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Council considers street closures for events

 


Arlington City Council was scheduled to proclaim at this Monday’s council meeting Police Week (5/14-5/20), Public Works Week (5/21-5/27) and EMS Week (5/21-5/27).

In this week’s consent agenda, council was expected to approve street closures for special events this summer, including for the Downtown Business Association’s Show and Shine Car Show on June 10 and the Arlington Street Fair, July 7-9; for the Fourth of July Parade, presented by the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce, and 200 feet between 5210 to 5213 on 200th Street NE, from 1 p.m. July 7 through noon July 9, during the Arlington Fly-In.

After discussion at last week’s workshop meeting, council agreed to an intergovernmental cooperative purchasing agreement with Snohomish County to purchase a vehicle from Bickford Motors in Snohomish and to authorize the addition of one police officer to the police department budget with assistance from a 2015 COPS Grant.

Council also scheduled to approve a Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) Grant of $2,487 from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) requiring an equivalent match, for wild fire fighting equipment.

Council was also scheduled to approve the appointed of Zoe Undercuffler as a student representative to the city’s Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission.

Undercuffler is a junior at Arlington High School and is active with Youth Dynamics and the high school’s Neobots robotics club. She said in her application that she frequently uses the Centennial Trail and other parks.

“I would love the opportunity to be able to improve them in many ways,” she wrote in her application. “I am also an artist, which gives me the connections to other aspiring local artists.”

This coming Saturday, May 20, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Arlington Boys and Girls Club expansion and Bill Quake ball field improvements, completed with funds from Snohomish County, a grant from Washington Recreation Conservation Office and community donations for the Stilly Valley Youth Project.

The ribbon cutting will begin at 11 a.m.

The expansion includes a second large gymnasium at the club, a computer lab and a teen center. Planned with input from Arlington Youth Council, the teen center includes technology, such as recording equipment, digital arts programs, a gaming center and a DJ station for dance events.

The club has also hired a teen director and is planning for expanded teen programs.

Funds were use to install artificial turf infields on two baseball fields at Bill Quake Park and the bullpen areas have been paved for easier maintenance.

The city is seeking applicants to serve on the youth council in the school year ahead. Candidates should be in grades 8-12 starting in the 2017-2018 school year. AYC consists of seven youth who live in the Arlington School District or have an Arlington address. Members will serve a term of one school year, September-June. The council meets twice a month.

Established in September 2016, the youth council was formed as part of the America's Best Communities initiative, to give a voice to the community’s youth and provide an opportunity for youth to learn to work with local government. Application forms are posted at http://www.arlingtonwa.gov/AYC. For information, call Sarah Lopez at 360-403-3448.

Filing week

Four seats on the Arlington City Council are open for competition in this November’s election and candidates must file by 4 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Snohomish County Elections. Terms are expiring for Jesica Stickles, Chris Raezer, Debora Nelson and Jan Schuette.

The north county representative for District 1, on Snohomish County Council is also open for some competition this year.

For more information go to the Snohomish County elections division website at http://snohomishcountywa.gov/224/Elections-Voter-Registration.

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