Council asks for resolution to lure Dick’s to SeaTac because ‘it’s about community’

By Jack Mayne

Hamburger lovers and the chance for a Dick’s Drive-In location in SeaTac spurred City Manager Joe Scorcio to ask if the Council wanted a resolution prepared asking the chain to locate in the city.

They did. It will be ready for a vote at the April 14 Council meeting.

Councilmember Erin Sitterley said now deceased founder Dick Spady was about community.

It is not just a hamburger, Sitterley said, “it’s about community. This is about watching communities come together for something as seemingly minor as a small, family run hamburger stand,” Sitterley said. “I would hope our Council will come out in favor of this.”

But, Councilmember Rick Forschler said “it just doesn’t seem right to do a resolution for one particular company over others.” Scorcio said it has been done for other companies before and the burger chain had determined there was public support for location in communities south of Seattle.

Councilmember Peter Kwon wondered if Scorcio thought a Council resolution would make any difference to the Dick’s chain.

Scorcio said the chain is asking for comment and that “every other city” in the south county will be doing “the same thing” as a resolution seeking its location.

“I think it is an appropriate gesture,” Scorcio said. “When we sit down with them, as we do with any potential business coming to down, we are going to try to answer their questions and hopefully show cause why SeaTac is going to help them meet their market criteria.

“But will it help, will it be the teetering point? Probably not. But it’s a good thing to do.”

A resolution will be voted on in April.

State of the Court
SeaTac Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Bejarano gave the Council her annual “State of the Court” report that outlined electronic methods of paying fines, knowing about court dates and how these new systems have decreased staff time and resulted in violators being able to pay fines more quickly and with less time involvement.

Then Councilmember Pam Fernald wondered if the judge had “weighed the cost” in deciding whether actual jail time or having to personally appear in court against just paying a fine via computers and smart phones.

“The by-mail and email hearings are for traffic offenses only,” said Judge Bejarano. “For criminal cases – the DUI, the thefts, the assaults, criminal trespass … I don’t really consider the cost of incarceration, what I might consider is the cost of liability to the city if the person continues to violate and are not compliant with what the court has required of them.

“What I look at in sentencing or at review revocation hearings, I consider their case history so I have access to all of the criminal history in Washington” via a “criminal case browser system” to see if the defendant has been compliant with court orders in other courts, of have outstanding warrants, are on probation.

“I take all of those thing in consideration… ,” she said. “You have to take everything on a case by case basis.”

New employees, appointment
City Manager Scorcio introduced new and promoted employees. New civil engineers are Gus Garcia and Colum Lang; Robert Brokenshire and San Sar are new public works maintenance worker.

Scorcio announced the appointment of Jeff Robinson as the Community and Economic Development director, a job he has filled temporarily for the past year.

The Council confirmed the appointment of David Korthals by Mayor Michael Siefkes as a member of the Sidewalk Advisory Committee.

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