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Mayor's Newsletter for November 14, 2019Mayor's Newsletter for November 14, 2019

FFNWF board receives Family First Community Center update

Doug Baldwin and I, along with Community Services staff, met Tuesday with the First Financial Northwest Foundation board to give them an update on the Family First Community Center. The foundation was one of our first donors to the project, pledging $3 million. The meeting not only gave us another chance to again thank them for their tremendous support, it also allowed us to share with them the next steps in the process, including a review of the proposed design. The center is Doug’s vision, something he speaks passionately about, not only in our meeting but in this new video.

We’re preparing for a groundbreaking ceremony early in 2020 and contributions can be made via Renton Regional Community Foundation. Simply click the “Donate Now” button and select “Family First Community Center” from the list of funds. 

City gets critical flood control funding

Last week the King County Flood Control District earmarked over $3.5 million for flood mitigation projects in Renton.

About $2 million of the funding will be used to install new engines for three high-use pumps in the Black River Pumping Station, a key part of our flood prevention strategy.

My thanks to Flood Control District chair Reagan Dunn, and the rest of the members of the executive committee for helping protect this vital asset. 

Girl Scouts honored for service project

Tuesday I welcomed six exceptional Girl Scouts from troop 45325 and their leader Lori Church-Pursley to City Hall where I presented them with their Bronze Awards. The girls earned the award, the third-highest in scouting, for their service project which involved caring for animals. Each girl worked at least 20 hours at various projects, including at animal shelters and at a farm animal rescue center, as well as making fleece blankets for shelter pets and teaching younger girls to make blankets. Congratulations ladies on your accomplishments!

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