2007

*To obtain a copy of the 2007/2008 Budget Supplement please contact the City Clerk’s Office*

Sunday, October 21, 2007

That's How We Roll

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Vote Yes on Prop. 1I've haven't been able to get to this sooner, but by waiting, I can roll up everyone else's responses and provide a more complete picture.

I am for the Prop. 1, the whole deal. Having lived in Los Angeles for 10 years, I can see what happens when you choose the alternative -- do notihng. I've also seen what happens when a freeway extension is opened near your house a week after you move in. Instant clog. And then again what happens when you finally build light rail decades after you should have... you pay a lot more than you could have, each extention takes a long time to get going, and it's an instant hit with riders. (The flip side... every time anything new happens in Los Angeles, the transit workers go on strike... so the fancy new trains sat idle while the roads... well, they didn't go on strike.) The only thing I'm bummed about is that nothing addresses the misery that is Federal Way. Or at least, not in a way that helps me. A drive to Seattle on a Saturday can take 25 minutes... or going to up Tukwilla for decent shopping and restaurants... 15 minutes. That is, after the 15-20 minute drive to the freeway.

Let's take the 18 all the way to the NE Tacoma border in anticipation of Northshore... let's put lightrail along 320th. Allow for more commercial/business development on this side of town to eliminate some residents' commutes. Wishful thinking, too be sure. But I don't think the city's 6-year plan of more shared carpool/bus stop/right turn lane right-hand surface carpool lanes are going to do much. Especially in the piecemeal fashion they're being built.

No word yet on the issue from the "Vote No" folks, but I'm guessing they'd be against them fancy paved roads.

On with the links...


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Federal Way Beautiful

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I'm not sure what kind of trees these are (I assume someone can post in the comments), but Federal Way has just lit up with brilliant reds, oranges and yellows against a backdrop of evergreen.

Fence (268)

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You can also see Fence (248) has already been painted over. (Map)

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What's News in Federal Way -- Oct. 14

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Students test school board candidate at forum
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (Oct. 12) -- Students at Federal Way High School brought a new perspective to the three school board races during a forum Oct. 10 at the campus. Social studies, business law, history and journalism students gathered in the school's little theater and asked the six candidates questions ranging from familiar topics of debate to issues of relevance to high school students. More... (Map)

Critical crossroads: Roads and Transit vote
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (Oct. 12) -- In less than a month, voters will weigh in on whether local road and transit improvements are worth their $47 billion long-term costs. The high-magnitude Roads and Transit ballot measure, known as Proposition One, goes before King, Snohomish and Pierce County voters in the state's general election on Nov. 6. More...

FW's Barrington runs wild
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (Oct. 13) -- Thanks to Andre Barrington and 28 fourth-quarter points, Federal Way is a win from the South Puget Sound League 4A North Division championship. More...

Not enough passes sold Federal Way center missing its budget
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (Oct. 13) -- Federal Way’s $21 million community center isn’t bringing in as much money or as many paying customers as expected in its first five months. With its two pools and water slides, three gyms and a climbing pinnacle, the community center boasts a range of attractions like no other city-run center in Pierce and King counties. It was designed to be the heart of sprawling Federal Way. More... (Map)

Cities consider building a regional jail
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (Oct. 10) -- Limited jail space and looming expiration dates on contracts have pushed four South King County cities to consider building their own jail. Renton leads the quest for a regional jail. The Renton City Council will soon decide when to begin evaluating, through a feasibility study, the possibility of constructing a regional jail. More...

Self-storage: Is your stuff safe?
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (Oct. 10) -- The thieves who broke into storage unit number 48 at the Public Storage facility in Federal Way two weeks ago left behind a television, several large items of furniture and piles of crumbled drywall. They stole nearly $2,000 worth of electronics, clothing and cologne from a 30-year-old Federal Way man. They also stole several valuables from a 26-year-old Federal Way woman who rented an adjacent unit. More...

New Exhibit at the Knutzen Family theatre (PDF)
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM (Oct. 11) -- The Federal Way Arts Commission is proud to present the work of freelance photographer Ludwig Suju. Photographs on Display until January 7, 2008. More... (PDF) (Map)

Play it the safe way? Not Federal Way
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (Oct. 5) -- When most high school football teams are trying to ice the game in the fourth quarter, they do so with a series of clock-draining halfback runs. Federal Way used the halfback pass instead Thursday night. More...

Authors of nine books will speak about how to finance college
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (Oct. 10) -- Families can learn how to pay for college at a free event in Federal Way. Sallie Mae’s annual “Get Into and Pay for College” National Tour will feature authors Gen and Kelly Tanabe at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Decatur High School. More... (Map)

Press release regarding the robbery investigation at Burger King in Federal Way. (PDF)
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM (Oct. 10) -- On October 1, 2007, at approximately 6:57 a.m., Federal Way Police officers were dispatched to a robbery at the Burger King Restaurant in the 34800 block of Pacific Highway South. More... (PDF) (Map)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Utility Boxes (253)

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Stop Sign (251)

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Tiny, almost artistic, even. (map)

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Fence (79) Again (Sort of)

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Oddly enough, if you look at the photos from Aug. 1 for this same location, you see that someone painted over most of that graffiti with black paint, but left one tag uncovered. Someone's come along since then and overtagged. Sorry for the photo quality, it started pouring while I was getting ready to take the photo.


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Feed Me, Federal Way!

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One of the things we've missed about moving to the Great Northwest is some of the restaurants we enjoyed in Southern California. I've begged and pleaded with Islands Restaurants to no avail, even going so far as sending them information about Federal Way Crossings. Another one we miss is Wienerschnitzel. (Oh, and Chilis. And Baja Fresh.)

Speaking of the largest hotdog chain, you can drive up to Everett or Arlington or down to Vancouver, but all are a bit of a drive. They didn't have any way on their website to email them or submit a comment card, so we just grumbled in silence for awhile.

But recently, my wife was a little bored and picked up the phone and called them. She explained to the woman who answered that 52 miles was a little too far away to drive, did they have plans to open up any more? The woman took down my wife's information and promised to respond quickly.

Not long after, she received an email from Wienershnitzel. You know what they said? They asked my wife if she knew anyone who wanted to start a franchise in Federal Way.

So... here's the deal. We certainly don't have the money to open a franchise. But if you do, or know someone who does, apparently Federal Way is open for the taking.

What other restaurants/stores/etc. are missing from Federal Way? In 'n Out, perhaps? Use the comments section to add your thoughts!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Fence (247)

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Building Exterior (203) again

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I reported this on Aug. 20 but they've since covered it over and it's been tagged again. Click on the comments link below to submit your suggestions... what would you tell the building's owner to do to make it less likely to be hit in the future with graffiti? Or, is this possibly a good candidate for a free wall? (Map)

What's News in Federal Way -- Oct. 7

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Transit upgrade targets bus service
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (10/06) -- Bus service every 15 minutes along Pacific Highway South and every 30 minutes in the downtown area are dreams Federal Way hopes to make a reality by 2009. King County Metro Transit is planning significant improvements to King County's transportation services. The changes will be brought about through its Transit Now measure, passed in November 2006. More...

The language of learning
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (10/06) -- How does a person teach social studies to a student who speaks only Taiwanese? Or a student who speaks Sinhalese? Or Haitian Creole? How about teaching social studies to a classroom including all three, as well as English- and Spanish-speaking students? It's a question Federal Way teachers ask themselves more and more. More...

Federal Way candidates field questions at forum
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (10/06) -- The Federal Way Chamber of Commerce and The Mirror co-sponsored a forum Oct. 4 for City Council, Lakehaven Utility District commissioner and South King Fire and Rescue commissioner candidates. More...

Federal Way executive gets medium rating
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (10/06) -- At the end of his first year on the job, Federal Way City Manager Neal Beets has received a lukewarm evaluation from the City Council that hired him. He is meeting expectations but needs to improve in some areas, the council says. More...

Sushi, sweets right here
THENEWSTRIBUNE (09/28) -- Two culinary crazes have arrived in the South Sound: cupcakes and conveyor-belt sushi. Here are First Bites of both. Blue Island opened a month ago in Federal Way Crossings, the new shopping center that’s become the biggest casual-dining destination between Tacoma and Seattle. Blue Island joins Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse, The Rock Wood Fired Pizza, Fat Burger, Puerto Vallarta and other eateries on the site of the former Flying A truck stop. More... (Map)

Home For Sale - 3/3 (316th&36th)
WINDERMERE.COM (10/06) -- Multi-level home situated with a natural terresteral setting behind the spacious newly painted deck. The deck is just right for entertaining. This property is perfect for... More... (Map)

Football | Federal Way in charge in North
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (10/05) -- Conventional wisdom said play it safe. But the Federal Way Eagles are throwing caution to the wind this season and could ultimately haul in their first division football title since 1976 because of it. They sealed a 17-13 victory over Kentwood Thursday night with Andre Barrington's 81-yard halfback pass to Montrel Walton on third down from their 6-yard line and just over a minute play. More...

Federal Way gets clever -- Eagles use halfback pass to top Kentwood, take first place
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (10/05) -- Facing third-and-7 on its own 6-yard line with a little more than a minute to play while nursing a four-point lead, Federal Way coach John Meagher was considering taking a safety and kicking the ball to Kentwood. Luckily for Meagher, his offensive coordinator, Bryant Thomas, made a different call. More...

Weyerhaeuser will idle 6 sawmills for 2 weeks each
SEATTLEPI.NWSOURCE.COM (10/04) -- Weyerhaeuser Co. said Thursday that it plans to close six sawmills in Washington and Oregon for two weeks because of low demand in the national housing market. More...

World Vision - My Interesting Visit to Their Headquarters
GR8TFATE.BLOGSPOT.COM (10/04) -- With my immense interest in working with a large and global non profit group in the near future, I decided to visit World Vision's corporate office located in Federal Way, Washington. Now before I tell you what I learned during my visit at their headquarters, I want you to know what my mindset was before entering their doors. More...

The Quiet (Christian) Neighbor
WASHINGTONCEO.COM (08/31) -- In a relatively small pond of international nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations in Washington, Federal Way-based World Vision International is a big fish. Actually, with more than 23,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue of more than $2.1 billion, it's a really big fish. This article is a little older, but someone passed it on to me. More...

October Issue of "The Lake View (PDF)" now available.
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM (10/03) -- Covers both North Lake (Map) and Steel Lake (Map).

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Federal Way City Council Regular Meeting Agenda -- Oct. 16

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Council Chambers - City Hall (map)
October 16, 2007 - 7:00 PM
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a. Swearing-in Ceremony for New Officers

b. City Manager Emerging Issues
• Introduction of New Employees


address City Council at this time. When recognized by the Mayor, please come forward to the podium and state your name for the record. PLEASE LIMIT YOUR REMARKS TO THREE MINUTES. The Mayor may interrupt citizen comments that continue too long, relate negatively to other individuals, or are otherwise inappropriate.


Items listed below have been previously reviewed by a Council Committee of three members and brought before full Council for approval; all items are enacted by one motion. Individual items may be removed by a Councilmember for separate discussion and subsequent motion.

a. Minutes: Approval of the October 2, 2007 Regular Meeting

b. Monthly Financial Report – August 2007

c. Vouchers

d. Enactment Ordinance: Adopting the 2006 International Building Code

e. Enactment Ordinance: Adding a New Section – Chapter 1, Article III to the Federal Way City Code Authorizing Enforcement of Code Provisions through Civil Infractions

f. Approval of Cingular Wireless Site Lease Renewal at Saghalie Park

g. Approval of Cingular Wireless Site Lease Renewal at Sacajawea

h. Approval of Maintenance and Labor Agreement for Emergency Equipment Installation and Repair Systems for Public Safety

i. Authorization to Advertise for Bids for Remote Lighting Control System for Sports Fields.

j. Resolution: Approval of Abby’s Lane Preliminary Plat

k. Resolution: 2008-2009 Solid Waste and Recycling Grant Approval

l. Regional Solid Waste/Recycling Planning Update

m. Early Retirement of Debt Using Excess REET Revenue

n. 2007-2008 Diversity Commission Work Plan


a. Sound Transit (A Regional Transit Authority) and RTID (A Regional Transportation Investment District) - Proposition 1 – Regional Roads and Transit System
• Public Comment – 3 Minute Limit
• Resolution


a. Ordinance Prohibiting Minors’ from Possessing Certain Graffiti Tools and Refining


c. Ordinance Amending Civil Service Provision of Chapter 2. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FEDERAL WAY, WASHINGTON



a. Commission Appointments – Lodging Tax Advisory & Diversity Commissions

b. Proposed Settlement of Ginger Peterson v. City of Federal Way

c. Resolution – Setting the Date for a Special Election

d. Resolution – Setting the Date to Appoint the Pro/Con Committees




a. Sale or Lease of Property pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(c)



Public hearing on ‘Roads and Transit’ slated for Oct. 16

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- October 5, 2007

Public hearing on ‘Roads and Transit’ slated for Oct. 16

At a public hearing slated for Oct. 16, the Federal Way City Council invites public comment on Proposition 1, the Regional Roads and Transit System ballot measure facing voters in November.

At the hearing, representatives from Sound Transit and the Regional Transportation Investment District will speak about the three major road construction and mass transit projects affecting Federal Way. The public is encouraged to attend.

After taking public comment, the Council will consider taking a formal position on the ballot measure.

The hearing will take place during the Council’s regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 16 at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. South. (map)

Linda Farmer, APR -- Communications & Government Affairs Manager; 253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211
Iwen Wang -- Assistant City Manager/CFO; 253.835.2510

If Federal Way had a performing arts center, I’d like it to have...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- October 5, 2007

If Federal Way had a performing arts center, I’d like it to have…

If Federal Way had a performing arts center, what would it look like? How many seats would it have? Would there be one performance hall or two? Where would you put it? Should it be a green building? And, hey, don’t forget the espresso stand…

The City of Federal Way this week finalized a contract with the Chicago-based Johnson Consulting firm to look at the feasibility of building and operating a performing arts center in Federal Way.

To kick off the study, the City is holding a public meeting to solicit hopes, dreams, wants and wishes about a potential performing arts center.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Knutzen Family Theatre in the Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road (map). The event is free and refreshments will be served.

The $80,000 feasibility study also will analyze the future viability of the City-operated Dumas Bay Centre and Knutzen Family Theatre—with and without a stand-alone performing arts center in Federal Way—as well as provide business and operations plans for the facilities. The City will pay for the study with $30,000 from the Dumas Bay Centre capital budget and $50,000 from the Federal Way Arts Commission budget. Johnson Consulting provides strategic planning and direction on a variety of real estate uses such as convention centers, arenas, stadiums, fairgrounds and performing arts facilities. For more information about the company, visit

For more information about the feasibility study or about how to get involved, contact Scott Pingel, City Manager’s Office, 253.835.2403,

Linda Farmer, APR -- Communications & Government Affairs Manager, 253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211
Iwen Wang -- Assistant City Manager/CFO, 253.835.2510

Thursday, October 4, 2007

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What's News in Federal Way -- Oct. 4

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FWay should put limit on take-home cars
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (10/04) -- Federal Way is going slow when it comes to providing take-home cars for its young police department. That’s a good idea; such programs have been controversial nearly everywhere they’ve been implemented. More...

ADP Open House October 10th
GADBALL.COM (10/04) -- Please join us on October 10th for the ADP Employment Open House in Federal Way, WA! Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), with over $7 billion in revenues and approximately 570,000 clients worldwide, is one of the largest providers of a broad range of premier, mission-critical, cost-effective transaction processing and information-based business solutions. Our services include a full suite of human resource administrative services and computing solutions for auto and truck dealers and vehicle manufacturers. More...
Note: This website seems to have an incorrect address for ADP. The correct address is 3455 S 344th Way, Federal Way, WA 98001 (map)

Trio of talented Eagles help Federal Way take flight
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (10/03) -- If it seems like every week, there’s a football game with league title implications, well, it’s because there is. It will be no different again this week when Federal Way travels to French Field to take on Kentwood in a key South Puget Sound League North clash on Thursday. More...

Winners of Federal Way's 2007 Arts Alive Juried Show
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (10/02) -- For visual artists and photographers in Tacoma's neighboring King County suburb of Federal Way, there is only one show in town, the City sponsored "Arts Alive Juried Art Exhibition" which arrives annually a few weeks after the kids go back to school. More...

Baden claims $8M patent court victory
BIZJOURNALS.COM (10/03) -- Baden Sports Inc. says it's been awarded an $8.1 million judgment in a patent infringement case brought against Molten Corp. by a federal court jury in Seattle. The Federal Way-based sporting goods company sued Molten Corp. of Japan and its U.S. subsidiary, Molten USA of Reno, Nev., in U.S. District Court of Western Washington, claiming its patented basketball technology was infringed by Molten. More...

Federal Way City Council completes annual evaluation of City Manager
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM (10/03) -- On Oct. 2, the Federal Way City Council completed its annual evaluation of City Manager Neal Beets. Beets, who joined the City in August 2006, received a “meets expectations” rating. “The entire Council is confident in Neal’s performance this past year,” said Mayor Michael Park. “We are looking forward to working with Neal to further enhance the quality of life here.” More... (PDF)

Tricks 'N Treats Funfest (Oct. 26)

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Friday, October 26, 2007
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Federal Way Community Center - 876 S. 333rd St. – Federal Way (map)
Cost: $6.00
(Accompanying adults are free)


  • Play games
  • Ride the inflatable slide
  • Enter costume contests
  • Create crafts
  • Enjoy outdoor S’mores
Plenty of prizes, candy, and fun for everyone!


For more information, call 253-835-6900.
Contact: Tarra Reardon, Cultural Events and Arts Coordinator
253-835-6926, or

Minutes - Finance/Economic Development/Regional Affairs Committee (Sept. 4)

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City of Federal Way City Council
Finance/Economic Development/Regional Affairs Committee

Tuesday, September 4, 2007
5:00 p.m. / City Hall / Hylebos Conference Room


Committee Members in Attendance: Chair Faison and Member Burbidge; Member McColgan excused.
Council Members in Attendance: Kochmar (5:10 arrival), Dovey (5:45 arrival), and Mayor Park.
Staff Members in Attendance: Assistant City Manager Iwen Wang, Assistant City Manager Cary Roe, City Attorney Pat Richardson, Senior Financial Analyst Mark Turley, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Director Donna Hanson, Community Center Supervisor Doug Nelson, Recreation & Cultural Services Supervisor Mary Faber, Communication & Governmental Affairs Manager Linda Farmer and Deputy City Clerk Krystal Roe.

1. CALL TO ORDER – Chair Faison called the meeting to order at 5:03 p.m.



A. Approval of Minutes: August 7, 2007 FEDRAC Meeting - The Committee m/s/c to approve the minutes as presented.

B. Uniform Utility Tax Calculation Ordinance – Ms. Richardson presented the staff report and noted that the ordinance was brought forward based on prior direction by the Committee. Ms. Richardson stated that the changes included in the ordinance were housekeeping in nature. Specifically the language now deducts the City’s utility tax from their income computation so that utility providers do not “tax the tax” when collecting utility taxes from their customers. Furthermore, the ordinance will remedy tax collection discrepancies.

The Committee inquired about the status of delinquent collections from some providers. Staff replied that all utility companies now understand how the tax is to be collected and will pay any back taxes owed. However, staff does not plan to assess penalties on the amounts owing since utility providers could argue the collection formula was not clear.

The Committee m/s/c to approve the draft ordinance amending the City Code to decut utility taxes from the taxable revenue definition and forward to the September 19, 2007 City Council meeting for first reading (Option 1).

C. July 2007 Monthly Financial Report – Mark Turley presented the monthly financial report. The Committee discussed additional information it would like to see on the report regarding the Community Center. However, the Committee also agreed that issues specifically relating to the performance of the Community Center should be referred to the Parks, Recreation, Human Services & Public Safety Committee. Mr. Roe commented that additional reporting will be forthcoming over the next four months.

The Committee next discussed the amount of overtime used by the Police Department and asked that the issue be specifically addressed during the next budget session. Mayor Park stated it does not appear that the overtime is being managed within the budget.

Chair Faison complimented the utility tax reporting format.

Next the Committee discussed the staffing changes in Community Development and Mr. Roe’s plans to manage them. Mr. Roe replied that he has several options under consideration including utilizing one-time funding for additional employees, contracting with consultants (including a former employee), continued use of long-term consultant Janet Schull and adding an additional staff member. Mr. Roe also remarked that frank conversations about formulas for personnel backfilling and hiring will be coming to Council in the near future.
Mr. Turley noted a correction to the Sales Tax by Area (page 18); the figure was changed to $616,200 instead of $543,447.

The Committee m/s/c to approve the Monthly Financial Report as presented.

D. Vouchers – Mr. Turley presented the staff report. The Committee inquired about acquisition method used for the new vehicle purchase and why the vehicle hadn’t been purchased from a local dealer. Staff replied that vehicles are typically purchased through the state so long as the state offers the best price. However, all purchases over $20,000 go out to bid.

The Committee m/s/c to approve the vouchers as presented.

(Note: The minutes contained no E.)

F. Federal Way Community Center Performance Benchmarking and Strategic Planning - Ms. Faber updated the Committee on the status of the Community Center’s performance. The Committee discussed how some of the items removed from the budget/project may be negatively impacting the Center’s performance, such as the quality and amenities of the sound system. Ms. Faber noted that $70,000 has now been allocated to add amenities back into the Center; the audio system’s shortcomings will be remedied.

The Committee discussed the high membership and rental costs and that the City should consider subsidizing fees so that the Center is enjoyed and utilized by more citizens. Specifically, members of the Committee addressed reassessing whether the focus of the Center should be a community resource versus a business/profit venture.

Ms. Faber further mentioned that up to this point staff has been getting familiar with the building, the business plan, customer service issues, and necessary (impromptu) adjustments.

To attract more customers, Ms. Hanson announced plans to install a reader board at the Celebration Park Entrance (South 333rd) and stated staff is sending Community Center pamphlets to all tournament directors reserving fields at Celebration Park.

The Committee expressed support for additional signage but noted it will take more than one sign. Mr. Roe replied that a wall sign is under review by Community Development but will likely need to go before the Hearing Examiner for approval.

4. OTHER – Ms. Wang announced the resignation of Tho Kraus and stated Mark Turley will be representing the Finance Department at future Committee meetings until a permanent replacement is named.


6. ADJOURNMENT – Chair Faison adjourned the meeting at 5:47 PM.

Attest: Krystal Roe, Deputy City Clerk

COMMITTEE APPROVAL: Eric Faison, Committee Chair; Jeanne Burbidge, Committee Member; Dean McColgan, Committee Member

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

What's News in Federal Way -- Oct. 2, 2007

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Community Safety Bulletin (PDF)
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM -- Encouraging citizens to practice simple crime prevention tips against fraudulent scams. More... (PDF)

Review: The Reserve (formerly Heights On West Campus)
APARTMENTRATINGS.COM (9/30) -- Build onto a wooded hillside, the Reserve offers first rate apartment living. The greenery of the setting got me to take a second look, but the friendly service and respectful attitude of the staff is what really sold me. (Overall Rating: 28%) More... (Map)

Federal Way police pushing for midnight curfew
KOMOTV.COM (9/26) -- In an attempt to curb teen-related violence, police here are pushing for a curfew ordinance in the city to help drive down the crime rate. Police want to keep juveniles off the streets between midnight and 6 a.m., with some exceptions. Police say the ordinance would get the parents involved in helping prevent tragedies like the one that instantaneously changed Roxann Ditolla's life last month. More...

Controversial Curfew
KING5.COM (9/26) -- How does one weigh a juvenile's liberties versus other citizens' safety concerns? Federal Way is delicately crafting a curfew proposal for juveniles that would make it illegal to be on the streets between midnight and 6AM, with certain exceptions. More...

Rolling up the sidewalks
FEDERALWAYAN.COM (9/26) -- A new front in the city’s struggle to grow into a modern city while maintain a small-town image: a midnight curfew for minors. Undaunted by the failure of Sumner’s curfew attempt, which was struck down in 2003 as unconstitutional, Federal Way is looking to the examples of Auburn and Tacoma, which have curfews that remain in place -- largely because they have not been challenged. More...

Thursday editorials: How to draft a teen curfew
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (9/26) -- Federal Way city officials shouldn’t act like crafting a legally sufficient teen curfew ordinance is impossible. Tacoma has shown how to do it. More...

$423,000 for new police cars
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (9/30) -- The City of Federal Way is spending $423,000 to buy nine more patrol cars so officers who live in the Federal Way area can take their cars home. More...

What’s That? Perky’s (AKA Java Jive Jr.)
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (9/29) -- They all look a little different. This one has more angles. Bonney Lake has more curves. I’m just trying to be different and give people their morning joy. More... (Map)

17-year-old arrested in drive-by shooting at Federal Way park
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (9/27) -- A 17-year-old suspected of injuring two teens in a drive-by shooting in Federal Way was arrested Wednesday. Federal Way police have been searching for Christopher Hendricks since Aug. 1, when two 16-year-olds, a boy and a girl, were shot in Steel Lake Park from a passing van. One suffered serious injuries, said Federal Way police spokeswoman Stacy Flores. More...

Press release regarding the arrest of suspect Hendricks. (PDF)
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM (10/1) -- The nearly two month search for suspect Christopher D. Hendricks finally ended on Wednesday, September 26, 2007, at approximately 5:00 a.m., with his arrest in Burien by King County Sheriffs deputies. More...

Wi-Fi on your way to Work
FEDERALWAYBLOG.COM (9/29) -- Sound Transit has added wi-fi access to many of its Express Bus fleet including Federal Way’s route 577. More...

Auto shop teaches skills that pay the bills
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (9/25) -- Auto shop at Decatur High School isn't the class for students to attend if they want to goof off. District officials and automotive technology teacher Luke Thompson take their auto shop seriously. More... (Map)

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"
SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM (9/28) -- Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way begins its season with Charles Ludlam's literate two-actor spoof of Victorian Gothic fiction, monster movies, Egyptology and other cultural bric-a-brac. More... (Map)

Support Proposition 1
ALEXGARCIAINSEATTLE.BLOGSPOT.COM (9/28) -- Proposition 1 is an 18 billion dollar transit project that will add 50 miles of light rail to connect Bellevue, Redmond’s Overlake area, Mercer Island, Northgate, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood,Alderwood, the 164th Street/Ash Way area, Des Moines, Federal Way and Tacoma. More...

Longtime Scout camp can become city park
THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM (9/26) -- A Pierce County Superior Court judge has cleared the way for Federal Way to purchase the Boy Scouts’ Camp Kilworth near Dash Point and preserve it as a park. More... (Map)

Press Release: Judge rules Scouts can sell Camp Kilworth to the City of Federal Way
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM -- In a ruling late yesterday, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Thomas P. Larkin determined that the Pacific Harbors Council of the Boy Scouts of America may sell the 25-acre Scouts property known as Camp Kilworth to the City of Federal Way without violating the original intent of the William Kilworth Trust and the Florence Kilworth Trust. More... (Map)

Council approves perks for police
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (9/25) -- On Sept. 18, the Federal Way City Council unanimously approved a collective bargaining agreement between the Federal Way Police Guild and the city. More...

Oktoberfest Tasting
EXPLOITSEATTLE.COM -- Bier her, bier her, oder ich fall um! Celebrate Oktoberfest at 99 Bottles in Federal Way and try Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr german beers. More...

Helping hand for home repairs
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (9/25) -- Sagging roofs, rotting floors and leaking plumbing generally carry expensive price tags to replace, but some King County residents are eligible to obtain the repairs without any out-of-pocket costs. More... (Map)

Meet the candidates: Suzanne Smith vs. Len Englund
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (9/25) -- To educate the public before the Nov. 6 election, The Mirror is giving candidates an opportunity to answer questions regarding important issues facing the Federal Way School District. More...

‘Tip a Cop’ earns a refill for Special Olympics
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (10/2) -- Hannah Garoutte, 11, giggled as she slipped easily out of her handcuffs on Saturday and dangled them cockily in front of police officer Darius Aldridge's face. It's a good thing the arrest was just pretend. More...

Community center falls short financially
FEDWAYMIRROR.COM (10/2) -- A consultant has been hired to determine why the Federal Way Community Center, with its new equipment and wide range of amenities, is not experiencing the amount of success projected in its 2007 annual budget. More... (Map)

Local businesses, volunteers give back to Federal Way
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (10/2) -- As part of the annual United Way Day of Caring, 50 employees from WaMu and Microsoft Corporation volunteered at Multi-Service Center's Federal Way Food Bank, Friday, September 21, to help promote volunteerism and to learn first-hand the issues of poverty in the Federal Way area. More...

Gators, Eagles play to a scoreless tie
FEDERALWAYNEWS.NET (10/2) -- A scoreless tie on the scoreboard may look boring, but not Thursday's Federal Way vs. Decatur battle at Federal Way Memorial. More...

Pacific Highway South Hov Lanes Phase IV Open House
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM -- This roadway improvement project affects YOU! Please plan to come to the Open House to learn about the project and discuss your concerns with City staff. Monday, October 8, 2007 More...

Knutzen Family Theatre presents an Open House and Musical Review
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM -- In conjunction with Theatre of Puget Sound's Family Day, the Knutzen Family Theatre will hold an Open House and a Musical Revue performance which will include but is not limited to past productions of the Summer Youth Musical Theatre program. Grab your family and come on down to get your questions answered and be entertained! Saturday, Oct. 20. More... (Map)

Knutzen Family Theatre presents Cowboy Review
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM -- TJ Casey is a nationally recognized western, western-swing, singer-songwriter-poet. Saturday, October 27. More... (Map)

Knutzen Family Theatre presents THUGS: A Musical Mafiaso
CITYOFFEDERALWAY.COM -- Auditions November 5 and 10. Opening Night: Jan. 25, 2008. More... (Map)


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