This Week in Renton

This Week in Renton
Posted on 09/30/2022
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Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 | Vol. VII | Issue 25

Bloodworks Northwest opens new donor center in Renton
Bloodworks CEO Curt Bailey cuts the ribbon to officially open the new donor center in Renton.

Yesterday, Mayor Armondo Pavone and city councilmembers joined Bloodworks Northwest staff and guests at the opening of Bloodworks Northwest’s Renton Donor Center.

"It's with a great sense of pride that we welcome Bloodworks Northwest to our community as they open this magnificent new donor center in Renton," said Mayor Armondo Pavone at the ribbon cutting. "We will continue to support Bloodworks Northwest and their mission to provide life-saving research and services to the community."

The new donor center is in Time Square Business Park (660 SW 39th Street #100), across from Bloodworks' testing and processing lab. Having the two facilities so close provides more efficient operations and faster processing times. In addition, the new center is designed to be donor-friendly with cell phone chargers at each bed, free parking, and easy freeway access.

“We are thrilled to bring a bigger and better donation center to our community,” said Bloodworks Northwest President and CEO Curt Bailey. “Our new donor center in one of Washington’s ten largest cities will make it easier for people to donate blood, encouraging them to step up and save lives.”

The center is open seven days a week and has 10% more donor beds than their previous facility in Tukwila.

Bloodworks Northwest provides 95% of the blood supply to Western Washington and Oregon hospitals, including UW/Valley Medical Center. It takes approximately a thousand people each day to provide a safe and reliable blood supply for those needing transfusions for cancer, trauma, and surgeries in the Pacific Northwest.

To book a donation appointment at the new Renton Donor Center, please call 800-398-7888 or schedule online at


Public Works Street Maintenance Division starts winter prep next week

Winter prep starts next week

When we last saw snowplows on the streets of Renton, our Public Works Street Maintenance Division crews were busy clearing roads of a storm that hit on Christmas Day.

Come early next week, you’ll see plows back on the streets. No, snow is not in the forecast; it’s just one of many steps the crews take as they complete their meticulous preparations for winter weather.

Each year on the first week in October, they review and complete each step of the process needed to keep the roads clear. First, they meet to review procedures and share experiences with the new hires. Then they attach plows and mount sanders to each of the city's 11 dump trucks. They also test each of their nine sanders and three deicer trucks. The final step is what you will see next week: drivers taking plows out on their assigned routes to look for potential hazards.

In future editions, we'll share more information and tips to help you prepare for winter weather. These tips also make it safer for our crews to keep the streets clear for travel during inclement weather.


Renton's Housing Repair Assistance Program brochures are now available in six languages

Multi-lingual housing repair brochures

Housing Repair Assistance Program (HRAP) brochures are now available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

HRAP provides free minor repairs to the home of qualified Renton residents. The type of repairs is designed to improve environmental health and safety. The brochure explains the services available to Renton residents and qualification guidelines.

The brochures and application are online. They can be requested by calling 425-430-6650 or emailing [email protected]. Please indicate which language you would like to receive.


Serve on a Board, Committee, or Commission in Renton

Share your passion on a board, committee, or commission

Serving on one of the city’s boards, committees, or commissions is a way to have a voice in city policies and give back to the community.

Members serve as advocates to the city council and mayor on items of vital interest to their neighbors. This donation of time and experience is a prime reason why Renton is a vibrant, progressive, and caring community.

We currently have vacancies on Parks Commission (including a youth position, age 15-20) and the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. These are just two opportunities. We also have vacancies on the Airport Advisory Committee, Civil Service Commission, Benson Hill Community Planning Board, and Human Services Advisory Committee (youth position).


Residents volunteer at our annual Day of Service event in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

Residents volunteer at our annual Day of Service event in honor of the victims of Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks

Volunteers and staff remember 9/11 victims

To honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, over 50 Renton residents joined city staff at our annual Day of Service at Tiffany Park and Heritage Park on the morning of Sept. 10. The event was part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

One group installed cautionary markers on storm drain markers in the neighborhood around Tiffany Park. The other spread 12 truckloads of play chips and bark across Heritage Park's two playgrounds, tree wells, and landscape beds.

Thank you to all our volunteers for taking the time to serve your community.


2023 City of Renton Employee Appreciation BBQ

Employee Appreciation BBQ

Last week was the annual city employees' BBQ. It was a time to salute the employees for their work in 2022. From maintaining our roads to redeveloping parks to events and activities for all ages, all city employees have one goal: to deliver first-class services to the residents of Renton.

Several employees reached service milestones in 2022 and we salute their dedicated service.

Over 35 Years
Dave Skelton, 44 years, Police, Patrol Operations
Abdoul Gafour, 42 years, Public Works, Utility Systems
George Stahl, 42 years, Public Works, Maintenance Services
Craig Pray, 40 years, Public Works, Maintenance Services
Mike Benoit, 37 years, Public Works, Utility Systems
Dale Hall, 36 years, Parks & Recreation, Parks & Trails
Dennis McAskill, 36 years, Police, Patrol Services
Gregg Seegmiller, 36 years, Public Works, Maintenance Services
Patrick Zellner, 36 years, Public Works, Maintenance Services

35 years
James Leathley, Public Works, Facilities
Thomas Main, Community & Economic Development, Development Engineering

30 years
Peter Kordel, Police, Investigations
Robert Onishi, Police, Investigations
Rocky Sittner, Public Works, Maintenance Services
Dean Stewart, Public Works, Maintenance Services

25 years
Sean Claggett, Parks & Recreation, Recreation
Corey Jacobs, Police, Patrol Operations
Jason Renggli, Police, Investigations
Jennie Smith, Judicial Branch
Thomas Smith, Police, Investigations

20 years
Kelly Beymer, Parks & Recreation, Administration
Dianne Ford, Police, Patrol Services
Craig Johnson, Police, Patrol Services
Kristin Lauterbach, Public Works, Maintenance Services
Robert Leverton, Police, Patrol Services
Jon Stillwell, Parks & Recreation, Parks & Trails
Chandler Swain, Police, Investigations
Keith Woolley, Public Works, Transportation



In other news this week

A recap of news posted on the city’s social media accounts. You can find us (@cityofrenton) on FacebookInstagram, & Twitter. Renton residents can also find us on Nextdoor.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Arts and Tourism Grants

Arts in Renton

Bronson Way Bridge seismic retrofit project

City Council (agendas, documents and meeting videos)

COVID-19 (vaccine locations, current mandates, resources) 

Keep Storm Drains clear

Parks Projects (Coulon, Kiwanis)

Pop-Up Lunches on Tuesdays (Oct. 4, 12:30-2 p.m., Sunset Neighborhood Park, 2680 Sunset Lane NE 98056)

Recreation Guide (current classes, activities, leagues & events for September to December)

Report issues via Renton Responds

Traffic Projects (impactful traffic projects)


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