City Manager’s Weekly Report
for week ending Jan. 31, 2020

Meeting of all StART city managers with Port of Seattle.  Local city managers and strong mayor designees from Normandy Park, Des Moines, SeaTac, Burien, Tukwila and Federal Way met Wednesday afternoon with Port aviation officials to discuss terms for ending the StART suspension by Federal Way, Des Moines and Burien. City administrators reached apparent consensus with the Port on numerous issues. City administrators and Port officials will next review the write up from the meeting, which is yet to be received. Finally, results of this discussion will be presented to respective city councils.

Dog Leash Survey.  Based on the attached dog leash survey results, neither Chief Yourkoski or I see public sentiment (or previously compiled accident/injury data for that matter) that indicates a public need to change current public policy on dog control.  Review the data and draw your own conclusions. I will not be placing this issue on the public agenda.  The residential community is split on the issue of immediate physical control of dogs. Normandy Park residents prefer the current dog control regulations in city parks. The survey data, as displayed in the attached document, were also reviewed without multiple survey responses from the same IP address (there were some); this alternate view made hardly any statistical difference.  Review of animal control laws of 12 local cities define leash control as physical control of a dog with not more than 8’ of cable or chain, except in Bellevue where the physical tether can be 15’.  “Under control” in Normandy Park refers to a dog, up to 60’ away from a “competent person,” that is under voice control.

Leash Survey Results

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