SeaTac Council told of new airport study, mobile home relocation money

By Jack Mayne

The Washington Legislature helped dwellers of mobile homes and gave the city more money to house prisoners in the Des Moines jail, and the big issue appearing to be the study for a possible second major westside Washington airport, the SeaTac City Council heard at its regular meeting Tuesday night (June 11).

The Council also approved an update of the shoreline master plan that only affects Angle Lake.

New airport study
City-hired legislative consultants told the Council that House and approved legislative bills submitted by state Rep. Tina Orwell and state Sen. Karen Keiser would create a state commercial aviation coordinating commission. That commission is to “review existing data and conduct research as needed to determine the state’s long range commercial aviation facility needs and the site of a new commercial aviation facility” and make recommendations on “a preferred location for a new primary commercial aviation facility.”

In other action, city consultants said the Legislature also extended the due date for the State Route 518 Corridor Study so as to complete a more comprehensive study. The consultants said SeaTac did very well with the Legislature amongst their city clients, which include most cities in the state.

The city’s legislative consultants in addition told the Council that the Legislature approved increased money for housing SeaTac inmates at the South Correctional Entity, better known as the SCORE jail in Des Moines.

Mobile home help
The Council heard a report on issues affecting SeaTac at the recent session of the Washington Legislature. Gordon Thomas Honeywell Vice President Josh Weiss and Gordon Thomas (pictured above), a lobbying firm SeaTac has hired as the city’s legislative lobbyists.

The approved Mobile Home Park Relocation Assistance bill will allow qualified manufactured and mobile home park tenants to use a relocation assistance funds to find housing that is not a manufactured or mobile home.

SeaTac’s support of mobile home park relocation assistance moved forward this year in a Washington state Senate measure sponsored by Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue and House Bill 1033 sponsored by Rep. Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline. Both passed.

Also passed was the transportation legislation that accelerates the Puget Sound Gateway project and authorizes the necessary tolling.”

They gave comments on the session in 2020 when “he Legislature will consider making adjustments to their biennial budgets,” said their written report. “The 2020 session will be followed by the November 2020 elections …. The ever-changing political climate requires adaptive and consistent advocacy. We look forward to working with the city throughout the interim months to continue advancing the city of SeaTac priorities.”

’Ton of dollars’
Mayor Erin Sitterley said that while some issues facing SeaTac were of benefit to the city, such as money to assist mobile home residents to pay relocation costs, the money has to come from somewhere.

“Don’t forget, all of this costs money,” Sitterley said. “$25 billion in taxes were raised. That is a stunning lot of money in one legislative session. I’m happy that SeaTac got lots of wins, but, boy, that’s a ton of dollars that people around the state are going to have to absorb.”

Shoreline plan renewed
Planning Manager Jennifer Kester told Council a review of the Shoreline Master Plan is required every eight years, Because Angle Lake is the only body of water in the city, the shoreline requirement only applies to the lake and 200 feet up from the lakeshore. To do the update, the city hired the Watershed Co. of Kirkland with a $20,000 grant from the state Department of Ecology.

The Council approved the update by unanimous voice vote.

New employees
The Council confirmed the appointment by Mayor Sitterley of Savio Pham and John Paul Oden to the city’s Airport Advisory Committee. The Council also was introduced to new permit parking compliance officer Adrian Presa, a recent emigrant from Romania.


One Response to “SeaTac Council told of new airport study, mobile home relocation money”
  1. Earl Gipson says:

    Somehow everyone forgot who got the Mobile Home park legislation started and spent hours pushing like heck in Olympia to get it passed. It was our own Councilmember Peter Kwon.

    Thank you Peter for all the work.

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