City Manager’s Weekly Report for week ending June 21, 2019

City Manager’s Weekly Report
for week ending June 21, 2019

Jessie Medrow, Environmental Specialist.  As the Environmental Specialist for Normandy Park, Jessie will be working with staff to coordinate and implement activities related to stormwater management, National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance, and water quality.  You may see her inspecting a catch basin, responding to an illicit discharge event, or addressing a municipal code violation. Jessie joins our team from Wisconsin with over 4 years of experience as a water quality analyst. Outside of work, she’s either hiking with her rescue dog, Cabo, attending a community group event, stargazing, perfecting her curry recipe, or attempting to refinish a piece of furniture.

I-5 System Partnership. The South King County Area Transportation Board, “Skate Board,” heard from the I-5 System Partnership at SeaTac City Hall this past Tuesday.  Jurisdictions in South King County from east to west, Enumclaw to Normandy Park, participate on this board, which meets once a month. The I-5 System Partnership is a stakeholder group made up of representatives from transportation agencies, community organizations, the business community, and jurisdictions along the 107 miles area adjacent to I-5 from Tumwater to Marysville.  I-5 is regarded as a system, including local streets, highways, transit, freight and emergency response.  Why form a partnership?  The I-5 system is broken. Waiting to fix it will cost more. Western Washington needs to find a way to foster lasting change in this system. Part of the change may be a bullet train within the corridor. Check out the presentation:

New City Entry Signs.  The new city welcome signs are placed.  The landscaping will go in on Monday with small, dense evergreens behind the signs and with barberry surrounding.  The intention is to develop irrigation.  Faux piles the height of the signs, that have the same dimension as the historic wooden city signposts, may perhaps go on each side.  First, we will ensure that the plants grow.

Planning Assistance.  Not only are we seeking a replacement Community Development Director, we are likely to employ temporary short and long term planning assistance in the interim.  We have a couple of quality possibilities already.  Next week, Ryan Harriman, who is departing for the City of Covington, will be helping interim planning personnel get acclimated.

Washington State Paves 1st Avenue at Night.  WSDOT will be repairing SR-509 in Normandy Park from 8 P.M. to 5 A.M. on Monday, June 24, and Tuesday, June 25, and will be paving the same stretch on Wednesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 27. This is unpleasant but necessary. Bear in mind, this is a State-owned corridor. One lane will be closed each night, from about Normandy Road to Belleme Townhomes.

– 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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