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Council may rescind utility rate increases


This week, Arlington City Council meets Tuesday instead of Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

This week’s consent agenda includes waiving bidding requirements to purchase water meters from a sole source provider and professional services agreements with Shockey Planning Group for continuing work on the city’s comprehensive plan, and with Strategies 360 for advocacy in Olympia and Washington D.C.

Mayor Barb Tolbert said she expects to see a push in Legislature to move revenues around to pay for education.

Council was expected to approve an interlocal agreement with the city of Yakima for purchasing patrol rifles for the police department at substantial savings and to approve the appointment of John Branthoover to the airport commission. Staff is also proposing an ordinance prohibiting left turns to and from SR 531 at the Stillaguamish Athletic Club/Weston High School. After the ordinance is approved the state Department of Transportation will then install signs. Access will be through 173rd Street and 51st Avenue.

Council is also expected to approve an ordinance rescinding automatic utility rate increases since, as Public Works Director Jim Kelly said, “sufficient funds are available.”

On Thursday, acting as the city’s Design Review Board, the Planning Commission will review two major developments:

Gregory Park proposes single family homes ranging in size from 1,487 to 2,514 square feet at 91st Avenue and 170th Street in the southeast corner of the city, and 31st Avenue Apartments, a multi-family residential complex with 27 one bedroom units and 21 two bedroom units is proposed at 18321 31st Ave., in west Arlington.


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