By Mellow De Tray
At the regular Burien City Council meeting on Monday evening (August 1, 2022), lawmakers discussed a new “local shop” website, heard about an internal job promotion, the finances of the city, approved a letter to the FAA, updates on parks, the arts and more.
Proclamation: Guatemala Day
On Monday August 1, 2022, the Council proclaimed August 6 Guatemala Day, to welcome the nearly 400 people born in Guatemala who have chosen to settle in Burien.
Digital Main Street
Lorraine Chachere, Economic Development Specialist, made a presentation to council on the town’s new “local store” website. Due to the pandemic, many local small businesses have successfully adopted an increased digital presence and practiced e-commerce. The Digital Main Street project will help empower the rest of our small businesses to have a strong online presence as well.
This service will be free for all participants, in order to support a thriving local economy. The site will allow users to shop locally by category or location. The project will also provide 15 internships for young people to foster job skills and work experience, and provide language interpretation for business owners for whom English is not their primary language. The site plans to have 500 businesses represented by the end of the year, and ultimately aims to have all 2,400 small businesses brought together virtually on the site:
Heather Dumlao, having recently served as Acting City Clerk, has been permanently promoted to that position. Her former position as Deputy City Clerk is now vacant and seeking candidates.
Chief Financial Officer Eric Christianson seeks public comment on the biennial budget. The new budget will be adopted on December 5. Community members can review the budget and provide input at three upcoming public hearings on October 17, November 7 and December 5, as well as at Burien’s Thursday Farmers’ Markets.
City signs letter to FAA
The Board voted to add support to a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration. The letter is also signed by city officials from SeaTac, Des Moines, and Federal Way, and urges the FAA to find other ways to reduce emissions and reduce harmful particulates that impact communities around the SeaTac airport.
Download the PDF of the full letter here.
Leisure Parks and Open Spaces
Leit Myers presented recent accomplishments as well as the Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces (PROS) plan for the coming year. The plan was adopted unanimously to be placed on the agenda for the next business meeting.
Mayor Aragon received an affirmative vote to draft a resolution to support the City of SeaTac in negotiations with the Port of Seattle on their purchase of North SeaTac Park, to preserve it as a green space.
Andrew McMasters, Chair of the Arts Commission, presented the status of public art projects in the city. They recently completed public awareness on public art preferences. Sign boxes along Des Moines Memorial Drive will be decorated with artwork, and there is talk of having a Young Poet Laureate. This year, the Arts Commission was able to award $20,000 in funding, but received approximately $50,000 in applications. The Arts plan was unanimously added to the agenda for the next business meeting.
Watch the video of the full meeting here.
DeTray fluffy is originally from Seattle and has spent the past 16 years raising his family in Burien. She has volunteered at many local establishments over the years, including Burien Library, Burien Actors Theater and Hot Feet Fitness. After working for ten years at the Burien Community Center, she transitioned to teaching fitness classes and front desk at a Burien yoga studio. For many years, Mellow maintained a moderately popular food and lifestyle blog, and she had a brief stint in political journalism during a local election. Clear and informative writing has always been a secondary hobby for Mellow and she looks forward to bringing you unbiased coverage of City Council meetings.