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City Council asked to change ordinance

 


Arlington City Council was scheduled to vote this Monday on a change in the city’s regulations that allowing beer and wine to be served in Legion Park by nonprofit organizations.

A request from Dr. Devin Brossard and Lyanne Rolf, representatives of the Arlington Runners Club, had been presented to the Park, Arts and Recreation Commission (PARC) on April 26. They were requesting a change in regulations to allow a beer and wine garden at Haller Park on July 3 and July 4. The idea was spurred from a need to draw more visitors to Haller Park during July 4 activities. After receiving news that Fire District 21 will not be serving pancakes this year, organizers of the Pedal, Paddle, Puff Triathlon started searching for options.

The Rotary Club’s Great Stilly Duck Dash and the Kiwanis Auction also depend on a good crowd at the park, Rolf said at the workshop meeting last week.

“The Kiwanis Club was on the verge of canceling their event,” Rolf said. The club’s auction raises funds for scholarships, she explained.

According to council documents, Rolf explained to PARC the format of the beer and wine garden. After she shared her experience with similar events, PARC agreed in a 3-1 vote to recommend council’s approval of the request.

An ordinance allowing nonprofit organizations to serve beer and wine in Legion Park was adopted July 7, 2014.

A commercial vendor will offer a pancake breakfast on the Fourth of July, and they will serve hot dogs and hamburgers throughout the day.

Other council news

Council was scheduled to approve applying for a grant of $500,000 from the state Recreation and Conservation Office for Haller Park improvements, and to accept three separate art projects, all reviewed by the Public Art Committee.

The committee forwarded to PARC a proposal from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for a colorful mosaic sphere to be created by members of the church in honor of the church’s centennial. The glass mosaic is expected to be complete by August and placed along the Centennial Trail, possibly near Fifth Street, the street that leads to the 100-year-old church.

The Arlington Arts Council has requested permission to paint a mural on a bridge pillar under the Centennial Trail on the edge of Haller Park. The Public Art Committee selected a colorful painting of a bicycle by Janet Myer.

AAC is also seeking permission to install a bell (or gong) on the Centennial Trail between the Sound Garden and Lebanon Park. The deadline for submissions of proposals is this Friday, May 20. All proposals will be reviewed for safety, vandal resistance, maintenance and sound by AAC, which will purchase the preferred bell and donate it for the city’s public art collection.

PARC recommended approval of the art projects.

Comp plan updates

City Council is scheduled to vote this week on updates to its 20-year comprehensive plan for transportation, effective through 2035, as well as a 2016 comp plan amendment docket. The comp plan amendment involves a code change to add horizontal mixed use to its vertical mixed use development style that was approved a couple years ago.

The mixed use strategy allows flexibility, combining business and retail on the streets, with residential set behind to create a village sort of feel.

Chris Young, the director of community and economic development, explained how the new mixed use code would facilitate affordable housing.

“The use of horizontal mixed use development allows high density residential and low-cost housing near bus routes and facilities,” Young said, after listening to a presentation on affordable housing by Kristina Gallant, of Alliance for Housing Authority.

Council was also expected this week to vote on an appointments to the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission. They all agreed last week to appoint Jennifer Egger to the PARC and they agreed to reappoint Brittany Kleinman.

Special guests, proclamations

This week, council was scheduled for several guests and presentation, including Cassie Franklin, of Cocoon House, and the director of Sno-Isle Libraries Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory and Arlington’s managing librarian, Kathy Bullene, who were scheduled to present information about the Sno-Isle Libraries Capital Facilities Plan.

The library system has announced a draft of a comprehensive plan on capital facilitates for community review. Plans for Arlington include a remodel in town and a new, satellite library in the Lakewood area.

Three proclamations are in the works this week:

• Public Works Week

• National Police Week

• National EMS Week

 

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