Thursday, June 19, 2008

New Art Exhibit at City Hall

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Press release from the city (PDF)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

New Online City Citation Payment System

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New on the city website... "Online Court (Citation) Payment System" powered by OfficialPayments.com, the company who does a lot of advertising around the tax season trying to convince/confuse you into using their system for paying your taxes.

While the system says Court (Citation), when you get to the site, it immediately brands your payment as "Parking/Moving Citation." The system accepts payments up to $230 and adds a $3.65 "convenience fee."

You start by entering the amount you want to pay, then you agree to their legal disclaimer and then you fill out a lot of information.

At the end of the day, OfficialPayments.com doesn't offer anything special for online citation payment over, say, Amazon.com or PayPal or Google Checkout. There's no connection to any official city database (as far as I can tell - I didn't have any citation to pay) and no sort of error or fact-checking (again, as far as I can tell) to make sure you've entered a legitimate citation number and paid an amount that matches the amount on the ticket.

Sadly, I have experience with Los Angeles' system. Can't remember if it was sheriff or police, but their system is much more straight-forward and easy to use. You start by entering your citation. It returns the amount and asks you a few simple questions to verify you are indeed paying your own citation and not someone else's. You enter your credit card information, and in the end, you're reassured that your payment is correctly applied to your citation.

I'm not convinced OfficialPayment's offering on the City of Federal Way website offers that same kind of closed-loop reassurance. If I'm wrong, please post a comment below.

The system accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard and VISA and OfficialPayments does offer customer service via a toll-free number 12-1/2 hours every weekday.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

New City Online Permit System

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City adds new online permitting system, powered by CSDC Systems.

After someone's had a chance to use the system, can you come back and add comments to this post letting everyone know how it worked for you?

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Current Job Openings with the City of Federal Way

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Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services

  • Aquatics Instructor/Federal Way Community Center
  • Beach Lifeguard - Steel Lake Beach
  • Beach Lifeguard II - Steel Lake Beach
  • Beach Supervisor - Steel Lake Beach
  • Building Supervisor - Federal Way Community Center
  • Climbing Wall Attendant
  • Community Recreation Intern (2)
  • Custodian - Community Center
  • Fitness Instructor - Pilates/Yoga
  • Inclusive Recreation Supervisor - Trip Leader
  • Instructor - Cycling/Step/Kickboxing/Weight Lift
  • Instructors-Dog Obedience/Foreign Language/Cooking
  • Lifeguard/Federal Way Community Center
  • Seasonal Parks Maintenance Worker
  • Weight Room Attendant
Police Department
  • Police Officer - Lateral
Public Works
  • Public Works Director
  • Senior Engineering Plans Reviewer
  • Surface Water Maintenance Worker 1
  • Surface Water Management Engineering Technician
  • Surface Water Manager
Go to their website for specific details.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Kudos to FW Schools

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There's always some debates in churches about whether to send students to private school or public school. Christian parents say that they don't want their children exposed to a perceived liberal bias amongst public schools. Others in the church argue that they cannot be witness by their life if they are sequestered to live a life amongst only those who think as they do.

Usually the worse the school or school district, the louder the debate as more and more parents seek to enroll their children into private schools.

This morning in church they recognized the graduating High School Seniors and there was probably 15 or so of them in our little church and only one had attended a private Christian school, the rest attended local public High Schools, all but two of them right here in Federal Way.

I think that should speak volumes about the quality of Federal Way Schools... they are delivering a quality education in an environment that Christian parents feel safe allowing their kids to be a part of.

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