Friday, February 25, 2011

Community Enhancement Grant

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The Community Enhancement Grant is intended to be simple to apply for, yet powerful in its outcomes. It is intended to make a significant difference in the lives of individuals, families, and/or organizations here in the City limits of Federal Way.

The City Of Federal Way Human Services Commission has available $15,000.00 for grant opportunities. Non-profit agencies, community group or school-based organizations that have a small, yet powerful event or program but needs just a small grant to enhance the success of the outcomes are encouraged to apply!

Click here to read more (PDF)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Borders Closures: Not on the List

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Now here's one list we don't want to see Federal Way on.

Borders in Federal Way is not one of the ones that are closing as part of Border's reorganization.

Hooray!

Monday, February 21, 2011

I-5: SR 18/SR 161 Triangle improvements

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from the WSDOT website

I-5: SR 18/SR 161 Triangle improvements #7936
Milepost: 142.05
Aleta Borschowa, Project Engineer, 206-768-5862

Monday, Feb. 21 – Friday, Feb. 25
The left lane of southbound I-5 near SR 18 will close daily from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. for construction work.

Monday, Feb. 21 the morning of Friday, Feb. 25
Crews will close the right lane of westbound SR 18 between Weyerhaeuser Way and I-5 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 21 the morning of Friday, Feb. 25
The ramp from westbound SR 18 to southbound I-5 will close nightly from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for construction work.

Get more information

Last update: 11:23 a.m., 2/17

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Release - Federal Way’s First Elected Mayor Welcomes First One Day Federal Way

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Media Advisory 
February 16, 2011


MEDIA CONTACT   
Chris Carrel 
Communication & Grant Coordinator 
253-835-2411 or 253-347-7057 

Federal Way’s First Elected Mayor Welcomes First One Day Federal Way 

What: Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest will recognize volunteers cleaning up Mark Twain Elementary School, as part of the city’s first One Day Federal Way, a large-scale volunteer effort to beautify and maintain Federal Way schools. Mayor Priest, along with Debra Entenman from Congressman Adam Smith’s office and representatives from Federal Way Schools will speak briefly to the assembled volunteers and thank them for their service.

When: Tuesday, February 22, 2011. 11:30 AM to noon. In the event of rain, the event will be held in the school’s covered play shelter.

Where: Mark Twain Elementary, 2450 South Star Lake Road, Federal Way, WA 98032

Who: Advancing Leadership Youth Class of 2011, Mayor Skip Priest, Debra Entenman, Rep. Adam Smith’s office, Federal Way Schools representatives and an estimated 300 volunteers of all ages.

More What: One Day Federal Way is the service project of the Advancing Leadership Youth Class of 2011 and will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM at three sites, Mark Twain Elementary, Star Lake Elementary and Totem Middle School. Volunteers will improve the school grounds through painting, weeding, and installing beauty bark, among other activities.

Mayor Priest: “Volunteers are vital to the well-being of our community. I commend the students from Advancing Leadership Youth who are devoting their day off from school to improving their community and getting a start on a lifelong commitment to volunteering.”

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Release - Drumming Up Learning and Fun for the Developmentally Disabled

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 16, 2011


MEDIA CONTACTS   
Kevin Hutchinson 
Pathways/Inclusion Coordinator 
253-835-6927 
   
Chris Carrel 
Communication & Grant Coordinator 
253-835-2411 or 253-347-7057 

Drumming Up Learning and Fun for the Developmentally Disabled 

The Federal Way Community Center can get loud on Tuesday evenings as The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP) unleashes the healing and learning power of percussion and rhythm. Residents with disabilities use drums and percussion blocks in a guided learning program that is internationally recognized for its rehabilitative power.

“Our class uses percussion and rhythm as creative learning tools for people with various disabilities,” said Kevin Hutchinson, the city’s Pathways/Inclusion Coordinator. “Drumming is a tool to teach basic life skills and enhance the mind, body and spirit for disabled individuals.”

The Rhythmic Arts Project is the first of its kind in Washington State. The class is the brainchild of volunteer Rob Sanders, who is also the chef for the city’s Dumas Bay Centre. Chef Rob has been volunteering for the past nine years, teaching a cooking class for disabled residents. A drummer himself, he learned about TRAP in a drum magazine and donated the money and time to start Federal Way’s class last September.

“We have a large population of special needs individuals in Federal Way,” said Sanders, who volunteers to teach the weekly class. “I’m proud that our city provides a range of programs like The Rhythmic Arts Project that foster independence and self-confidence.”

The Rhythmic Arts Project was founded by professional drummer Eddie Tuduri who was paralyzed in a surfing accident in 1997. Tuduri developed the program as part of his rehabilitation and has since transformed it into an educational program that teaches basic life skills such as maintaining focus, counting, using memory, and spatial awareness.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Release - Help Give the Twin Lakes “Sub-Area” a Healthy Makeover

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 10, 2011 .
   
MEDIA CONTACT
Matt Herrera 
Associate Planner 
253-835-2638 

Help Give the Twin Lakes “Sub-Area” a Healthy Makeover 

Do you have a vision for public improvements and zoning changes to make the business area around 21st Avenue SW and SW Campus Drive healthier? The City of Federal Way is looking for neighbors, business owners and citizens who’d like to participate in shaping the new Twin Lakes “sub-area” plan.

“Public participation is critical to developing a plan that reflects the community’s values, and the real day-to-day needs of businesses, residents and other users of the neighborhood,” said project planner Matt Herrera. “The sub-area plan provides the tools to turn that community vision into reality.”

The Community and Economic Development Department is preparing the sub-area plan during 2011 and early 2012. If adopted by the City Council, the sub-area plan will become a component of the Federal Way Comprehensive Plan – a planning document that shapes the city’s growth for the next twenty years.

The sub-area plan influences an area through zoning and development regulations that determine land use patterns and the types of stores, restaurants, and housing that can locate in the area. The plan also drives goals for public improvements, such as transportation and parks that have a significant affect on quality of life.
 
City staff and consultants will facilitate 4 to 5 evening neighborhood meetings during the year to gather input from citizens, businesses, and stakeholders. City staff is preparing a list of interested stakeholders to notify of upcoming meetings. The City is inviting residents to participate in an online survey found on the project web page at http://bit.ly/Twinlakes.

If you would like to become a stakeholder or have any questions about the process, please contact Planner Matt Herrera at 253-835-2638 or matt.herrera@cityoffederalway.com.

Funding to undertake the Twin Lakes sub-area plan is made possible through the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) grant administered by Public Health – Seattle & King County. CPPW funds support policies that promote healthy and active lifestyles.
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Release - Federal Way testifies for bill to curb home burglaries, theft of precious metals

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE .
January 28, 2011     
   
MEDIA CONTACTS   
Brian Wilson 
Chief of Police 
253-835-6711 
   
Jim Ferrell 
Federal Way City Councilmember 
253-569-4482 


Federal Way testifies for bill to curb home burglaries, theft of precious metals 

Legislation to curtail home burglaries that target precious metals received support from Federal Way’s police force at a hearing today in Olympia. Detective Grant Bassett testified for the city in favor of House Bill 1213, sponsored by Representative Katrina Asay, R-Milton,
  
"The proposed legislation establishes and implements stricter standards relating to property transactions involving gold and other precious metals,” said Brian J. Wilson, Federal Way Chief of Police, who also attended the hearing along with Lieutenant Stan Gordon. “It will provide police officers with additional time and tools to identify and recover stolen property often associated with the crime of burglary."

"Burglaries targeting homes with jewelry and precious metals are a growing problem in our community,” said Federal Way Councilmember Jim Ferrell, who is also a King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor. “The proposed legislation would make it more difficult for criminals to profit from these types of home burglaries by providing the same legitimacy and transparency currently required for other goods that are sold at pawn shops.”

House Bill 1213 would protect legitimate owners, consumers, pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers by establishing and implementing stricter standards for transactions involving property consisting of gold and other precious metals. The legislation would require improved documentation of transactions and a waiting period for sales of $100 or more.

The hearing on House Bill 1213 was held today in the House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way and is awaiting a hearing.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Release - Federal Way Is Swinging for the Fence with Senior Softball

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE .
January 27, 2011     
   
MEDIA CONTACTS   
John Hutton 
Parks Recreation Supervisor 
253-835-6928 
   
Chris Carrel 
Communication & Grant Coordinator 
253-835-2411 or 253-347-7057 


Federal Way Is Swinging for the Fence with Senior Softball 

Seniors are getting a softball league of their own in Federal Way this spring. Twelve teams are committed to play in the new over-50 league on Monday nights at Celebration Park. There are a few spots left in the league and the Parks Department is seeking players and teams to round out the league.

“The quality of play is excellent and the games will be competitive and fun,” said Parks Recreation Supervisor John Hutton. “Most of these teams play in tournaments but would like to play regular games close to home.”
  
The league will offer two divisions, one for the highly competitive teams and one for the slightly more recreational teams.  There are a few minor modifications to the rules which help keep the game fun and enjoyable for the participants.  

The City of Federal Way Parks Recreation and Cultural Services Department has been a leader for many years in the world of adult softball leagues and tournaments. Senior Softball is the fastest growing segment of the game today. The Parks Department developed the new over-50 league in response to popular demand.  

For more information or to register to play, contact John Hutton at the Federal Way Community Center 253-835-6298 or john.hutton@cityoffederalway.com to be added to the list of free agents.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Agenda - Council Meeting - Tonight

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The Council may add items and take action on items not listed on the agenda. (Did you attend? Please post your comments below.)


FEDERAL WAY CITY COUNCIL 
REGULAR MEETING 

Council Chambers - City Hall 
February 15, 2011 
7:00 p.m. 

 www.cityoffederalway.com

1. CALL MEETING TO ORDER

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

3. PRESENTATIONS

a. Proclamation: One Day Federal Way – February 22nd
b. LTAC Certificate of Appointment
c. Arts Commission Certificates of Appointment
d. Human Services Commission Certificate of Appointment
e. Decatur High School Cheerleading Team – State Championship Winners
f. Mayor - Emerging Issues / Introduction of New Employees

4. CITIZEN COMMENT
PLEASE COMPLETE A PINK SLIP & PRESENT IT TO THE CITY CLERK PRIOR TO SPEAKING.   When recognized by the Mayor, come forward to the podium and state your name for the record.  PLEASE LIMIT YOUR COMMENTS TO THREE (3) MINUTES.  The Mayor may interrupt comments that exceed three minutes, relate negatively to other individuals, or are otherwise inappropriate. 

5. CONSENT AGENDA
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. Minutes – February 1, 2011 Special and Regular Meetings
b. S 320th Street Overlay Reimbursement Contract with Quadrant Corporation
c. Enterprise NTS – 18th Ave SW & 20th Ave SW (South of SW 356th St to County Line)
d. Nautilus NTS – S 308th St (1st Ave S to 4th Pl S)
e. Parks Commission 2011 Work Plan
f. State of Washington, 62 Legislature House Bill #1445 and Senate Bill #5345

6. COUNCIL BUSINESS

a. Memo of Understanding with Federal Way Lieutenants' Association

7. ORDINANCES

First Reading

a.  CB#567 Amendments to FWRC Regarding Pawnbrokers and Secondhand Dealers
An ordinance of the City Of Federal Way, Washington, relating to Pawnbrokers and Secondhand Dealers; amending FWRC 12.15.010, 12.15.140, 12.15.230, 12.15.290, 12.15.300 and adding a  new section to 12.15.330. 
    
8. COUNCIL REPORTS

9. MAYOR  REPORT

10. EXECUTIVE SESSION

• Potential Litigation pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i)

11. ADJOURNMENT

Monday, February 14, 2011

Release - State Proposal for Liquor Profit Sharing Endangers Federal Way Public Safety

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 4, 2011


MEDIA CONTACTS   
Skip Priest 
Federal Way Mayor 
253-835-2410 
   
Brian Wilson 
Chief of Police 
253-835-6711 

State Proposal for Liquor Profit Sharing Endangers Federal Way Public Safety 

A proposal in the State Senate to shift a portion of state liquor profit-sharing from local governments will seriously harm Federal Way public safety. City officials expressed concern that the proposal would take more than $100,000 from the Federal Way police budget and impact staffing levels.

“This proposal would have the equivalent impact of taking one police officer off the streets of Federal Way,” said Mayor Skip Priest, a former State Legislator. “The unintended consequence here would be to make it harder for our city to keep its citizens safe.”

Under existing law, the state’s liquor monopoly must provide a share of liquor profits to local law enforcement who are responsible for policing liquor-related problems. The Senate proposal, part of a package of amendments to the Supplemental Budget, SHB 1086, would shift a portion of the liquor profit-sharing from local communities to the Auto Theft Prevention Authority.

Currently, the City of Federal Way receives approximately $650,000 a year from liquor profitsharing, an ongoing amount that is calculated according to population. The proposed Senate amendment would cost the city approximately $101,500 during 2011.

The city recently saved 18 police officer positions while closing a $9 million budget deficit for 2011-2012. Police Chief Brian Wilson noted that the city is projecting a $5 million budget gap for 2013-2014, and the raid on the liquor profit-sharing fund would set a precedent that legislators may be tempted to revisit again.

“These are funds specifically dedicated to help local communities address the real crime impacts of the state selling liquor in our community. It can’t be seen as a piggy bank to break for balancing the budget,” said Chief Wilson. “Dedicated funds support officer positions as well as essential infrastructure. Public safety will suffer under the proposed amendment.”

The Senate may entertain the Senate Striking Amendment as early as Friday afternoon. If it does pass, the measure would need to be reconciled in the House version of the budget.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Skyscrapers Dead. Long live tall buildings (editorial)

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So reports Federal Way Mirror.


When you look at that artist's rendering, you might actually be glad - the scale of these is a little bit obscene.  When the tallest building in Federal Way is 8 feet tall (we exaggerate - there are some taller buildings - none of them near the "center" of town) this would have looked odd.

But at the same token, we take issue with the wholesale pleased tone the city leaders have and the seeming desire by some to build yet another park.  Parks are great and the city has some nice ones, but if the city is to have a real downtown, it needs to build it.  Because the parking lot next to Sears is really a poor substitute for a downtown.

But if Federal Way does want to aspire to something more than a couple of exits off the freeway between Seattle and Tacoma where "that former paper company now known as Quadrant used to have its headquarters" (just projecting here, folks), it needs to do something.  Now, 45 stories was too much, but how about a some serious mixed-use transit-oriented-development that takes advantage of the proximity to the Transit Center and makes the Link Extension more of a no-brainer that they can't get built quick enough?

Granted, there is an abundance of commercial real estate available, but it's not great commercial real estate.  It's far-flung.  Even if it's close to residential, it's not close to the kinds of services people need to close to their work places.

Building a solid downtown needs a real commitment from leadership to get it done.  And there's really only three options: aim to be Tacoma's Bellevue with gleaming skyscrapers and high paying jobs and the rising land values that come with it, or develop a charming pedestrian-friendly "old town" with small scale shops and housing closer to the freeway that will bring local tourism (see Monrovia, California's Old Town) or continue to be a sprawling ugly blah of one-story gray concrete buildings intersected by six lane roads of perpetual congestion and speed/red-light cameras.

As always your comments are welcome.  The regulars will no doubt offer wise words that make us feel foolish, but fine, discourse is good.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Release - Federal Way City Hall Gets Salmon Friendly

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2011    


MEDIA CONTACTS   
Hollie Shilley 
Water Quality Specialist 
253-835-2752 
   
Chris Carrel 
Communication & Grant Coordinator 
253-835-2411 

Federal Way City Hall Gets Salmon Friendly 

Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest recently welcomed 250 new guests to City Hall – an aquarium  full of baby Coho salmon. The recently hatched fish are being raised by staff and are on display as part of an educational program on stormwater and healthy creeks.

“These 250 little fry are ambassadors to the public, reminding us of the importance of protecting our environment,” said Mayor Skip Priest. “Salmon are an important part of Federal Way. They live in our local streams like Hylebos Creek and are an indicator of the health of our environment.”

The Salmon in City Hall project is being nurtured by Water Quality Specialist Hollie Shilley, who acquired the tank and equipment through Department of Ecology grant funding intended to support the City’s stormwater permit.  The eggs were obtained from the Soos Creek Hatchery January 13th and hatched two weeks later. The juvenile salmon are on display in the Community Development department public area and will be released to Hylebos Creek this spring.

“They may be less than a month old, but these baby salmon are the best outreach specialists we have,” said Hollie Shilley. “We have a lot of visitors to City Hall and everyone – residents, developers, children – wants to see what the fish are doing.”

The tank is topped with a scale-model neighborhood, designed and constructed by Hollie Shilley, showing common household activities that contribute to stormwater.  Salmon in City Hall is part of the Surface Water Management division’s ongoing efforts to protect the health of local streams and lakes through improving education about stormwater issues.

The project is supported through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon in the Classroom program. The baby salmon are currently less than an inch long and are still absorbing the orange egg sac into their bodies. City staff will raise the fish to the fry stage –– where the fish are still only a few inches long, but will be big enough to find food on their own in the wild.  Come on in and check it out!
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Friday, February 11, 2011

Wynstone Goes Quadrant

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We noticed a few months ago that WynstoneLiving.com went to a sever error page and that the Wynstone Sales Office had been torn down.  If you driven 336Campus lately you can't help but notice that Quadrant has swooped in and saved the day.  Or at least purchased it.   Signs advertise new homes in the $280s.  Trucks have been seen on the ridge and there's a new website.  A model home is listed on the map.  The existing model home is simply listed as "Sold/Unavailable"   The original plan for Wynstone had also included some multi-family dwellings.  Guess those are off the table now, but there's been nothing posted on the City's website or distributed via email regarding rezoning or the change in ownership.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Photos of 5/18 Interchange Redo

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WSDOT's posted some new photos on their Flickr site here.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

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An advisory committee has been formed to assist city staff and consultants with the development of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan thanks to a "Cities Putting Prevention to Work" grant from Public Health Seattle/King County.

To learn more, please see the Federal Way website.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Twin Lakes Sub-Area Planning

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The Federal Way is creating a "Twin Lakes Sub-Area" around 21st. and 336Campus.  In 2011 and the start of 2012 the City of Federal Way will be putting together a plan that addresses healthy living in this corridor with zoning and investments that will promote a healthy, active lifestyle.



(The TLSA is, of course, not to be confused with various other areas that describe themselves as Twin Lakes, including the HOA and Golf Course & Country Club that jointly declares anything else to be mislabeled.)

FWG thinks that at one time a large health club had sought to buy the empty Albertsons building but was rebuffed by the city which refused to rezone the structure/area, declaring they were looking for smaller intimate businesses, preferably locally owned, that a smaller health club might be a possibility.   With the recent failure of the highrise project to get off the ground in the city's core, FWG wonders if it's time to allow the intermediate steps towards responsible density with a mixed-used structure where the Albertsons building was - retail and transit at ground level with residential above with incentives not to drive (such as very costly parking).

The city's seeking input with a brief survey and more information here.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Notice: City of Federal Way Achieves Financial Reporting Excellence

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
January 21, 2011     


MEDIA CONTACTS   
Tho Kraus 
Finance Director 
253-835-2520 
   
Chris Carrel 
Communication & Grant Coordinator 
253-835-2411 or 253-347-7057 

City of Federal Way Achieves Financial Reporting Excellence 

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Federal Way by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report. The city has earned the  Certificate of Achievement each year for the past 20 years.

“The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting,” said Finance Director Tho Kraus. “This award underscores the City’s commitment to providing excellent management and reporting of taxpayer dollars.”

The Finance Department prepares the City’s financial statements, including the monthly financial reports and the comprehensive annual financial report. The department provides expenditure and revenue monitoring and projection, the recording of all accounting transactions, and budget coordination, among other financial management duties.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government
finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL, and Washington DC.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Notice of Preliminary Hearing - Retreat Meadows

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the City of Federal Way Hearing Examiner will hold a public hearing at 2:00 p.m. or soon thereafter on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, in the Federal Way City Council Chambers, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA, regarding the following project:

Project Name: Retreat Meadows Preliminary Plat
Description: Proposal to subdivide approximately 14.6 acres into 59 single-family residential lots and 5 tracts.

The project includes street and utility improvements, stormwater facilities, and landscaping.

Pursuant to procedures outlined in Federal Way City Code (FWCC) 20-110 et al, the applicant requests a recommendation of approval from the city’s Hearing Examiner and subsequent preliminary plat approval from the Federal Way City Council.

Applicant: 356th Street Management, PO Box 26116, Federal Way, WA 98093 and Nehemiah Group LLC, 5015 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA 98023

Location: The following four contiguous parcels near the intersection of 1st Avenue South and SW 356th Street: 157 SW 356th Street (302104-9020), 203 SW 356th Street (302104-9082), 215 SW 356th Street (302104-9058), and 225 SW 356th Street (302104-9021).

Date Application Received: April 11, 2008
Date Determined Complete: July 11, 2008


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Date of Notice of Application: July 23, 2008

Determinations & Approvals Included in the Application: Environmental Threshold (SEPA), Preliminary Plat, and Transportation Concurrency

Existing Environmental Documents: Stormwater Technical Information Report, Wetland Determination Letter, City Wetland Consultant Response, Environmental Checklist, Environmental Determination, and Archeological Assessment. All environmental documents are available at City Hall.

Development Regulations to Be Used for Project Mitigation, Known at this Time: FWCC Chapter 18,
“Environmental Protection”; Chapter 19, “Planning and Development”; Chapter 20, “Subdivisions”; Chapter 21, “Surface and Stormwater Management”; and Chapter 22, “Zoning.”

Consistency with Applicable City Plans and Regulations: The project will be reviewed for consistency with all applicable codes and regulations including the FWCC; Federal Way Comprehensive Plan; 1998 King County Surface Water Design Manual as amended by the City of Federal Way; and Public Works Department Development Standards.

Public Comments: Any person has the right to submit written comments to the Hearing Examiner and/or appear at the public hearing to provide verbal comments. Only persons who submit written or oral comments to the Hearing Examiner may appeal the City Council’s final decision on the matter. Written comments submitted prior to the hearing date will be accepted at the Community and Economic Development Department.

Availability of File: The official project file and existing environmental documents are available for public review during normal business hours at the Community and Economic Development Department, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98003.

Staff Contact: Matthew Herrera, Associate Planner, 253-835-2638

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Release: Free Tax Preparation Helps Workers Keep More of What They Earn and Avoid High Fees

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Jared Erlandson
Public Relations Manager
United Way of King County
206-461-3742

Free Tax Preparation Helps Workers Keep More of What They Earn and Avoid High Fees


Location 1:
Multi-Service Center
Address:
1200 S. 336th St. 98003
Hours:
Tuesdays – 5pm- 8pm (English, Spanish & Chinese)
Wednesdays 5pm – 8pm (English and Tagalog)
Thursdays – 5pm – 8pm (English and Tagalog)

Location 2:
King’s Court Community Center
Address:
33312 22nd Lane S. 98093
Hours:
Tuesdays – 5pm- 9pm (English & Tagalog)
Saturdays – 10 am– 2pm (English)

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SEATTLE- United Way of King County is offering Free Tax Preparation at 18 sites throughout King County through April 15, 2011. The program is designed to help low and middle-income families prepare their income tax forms, take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax credits while avoiding fees associated with commercial preparers.

In addition to filing tax returns, customers will be able to purchase savings bonds, open credit union accounts, sign up for prepaid debit cards and apply for public benefits such as the Washington Basic Food Program.

“United Way of King County offers the Free Tax Preparation Campaign because we understand that when people are able to establish savings, it creates a cushion that stabilizes their lives and can help them from falling into crisis, even homelessness,” said United Way of King County President and CEO Jon Fine. “Given the current economic climate, this campaign provides an excellent opportunity to help low income families save money.”

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a federal tax program that reduces the amount of income tax owed by low to moderate income workers. The credit ranges from $457 to $5,666 depending income and the number of qualifying children in a family.

“In some cases, the EITC alone can account for a 30 to 40 percent boost in annual household income,” said Fine. “Yet nationwide, 15 to 20 percent of families eligible for the EITC do not claim it.

Last year, United Way’s Free Tax Prep Campaign filed 14,000 returns and brought back $19.7 million in refunds to the community; $6.2 million of which came from the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Tax preparation services will be provided in multiple languages, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Spanish, Somali, Amharic, Korean, Chinese, Tigrinya, and Russian by more than 600 IRS certified volunteers.

Taxpayers must bring photo identification and Social Security Cards(or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers) for themselves, spouses and dependents. They should also bring wage and earnings statements (Forms W-2), interest and dividend information concerning their income and expenses for the year of 2010.

For site locations, maps and more information, visit www.unitedwayofkingcounty.org/taxhelp or call 2-1-1.

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