Shoreline City Manager Update for Week of 10/26/15

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Shoreline City Manager Update for Week of 10/26/15
From Debbie Tarry, Shoreline City Manager

Council Meetings
October 26
·         Dinner Meeting: Council met with Mountlake Terrace City Councilmembers.
·         Business Meeting
o   Approval of 2016-2025 Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 8 Interlocal Agreement: When Chinook salmon were listed as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1999, Council authorized the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) that would help create the Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) Region 8 Forum of 27 local jurisdictions in King and Snohomish counties. The goal of the Forum was to jointly fund the development and implementation of a Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan that would protect and restore the species, and meet the requirements in the ESA. In order to continue its member jurisdiction status in WRIA 8 after the existing ILA expires on December 31, 2015, Council needed to authorize execution of the new revised ILA, which will be effective from January 2016 through 2025.
o   Approval of Amendment No. 5 to the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement Between King County and the City of Shoreline for the Acquisition of Open Space Through the Conservation Futures Tax Levy Program: The City completed the purchase of the Paramount/Lim property in October 2013. The approval of this amendment will enable the City to be reimbursed for the purchase. Funds from the Street Vacation account were used to purchase the property (per SMC 12.17.030 and RCW 35.79.030, Street Vacation funds can only be used for the acquisition, improvement, development and maintenance of public open space or transportation capital projects), therefore the CFT funds received will be repaid to that fund.
o   Discussion of the Proposed 2016 Budget – Continued Department and CIP Presentation: Discussion focused on Public Works, the Surface Water Utility, and the 2016-2021 Capital Improvement Plan.
o   Discussion of Critical Areas Ordinance Regulation Updates: The State of Washington Growth Management Act (GMA) requires the City of Shoreline to periodically update the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Master Plans, and Development Code. The Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) in Shoreline Municipal Code (SMC) Chapter 20.80 is the final section of development regulations requiring update under this process. The City is required to complete the current periodic update of the CAO no later than June 30, 2016. This was the first of two study sessions on the CAO. Staff presented half of the content for Council consideration and will discuss the second half on November 2.
November 2
·         Dinner Meeting (5:45 p.m.): Doug Johnson from Ralph Anderson and Associates will be back with Council to finalize the compensation and classification study.
·         Business Meeting
o   Proclamation of America Recycles Day: This proclamation recognizes November 15, 2015, as America Recycles Day in Shoreline. It calls upon residents and businesses to celebrate this 18th anniversary of America Recycles Day, and the significant contribution that everyone in our community contributes to conserve resources and protect our environment by reducing waste; recycling and re-using materials; and purchasing items made from recycled materials. Shoreline resident Karien Balluff and a representative from Recology CleanScapes, the City’s solid waste hauler, will accept the proclamation.
o   Approval of the Grant Agreement With the United States Department of Justice for the Risk Awareness, De-escalation, and Referral (RADAR) Program and Authorize the City Manager to Enter into Agreements to Implement the Program: In January 2015, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a call for projects under their Smart Policing Initiative (SPI). Shoreline collaborated with the King County Sheriff’s Office and potential research partners from George Mason University and the Police Foundation to develop a competitive application for the RADAR program. The DOJ received over 100 applications for SPI funding, however, only seven were ultimately selected. The City of Shoreline was awarded $631,380 to implement and evaluate the RADAR program over three years. Council approval is required to enter into the agreement with the DOJ for the implementation of the program. Approval is also required for the contracts with George Mason University and the Police Foundation who will provide the data collection, analysis and evaluation of the program, as required by the DOJ.
o   Public Hearing and Discussion on the 2016 Proposed Budget and 2016-2021 CIP: The City Manager presented the 2016 Proposed Budget to the City Council on October 12. On November 2, the Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget and 2016 – 2021 CIP. Following the public hearing, the Council will have an opportunity to continue their discussion of the 2016 Proposed Budget and 2016-2021 CIP. A second public hearing on the 2016 proposed budget will be held on November 9 with special emphasis on the 2016 revenue sources including the 2016 property tax levy, and the City’s 2016 salary and fee schedules.
o   Continued Discussion of Critical Area Ordinance Regulation Updates – Ord. No’s. 723 and 724: This is the second discussion on the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) related Title 20 code changes.

Potala Property Update
The Federal Court issued an order appointing a receiver in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) case vs. Path America (Potala). The Shoreline Potala property is under exclusive control of the Court and the Receiver. The City Attorney’s Office is continuing to work on this issue, in consultation with an attorney from Foster Pepper. There was an article in the Saturday, October 24 Seattle Times about Lobsang Dargey , the head of Path America. The article mentions the receivership.

New Marijuana Establishments In and Near Shoreline
A new Retail Marijuana store will be opening at 19258 15th Ave. NE in Lake Forest Park. The store is called the Kushery, and they passed final inspection on September 21. This store is located two parcels from Shoreline (just north of North City), so while it is in Lake Forest Park, Shoreline will likely make up some of its market. As well, the City received notification this week that Far West Enterprise was granted a Marijuana Processor license to operate at 15015 Aurora Ave N, Ste. 21. On May 20, 2015 the City sent the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board a letter stating it did not object to the approval of the location, but the operation requires a Special Use Permit. The Planning and Community Development Department is following up on this.

PDC Response Regarding Ronald Wastewater District Issue
On September 21, Debbie received a letter from the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission stating that they were going to start investigating a PDC compliant that the City filed against the Ronald Wastewater District in October 2012. This complaint was filed by former City Manager Julie Underwood. Given that three years have passed since this complaint was filed and given that the City and RWD are currently collaborating on a transition plan to unify the District with the City upon City assumption of the District in October 2017, Debbie responded to the PDC asking them to suspend their investigation. (PDC’s letter to the City and Debbie’s response.)

Update on Shoreline Police Officer Travis Gray
Last week, Shoreline Officer Travis Gray was in a car accident while pursuing a suspect. Chief Ledford has really great news to report in that Officer Gray has been released from Harborview Medical Center to rest at home. While he has a skull fracture (most of the damage was to the back of his head), he will start physical and occupational therapy soon, and all indications are he’ll return to work at some point. The Shoreline command staff will schedule a Critical Incident Debrief early next week to bring in Officer Gray and the officers and two sergeants who were working with him that night to go over the incident.  

This and That
·         On Saturday, October 24, the City hosted an “Open House” at Shoreview Park on the project to remove the Hidden Lake dam. Ten members of the public attended, including residents of two households who abut the lake. The project team discussed three alternative concepts for removing the dam and developing a stream and wetland system in the project area. There was a good conversation on the area, lake history and project.

·         Your are invited to a Mental Illness Drug Dependency (MIDD) and Investments for Children and Youth related Community Conversation that King County is holding in partnership with the North Seattle Urban Human Services Alliance in Shoreline on October 28th from 6:30-9:00. The Shoreline Conversation is the third in a series of broad geographically based facilitated Community Conversations in each region of King County around these issues. King County asks that participants use Eventbrite to register.

Calendar Items
·         November 11, Wednesday, 2 p.m., Veteran’s Day Veteran’s Recognition Program, City Hall
·         December 5, Saturday, 9:3011:30 a.m., Aurora Corridor Completion Celebration, City Hall


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