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City Council approves Arlington's budget


After two residents expressed concerns about a helipad to be built near Cascade Valley Hospital, Arlington’s 2016 budget was approved unanimously by City Council last Monday, Nov. 2.

Now the city moved on to new projects at this Monday’s workshop meeting on Nov. 9.

Council discussed a Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grant of $250,000 in federal funds for two officers. The local cash match for the award is $343,637 over a three-year period.

Safety Director Bruce Stedman presented a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with IAFF Local 3728 regarding temporary medical services officers (MSOs). The agreement establishes three temporary positions of Medical Services Officers, with a selection process, a description of their authority and compensation for additional duties.

The MSO is not a promotion but rather additional duties assigned to current, non-probationary paramedics, Stedman explained in documents.

The fire department previously employed a full-time medical services administrator (MSA) to oversee all EMS related activities, but due to budget restraints, this position was eliminated in the 2015 budget. The duties were then performed by the former MSA on a part-time contract.

Current state retirement guidelines do not allow this contract to be extended.

Stedman proposed replacing the MSA position as soon as possible, with the option of contracting a different part-time MSA or to hire a full-time MSO.

Public Works Director Jim Kelly is requesting authority to bid maintenance work on the retention pond at 67th Avenue and Woodlands Way to increase flow to the downstream conveyance and help prevent flooding and/or overloading the city’s storm water system. A vote is scheduled for next Monday, Nov. 16.

A Smokey Point safety improvement project should be cancelled, as presented by Eric Scott, of Public Works.

After receiving notice of a $44,000 grant, staff began developing the construction plans for this partnership with Marysville, but as work progressed they discovered that meeting federal guidelines would make the project more expensive than expected. Arlington’s work was to include replacement of a pedestrian crossing signal heads at one intersection and sign upgrades at another intersection.

Development Director Chris Young presented this Monday an inter-local agreement (ILA) between Arlington and Marysville for a market study on a Manufacturing Industrial Center (MIC) planned for south of the Arlington Airport.

A request for proposals (RFP) was advertised jointly and Community Attributes Inc. (CAI), the only response bid $30,000, which will be split evenly with Marysville.


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