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Council considers variety of proposals


After finally approving $160,000 in tourism grants from lodging taxes last week, Arlington City Council was scheduled at this week’s workshop meeting to review several proposals from the city’s recreation department.

Council is reviewing a request for permission from community members John Green and Darrin Massingale to build a stage at Legion Park.

The musicians have played music in the park for events in the past and had to rent a stage or bring in a flatbed trailer.

They would like to build a 24-by-16-foot stage with donated materials. The work would be done by volunteer professionals who are proposing a concrete deck and a roof on the southwest corner of the park.

They are communicating with the building department and have presented the idea to the city’s Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission. PARC recommended approval of the project, with a suggestion to design the stage so that it blends with the gazebo by using similar materials.

City Council is also reviewing several proposals of public art from Arlington Arts Council.

The volunteer community group of art advocates has proposed a granite frog sculpture for Haller Park, that the AAC will purchase with funds from the 2016 Fall into Art Auction for $15,000. The artist is George Pratt from British Columbia, who is a member of the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association and has taught at the local NSSA symposium at Lake McMurray through the years. If approved, the piece could be installed in time for Fourth of July events in the park.

Exact placement is still to be determined.

AAC would also like to donate a rough-cut granite stone engraved with a haiku poem selected from the Eagle Festival haiku contests. They propose choosing a forest, tree-related poem for Terrace Park.

In one more proposal of art, AAC has assisted the Public Works Administration office in soliciting artwork from Arlington Arts Council members for the Stillaguamish Conference Room. Public Works has set aside funds for the project, and staff selected “Mountain Series” ($1,200) by Christina Harvey” and painting of the north fork of the Stillaguamish River as seen from Haller Bridge, by Vicki Johnson ($800).

Right-of-way for new roads

After discussion at this week’s workshop meeting, council is expected to vote on Feb. 21 (on Tuesday because of Presidents Day on Monday), on the dedication of three rights-of-way for future road projects on 47th Avenue, 51st Avenue and 164th Street NE from Klein Family Properties/Shoultes RV Park for future construction of 47th Avenue NE and 164th Street NE, and for widening of 51st Ave. NE. New roads in that area are identified in the city’s comprehensive plan to provide connectivity between Arlington and Marysville and the future Manufacturing Industrial Center (MIC).

Change to contract with RH2

Council is also considering an amendment to a contract with RH2 Engineering for construction engineering services on a lift station to meet water needs for future growth in the Kent Prairie area.

RH2 designed the project and Public Works is seeking their assistance in the construction process, “since RH2 has the greatest knowledge of the project,” which is scheduled to go to bid in February and to be constructed during spring of this year, according to council documents. The project is budgeted by Public Works.

Inter-local agreements

• In a proposed agreement with Snohomish Health District (SHD), the city of Arlington is being asked to execute a quit claim deed, relinquishing any interest the city may have in the Rucker Building at 3020 Rucker Avenue, Everett.

When the Health District purchased the building in 1990, it was financed in part with contributions from Snohomish County cities.

In cost-saving measures, the Health District now wants to sell the building and move to a smaller facility.

• In one of those minute details of government, Arlington City Council is reviewing an amendment to an agreement between the city and Snohomish County for mitigation of impacts to city roads of solid waste transfer trailers from the Snohomish County North County Regional Transfer Station.

The agreement since 1992 has been set to correspond to the WSDOT Construction Cost Index (CCI), but this index has been discontinued. Now the city and the county have agreed to replace the CCI with the Seattle-Tacoma Consumer Price Index (CPI) as the new payment inflation index for the mitigation agreement.

A vote is expected on Feb. 21.

• Another inter-local agreement is under consideration, with the Tulalip Tribes for Pictometry-process aerial photography for use in the city’s GIS and asset management systems.

Arlington previously purchased GIS aerial photographs from Snohomish County and King County imagery consortium.

Snohomish County no longer provides aerials and King County provided a low-quality resolution that was 18 months old at the time of delivery, according to Katie Helm, the city’s GIS manager.

The Pictometry processed aerial photographs would give the city more control over the product, more ways to provide the product to staff, and a higher quality product (3” resolution) that will be available this year, Helm said.

The cost is $6,152 in 2017 and again in 2018.


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