The City of Tukwila is looking for four community volunteers to sit on the Public Safety Plan Siting Advisory Committee. This group will provide input and advice to City officials while siting new facilities for our first responders.
The Public Safety Plan has two general components:
Public Safety Bonds: On the November 8, 2016 General Election, voters of Tukwila approved issuance of general obligation bonds not to exceed $77,385,000 to pay for:
- Replacement of three seismically-deficient fire stations (Stations 51, 52 and 54)
- Guaranteed funding for fire equipment and apparatus for the life of the 20-year bond
- Construction of a Justice Center to house the Tukwila Police Department and Municipal Court.
Public Works Shops Replacement: The City’s aging shops will be replaced by allocating an equal amount of funds from the General Fund and Enterprise Fund to cover the cost of constructing the new facility.
As the City begins the process of implementing the Public Safety Plan, it recognizes the importance of having additional voices advising its efforts. As such, the Administration and Council created the Siting Advisory Committee, with the following responsibilities:
- Meet regularly to review outreach efforts, provide advice on strategies and tactics for outreach, and identify key audiences.
- Participate in public outreach efforts such as town hall meetings, review feedback generated by the community, and verify that common themes heard from the community are being incorporated into siting decisions and facility plans when feasible.
- Provide the City Council with feedback about the physical siting process and outcomes.
- Provide the City Council with outreach advice, such as reviewing materials and identifying other groups to contact.
- Review potential sites and provide feedback.
The Committee will be made of seven individuals: four community members, including one representing business; two members of the City Council; and the Public Works Director. The Committee will meet on a schedule determined by the flow of information to evaluate. The Committee will report on its activities to the Council a minimum of once every six months, and will report more frequently prior to Council decision points, in order to provide up-to-date advice.
Interested community members should fill out the Boards and Commissions application . The deadline for filing the application has been extended to Friday, April 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Questions? Contact PublicSafetyPlan@TukwilaWA.gov or Rachel.Bianchi@TukwilaWA.gov.