City Manager’s Weekly Report
for week ending March 20, 2020
Help for Large and Small Businesses. If you own a business in the region and you are having difficulties during this time, then please remember that the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce has resources to help you navigate these tough times. The Seattle Southside Chamber can be reached at (206) 575-1633.
Letter to Governor Inslee from SCA. The Sound Cities Association, representing cities throughout King County, has sent a letter to Governor Inslee (attached) requesting that he suspend the Open Public Meeting Act such that cities and counties can conduct online public business during this pandemic. Currently, Washington State law requires a site location open to the public in order to have remote Council or public meeting participation. In light of the COVID-19 virus, such meetings are not possible. Everyone agrees this is a ridiculous restriction and a violation of common sense. We’re all becoming Zoom masters; we can meet publicly and not disadvantage almost anyone. Admittedly, there are some citizens who lack a smart phone, or a computer and internet access.
Download Letter to Governor here
Planning Staff Schedules. Staff is staggering schedules in the office. Out of the office staff members are working by logging into the City’s remote system. Currently, Community Development (Planning, Building and city contract engineering) is still operating by taking in drop-offs and payments via mail or City drop box. Over-the-counter permits are being processed via email. Staff is currently in the process of working on the SEPA checklist tied to the Comprehensive Plan.
Mark E. Hoppen, City Manager
City of Normandy Park
801 SW 174th Street
Normandy Park, WA 98166
(206) 248-8246 (Direct Phone)