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Arlington considers youth council


As part of the America’s Best Communities competition, Arlington City Council is considering forming a youth council.

Presented on this week’s workshop agenda, City Council was scheduled to discuss developing a youth council as defined in Strategy 3.1 of the Arlington-Darrington Community Revitalization Plan.

The youth council would advise the mayor and council in youth perspectives on a range of community issues. The city will provide staff support for the youth council, funded by a $10,000 budget from round one of the ABC competition.

The ABC funds would cover the costs of a part-time coordinator/advisor for both Arlington and Darrington.

Long-term budget support will need to be provided by the city.

Council was reminded this Monday about a Memorandum of Understanding with Department of Commerce that was signed by the mayor on May 7, 2015, to collaborate in a Manufacturing Streamlining Pilot Project. The project will require staff time, expertise and facilities, which will comprise the city’s “in-kind” match to the program.

In April 2015, the DOC invited Snohomish County and several other cities to discuss participating in the pilot program to consider streamlined permitting. Arlington’s permitting model was chosen as a “roadmap” to develop strategies that can reduce time and frustration as manufacturing companies try and comply with multiple regulatory requirements during the permitting process.

The program would facilitate access to regulatory information, increased predictability, less “red-tape” and coordination between regulatory agencies.

The MOU will facilitate siting a manufacturing facility within the city by continuing to develop, maintain and market the program.

This week, council was scheduled to review the proposed paving of the Arlington Airport office parking lot, including new curbing and a new ADA compatible parking space with ramp.

According to documents from airport management, the parking lot pavement is in poor shape due to utility cuts, age and root damage from trees in the landscaped areas.

Prep work for the paving will involve removing and replacing the trees and adding a new infiltration system.

The amount budgeted for the project was $135,000. Fidalgo Paving & Construction LLC offered the lowest bid of $87,149.

This project was approved by the airport commission on July 12, as was a proposal to paint beacons, where sand blasting will be used to remove lead paint from the structure.

LJR Painting LLC provided the lowest bid of $136,844, higher than the budgeted amount of $90,000.

This Monday’s agenda also included a monthly financial report and an executive session for discussion of pending or potential litigation.


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