civic affairs

City Council accepts property from Pacific Topsoils

City of Mill Creek accepts land from Pacific Topsoils Incorporated

The Mill Creek City Council voted 5-0 with two abstentions to accept a 2.2 acre land parcel, a 40-foot wide access easement, and a 15-foot wide utility easement from Pacific Topsoils at the April 24th City Council meeting.

Accepting the warranty deed and easements for this property located east of 35th Avenue SE near Thomas Lake was a required step in a June, 2010 Framework Agreement between the City and Pacific Topsoils that settled a land use dispute.

North Creek still contaminated by April 12th sewage spill

According to Marci Chew, City of Mill Creek's Surface Water spokesperson, North Creek's fecal coliform levels are still above normal for this time of year due to the City of Everett's sewage spill on April 12th. "The fecal levels in the stream were going down but we want to make sure the counts are at our normal levels during this time of year," Chew said. "People should still not have contact with the creek water until the Snohomish Health District advises that it is okay."

Gathmann replaces Burns as City Manager

Tom Gathmann is Mill Creek's interim City Manager

At the April 24th City Council meeting, the Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to pass a complex set of resolutions which results in the replacement of the current City Manager, Tim Burns, with the current Public Works Director, Tom Gathmann, as interim City Manager.

Burns has been given 30-days notice of his termination and is now on paid administrative leave per his contract.

Gathmann will serve as interim City Manager until the City Council can recruit and hire a new City Manager.

A number of city councilmembers made it clear that this decision was very difficult because Burns had performed well in administering City business in his four years as City Manager.

According to Mayor Mike Todd, Mill Creek needs not only good administration at the top, but also a higher level of leadership to implement the difficult goals of the recently adopted strategic plan.

Grand opening ceremony for the Mill Creek Food Bank

Mill Creek Food Bank is open for business

The grand opening ceremony for Mill Creek’s new food bank was held at Jackson High School on Thursday, April 19th. The food bank was open for business following the ceremony.

The new food bank initiative came from Jackson High School students after last year's very successful holiday food drive. The students took their food bank idea to Judi Montgomery, Jackson High School's Activities Director, who then sprang to action.

Montgomery brought together representatives from the Jackson High School student body, the Everett School District, the Rotary Club of Mill Creek, the Mill Creek Business Association, the City of Mill Creek, and the Volunteers of America Everett Food Bank to make the students’ idea a reality.

Update on Silver Lake sewer line break

It took 24 hours, but the City of Everett workers completed the 20-inch sewer line repair at about 7:00 AM this morning according to Marci Chew of the City of Mill Creek Surface Water Utility.

The City of Everett is warning people to avoid contact with North Creek south of Silver Lake. They have posted warning signs in some areas along the creek.

"The City of Everett will be conducting daily stream monitoring in North Creek behind Fish and Wildlife (in Mill Creek) for fecal coliform, dissolved Oxygen, and Ph," said Chew. "This monitoring will also be done this weekend and it will continue until the fecal coliform levels are safe in the stream."

 If anyone notices fish kills in North Creek, please contact Marci Chew at 425-745-1891, or email her at

Sewer line break spilling raw sewage into North Creek in Silver Lake neighborhood


A 20-inch iron sewer pipe broke near the 11800 block of Silver Way in Everett and is spilling raw sewage into North Creek. The break occurred about 6 a.m. on Thursday April 12. Crews are using heavy equipment to divert as much of the sewage flow as possible and are sandbagging in the area.

Mill Creek City Council approves strategic plan

the Mill Creek City Council approved the strategic plan

After more than a year’s work by consultants, Mill Creek City staff, and Mill Creek City councilmembers the Mill Creek City Council voted four to three to approve the strategic plan at the April 10th City Council meeting.

Mill Creek’s strategic planning process kicked off in April of 2011. The strategic planning process included three separate city council retreats, approximately 600 resident telephone surveys, a series of community outreach events, and a number of public meetings inviting public comments.

At the final public meeting held on April 3rd, a number of Mill Creek residents applauded the strategic planning effort. Larry Mayer expressed his thanks to City staff and said he could see that his input got into the final plan.

Some Mill Creek residents believe that the strategic plan is an excuse to increase taxes. At the April 3rd public meeting, Dennis Teschlog said, “I think this is a strategic tax plan.” He went on to say that he was concerned about the City’s growing deficit.

Washington State Secretary of Health announces whooping cough at epidemic levels

Whooping cough cases in Washington State

Secretary of Health Mary Selecky announced today that whooping cough disease has reached epidemic levels in Washington. So far in 2012, 640 cases have been reported in 23 counties as of March 31. This compares to 94 cases during this same time period last year, putting Washington on-pace to have the highest number of reported cases in decades.

As of March 31, 2012, Snohomish County has the highest number of whooping cough cases of all Washington State counties with 168 cases reported.

Mill Creek City Councilmember Mark Harmsworth announces his run for Washington State House of Representatives

Mark Harmsworth announces his run for 44th District representative

Mark Harmsworth announced his intention to run for the State House of Representatives on Thursday. Hans Dunshee currently holds the 44th Legislative District seat that Harmsworth is seeking.

Harmsworth has been a member of the Mill Creek City Council since 2008. He was unopposed when elected to his second Mill Creek City Council term last year.

In his announcement Harmsworth said, "Our State is facing some of the toughest challenges in its history. Every day we hear stories of friends and neighbors struggling to make ends meet."

Mill Creek City Council passes electric vehicle infrastructure ordinance

McCollum Park electric vehicle charging station

The Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance regulating electric vehicle infrastructure at their regular March 6th meeting. The city council also discussed this ordinance at the February 28th meeting.

These regulations are required by Washington State law, and are modeled after similar ordinances in other local municipalities.

The City of Mill Creek doesn’t require the installation of electric vehicle infrastructure, but sets standards for electrical vehicle infrastructure in new development as well as already built-out residential, commercial and business properties.

Real estate developer proposes project including indoor sports arena to Mill Creek City Council

Developer plans indoor sports arena in Mill Creek

Representatives from Goodman Real Estate, Clark Design Group, and Arena Sports presented their proposal for a combination indoor sports arena and multi-family residential project at the Mill Creek City Council meeting on March 6th. The developer, Goodman Real Estate, wants to build on a number of properties in Mill Creek near the intersection of the Bothell-Everett Highway and Dumas Road. The presentation to the Mill Creek City Council was made in order to gauge their interest in the project, not to get a final decision for the project.

The developer would like to build a combination of multi-family residential buildings and commercial buildings in a phased project if the City agrees to change the current zoning and land use restrictions. The developer believes this could result in up to 12,000 to 15,000 additional visitors per week who would utilize Mill Creek shops and restaurants.

Snohomish County Tomorrow selects Mill Creek’s Terry Ryan as co-chairman

Mill Creek City Council member Terry Ryan

The Everett Herald reported that Snohomish County Tomorrow, a group that coordinates planning efforts among the county, its cities and the Tulalip Tribes, has selected new officers for the year.

Mill Creek Councilman Terry Ryan and County Council Chairman Brian Sullivan have been chosen as co-chairman for the group. Chosen as vice chairpersons are Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring and County Councilwoman Stephanie Wright.

City of Mill Creek seeking two volunteers for Planning Commission vacancies

The city of Mill Creek is seeking two volunteers to fill two vacancies on the Planning Commission. Each volunteer would serve a two-year term beginning April 30, 2012.

Planning commission meetings are held at City Hall on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. April 9, 2012. If interested, please contact:

Sherrie Ringstad
Department of Community Development
City of Mill Creek
15728 Main Street
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Phone: 425-921-5717