Yesterday, the Seattle City Council had three main orders of business. First, a bill was passed codifying the relationship between the City, the Museum Development Authority, the Seattle Art Museum, and Nordstrom’s, who took over the responsibility of ownership of the land that the Seattle Art Museum’s new wing is on. The land was owned by Washington Mutual, and when WaMu failed, it came under new ownership.
The City Council approved a change to the Municipal Code that allows employees to retire because of disability if they are disabled because of pre-existing conditions. In the public comments section at the beginning of the meeting, Diana Douglas of City Employees Local 17 recounted the story of a worker in the Retirement office who had a mild case of Muscular Sclerosis at hiring, whose illness became more severe after she had worked for the city for twelve years. This prompted her to seek retirement on the grounds of disability, but it was not possible under the Municipal Code, because of the pre-existing condition. The code has now been altered to allow individuals to retire due to pre-existing disability if they have also fulfilled the required ten years of service.
The city is selling the property underneath the fire station at 4th and Battery to the State. The tunnel that is replacing the viaduct, constructed by the state, is going to run underneath the fire station.