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by Earl Gipson
Hello SeaTac Citizens and fellow Cacti…
Lets start off with a note about the Planning Commission meeting Tuesday before last that didn’t happen. As I arrived I found there was to be no Planning Commission meeting, as they had no quorum. This is the first time since I have been going (since 2008) that this has happened. Other meetings have been officially canceled (no agenda items, etc.) but this had a Public Hearing scheduled to boot. I am hoping this is just a one time occurrence/coincidence and that it is not related to the Council’s/un-elected Mayor’s ignoring their recommendations.
Moving on to yesterday’s Study Session it appears the City is continuing land speculation with our tax dollars. Some of you may recall the City purchased SeaTac Center late 2009 (City is being sued for that little maneuver). So in the spirit of “in for a penny in for a pound”, the City is now contemplating purchasing 2 adjacent parcels. One of these is the property that has the Pancake Chef on it and the other the 152nd St “triangle” that merges Military Rd. and International.
Here is my problem with all of these purchases by the City. These properties are commercial, income producing properties but the revenues are not being set aside to repay the City funds used for the purchase nor are the revenues being set aside for infrastructure improvements when these properties are re-developed. The income that they produce is being weaseled into the General Fund and used to pay recurring costs (salaries, etc.). This means our budget is being balanced on unsustainable (hate that word) revenues and draining our Capital Investment Funds at the same time.
Next we have yesterday’s ye olde Council Meeting. The Council approved having Public comments at Study Sessions and in the places in the Council Agenda that count. Council Member Bush stated Public comments should not be used to promote a political agenda or personal/petty issues (and he appeared not to like my poems or musical accompaniments either). Well if that’s the case perhaps we should eliminate Council comments at the end of the meetings. I see nothing but self-promoting political agendas from some Council members during their comments. Anyway, it’s a win for us SeaTac Citizens so come on down and speak your peace!
By the way in that same Agenda Bill the Council Meetings are moved from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Study Sessions will remain starting at 4:00 PM. So there you have my Public Service announcement.
In what thought (in my sick mind) was a humorous note was when Councilman Ladenburg asked for un-elected Mayor Anderson’s signature on a highly flattering and biased article in the Highline Times. I can somewhat understand having one’s lips on another’s backside but please do it in private not at a Council Meeting, thank you very much.
One more side note: in Council Comments Council Member Forschler politely criticized the proposed appointees of the Community Building Committee stating that the majority lived outside the City and some applicants (SeaTac residents) were not even interviewed. Council Member Gregerson replied that members were chosen for broad background, ability to work together (probably know each other), and ethnic diversity (in our alleged color blind society statements like those don’t help).