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“From The Mill Creek City Manager’s Desk” - The City of Mill Creek’s 2012 Strategic Plan

It is not true that Mill Creek’s Strategic Plan is a tax instrument and that by approving the Strategic Plan, City Councilmembers were “indicating their support of the utility tax by including it in the Strategic Plan.”

By Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager.

As I mentioned in a previous column, a lot has been written about the City’s Strategic Plan.  Unfortunately, much of what was written portrays the Strategic Plan as being a tax instrument and that by approving the Strategic Plan, City Councilmembers were “indicating their support of the utility tax by including it in the Strategic Plan.” Actually, that is not the case.

2013 Mill Creek Amazing Race Digital Scavenger Hunt for Teens

The Mill Creek Library and Mill Creek Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up again for the third annual Amazing Race Digital Scavenger Hunt for Teens on Friday, August 16, 2013 from 1-4 p.m.

The Mill Creek Library and Mill Creek Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up again for the third annual Amazing Race Digital Scavenger Hunt for Teens on Friday, August 16, 2013 from 1-4 p.m.

Teens in grades 6-12 will compete in teams of two or three to find and take photos of clues around the Mill Creek Library and Mill Creek Town Center.

The City of Mill Creek is hosting a Kids Fun Run on Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Please join Mill Creek Parks & Recreation staff for the fourth annual Kids Fun Run on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Please join Mill Creek Parks & Recreation staff for the fourth annual Kids Fun Run on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

The Run will take place at Heatherwood Middle School Track and Field, 1419 Trillium Blvd. SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012.

Children ages 3 years through 5th grade are invited to participate in three age-appropriate run/walks starting at 10:00 a.m.

Check-in is at 9:00 a.m.

Mill Creek Officer selected as School Resource Officer of the Year

The Washington School Safety Organization (WSSO) has named Mill Creek Police Officer Rory Mundwiler as the 2013 School Resource Officer (SRO) of the Year.

The Washington School Safety Organization (WSSO) has named Mill Creek Police Officer Rory Mundwiler as the 2013 School Resource Officer (SRO) of the Year.

WSSO Vice President, Deputy Karen Davy, stated, “Our Board chose Rory because staff and students alike see him as a professional who is completely capable of handling a crisis but also someone who is compassionate and can reach the kids on a level they understand.”

Primary election ballots must be postmarked by August 6th

Mill Creekers have a chance to make a difference as two City Council seats are in this year’s primary election. Voters will decide which two candidates will qualify for the November 5th general election.

Most of those eligible to cast a vote in Tuesday’s primary election won’t do so. Since this is not a big national election year, turnout will most likely be around 30 percent.

However, Mill Creekers have a chance to make a difference as two City Council seats are on this year’s primary election ballot. Voters will decide which two candidates will qualify for the November 5th general election.

Presentation honors Fire District 1 for winning national award

Snohomish County Fire District 1 was honored as the winner of the national award for Excellence in Fire Service Based Emergency Medical Service in a presentation on August 1, 2013 at the Martha Lake Fire Station 21 near Mill Creek.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 was honored as the winner of the national award for Excellence in Fire Service Based Emergency Medical Service in a presentation on August 1, 2013 at the Martha Lake Fire Station 21 near Mill Creek.

The Congressional Fire Services Institute and the MedicAlert Foundation present this competitive award annually to honor innovative practices which enhance the quality of emergency medical services (EMS).

Announcing the August 8th Mill Creek Second Thursday Art Walk artists

The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association along with the City of Mill Creek’s Art & Beautification Board is pleased to announce the artists for the August 8th Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walk.

The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association along with the City of Mill Creek’s Art & Beautification Board is pleased to announce the artists for the August 8th Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walk.

The event will run from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, July 8, 2013.

Donna Michelson, Mill Creek City Councilmember liaison to the Art & Beautification Board, has been involved in the planning, “The Art & Beautification Board are very excited about the upcoming Art Walk.  This is the second year for this new event and we have added an extra month (June) to make it four months total.”

Mill Creek City Council repeals ban on firearms in Mill Creek parks

The Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to repeal an ordinance banning firearms in Mill Creek City parks at their July 23, 2013 regular meeting.

The Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to repeal an ordinance banning firearms in Mill Creek City parks at their July 23, 2013 regular meeting.

This action was taken at the advice of Shane Moloney, Mill Creek City Attorney, in order to avoid possible legal action and to better conform to Washington State law.

A previous Mill Creek City Council made it unlawful to carry a firearm in any park as an effort to increase public safety.

Snohomish County hosts 2013 National Night Out on August 6th

Join your neighbors for crime-prevention tips and fun during this year’s National Night Out Against Crime from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Willis Tucker Community Park.

Join your neighbors for crime-prevention tips and fun during this year’s National Night Out Against Crime from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Willis Tucker Community Park.

The annual free event features on-site emergency vehicles and booths with safety tips and information. Visitors can learn how local law enforcement agencies are working to reduce crime and protect families, and can get tips to increase personal and public safety.

Bart (Tim) Masterson files for re-election to the Mill Creek City Council

Bart Masterson has filed for reelection to the Mill Creek City Council. He was first elected to the City Council in 2009.

Bart Masterson has filed for reelection to the Mill Creek City Council. He was first elected to the City Council in 2009.

According to Masterson’s press release, “During the economic turmoil of the last four years, he has concentrated on the City’s fiscal soundness by advocating for tactical expense trimming and careful spending rather than drastic service cutting measures.  As a result, our financial reserves have remained strong and service levels high.”

From the City Manager: The Civic Center Concept and Economic/Community Development

A City-funded Civic Center is one way to reinvest in the Mill Creek community, create a sense of place and be a catalyst for economic development.

By Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager.

In the last edition of this magazine (Mill Creek Current – Summer 2013), I wrote about some economic and community development ideas here in Mill Creek.  Included in that discussion was a description of one City-funded possibility, which was first presented to the Mill Creek City Council in April 2013.  This scenario was and still is in its very early stages and the process of taking this idea from the conceptual phase to reality will take years.  Additionally, the idea we presented was just a way to start the conversation and was not meant to be the only way forward for how the City might reinvest in the community, create a sense of place and be a catalyst for economic development.

Off-leash dog park now open at Tambark Creek Park

The Tambark Creek Park off-leash dog area is fully enclosed with a fence. There is an open space, ideal for energetic pups, and a shady area with some trees. It's a clean and beautiful space for dogs and their owners to enjoy.

Tambark Creek is a 40-acre park located southeast of Mill Creek on 35th Ave SE just north of 180th Street SE. With an athletic field, picnic shelters, walking trails, a playground and an off-leash dog area this park can be enjoyed by the whole family.

The off-leash dog area is fully enclosed with a fence allowing dogs to run and exercise off-leash. There is an open space, ideal for energetic pups, and a shady area with some trees. It's a clean and beautiful space for dogs and their owners to enjoy.

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