City Manager’s Weekly Report for week ending March 22, 2019

City Manager’s Weekly Report
for week ending March 22, 2019

2019-20 list of budgeted city projects. The attached chart lists all City Council-adopted, budgeted city projects for 2019-20 based on a 24-month schedule, except for the long-standing, budget-approved, 1st Avenue and Normandy Road Roundabout project, which has been deleted due to feasibility issues. Note that each project band indicates the planned beginning and end of each project/activity. This list will be published with a progress update after the end of each fiscal quarter. As is normal, some projects or activities get deleted along the way; others get delayed. Some project or tasks get completed sooner than planned. The chart leads to a clear explanation of what has transpired compared to expected plans. Moreover, this chart accounts for only a proportion of everyday city work routines, the whirlwind of stuff that city staff and city contractors accomplish is accommodated by the description of city department work identified in the budget. Chiefly, the Gantt chart accounts for those activities that make a material difference in service from prior years. Gantt charts are old, old management tools from the 1920s. We still use pens and pencils too.

2019-2020 Task and Project Gantt Chart

Soundside Alliance. The Soundside Alliance is a city and institution economic development consortium, consisting of Tukwila, Burien, Des Moines, SeaTac, Normandy Park, Highline Community College and the Port of Seattle. It first met informally in 1998, and then was organized as the South King County Economic Development Initiative (SKEDI), including King County, in 2001. Today’s formal group is broken into a Policy Committee and an Operations Committee. Its original purpose was to look for ways for participating entities to interact positively with the Port of Seattle in light of continued airport expansion. Its expanded purpose became to 1) pool resources; 2) present a larger footprint, assets, and capabilities to compete with Seattle, the Eastside and Tacoma; 3) mutually collaborate; 4) develop a balanced vision of an economic future; and 5) share sub-regional economic development information. A primary assessed need was how to assist small businesses in the sub-region. To meet this need, in 2003, SKEDI established the Small Business Assistance Center at Highline Community College. In 2013, the name of the organization was changed to the Soundside Alliance. Today’s organization is dedicated to increasing the job opportunities and the income of Southwest King County residents while stimulating quality business investment. Please note the attached PowerPoint presentation put together by Rich Schockley of the Small Business Assistance Center at Highline Community College.

Soundside Alliance History & Mission

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


One Response to “City Manager’s Weekly Report for week ending March 22, 2019”
  1. Hello Mr. Hoppen.
    I am happy to hear you were able to delete a roundabout. I would like to know more about how you were able to do that. Who had proposed the roundabout in the first place? What are the circumstances of that intersection, the driving factors that suggested a roundabout would work well there, and the commanding factors that outweighed the driving factors?
    We are working to eliminate a roundabout on our corridor, SR162. It has been proposed by the DOT and it’s a challenge to get them to look at the full picture of its impact. Hope we can learn something from you. You can see some of our dilemma on our website:
    Thank you.
    Maxine Herbert-Hill
    SR162 Community Group

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