Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Notice: Public Hearing to Consider the Moratorium on Cannabis-Related Business

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN for the following Federal Way City Council Public Hearing to be held:

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
7:00 PM (during the regularly-scheduled City Council meeting)

City Hall Council Chambers
33325 Eighth Avenue South; Federal Way, Washington

PUBLIC HEARING to consider the Moratorium on Cannabis-Related Businesses.
DATED April 21, 2011
Carol McNeilly, CMC
City Clerk

E-SUBSCRIBED: April 26, 2011 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

RELEASE: City hosts free disaster preparedness presentation on April 21

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Following a region wide emergency or disaster, it may take well beyond a week or more before services and supplies return to some sense of normalcy. Some emergencies could require people to shelter in place or to evacuate. This presentation will provide information on both of these emergency actions and what they involve.

The City of Federal Way Emergency Management Division will help prepare you in the best techniques to create a shelter in place and an evacuation plan, from 6:30 to 8 PM on April 21 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.

Topics include:

  • Shelter in Place. The presentation will explain what sheltering in place means and what type of emergencies would require sheltering in place. The presentation will also cover special supplies to have on hand and actions needed to be taken when sheltering in place.  
  • Evacuations. The presentation will cover the types of emergencies that may require evacuations, along with items to consider when creating a family emergency evacuation plan and supplies to take. 

Presentation is free but registration is required and will be accepted up to April 21st. To register or for more information, contact Ray Gross,, 253-835-2712.



MEDIA CONTACTS: Ray Gross, CEM; Deputy Emergency Manager -- 253-835-2712 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

RELEASE: Residents bring 75 tons of recyclables to city event

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Federal Way’s March 19th recycling event caught residents in a spring cleaning mood. More than 1,100 residents came to the Twin Lakes Park & Ride to drop off more than 167,000 pounds of recyclable and reusable materials at the City-sponsored event. That’s more than 75 metric tons of material, about the same weight as five school buses.

Federal Way’s Solid Waste & Recycling Division hosts the free recycling events each spring and fall to make recycling easier for many items either not collected at the curb or banned from disposal. Residents brought appliances, wood, mattresses, tires, electronics, Styrofoam blocks, used motor oil, antifreeze, batteries, fluorescent tubes and more.

“The tremendous turnout from residents shows there’s a real need for this service.” said Jeanette Brizendine, event coordinator and Recycling Project Manager for the City. “The volunteers and staff who work these events are happy to provide ‘one-stop recycling’ for all these unwanted items.”

The next recycling event will be held Saturday, September 17, 2011, between 9 AM and 3 PM, at the Twin Lakes Park & Ride (21st Avenue Southwest and Southwest 344th Street).

Please visit for more recycling information.


April 6, 2011

Jeanette Brizendine
Recycling Project Manager

Chris Carrel
Communications & Grant Coordinator
253.835.2411 or 253.347.7057

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

RELEASE: First community bike ride set to hit the streets

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Federal Way’s cycling enthusiasts and the Police Department’s Bike Squad are teaming up for the city’s first ever Community Bike Ride. The April 17 event is open to all interested cyclists and is designed to promote awareness of safe cycling in the city.

“Encouraging cycling in the city is all about finding a comfort level,” said Doug Nelson, Federal Way Community Center Supervisor, a daily bicycle commuter himself. “The Community Bike Ride is an opportunity for cyclists of all ages and ability levels to come together and discover safe routes and interesting destinations.”

Riders will gather at the Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St. on Sunday April 17th at 10 AM. The group will travel an 8.2 mile route, covering the BPA Trail and safe city streets and including a scheduled break at the Fred Meyer Shopping Center in Twin Lakes. Members of the Police Department’s Bike Squad will help lead the Community Bike Ride.

This will be a fun, casual ride with groups divided by pace into slow, medium and fast groups. The ride is intended for all ages, though children under age 15 should be accompanied by parents. All participants must wear a helmet and sign a release form on the day of the event.

For more information contact Doug Nelson at or 253-835-6930.


April 6, 2011

Doug Nelson
Community Center Supervisor

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

Monday, April 11, 2011

Press Release: BECU Offers Identity Theft Protection Tips and Document Shredding Event

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In Brief:

The BECU Shredding and Electronics Recycling Event: Residents can bring up to three grocery bags or three banker’s boxes of sensitive information to be shredded. They can also bring unwanted computers, laptops, monitors, TVs or cell phones all to be recycled for free.

When: Saturday, April 16th from 10 AM-1 PM
Where: BECU Federal Way Pavilion parking lot, 31411 Pacific Hwy S.

Full Release:

More than nine million Americans fall victim to identity theft each year. Aside from the violation of privacy and inconvenience, identity theft is becoming more expensive for consumers and financial institutions. According to a recent study, the average out-of-pocket cost to an identity theft victim in 2010 was $631, and total losses were estimated at $37 billion.

To help prevent identity theft in the Puget Sound area, BECU, Washington’s largest credit union, is declaring April Identity Theft Awareness month to educate residents about steps they can take to protect themselves. BECU is providing tips to residents and hosting free paper shredding and electronic recycle events at several BECU locations around the Puget Sound area. At these events, residents can shred their sensitive documents for free, recycle unwanted electronics and get information on what they can do to help protect themselves against identity theft.

"Identity theft can hit any of us," said Ken Kinloch, Information Protection Officer at BECU. "When it comes to identity theft, preventive measures are the most important. By sharing knowledge, tips, and information we hope to empower our members and all Puget Sound residents to take steps to help protect themselves from identity theft."

The recent study, conducted by Javelin Strategy & Research also noted that while cases of identity theft have fallen 28 percent since 2009, the costs to victims have skyrocketed. "BECU invites the entire community to learn a few simple steps to keep their identity safe," continued Kinloch. "It takes a huge amount of time and hassle to untangle identity theft. We want to arm our members with the best information and resources to protect themselves. That’s why we are hosting paper shredding and computer recycling events."

Tips to help prevent identity theft include:

  • Monitor current available bank and credit card account balances at least weekly, via online, mobile, ATM, or touch-tone banking -- check for discrepancies or unauthorized charges.
  • Don't publish your birth date, mother's maiden name, pet's name or other identifying and personal information on social media websites.
  • Use unique and hard-to-guess passwords, including the password for your wireless Internet connection, and don't access secure Web sites using public Wi-Fi connections.
  • When your Social Security number is requested as an identifier in paper documents, ask if you can provide alternate information.
  • Request electronic statements, use direct deposit, and don't put checks in an unlocked mailbox.

At the BECU shredding and electronics recycling events, residents can bring up to three grocery bags or three banker’s boxes of sensitive information to be shredded. They can also bring unwanted computers, laptops, monitors, TVs or cell phones all to be recycled for free.


  • Saturday, April 16th from 10 AM-1 PM


  • BECU Federal Way Pavilion parking lot, 31411 Pacific Hwy S.
  • BECU Tukwila Financial Center parking lot, 12770 Gateway Dr.
  • BECU Everett Financial Center parking lot, 11127 Evergreen Way S.

The event will include onsite secured shredding provided by Iron Mountain, a professional document destruction company, electronic recycling by E-waste and an information center to answer questions and provide additional tips. Additional details can be found at:

For more information about preventing identity theft, go to or

About BECU
Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, BECU is a not-for-profit credit union owned by the members. Profits are returned to the members in the form of better rates and fewer fees. With more than 680,000 members and more than $9 billion in assets, BECU is the largest credit union in Washington and one of the top five financial cooperatives in the coun-try. BECU currently operates over 45 locations in the Puget Sound region. All Washington state residents and students attending Washington colleges and universities are eligible to join.


Bryan Cohen, Colehour + Cohen
206-262-0363 x 101

April 4, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

2011 Federal Way Police Department Citizen Survey

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From the survey:

We are committed to assessing the quality of the services you receive from the Federal Way Police Department. Our last survey of the community was in 2008. We review all comments with an objective view and have implemented several suggestions to improve our service and meet the needs of the community. The Federal Way Police Department received feedback in 2008, about abandoned shopping carts around the city. In the latter part of 2010, the police department launched the Shopping Cart Recovery program staffed by police volunteers. The need for bicycle officers in the downtown core was mentioned several times in our 2008 survey. In 2009, we created our Special Operations Unit, which is a bicycle unit that patrols the downtown core. The implementation of this unit has led to a decrease in crime and increased the safety of patrons and businesses in the downtown core.
Click here to take the survey.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Presentation Tomorrow: Adventures with the giant panda of China

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The Federal Way Arts Commission is proud to host "Adventures with the Giant Panda of China,"
at the Knutzen Family Theatre, Sunday, April 10th

The presentation, by local artist Becci Crowe, deals with the plight of Chinese pandas and features behind-the-scenes film footage from Becci's experiences in China working save the species from extinction. The program begins at two PM.

A strong advocate for wildlife conservation and the preservation of world cultures, Becci presents programs on her travel, art, and wildlife experiences from around the world. Her presentation includes video and photos, and will engage and entertain audiences of all ages.  

Tickets are $10 and are available from Centerstage by calling 253-661-1444 or online at  Tickets will also be available at the door. Children 17 and under will be admitted free. A reception with Becci and an exhibit of her art will follow the program.

Specializing in wildlife and tribal portrait art, Becci's desire to study her subjects in their natural world has led to adventurous travel across six continents and more than 40 countries around the world including Antarctica, China, Borneo, Zimbabwe, and Namibia among many others.

As an artist, Becci’s explorations provide a wealth of knowledge for her work. Her dramatic art images are created with pen & ink. Favoring a technique called Pointillism, her originals involve creating an image on paper literally dot by dot. The details require thousands of points, laid in one dot at a time, and take weeks to complete. Her subjects include not only wildlife, but tribal cultures including the Maasai and San Bushmen from Africa. Examples of her work can be viewed at


April 6, 2011     

Leah Fraine 
Cultural Events & Arts Assistant 

Notice: Only one month left to benefit from City’s utility tax rebate program

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There’s only one month left for low-income disabled persons and low-income senior citizens to apply for a utility tax rebate from the City of Federal Way. Applications are due April 30.

The rebate program, in existence since 2003, covers the City utility tax portion (7.75%) on gas, electricity, telephone, cell phones, pagers, garbage/recycling, and cable TV charges. This year, rebates are averaging approximately $125. Actual amounts vary depending on utility consumption. Taxes on wastewater/water charges, prepaid cell phones, and third party billers are not eligible.

“What’s not to like about this program?” asked City Administrative Services Director Bryant Enge. “You round up your utility bills, fill out a short form and get your utility tax dollars back. This simple program really makes a difference,” he said.


Applicants must live within city limits and meet the federal government’s maximum allowable income limits: $30,000 for a one-person household, $34,250 for two, $38,550 for three, and $42,800 for four-person families. Required documents include a tax return or bank statements, and customer utility bills.

Low-income seniors must be 65 or older. Low-income disabled persons must establish disability status for all or part of 2010 by providing one of the following: proof of Social Security disability income, proof of supplemental security income or a physician’s disability certificate.

Applications are available for download at by clicking on the ”Utility Tax Rebate Program” link at the top right corner of the homepage; for pickup at City Hall, 33325 8th Ave. S.; or can be easily mailed. For more information or to receive an application, contact Brook Lindquist at 253.835.2401.



March 29, 2011

Brook Lindquist
Executive Assistant to the City Council

Chris Carrel
Communication & Grant Coordinator

Friday, April 8, 2011

Meeting Tomorrow: Sea-Tac Airport Noise Study Open House

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Part 150 Noise Study Open House
April 9 at Sea-Tac Airport’s Arrivals Hall

The fourth in a series of public events for Sea-Tac Airport’s Part 150 Noise Study will be April 9 at Sea-Tac Airport’s Arrivals Hall. The Part 150 Study is looking at ways to reduce aircraft noise impacts on communities around Sea-Tac Airport. Drop by anytime between... continued.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Release - Community Enhancement Grants awarded

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The Federal Way Human Services Commission today announced recipients of the new Community Enhancement Grants. The small grants pilot program awarded funds to twenty organizations supporting education, seniors and underserved populations.

The goal of the new program is to leverage small amounts of funding to make significant differences in the community. The pilot program will provide scholarship money for disadvantaged children to attend music, theater and recreational camps this summer. Enterprise Elementary will use their award to build a greenhouse for their community garden.

Grants will also fund the purchase of a telephonic screening tool for teen services at the crisis Clinic and a language translation tablet to help children with limited English skills learn the English language. Funded organizations include Kikaha, Birth to Three, Kinship, Centerstage Theatre, and the Federal Way Symphony, among others.

The Commission received twenty-six applications which were reviewed according to program guidelines, and assessed for clear objectives and level of community impact, among other criteria. The twenty grants ranged from a low of $250 to the maximum $1,500. A total of $20,000 was available to support the pilot program this year.

The Community Enhancement Grants are intended to make a significant difference in the lives of individuals and families, particularly for disadvantaged sectors of the community. The pilot program successfully attracted new groups that historically haven’t accessed city services.


April 1, 2011

Lynnette Hynden
Human Services Manager

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Uncovering Federal Way’s best kept secret

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Dumas Bay Centre has been called Federal Way’s best kept secret. City officials, however, are not content to keep the conference and retreat center under wraps. With a new website and the facility’s first marketing plan, the city hopes to introduce Dumas Bay to a wider audience.

“The Dumas Bay Centre offers unique experiences at an economical value, whether you’re planning a wedding or booking a business retreat,” said Public Works and Parks Director Cary Roe. “There is a real need, though, to let people know about the facility and its spectacular setting just 15 minutes from I-5.”

Set on 12 acres with unobstructed views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, the Centre is available year-round for conferences, meetings, banquets, weddings and more. The Centre’s executive chef creates delicious, healthy meals for on-site catering and for overnight guests in the facility’s 67 bedrooms.

“Our guests often rave about their stays here, including the view of Puget Sound and the food, and we have a lot of repeat customers” said Rob Ettinger, Conference Coordinator. “We’re confident that when people try Dumas Bay Centre, they’ll want to keep coming back.”

In an effort to reach those new visitors, the City this week launched a website at, featuring a photo tour, some of Chef Rob’s recipes, and a wealth of facility information. The city has placed ads at and will be mailing 5,000 flyers to wedding planners, meeting planners, businesses and churches.

The marketing effort, which will cost the city $70,000, is an investment in creating a sustainable business model for the Centre. The city’s goals are to increase site rentals ten percent, add up to two anchor clients, and book an additional ten weddings or other similar events.

Those goals are reasonable, according to Roe who notes the facility had more than 5,000 guests in 2010. “We had one of our busiest years during a very down year for the economy,” he said. “We’re confident we can build on that success, using the new website and other materials to promote what is currently a hidden treasure.”

The Dumas Bay Centre served as a Catholic convent since the 1950s until it was purchased by the City Of Federal Way in 1993. The Knutzen Family Theatre is located onsite and hosts professional theater performances by Centerstage. The Centre’s grounds are a public park and include beach access to Puget Sound.


March 16, 2011     

Cary Roe 
Public Works and Parks Director 
Rob Ettinger 
Dumas Bay Centre Conference Coordinator 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Three Meetings Tonight

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-1- City Council special meeting to discuss AMC property redevelopment 

On April 5th, the Federal Way City Council will hold a special Council meeting at 5:30 PM to
discuss a process for soliciting development firms and proposals for redevelopment of the former
AMC Theater site downtown. The public is encouraged to attend the public meeting and provide
comments to the Council.

-2- Federal Way 320th. Library Renovation Presentation

Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-8 pm.  Review and offer input the current design for the expanded and renovated Federal Way 320th. Libary as presented by the architectural team from SRG Partnership.

-3- Regularly Scheduled City Council Meeting

The regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be held at 7 PM, following the Special Meeting. Regular Council meetings are open to public comment at the beginning of the meeting agenda. Individuals interested in providing public comment need to fill out a public comment sheet and provide it to the city clerk before the meeting begins. Each citizen comment is limited to three minutes maximum.  City Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Federal Way City Hall at 33325, 8th Ave S., Federal Way. Council Meetings are broadcast live on Federal Way TV21, shown on Comcast channel 21. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Meeting Tomorrow: 2011 Comprehensive Plan Amendments

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN for the following Federal Way City Council Public Hearing to be held:
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

7:00 PM (to be held during the regularly-scheduled City Council meeting)

City Hall Council Chambers
33325 Eighth Avenue South; Federal Way, Washington

PUBLIC HEARING to consider the 2011 Comprehensive Plan Amendments
Selection Process.

DATED this 22nd day of March 2011.
Krystal Roe
Deputy City Clerk

POSTED AT CITY HALL & WEB: March 22, 2011
k:\clerk\public notice\2011\4-5-11 comp plan amendments.doc

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Notice of Environmental Determination of Nonsignificance: Rivera Office Building

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Proposal to construct a 19,960 square-foot medical office building on a vacant lot at approximately 1600 S. 30th. St.

See the entire document (PDF).

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mount Baker Station Area Redevelopment Contest

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To the north, the new Mount Baker LINK Light Rail Station has caused the owners of the property immediately around it to wonder - could this space be better used (and make them more money)? Enter an annual contest - the "Urban Land Institute / Gerald D. Hines 2011 Student Urban Design Competition"

The roughly $80k investment attracted many entries on how the space might be re-used, complete with phasing. To be sure, there are some assumptions and constraints, but it's within constraints that you usually get the most creativity, not the blank slate. I wonder if it's time for Federal Way to take a more active role in the AMC property, versus leaving it to whoever they can sell it to to determine how the space will be used.

Perhaps important questions about mobility and access should be determined in advance... will roads intersect the space? What does its borders look like? Do we want people to live there? Shop there? Work there? How do they get to and from the space? How does it tie into the existing city core? Does it signal a new core? Does it signal a desired change and future direction for the existing core?

Should existing large landowners like Andrew Cratzenberg or Steadfast (Commons) be consulted or included in the conversation? Are we just building out, piece-meal, or are we building a new vision for downtown Federal Way?

Could the city receive some great options through the relatively small investment of a design competition, assisted by a group like ULI to make sure quality participation?


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