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Councilman Randy Corman

Water fluoridation has been a subject of some controversy for as long as most of us can remember.

Highly-respected agencies and scientific data suggests that for relatively small per-person costs, water fuoridation has helped reduce cavities in children-- particularly those that may not otherwise have good access to dental health services and fluoride treatments. On the other side of the argument, there are people who question the data in light of the fact that many developed countries do not fluoridate water, and have experienced improvements in dental health similar to the USA since 1970. And there are people who have sensitivities to fluoride, who have to drink bottled water to avoid stomach aches or other problems associated with fluoride in the water.

The City of Issaquah still does not fluoridate its water. Every time the officials move to do it, the public largely objects and shoots the idea down. They are once again asking for input right now. Click here to see their meeting announcement

We were chatting about this in the Corman household tonight as we pondered ways Renton could consider saving money. I have no strong opinion on this myself, although I know my daughter drinks bottled water to avoid too much fluoride because of sensitivities to it. I suspect it would save $100,000 to $200,000 a year to stop fluoridating our water, but I have never asked our staff for an estimate. If we stopped fluoridating, the savings would not help balance our general fund (it would not pay for police or fire) since the utility fund is separate; but any savings could off-set customer water rates.

Again, I am not advocating one way or the other, but I would be interested to hear your views on the topic.

Here is a pretty good article in Wikipedia, that covers a lot of aspects of this policy question.

What do you think Rentonites? Are you glad we fluoridate your water, or do you wish we would stop?
Councilman Randy Corman
Renton elected officials and a couple Renton staff members were invited to see the Seahawks practice at their new Renton Headquarters/Practice Center today.

The facility and grounds, called the Virgina Mason Athletic Center, was built for a total cost of around 80 million dollars.

The facility is still getting its furnishings, but when completed will give players the best weight training, medical treatment, and indoor and outdoor practice fields in the NFL. It's also a very effective and comfortable office/meeting/studio environment, which will help the Seahwaks organization combine their entire business operation into one spectacular facility at an unparalleled location...nineteen acres on Lake Washington.

I got some great pictures of the Seahawks and the facility, and the weather was so nice I snapped a few random shots of my council colleagues as well.

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Councilman Randy Corman
Renton – An Animal Friendly Community
By Randy Corman, Renton City Council


Renton has always been a city that is friendly to animals. We recognize that animals occupy an esteemed place in many of our households, often being treated as members of the family. They offer a source of amusement, pleasure, and companionship. They provide opportunities for outdoor exercise and socialization. We have some of the lowest animal license fees in King County, we allow dogs in 26 of our 28 parks, and we have our own animal control officers who love animals. They are responsible for inspecting properties to make sure they are suitable for the safe and appropriate care of the animals. We also enjoy a great history of large animal husbandry, dating back to Longacres, which for decades hosted up to 1,500 horses. The greater Renton area has also been home to some great pet, feed and tack stores over the years.

Recently, we heard from our community about their preferences and desires regarding pets and other domestic animals. Many people are intensely passionate about the animals they keep and their right to keep them. On the other hand, people also feel equally strongly about the impact of animals in their neighborhood and their property rights. We decided to review our current code and regulations so that we could be responsive to residents’ needs and concerns, anticipate future needs regarding keeping animals and ensure that we protect property rights and our neighborhoods.

I'm happy to share with you that at our last Council meeting, we updated and approved our regulations regarding the keeping of animals in the city of Renton. The new regulations change the definitions so that they are more specific about which animals are permissible, and revise the definitions of small, medium and large domestic animals. The type and number of permissible animals is now based on the lot size required to keep these animals. The new code links the use to the property, and does not prohibit the homeowner from replacing animals.

For instance, homeowners on lots of over 6,000 square feet can now own laying hens, for a supply of eggs. The new law also allows people on larger suburban lots of over 12,500 square feet to keep miniature goats, ducks, geese and sheep. Those with lot sizes of at least one acre can keep potbelly pigs, cows, llamas and horses. The number of animals allowed varies according to the lot size. Historically people could have a total of three dogs and cats. The new law allows one additional dog or cat for homeowners with large sized lots that are over 30,000 square feet.

In addition to providing flexibility and security for Renton residents who love their pets, this new ordinance safeguards the animals, and protects against any detrimental effect to neighboring properties. It also makes it easier for our newly-annexed residents to continue to keep their animals.

For more information please contact Angie Mathias from our staff at 425-430-6576, or visit our website at rentonwa.gov.

Sincerely, Randy Corman