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Mill Creek seeks Public Safety Sales Tax Committee members

Mill Creek seeking Public Safety Sales Tax Committee Members

The City of Mill Creek is seeking members for two committees; one of which will be responsible for writing the pro argument for a new 0.1% Public Safety Sales Tax, and the other will be responsible for writing the con argument against the tax. The proposed tax would be used exclusively for public safety services such as police services.

Jackson High students take top honors at national technical conference

Jackson High students take top honors at national technical conference

Sophomores Sri and Sai Nimmagadda (pictured back row, center with trophy) came home from Nashville, Tennessee last month with first place wins from the National Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference. Approximately 4,500 students from the United States, Germany, and Turkey attended the technical conference.

The winning duo traveled to the competition as members of the Jackson High TSA team with advisor Rick Wigre (pictured above, front left).

Mill Creek’s Run of the Mill 5K road race an overwhelming success

Mill Creek’s Run of the Mill 5K road race an overwhelming success

Mill Creek’s Run of the Mill 5k road race sponsored by Columbia Funding Mortgage was a success by every measure. There were over 1,400 runners at this year’s race through the Mill Creek Town Center, and over $25,000 was raised for charity. The blue skies and warm temperatures brought out a large crowd of spectators on Saturday, July 7th.

Jackson High School's Conner Martin finishes the 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon

Jackson High School's Conner Martin finishes the 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon

Rich Myhre of the Everett Herald reports that Conner Martin, a 2009 Jackson High School graduate, competed in and finished the 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon after recovering from his 2011 brain surgery.

The 2012 Ironman Couer d'Alene had over 2,500 competitors. Martin's time was 14 hours, 13 minutes, and 58 seconds which placed him 33rd in the male 18-24 division. There were 12 athletes in this division that didn't finish the race.

Mill Creek City Council adopts 2013-2019 Capital Facilities Plan

The Mill Creek City Council unanimously adopted the 2013-2019 Capital Facilities Plan after a June 26th public hearing.

The Mill Creek City Council unanimously adopted the 2013-2019 Capital Facilities Plan after a June 26th public hearing. All councilmembers were present for the hearing and subsequent vote except Councilmember Mark Bond, who couldn’t attend because of a family commitment.

The 2013-2019 Capital Facilities Plan incudes 31 projects valued at $43 million. This is an increase from the 2011-2017 Capital Facilities Plan, which contains 43 projects valued at $36 million.

The increase in total value is largely attributed to the projects associated with East Gateway Urban Village. The entire East Gateway Urban Village infrastructure cost is included in the 3013-2019 Capital Facilities Plan, even though developers will pay for most of it.

Capital facilities are the infrastructure needed to support growth, such as: roads, bridges, sewers, storm water facilities, public buildings, parks and recreation facilities. A capital facilities plan is an outline of the capital facilities projects, their time schedule, approximate budget, and funding sources.

The Farmers Market at Willis Tucker is at full strength

the Farmers Market at Willis Tucker is at full strength

Summer is finally here and the Farmers Market at Willis Tucker has a full complement of vendors. After a colder and wetter than normal June, Friday the 6th will be perfect for getting outside. The market is open from 3 PM to 7 PM.

The mission of Farmers Market at Willis Tucker is to create a gathering place where members of the local community can support and learn from local farmers, food vendors, and artisans. In order to provide customers with a full and varied market experience, the market managers are carefully selecting vendors based on quality, customer service, quantity, and uniqueness.

Like it or not, fireworks are now being sold

Sales of consumer fireworks began today, June 28, at noon and end on July 5, at 11:00 pm.

Sales of consumer fireworks began today, June 28, at noon and end on July 5, at 11:00 pm. The sale of fireworks is banned in Mill Creek. A full list of Washington Counties and Cities which ban or restrict firework sales can be found on the Washington State Patrol website.

State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy reminds Washingtonians that the purchase of fireworks over the internet is illegal, “In Washington State, fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period.  Orders for fireworks cannot be placed over the internet or posted on websites such as Craig’s List.  Residents should talk with family members and guests about the fireworks laws for their area.”

Mill Creek considering business friendly sign code revisions

City of Mill Creek considering business friendly sign code changes

The City of Mill Creek has begun a process to update its sign code to help local businesses reach potential customers. Mill Creek’s Community Development Director, Tom Rogers, is spearheading an effort to make the sign code more business friendly while preserving the City’s beauty.

Rogers kicked off the process with a recent presentation to the Mill Creek Business Association. He announced the City would hold an open house on July 19th to collect ideas for potential sign code amendments and outlined the change process. Interim City Manager, Tom Gathmann, made a similar presentation to the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association's Board of Directors.

Upcoming Mill Creek transportation projects

Bothell Everett Highway and 164th Street SE turn lanes to be extended.

According to Mill Creek Interim City Manager and Public Works Director, Tom Gathmann, a number of capital facilities projects will be completed in 2012. All of these Mill Creek transportation projects will be finished before winter sets in. One of the projects involves removing the landscaped median strip on Bothell Everett Highway north of 164th Street SE in order to extend the left turn lane.

Gathmann handed out the following information at the May 22 Mill Creek City Council meeting:

“Bothell Everett Highway @ 164th Street SE Turn Lane Improvements - The City and a consultant have been working with WSDOT over the past year for some traffic improvements at the intersection of SR 527 and 164th Street SE. The proposed project primarily consists of restriping 164th Street to extend the eastbound left turn lane, as well as removing the landscaped median on southbound SR 527. This will increase left turn lane storage on both approaches and prevent back up into the through lanes. Signal timing changes will also be implemented to help improve traffic flow in all directions. Final approval is still pending from WSDOT, but construction should be completed by this fall. The estimated construction cost is approximately $175,000.”

McCollum Park's swimming pool opens Saturday

McCollum Park's heated outdoor swimming pool opens for the summer.

McCollum Park's heated swimming pool officialy opens for the summer on Saturday, June 23rd. Open swim sessions will start at 12:15 PM, 2:15 PM, and 5:30 PM.

Swim lessons will begin on Monday, June 25th.

McCollum Park's 2012 fees for open swim, swim lessons, swim team, season passes, pool rentals and more have been reduced in some cases by nearly 20 percent.

Many new programs have been added, including four-week learn-to-swim sessions, which meet two times per week for increased family flexibility.

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