Council considers variety of issues
After discussion at last Monday’s workshop meeting, Arlington City Council was scheduled to approve this Monday a contract with low bidder Lakeside Industries for a preservation overlay on 67th Avenue, from 172nd Street to 180th. The low bid was for 460,846, which was above the engineer’s estimate of $380,000. A federal grant of almost $185,000 through the Puget Sound Regional Council will help with the city’s project.
Council was expected to appoint Jessica Ronhaar to the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission. Ronhaar is the vice president of the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce, the public relations director of Arlington Rotary Club and director of Arlington Youth Dynamics.
Appointments to Lodging Tax Advisory Committee include Jennifer Holocker, executive director of the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce, and Erik Granroth a former chamber president who is now president of Arlington Rotary Club. Granroth said in his application that he became interested in the LTAC when, as president of the Rotary Club, he applied for a lodging tax tourism grant to pay for fireworks on the Fourth of July. He owns a business in Smokey Point and strives to brings Arlington and Smokey Point Together.
In the consent agenda this week, council is expected to approve the purchase of a drive-by unit for meter reading from a sole source provider and a fee resolution for cemetery services. Council is also expected to approve the purchase of a new tractor for mowing grass at the airport.
Land use changes
Arlington’s Planning Commission is considering several changes to the city’s land-use designation and zoning classifications this week, on Tuesday, April 18, changing some lots, as requested by property owners, changes from moderate density residential to high density.
The Riar Family Rezone comprises 7.23 acres in the 7100 block of 172nd St. NE on the north side of 172nd Street, just west of the intersection of 67th Avenue. According to Planning Commission documents, the parcels are considered under-developed, with no active land-use or development proposals on file.
A proposed Stewart Rezone comprises 2 acres at 600 and 700 blocks at E. Highland Drive and 502 83rd Avenue NE.
The Villas at Arlington rezone includes 13.6 acres at 18400 and 18500 Smokey Point Boulevard, a request from AVS Communities.
Don Backstrom is requesting design review approval of a 6,000-square-foot warehouse and office building on about a half acre at 19014 63rd Ave. and the Planning Commission is also reviewing designs for a Pilot Travel Center.
At this Monday’s meeting, the Mayor Barbara Tolbert was scheduled to present the Mayor’s Volunteer Award to Hands Together, a community service group that works to feed homeless people and to proclaim National Volunteer Week and Arbor Day.
ABC contest winners to be announced Wednesday
The mayor is going to Denver this week with Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin to make the final pitch for the Stillaguamish Valley as Arlington’s Best Community. The winners will be announced at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 19. The top three winners out of eight finalists will win one, two and three million dollar prizes.