Leaders laud King County Council for 2010 milestones

January 5, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4 p.m. Jan. 5, 2011

King County Council members said the board made strides on a series of goals last year.

The council had not set specific goals for years, but under Chairman Bob Ferguson and Vice Chairwoman Jane Hague, the council adopted 45 broad goals — and checked off 43 by year’s end.

The council adopted priorities in early 2010. The list included goals to foster trust in government, local and regional cooperation, and to improve economic development, sustainability and transportation.

The council then created a scorecard to allow residents to monitor progress.

The accomplishments included adopting a countywide strategic plan, creating a regional task force to tackle transit issues, approving a series of partnerships to update animal-control services and overhauling county shoreline rules.

Overall, the council recorded significant progress on 43 goals. From the list, 36 goals have been completed and another seven require additional work and should be ready for action in early 2011.

The remaining issues — outlining future use of the Eastside Rail Corridor and funding improvements for Stampede Pass — need more to complete, because the projects involve many stakeholders.

“I am grateful for the work of my colleagues in tackling this ambitious agenda, and I am encouraged by what we have accomplished on behalf of the people of King County,” Ferguson said in a statement. “My father always told me that making a list helps focus the mind, and the council’s list of priorities focused our efforts on key policy initiatives in a transparent and accountable way.”

Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, a member of the budget team and the Issaquah representative highlighted efforts to rein in labor costs.

“Our collaborative work with labor unions resulted in unprecedented voluntary agreements to forego cost-of-living increases in 2011 and saved jobs that provide vital services to the public,” she said in the statement.

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