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October 2020 edition of Our Renton

Renton's resilience and strategic thinking provides roadmap for the future

Image of the cover of the OCtober 2020 edition of Our RentonDespite the fact that 2020 has been one of the most challenging times in our history and cities around us continue to struggle, I have something hopeful to share with you as I present the city’s proposed budgets for 2021 and 2022.

It is the story of Renton and our resilience as a city. Our determination to face even the most difficult times with innovation, hard work, and a plan to weather the storm.

Thanks to smart and strategic actions delivered by our department leadership, we can remain financially strong in the upcoming biennium, not compromise our priorities, and still plan for key areas of focus that are important to our community.

Therefore I am pleased to present a balanced budget proposal for the 2021-2022 biennium.

The city’s Business Plan defines our commitment to our residents.

This includes:

  • Providing a safe, healthy, vibrant community

  • Promoting economic vitality and strategically positioning our community for the future

  • Supporting planned growth and influencing decisions to foster environmental sustainability

  • Building an inclusive informed city with equitable outcomes for all in support of social, economic, and racial justice for all

  • And meeting service demands and providing high quality customer service

In order to build our city for the future, we are investing federal and state funding where it makes the most difference.

Using CARES funding, we have been able to provide significant funding for rental assistance, feeding programs, and business assistance, all actions that support our Business Plan.

We are using a “baseline” budget for 2021. That means we are using the budget we started with in January 2020 with no increased costs added.

This balanced budget proposal will allow us to continue to meet the service needs of our growing community, albeit under some rather challenging circumstances due to revenue losses associated with COVID-19.

Other than an adjustment to property tax for inflation and new construction, as allowed by state law, this budget does not include any new taxes for the next two years to meet our service level objectives.

For my full budget presentation and the detailed budget please visit

Fall and winter programs available

Community Services Department’s Recreation & Neighborhoods Division has introduced several virtual and in-person activities for fall and winter for all ages. The programming includes interactive activities, athletics, dance, adaptive recreation, and senior programs. Detailed information, including registration, is available for all events at rentonwa.gov/recreation.

FOG poses problems for city’s sewers

Disposing fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down your drain can clog the city’s sewer system.

Fats, oils and greases do not mix with water, so they float on top. As more and more flow into the line, the line will eventually clog. Even a small amount can cause a severe and expensive blockage and maybe an overflow. If that’s not enough, fats, oils and greases are a primary source of sewer odors.

Please dispose of fats, oils, and greases by putting them into a container and putting that container in your garbage cart.

Find more information on fats, oils, and grease at rentonwa.gov/fog.

Register to vote

The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 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.

January 2020

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January 2020 edition of Our Renton

Renton native Armondo Pavone takes oath as mayor

Click to open the January 2020 edition of Our Renton“Wishing you all a very happy new year! Once again, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Renton Community for trusting me as your new Mayor. We all want Renton to be safe and healthy and have a welcoming atmosphere where people choose to live. I am committed to leading us in that endeavor. Together we have an amazing opportunity to make Renton evolve from a drive-through city to a “drive-to” city.

I decided to run for City Council in 2013 and then for Mayor in 2019 to continue the great work that has been done over the past decade by former Mayor Denis Law, and to give back to a community that has given so much to me and my family.

I see our future as building a more inclusive, informed city with opportunities for all. Renton is one of the most diverse communities in our region and a trusted, effective and relevant government must rely on partnership with our community to ensure that each voice is heard and respected. 

In order to accomplish our vision of creating a center of opportunity where families and businesses thrive, it will take each one of you, working alongside your city government to tackle the issues we will face in our future. We must create a city where everyone has a safe place to call home. I will be intently focused on public safety, affordable housing and promoting a vibrant economy to accomplish this. We must also boldly and aggressively work to alleviate traffic congestion on city streets that comes with Renton being a hub of vitality in the Puget Sound Region.

I want each of you to know that I am proud of the relationship and partnership that I have built with your City Council. As a former Councilmember, I have both understanding and respect for the role council plays in ensuring you have a responsive and effective government. We, as elected officials, are all committed to delivering excellent service through innovation. Our goal is that you will feel this every time you interact with one of our employees.

It is also my goal to be out and about in the community and connect with you in several ways. It is my pleasure to launch “Our Renton.” Please also subscribe to my weekly digital newsletter and other city social media channels for up-to-date news and event information.”

Armondo Pavone, Mayor

Denis Law and Don Persson retire

Duo served for a total of 69 years

It was the end of an era as both Mayor Denis Law and City

Councilmember Don Persson retired Dec. 31 after a combined 69 years of distinguished service to the City of Renton.

Mayor Law stepped down as the only three-term mayor in the city’s history. The mayor will be remembered for his commitment to public safety, customer service, economic vitality and inclusion. Under his leadership the city rebounded from the economic recession to see a dramatic increase in investment. He also started redevelopment of the downtown and Sunset areas, raised funds for the Family First Community Center and made Renton a home for world-class healthcare.

The city became recognized across the country for implementing programs to make all residents feel welcome and provide opportunities for all. 

Councilmember Persson retired after 53 years of service to the city, the first 33 as a member of Renton Police Department and the last 20 on the city council. He was known to friends and colleagues as a tireless and selfless giver of his time and energy to civic causes. “Don has led the way for the rest of us in terms of dedicating our time and service to the city,” said Mayor Armondo Pavone. Mr. Persson was instrumental in the establishment of Renton River Days, Communities In Schools of Renton, REACH (Renton Ecumenical Association of Churches) and the annual Thanksgiving dinner for seniors.

Tribute videos to both are available at rentonwa.gov/youtube.

Winter preparations

Preparing for winter weather is something the city takes very seriously. Public Works staff spend hours preparing heavy machinery to de-ice, plow and sand streets; emergency management staff monitor and report conditions; and community services and police look out for the most vulnerable in our city. If winter weather hits, city crews will be ready.
For more on city preparations, including pre-treatment techniques, snow routes and weather tips, watch our winter preparations video at rentonwa.gov/inclement.

Visit rentonwa.gov/recycle for more details. For updates during an inclement weather situation, follow the City of Renton on social media or visit republicservices.com/renton.

Tree Recycling

Renton residents may compost natural holiday trees for free. Trees should be in 6-feet or shorter sections and free of lights, decorations and flocking. For those in apartments and condominiums place trees in a central location as designated by the property manager and they will be picked up from Jan. 2 to 15. For more information, contact Republic Services at 206-777-6440 or visit rentonwa.gov/multifamily.

City Council welcomes two new members

2020 committee assignments set

Valerie O’Halloran and Kim-Khánh Văn are the two newest members of the Renton City Council.

Ms. O’Halloran was elected to position 3 and Ms. Văn to position 7 in November. Councilmembers still have to fill the seat vacated by new Mayor Armondo Pavone. Ruth Pérez will serve as Council President in 2020 and Randy Corman will serve as the President Pro-Tem.

Community Services (1st Monday, 5 p.m.) Kim-Khánh Văn, Chair; Ed Prince, Vice Chair; Council Position 2, Member

Transportation (1st & 3rd Mondays, 5:30 p.m.) Ryan McIrvin, Chair; Randy Corman, Vice Chair; Kim-Khánh Văn, Member

Finance (2nd & 4th Mondays, 4 p.m.) Ed Prince, Chair; Kim-Khánh Văn, Vice Chair; Valerie O’Halloran, Member

Planning & Development (2nd & 4th Mondays, 5 p.m.) Randy Corman, Chair; Ryan McIrvin, Vice Chair; Ed Prince, Member

Public Safety (3rd Monday, 4:30 p.m.) Council Position 2, Chair; Valerie O’Halloran, Vice Chair; Randy Corman, Member

Utilities (3rd Monday, 5 p.m.) Valerie O’Halloran, Chair; Council Position 2, Vice Chair; Ryan McIrvin, Member

Information on the City Council can be found at rentonwa.gov/council.

Census 2020

Census data affects projects such as public housing, highway construction, Head Start, Medicaid and Medicare

In March Renton households will receive an invitation to take part in the 2020 Census. Completing the census form is vital to Renton’s future. Census data is used to distribute federal funds for such projects as public housing, highway construction, Head Start, Medicaid and Medicare and an undercount of residents will lessen that funding. 

Estimates show that for every 100 households that are not counted in Washington in 2020, the state will miss out on approximately $5.8 million in federal aid severely affecting support for children, veterans, senior citizens and middle- and low-income families.

Census data is also used to determine representation in Congress (Washington state gained one seat in 2010) and businesses use it when deciding where to invest and create jobs.

Taking the census is easy. It asks only 10 questions about the individuals living in your home as of April 1 and you can respond online, by phone or by mail in the postage-paid envelope. All data collected is confidential.
If you have questions, please visit our 2020 Census page at rentonwa.gov/2020census. Included among the information are videos in English and Hindi explaining the process.

Community Calendar

City Facilities Closed
January 20

thru April 4
Renton History Museum, 235 Mill Ave. S.
Explore why Rentonites have worn clothing embellished with sequins, beads, rhinestones and feathers.

Winter Tournament 
Series #4, Medal Play
Jan. 11, 9 A.M. 
Maplewood Golf Course
4050 Maple Valley Hwy.
Shotgun start. Open to all players with verifiable handicap. Call for details or to register. 425-430-6800

Greenhouse Gardening
Jan. 14–July 5
N. First St. and Williams Ave. N.
14 & up. Maintain and water your own plants. 
Plants must be started from seed in greenhouse. Water provided. 4’ x 3’. Limit 2 per household. $34R/$40NR. rentonwa.gov/recreation (#7633)

Homeless Community Resources
Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Renton Library, 100 Mill Ave. S.
Free. County resource providers provide access to services for those experiencing homelessness or near-homelessness.

Newcomers Hour
Jan. 17, 10–11 A.M.
Feb. 21, 10–11 A.M.
Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N.
Free. Meet center staff and learn about all the exciting programs and activities available. rentonwa.gov/rsac

Coffee with a Firefighter
Jan. 22, 9:30–11 A.M.
FEB. 18, 9:30–11 A.M.
Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N.
Have a burning question to ask a Renton firefighter? Have coffee and conversation.

Hoop Shoot
Jan. 26, 2–4:30 P.M.
Renton Community Center
1715 Maple Valley Hwy.
A fun free throw competition! Ages 6–14 compete in separate age and gender divisions. Prizes awarded to the top three in each division. rentonwa.gov/recreation (#7795)

Coffee with a Cop
Jan. 29, 9:30–11 A.M.
Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N.
Connect with officers in a relaxed, informal setting.

Basics of Fermentation
Feb. 4, 6–7:30 P.M.
Renton Technical College, 3000 NE Fourth St.
13 & up, minors must be accompanied by an adult. Learn basics of brining and fermenting vegetables. $5 donation encouraged. rentonwa.gov/recreation (#7620)

Tax Aid Program
Feb. 6–April 9, Thursdays only
Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N.
By appointment. Trained volunteers assist seniors with tax returns. Bring last year’s return. E-file only. Appointments: 425-430-6633.

Mental Health First Aid
Feb. 22, 8 a.m.–5 P.M.
Renton Technical College
3000 NE Fourth St., Room C111
16 & up, minors must be accompanied by an adult. Learn to give initial aid to a person showing symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis. rentonwa.gov/recreation (#7621)

SubUrban Farm & Garden Expo
March 7, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
N. Highlands Neighborhood Center
3000 NE 16th St.
Free. Bring plants and seeds to share at the Plant n’ Seed Swap! Plus, learn about gardening, beekeeping, backyard chickens and more! 425-430-7214. info@rentonfarmersmarket.com

Mom & Son Fortnite Dance
March 13, 6–8 P.M.
Renton Community Center
1715 Maple Valley Hwy.
Ages 6 & up. It’s mom’s turn to have a special night with her little guy! Register by March 1. $16R/$19NR, rentonwa.gov/recreation (#7930) 

Coffee with the Curator
March 21, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Renton History Museum, 235 Mill Ave. S.
Sparkle! curator Sarah Samson will be sharing objects from the collection that did not make it into the exhibit and offering insights into the exhibit process.

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