City Council approves police contract with Highline Schools; OKs retention pond

By Jack Mayne

The SeaTac City Council doubled a contract with Highline Public Schools for a police resource officer at their four hour-long regular meeting Tuesday night (Sept. 27).

The Council also approved spending money to build a water retention pond at new Fire Station 45, something overlooked when the station was built, and the Council hopes the city can recoup money from the firm who drew up plans for the recently opened new station.

Two years instead of one
SeaTac Police Chief Lisa Mulligan asked the Council study session to approve a two-year agreement to share the cost of a school resource officer with the Highline School District. Previous agreements for the past 10 years have been for one year.

Mulligan said the two-year agreement will fit with the city’s biennial budget process.

Under the agreement, the city will be reimbursed $61,371 by the school district to offset part of the city cost of $185,548 for the officer, leaving a net cost to SeaTac residents of $124,177.

The officer will work with the Tyee Education Complex and Chinook Middle School for the next two school years.

Mulligan said having a police officer assigned as a school resource officer helps the police department meet “crime fighting and community engagement goals.”

Final action by the Council will come later.

$77K water retention pond
The SeaTac City Council authorized Acting City Manager Joe Scorcio to sign a contract with J.B.D. Excavation Services, Inc. to build a water retention pond at recently completed Fire Station 45. There was discussion by the Council and staff over why such a pond was not considered during the fire station construction and whether the $77,000 cost of the upgrade could be recovered from the design firm or contractor.

The city staff said after the fire station was built and placed in operation “it was discovered that the infiltration gallery on the east side of the Fire Station needed to be re-designed due to environmental changes,” because the ground water table was raising. Building the pond will put the property in compliance with city and county rules, and keep the water onsite. With these improvements the City will be in compliance with city and county rules.

SeaTac resident and Blog columnist Earl Gipson told the Council during comment period that the $77,000 cost of adding a rainwater retention pond at the newly opened fire station was a cost that other small property owners will face in the future, apparently because of new environmental rules.

He said he could not afford such a cost if he had a small plat that he wanted to develop with one or two added residences.

People appointed, promoted
Mayor Michael Siefkes appointed and the Council confirmed Maria Wachtel to the Human Services Advisory Committee.

Acting City Manager Joe Scorcio introduced new and promoted city employees David Reader, Robin Winchester and Jim Cooper. Reader is a code compliance coordinator, Winchester is a permit coordinator and Cooper is a parks operations officer.

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