Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 27, 2008

MEDIA CONTACTS
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 bizonthemove@cityoffederalway.com. Additional information can be found at www.cityoffederalway.com/bizonthemove starting Sept. 1.
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Monday, August 25, 2008

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2008

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

Ray Gross, CEM
Emergency Management Coordinator
253.835.2712

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 ray.gross@cityoffederalway.com
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Public Notice: Street Vacation CORRECTION

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Street Vacation Notice
PUBLIC NOTICE
* * * *
FEDERAL WAY CITY COUNCIL
PUBLIC HEARING
CORRECTION
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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
NEWSPAPERS NOTIFIED BY E-SUBSCRIBE: August 20, 2008
CIRCULATED TO COUNCIL & STAFF: August 20, 2008
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Press Release: Steel Lake Park ‘going to the dogs’ on September 13

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT
Leah Fraine
Recreation Intern
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department
253.835.2929

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 www.cityoffederalway.com.
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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

AGENDA

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. PUBLIC COMMENT

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)

4. OTHER

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

5. FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

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

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Mike Park, Chair
Dini Duclos
Eric Faison

CITY STAFF:
Krystal Roe, Deputy City Clerk
253.835.2541

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2008

MEDIA CONTACTS
Kari Cimmer
Permit Counter Supervisor
253.835.2629

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 www.cityoffederalway.com/epermits.
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Monday, August 18, 2008

What's News in Federal Way -- Monday, August 18, 2008

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Education

Principal Makes 600 Homes Visits (KPLU 88.5 FM, 8/18)

Sports

On the farm: Federal Way natives excelling in minor leagues (Federal Way Mirror, 08/09)

Lifestyle

Federal Way quilter Gantt quickens the pace on a traditional craft (Federal Way Mirror, 08/06)

Lakota Shooting

Man fatally shot after football practice at Federal Way school (News Tribune, 8/15)
Deadly Federal Way school shooter at large (KING5, 8/15)
Police seek attacker in Federal Way shooting (News Tribune, 8/16)
Suspect name released in Lakota Middle School shooting (Federal Way News, 8/16)
Suspect identified in Lakota school shooting (KOMO4, 8/16)
Teenage boy sought in Federal Way slaying (News Tribune, 8/17)
Federal Way police name suspect in fatal shooting (Seattle Times, 8/17)
Public asked to help find teen wanted in fatal shooting at school (News Tribune, 8/18)

Housing

July 2008 Housing Charts (Over Time: Inventory, Median Sales Price)

Federal Way Area Home (3/1; 1,030sq'; $200k)
2415 SW 332nd St, Federal Way, WA 98023 (Zillow - $237k)



Federal Way Area Condo (3/2.5; 1,454sq'; $189k)
1918 SW 318th Pl 14D, Federal Way, WA 98023 (Zillow: Not Available)



Federal Way Home (5/2.75; 2,980sq'; $625k)
29832 2nd Pl SW, Federal Way, WA 98023 (Zillow: $518k)

Notice: North & Steel Lake Survey and Possible Followup Treatment

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North & Steel Lake Survey and Possible Followup Treatment

AquaTechnex has informed the City's Surface Water Management staff that they intend to initiate the second aquatic vegetation survey and second round of treatments this Wednesday, August 20th, 2008 - weather permitting. Work will begin at Steel Lake and move onto North Lake.

Please Note: It may take more than one day to conduct both of these activities on the lakes. Areas that are treated will be posted the day of treatment.

For a copy of the original treatment notification issued for Steel Lake by AquaTechnex earlier this year see the below link. North Lake's notice is identical to this, except the lake name is change.

http://www.cityoffederalway.com/folders/home/yourcityservices/surfacewaterwaterquality/steellakelmdpublications/Steel%20Lake%20Notice%207-21-08.pdf

If you have any questions about the North or Steel Lake Aquatic Vegetation Management Programs, please contact Dan Smith, Water Quality Coordinator at 253 835-2756 or daniel.smith@cityoffederalway.com or Don
Robinett ESA & NPDES Coordinator at 253 835-2752 or donald.robinett@cityoffederalway.com.
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Press Release: Keep your eyes peeled for water quality violations, call the City’s new spill hotline

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2008

MEDIA CONTACTS
Dan Smith
Water Quality Coordinator
253.835.2756

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

Keep your eyes peeled for water quality violations, call the City’s new spill hotline

Whether you observe a fuel leak from an auto accident, someone rinsing paint brushes into a storm drain, or if soap suds show up in the ditch every time your neighbor does their laundry, call the City of Federal Way’s new Spill Hotline, 253.835.2700 (during business hours) or 253.946.6416 after hours and on holidays/weekends.

The City is asking residents to do their part in protecting local water quality by reporting spills, illegal dumping or illicit connections to our natural waterways or storm drain system. City staff will respond 24/7 to hotline calls. Calls can be anonymous, but it is important to leave as much detail about the problem as possible.

The City has several educational programs designed to raise awareness that all City storm drains flow into our lakes, streams, wetlands and the Puget Sound with little or no treatment. However, spills and water quality violations still occur and sometimes go unreported. You really can make a difference by reporting spills or illegal activities which could affect water quality.

For more information about the City’s surface water quality program, visit www.cityoffederalway.com/swm or contact Dan Smith, Water Quality Coordinator, 253.835-2756 or daniel.smith@cityoffederalway.com.
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Press Release: Calling athletes and volunteers for U.S. Women’s Triathlon Sept. 7

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT
Patrick Doherty
Economic Development Director
253.835.2612

Adina Johnson
Triathlon Producer
206.297.6801

Calling athletes and volunteers for U.S. Women’s Triathlon Sept. 7

Swim, bike, run or volunteer your way through the fifth annual U.S. Women's Triathlon atSteel Lake Park in Federal Way, Sept. 7. A women-only triathlon, the Federal Way race is the second of a four-city nationwide series.

Lady triathletes

Ladies of all athletic ability are invited to participate in the triathlon benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The race offers two options – a sprint race and a super-sprint race.
  • Sprint - .47 mile swim, 13.8 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
  • Super-Sprint - .23 mile swim, 6.2 mile bike, 1.55 mile run
Participants can run as individuals or in relay fashion. Entry fees range from $70 to $130.

Register online at: http://www.uswts.com/ or via mail by Sept. 2.

All participants are encouraged to attend the MultiSport Experience event Sept. 6 from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. at Steel Lake Park, South 312th Street. The MultiSport event includes training and nutrition clinics, product demonstrations and bargains on shoes, gear and apparel. Athletes can claim their triathlon goodie-bags, timing equipment and registration packets, while also getting body-marked and getting acquainted with the course and race procedures. The MultiSport Experience is free and open to the public. Athletes are also invited to enjoy food and beverages at a post-race party at Steel Lake Park.

Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the event. Groups may qualify for special monetary incentives (up to $300, depending on the size of the group). For more information on volunteering, contact the City, 253.835-2652 or volunteer.coordinators@cityoffederalway.com.

Last year’s triathlon had about 1,000 participants and raised $32,000 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
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Sidewalks Can Be Cool, Can't They?

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A cool post / good read over on hugeasscity.  The comments are important balance, too.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Press Release: New historical street signs remind residents of Federal Way’s past

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
July 22, 2008

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

Rick Perez
City Traffic Engineer
253.835.2740

New historical street signs remind residents of Federal Way’s past

These days, most folks don’t know that South 320th Street used to be called Webb Center, or that State Route 99 used to be called the Seattle-Tacoma Road. A new program to add historical names to local streets signs will hopefully connect Federal Way residents with its history and these historical street names.

Earlier this year, at the request of the Historical Society of Federal Way, the City allocated $5,000 for 21 historical street signs at six locations. The sign project is consistent with the City’s Growth Management Act goal to “identify and encourage the preservation of lands, sites, and structures, that have historical or archaeological significance.”

The new design shows the current street name in green and the historical name below it in brown.

The first signs went up at the corner of South 320th Street and State Route 99 at a brief unveiling ceremony on July 22. The bulk of the remaining signs will be installed this week.

The locations are:
  • State Route 99 (Seattle-Tacoma Road) & South 320th Street (Webb Center) - 4 signs
  • Dash Point Road (Maltby Road) & State Route 99 (Seattle-Tacoma Road) - 3 signs
  • South 312th Street (Phillip French Road) & State Route 99 (Seattle-Tacoma Road) - 4 signs
  • 21st Avenue Southwest (Highline Road) & Southwest 356th Street (Libo Road) - 4 signs
  • South 288th Street (Meredith Road) and Military Road - 2 signs
The last four signs will be erected at South 356th Street (Libo Road) and State Route 99 (Seattle-Tacoma Road) during a construction project in 2010. Future street signs will be replaced with the new historical design as they lose their reflectivity.
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Press Release: Stop on red at two Federal Way intersections or face a $124 ticket

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2008

MEDIA CONTACTS
Stan McCall
Commander
Federal Way Police Department
253.835.6715


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

Stop on red at two Federal Way intersections or face a $124 ticket

The City of Federal Way is rolling out a pilot Red Light Photo program on Aug. 25 at the intersections of South 320th Street and Pacific Highway South and at South 348th Street and Enchanted Parkway. Federal Way is the 15th city in Washington state to install the cameras.

The year-long pilot program begins with a 30-day grace period where only warnings will be issued.

Tickets, set by the state at $124, will be issued starting Sept. 25. Registered owners of the vehicles caught at these two intersections will be sent a photograph of their license plate along with the infraction and an online link to the video of their vehicle going through the light.

The cameras will snap a photo of cars entering the light on red. If a car is already in the intersection and the light turns red, that does not trigger the camera.

“We know people are frustrated by the shear amount of traffic trying to get through some of our intersections and we sympathize,” said Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson. “But this is a safety issue. We’d really like to see one hundred percent compliance.”

The City is contracting with American Traffic Solutions, Inc., out of Scottsdale, Az., for the pilot program. The program is expected to cost about $228,000 for the year, and expenses will be paid for by fines collected.

Nationally, more than 800 people die running red lights each year, while more than 200,000 are injured.

None of these statistics take into account the high costs of property damage, medical treatment and productivity losses. Most red-light-running crashes are angle or side impact, which tend to be more severe than rear-end crashes.

According to the National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running, red light photo enforcement has led to a 25 to 30 percent reduction in intersection injury crashes. Red light cameras are currently used by more than 300 U.S. communities in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

If photo enforcement generates revenue beyond the costs of running the program, it will be split between the police department, the municipal court and public works department for traffic and safety related issues.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Press Release: Judge David Larson appointed to two statewide committees

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2008
MEDIA CONTACT
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Judge David Larson appointed to two statewide committees

Federal Way Municipal Court Judge David Larson has been appointed to the statewide Rules and Education committees of the District and Municipal Court Judges' Association (DMCJA).

The Rules Committee is responsible for suggesting the development and amendment of court rules for adoption by the State Supreme Court. The Education Committee is responsible for providing continuing education to DMCJA judges.

The DMCJA represents the more than 200 judges of Washington’s district and municipal courts that are called “courts of limited jurisdiction.” Created by state statute, the association provides members with continuing judicial education, recommends changes to civil and criminal court rules, and promotes improvement in the administration of justice.

Larson was appointed to the bench in Federal Way only four months ago and has been a resident of Federal Way for more than 40 years.
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Press Release: Applications being accepted for fall Tourism Enhancement Grants

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT
Lillian Yeh
Economic Development Assistant
253.835.2501 or lillian.yeh@cityoffederalway.com

Applications being accepted for fall Tourism Enhancement Grants

Would you like to showcase your organization and events that are aimed at increasing tourism and overnight stays in Federal Way? The City wants to help you do just that, and is offering assistance through the Tourism Enhancement Grant (TEG) program.

TEG is a competitive grant program that supports cultural, arts, sports and community events that will occur in the Federal Way area. This is the second of two rounds during 2008.

Approximately $50,000 was available for the entire year, with $24,000 already awarded in the spring cycle, leaving $26,000 available. There is no cap on individual grant requests. Funds will be awarded according to the selection criteria.

The following conditions apply:

  • Eligible organizations: Non-profit 501(c) organizations or municipal organizations of the State of Washington.
  • Eligible events: All eligible organizations that plan, sponsor or host amateur sporting, arts/cultural events, membership meetings, trainings and conferences, or other events that will bring participants from outside the greater Puget Sound area to Federal Way.
  • Eligible costs: The grant can only be used for securing, marketing, promotion and advertising of eligible events. Grants cannot cover entry fees, travel, salaries, material items, facility upgrades, capital campaigns or operating expenses.
Organizations and events that have been funded in the past include:
  • USSSA Men’s Softball Championship Tournament
  • Writers Conference at Dumas Bay – Federal Way Arts Commission
  • Federal Way United Blast-Off – Soccer Club
  • Federal Way Symphony Summer Pops Concert
  • Amateur Softball Association – Girls Fastpitch National Championship Team
  • Pacific Northwest Association of Master Swimmers
  • Rhododendron Species Foundation Band Concert
  • Centerstage Theatre production of “Cinderella”
Applications are due Sept. 1, 2008. Grants will be awarded by November 2008.

Download an application at www.cityoffederalway.com, or pick one up at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S. To request an application via mail, call 253.835-2501, or e-mail lillian.yeh@cityofcityfederalway.com.
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Press Release: K9 Karnival

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Sept. 13. 

Text was not selectable, view the original release (PDF) for the rest of the details. 

(Ed. Note: Unnecessary misspelling of carnival theirs not mine. Have always seen these misspellings as mildly racist, but maybe that's just me.)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Press Release: Award-winning photography on display at City Hall through September 18

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT
Mary Faber
Parks Superintendent
253.835.6920


Award-winning photography on display at City Hall through September 18

From lighthouses to lakes, wildflowers to waterfalls – photographer Shirley Haley has a way of capturing life in the Pacific Northwest. Her award-winning photography is on display at City Hall through Sept 18.

A Big Lake, Wash., resident, Haley primarily photographs nature scenes in the Pacific Northwest. Her photos have been published in a long list of publications and have shipped across the globe, including Sweden to Nova Scotia, Switzerland, Alaska and North Carolina. Haley’s photographs have won several awards including the top award at Sequim Arts in 2007. One of her tulip prints was featured on the Skagit Art Association postcard for advertising in 2008.

Haley is also a writer, experienced mountain hiker and backpacker and professional music teacher. Haley is past president of the Skagit Art Association and will be president again this year. She is a member of the Washington State Music Teachers association and is a national and state-certified teacher. She is also a member of the North America Nature Photography Association.

The City Hall Art Gallery, located on the second floor, is at 33325 8th Ave S. The gallery is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The Federal Way Arts Commission sponsored the art exhibit. The 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.

For more information, contact Mary Faber, mary.faber@cityoffederalway.com, or 253-835-6920.
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Press Release: City’s emergency management coordinator earns national credential

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2008

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

Ray Gross
Emergency Management Coordinator
253.835.2712

City’s emergency management coordinator earns national credential

Ray Gross, the City of Federal Way’s Emergency Management Coordinator, earned his Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).

The CEM designation is the highest honor of professional achievement available from the IAEM, which represents more than 3,200 emergency managers in local, state and federal government, private industry and military emergency managers. There are only 1,207 certified managers in the country.

CEM candidates complete a management essay, a written examination and are also graded on experience, references, education, training and contributions to the profession. CEM professionals maintain their certification through ongoing education, instruction, participation, service and leadership.

Gross has been with the City for two years. Previously he worked at the Orange County California Sheriff Office of Emergency Management.
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(Note 2:  FWG apologizes is still trying to get caught up on past press releases that are still relevant.  Thanks for your patience.)

Press Release: Deadline extended for City Center RFC: funds available for public projects

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
August 6, 2008  

MEDIA CONTACT
Patrick Doherty
Economic Development Director
253.835.2612

Deadline extended for City Center RFC: funds available for public projects

The City of Federal Way extended the deadline for a Request for Concepts for redevelopment projects for its City Center. The new deadline is Oct. 1. 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 serve as a catalyst for 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 www.cityoffederalway.com/bids. For more information, contact Patrick Doherty, Economic Development Director, 253.835.2612 or patrick.doherty@cityoffederalway.com.
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Friday, August 8, 2008

Press Release: Free food scrap recycling bags available at Federal Way Farmer’s Market

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2008

MEDIA CONTACTS
Jeanette Brizendine
Recycling Project Manager
253.835.2771

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

Free food scrap recycling bags available at Federal Way Farmer’s Market

Good veggies gone bad? Don’t trash them, put them to good use. The City of Federal Way now accepts food scraps in residential yard waste containers. Food scraps can also be composted at home. Either way, these food scraps break down into compost which is great for plants. To help you get perfectly good food scraps out of the garbage stream, the City of Federal Way is giving away free food scrap bags at the Federal Way Farmer’s Market.

The City is giving away sample packs of biodegradable bags that are made from corn. You can use the bags on their own or as liners in a food scrap container of your choice. The bags make for easy clean up and then they biodegrade unlike regular plastic bags.

Why recycle food scraps? Taking all the recyclables—including food scraps—out of your garbage means you can get a smaller garbage can and pay less. And who can’t use a few extra bucks these days?

The BioBags will be available at the Master Recycler/Composter booth at the Farmer’s Market at the Commons Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 23 and Sept. 13 as supplies last. Residents only, one pack per household. Can’t make it to the market? Pick up your sample pack in the second-floor lobby of City Hall, 33325 8th Ave S., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. You can also find BioBags and other brands of biodegradable bags at your local grocery store.

You can actually recycle or compost more than just food scraps:
  • Spoiled fruits and vegetables and trimmings
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Bread, pasta, grains
  • Eggshells and nut shells
  • Cheese, meat, fish, poultry and bones
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Greasy pizza delivery boxes and uncoated paper plates
  • Shredded paper
Use only approved compostable bags—no plastic, EPI or “oxo-degradable” bags; those don’t break down in the composting process. See www.recyclefood.com for an updated list of approved bags and retail locations. For more on recycling, visit www.cityoffederalway.com/recycling or call 253.835.2771.
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Press Release: Early evening lane closures on Pac Highway and Dash Point Road Aug. 13-22

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2008 

MEDIA CONTACTS
Brian Roberts, PE
Street Systems Project Engineer
253.835.2723

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

Early evening lane closures on Pac Highway and Dash Point Road Aug. 13-22

Portions of Pacific Highway South, South Dash Point Road and several feeder streets will be closed between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Aug. 18 through 22 to complete the final paving of the major road widening and upgrades that have been happening in that corridor this year. Paving is being done in the early evening and at night to minimize closures at business driveways and intersections, however, drivers will still experience delays. Detour routes will be provided. The City asks for your patience during this time.

Paving schedule:
  • August 13-15. 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.. Pre-level overlay work project-wide. Traffic on Pacific Highway South reduced to one lane in each direction.

  • August 18 & 19. 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Final overlay southbound Pacific Highway South.Traffic on Pacific Highway South reduced to one lane in each direction. West leg ofSouth 288th Street closed 8 p.m. to midnight. Dash Point Road closed between 16th Ave South, Redondo Way South and Pacific Highway South from midnight to 4 a.m.

  • August 20 & 21. 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Final overlay northbound Pacific Highway South.Traffic on Pacific Highway South reduced to one lane in each direction. 18th AvenueSouth at Pacific Highway South closed 8 p.m. to midnight. East leg of South 288th Street closed between 18th Avenue South and Pacific Highway South midnight to 4 a.m.

  • August 22. 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Final overlay 18th Avenue South at Pacific Highway South, Dash Point Road between Redondo Way South and Pacific South, 16th Avenue South and Redondo Way at Dash Point Road. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

Road closure durations are approximate. For more information, contact Brian Roberts, P.E., Street Systems Project Engineer, 253.835.2723.
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Bye, Bye Birdie This Weekend At The Knutzen

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 August 8-10
 Fri & Sat at 7:30pm
 Sun at 2:00pm
While Conrad Birdie, a teen heartthrob reminiscent of Elvis Presley, prepares to join the service, his agent stages the PR stuntof the year.  One lucky fan will win a good-bye kiss from Birdie on the nationally televised Ed Sullivan Show. But kiss-winner Kim McAfee's high school boyfriend has other ideas.
Tickets: $6.00
available on www.brownpapertickets.com/event/32778 or at the theatre

More information:
 253-835-2020

Thursday, August 7, 2008

TNT: Weyerhauser To Eliminate 1,000 FW Jobs

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Weyerhauser will eliminate 1,500 jobs over the next 18 months, 1,000 of them here in Federal Way. Click to read the article in the News Tribune.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Media Release: Hotel Burglary Investigation

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FEDERAL WAY POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA RELEASE

Type of Incident: Hotel Burglary Investigation
Date of Incident: July 29, 2008
Case No.: 08-9485, 08-9486

James L. Sly
AKA: Colin Smith
DOB: 1/3/64
6-0, 215lbs, Brown Eyes, Black Hair

PC to Arrest – Burglary 2 (Commercial Burglary)

James L. Sly is a serial hotel burglar. Sly is suspected of burglarizing hotels in Federal Way, SeaTac, Tukwila and Renton since January 2008. His MO is to register himself into a hotel under the name Colin Smith and then burglarize rooms of nearby hotels. Sly pries the door jam of hotel rooms and often the damage is not readily noticeable.

Sly has been seen in his white 1981 Toyota Celica – WA License: 442WNL.

Please call 911 if you know the whereabouts of Sly.
Please contact Detective Scholl at 253-835-6892 if you have additional information.

Approved by: Commander Stephan Neal Date & Time: July 30, 2008 12:13 pm
Released by: Cathy M. Schrock Date & Time: July 30, 2008 12:13 pm

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Press Release: Traffic signal changes keep traffic moving smoother day and night

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FOR IMMEDIATE 
August 5, 2008  
RELEASE MEDIA CONTACTS
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211
Rick Perez
City Traffic Engineer
253.835.2740

Traffic signal changes keep traffic moving smoother day and night

Federal Way traffic lights are getting a little flashier. The City just added another flashing yellow left turn signal and is also increasing the number of intersections with yellow/red night flashers. These changes improve traffic flow and increase safety.

More flashing yellow left-turn signals
The new flashing yellow left turn signal, at Military Road South and South 288th Street, will be the third one in Federal Way. The first two were installed last year at the intersections of South 336th Street and 9th Avenue South, and SR 99 and 312th Avenue South. The signals were placed after a national study showed they help prevent crashes and keep traffic moving. Data taken at the intersection of 336th and 9th shows a 47 percent reduction in collisions.

Expanded night-flash program
The next time you’re driving through Federal Way at night you won’t see as many traditional green-yellow-red light cycles. The City has added yellow flashing traffic signals at night to the major approaches at 20 intersections. Yellow flashing lights, operated on weekdays between 11:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., allow drivers to proceed cautiously through an intersection without making a complete stop. As always, any intersection that flashes red requires drivers to come to a complete stop before proceeding.

With reduced traffic volumes at night, the City can help drivers eliminate unnecessary complete stops, which also improves traffic flow, reduces emissions and saves on gas.

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Press Release: Citizen survey: Give us the good, the bad and the ugly

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
August 5, 2008 
MEDIA CONTACTS
Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Citizen survey: Give us the good, the bad and the ugly

How are we doing? What’s working? What isn’t? For the first time in its 18-year history, the City of Federal Way is conducting a comprehensive, scientifically valid citizen survey.

The City is contracting with the National Research Center, based out of Boulder, Colo., to randomly sample 3,000 Federal Way households by mail, another 400 households by phone, and an unlimited amount online. The NRC’s survey, a standardized instrument used by many other cities across the country, will have a plus or minus 3% margin of error. The survey includes a comparison report with other participating cities.

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.

Schedule
  • Hardcopy surveys mailed: Aug. 4-15
  • Telephone calls conducted: Sept. 2-16
  • Web survey open: Sept. 29-Oct. 17
The survey will cost $29,400 and was approved in the 2007-2008 biennial budget process.

For more information contact Linda Farmer, Communications and Government Affairs Manager,
253.835.2411, or linda.farmer@cityoffederalway.com.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Proposed Street Vacation: 35th. Ave. S.

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This press release offers very few details, invites citizens to public hearing during regular City Council meeting on Sept. 2.

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