This construction project will take place at Andover Park West between Tukwila Parkway and Strander Boulevard. The major improvements include a new on-street transit center, street improvements on Andover Park West, and replacement of a water main.
The City is beginning to develop the priorities for the 2015-2016 Biennial Budget, and we would like to hear your opinion about City services. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey to help us prioritize the services that are important to you.
If you have questions, please feel free to call Peggy McCarthy, Finance Director at 206-433-1800.
In March, the City Council passed a resolution – which will take effect April 1, 2014 – increasing false alarm fees for both Police and Fire, as follows:
(Per calendar year)
Fourth and subsequent
Previously, the third and subsequent Police false alarms were $25.00; the third Fire alarm was $25.00, and the fourth and subsequent Fire false alarms were $50.00. (The first and second false alarm responses remain free of charge.) Fees have not been changed since 1985 for Police and 2004 for Fire, but response costs for false alarms have continued to increase. The new fees are in line with other local government agencies in the King County area.
False alarms can be caused by human error or equipment problems, resulting in a Police or Fire response. Responding to a false alarm is not only costly to the City but could also mean a delayed response to a legitimate call. If false alarms happen frequently at the same location, neighbors may start to ignore the alarm making the alarm less credible should a true emergency occur. False alarms can also cause potential danger to citizens and the responding officers.
There are several ways to reduce the likelihood of a false alarm. For homeowners, keep pets, helium-filled balloons, plants, and other loose items away from the motion sensor. Make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked to ensure that all alarm contacts are properly aligned. Make sure all guests understand the alarm system, explaining how to enter/exit the residence without setting off the alarm and, if it’s accidentally set off, how to deactivate it correctly and quickly. Call 911 and report an accidental alarm so emergency crews can be advised. In addition, be sure that your alarm system is properly maintained and in good operating condition.
For businesses, be sure that all staff members are trained on how to properly activate and deactivate the alarm system. Explain not to leave the area right away; wait a few minutes to ensure that the alarm system does not have a false activation.
As an alarm owner, you can assist Police/Fire responding to an alarm by making sure your house or business address numbers are easily visible from the street, day or night. The minimum size allowed by the Fire Code is 4” tall with a ½”-wide stroke Arabic number or alphabet letter. If your system is monitored, give driving directions to the alarm monitoring company. Be sure the alarm company decal is located near the front entrance and is easily visible.
For answers to questions about false alarm fees, please call the City of Tukwila’s Finance Department at 206-433-1835.
Information and frequently asked questions about the CodeRED Emergency Response Notification System
can be accessed through the City’s CodeRED page.
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