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!

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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)


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