Tagged with 'city council'

Des Moines’ finances ‘definitely looking better’; union spat delays contract

Des Moines’ finances ‘definitely looking better’; union spat delays contract

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was told the city ended 2015 with a positive balance of $1.3 million on revenues of $18 million and expenditures of $17.4 million. The Council also delayed approving... [Read more]

Des Moines City Council opposes Tacoma methanol plant

Des Moines City Council opposes Tacoma methanol plant

by Jack Mayne A proposal for a $3.4 billion methanol plant in Tacoma’s tide flats has been put on hold, and the Des Moines City Council unanimously approved a resolution opposing the plant at Thursday’s... [Read more]

Furloughs delayed by Des Moines City Council, but chickens are promoted

Furloughs delayed by Des Moines City Council, but chickens are promoted

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was expected to discuss furloughing city staff this year to save nearly $286,000 and moved the issue to the Council meeting of Feb. 11, but the Council did hear... [Read more]

Massive demand for release of cities’ public records dropped by Tim Clemans

Massive demand for release of cities’ public records dropped by Tim Clemans

THEN: InsideYourGovernment.com promised “to make government transparent by default and to do as much good with that transparency as possible…” NOW: Not so much… by Jack Mayne The... [Read more]

‘Landmark on the Sound’ sold for $14 million; city wants to retain its façade

‘Landmark on the Sound’ sold for $14 million; city wants to retain its façade

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was told the Masonic ‘Landmark on the Sound’ has been sold for “in the area of $14 million” and the city will meet with representatives of the new owners... [Read more]

Des Moines Council hears about 2,000 new jobs, tall trees & pot sales locations

Des Moines Council hears about 2,000 new jobs, tall trees & pot sales locations

by Jack Mayne For years, the financially struggling city of Des Moines has cut staff and scratched some plans, but the future will be brightening over the next couple of years, the Des Moines City Council... [Read more]

Des Moines City Council will explore additional retail marijuana store

Des Moines City Council will explore additional retail marijuana store

by Jack Mayne Since the one retail pot store in Des Moines is “raking in the money,” a realtor came to the City Council to seek an additional opportunity for another store in the city limits... [Read more]

Matt Pina elected Des Moines Mayor; new court defense contract approved

Matt Pina elected Des Moines Mayor; new court defense contract approved

New Mayor Matt Pina, shortly after he was elected Thursday night, Jan. 7, 2016. by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council elected Councilmember Matt Pina as Mayor and Councilmember Vic Pennington as Mayor... [Read more]

City Council honors departing member Bob Sheckler, passes budget changes

City Council honors departing member Bob Sheckler, passes budget changes

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council completed a review and unanimously approved required changes in the biennial budget, and honored retiring member Bob Sheckler at his last meeting. The Council... [Read more]

LETTER: Des Moines Mayor Kaplan says utility tax is off Dec. 17 council agenda

LETTER: Des Moines Mayor Kaplan says utility tax is off Dec. 17 council agenda

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] Based on conversations with fellow... [Read more]

Citizen Activist seeks public release of all documents – for all King County cities

Citizen Activist seeks public release of all documents – for all King County cities

Tim Clemans @tandrewclemans by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was told Thursday night that a citizen named Tim Clemans has demanded release of all public records of the city – as well as for all... [Read more]

MAYOR: State voters, Legislature have taken away much of Des Moines’ income

MAYOR: State voters, Legislature have taken away much of Des Moines’ income

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a letter released Nov. 24, 2015 by Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan: State voters, Legislature have taken away much of Des Moines’ income by Mayor Dave Kaplan For... [Read more]

Utility tax hike, budget approval postponed to Dec. 17 by City Council

Utility tax hike, budget approval postponed to Dec. 17 by City Council

by Jack Mayne The much-debated utility tax increases were put off until December by the Des Moines City Council, because some members were unsure that compromise figures in a solution hammered out during... [Read more]

Mayor lashes out at new SeaTac Councilmembers for lecturing city

Mayor lashes out at new SeaTac Councilmembers for lecturing city

by Jack Mayne Two still unseated SeaTac City Council members went before the Des Moines City Council on Thursday night to tell its members to not believe its staff on advice about a proposed 16 percent... [Read more]

Des Moines Council bans homeless encampments within 1,000 feet of schools

Des Moines Council bans homeless encampments within 1,000 feet of schools

by Jack Mayne Despite a warning that it was unconstitutional to infringe on freedom of religion, the Des Moines City Council effectively banned most of the city’s churches from housing homeless encampments... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Bangs will won council seat; Fire Prop. 1 will pass

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Bangs will won council seat; Fire Prop. 1 will pass

The second round of results for Tuesday’s (Nov. 3) General Election have been released by King County Elections, and Luisa Bangs still holds a commanding lead over Alexander Szabo for Des Moines... [Read more]

Council wrestles with balancing budget with new tax on water, sewer districts

Council wrestles with balancing budget with new tax on water, sewer districts

by Jack Mayne A proposal to impose a new 16 percent tax on sewer and water districts drew the ire of a large number of Des Moines residents at last Thursday night’s City Council meeting. For well over... [Read more]

City hired attorney will represent the city, not individual citizens, protestors told

City hired attorney will represent the city, not individual citizens, protestors told

by Jack Mayne People expecting an attorney hired by the Des Moines City Council to advise them of ways they can appeal in the Woodmont area drug and substance rehabilitation facility will be disappointed. “Any... [Read more]