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Communities launch market study


A joint project with the City of Marysville, a proposed Arlington-Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center (MIC), along the SR 531 corridor, south of the Arlington Municipal Airport, has been moving slowly through the system, with support from Snohomish County Tomorrow (SCT) and the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC).

Now the two cities are working together to hire a market study.

Arlington City Council reviewed the proposed contract last Monday and was expected to vote in favor of it this Monday.

This Monday, Nov. 16, Arlington City Council was scheduled to vote on accepting a Community Orientated Police Services (COPS) Grant of $250,000 for two officers over three years, as presented last Monday, Nov. 9, by City Administrator Paul Ellis.

The three-year grant requires a match of $343,637. APD applied for the grant in June 2015 and received notice of the award on Oct. 1.

Council was also expected to appoint two new members to the city’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee and one new member to the Park, Arts and Recreation Commission.

Kristin Banfield, Director of Human Resources and Communications, told council last week that an interview panel recommended the appointment of Vicki Johnson and Eric Stroschein to the LTAC and Taira Knee to the PARC.

Vicki Johnson represents the Arlington Arts Council and Eric Stroschein represents Stillaguamish Genealogy Conference.

Last week, council discussed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with IAFF Local #3728 regarding temporary medical services officers (MSOs, presented by Public Safety Director Bruce Stedman.

He explained an agreement reached with IAFF establishing three temporary positions of “Medical Services Officers” (one per shift of the day). He explained the selection process for the positions, their level of authority and compensation for the additional duties.

Public Works Director Jim Kelly asked for authority to bid a maintenance project on a storm pond at the west entrance of Gleneagle to increase the downstream conveyance to the south toward Edgecomb and limit flow into the city’s storm system.

The maintenance work in intended to prevent flooding of 67th Avenue.

City Engineer Eric Scott told council last week that they were asking them to reject all bids for a Smokey Point Safety Improvement Project and cancel the project, due unexpected costs.

The Director of Planning and Economic Development, Chris Young provided a report last week on new regulations connected with the marijuana industry and its impacts on Arlington’s 10 producers. The city’s short term moratorium limiting producers to 14 inside city limits is due to expire at the end of the year.

The limit of the size of production may change as well as the number of producers as a result of state efforts to consolidate medical and recreational marijuana producers and retailers. Several representatives spoke on behalf of the industry, answering a question about their rate of pay for employees, since that was one of the factors when council established a moratorium through the end of 2015.

One person in the audience said they pay from $12.50 to $15.50 and provide medical benefits.


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