Monday, October 31, 2011

New Roundabout Coming to Weyerhaeuser

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Federal Way's website reports that a new roundabout is coming to Weyerhaeuser Way S. and S. 344th. Way.

This project would result in the construction of a two-lane roundabout at this intersection.  This project will include new storm drainage, paving, curb, gutter, sidewalk, street lighting, signing, channelization, and landscaping.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Press Release: Arts Alive comes to life at City Hall

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MEDIA CONTACT: Leah Fraine, Cultural Events Assistant, 253.835.6926

Arts Alive comes to life at City Hall

Artwork by thirteen local artists is on display now until January 4 at City Hall as part of the City’s annual Arts Alive juried art show. The exhibition is intended to highlight the work of local artists and provide an opportunity to display their works in a public setting.

The thirteen entries are being displayed in the City Hall gallery on the building’s second floor.

The gallery is open for viewing Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

All artists are local residents of Federal Way or neighboring communities. Additional artwork from the personal collections of the show’s judges Cathy Fields and Marshall Johnson will also be displayed.

Artist Tis Huberth was awarded the Judges Choice at the October 18 city council meeting for her piece "Intrigue." As the Judges' choice, Ms. Huberth wins $200 and the opportunity to have her own solo exhibit at City Hall in 2012.

The Commissioners’ Choice will be also awarded at the same council meeting. The winner of this award will receive $150.

Visitors to City Hall can cast their vote for the People's Choice award. The ballot box accompanies the display and will be open until early December. The People’s Choice winner will be awarded $100.

For more information contact Leah Fraine, Cultural Events and Arts Assistant at 253.835.6926 or


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Press Release: Energy efficiency is a growing trend in Federal Way

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MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Carrel, Communications and Grant Coordinator, 253.835.2411

Energy efficiency is a growing trend in Federal Way

City Hall costs less to heat – and uses less energy – thanks a 2010 federal grant funding energy efficiency improvements throughout the city. City operations and private businesses are already seeing results from a $777,000 federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant supporting energy efficiency retrofits.

One of the biggest projects from the grant was replacing City Hall’s aging HVAC system, which was completed May 23 of this year. In the first three months of operation, the new HVAC system saved 41,000 kilowatt-hours over the same 3-month period in 2010, and cost $3,975 less in heating costs.

The City has also identified a host of low-cost and no-cost energy conservation measures for City Hall that once implemented will save the City approximately 3-5% in energy consumption.

“We’ve focused this grant on projects that have a high bang for the buck,” said Bryant Enge, Administrative Services Director. “The projects have high conservation value, but also produce definitive cost reductions. In the current economic environment that is incredibly important.”

Public Works staff have used the grant to improve the efficiency in signal timing for S. 312th Street between 8th Ave. S. and 23rd Ave. S. The initial assessment shows a 22 percent reduction in overall travel time and delay due to the signal’s conversion. Public Works has converted 53 of the City’s 80 signals. A full analysis of the efficiencies gained over all the converted signals will be completed early next year.

The City dedicated $160,000 towards small business energy conservation retrofits and is working on completing 26 retrofit projects this year. Puget Sound Energy is partnering with the City to conduct post-project energy audits and to maximize rebates for the businesses.

Audits done to date show that small businesses have saved 147,564 kilowatt-hours and 6,528 therms from direct installation of 143 Compact Florescent Lamps (CFLs) and 95 faucet aerators.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Press Release: Mid-Biennium budget schedule announced

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October 12, 2011

Tho Kraus, Finance Director, 253.835.2520
Chris Carrel, Communications and Grant Coordinator, 253.835.2411 or 253.347.7057

Mid-Biennium budget schedule announced

The City Council has announced the public hearing and meetings schedule to consider the City of Federal Way’s 2011/2012 Mid-Biennial Budget Adjustment. The City of Federal Way operates on a two-year budget. State law requires a mid-biennial review and modification between eight and twelve months into the two-year period.

All meetings will be held at City Hall, 33325 – 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, Washington.

Citizen comments will be accepted at all budget meetings.


  • PUBLIC HEARING (required by RCW 35A.34) 2011/2012 Biennial Budget/Property Tax Rate

NOVEMBER 29 & 30, 2011 – SPECIAL MEETINGS – 6:00 PM (November 30th only if needed)

  • Public Hearing Continued
  • Council Study Session on Mid-Biennial Budget Adjustment


  • PUBLIC HEARING CONTINUED – 2011/2012 Biennial Budget Adjustment
  • Introduction and Enactment Ordinance – 2011/2012 Mid-Biennial Budget Adjustment
  • Introduction and Enactment Ordinance – 2012 Property Tax Rate
  • Resolution/Fee Schedule 2012 Amendment

For more information please contact Tho Kraus, Finance Director at 253.835.2520 or

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Press Release: Twin Lakes Subarea Plan workshop announced

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October 17, 2011

Matt Herrera
Associate Planner

Twin Lakes Subarea Plan workshop announced

City Hall is hosting the second Twin Lakes Subarea plan public workshop Wednesday, October 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The City staff is drafting a subarea land use plan for the vicinity of SW Campus Drive and 21st Avenue SW (the Twin Lakes subarea) that will serve as a blueprint for future development and capital improvements in the area. Public participation is an essential component in developing plans that reflect the community’s goals and values.

The event begins with an informal open house at 6:00 p.m. followed by a workshop at 6:30 p.m. The workshop will include a presentation and visuals of citizen ideas generated through previous public input as well as small group sessions to discuss tools for accomplishing community goals for the subarea.

City Hall is located at 33325 8th Ave. S. The workshop will be held in Council Chambers on the building’s second floor.

For additional information, contact Matt Herrera, Associate Planner at 253.835.2638 or Additional information is available online at and at the virtual townhall at

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.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Press Release: Downtown redevelopment project reaches milestone

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MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Carrel, Communications and Grant Coordinator, 253.835.2411 or 253.347.7057

Downtown redevelopment project reaches milestone

In a unanimous vote, the Federal Way City Council approved the next step in the development of the former AMC Theater property downtown. The Council’s decision authorizes the Mayor to sign a purchase and sale agreement with Arcadd.

Once the signatures are executed, that will trigger a series of steps, such as an environmental assessment, that are necessary prior to closing the sale. If these are successfully completed, the parties anticipate the sale closing by January 6, 2012.

The City purchased the former AMC site in 2007 with the goal of stimulating downtown economic development. Arcadd responded to a May 2011 Request for Qualifications with a proposal for a $300 million mixed-use development that would include retail shops, restaurants and theaters, office and residential space and an exhibition hall.

In selling the property to the developer, the City will require a development agreement that outlines how the project will meet the Council’s goals for the site, including a mix of uses, requirements for public spaces, traffic and related issues. Project construction will be privately financed.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Press Release: Calling all artists for downtown sculpture park

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September 29, 2011

Alexa Heidrich, Planning Intern, 253.835.2622
Chris Carrel, Communications and Grant Coordinator, 253.835.2411 or 253.347.7057

Calling all artists for downtown sculpture park

Downtown Federal Way is going to get a new taste of art and culture with a planned sculpture park. The City of Federal Way’s Arts Commission and 4Culture are hosting a call for artists to provide sculptures to be installed on the vacant property adjacent the Transit Center.

“The sculpture park will infuse a cultural flavor to a mostly commercial area and encourage people to get out and walk around,” said Patrick Doherty, Community and Economic Development Director. “We also see this as an opportunity to showcase the work of local and regional artists.”

Doherty noted that the sculpture park will remain in place until such time as the vacant land is redeveloped. There are no current plans for the city-owned property. “Creating park and cultural amenities downtown are vital to the evolving downtown,” said Doherty.

Applications will be accepted through Friday October 28, 2011, and are available at or at 4Culture’s website at The Arts Commission will pick four to six sculptures for the site. The City will provide an honorarium of $250 for each artist. All media will be considered for this interim park as the Arts Commission seeks to create a place that showcases outdoor art installations and enables people to connect with their community and downtown.

The Federal Way Arts Commission is a group of dedicated volunteers appointed by the Federal Way City Council to guide the City’s various arts programs. The Arts Commission advises the City Council on all areas of the arts, including the fine arts, literary, performing and visual arts.

For more information about the Call for Artists or to request an application contact Alexa Heidrich, 253.835.2622 or


Monday, October 17, 2011

Press Release: Volunteers put wayward shopping carts in their place

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October 5, 2011

Cathy M. Schrock
Civilian Operations Manager

Volunteers put wayward shopping carts in their place

Federal Way retailers saved over $480,000 in assets from shopping carts returned by the Police Department’s volunteer Cart Recovery Team. The team’s five volunteers were recognized at Tuesday’s Council meeting for their contribution to keeping Federal Way beautiful.

“Our volunteers are picking up about 400 carts a month, preventing the eyesores that abandoned shopping carts are causing in other cities,” Commander Chris Norman told the Council during a report on the program’s first year.

The Police Department began the Cart Recovery Team program in September 2010 as an innovative approach to addressing abandoned shopping carts. The program is composed of five volunteers, who use a Police Department volunteer vehicle and a converted trailer to transport carts.

The Cart Recovery Team is Frank Gabreluk, Dan Goede, Mari Ikeda-Gomes, Lottie Kinney and John McLaren.

In its first year the team has returned 3,456 usable shopping carts to over forty Federal Way retailers, saving businesses an average of $140 per cart. In addition to the $438,840 in returned carts, the team has recycled 2,690 pounds of unusable carts for scrap metal. Citizens can report abandoned shoppings carts on the City’s cart hotline at 253.835.6774 or online at The City averages about 18 calls a month to the cart hotline. Team members also use Safe City cameras to identify abandoned carts.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Historically Inaccurate

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Thanks for nothing, Washington State History Museum.


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