Wednesday, September 29, 2010

City’s energy-efficiency program expanded with new incentives through Oct. 20--or until funding runs out

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2010

MEDIA CONTACTS
Kellie Stickney, Marketing and Outreach Mgr.
Sustainable Works
206.575.2252

Bryant Enge, Financial Services Administrator
City of Federal Way
253.835.2510

City’s energy-efficiency program expanded with new incentives through Oct. 20--or until funding runs out

Homeowners throughout Federal Way are eligible to apply for additional incentives to make energysaving improvements to their homes through Oct. 20 or until funding runs out.

The City of Federal Way and Tukwila-based SustainableWorks are again teaming up to offer free and reduced-cost energy audits, weatherization and energy-saving retrofitting to all single-family residents within city limits. Candidates must be owner-occupied homes or rental property with landlord agreement located within Federal Way.

The process begins with a pre-audit to determine eligibility followed by a professional energy audit.

Worth approximately $600, the cost of the audit to the homeowner is $95. Residents making below 80 percent of King County median income qualify for a free audit. After the audit, an energy consultant maps out the best retrofits, the cost and the resulting energy savings.

There are also new incentives to help residents working with SustainableWorks complete the identified retrofit work. These discounts cover up to 10 percent of the total project cost (up to $500) for all residents; and up to 20 percent of the total project cost (up to $1,000) for residents with incomes below 80 percent of King County median income. SustainableWorks can further assist participants by helping them locate financing through low-interest loans.

The new round of incentives is available to residents who already signed up through the City’s earlier energy-improvement partnership with SustainableWorks, as well as to residents who are new to the program. The funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 20 as long as funding is available. To apply, visit www.sustainableworks.com or contact SustainableWorks’ Kellie Stickney at 206.575.2252.

How the program is funded

The City is allocating $52,667 to this program from its original $777,000 federal ARRA stimulus grant. SustainableWorks will contribute $170,000. Coupled with favorable financing, this investment is expected to generate approximately $640,000 in energy retrofit projects throughout the city.

About SustainableWorks

SustainableWorks is a non-profit focused on creating quality jobs and improving the environment with residential and small commercial energy retrofit projects facilitated through community engagement and participation. SustainableWorks utilizes a $4 million Community Energy Efficiency Program Grant to retrofit up to 2,000 homes and small businesses in moderate-income neighborhoods in Spokane, Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties over the next two years. This activity should produce approximately 120 full-time jobs and $12 million in retrofit work, as well as reduce carbon emissions by 3,000 tons.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Public input sought on budget gap

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2010

MEDIA CONTACT
Brook Lindquist
Executive Assistant
253.835.2401

Bryant Enge
Financial Services Administrator
253.835.2400

Public input sought on budget gap

The city of Federal Way is developing its biennial budget for 2011 and 2012. The City takes great pride in the efficient and effective services provided to our citizens such as police/public safety, parks and recreation services, the quality of our roads and infrastructure, community development services, and the quality of life we support in our community. As with every household and business, our revenues have declined and it is important for us to prioritize the services we are able provide given the revenue we have. The good news is our budget is balanced in 2010.

City Manager/Police Chief Brian J. Wilson has received direction from the City Council to submit a balanced budget for years 2011 and 2012 and address an ongoing structural deficit estimated at approximately $4.5 million in years 2011 and 2012 (total of $9 million for both years). In order to finalize and submit a budget to the City Council, CM/PC Wilson is asking for input from the public in order to balance and prioritize the budget for these years. Your input is valuable and appreciated and will aid in this final budget submission to the City Council.

A budget recommendation must balance on-going revenue with on-going expenses. The city does have some one-time money available for the budget years 2011 and 2012 which makes the public's input essential regarding the prioritization of services and what could be funded on a one-time basis.

Below are opportunities to provide input at public meetings, community and service groups, as well as on-line.

Town Hall budget meetings

The City will hold two Town Hall-styled budget meetings for the general public:

(date passed) 6:30 p.m. City Hall, Council Chambers, 33325 8th Ave. S.

September 30 6:30 p.m. City Hall, Council Chambers, 33325 8th Ave. S.

Service club meetings (* Meals available for purchase)

The general public is welcome at a series of budget meetings set for local service clubs:

(date passed) August 24 7:30 a.m. *Budget presentation to Kiwanis Club of Greater Federal Way
Denny’s on 320th - 2132 South 320th Street

(date passed) 12:00 p.m. *Budget presentation to the Noon Kiwanis ClubOld Country Buffet - 1816 South 320th Street

(date passed) 6:45 p.m. *Budget presentation to the Soroptimist International Club
Black Bear Diner - 32065 Pacific Hwy S

(date passed)  12:00 p.m. *Budget presentation to Noon Rotary Club
Twin Lakes Golf & Country Club - 3583 SW 320th Street

(date passed) 11:45 a.m. *Budget presentation to Noon Lions Club
Denny’s on 320th - 2132 South 320th Street

September 28 7:00 a.m. *Budget Presentation to Federal Way Sunrise Rotary
Marie Callender’s - 31920 Gateway Center Blvd S.

Council Committee Meetings

(date passed) 5:30 p.m. Finance, Economic Development & Regional Affairs
City Hall, Hylebos Conference Room, 33325 8th Ave. S.

(date passed) 5:30 p.m. Parks, Recreation, Human Services, & Public Safety
City Hall, Hylebos Conference Room, 33325 8th Ave. S

Regular City Council meetings

The general public is also welcome at regular City Council meetings where the City Council will review the budget. All meetings held at City Hall in Council Chambers, 33325 8th Ave. S.

October 19 7:00 p.m. Budget Overview (during regular City Council Meeting)

October 27 6:00 p.m. Budget review for Community Development, Public Works, and
Parks

October 28 6:00 p.m. Budget review for Police, Law and Municipal Court

November 2 6:00 p.m Budget review for City Manager’s Office, City Council, Human
Resources, Finance and IT

November 2 7:00 p.m First public hearing on 2011/12 budget

November 16 7:00 p.m Second/final budget public hearing

Review the budget and comment by email

By Aug. 24 or sooner, residents may view the City Manager’s proposed budget and other financial related documents at www.cityoffederalway.com/budget.

Suggestions will also be taken by email. Send your comments to:
budgetsuggestions@cityoffederalway.com

More information

Budget meetings: 
Brook Lindquist, Executive Assistant
brook.lindquist@cityoffederalway.com, 253-835-2401

The budget itself: 
Bryant Enge
bryant.enge@cityoffederalway.com, 253-835-2400

Tho Kraus
tho.kraus@cityoffederalway.com, 253-835-2520
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Monday, September 27, 2010

Need to renew your pet license? Good news! Now you can do it online.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2010

MEDIA CONTACTS
Kelly Crouch
Animal Services Coordinator
253.835.6710

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

Need to renew your pet license? Good news! Now you can do it online.

Life just got a little easier for pet owners in Federal Way. Pet license renewals can now be done online at www.cityoffederalway.com/pets.

Once your King County license has expired, please renew with the City of Federal Way.

Pet owners may still renew through the mail or in person. Applications may be downloaded at www.cityoffederalway.com/pets, or picked up and dropped off at the Federal Way Police Department, City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

First license? Get one in person or by mail.

All original pet license applications must be done in person or by mail, with proof of alteration (if appropriate) and rabies vaccinations.

It is important to license your pets. It helps the police in returning lost pets to their owners. License fees assist in paying for the medical fees of sick or injured animals, spaying/neutering programs and caring for homeless or abandoned pets.

The Federal Way Police Department launched its Animal Services Unit on July 1 of this year. It is focused on public education related to pet licensing, keeping pets safe by using leashes, and the importance of responsible pet ownership.

For questions, concerns, or lost and found information, call 253-835-PETS.
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Link to FW in Jeopardy

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First it was great news - the slump in economy meant better prices on construction materials and real estate.  But now it's catching up... Seattle Transit Blog is reporting that softer-than-expected revenue for Sound Transit is putting some South King County initiatives at risk. Read more here...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Arts Alive juried exhibition entries accepted TODAY

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Leah Fraine
Cultural Events & Arts Coordinator
253.835.6900

MEDIA CONTACT
August 23, 2010

Arts Alive juried exhibition entries accepted on Sept. 22

Arts Alive — a juried arts exhibition program designed to give regional artists an opportunity to display their works in a public setting — returns to Federal Way Sept. 23 through Jan. 5.

The Federal Way Arts Commission invites artists working with a wide range of media to bring their entries to City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S, on Sept. 22 between 3:30 and 6 p.m. A panel of artists will select works for the exhibition, which begins the following day.

An Arts Harvest Reception will be held at City Hall at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5 to honor artists in the exhibition. The evening includes presentation of a Juror’s Choice award ($200 cash and a one person exhibition at City Hall in 2011) and Commission’s Choice award ($150 cash). A People’s Choice award ($100 cash) will be decided by popular vote during the exhibition.

The exhibition is open to residents within the following 98___ zip codes ending with: 001, 002, 003, 023, 031, 042, 047, 055, 058, 059, 146, 148, 158, 166, 168, 178, 188, 198, 254 and 422.

Each artist may submit two entries, and all media will be considered except video and wearable art. There is a $5 entry fee per piece of art, with checks payable to the City of Federal Way.

All must be original, recent work, not completed under an instructor’s guidance and not previously exhibited at City Hall or more than two juried shows in the boundaries of the show area. Work selected for the competition must remain in the exhibition until it closes.

Paintings and two-dimensional work must be suitably wired for hanging. All flat artwork may not exceed 36"x30", including frame. Three-dimensional artwork may not exceed 35 pounds and may not be more than 9.5' high and 9.5' wide.

For more information, contact Leah Fraine, Federal Way’s Cultural Events & Arts Coordinator, at 253.835.6926 or leah.fraine@cityoffederalway.com.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

City accepting applications for fall tourism enhancement grants

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2010

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

City accepting applications for fall tourism enhancement grants

Not-for-profit organizations that want to increase tourism and overnight stays in Federal Way can get a little financial help from the City of Federal Way.

Applications for the City’s Tourism Enhancement Grant (TEG) program are due Sept. 30.

Applicants will be invited to a committee review in October and grants will be awarded by December.

TEG supports the promotion of cultural, arts, sports and community events that occur in the Federal Way area. This is the second of two rounds of grants for 2010, with approximately $22,000 available after the spring award cycle. There is no cap on individual grant requests.

Funds will be awarded based on the following:

  • Eligible organizations: Non-profit 501(c) organizations or municipal organizations of the State of Washington that plan, sponsor or host eligible events.
  • Eligible events: Amateur sporting, arts/cultural events, membership meetings, trainings and conferences, or other events that will bring participants to Federal Way.
  • Eligible costs: Grants can be used for securing, marketing, promoting and advertising eligible events. Grants cannot cover entry fees, travel, salaries, material items, facility upgrades, capital campaigns or operating expenses.

Organizations and events that were funded in the spring cycle of 2010 include the Federal Way Symphony, USSSA Men’s Softball championship tournament, CenterStage Theatre’s productions of “Ain’t Misbehaving,” Sudden Impact Invitational Girls Fastpitch Tournament and the Twin Lakes Women’s Golf Tournament.

Download an application by visiting www.cityoffederalway.com/Page.aspx?page=357 and clicking on “2010 Tourism Enhancement Grant Packet” near the bottom of the page. Applications also are available at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.; or by contacting Lillian Yeh, Federal Way economic development coordinator, 253.835-2501 or lillian.yeh@cityofcityfederalway.com.
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City Council Presentation: King County Prop 1 (Oct. 5)

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CIITY COUNCIIL PRESENTATIION
* * * *
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Federal Way City Council will facilitate a presentation on King
County Proposition No. 1 Sales and Use Tax for Criminal Justice, Fire Protection, and Other
Government Purposes.

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: City Hall – Council Chambers

The Metropolitan King County Council adopted Ordinance 16899 concerning funding for criminal
justice, fire protection, and other government purposes. This proposition would authorize King
County to fix and impose an additional sales and use tax of 0.2%, spilt between the county (60%)
and cities (40%). At least one-third of all proceeds shall be used for criminal justice or fire protection
purposes. County proceeds shall be used for criminal justice purposes, such as police protection,
and the replacement of capital facilities for juvenile justice. The duration of the additional sales and
use tax will be as provided in section 6 of Ordinance 16899.

DATED this 15th day of September 2010
Carol A. McNeilly, CMC
City Clerk

Monday, September 6, 2010

Level 3 Sex Offender Community Notification

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Notification from FWPD of a level 3 sex offender living in the 29800 block of Pacific Highway South.  PDF

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