3-9-2021 City Council Recap

The city council meeting was largely a routine voting to approve a short consent agenda. It included ordinances regarding peddlers and people who incessantly call the 911 dispatch over and over to the point that legitimate 911 calls are hindered. The city did not have any laws or regulations on the books for these issues. It is a sign of the times that we need such laws now.

Then there was public comment and most of the evening was spent listening to a petition that was signed by over 200 people demanding to keep the recreation center. It was initiated by a Taekwondo teacher who has had nearly free rent of city rec facilities for years. The meeting concluded … and then…

The mayor and I arraigned to meet him and his supporter for coffee. The mayor was glad I came because the man is a classic bully and she felt somewhat intimidated. He immediately made several untrue confrontational accusations ,which we denied , and then demanded what we were going to do about it?

Be that as it may, I told him I had called a few people people who had signed the petition. I asked them :

  1. Did The martial arts teacher tell you that the city had had a structural engineering safety analysis done and they found the building is very unsafe and dangerous ? They said no he hadn’t mentioned that.
  2. Did he tell you engineering had determined it would cost over $ 1.5 million just to repair the facility so it could be used for a few more years and that even then only approximately 65 % of the building could be used during that limited time period ? They said No.
  3. Did he tell you I had asked the cities legal council during a public meeting if parents could legally sign a paper to wave their liability rights to sue the city if an earthquake or other catastrophic accident happened and that counsel had absolutely not ? They said No .
  4. This business man instructor also said the city had no plan at all to replace the rec center in the future. That was an obvious lie as the city just finished paying. $ 160,000 for an architectural design for a potential city hall complex that included a potential recreation center.
  5. When confronted with this I asked him if he had listened to any city council meetings over the last four months? He said “NO”! So he mislead a couple hundred people to sign a petition , in order to try to force the city council to reverse course immediately , disregard the law and SAFETY of children and adults , so as to protect his honey pot money stream. He also ignored the fact that the city spends $60,000- 90,000 dollars a year just to maintain a building we cannot safely use, money we could be saving. All the while he was presenting the city council as callous , thoughtless bureaucrats.
  6. After being presented with this information he suddenly shoved his chair back ,stood up, bent over the coffee table and got in the mayors face and glowered down at her and raised his voice to her. At this point I had had enough of his bully boy intimidation tactics against the mayor and I told him he was welcome to leave! His supporter told him to calm down and sit down at which point he complied and he never looked at me again during the meeting.
  7. At the end of the meeting I made a point of shaking hands with him and said thanks for coming today. Oddly enough he did not offer me the same courtesy.

Protecting Normandy Park by Engaging the World.

( N.P. To Do List )

ART : 1. Design manhole covers with geocaching capability .

2.Resident Artist for Sister City. -(refurbish the city owned Heath Property on Marine View Drive bluff ).

3. Place Frank Lloyd Wright House historical marker.

4. Adopt city color, bird, insect ( and possibly invasive weed .

5. Asian style foot wash viewing Pavilion at Marine View Park.

6. Nature Trail instillation of Bronze Busts of eminent ecologists and Native American Totem Pole

Police Department:

  1. Increase non- lethal weapons: Bolo Wrap and tear gas.
  2. Explore hiring a crisis intervention specialist/ social worker / psychologist to accompany police on homeless calls. Done jointly with Burien and Des Moines.
  3. New Tesla Police Cars to decrease Carbon imprint and increase NPPD moral and Branding.
  4. 24 hour cameras for key city entrance / exit points

ETHICS:

1.Term Limits ( x2 ) for all city council members

2. Enact regulation to forbid any city contract for council members and their close family members , or staff until after 5 years of leaving office.

Parks and Recreation & MPD:

  1. Increase speed of removal of invasive weeds from the parks which still have them per the Pros plan.
  2. Separate the Metropolitan Parks District ( MPD ), from the city council. Make the MPD an elected position to :
  3. a. Encourage citizens who have more time and energy to be involved with P & R .
    1. b. Keep city hall from being tempted to use MPD tax $$$ for other purposes.
  4. Support Piano Keys parcel acquisition for Water Trails Parks project.
  5. Add Hidden Valley parcels (through grants ), to Water Trails Park project
  6. Solicit architectural students with cash prizes to participate in designs for these projects.
  7. Increase joint endeavors between Parks and Arts Commission.

Community Development:

  1. promote universal IT hook up to implementDirect Democracy in Normandy Park . Controversial issues could be voted on by the entire public if every legal residence was guaranteed hooked up to city hall.
    1. A. This is also a public safety measure for catastrophic events.
    2. Guaranteed hook up can also give parents the choice to either have there kids attend school in person or do hybrid schooling or home schooling. It’s win / win for all parents.
    3. change new building codes to reflect the highest Platium LEED standards. This is excellent Branding for our city and will increase property values and attract high tech start ups to locate here in Normandy Park.
    4. Promote underground parking in new multi family units or condos that may be built up along 1st Ave. This reduces car blight and increases property values.
    5. Remove telephone poles. Yes it cost $$$ but ,the pay back is public safety when heavy storms come and take out power for days
      1. a.It also increases property values and is part of branding.
    6. Hire a part time Enforcement Officer .
    7. Build 8 ft sidewalks on blind uphill curves so bikes don’t have to slow down cars to a crawl or cause them to go around them on a blind curve.
    8. Grid Independence promotion is the big picture here. The more independent we are in all areas from large institutions the better off we are and the better we can confront any calamities. Got time ? Look at the 2021 IECC Zero Code Renewable Energy Appendix . 🙂

That’s It Folks !………………for now ……