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Dave Kraski named acting Fire Chief


September 20, 2017 | View PDF

With the resignation of Arlington's Fire Chief Bruce Stedman, Deputy Fire Chief Dave Kraski will be named acting fire chief and the City Council was asked this week to approve a professional services agreement with former Deputy Fire Chief Tom Cooper to provide consulting support to the fire department.

Council is voting this week to approve amendments to the city’s comprehensive plan that have been in discussion during the past year and more.

When the 2015 plan was presented to Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) for review, PSRC noted some inconsistencies in the plan, including reconciliation of the city’s buildable lands analysis with Snohomish County Tomorrow (SCT); revisions to the transportation plan non-motorized transportation plan and the multi-year transportation financing plan to be consistent with land use.

PSRC granted Arlington “conditional certification” of its 2015 Comprehensive Plan on the condition that the city works to accommodate PSRC’s recommendations.

Arlington staff worked with Snohomish County Planning and Development Services to address the reconciliation target through a mixed-use development strategy.

With help from Shockey Planning Group, city staff addressed all items of concern and the Arlington Planning Commission held a public hearing July 18, then voted in favor of the amendments by a vote of 3 in favor, 1 recused and 1 member absent.

At last week’s workshop meeting, Police Chief Jonathan Ventura presented an amendment to an interlocal agreement with Snohomish Regional Drug & Gang Task Force (SRDGTF), proposing a merger of the SRDGTF with the South County Drug Task Force. The interlocal agreement would allow participating jurisdictions to coordinate law enforcement activities to disrupt illegal drug trafficking systems and to remove drug traffickers through a cooperative program.

Council was also expected to vote on a process for modifying the city’s 2017-2018 budget that was approved last year. State law allows for a mid-biennial modification with an ordinance, which must be adopted by Dec. 31.

Property tax and EMS levies must be certified and submitted to Snohomish County no later than Nov. 30. The city’s Transportation Benefit District budget must be adopted before Dec. 31.

City Council launches the budget process with a retreat meeting on Saturday, Oct. 7 and will continue the discussion at workshop meeting on Oct. 23, with a public hearing on Nov. 6 and a final vote on modifications on Nov. 20.


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