SeaTac Council considers whether to ban its family members from city committees

By Jack Mayne

The SeaTac City Council is wrestling with a proposal to ban Council family members from service on city committees, and heard a consultant report suggesting continued contracting with the King County Sheriff’s Office for its police services.

It a long but relatively sedate meeting, the Council also approved grants and city construction contracts.

Family on city committees
The Council deferred to the next regular meeting a proposal that City of SeaTac employees who are City residents are eligible for appointment city committees, “so long as there is no conflict with the employee’s job duties.”

Since two Councilmembers were absent from the May 14 session, it deferred to the next meeting when all members are in attendance that Councilmembers’ immediate family members “shall not be appointed or serve on advisory committees of the city. However, in the event a family member was appointed prior to a Councilmember being elected or appointed, the family member shall be allowed to serve out their term.”

Police study report
Council was told by Senior Management Analyst Tim Ramsaur of a study of the SeaTac City Police Department, a contract unit from the King County Sheriff’s Office. The report by BERK Consulting said the existing contract with the county should be kept in force.

“The SeaTac Police Department is recognized by city staff interviewed for this effort as a responsive, efficient, and high-integrity force,” the study report said. “Similarly, sergeants, deputies, and administrative staff within the Department report a supportive environment with clear leadership and a focus on proactive policing and professional development….”

Ramsaur said one thing notable for SeaTac was the number of King County deputies who volunteer to work for the city department, something not done in some other areas where the county provides police services.

The report recommends “continue to contract for law enforcement services from the King County Sheriff’s Office and collaborate with other South King County law enforcement agencies where appropriate.”

City grants
City Manager Carl Cole said the city has applied for new financial grants. The Parks Department has applied for a $733,000 grant from King County to enhance city senior services. If approved, said it would provide a full year of services and would finance the change of the community center door to automatic action. The city is also pursuing a Port of Seattle grant for “about $30,000 to “implement phase two of the business synergy program,” Cole said.

Council unanimously approved an ordinance awarding a $5.1 million contract for the Military Road South Construction Project to Johansen Construction Company. Utility and signal upgrades and a new left turn lane at International and South 152 amongst other additions and upgrades, said City Engineer Florendo Cabudol. The project was shown at a recent city open house and since then additional lighting has been added for street and pedestrian use.

In other actions
The Council gave a certificate of appreciation to resident Doug Hill for his service on the Airport Advisory Committee. Hill has moved across the street from SeaTac.

The Council also gave Certificates of Completion to the 2019 Community Leadership Academy Participants.

It also adopted a proclamation marking May 12 to 18 as National Police Week which was accepted by the acting police chief, Capt. Jon Mattsen.

City Manager Carl Cole presented new Information Systems Analyst Devon Martinez and new Information Systems Technician Liban Ahmed.

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