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Planning Commission plans for growth

Although the Arlington City Council is off on vacation this month, the volunteer Planning Commission is hard at work with a public hearing this Tuesday, Aug. 15, on amendments to the city’s comprehensive plans for water, wastewater and transportation. At the Aug. 1 Planning Commission workshop, Pu...

 

Council discusses variety of issues

Arlington City Council met on Monday, Aug. 7, to vote on several issues discussed at the July 25 workshop meeting, before launching their summer break. There will be no more meetings until after Labor Day. On July 24, Police Chief Jonathan Venture presented another strategy for ridding city streets...

 

Arlington City Council plans only one meeting in August

Arlington City Council was not scheduled to meet on the fifth Monday, July 31, and their plan to cancel meetings in August is delayed until after Aug. 7, when council will meet to vote on several issues discussed at the July 24 workshop meeting. At the Monday, July 24, workshop meeting, Mike and...

 

City Council considers variety of issues

At the Monday, July 24, workshop meeting, Arlington City Council was scheduled to honor Mike and Terri Schur with the Mayor's Volunteer Award and to hear a presentation from Stacy Anderson on the upcoming Day of Hope. Council is also considering a recommendation from the planning commission to...

 

Arlington transportation plan paves way for regional transportation funding

A public hearing was scheduled this Monday on the annual update of the city’s six-year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). The plan is important because any road project must be listed on the plan to be eligible for state or federal funding from the Puget Sound Regional Council. At last week’...

 

Arlington City Council updates transportation plan

At this week’s workshop meeting, Arlington City Council was scheduled to review updates to the city’s six-year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). According to state law, all cities must update their TIP annually for the following six years. To be considered for funding from the Intermodal...

 

Council to vote on Riar rezone

This Monday, Arlington City Council was expected to vote on the controversial Riar family rezone, north of 172nd Street and east of 67th Avenue. A private request for an amendment to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, Land Use Map Official Zoning Map would have change the land-use designation and...

 

Council reviews another rezone

At this week’s workshop meeting, Arlington City Council was scheduled to review another rezone request. The Riar family rezone, requested by Supinder Gill, seeks a change from residential low and moderate density to high density residential north of 172nd Street NE, in the 7000 and 7100 block,...

 

Variety of items on council agenda

Two items discussed at last week’s workshop meeting were scheduled for approval on this week’s consent agenda. Several vehicles and other equipment that are determined to be “beyond their useful life,” and will be surplussed and auctioned off: a 2004 Ford Focus wagon, a 2002 GMC Sonoma...

 

Council nixes high density on Highland Drive

Last Monday, Arlington City Council listened to members of the community around Highland Drive and voted against an increase to density on 2 acres along Highland Drive near Stillaguamish Avenue. The surrounding property is already zoned high density. An increase in density on land north of the...

 

Reserve policy goes back to drawing board

After some lively discussion at the May 22 workshop meeting, a proposal to change the city’s financial policies on reserves was revised. The proposed change from a one month operating reserve to two months is being put on hold for further research to determine how much money would be needed to...

 

Council debates fund balance

At last Monday’s workshop meeting, a proposed change to the city’s fund balance reserve policy from one month to two months sparked debate. Four council members expressed preference for using the funds for projects for public safety, such as police, fire and sidewalks. Jan Schuette, Debora...

 

Salary commission recommends pay increases for mayor, council

Arlington’s Citizens Salary Review Commission filed its compensation decision with the Arlington City Clerk in April, including changes to mayor and council salaries and per diem reimbursements on June 1, 2017, Jan. 1, 2018, and Jan. 1, 2019. As of June 1, the mayor’s salary shall be increased...

 

Council considers street closures for events

Arlington City Council was scheduled to proclaim at this Monday’s council meeting Police Week (5/14-5/20), Public Works Week (5/21-5/27) and EMS Week (5/21-5/27). In this week’s consent agenda, council was expected to approve street closures for special events this summer, including for the...

 

Council discusses variety of issues

At this Monday’s workshop meeting, Arlington City Council was scheduled to consider a student representative for the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission. According to a city ordinance, there are two youth-specific seats on the PARC. Youth commission members, who are appointed to serve up to two...

 
 By Sarah Arney    Communities    May 3, 2017

Council addresses variety of issues

As discussed at last week’s workshop meeting, Arlington City Council was scheduled this Monday to vote on a third loan from the Growth Fund for almost $96,000, bringing the total for this year up to $312,226. The amount budgeted for the inter-fund loan is $186,000, according to Finance Director...

 

Council considers third loan for city's EMS fund

Arlington City Council faced a short agenda for its workshop meeting this Monday, with only three items on the agenda. In her monthly financial report for the month of March, Finance Director Kristin Garcia reported that revenue is up by 6 percent compared to last year at this time. She also...

 

Council considers variety of issues

After discussion at last Monday’s workshop meeting, Arlington City Council was scheduled to approve this Monday a contract with low bidder Lakeside Industries for a preservation overlay on 67th Avenue, from 172nd Street to 180th. The low bid was for 460,846, which was above the engineer’s...

 

City Council considers bids, board appointments

At this Monday’s workshop meeting, on April 10, Arlington City Council was scheduled to review the apparent low bidder for an asphalt overlay pavement preservation project on 67th Avenue from 172nd Street to 180th Street NE with the replacement of ADA curb ramps at Highland View Drive, Upland...

 

Council addresses variety of issues

On March 20, Arlington held a public hearing on the 2017 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket, but no one showed up to speak and so the docket was approved as presented by a unanimous vote. City Council also agreed to surplus two of the three remaining “Tri-B” buildings at the Airport Industrial...

 

Council considers Red Cross grant

This Monday, at Arlington City Council’s workshop meeting, council was scheduled to discuss a grant applicant to Red Cross for $10,000 to help pay for the Ride to Remember Oso, honoring the third anniversary of the landslide, and the Celebration of Strong Communities event, scheduled for March...

 

Council considers stage at Legion Park

After discussion at last Monday’s workshop meeting, Arlington City Council is scheduled to vote this Tuesday (due to Presidents Day on Monday) on a proposal from community members John Green and Darren Massingill to build a stage in the southwest corner of Legion Park. The local musicians have...

 

Council considers variety of proposals

After finally approving $160,000 in tourism grants from lodging taxes last week, Arlington City Council was scheduled at this week’s workshop meeting to review several proposals from the city’s recreation department. Council is reviewing a request for permission from community members John...

 

Council amends comp plan

Arlington City Council was scheduled to approve at this week’s regular council meeting a short closure of Olympic Avenue on the morning of March 19 for the Ride to Remember Oso Bike Ride and another closure on 192nd Street NE for a car show in May. The city is also approving a utility easement wit...

 

Arlington City Council addresses variety of issues

At last week’s workshop meeting, Arlington City Council learned more about the new horizontal mixed use zoning strategy that will be presented to the public this spring, according to Marc Hayes, permit manager. They also reviewed a revised proposal for tourism grant funding from the Lodging Tax...

 

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