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City Council considers street closures, tourism grant applications


October 4, 2017 | View PDF

After discussion at the Sept. 25 workshop meeting, Arlington City Council was scheduled this week to adopt amendments to the city’s comp plans for water and wastewater systems.

In its consent agenda, council was expected to approve street closures for two new special events — the Hometown Holiday Open House, sponsored by the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Arlington Business Association on Nov. 25 for a night of entertainment, fire pits and shopping, to launch holiday spirit in the community.

On Dec. 9, a Hot Cocoa 5K/10K Run, sponsored by Arlington Runners Club will begin at 9 a.m., with a closure of Olympic Avenue from Legion Park to Fifth Street, and east on Fifth Street to MacLeod.

Recreation manager Sarah Lopez was seeking permission to apply for several grants from the city’s lodging tax fund for tourism. Lopez has proposed requesting $5,200 for Arlington’s Stillaguamish Eagle Festival; $7,900 for summer entertainment, including Music on the Terraces, outdoor movies and Shakespeare in the Park in Terrace Park, and for street fair entertainment; and $590 to pay the annual WSDOT fee for Art Walk signs on I-5 and SR 530. Lopez also proposed requesting $12,500 for a stage in Legion Park and $1,500 for a new kiosk in downtown Arlington.

Council also discussed last week a replacement for Jennifer Holocker as a member of the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. Holocker was selected as a representative to the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce and has since left the chamber. Finance Director Kristin Garcia proposed replacing Holocker with the new chamber director, Jennifer Egger, but council member Sue Weiss questioned the replacement, wondering if the position was issued to the individual or the organization. Council agreed to approve this appointment and to follow up with discussions on replacement policies in the year ahead.

In new business this week, council will consider the acquisition of new asset management software, and a resolution to surplus airport property, which drew attention from a business owner at the airport. While Airport Manager David Ryan said the airport commission agreed to surplussing and auctioning Hangar 57 B on the airfield, and a building at 19319 63rd Ave NE formerly occupied by Fiberglass Structures, an attorney representing KVA Electric expressed concern that the decision might be arbitrary without specifying the highest qualified bidder as criteria.

Planning commission

At this week’s Arlington Planning Commission meeting, on Tuesday, Oct. 3, the commission is considering a request from Marc Hayes, director of community development, to change policies and definitions on modular structures and mobile homes, and for multi-story self-storage facilities. The commission is also discussing mixed use regulations and the current land-use project list and will meet with the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission to discuss the city’s “Tree Board,” which is currently the PARC.


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