Notes from Shoreline City Council meeting August 12, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Shoreline City Hall
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Shoreline City Council Meeting 
August 12, 2019

Notes by Pam Cross

Mayor Hall called the meeting to order at 7:00pm
All councilmembers were present.

Mayor Hall proclaimed August 13th through August 18, 2019 as a time to Celebrate Shoreline! This is the 24th year of this event commemorating the City’s incorporation. This Proclamation is presented to all the citizens of Shoreline.

Report of the City Manager Debbie Tarry 

Thursdays through Saturdays through August 24th, The King’s Players Theatre is bringing free performances of William Shakespeare’s “Long Lost First Play” (abridged edition) to the City Hall Plaza. This silly and hilarious play imagines finding 17-year old William Shakespeare’s first play. Rated PG-13.

Food Truck Events:
  • Wednesdays, August 21 and 28 at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park
  • Thursdays, August 15 and 22 at Echo Lake Park
Celebrate Shoreline Events
  • Tuesday, August 13th - Noon Concert featuring children’s musician Caspar Babypants at Cromwell Park 12:00-1:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 13th North - North City Jazz Walk from 7:00 to 10.00pm. Tickets are still available at Tickets also available at the kiosks at the event. 
  • Wednesday, August 14th, Evening Concert featuring Correo Aereo at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden from 6:30 to 8:00pm 
  • Saturday, August 17th, is the Shoreline Historical Museum’s Annual Car Show from 10am to 3pm at Shoreline Place near the Farmer’s Market. Enter your car in the competition, or just come to see the vehicles.
  • Saturday August 17th, from noon to 9pm, come to Cromwell Park to enjoy a full day of family fun. Festival, music, culture share performances and main stage concerts. Plenty of activities for children. There is also a beer garden featuring Monka Brewing, Shoreline’s first brewpub. 
  • Sunday, August 18th, Sandcastle Contest at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park 11:30am to 2pm. Build your own, or just enjoy looking at the others. 
Additional information for all events available on

Public Reminders

This is the last meeting before Council’s summer recess. The next Council meeting will take place on Monday, September 9th.

Council Reports

Councilmember Scully reported on the most recent Continuum of Care Board Meeting, which is the regional coordination of homelessness relief. There is an effort to get a Regional Action Plan and a central authority. At this time it appears that Seattle and King County will combine all of their services and have ILA’s (individual agreements) with cities that can join in. The details are still very much up in the air. 

CM Scully is pushing for an opt in system, and a system where we provide some of the services rather than just pay a fee. So we would provide city paid services here in Shoreline, and still have access to regional consortium. Right now Seattle gets most of the money from Federal grants, so a homeless person living in Shoreline would have to take a bus to Seattle for services. Many people won’t make the trip. So maybe it’s time for reallocating some of that money outside of Seattle so we can serve the whole regional homeless population.

Mayor Hall asked if any credit is available for opt-in cities. For example, Shoreline donated $2M of land for housing the homeless. That is being discussed, as well as cost sharing. None of the cities wants to just pay dues into a general fund. We already pay King County taxes.

Councilmember Roberts stated services vary by city, with some cities providing direct services and others, like Shoreline, providing funding for different entities to provide the services. Has this been discussed? Yes, this difference in providing services is a concern for most cities. But we’re not at that part of the discussion yet.

Mayor Hall reported that National Night Out was another great event this year. There were 62 events. Police, Councilmembers and staff visited as many as they could.

Public Comment

(Public comment on Action Item 8(a) will be heard later in this meeting when the Public Hearing begins)

There was no public comment

The agenda was approved unanimously.

The Consent Calendar was adopted, without discussion, unanimously.

Action Items

Action Item 8a - Public Hearing for the Purpose of Hearing Residents’ Comments on Washington State Initiative-976 Concerning Motor Vehicle Taxes and Fees and Adoption of Shoreline City Council Resolution No. 442 Opposing Initiative-976 on the November 5, 2019 General Election Ballot

Staff report by Jim Hammond, Intergovernmental/CMO Program Manager

The impact of I-976 was discussed at the July 22, 2019 Council meeting. Passage of I-976 would reverse the City Council actions that implemented a $20 VLF in 2009 that supports the City’s pavement preservation program, and the $20 VLF in 2018 to support the repair and maintenance of the City’s sidewalk network. In 2019, in total, the VLFs are estimated to generate approximately $1,452,500 due to a partial year collection of the sidewalk VLF. In 2020, the VLFs are estimated to generate approximately $1,660,000. A similar amount of annual revenue from the total $40 VLF would continue into the future

Public Comment

There was no public comment.

The Public Hearing was closed.

There was a motion to adopt Resolution No. 442 Opposing Initiative-976


Councilmember McGlashan stated that Council did receive written comments. Those comments, together with information from City surveys, show that people want roads and sidewalks. The City is just starting to collect for these, and we’ll lose money if I-976 passes.

Mayor Hall agrees, and states that several people wrote that they are against Tim Eyman initiatives, and he is pleased that the public realizes that things take money.

Resolution No. 442 Opposing Initiative-976 was adopted unanimously.

Executive Session
At 7:50pm Council retired for an EXECUTIVE SESSION: Litigation and Potential Litigation – RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) 

The Council may hold Executive Sessions from which the public may be excluded for those purposes set forth in RCW 42.30.110 and RCW 42.30.140. Before convening an Executive Session the presiding officer shall announce the purpose of the Session and the anticipated time when the Session will be concluded. Should the Session require more time a public announcement shall be made that the Session is being extended.

Council Meeting adjourned at 7:57pm.


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