LETTER: ‘Burien is Becoming Less Connected to Its Citizens Each Year’
As a business and property owner in the White Center area for over 20 years, I exercised my legal right to send a letter to voters in unincorporated White Center, warning them about $16,000 worth of damage that the Burien city government created on my property. I encouraged them to vote no on Burien annexation. A recent mailer from a group called People for Burien, promoting White Center annexation to Burien, attacked me by name, and claimed that my letter was not true. In effect, they were calling me dishonest, based on a denial made at a public meeting by a Burien city manager. It is only fair that I respond.
This property includes housing at 11926 Ambaum SW, at the S curve. This property is part of Burien and has been part of Burien since Burien incorporation. King County, working at the direction of the city of Burien, parked their heavy equipment on my property, to complete Salmon Creek culvert repairs. As they dug the trench, King County and Burien removed clay from the ditch, took the top soil from my property, used it in the culvert, and then replaced the top soil with clay they had removed from their Salmon Creek trench. This happened in 2003. Then in 2005, Burien and King County, returned, asked for permission to use my property again. I refused, then built a fence to keep Burien officials off my property, based on the damage Burien and King County had done together previously.
This was a Burien project, within the Burien city limits, under Burien legal authority and permitting responsibility. The Burien city manager even acknowledged that Burien paid $60,00 for their share of the project. For the Burien city manager to deny Burien’s responsibility in creating this mess, reflects poorly on Burien city management, and indicates to me, a level of administrative incompetence. And then to be a subject of an attack ad by a group who are close to the Burien city government is nothing more than shameful. Instead of acting like an adult and discussing the complexities of the problem created, and how such problems would be avoided in the future, the city manager acted defensively and denied everything. It appears to me that Burien is becoming less connected to its citizens each year. Beware. If Burien can treat me this way, what can they do to you?
Lee Rabie, President of ENERCO
9615 West Marginal Way S.
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