City Council Finalizes 2010 Agreement with County for Animal Control Services
Specifically, as described by Agenda Bill 3308, the approved motion “adopts by reference King County’s animal license fees and penalties and repeals King County Code (hereinafter referred to as KCC) 11.04.040 and KCC 11.04.340 which were previously adopted by reference.”
As scary as that might sound to pet owners in SeaTac, Assistant City Attorney Julia Yoon, who prepared the Agenda Bill, clarified by phone this morning that this represents no change at all to consumers in either fees or services.
In June 2010, the City Council carried a Motion authorizing the City Manager to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with King County for animal services. In accordance with that Interlocal Agreement, SeaTac is required to enact an Ordinance that includes license and late penalty provisions that are substantially the same as those in Title 11 of the King County Code. King County has requested SeaTac to either adopt their animal license fees and penalties provision under KCC 11.04.035 or in the alternative, adopt an Ordinance that is substantially the same. Additionally, KCC 11.04.040 and KCC 11.04.340, which were previously adopted by reference, are proposed to be repealed because King County has also repealed those specific provisions from their code.
As Yoon explained in this morning’s phone call, the County ordinance related to the new “Interlocal Agreement” is the County’s solution to ongoing problems maintaining County Animal Control services. In what appears to be a marketing move to entice other municipalities to contract with the County for Animal Control services, the new agreement returns licensing and other fees to the contracted cities. Yoon points out that the new arrangement is substantially beneficial to the City, as previously contracted services remain intact while fees now accrue to the City’s benefit instead of the County’s.
A full summary of Tuesday night’s Council actions follow, from the official minutes:
The following Council actions were taken at the March 22, 2011 Regular Council Meeting:
Summary of $5,000 – $35,000 Purchase Requests for the period ended March 18, 2011:
Postponed to the April 12, 2011 Regular Council Meeting: Angle Lake July 4th Fireworks Show – $10,000
Passed: Mobile Routers for Fire Apparatus – $25,303
The following Council Meeting Minutes were approved:
Council Retreat held February 11 and 12, 2011.
Regular Council Meeting held February 22, 2011.
Administration and Finance Committee Meeting held March 8, 2011.
Public Safety and Justice Committee Meeting held March 8, 2011.
Special Council Meeting held March 8, 2011.
Agenda Bill #3308; Ordinance #11-1005 amending the SeaTac Municipal Code related to animal control regulations was adopted March 22, 2011 and becomes effective April 2, 2011.
Agenda Bill #3301; Motion accepting the work for the City Hall cooling tower was carried and became effective March 22, 2011.
Agenda Bill #3312; Motion accepting the work for the City Hall re-roof was carried and became effective March 22, 2011.