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City hall committee to include area residents

An 11-member advisory committee made up of seven citizens and four experts will help the Federal Way City Council on its path to a new city hall.

But the question remains what exactly the committee will do.

Last Tuesday, council members approved the creation of the committee and a selection process, but directed city staff to come up with a scope of work to be presented at the next council meeting March 19.

“I’m not opposed to forming a citizen committee,” said Deputy Mayor Dean McColgan. “But we need to be clear on what a citizen committee will do.”

Most council members concurred the committee should make recommendations on locations, funding sources and specifications, and design aspects of a new city hall.

Councilman Mike Hellickson asked that the committee also have the option to recommend the city not pursue a city hall idea, instead looking into just a public safety and Municipal Court facility.

Councilman Michael Park opposed letting the committee make location recommendations. The city already spent $30,000 on a study to determine where to locate a new city hall, he said, and council members were elected to make these kinds of decisions.

Most council members agreed.

Russell Wolf, chairman of the board of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, said the city should pursue public involvement to avoid negative perceptions.

“It’s important that the city make a visible and deliberate effort to receive public input in the siting of the city hall,” he said.

Staff writer Erica Jahn can be reached at 925-5565 and ejahn@fedwaymirror.com

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