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Mill Creek City Council Meeting – February 12, 2013

A summary of the Mill Creek City Council meeting held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
The Mill Creek City Council held a regular meeting on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

A summary of the Mill Creek City Council meeting held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 is as follows:

Waste Management Northwest makes donation
Waste Management Northwest presented a $10,000 check to the City Council to help sponsor the Parks and Recreation Department's community events such as Eggstravaganza, the Children’s Concerts, Trunk or Treat, and the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Fire District 7 reports performance for 2012
Snohomish County Fire Chief Gary Meek reported that Fire District 7 responded to 1,641 calls in Mill Creek during 2012. This works out to 4.5 calls per day on average. The average response time for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) was 4 minutes and 27 seconds, the average response time for a fire call was 4 minutes and 52 seconds, and the average response time for an injury motor vehicle collision was 4 minutes and 23 seconds.

As expected, the personnel at Mill Creek’s Fire Station were not able to respond to each Mill Creek call during the year. Mill Creek Fire Station 76 staff were sometimes unavailable because they were already out on other calls. Fire and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel from other fire stations responded to a total of 106 calls (6.46%) in Mill Creek during 2012.

Mill Creek City Councilmember Mark Bond expressed his admiration for Fire District 7 personnel, “In 22 years I can’t think of one time when Fire District Personnel were unprofessional… I really applaud you guys, you have great people… Whatever you are doing at Fire District 7, your culture is good.”

Interlocal Agreement for 2013 Overlay Project
The City Council voted 7-0 to have the City Manager, Ken Armstrong, execute an Interlocal Agreement with Snohomish County for the 2013 overlay projects.

According to Scott Smith, Mill Creek City Engineer, using Snohomish County resources and purchasing agreements for these projects will improve quality and reduce costs for the projects.

The scope of these projects can be found here:

Mill Creek’s ageing roads to get a new lease on life

City Council approves $900 expenditure for 2013 Second Thursday Art Walks
The City Council voted 7-0 to approve a $900 expenditure from the City Council Contingency Fund for the 2013 Second Thursday Art Walks as planned by the Mill Creek Arts and Beautification Board.

Puget Sound Energy utility work update
Scott Smith, Mill Creek City Engineer, reported that he was working with Puget Sound Energy and their contractor to address the poor quality of the road patches on Village Green Drive and 148th Street SE.

Mill Creek’s 2013 Washington State Legislative Priorities
Mayor Mike Todd and Councilmember Mark Harmsworth will be attending the AWC (Association of Washington Cities) Legislative Action Conference scheduled for February 13-14, 2013 in Olympia, Washington.

In addition to attending the conference, the Mayor and Councilmember Harmsworth are scheduled to meet with State Senator Steve Hobbs and State Representative Hans Dunshee to discuss the City’s legislative priorities. State Representative Mike Hope may not be available to meet with them.

The City Council agreed that the City’s main legislative priorities are:

  • Preserving Mill Creek's $6 Million allocation in the State's Public Works Trust Fund (letter sent to Mill Creek's legislative members January 11, 2013). Mill Creek plans to borrow money from this fund at a low interest rate to fund East Gateway Urban Village capital projects.
  • Encourage passage of HB1368 (Restoring City and County Liquor Revenue). The bill reinstates the $10 million in liquor taxes that was permanently redirected to the state in 2012. The bill also removes the cap on the amount of liquor profits that local governments receive, allowing this city revenue source to grow as it historically has.
  • Encourage passage of HB1128 (Public Records - Protecting Essential Services) This bill seeks to protect essential local government services from public records request abuses.

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