King County Local Services Top 21 Accomplishments of 2021

The global COVID-19 pandemic turned 2021 into another historic, trying year for the world.

King County Local Services met the challenges head on to deliver the type of service our residents and businesses expect during normal times, let alone unprecedented ones.

Our department helped put much-needed money into the hands of businesses and organizations. We adapted our services to meet the changing needs of unincorporated King County. We even launched a community driven budgeting process that will allow people who live, work, play and worship in traditionally underserved areas to decide how money is spent.

And those were just a few of the things Local Services accomplished over the past year. Scroll down to view our department and our divisions’ top accomplishments of 2021:

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Program Manager brings international experience in environmental infrastructure, marine project management to help develop shared septic system in Fall City

Program Manager Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson has helped address complicated infrastructure problems across the globe – Italy, Kazakhstan, even the Deepwater Horizon MC252 Oil Spill.

But the puzzle he’ll work to solve for King County Local Services sits here in his backyard.

The Program Manager and Fall City resident’s main goal is to help deliver a shared septic system to the unincorporated area near Snoqualmie, which business owners have requested for decades and say could unlock the potential of the area’s aging commercial buildings.

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New Project Manager aims to deliver much-requested community center to Skyway

Malcolm Lee

As a Skyway resident for nearly 25 years, Malcolm Lee sees the obvious: the diverse and vibrant community lacks a community center.

That’s why he’s so excited about his new role as Project Manager with Local Services. Malcolm’s objective is to leverage his experience as a resident and coordinating high-profile projects, along with a passion for uplifting culturally diverse communities, to help deliver a center to the urban unincorporated area south of Seattle.

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Community Investment Budget Committee creates framework for participatory budgeting process, divides funds among five urban unincorporated areas

Wow, the Community Investment Budget Committee has been busy.

The group recently reached a milestone after months of meeting online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members had to build trust, create structure, establish values, and immerse themselves in King County’s Equity and Social Justice strategies.

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Vashon’s Community Van service ready to connect island’s residents to the places they need to reach

Community Transportation Coordinator Megan Lockhart

Vashon Island residents: Do you need a simple, convenient way to get to where you need to go? If so, consider making the Vashon-Maury Community Van part of your daily routine.

The Vashon Community Van gives residents a way to reach any part of the island without taking their cars. The reservation-based rideshare program – which has been available on the island nearly four years – was developed to provide alternative travel options and help fill transportation gaps.

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Community project organizers in unincorporated King County can now apply for 2022 “Alan M. Painter Grant Program”

Attn: Groups in unincorporated King County that are trying to bring together the community.

You can apply for grant money to help your event become reality, via the Alan M. Painter Grant Program.

The grants—formerly known as Community Service Area grants—fund community projects that allow residents of the unincorporated areas to participate in, and be more connected to, their communities.

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Community Service Area Grant Program now honors Alan Painter, former program manager and community proponent

The grant program for which Alan Painter championed during his time at King County will now bear his name.

It’s fitting that the grant program Alan Painter was so passionate about now bears his name.

Earlier this year, the King County Council approved renaming the Community Service Area Grant Program officially to the “Alan M. Painter Grant Program” as a tribute to his passion for the community.

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Thank you to our fantastic group of King County Road Services Summer 2021 Interns

Photo: Interns Isabel and Olivia Yamashita with Henry Jin, King County Bridge Engineer,  looking at the Upper Tokul Creek Bridge scheduled for replacement this fall.

By Jamie Holter

One of the highlights of summer 2021 was the restart of the King County Road Services Summer Internship Program that was put on hold in 2012 due to the economic downturn. This year, we welcomed six local undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in Engineering and Public Administration into our paid internship program.

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Community Van Program now in Skyway!

Skyway Community Van Coordinator Kahdijah Jackson says she knows how much this program could benefit the residents of the area.

The Community Van Program is in your neighborhood, Skyway.

Metro and Local Services are introducing the program that will provide residents with 24/7, reservation-based transportation for group trips. Metro provides the vans, and volunteer drivers are managed by a local Community Van Coordinator.

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Vashon Island road will honor Mukai family

A half-mile section of 107th Avenue SW will display the honorary road name designation of “Mukai Way.” It pays tribute to the Mukai Family and the Japanese American immigrant community’s contributions to the island in the 20th century.

On Aug. 17, the King County Council unanimously approved the designation. It also directed the Road Services Division to place signage recognizing the section of road, which is located off SW Bank Road. It’s also where the historic Mukai Farm & Garden property is located.

Local Services is planning a public ceremony to celebrate the designation.

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