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 By Sarah Arney    Communities    June 21, 2017 

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...

 

Council meets with Planning Commission

Arlington City Council was scheduled for a joint meeting with the city’s Planning Commission this Monday at 6 p.m., for an annual report from the commission and a discussion of horizontal mixed use zoning. At the council’s regular workshop meeting at 7 p.m., they were expected to review the scop...

 

Council may rescind utility rate increases

This week, Arlington City Council meets Tuesday instead of Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. This week’s consent agenda includes waiving bidding requirements to purchase water meters from a sole source provider and professional services agreements with Shockey Planning Group for...

 

Public input sought about Lodging Tax allocations for 2017

Public input will be taken at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, when Arlington’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee reconvenes on proposed allocations for 2017 tourism grants. The meeting will be in the Executive Conference Room at City Hall. Due to a high number of accidents at the access to Weston High...

 

Council, Planning Commission to hold Jan. 5 workshop meeting

At the first meeting of the year, on Tuesday, Jan. 3, because of the New Year holiday on Monday, Arlington City Council was scheduled to reappoint Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin to represent all small cities in north Snohomish County on the Snohomish Health District Board of Directors. Also on the...

 

Tourism grants sent back to committee

After some discussion last week on tourism grants, Arlington City Council sent recommendations back to committee for review and adjustments. The decision will delay approval process by 45 days. Council asked for a wider distribution of funds. At this week’s Dec. 19 Arlington City Council meeting,...

 

Arlington reviews staff salary schedule

At the Arlington City Council meeting Dec. 5, Victoria McGrath, of McGrath Human Resources Group, reported findings from a study of the city’s salary schedules. She started with an overview of methodology and a description of how a market-based salary system works. In her conclusions of the...

 

Arlington launches salary study

At this week’s regular meeting, Arlington City Council was scheduled to launch a salary study on non-represented employees. Victoria McGrath, of McGrath Human Resources Group, was scheduled to explain how a market-based salary system works and present an overview of methodology with recommended...

 

Council considers tourism grants

After discussion at this Monday’s workshop meeting, Arlington City Council is expected to vote next Monday on the distribution of $146,158 in lodging tax grants as recommended by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC). Budgeted amount was $160,000. Seventeen requests totaled $185,335. The LTAC...

 

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