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Mill Creek City Council authorizes two new park signs

At their regular April 23, 2013 meeting the Mill Creek City Council authorized City staff to design, review, approve, and construct two new concrete monument signs at Cougar and Hillside parks.

At their regular April 23, 2013 meeting the Mill Creek City Council authorized City staff to design, review, approve, and construct two new concrete monument signs at Cougar and Hillside parks. Concrete foundations for these signs have already been installed, but will need retrofitting to accommodate the new monuments.

Scott Smith, Mill Creek City Engineer, told the City Council that the new monuments will be slightly larger than existing park signs, but will match them very well.

Mill Creek City Council funds additional staff time to handle workload

At their regular April 23rd, 2013 meeting the City Council voted to increase the funding of the Human Resources Manager’s position and the Building Permit Coordinator’s to handle workload.

Ken Armstrong began working as Mill Creek City Manager on January 1, 2013. As he settled into his new job it became apparent to him that previous decisions to defund the Human Resources Manager position and to reduce the Building Permit Coordinator’s hours were counter productive.

At their April 23rd, 2013 regular meeting the City Council agreed with Armstrong and voted 6-1 to increase the funding of the Human Resources Manager’s position from zero to 0.75 of full-time. They voted unanimously to increase the funding of the Building Permit Coordinator position from 0.80 of full-time to full-time.

Everett School District publishes school start and stop time survey results

Survey results show many respondents want no change to the current school start and dismissal times although almost as many wanted some middle schools and high schools to start 20 minutes earlier.

The Everett School District published the results of their school start and stop time survey on April 26, 2013. Survey results show many respondents want no change to the current school start and dismissal times although almost as many wanted some middle schools and high schools to start 20 minutes earlier.

The least number of survey respondents wanted some schools to start 10 minutes earlier and some schools 10 minutes later.

Interestingly, it was the respondents with elementary school students that preferred some middle and high schools to start 20 minutes earlier while the respondents with middle and high school students wanted to keep the current schedule.

Snohomish County Fire District 7 Firefighters reward safe riders

Snohomish County Fire District 7 Firefighters reward safe riders.

Throughout the spring and summer, Snohomish County Fire District 7 firefighters will be rewarding children who are properly wearing helmets while participating in any non-motorized wheeled activity, such as biking, scootering, in-line skating or skateboarding.

Fire District 7 has partnered with Safe Kids and McDonald’s in this campaign to encourage safe riding and helmet use. Firefighters will issue a “Safe Rider Citation” to each child they spot riding safely and wearing a helmet. The citation card can be redeemed for one free Happy Meal at participating McDonald’s restaurants.

Firefighters will always be in marked fire department vehicles and uniforms when handing out the Safe Rider Citations.

Michelson to seek re-election to Mill Creek City Council

Donna Michelson announced she plans to file for re-election for her position on the Mill Creek City Council

Donna Michelson announced she plans to file for re-election for her position on the Mill Creek City Council, “I am honored to have been part of the council serving the residents of Mill Creek.  If re-elected, I will continue to listen and address the concerns and issues of the citizenry and our businesses.  I believe experience and history will be critical given the challenges of competing needs during this economic environment.”

Michelson has been a councilmember since 1999, serving 2 years as Mayor and 4 years as Mayor Pro-Tem.

University Book Store announces the passing of CEO Bryan Pearce

University Book Store Chief Executive Officer and Mill Creek resident, Bryan Pearce, who had been with the store since 1990 and was named CEO in 2002, succumbed to a yearlong battle with cancer on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

University Book Store Chief Executive Officer and Mill Creek resident, Bryan Pearce, who had been with the store since 1990 and was named CEO in 2002, succumbed to a yearlong battle with cancer on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

His successor Louise Little, previously the store's director of Human Resources since 1989, said, "Bryan lived this last year with an incredible amount of focus and determination, not to mention courage. He was a teacher, mentor, friend, and colleague who inspired those of us who worked with him to be the best that we could be. To say he will be missed does not come close to describing the extreme sense of loss we are feeling."

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.

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