King County Local Services kicks off virtual town halls on Sept. 8 for unincorporated East Federal Way/Auburn areas
Participants will hear directly from their local government leaders, including King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer. Representatives from Local Services and other departments that serve the unincorporated areas will discuss how they are delivering services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8. Users can join via Zoom at https://kingcounty.zoom.us/j/9074762461. They can also join via phone by calling 253-215-8782 and providing the meeting ID number: 907 476 2461.
Local Services is taking its popular town hall events online this year, starting with the unincorporated areas near Federal Way and Auburn.
As with just about everything in 2020, the county had to think creatively about how to deliver these popular, usually in-person events while COVID-19 limits public gatherings. Last year, hundreds of residents turned out to hear directly from King County leaders and officials, explore government services, and more at these events in their communities.
Even though the pandemic has all but eliminated the in-person format, King County continues its commitment to inform and hear from the residents of the unincorporated areas.
“During a pandemic or any health crisis, it’s important for South King County residents to know about the services that are available for them and their families,” said King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer. “Although this year’s town hall won’t be in person due to public health guidance, I hope my neighbors are able to join us for a virtual town hall to hear from department leaders across King County.”
“We hear every day how the lives of unincorporated King County residents have changed because of this pandemic,” Local Services Director John Taylor said. “And while we had to adapt our jobs in the age of COVID-19, our dedication to inform and hear directly from our communities is as important as ever. This year will be logistically different, but the spirit of these events is the same.”
This is the first 10 virtual town hall events that Local Services will hold in September and October. It will hold events each week, moving through the unincorporated areas until the final event on Oct. 26 for the Snoqualmie Valley/NE King County area. Below is the full schedule:
- Sept. 8: East Federal Way
- Sept. 14: Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain
- Sept. 16: Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River
- Sept. 21: Fairwood
- Sept. 23: SE King County
- Oct. 1: Bear Creek/Sammamish
- Oct. 6: Skyway
- Oct. 15: North Highline (White Center)
- Oct. 22: Vashon-Maury Island
- Oct. 26: Snoqualmie Valley/NE King County
Residents should keep an eye on Local Services’ website and Facebook and Instagram pages, and/or sign up for email and Nextdoor alerts, to get updates about these events.