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Council will meet with school district, hospital

 


The city of Arlington will meet on Sept. 29 for a quick, half-hour joint meeting with Arlington School District and Skagit Regional Health/Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics, the first of such meetings since a change of management at both the hospital and the school district.

Another special meeting is planned this Saturday, Oct. 1, when the City Council’s budget retreat will be held in the Stillaguamish Conference Room at the Public Works office, 154 W. Cox St., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This Monday’s council workshop meeting covered several new projects.

Council is planning a public hearing on Oct. 3 on the city’s Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP).

State law requires every municipality to update their TIP annually for the following six years.

Any road construction project that is to be considered for a variety of funding must be listed. The proposed TIP is available on the city’s website, arlingtonwa.gov.

The city is considering a new ordinance, Impact Fee Deferral, to accommodate a state law passed by Legislature in 2015. Impact fees are intended to ensure that adequate facilities are available to serve growth and development, but the state law strives to make it easier for single-family residential construction projects. The deferral would be allowed for the first 20 building permits issued by the city and the fees still have to be paid, within 18 months, or at final inspection, certificate of occupancy or at the time of closing.

A public hearing on the ordinance was held by the Arlington Planning Commission on Sept. 20.

At this Monday’s workshop, council was to review a contract with Hellas Construction Inc. for renovations to Quake Baseball Field with funds from the Stilly Valley Youth Project, a result of the 2014 SR 530 Slide.

Hellas is a design-build firm for athletic fields and was selected in February 2016 through an RFQ process. The work includes installing artificial turf infields on two baseball fields, making the entire site ADA accessible, and improving the backstops and fencing.

Hellas will also complete the design and budget for two new baseball fields east of the existing fields that will allow the city to move forward on fundraising.

Snohomish County provided $350,000 to assist with upgrading the baseball fields at Bill Quake Memorial Park and those funds will serve as a match for a $250,000 RCO grant from the state.

A strategy in the Arlington-Darrington Community Revitalization Plan for the America’s Best Communities contest, the city partnered with the school district to recruit members for a youth council. Twelve youth, ages eighth grade to 12th grade, applied and seven were selected: Olivia Walker, Cole Cramer, Alec Villa, Zoe Tapper, Zach Bailey, Mikayla Beckley and Morgan Bryson will serve for one school year, through June 2017.

Council is considering changing the annual meeting schedule and canceling the second, third and fourth meetings in August and the first meeting in September.

 

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