Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Free tree-cycling offered January 5-9

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December 22, 2008

Jeanette Brizendine
Recycling Project Manager

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Free tree-cycling offered January 5-9

The City of Federal Way is once again offering free curbside Christmas tree recycling to all Federal Way residents during the week of Jan. 5-9, 2009. The free service is for all residents, regardless of whether or not they subscribe to yard waste or garbage collection through the City’s contracted hauler, Waste Management.

Tree-cycling applies only to residential holiday trees. Trees must meet the following criteria:
  • The base must be four inches or less in diameter
  • All hooks, ornaments, tinsel and stands must be removed
  • Trees over six feet must be cut into four foot sections
  • Trees must be set at the curb by 7 a.m. on the regular collection day
  • No artificial, flocked or fire-proofed trees (these will be collected and charged as garbage)
Free holiday tree removal is also available for multi-family complexes in Federal Way on two Fridays, Jan. 2 and 9, 2009. Property managers must contact Waste Management, 800.592.9995, to schedule service.

The City of Federal Way offers this annual program to help residents easily dispose of their holiday trees at no cost, while turning what could be a waste into a resource. Trees that might otherwise be buried in a landfill are turned into compost and returned to the environment.

Tree-cycling is funded partially through a grant from King County Solid Waste Division and in cooperation with Waste Management. For more information on Federal Way’s recycling services and options, visit


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Weyerhaeuser takes shipping line off market

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BIZJOURNALS.COM -- Weyerhaeuser Co. said it’s no longer interested in selling its shipping line.

The Federal Way timber giant (NYSE: WY) cited “weaker shipping markets and tight financing conditions for potential buyers” for taking its wholly owned Westwood Shipping Line off the market. More...

FWPD Media Release - Federal Way Police Receive Re-Accreditation Award

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Media Release

Type of Incident: Federal Way Police Receive Re-Accreditation Award

Date of Incident: December 22, 2008

Federal Way Police Receive Re-Accreditation Award

On December 6, 2008, the Federal Way Police Department, lead by Chief Brian J. Wilson, was awarded Re-Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) after appearing before the Commission in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In 1979, the Commission was created through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement organizations: the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriff’s Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum. The Commission was formed for two reasons; to develop a set of law enforcement standards and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery. Of the approximate 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, less than 3% are accredited.

The Federal Way Police Department received their initial accreditation award in 2002 and was then first reaccredited in 2005. In order to maintain their accreditation, the department must go through an on-site assessment every three years to determine if they have been in compliance of applicable standards established by the Commission. In August of this year, CALEA assessors conducted a comprehensive assessment of department practices and forwarded their findings to the Commission. On December 6, 2008, Chief Wilson and other members of the department appeared before the Commission. The Commission found the Federal Way Police Department met and/or exceeded the standards set forth by CALEA and received their second reaccreditation award.


Approved by: Commander Melanie McAllester Date & Time: 12/22/08 @ 0910 Hours

Released by: Raymond Bunk, Public Information Officer Date & Time: 12/22/08 @ 0905 Hours
Pager – 206-916-1139

Monday, December 29, 2008

Pastors seek Federal Way’s blessing to fly

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THENEWSTRIBUNE.COM -- Christian Faith Center wants to add a takeoff and landing area, called a helistop, next to its Federal Way megachurch, which would allow pastors Casey and Wendy Treat to shuttle by helicopter back and forth between Federal Way another campus in south Everett. More...

What, the Weyerhaeuser heliport* too far away? (Or can they not park the helicopter there, lest an emergency happen?) (*Page 131 of the PDF, though they used a font that doesn't render in Acrobat Professional or FoxIt PDF Reader.)

On this map, the green grass on the left is the lawn at Christian Faith Center, the brownish patch being the Weyerhaeuser Corporate Landing Area:

On this map, the green grass on the left is the lawn at Christian Faith Center, the brownish patch.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Teen pleads innocent in Federal Way park killing

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THEOLYMPIAN.COM -- A teenager has pleaded innocent to second-degree murder in a drug-related shooting in Federal Way. Seventeen-year-old Domanique Moore also pleaded innocent Tuesday to attempted first-degree murder. He remains in jail with bail set at $1 million. More...

Friday, December 26, 2008

Job Opening: Key Bank PT Teller

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CAREERBUILDER.COM -- Serving as the initial contact for new and existing clients in transacting accounts and discovering sales opportunities, you will accept and process financial transactions, help identify and resolve client servicing, develop and maintain a working knowledge of financial products and services, maintain and balance a cash drawer, ensure compliance with security and audit procedures, participate in LCA meetings, and perform some community interaction. More...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Ring in the New Year with Federal Way Pops Orchestra

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TACOMAWEEKLY.COM -- During these busy holiday times, members of the Federal Way Pops Orchestra are working rehearsals into their schedules to sound their finest for their second annual New Year’s Eve concert at The Commons-Macy’s Rotunda Dec. 31. More...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Murder victim's family sues Federal Way police

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KOMONEWS.COM -- The daughters of a murder victim have filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Federal Way Police Department alleging officers failed to protect their mother from murder. More...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Trapped residents escape Federal Way apartment fire

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MSNBC.COM -- Residents at the Crystal Pointe Apartments woke up to sirens and smoke. More...

News: Weyerhaeuser Slashes Dividend On Earnings Warning

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MONEY.CNN.COM -- Weyerhaeuser Co. said Friday it's reducing its quarterly dividend to 25 cents a share from 60 cents a share and cutting costs to counteract a business slowdown. More...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Garbage Service "Outtages"

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Check the City of Federal Way and Waste Management websites for more information about information about non-pickup and "make good" days.  (Make Good means that they don't have to just not charge you when they don't pick up your garbage for a week.)


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The City of Federal Way has instituted the CodeRED Emergency Notification System - an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications. This system allows us to telephone all or targeted areas of the City in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action to save lives and protect property.

All Federal Way businesses should register, as well as all individuals who live in Federal Way and have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone.  To register, visit the City of Federal Way website

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Citizen Survey Release

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Check out the Citizen Survey results.  Some good stuff, though some of it may be buried.  On the Executive Summary (though at 130 pages, that's not an executive summary), check out page 44 (it'll be page 46 in your PDF reader) for a simple and concise color coded chart of best areas for improvement.

And two thoughts...

(1) I'd like to see the City act upon this - they spent a lot of money on the survey, let's see some 1,2,5,10,25 year plans that address these issues.  I know some of these already exist -- though I could care less about more carpool lanes on arterials when the 70% of people drive alone, according to this survey.  But let's get them published, like Sound Transit does.  (Their yearly milestones and reporting is a great.)

(2) Who are you people who are saying that we have great shopping opportunities in Federal Way?  Last I checked, Southcenter was in Tukwilla and the Tacoma Mall was in Tacoma.   I've said it before and I'll say it again.  This city was designed by a child with OCD who had a map and four color crayons.  All the retail here, all the housing here, all the commercial over here.  Everything you want to do involves a lot of driving and our E-W arterials are underdeveloped.  And will only get worse with Wynstone and Northshore.  Not to mention that way the 5 really cuts the city in half.  And all the prime real estate on PHS that's just going to seed currently. 

Monday, November 17, 2008

Press Release: Appleton promoted to Surface Water Manager

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October 30, 2008

Ken Miller
Deputy Public Works Director
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Appleton promoted to Surface Water Manager

After serving as the City of Federal Way Development Services Manager for the last five years, Will Appleton has been promoted to Public Works Surface Water Manager.

Appleton, a Gig Harbor resident, worked as a surface water engineer for the City back in 2000.

He also has several years of private industry experience as well as time with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and as a college teaching and research assistant. He holds both a master of science and a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Purdue University.

Press Release: Play a key part in Federal Way’s cultural scene--join the arts commission

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November 14, 2008

Carol McNeilly
City Clerk

Play a key part in Federal Way’s cultural scene--join the arts commission

Art exhibits, galleries, events – Federal Way is lucky to have a robust appreciation for the arts, talented artists and an active arts commission leading the local art efforts. If you want to play a key part in our City’s cultural scene, join the Federal Way Arts Commission.

The arts commission is a nine-member volunteer board that works with City staff to develop and oversee the City’s various art programs. Members are appointed by the City Council and serve three-year terms.

The commission advises the City Council on all areas of the arts – including the fine arts, literary, performing, visual and cultural. Commissioners serve on sub-committees and assist with special projects and events. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 a.m. at the City Hall.

Commissioners must be Federal Way residents. An effort is made to make commission
appointments that balance the interests in the fine and performing arts, and preservation of cultural heritage.

Interested residents should submit an application to the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. Nov. 21.

Applications are available at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S., or For
more information, contact the City Clerk’s office, 253.835.2540.

Press Release: Part of West Campus trail tentatively closed this week for tree removal

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November 12, 2008

Steve Ikerd
Acting Parks Director
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Part of West Campus trail tentatively closed this week for tree removal

Weather permitting, the City of Federal Way Parks Department is scheduled to close a portion of the West Campus Trail on Nov. 13 in order to remove about 60 Cottonwood trees and several Alder trees that are diseased and have damaged the trail. The affected portion of the trail is from South 225th to South 320th streets. That portion of the trail will be closed approximately through December.

Cottonwood trees are not only prone to disease, they have fast growing, shallow roots and large overhead branches that cause problems both above and below the ground. Trimming costs as well as constant repair of buckling trails that present tripping hazards are straining the parks department’s budget. Earlier this year the City Council agreed to remove the most diseased and hazardous trees and to replace them with trees better suited for the soils and conditions along the trail.

The tree removal is slated for Nov. 13 – 28 and the asphalt repair will follow, lasting about a month. The cost for tree removal and asphalt repair is approximately $80,000. The City is currently soliciting bids for purchasing and planting the replacement trees.

Press Release: Federal Way welcomes Carol McNeilly as new city clerk

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October 27, 2008

Carol McNeilly
City Clerk
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Federal Way welcomes Carol McNeilly as new city clerk

Carol McNeilly joined Federal Way on Sept. 9 as City Clerk. She manages the City Council docket, City records and files, handles public disclosure requests, and much more.

McNeilly was most recently at the City of Newcastle where she worked for the past eight years as the Deputy City Clerk. She earned the designation of Certified Management Consultant and is working toward earning a Master Municipal Clerk Certification.

McNeilly’s background is actually in business and criminal justice, but she landed in the field of municipal clerking at Newcastle and was mentored by former Federal Way City Clerk Laura Hathaway. “I really enjoy clerking and I continue to learn and grow in the field,” said McNeilly.

“I’m excited to be part of the Federal Way team; everyone here has been very supportive as I learn the ins and outs of a new city.”

A Washington native, McNeilly grew up in the Ballard area. She now lives in Renton with her dog, Mia. She enjoys gardening, spending time with friends and family, and volunteer work. She has volunteered with the Life Long Aids Alliance, Progressive Animal Welfare Society, Domestic Abuse Women’s Network, the Bailey Boshay House and many other local organizations.

Press Release: Catch the holiday spirit early; register now for the annual Jingle Bell Brunch

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November 10, 2008

Leah Fraine
Cultural Events & Arts Assistant

Catch the holiday spirit early; register now for the annual Jingle Bell Brunch

The holiday season will be here before you know it. Time to register for the City’s annual Jingle Bell Brunch on Dec. 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. Bring your kids, your family and your friends to this fun celebration at the Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St.

Have brunch, take pictures with Santa, enjoy music and entertainment, create holiday crafts at Santa’s Workshop - and more. Tickets are $6 for ages 2-11 and $8 for ages 12 and up.

Seating is limited. Registration is required by Nov. 30. Call 253.835.6900 and give the ID code 20346. Or visit for more information.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Elimination of Horse Farms

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According to Vote No, changes to Department of Revenue rules mean that owning a horse farm in an unincorporated urban area (which Unincorporated Federal Way is) could become cost prohibitive in the near future.

Vote No is concerned that this will lead to more people selling to developers. And in this case, I'm going to share his concern. The last thing we need is more developers getting their hands on unincorporated land. Because we know that King Count faces a shortfall and wants to be rid of these lands. If it can't be rid of them because the citizens refuse to incorporate or join an existing incorporated city, then it may as well punish them and make life miserable (as No suggests the horse farm rule change is); but I don't see it stopping there. I also see the county doing the bare minimum in terms of support for new developments (with regards to infrastructure) and it see them doing it without any regards to long-term planning or livability. Look at Federal Way and how we're stuck with insufficient east-west channels because development was allowed to run rampant without any regard to long-term planning back when the county arguably did care.

Between that and all the cuts projected, it seems like a losing battle.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hi, mom!

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FederalWayan points out that Google Street view is now live in Federal Way. Surprisingly comprehensive, but also interesting what they skipped. Did they get lost near Weyerhauser? :)

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Short Circuit

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Circuit City today announces the closure of 155 stores, including the "Seattle Outlet" located in Federal Way.  I visited it about a year and a half ago.  I was immediately suspicious by the fact that the by the fact that the outside signage was a canvas banner.  Inside, it seemed to be mostly empty except for a few large, dated, remanufactured big screen TVs.  I never returned, but shop regularly at Best Buy.  I think also sharing a parking lot with Costco probably didn't help any.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pacific Highway S. Phase IV Upgrade Open House

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Federal Way is hosting on open house for Pac Highway Upgrades - Phase IV (between 312th. and Dash Point - map) fills in the gaps from the previous three phases (essentially 284th to Dash Point and then 312th. to 340th.).  They plan to share details on the following:

  • Roadway and Safety Improvements (Dual Left-Turn Lanes, HOV Lanes, Driveway Consolidations)
  • Pedestrian Improvements (Sidewalks, Curb & Gutter, Crosswalks, Street Lighting)
  • Landscaping Improvements (Planted Median and Planter Strips)
It's Thursday, November 6 from 4-6 pm in the City Council Chambers.  Click here to view the PDF which contains more information and Frequently Asked Questions.

As a newcomer to town, I don't know what 312th. to 340th. looked like prior to the upgrades, but I've already seen new investment in the properties bordering Pacific Highway north of Dash Point, which would seem to confirm the common thought that when a community invests in its infrastructure that it spurs new development.  Has this been the case in the past?  And if so, will the city plan further upgrades to follow for 340th. south to Milton?  Because 340th. to 348th. - now there's an area in need of a facelift.  I still maintain it should just be rezoned for auto (new) dealerships.  Get Jet Chevrolet over there so that there's one less thing to deal with when it comes time to build the proposed 5-161 interchange.

Monday, October 27, 2008


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Do not get the name. Just feels like it ought to be Wynnstone, Wyndstone, Windstone or something. I thought it was Wyndstone until today and I drive past it most mornings.

Anyhow, FWU has some more information about the project.  Map/satellite view of development area.

Update: The site I linked you to links you to the minutes of the Oct. 7 City Council meeting in a cumbersome system that doesn't let you search. I tried downloading, but it only downloaded from the page I was on (4 or 5) to the end, so the numbering is all off, but it'll be a few pages past 72.

There are 45 plots, 1-4 and 18-44 will be at least 7,200 square feet and 5-17 will be at least 5,000 square feet. As you can see from the satellite map, there are three entrances to the neighborhood, from the top of the hill on 12th., next to Saghalie on 19th. and from Campus on 10th. (There is another dead-end non-cul-de-sac on top of the hill at 10th., but apparently it will continue to dead-end at BPA.)

Plot 45 is an acre and will hold up to 16 multi-family units. There will be a homeowner's association (huzzah!) responsible for the upkeep of the mandated greens separating the public right of way from stormwater retention. Lots 19-20, 22, 25, 40-44 have to have a note detailing the multi-family units located on 13th. Court SW. (The completed cul-de-sac at the top, it would appear. Interesting... figured the multi-family would be closer to Campus.)

Looks like quite a bit of work will need to stop between Oct. 31 and March 30 to prevent run-off into Panther Lake.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Press Release: Join the Federal Way Trailblazers

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Federal Way Community Center Trailblazers meet monthly to walk and clean the BPA trail.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Press Release: City receives clean state audit, 14th year in a row

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October 17, 2008

Tho Kraus
Finance Director
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

City receives clean state audit, 14th year in a row

The City of Federal Way received a clean bill of health from the State Auditor’s office, making it the 14th consecutive City audit without any findings.

Finance Director Tho Kraus believes the clean audit is due to all City staff following the appropriate accounting policies and procedures. “This year's 14th consecutive unqualified audit opinion reflects our continuous commitment. We take great pride in accountability and in being good stewards of our taxpayer’s dollar,” shares Kraus.

The audit report, issued September 22, evaluated the City’s accountability in 11 different areas including accounting, cash receipting, investments, open public meeting laws, restricted funds – real estate excise tax, restricted funds – Proposition 1, disbursements/expenditures, payroll/personnel, conflict of interest/ethics, inter-fund transactions/balances and police financial operations/custody of evidence. The audit also includes an evaluation of internal controls and compliance with federal program requirements.

The State Auditor’s office believes the 14 consecutive years of no findings “reflects City officials’ commitment to public accountability.” The City has had a total of 17 audits since it was incorporated in 1990.

Public Notice: Public Hearing

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Federal Way City Council will conduct a Public Hearing on:

Tuesday November 4, 2008
7:00 PM
City Hall Council Chambers

As part of their Regular Meeting, the City Council will conduct a hearing to receive public input on the result of the October 14, 2008 Impact Fee Performance Audit.

DATED this 22nd day of October 2008

Carol McNeilly, CMC
City Clerk

POSTED AT CITY HALL & WEB: October 22, 2008
E-SUBSCRIBE October 22, 2008

Public Notice: Notice of Preliminary Budget Filing

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Notice of Preliminary Budget Filing
2009-2010 Biennial Budget

On October 21, 2008, a copy of the 2009/2010 Preliminary Biennial Budget was filed with the City Clerk’s Office. To obtain a copy of the 2009/2010 Preliminary Biennial Budget please contact the Clerk’s Office at 253-835-2540.

Dated this 21st day of October, 2008.
Carol McNeilly, CMC
City Clerk

Published Federal Way Mirror 10-25-2008
Posted City Hall & Webpage 10-22-2008
E-Subscribe 10-22-2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Free workshop to protect your pets during disasters

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October 15, 2008

Ray Gross, CEM
Emergency Management

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications &
Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Free workshop to protect your pets during disasters

What will happen to Fido, Felix or your other family pets during a disaster? Attend a free workshop Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to help you develop an emergency plan for your family pets.

Sponsored by the Federal Way Emergency Management office, the workshop is open to individuals, groups and families, neighborhoods and animal-related businesses and will help participants raise their capabilities to deal with animals. The workshop is geared toward small domestic pets – dogs, cats, ferrets, lizards, snakes, turtles etc. This workshop also focuses on the importance of the human-animal bond during disasters, a subject not usually recognized and included in most disaster planning efforts.

Although the local Red Cross can provide support to the human members of your family, for health and safety reasons pets are not allowed in their shelters. The animal-related emergency response services in King County can’t support all pets during a widespread emergency, so personal household preparedness is the best chance for protecting your pets.

The workshop will be facilitated by Tom Carpenter and Jim Brennan. Tom Carpenter has nearly three decades in management experience and retired from Boeing after 27 years. Jim Brennan is a longtime Boeing employee with more than 10 years in disaster response. Collectively Carpenter and Brennan have volunteered more than 1,500 hours locally in animal-related disaster planning.

Register for the free workshop by calling Ray Gross at 253.835.2712 or by e-mailing him at The workshop will be held in City Hall Council Chambers, 33325 8th Avenue South (map) in Federal Way.

Federal Way says ‘thanks a ton’ for donating 37 tons of food in September

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October 15, 2008

Tricia Schug
Community Relations Manager
Multi-Service Center
253.835.7678, ext. 104

Jack Dovey
City of Federal Way

Katie Salinas
Media Relations
Waste Management

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Gov’t. Affairs Mgr.
City of Federal Way
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Federal Way says ‘thanks a ton’ for donating 37 tons of food in September

When Federal Way Mayor Jack Dovey took this year’s Mayor’s Day of Concern and turned it into a month-long call for community food donations, he never could have imagined the literally tons of food that would be donated and the outpouring of community support.

Through food donations at local grocery stores, food drives at local organizations and a city-wide curbside pick-up, thanks to Waste Management, Federal Way residents donated 3,701 bags of food, totaling 74,020 pounds and valued at $111,030. More than $5,000 cash was also donated.

The food donations, which benefit the Multi-Service Center’s (MSC) Federal Way Food Bank, will feed 3,600 families for six weeks and is an increase of 252% from donations this time last year.

“I feel so honored to live in a city that steps up like this to help people in need,” said Linda Purlee, director, MSC Food Bank. “During these difficult economic times, when we’re seeing up to 60 new people at the food bank each week, we have been stretched to keep up with the demand. This drive has given us a significant boost in the amount of food we can distribute to people who really need it.”

The Mayor issued a food drive challenge to four “teams”: service groups/clubs, Federal Way schools, faith-based organizations, and businesses to see who could raise the most money, bring in the most food and/or donate the most volunteer hours by the end of the day on Sept. 27. The winners and the value of their donations and volunteer hours are:
  • Service Group - Youth Ecology, $1,620
  • School - Todd Beamer High School, $1,205
  • Faith-Based – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, $11,065
  • Business - EPI Realty, $1,000
These winners will each receive a shiny trophy and be recognized at the Oct. 21 City Council meeting.

The mayor also challenged individuals to donate “curbside” by putting out bagged food next to their garbage container on their regular pick-up day. Federal Way’s solid waste hauler, Waste Management, picked up 50,000 pounds of food from its 17,000 customers in the city between Sept. 22 and 26. The food, valued at $75,000 was picked up by a non-garbage truck.

"Waste Management is pleased to have partnered with the Mayor's Day of Concern and contribute our collection resources for such a worthy cause,” said Laura Moser, community relations manager for Waste Management. “We believe in the mission of the Multi-Service Center and are appreciative of the services they provide to South King County. We are thankful so many of our customers took advantage of the opportunity to support fellow community members in need of assistance."

Mayor Jack Dovey was overwhelmed by the results and proud to be part of such a generous and supportive community. “I want to personally thank everyone who helped with the food drive.

Whether you donated one can of soup or bags full of groceries, you helped make a difference in our community.”

Dovey also wants to thank everyone who participated, “A huge thank you to all our winning organizations, and especially Waste Management for volunteering their equipment and their employees to pick up donations curbside. Without their help, we wouldn’t have nearly as many donations or, more importantly, been able to feed as many local families.”

More than 20 cities throughout King County organize similar food drives each fall. Last year, Federal Way’s effort collected 6,460 pounds of food and $814 in donations.

The MSC Federal Way Food Bank serves families and individuals living within the bounds of the Federal Way School District, and is one of the largest food banks in South King County. Open three days a week, the food bank serves elderly on fixed incomes, unemployed and underemployed families, homeless individuals and immigrant families. 47% are children. The food bank is operated by the Multi-Service Center, an independent, nonprofit organization based in Federal Way that offers comprehensive services to help people become more self-sufficient.

To learn more about MSC, visit

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mass Transit Now

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Press Release: Calling all Halloween witches, ghosts and goblins

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October 2, 2008

Leah Fraine
Cultural Events & Arts Activities Assistant

Calling all Halloween witches, ghosts and goblins

Hey kids! Want to have a “spooktacular” good time? A party is brewing and you’re invited!

If you’re between the ages of 2 and 12, put on your cute, crazy or creepy costume and come to the Tricks ‘n Treats Funfest from 6 to 8:30 pm on Oct. 24 at the Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd Street (map), Federal Way.

Play Halloween carnival games, ride the inflatable slide, win a costume contest, get crafty, or tell scary stories while you eat outdoor s’mores. Lots of prizes, candy and frightfully good fun for all. Join us if you dare! And don’t forget to wear your costume!

Pre-registration: $6 per child, or $8 at the door. Children under the age of 2 are free if accompanied by an adult. For more information or to register, call 253.835.6900, or visit:

The annual Tricks ‘n Treats Funfest is hosted by the Federal Way Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department.

Press Release: Recycling event participation and accepted items continue to grow

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October 13, 2008

Jeanette Brizendine
Recycling Project Manager

Linda Farmer, APR Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Recycling event participation and accepted items continue to grow

On September 27, a record number of vehicles, 1,282 to be exact, attended the City’s semiannual recycling event. Vehicles loaded with recyclable items lined up at the Twin Lakes Park and Ride to drop off over 85 tons of recyclable materials.

A variety of recyclable items were brought to the event; appliances, scrap metal, clean wood, bulky yard debris, electronics, fluorescent tubes, tires, oil, gas, batteries, reusable household goods, rigid plastic, holiday lights and packing materials. New this event were rigid plastic and packing peanuts. Rigid plastic items are self-supporting and sturdy, such as nursery pots, trays, baskets, buckets, blister packs, clam shells and children’s toys.

“We were pleased to accept rigid plastic at the recycling event and even more pleased with the response.” said Jeanette Brizendine, event organizer and Recycling Project Manager for the City of Federal Way. “We collected 2,398 pounds of rigid plastics and received praise from many residents who do not have another recycling option for it.”

This may be the last event where televisions, monitors and computers will be accepted at the recycling event. A new Washington state law provides free and convenient electronics recycling starting in 2009. For more details, visit

The event is sponsored by the City using grants from the Washington State Department of Ecology and the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.

The next recycling event will be held in the spring at the Twin Lakes Park & Ride. An exact date will be determined in December. Residents are encouraged to visit King County’s "What do I do with…?" website ( for businesses and organizations that accept items for reuse, recycling or proper disposal.

Press Release: Bruce Lee art exhibit on display at Dumas Bay through January 7

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September 29, 2008

Mary Faber
Parks Superintendent

Bruce Lee art exhibit on display at Dumas Bay through January 7

As artist, teacher, volunteer and City of Federal Way Arts Commissioner, Bruce Lee’s passion for art is evident in all that he does. Lee’s collection of water color, acrylic and pastel paintings will be on display at the Dumas Bay Centre Oct. 9, 2008, through Jan. 7, 2009.

Lee has lived in Federal Way for 32 years and has been on the arts commission for the last two years. This exhibit is his first official art show.

Lee has always been interested in the arts, but it wasn’t until an early retirement from the airline industry that Lee had the opportunity to really pursue it. After years of doing very detailed ink drawings he took his first watercolor class in 2001 through the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. It was in this class that Lee realized he needed to “loosen up a bit” when it came to his art and he found that he really loved working with watercolors.

He now teaches the same City watercolor class that hooked him in the beginning, along with also teaching a watercolor class for Village Green Retirement Campus. At the City’s Fourth of July celebration, Lee volunteers in the Arts Commission booth teaching children how to paint with watercolors.

Lee paints a variety of scenes – sometimes landscapes, sometimes free form and often times, scenes from his dreams. He doesn’t like too much detail and enjoys painting that is a bit on the surreal side.

Lee is exhibiting at the Knutzen Family Theatre, located in the City-run Dumas Bay Centre, 3200 S.W. Dash Point Rd. (map) Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and whenever a show is running at the theater.

The Federal Way Arts Commission is a 12-member group that advises the City Council on all areas of the arts, including the fine arts, literary, performing, visual and cultural. The commission also oversees two public art galleries (City Hall and Dumas Bay Centre), and juries new shows there quarterly.

Slow News Day: Taser Edition (Video)

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Random YouTube find... Members of the Federal Way Mirror staff being tasered by Federal Way Police officers.  Does the intern's strong showing suggest he's more used to pain and abuse than the editor?  Kidding!  :)

Intern (Joshua Lynch)

Reporter (Jacinda Howard)

Editor (Andy Hobbs)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Millions available for public-private partnerships in Federal Way's downtown core: Project request deadline extended to Oct. 17

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October 1, 2008

Patrick Doherty
Economic Development Director

Millions available for public-private partnerships in Federal Way’s downtown core: Project request deadline extended to Oct. 17

The City of Federal Way has again extended the deadline for a Request for Concepts for redevelopment projects in its City Center. The new deadline is Oct. 17.

Projects that include public components such as right-of-way improvements, public plazas and open space, bike or pedestrian trails and public parking could be eligible for City funding through its Local Infrastructure Financing Tool (LIFT) matching-fund award received from the State last September. The City may have up to $30 million in incremental tax revenues that will be generated within the City Center over the next 25 years through LIFT.

Comprising 414 acres, Federal Way’s City Center is bound by South. 312th Street on the north, Interstate 5 on the east, South 324th Street on the south, and the Pacific Highway South corridor on the west. The area features 2.7 million square feet of existing retail space (much of it large format), more than 650 hotel rooms, 225,000 square feet of office and 890 multifamily residential units.

While Federal Way’s downtown has seen some investment in retail and commercial projects, it has not seen the same influx of urban mixed-use developments containing a denser mix of commercial uses, together with urban housing and/or employment centers as other similar communities in the Northwest.

Federal Way leaders are pursuing a completely transformed downtown: one that is a highly urbanized, mixed-use center with a concentration of commercial uses, employment centers, housing units, civic uses, and gathering spaces that support public transportation, pedestrian activity and a sense of place.

Redevelopment concepts should serve as catalysts within this urban center and be designed to bring an active and vital mix of uses to the area in a pedestrian-friendly, transit-supportive format. Projects should also help to induce public and private investment and economic activity, effectively building off the strengths of the surrounding area and connecting to adjacent neighborhoods.

The RFC applies across the majority of the City Center. Respondents are encouraged to identify those sites that appear to be the most ready for redevelopment and offer corresponding concepts. The RFC is available For more information, contact Patrick Doherty, Economic Development Director, 253.835.2612 or

Public invited to Nov. 12 open house on City Center Access Project

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October 1, 2008

Maryanne Zukowski, P.E.
Project Manager

Ken Miller
Deputy Public Works Director

Public invited to Nov. 12 open house on City Center Access Project

The public is invited to the second open house on the City Center Access Project from 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2008, at the Macy’s courtyard at The Commons at Federal Way, 1928 South Commons Way (near the I-5 interchange and south of S 320th Street). Korean and Spanish interpreters will be available along with materials translated into those languages.

The City of Federal Way, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, and a team of consultants are inviting the public to drop in, receive information and ask questions about the City Center Access Project. Staff will take public comments, answer questions and listen to concerns.

The City Center Access Project is designed to relieve traffic safety concerns and congestion at the I-5 and S 320th Street interchange. Currently the City Center Access Project is in “Phase 2 Environmental Assessment.” During this phase, a preferred alternative will be selected to improve existing and future traffic circulation, reduce the number and severity of accidents in the city’s transportation network related to the I-5 and S 320th Street interchange, while trying to avoid or mitigate potential environmental impacts.

Three alternatives are being evaluated. Primary features include:
  • Alternative 1, North City Center Access -- Modify freeway ramps from S 320th Street to S 312th Street
  • Alternative 2, South City Center Access -- Modify freeway ramps from S 320th Street to S 324th Street
  • Alternative 3, No-build.
Items on display at the open house include:
  • Preliminary design drawings, informational boards and animated new technology design visualization presentations of the alternatives
  • Environmental findings
  • Traffic simulations for existing conditions and for conditions forecasted to the year 2035.
  • Other traffic information including existing collision summaries, existing traffic volumes and Level of Service results as well as volumes and Level of Service results forecasted to the year 2035.
  • Project schedule and next steps.
This project is identified in the City’s 6-year Transportation Improvement Plan and its 20-year Capital Improvement Plan. The project is driven by the City’s plans to expand and widen the S 320th S interchange over I-5 and other local infrastructure improvement needs in those plans.

For more information in English, visit and click on the City Center Access Project link, or contact Maryanne Zukowski, P.E., 253.835.2707 or For information in Korean, call 253.835.2605. For Spanish, call 253.835.2606. For Russian, call 253.835.2612. Persons with disabilities may request this information in alternate formats by calling 253.835.2730. For TTY, call Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service at 711 and ask to be connected to 253.835.2730.

City of Federal Way Title VI Policy Statement
The City of Federal Way assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and as amended, and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (P.L. 100.259) be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance from the Washington State Department of Transportation. The City of Federal Way further assures every effort will be made to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether those programs or activities are federally funded or not.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Auditions Oct. 13-14 for Next Community Theatre Production

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Auditions for the comedy "I Hate Hamlet"

Knutzen Family Theatre is holding auditions for its next community theatre production of the comedy "I Hate Hamlet".

Auditions will be Mon., Oct. 13th, 7-10 p.m. and Tues., Oct. 14th, 7-10 p.m.

Please prepare a 1-2 minute comedic monologue to present at the audition.

Performances: January 23 - February 1
Please call 253-835-2020 to sign up for an audition appointment. (This production has a family rating of PG-13)

City names new Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer

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September 8, 2008

Neal Beets
City Manager
Linda Farmer, APR Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

City names new Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer

The City of Federal Way is proud to introduce Bryant Enge as its new Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer effective Sept. 22.

Enge currently serves as the Director of Resource Management for the City of Seattle’s Department of Transportation. Enge, who has held this position for three years, oversees a staff of 70, a budget of $205 million and is responsible for the department’s finance, accounting and information technology systems as well as field and facilities services and administrative support.

Previously, Enge was Director of Finance for the Office of Transportation at the City of Portland, Ore. He was also Director of Administration/CFO for the Metropolitan Exposition Recreation Commission in Portland. Enge has experience as a facilities manager for the City of Portland and had a hand in the development of the Rose Garden Arena in addition to managing and developing a number of other major public facilities in Portland.

Enge, 49, hails from Berkeley, Calif. He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting and mathematics from Oregon State University and a master of business administration in finance from the University of Oregon. Enge is also active in the Government Finance Officers Association. He and his wife, Agnes, live in Bothell with their three children. They will relocate to Federal Way.

On the personal side, Enge has been active with the Girl Scouts of America (Columbia River Council), coached a number of youth sports, umpires for the North Bothell Little League, and currently serves on the board of the Bothell Cougar Junior Football Association.

"We like the depth of Bryant’s experience," said City Manager Neal Beets. "He brings a great set of skills and a passion for the work that we can immediately tap into. We are looking forward to him continuing the strong financial tradition that’s been in place since Federal Way’s incorporation, and we’re also anxious to see him dive right in on our economic development projects and get involved with our facilities and transportation programs."

Of his appointment, Enge said, "Federal Way is a vibrant, progressive and growing city strategically located in the Puget Sound area. I am thrilled to be part of the community of citizens, businesses and organizations committed to making Federal Way a great place to live and work."

Agenda: Federal Way City Council Regular Meeting (10/07/2008)

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Council Chambers - City Hall
October 7, 2008




  •  Proclamation: DECA week October 3-10 at Decatur High School
  •  Proclamation: Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  •  Proclamation: Arts and Humanities Month
  •  Presentation of Arts Alive Juried Exhibition Award Winners- Juror’s Choice and Commission’s Choice
  • Certificates: Seventh-day Adventists- Education and Community Services 
  • City Manager Emerging Issues 
    • Municipal Code Update
    • Introduction of New Employees
Citizens may 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 (3) 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 in their entirety 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.  Meeting Minutes – September 16, 2008
b.  Vouchers  (FEDRAC September 23, 2008)
c.  Monthly Financial Report (FEDRAC September 23, 2008)
d.  Wynstone Final Plat  (LUTC September 22, 2008)
e.  2009 Street Sweeping Services – Authorization to Bid  (LUTC September 22, 2008)
f.  West Hylebos Cooperative Agreement (LUTC September 22, 2008) 
g.  Steel Lake Maintenance Yard Paving – Final Approval and Retainage Release (LUTC September 22, 2008)
h.  Fall 2008 Tourism Enhancement Grant Applications (FEDRAC September 23, 2008)
i.  BPA Trail at SW 356th Street Pedestrian Crossing (LUTC September 22, 2008)

a.  Commission Appointment – Youth Commission
b.  Commission Appointment – Ethics Board 
c.  Commission Appointment – Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

a.  Portable signs in the Public Right of Way
An Ordinance of the City of Federal Way, Washington amending Federal Way City Code (FWCC) Chapter 22, Article XVIII, “Sign,” related to portable signs in the public right-of-way (Amending Ordinance No’s. 90-43, 91-113, 92-135, 92-144, 95-235, 96-270, 97-307, 99-342, 99-348, 99357, 01-398, 05-504, 06-523)

b.  Establish a Traffic Safety Fund
An Ordinance of the City Of Federal Way, Washington providing for the establishment of a traffic safety
fund, defining its purpose and revenue sources; and specifying the funds administrator to the be City
Manager or his designee.



a.  Collective Bargaining pursuant to RCW 42.30.140(4)(b)
b.  Potential litigation pursuant to RCW 42.30.110.(l)(i)



In an effort to “Think Green”  2,904 sheets of paper were saved by eliminating duplicate copies of supporting documents for Consent Agenda Items!

Did you attend this meeting?  Please post your comments below!

Press Release: Sign ups open for fall pre-school session at Community Center

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September 24, 2008

Gaylynn Smith
Community Recreation Assistant

Sign ups open for fall pre-school session at Community Center

The Federal Way Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department still has space available for Autumn preschool classes. Classes cover a wide range of activities including pre-reading skills, movement education, songs, crafts, games, circle time and, of course, the ever popular snack. Children must be potty trained for some of the classes. Ages range between 2 and 5 depending on the class.

Fees range between $50 to $145 per child depending on the class. Start dates vary, but all begin next month. The session is five weeks and all classes are held at the new Federal Way Community Center, 876 South 333rd St. For complete class descriptions or to sign up, visit or call 253.835.6900. In-person registration is also accepted. Please sign up at least one week in advance of the class start date. Visa and MasterCard accepted.

Class descriptions and other information:

Once Upon A Time. Favorite stories will come to life through hands-on pre-reading activities. Each class will be filled with learning activities that center around language, art, science, sensory, music and movement.
  • Thursdays from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 10/2/08- 10/30/08
  • $66 for 5 weeks, ages 3 - 5
Alphabet Express. This exciting play time will focus on arts and crafts projects, and places a strong emphasis on getting connected with other parents and preschoolers. Discover how much fun the alphabet can be. Experience songs, crafts and games centered around a different letter each day.
  • Fridays from 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. 10/3/08-10/31/08
  • $50 for 5 weeks, ages 2 - 4
Let’s Get Started. Let’s get started is designed for children to have their very first preschool experience without mom or dad. Children will be introduced to beginning letter sounds and numbers. There is time for activity, circle time and a snack, too. Tons of fun and the opportunity to make a new friend or two. Children must be potty trained.
  • Mondays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 10/13/08 - 11/10/08
  • $50 for 5 weeks, ages 3 -5
The Whole Child. This program will provide your child with a foundation of personal and academic excellence, and create opportunities for him or her to develop cognitively socially, emotionally and physically. Your child’s imagination will be ignited. Bring a lunch, drink and coat to class every day.
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 10/13/08 - 11/14/08
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday $145 for 5 weeks, ages 3-5
  • Tuesday, Thursday from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. 10/14/08-11/13/08
  • Tuesday, Thursday $96 for 5 weeks, ages 3-5
Discovery Kids. A discovery kid incorporates a variety of developmentally appropriate activities while giving children hands-on opportunities to learn, gain confidence and socialize. Each month there is a different theme that activities revolve around. We incorporate science, math, creative arts, music and movement, language activities and dramatic play into our everyday program.

  • Wednesday, Friday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 10/15/08 - 11/14/08
  • Wednesday, Friday $133 for 5 weeks, ages 3-5
  • Tuesday, Thursday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 10/14/08-11/13/08
  • Tuesday, Thursday $133 for 5 weeks, ages 3-5

Friday, October 3, 2008


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Retaining Wall (303)

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TP submits photos from the 33xxx block of Military Road S.  This is on a concrete retaining wall inside a fenced area surrounding a run-off pond outside the Northlake neighborhood.  (Map)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Citizen survey available online September 29-October 17

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September 25, 2008

 Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Citizen survey available online September 29-October 17

The City of Federal Way’s first-ever citizen survey will be available via the Web Sept. 29 through Oct. 17. You need not be a Federal Way resident to take the survey, but most questions are designed with residential services and experiences in mind. Set aside about 20 minutes and tell the City what’s working and what isn’t. Find the survey at

The online questionnaire is part of a larger effort by the City to conduct a scientifically valid survey of its citizens. Earlier this summer, the City’s contractor on the project, the National Research Center out of Boulder, Colo., randomly sampled 3,000 Federal Way households by mail and another 400 households by phone. Once the online portion of the survey is completed, NRC will combine the results and present a report to the City Council later this fall.

Satisfaction with City services, public transportation, diversity, sense of community, rate of growth, quality of life issues and more are all up for comment. The City will use the results to improve services and drive its yearly strategic planning and budget processes. The results will be compiled and presented to the City this fall.

  • Hardcopy surveys mailed: Aug. 4-15
  • Telephone calls conducted: Sept. 2-16
  • Web survey open: Sept. 29-Oct. 17

For more information contact Linda Farmer, Communications and Government Affairs Manager, 253.835.2411, or

Successful Schools: Families Matter -- Federal Way (Video)

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YOUTUBE.COM -- The Federal Way School District near Seattle was looking for ways to get more middle school students to meet academic standards. It reached out to the community for help. Together, the district and community leaders developed the Heritage Leadership Camp for male students to promote leadership and academic excellence. (This is one of three segments from the DVD, "Successful Schools: Families Matter," produced by the Center for the Improvement of Student Learning at OSPI in Washington State. Learn more at

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Don't Save Northeast Tacoma

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Ah, NE Tacoma... Southwest Federal Way on the wrong side of a really odd county line.  The place where the power stays when we have sustained winds higher than 5 miles per hour.  I made the mistake again today of driving home from work on Campus, Etc.*   It was mostly an ok drive until it got down to one lane after Kindercare.  (The one next to the pizza place, not the one next to Starbucks.)  Then it was a slow crawl over the hill stop and go at 5 MPH.  Painful.  Bitterly, I wished they would just plop all those houses on the golf course.  Because then maybe Federal Way would have to do something about the (in my opinion) insufficient East-West corridors that suffer from insufficent capacity.  At least make 340th. two lanes all the way to North Shore.  Later on Northshore it does become two lanes again.  (Although wishful thinking would run an elevated 18 all the way to Northshore with local access underneath.)

*What do people call this street?  Because Slayden/51st/Cheney/12th/340/336/Campus/348/18(Auburn-Echo Lake Cut-off)/Snoqualmie is a bit much.

Town Center

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HugeAssCity has a long piece about Town Centers.  Symphony gets mentioned, but it's kind of a yawner compared to some of the other local town centers.  I do hope Symphony can get restarted though, it really would offer the promise of a cornerstone a much grander future for Federal Way.  I think we blew it up tucking our local government offices and community center off in a dusty corner, and we haven't yet convinced KCLS to put a library over where we hope to eventually have a downtown, but some of that can eventually be rectified.  Maybe put the performing arts center over there, maybe eventually move the governmental presence, get a library, get the light rail, etc., etc.  Still a big chance for future potential.

Federal Way Job Openings - Sept. 23, 2008

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Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services

  • Aquatics Instructor/Federal Way Community Center - Temporary, Part Time - $10.25 - $12.25/hour DOE (When filled)
  • Building Supervisor - Federal Way Community Center - Temporary, Part Time - $8.50-$10.50/hr DOQ (Open until filled)
  • Climbing Wall Attendant - Temporary, Part Time - $9.00-$10.00/hour (When Filled)
  • Custodian - Part-time, Community Center - Temporary, Part Time - $8.50 - $10.50/hr (When filled)
  • Fitness Instructor- Pilates/Yoga - Temporary, Part Time - $20.00/HR doq (When filled)
  • Instructor - Cycling/Step/Kickboxing/Weight Lift - Temporary, Part Time - $15.00 - $25.00/hour DOQ (When Filled)
  • Instructors-Dog Obedience/Foreign Language/Cooking - Temporary, Part Time - $15.00-$25.00/HR DOE (When Filled)
  • Lifeguard/Federal Way Community Center - Temporary, Part Time - $9.25 – $11.25/hour DOE (When filled)
  • Office Technician 2 - Regular, Full Time - $2,748 - $3,480 DOQ (09/26/2008)
  • Weight Room Attendant - Temporary, Part Time - $9.00 - $12.00/hour DOQ (When Filled)
Police Department
  • Police Officer - Lateral - Regular, Full Time - $4,236-$5,684/month* DOQ (11/15/2008)
Public Works
  • Director, Public Works - Regular, Full Time - $10,000/MO DOE (Until Filled)
  • Senior Traffic Engineer - Regular, Full Time - $5,624 - $7,122/mo DOQ (When filled)
See the city website for more details on how to apply for any of these positions.  (Indicates how long position will remain open.)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Federal Way On Hold

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My wife recently signed up for a class offered by the city.  It took a couple of calls to get all the details ironed out.  Every time after getting off the phone, she'd tell me "You have to call the city and listen to the hold music."

Well, here it is. (Clicking link will immediately download/open the M3U (mp3) file.)

I know that someone worked hard on this.  And I know they're a police officer here in Federal Way.  And I know that one or more of our city's police officers read this blog so I'm hesitant to really say much about it.

So I'll leave it up to the readers to submit their thoughts below.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Press Release: Campaign to attract new businesses to Federal Way launches Sept. 1

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August 27, 2008

Patrick Doherty
Economic Development Director
253.835.2612 or 206.854.4300

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications/Gov. Affairs Mgr.
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Campaign to attract new businesses to Federal Way launches Sept. 1

A campaign to attract new businesses to Federal Way, whether by relocation, expansion or establishment of satellite offices in the city, will launch Sept. 1, Labor Day.

The campaign "Federal Way: For Businesses on the Move" will include direct mail, ads and a short video in addition to other services, such as city tours and a resource center with an up-todate database of available office buildings and facilities.

The campaign is funded through a public-private partnership that involves the City's Economic Development Office, the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, and local building owners and leasing agents.

Federal Way is banking on its strategic location on I-5 between Seattle and Tacoma as well as its proximity to the state’s capitol and to major air and sea ports. The Businesses on the Move campaign will target companies that are looking for affordable rents, modern office buildings in wooded campus settings, favorable tax rates and a readily available work force.

"Launching this business campaign on Labor Day was a conscious choice," said Patrick Doherty, Federal Way's economic development director. “Our city has a lot to offer both executives and employees, and we think companies that are feeling the pinch of rising rents elsewhere should take a fresh look at Federal Way."

In addition to its central Puget Sound location, the city also offers:

Affordable, available office space. Currently, Federal Way has about 500,000 square feet of vacant office space, averaging $20/sq. ft. or less. This compares with office space in Seattle and Bellevue that averages $35/sq. ft., and about $25/sq. ft. in Tacoma. The recently announced layoffs at Weyerhaeuser headquarters may make additional office space available in future months.

"In addition to attractive leasing rates, Federal Way executives value the city's access to Sea-Tac International Airport and there are many hotels available to their customers," said Mark Clirehugh, senior vice president, GVA Kidder Matthews/Tacoma. "The city is viable as both a commercial market and a residential one, which you don't see everywhere in Puget Sound."

Companies that draw a large percentage of their employees from the South Sound would be prime candidates for opening a satellite office or branch in Federal Way. Companies can save money on rent, and employees get a shorter commute which can affect productivity over time.

Modern office buildings in park-like campus settings. The City’s forested settings might surprise those who aren’t familiar with areas outside its main shopping districts. Most of Federal Way's available office space is attractively sited among lush stands of deciduous and evergreen trees. Modern class A buildings with generous banks of windows optimize both natural light and views of the scenery. Convenient, free parking abounds.

Favorable tax environment. With no business-and-occupation (B&O) tax or employee head tax as well as competitively low property taxes, the cost of doing business in Federal Way is one of the lowest in the region.

Readily available work force. Although the city is home to more than 55,000 residents of working age, only about two-thirds of those are employed in town, leaving a built-in pool of skilled workers who would be interested in new jobs in their home town. What’s more, the recent Weyerhaeuser lay-offs mean that hundreds of skilled workers living in and near Federal Way are an additional source of experienced employees for new businesses.

Affordable housing, great recreational activities. Federal Way, the state’s eighth largest city with a population of 88,040, offers affordable housing and was recently listed as an "up-andcoming" neighborhood in the May issue of Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. With more than five miles of Puget Sound shoreline and more than 825 acres of parkland, the city offers a variety of recreational opportunities, from hiking and biking to fishing and walking the beach.

For more information on Federal Way’s Businesses on the Move campaign, contact Patrick Doherty, 253.835.2612 or Additional information can be found at starting Sept. 1.
View the original press release (PDF).

Monday, August 25, 2008

Press Release: City hosts weapons of mass destruction presentation Sept. 25

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August 25, 2008

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Ray Gross, CEM
Emergency Management Coordinator

City hosts weapons of mass destruction presentation Sept. 25

The City of Federal Way will host part 1 of a weapons of mass destruction presentation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 25 at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave S., in the City Council Chambers. The presentation consists of two instructional videos and a question and answer period with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Authorized WMD trainer.

Topics include:
  • Categories of biological and chemical weapons
  • Symptoms of exposure
  • Key indicators of a weapon release
  • Self-protective measures
The presentation is free but registration is required. There is a 10-person minimum for the class to be held. To register or for additional information, contact Ray Gross, Emergency Management Coordinator, 253.835.2712 or

View the original press release (PDF)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Public Notice: Street Vacation CORRECTION

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Street Vacation Notice
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN for the following Federal Way City Council Public Hearing to be held:
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
7:00 PM
City Hall Council Chambers
33325 Eighth Avenue South, Federal Way, Washington

PUBLIC HEARING (to be held during the regularly-scheduled meeting):

To consider approval to vacate a portion of 35th Avenue S South 320th Street. A staff report prepared by the Public Works Department pursuant to Federal Way City Code Section 13-101 will be available for review at the Office of the City Clerk beginning ten days before the date of the hearing stated in this notice. For additional information, please contact John Mulkey, Street Systems Project Engineer, 253-835-2722.

During the public hearing, the City Council will take testimony from City staff, affected property owners and other interested citizens. Any person may submit written comments prior to the hearing, present them to the City Council during the hearing, and/or may appear at the public hearing to give oral testimony.

DATED this 20th day of August 2008
Krystal Roe
Deputy City Clerk

POSTED AT CITY HALL & WEB: August 20, 2008
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Press Release: Steel Lake Park ‘going to the dogs’ on September 13

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August 15, 2008

Leah Fraine
Recreation Intern
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department

Steel Lake Park ‘going to the dogs’ on September 13

It’s time for the annual K-9 Karnival – that wacky annual event where pets and their people can show off, win contests and have fun. It all starts at noon on Sept. 13 and concludes after the Silly Dog Show at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Your pooch can participate in a bone hunt, a radar run, bobbing for balls, and the popular “lap it up” ice cream eating contest. Or win a prize for being the best dressed, having the happiest wag, being the most talkative, doing the best trick, being a good kisser, being best in show or looking most like you.

For those with two legs, there will be lots of vendor booths, fun food to eat, and plenty of dog-watching.

Admission is $7 for the first dog and $5 for each additional dog. All dogs must be leashed.

This is the 7th annual event presented by the Federal Way Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. Sponsors include: Janice’s Critter Care, Sacajawea Healthcare for Pets, Hillrose Pet Resort, Biscuits, Crestwood Animal Hospital, Paws & Claws Pet Salon, Allstar Canine Solutions, McMonigle Veterinary Hospital, animal Critical Care & Emergency Services, Simply Paws, Adorn Your Dog/Positive Approach Learning, Tails & No Tails, and The Doggy Tail’R.

Steel Lake Park is located at 2410 S. 312th St. in Federal Way. Parking is free.

Information at 253.835.6900 or
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Agenda: City Council Finance/Economic Development/Regional Affairs Committee (08/26/08)

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City Council
Finance/Economic Development/Regional Affairs Committee

Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 5:30 p.m.
City Hall - Hylebos Conference Room




3. COMMITTEE BUSINESS -- Topic Title/Description (Presenter; Page #; Action or Info)

     A. Approval of Minutes: July 22, 2008 Meeting (K. Roe; 2; Action)
     B. Washington Auto Theft Prevention Grant Program (S. Neal; 5; Action)
     C. 2008-2009 FlexPass for City Hall Employees (Long; 22; Action)
     D. City Sponsorship Policy (McDougal; 25; Action)
     E. Monthly Financial Report (Kraus; 31; Action)
     F. Vouchers (Kraus; 42; Action)


     A. Review of Sound Transit TOD Project Permits –
     follow up discussion from June 24 & July 22, 2008 meetings.
     (Walls; 98; Info)


6. NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 5:30 p.m.

Mike Park, Chair
Dini Duclos
Eric Faison

Krystal Roe, Deputy City Clerk

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Press Release: City adds plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits to its online system

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August 21, 2008

Kari Cimmer
Permit Counter Supervisor

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

City adds plumbing, electrical and mechanical permits to its online system

You can now apply for single- and multi-family electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits online. The City of Federal Way added this option to its e-permit system which already allows you to locate a business, check out a contractor, get permit status, or request an inspection. Visit
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