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Council amends comp plan


Arlington City Council was scheduled to approve at this week’s regular council meeting a short closure of Olympic Avenue on the morning of March 19 for the Ride to Remember Oso Bike Ride and another closure on 192nd Street NE for a car show in May.

The city is also approving a utility easement with Snohomish County Public Utility District to allow access to land at the Arlington Municipal Airport for installation of electrical facilities for the Top Cub development west of 59th Street NE and south of 180th Street NE.

Council was also scheduled to vote on a revised proposal for lodging tax distribution and a $19,000 contract with Shockey Planning Group for work on updating the city comp plans for transportation, water and sewer. The three separate plans include new infrastructure, infrastructure improvements and funding mechanisms to meet growth in the city.

The city’s comp plan is being amended to accommodate a change in the long-term plan to expand west of I-5, reorienting growth to higher density in a horizontal mixed use zoning strategy.

The Shockey Planning Group will review the three support documents — water, sewer and transportation — to make sure they are consistent with the city’s General Comprehensive Plan, and provide support in efforts to get approval of the transportation plan by the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC).

At this Monday’s meeting the city of Arlington is scheduled to present the Mayor’s Volunteer Award to Charleen O’Neal, an active member of the Friends of Arlington Library and Arlington Arts Council, who combines her two interests in the Storybook Garden activities in the community garden during spring and summer.

Winners of haiku poetry

• In K-5th grade, Dakota Bair won first place for this poem:

prancing on small hooves

golden-brown and beautiful

deer in a meadow

• In the 6th- to 12th-grade category Matt Kaska won for this poem:

nature what a word

such a general statement

but still so complex

• In the 19 years and above category, Steve K. Bertrand won for this haiku poem:

overhead eagle

with three crows harassing him

I’ve had days like that

Second place winners were Claire Rohde, Drew Bair and Maxine Willett and third place winners were Ezra Marinell, Kenneth Knutson and Joanne Peters.


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