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Burien City Council Summary: 8/1/22


City Council Regular Meeting Summary: 08/01/2022

Roll Call: All members present except Hugo Garcia (excused)

Proclamations: Guatemala Day


Digital Main Street Program – Economic Development

  • Digital Empowerment for Burien Businesses, to assist businesses that struggle due to lack of a digital presence.
  • Creation of a digital business directory – “Burien Digital Main Street” – highlighting Burien businesses. http://www.shoplocalburien.com (in beta)
  • Burien has partnered with the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle for this endeavor.
  • Marketing internship opportunity for youths – social media skills, onboarding businesses.

City Manager’s Report on Emerging Issues

  • Heather Dumlao permanently promoted to City Clerk.
  • 2023-2024 Budget Calendar Update
    • Budget Development to occur in August 2022; Long Range Forecast to be presented to council Aug 15.
    • City Manager reviews budget items with Finance Dept, and preliminary budget is created during September.
    • 10/3 Preliminary Operating Budget presented to council.
    • 10/17 First public budget hearing
    • Council discussions during the month of November
    • 11/7 Second public budget hearing
    • 11/21 Budget ordinance
    • 12/5 Final public budget hearing & budget ordinance adoption (statuatory deadline is Dec 31).

FAA Aircraft Fuel Efficiency Certification

  • Burien is signing a letter in support of the FAA’s proposed fuel efficiency standards and aligning with EPA and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, as well as future steps for reducing aircraft emissions.
  • SeaTac Airport has specifically set a goal to fuel all aircraft with a 10% blend of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) by 2028, in order to reduce emission of ultrafine particulates (UFP), sulfur oxides and carbon.
  • The letter will be signed by the Port of Seattle Commission, and the mayors or city managers of Federal Way, Tukwila, SeaTac, Burien and Des Moines.

Public Comment

  • John A. – Apartment owner – appreciates Burien’s pro-business stance regarding multifamily housing businesses. Cited the letter that he submitted.
  • Terrance J. – Co-chair of Burien People for Climate Action, and the Steering Committee for the PCA Coalition of Cities. To reduce greenhouse emissions in the housing sector, need to identify those that can’t afford better heating and weatherization. Reduce cost of heat pumps.
  • Eric D. – BAT Theater – 8/5 Show in Town Square Park; Arts in Burien are very important and needs continued support.
  • Michael D. – Blvd Park resident; graffiti, vandalism and drug use present for weeks on Blvd Park businesses and other outskirts. Cited the defunding of the police as a potential contributor to the problems.
  • Ginele L. – Blvd Park resident; requesting support from the City regarding surface water management, drainage, updated infrastructure
  • Dr. R. Edgar – Strategic Plan stated that a new Community Activity and Recreation Center would be worked on during 2017-2019. ARPA funds presented an opportunity to perform a study for a design for the center, but did not make the list. Burien is one of the unhealthiest cities in King County according to the County Health Reports.
  • Dr. C. Edgar – Delaying concrete plan for downtown parking until 2026 is a problem. Hard to find ADA or regular parking in Burien. Oppose extending exemption until 2026. Opposes removal of parking requirements for new ADU’s (Accessory Dwelling Units).

Consent Agenda

  • Approved unanimously

Business Agenda

South King Housing and Homelessness Partners (SKHHP) Update

  • SKHHP is an interlocal agreement to work together and share resources to increase options for residents to access affordable housing and preserve existing housing stock.
  • SKHHP Foundation (fundraising arm) received WA nonprofit status in 2021. Formation of Advisory board also in 2021.
  • Awarded Dept of Commerce funds for inventory and monitor of affordable housing in South King County.
  • 9 member cities including Burien adopted the Interlocal Agreement (Auburn, Burien, Covington, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Normandy Park, Renton, Tukwila), as well as King County.
  • 2023 Goals include development of long-term funding strategy, work plan/budget, and quarterly progress reports for Executive Board and member jurisdictions.
  • Increased jurisdiction contributions will tentatively fund two full time positions (Executive Manager, Program Coordinator), compensation for Advisory Board members, professional services for executing housing capital fund contracts.
  • Burien 2022 SKHHP Contribution: $17,250
  • Proposed 2023 increase: $2,588 for a total of $19,838.

Parks and Recreation Review of 2021-2022, Work Plan

  • Parks and Recreation presented their accomplishments:
    • Site tours of Burien Parks/Facilities, review of Capital Improvement Plan ranking system.
    • Lakeview Park Acquisition (160th and Sylvester Rd).
    • Provided recommendations to the Ambaum Corridor and Blvd Park Subarea Plan
    • Des Moines Memorial Drive Plaza conceptual plan
  • The proposed 2022-23 work plan detailed staff roles, as well as newly implemented advisory board roles regarding budget, planning, community engagement, etc. Major plans include Hilltop Master Plan, Park Recreation and Open Space Plan, Green Burien Partnership.

Arts Commission Review of 2021-2022, Work Plan

  • Arts Commission presented their accomplishments:
    • Long Range Public Art Plan – identified how the community feels about public art, and what types of public art.
    • Mural celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement installed at Hazel Valley Elementary School.
    • Grant-funded mural painted by youths installed on Buena Market on Ambaum.
    • Approved funding request to support Des Moines Memorial Drive Signal Box painting project.
    • Commissioners served on the jury panel for rotating temporary art installations at Merrill Gardens and Maverick apartment windows.
  • The proposed 2022-23 work plan included continued grant program/seeking additional funding, development of Burien Public Art Plan, enhance Arts education in Highline Public Schools, arts events.

How to Watch City Council Meetings

You can watch City Council meetings by streaming it online from your phone, tablet, or computer or by watching it on Channel 21 on Comcast.


Burien City Council meetings are held both in person in Council Chambers at Burien City Hall and virtually using Zoom webinar software.

City staff are working on a plan to support board and commission meetings that accommodate both in-person and virtual attendance. Public meetings will remain virtual through September.

See below the options for attending a live meeting, watching the live broadcast, and providing public comment.

How to Provide Public Comment

There are four ways to provide public comment:

  1. Attend a meeting: The City Council meets on a regular schedule at Burien City Hall’s Council Chambers. When you arrive, please sign up to speak your public comment. You will be allowed to speak for up to two minutes from the podium.
  2. Public Comment Form: You can provide a public comment in advance by filling out the public comment form. The City Clerk will read your comment aloud for up to two minutes per comment during the meeting. You must submit your comment by 6:45 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
  3. Email: You can provide a public comment in advance by sending an email to cityclerk@burienwa.gov. The City Clerk will read your comment aloud for up to two minutes during the meeting. Please clearly state the meeting date for which you would like your comment to be read. Emails must be sent by 6:45 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
  4. Online (Zoom): If you would like to speak during public comment but attend virtually, you will need to login to the Zoom meeting that begins at approximately 7 p.m. Please read the instructions for participation before logging in.

If you are planning to attend a meeting, we encourage community members to sign up for public comment by 6:45 p.m. on the day of the meeting. During meetings, community members will be called on in the following order:

  1. High Priority: those who have signed up to speak (either virtually or in-person) will be called upon in the order received.
  2. Priority: those who are in attendance (either virtually or in-person) and indicate they would like to comment.
  3. Low Priority: if time permits, written comments will be read aloud; all written comments shall be sent to the City Council and noted in the meeting minutes.

The meeting time allotted for the public comment period is 30 minutes (at maximum).

You can find agendas, minutes, and other information about council meetings in the online meeting center.

Language Access

The City of Burien offers Spanish interpretation during every virtual City Council meeting. Any attendee may access this service.

Once you log into the meeting, click on the “Interpretation” link at the bottom of your screen. If you need an interpreter for another language, please contact the City Clerk at cityclerk@burienwa.gov at least two business days prior to the meeting date.

La Ciudad de Burien ofrece interpretación en español durante cada reunión virtual del Ayuntamiento. Cualquier asistente puede acceder a este servicio.

Cuando haya iniciado sesión en la reunión, haga clic en el enlace “Interpretación” en la parte inferior de la pantalla. Si necesita un intérprete para otro idioma, comuníquese con el Secretario de la Ciudad en cityclerk@burienwa.gov al menos dos días hábiles antes de la fecha de la reunión.

Updated July 21, 2022


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