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In my weekly newsletter I cover all that is happening in Renton, including the most current COVID-19 updates and information from state and federal officials and agencies.

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Issue: 62 / Friday, September 18, 2020

Community survey results will help guide police department

Thank you to all who participated in Renton Police Department’s recent survey, “Police Topics Most Important to You,” and several polls via Nextdoor. Your responses are important. They will help the department meet its goal of engaging the community through conversation and establishing expectations and performance measures.

The results of this survey and recent polls are below. They have been reviewed by Chief Ed VanValey, his command staff, and community engagement team. These results will be used as a starting point in forming future surveys, polls, and community meetings.

Chief VanValey and I appreciate and value your input. It’s our goal to be transparent and use community feedback to assist the Renton Police Department in continuing to provide professional services.

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Making Renton accessible to all

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We want Renton to be accessible to everyone, no matter their mode of transportation. There are two current projects I want to bring you up to date on.

The Wells/Williams conversion will make it easier to access downtown businesses, whether you’re driving, walking, or biking. The project will also raise intersections at Second and Third streets to the sidewalk level, which is easier for people with limited mobility to navigate than wheelchair cutouts. This is similar to the design at Second and Main.

The other project is the ADA Transition Plan. This plan will create barrier-free mobility on public rights-of-way across the city. Earlier this week, we completed a survey and are analyzing the results. Even though the survey is done, you can still learn about the process and report problem areas and barriers.

The ADA Transition Plan will be developed over the next few months, and a draft will be available by the end of the year.

 

Concealed Pistol Licenses

Renton Police Department is now accepting both Concealed Pistol License (CPL) applications and renewals from Renton residents by mail.

New licenses require a completed application, fingerprint card, photocopy of valid state ID, and a $49.25 fee by check or money order.

First-time applicants are required to obtain a fingerprint card from a third party vendor of your choice. Although you are not required to use them, the Renton Police Department has coordinated with Alliance 2020 to provide fingerprinting services.

Renewal and replacement licenses require a completed application, photocopy of valid ID, and fee payment for renewal: $32.00 (within 90 days before expiration), $42.00 (within 90 days after expiration) or $10.00 for replacement license.

Mail all information to City of Renton, Police Firearms Desk, 1055 S. Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057.

 

Election Day is November 3; register to vote

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The General Election is Tuesday, November 3, and if you haven't registered, there's still time.

Online or mail-in registration is available until eight days before the election. Mail registrations need to be received, not postmarked, by the eight-day deadline. In-person, registration is open through election day.

To be eligible to register to vote, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States.

  • A legal resident of Washington state.

  • At least 18 years old by election day.

  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order.

  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.

To register online, you need a current Washington state driver's license or current Washington state ID card. If you do not have either, mail or in-person registration is still possible.

Sixteen and 17-year-olds can pre-register. These registrants will have their registrations held until they become eligible to vote.

Find more voter registration information at rentonwa.gov/voting.

 

 

Census 2020 - Time is Running Out!

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September 30 is the last date to submit your Census Survey and help bring federal funding for essential services in Renton for the next 10 years.

On the next two Mondays, we will host the US Census Mobile Questionnaire Assistance team. They’ll be at Uwajimaya (501 South Grady Way) on September 21 and September 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Team members will answer questions and assist in completing the Census Survey. There will be a limited number of $25 Uwajimaya gift cards for Renton residents who complete their surveys on site.

 

Closing the technology divide in King County

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We are a society that relies on technology. Unfortunately, access to needed technology is not equal. The effects of COVID-19 have increased this divide.

King County Council has allocated $695,000 to support a digital equity program to help those with limited access, including seniors, limited-English proficient residents, unemployed residents, and homeless.

The county needs applications from organizations that can provide digital access through technology, internet connectivity, and/or digital literacy support to target groups.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m., September 22, 2020. Applicants may request between $25,000 and $500,000, and awards will be determined based on the criteria defined in the full Request for Applications(posted 9/16/20)

Application materials must include:

  1. Questionnaire

  2. KC-W9

  3. RFA questions

Applications and inquiries must be sent to digital.grants@kingcounty.gov.

 

Small business CARES funding available

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The Seattle Metro Chamber has $580,000 in federal funding available for small businesses in King County. This is part of the $10 million that Washington state received from the federal CARES Act.

This grant is open to businesses with 20 or fewer employees and to 501 (c)(6) non-profit business service organizations (e.g., chambers of commerce, direct marketing organizations, and tourism bureaus). Awards of $5,000, $7,500 or $10,000 are available.


COVID-19 Quicklinks

  • COVID-19 - resources and information from city, county, state, federal and private entities.

Deadline Items

Mayors Census Challenge ends September 30.

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Mayor's Newsletter wins National NAGC Award

NAGC national first place award

The Mayor's Newsletter has been awarded a 2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award for First Place for External Newsletters by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC).

The committee looked at submissions from all over the country and judged them on purpose, goals, objectives, target audience, and special factors.

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