(Virtual) Meeting Highlights:
Four people commented on a house at 18th and S. 296th Ave. that has become a public nuisance. The house has been vacant for over 18 months, and there have been two fires there. It presents a threat to surrounding homes. The City will have it demolished, and then will put a lien on it for the expenses.
Three people presented comments requesting rental and other assistance for people suffering during the Covid economic crisis. The Mayor stated that the City is working on more rental assistance, and in bringing back some daycare.
Biennial Budget Presentation (2021-22)
Mayor Ferrell wants the budget planning to be a very transparent process. Priorities:
We increased the number of police officers from 134 to 137. We will have adequate funding for jail service since the City dropped its contract with the SCORE facility.
What the Budget includes:
To retain non-represented employees, we are offering a 3% COLA to prevent further salary erosion from area-wide averages.
Fully fund most reserve accounts:
Bond Capital Projects:
Two years = $966.2K
The city can refinance two old bonds to lower annual payments, the Federal Way Community Center 2013 GO Bond of $8.3, and one other.
Parks and Recreation Highlights
Community Development Highlights
IT Security focus
a. City-wide security awareness training;
b. Multi-factor authentication;
c. Darktrace Network protection;
d. I.T. Department reorganization;
e. New help-desk for software.
Recovery from Covid-19 Crisis
Actions for Solvency
Revenue for 2021 is $125.85 million. Federal Way now has a web page where everyone can view the current budget planning.
There was a presentation by Kirk Ross on behalf of Federal Way becoming a member of the National League of Cities (NLC). (Mr. Ross is an intern with NLC, and was zooming to us from Alabama.) NLC is the voice of all American cities in terms of advocacy; it is currently advocating for direct funding for cities from the federal government, rather than having funding going through the states. You are able to communicate easily with official from other city councils.
The Mayor announced the finalists for City Council Position 5 (down from the original 23 applicants), which Mark Kappong vacated, taking a private industry position in California. They are: Jack Dovey; (The mayor went through the rest of the names too quickly for me to write them down.) Mr. Dovey is a long-time FW resident who has served on both the Council and previously as mayor. The City Council resolved to have criminal background checks of the remaining 5 candidates. The checks will be done through a commercially available service.
There were new appointments of people to the Arts Commission (1); the Diversity Commission (2); and the Parks and Recreation Commission (1).