City Manager’s Weekly Report for week ending Jan. 5, 2019

City Manager’s Weekly Report
for week ending Jan. 5, 2019

Academy graduates and full officer staffing. The Police Department is pleased to announce that Officer Cody Stolz graduated from the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy on January 3rd, 2019. Also, Officer Erynn Mast will graduate on January 9th. Both officers will then begin field training, which lasts 14 weeks. Cody and Erynn are projected to begin filling regular shifts mid to late April. They will be a welcome addition to the Normandy Park Police team.

The Open Public Meetings Act. Violations of the Open Public Meetings Act occur only when council member discussions of city business involve a quorum of a council (in Normandy Park, four council members). As long as council members do not discuss a city business matter with more than three members, including the mayor – at one time or in sequence, in person or through media – no OPMA violation occurs. This is the time of year when council committee assignments can be recommended by a mayor. Normandy Park Municipal Code 2.02.330 says that “Members may be removed from any advisory committee prior to the expiration of their term of office by a minimum of four affirmative votes of the city council.” A Normandy Park Mayor cannot remove a Council member from a committee, but can recommend that this be done, and the Council may do so by the majority vote of a quorum of the whole Council. Also, a Normandy Park Mayor can unilaterally move seating arrangements of Council members at the mayor’s discretion.

City entry signs and historic wooden signs. City entry signs are expected from the manufacturer within the next two weeks. Also, city staff members are now in possession of the unique brackets that hold up the new wooden signs; these new signs, which look just like they always did, are glue-laminated with a consistent font and identical new brackets. Clearly, we are now no longer at the decide-what-to-do stage, we are almost at the put-‘em-up stage, except for renewal or approval of various permissions and permits. Moreover, yesterday, Mr. Steve Nordby, owner of Manhattan Village, donated $5000 to the entry sign project. Tom O’Keefe, owner of Normandy Towne Center, plans to donate a $5000 match to the entry sign project early next week. Also, the Friends of Normandy Park 501c(3) plans to donate $1000. The cost for the entry signs totaled $12,254.97. As these signs are intended for Parks Recreation and Open Space Plan mini parks, the City of Normandy Park Metropolitan Park District will pay the remainder $1,254.97. Thanks to the participants on the Economic Development Committee, as well as the members of the City Council and its ad hoc Council sign committee that reached the necessary decisions to build these signs. The entry sign areas will be landscaped through volunteer and staff effort.

A Long Standing Acronym: WDWWSWWD. I aspire to this. Can you guess what it means? This aspiration includes all the City Council’s 2019-20 Program Goals in the 2019-2020 Operating & Capital Biennial Budget of the City of Normandy Park, which you can access here: See pages: 52, 55, 56, 62, 69, 73, 78, 81, 82, 88, 89, 90, 104, 125, and 129. You might also look on Page 16 of this budget document; not every city is so acknowledged. This acknowledgement is a credit to city administration, as well as to the City Council and its subcommittee, the Finance Committee.

Mark E. Hoppen, City Manager
City of Normandy Park
801 SW 174th Street
Normandy Park, WA 98166
(206) 248-8246 (Direct Phone)

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