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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.

Annual Comprehensive Plan open house and public hearing

City of Mill Creek Comprehensive Plan open house and public hearing

Mill Creek’s Department of Community Development will hold an open house at the Mill Creek City Hall on Thursday, June 21st, to review this year’s Comprehensive Plan changes. City staff will be available from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM to answer questions.

Mill Creek’s Comprehensive Plan is updated each year to incorporate changes to public policy including land use and zoning. The land use designation for three undeveloped properties will be changed this year to improve their development potential. In addition, a number of changes to the Comprehensive Plan are being made to incorporate public policy changes, and to make it current.

Sales tax option for reducing Mill Creek’s budget deficit rejected

Mill Creek City Council rejects sales tax option for reducing budget deficit

At the June 12th Mill Creek City Council meeting the council decided not to put a public safety sales and use tax on the ballot for voter approval this year. Mayor Mike Todd and Councilmember Terry Ryan reported to the City Council that the Snohomish County Council are also not going forward with a public safety sales and use tax which would have provided additional tax revenue to Mill Creek. This means the Mill Creek City Council will have to find another way to reduce the 2013-2014 budget deficit by $300,000.

Six Mill Creek USTA teams in local playoffs

six Mill Creek Tennis Club United States Tennis Association (USTA) teams advance to local playoffs

The Mill Creek Tennis Club has six out of eleven adult United States Tennis Association (USTA) teams heading to local playoffs this weekend. Roger and Byron Mark took over operation of the Mill Creek Tennis Club in 2009, and the club’s USTA program has improved ever since.

Roger Mark has coached many adult USTA teams and has sent multiple teams to the national tournament that ends each season. Each year Mark coaches up to ten USTA teams, seeing over 150 players. In 2008, his teams captured national titles at the Men's 4.0 and Women's 3.0 levels. In 2011 his teams continued their national success, winning the 4.0 Men's Championship, the 8.0 Mixed Doubles Championship, and placing third in the 7.0 Mixed Doubles Championship tournament.

Mill Creek’s public safety costs increasing

Mill Creek's public safety costs increasing

The City of Mill Creek’s public safety costs are projected to increase substantially over the next two years according to the City of Mill Creek’s Finance Director, Landy Manuel.

Together, the 2013-2014 police, fire, and emergency medical services costs are projected to be at least $2.3 million over the amount spent in 2011-2012. These increases contribute significantly to the Mill Creek’s projected $1.7 million budget deficit for the 2013-2014 biennium.

Jack Follis kicks off campaign at Mill Creek Tennis Club

Jack Follis is running for Snohomish County Superior Court Judge

Mill Creek attorney, Jack Follis, is running for the Snohomish County Superior Court position now held by retiring Judge Lary McKeeman. Follis, a 4.5 rated United States Tennis Association champion, held his campaign kickoff party at the Mill Creek Tennis Club on Wednesday, June 6th.

Mill Creek Tennis Club owner, Roger Mark, strongly endorses Follis, “Understand that this election is non-partisan and whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent Jack will bring fairness and leadership to this position.”

Mill Creek's WellCity Award provides healthcare savings

City of Mill Creek reduces health care costs with 2012 WellCity Award

The City of Mill Creek gets a 2% premium discount on their 2013 medical coverage as a result of winning a 2012 WellCity Award. Mill Creek earned a WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust by demonstrating their commitment to employee health promotion and meeting the stringent standards set forth for the award.

The City of Mill Creek promoted employee health by creating policies, committees, and champions at the local level that focused on topics such as: work-life balance, healthy food, physical activity, personal care, and employee safety.

Main Street Madness basketball tournament registration coming up

Mill Creek's Main Street Madness basketball tournament registration coming up

The City of Mill Creek Parks & Recreation is hosting the annual 3 on 3 “Main Street Madness” Basketball Tournament on Saturday, July 7. All registered participants will receive a free pizza from Papa Murphy's Pizza.

Registrations submitted by Friday, June 15 will receive event T-shirts.

Final registration deadline is Friday, June 29.

The City of Mill Creek is seeking volunteers to help with the tournament. Click on this link for volunteer information.

Mill Creek yoga studio's Tai Chi master featured in documentary

Mill Creek yoga studio's Tai Chi Master featured in The Highest Pass documentary

Mill Creek's Laughing Buddha Yoga Studio's Tai Chi master, Eric Braff, is a motorcycle rider in the documentary The Highest Pass premiering in Seattle June 15th. The movie had a brilliant run in Los Angeles recently. It was number one at the Santa Monica Laemmle two weekends in a row.

The Highest Pass is a motorcycle journey through India's Himalayas over the highest motorable road in the world. The film crew followed a dare devil yogi leading seven Americans to make decisions about life and death while traversing steep, icy cliffs and the chaos of India's "road killer" traffic. Carrying a prophecy of death in his late twenties, their Yogi leader Anand Mehrotra inspires them to question what it means to truly live and pushes the riders to the limits of the teachings: "Only the one who dies, truly lives."

The film documents Master teacher Anand Mehrotra's journey of transformation with seven motorcycle riders including the Mill Creek Laughing Buddha Yoga Studio's Tai Chi master Eric Braff.

Trip leader and master teacher Anand Mehrotra; filmmaker, producer and rider Adam Schomer; and Mill Creek Tai Chi master, Eric Braff will be on hand for Q&A after the film on the evenings of June 15th and 16th.

New Mill Creek Town Center frozen-yogurt/coffee shop now open

World's Tastiest Frozen Yogurt and ABS Coffee Company now open in the Mill Creek Town Center

“A brain freeze and then you melt it,” is how Shelli Chan describes her new business in the Mill Creek Town Center.  Chan’s patrons can get frozen yogurt, specialty coffee, juice, and specialty snacks such as Macaron Pastries in a clean, high-tech environment.

The World's Tastiest Frozen Yogurt and The ABS Coffee Company opened across the street from Boston’s Pizza in March.

The brightly-lit high-tech interior is very inviting. There are six flat-screen TVs mounted on the walls. Two of the booths allow patrons to connect their iPods, iPhones, or other music players to sound dome speakers for individualized entertainment.

Zippiti Do Da

New Cable Ride, Zip Line at Cougar Park.

The City of Mill Creek has installed a cable ride at Cougar Park. The cable ride is designed specifically for older children and is a safe version of a zip line.

Rest assured that this expenditure did not come out of the City of Mill Creek's beleaguered General Fund. This equipment was included in the original Cougar Park Master Plan and was funded by mitigation fees collected from developers specifically for park improvements. By law, this money could not be used for anything else but Cougar Park improvements. The total cost of the installation was $41,000.

Red Light "Tattle Tales"

Blue light tattle-tales help Mill Creek Police catch red light runners

You may have been wondering about those little blue lights at the back of traffic lights at six major intersections in Mill Creek. Tom Gathmann, Mill Creek's acting City Manager and full-time Public Works Director, reported that the rumor they were cameras "went viral on Facebook" in the May 22nd Mill Creek City Council meeting. Rest assured they are not cameras spying on your every move.

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