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Civic Affairs

Four Mill Creek City Council seats up for election

There are four Mill Creek City Council seats up for election in 2013. The filing period for these positions is May 13-17, 2013.

The following four Mill Creek City Council seats are up for election in 2013:

  • Position #1 – Short & Four year term
  • Position #2 – Four year term
  • Position #3 – Four year term
  • Position #4 – Four year term

The filing period for these positions is May 13-17, 2013.  The filing fee is $60.00.   Any Mill Creek citizen interested in running for a seat on the Mill Creek City Council may call the Snohomish County Auditors Office at 425-388-3444 for more information on filing.  For information related to the duties of the position, please contact Kelly Chelin, Mill Creek City Clerk, at 425-745-1891.

Mill Creek delivers services for less cost than most neighboring cities

Altogether, Mill Creek spends relatively little to provide services when compared to other local Puget Sound cities.

The Mill Creek City Council heard that the City delivers its services for less cost than most neighboring cities of comparable size, population, and/or residents’ demographics at their April 6, 2013 all-day retreat.

As with other Puget Sound cities, Mill Creek provides a variety of services to its citizens. Mill Creek polices the community; plans and guides development; improves and maintains roads, sidewalks, and storm drainage; provides parks and recreation for city residents; and manages outsourcing of other services such as fire protection and garbage collection.

Mill Creekers pay lower local taxes than most other Puget Sound residents - revised

Local taxes are lower in Mill Creek than most other local cities.

Tax day is over and most of us don’t have to worry about our income taxes for a while. For those of us who live in Mill Creek it’s nice to know that on average our local taxes are lower than other local communities.

Local taxes are the combination of property taxes, EMS (Emergency Medical Services) levies, fire service levies, and utility taxes that are used to fund city services. Mill Creek is the only local city that does not have a utility tax.

Fire causes $50,000 damage to Silver Lake area home

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $50,000 damage to a home northeast of Silver Lake near Everett on Wednesday evening, April 17, 2013.

No one was injured in a fire that caused more than $50,000 damage to a home northeast of Silver Lake near Everett on Wednesday evening, April 17, 2013.

Dispatchers received multiple calls around 8:15 p.m. reporting flames coming from a single-story house in the 2100 block of 105th Pl. SE.

Firefighters responding to the call could see a large column of black smoke from several blocks away. The back of the house was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived.

No one was inside the house at the time of the fire. Firefighters from Fire District 1 and 7 responded and had the fire under control in about 20 minutes.

The house is heavily damaged. The man who lived in the house plans to stay with friends.

The Snohomish County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Mill Creek Civil Service Commission vacancy to fill

The City of Mill Creek is seeking volunteers to serve on the Civil Service Commission.

The City of Mill Creek is seeking volunteers to serve on the Civil Service Commission.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • To provide for, formulate, and hold competitive tests to determine the relative qualifications of persons who seek employment for civil service positions and certify eligibility lists.
  • To hear and determine appeals or complaints regarding Civil Service examinations.
  • To maintain and approve Civil Service regulations in compliance with State law.

Nominate your favorite Washington State educator for KCTS 9's Golden Apple Award

Do you know an outstanding educator or educational program making a difference in your community? Send in a nomination for KCTS 9's 22nd Annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education.

Do you know an outstanding educator or educational program making a difference in your community? Share their successes with the rest of Washington state by sending in a nomination for KCTS 9's 22nd Annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education.

Any person contributing time or services in Washington state schools from pre K through grade 12 can be nominated. Teachers, administrators, school staff and volunteers, specific education or community programs, and local businesses are all eligible for nomination. Students, parents, teachers and community members can all submit nominations.

Fire at mobile home near Silver Lake causes heavy damage

No one was injured in a fire just before 7 a.m. on April 13, 2013 that caused heavy damage and forced a couple from their mobile home in the Silver Lake neighborhood south of Everett.

No one was injured in a fire this morning that caused heavy damage and forced a couple from their mobile home in the Silver Lake neighborhood south of Everett.

The fire was reported just before 7 a.m. on April 13, 2013 in a double-wide mobile home in the 12200 block of Nels Peters Road. A smoke alarm alerted the couple to the fire and they were able to safely escape with their dog.

The mobile home was engulfed in smoke when firefighters arrived. When the first crew opened the front door to check conditions inside and make an interior attack, a firefighter stepped through the floor. He was not hurt.

About 40 firefighters from Fire District 1 and 7 and Mukilteo Fire Department responded. The unstable floor and heavy damage to the rest of the structure made it unsafe for firefighters to enter mobile home, so firefighters had to attack the fire from outside.

“Industrial signage” at Mill Creek City parks to be removed

At their regular April 9th meeting the Mill Creek City Council decided that the current plan for park signs was not well conceived, and that City staff should come up with another plan.

In the end, the original plan for park signs didn’t hold up to public scrutiny. At their regular April 9th meeting the Mill Creek City Council decided that the current plan for park signs was not well conceived, and that City staff should come up with another plan.

The 2006 Wayfinding Sign Program was meant to provide a common design for all signs in Mill Creek. At the time the City had just adopted a new logo, a number of the old wooden signs around the City were rotting away, and people needed way faring signs at various places to tell them where things were.

Professional development grant applications due April 15th

Along with your tax returns, professional development grant applications for up to $1,500 are due on April 15, 2013.

Along with your tax returns, professional development grant applications for up to $1,500 are due on April 15, 2013.

The Friends of the Mill Creek Library will award one or more grants up to $1,500 to defray professional development costs to support the provision of literacy education or the expansion of literacy services in our community.

Proposed projects may include seminars, courses, conference attendance, or other continuing education endeavors that support professional development.

Individuals must be actively engaged in the provision of literacy services or literacy education, and live, work, or otherwise have ties to the greater Mill Creek area.

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