By Mellow Detray

Here’s our recap of the April 11, 2023 Normandy Park City Council meeting:

Sipes-Marvin Recognized

Former Councilmember Michelle Sipes-Marvin received a plaque in commemoration of her years of service on the council, as well as the many committees she served on. She was on the city council from 2016-2023, and also served as Deputy Mayor for some of that time. Sipes-Marvin said she plans to come back to the council once her schedule allows her the kind of time she wants to have for the position.

Coffee With The Mayor

Everyone is welcome to have Coffee with the Mayor on April 14, 2023 from 9 – 10 a.m. Mayor Sue-Ann Hohimer will be at Empire Coffee to meet the community and answer any questions. The previous Coffee with the Mayor event on March 31 had around 30 attendees.

Sidewalk & Storm Projects

Ken Courter, Normandy Park’s Public Works Director, got approval for funding a contract with Reed Trucking and Excavating to complete sidewalk improvements along 1st Avenue. The bid came in a little higher than estimated, at around $497,000. Much of the cost is funded by a $350,000 Transportation Improvement Board grant, which the city received a couple years ago from the state of Washington. Since then, planning and design have been underway. Before work begins, scheduling of the project will be posted on the city website.

Arbor Day Proclamation

Last year was Normandy Park’s first annual celebration in honor of Arbor Day, and the tradition continues this year on April 29, 2023. Festivities will include planting activities for kids, painting and craft stations, and button making, as well as a bake sale hosted by the preschool. The city will be giving away noble firs and some evergreen shrubs for people to plant at home, along with compost (bring your own container to transport the compost). Additionally, there is an Arbor Day poster design contest, for both adults and children. Submissions must be made by April 26.


Watch video of the full meeting here.

Mellow DeTray is a Seattle native who has spent the last 16 years raising her family in Burien. After working for 10 years at Burien Community Center, she moved on to teaching fitness classes and to work the front desk of a Burien yoga studio. For many years Mellow kept a moderately popular cooking & lifestyle blog, and she had a brief stint in political journalism during a local election. Clear and informative writing has always been a side hobby of Mellow’s and she looks forward to bringing you unbiased coverage of City Council meetings.