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Nehring discusses plans for Marysville in 2018

 

January 10, 2018 | View PDF



Continuing road planning, trail expansions, public safety initiatives and advancing the Manufacturing-Industrial Center are some of the projects slated for Marysville in the new year.

“I’m excited about 2018. Things are really going well here in Marysville. We had a great 2017,” said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.

Public safety is always a priority, said Nehring, and that will continue with more police offices and an embedded social worker.

Nehring said it will be a “two-pronged” approach.

The embedded social worker, which is a partnership with the city of Arlington and the county, will provide easier access to resources for those who want help.

“If people want to get out of that lifestyle of drug addiction, or even if they have other issues that are out of their control such as mental health issues, this can help” said Nehring.

A budget amendment approved by the Marysville City Council at the end of last year will also allow the city to hire additional police officers.

“I think that’s really needed, especially dealing with the crime that comes from the opioid epidemic,” said Nehring.

Nehring hopes that the social worker program will start in March and that the police officers will be hired in the first half of the year.

After taking the time to consider options for their fire services, Nehring also hopes that the city can reach a definitive plan.

The City Council had considered forming a Regional Fire Authority with the city of Arlington and Fire District 12, an option that may have had better funding tools for local fire services, but those talks recently stalled.

“We’ve worked at this for a couple of years and got a lot of information, so I think it’s time to come to a resolution on how we’re going to deal with our fire and EMS services for the long term,” said Nehring.

Coming out of the 2008 recession the economy looks to be in a period of growth again, said Nehring, which brings transportation challenges.

The city has obtained grants to begin designing a couple of projects, including a First Street bypass, which would connect First Street to 47th Avenue.

The hope would be the new road would take pressure off of streets like Fourth Street for those moving east.

“We’re going to get the completion of the full design and everything ready to go,” said Nehring, who hopes that the city can obtain construction funding this year and begin in 2019.

The last section of State Avenue that is only two lanes, from 100th Street to 116th Street, is also receiving attention.

“We got a state grant for all the design and engineering to take that to five lanes,” said Nehring.

That area has been difficult for the city to work on because it goes over a culvert, but Nehring hopes that the city can obtain a construction grant for that project as well.

The city will also be looking at expanding two trails, the Ebey Waterfront Trail and the Bayview Trail.

Phase three of the Bayview Trail, which city officials hope to complete this year, will connect to the 30-mile Centennial Trail that goes from Snohomish to Arlington.

“That will be Marysville’s connection to Centennial, so that is very exciting,” said Nehring.

Finally, Nehring is looking forward to continuing work on the Manufacturing-Industrial Center (MIC), an area near Smokey Point that Marysville and Arlington hope to build and get an official MIC designation for.

The Puget Sound Regional Council is in charge of that designation, and a vote is moving through their committees currently.

“Three years of work on that and it looks like we may get a vote on that designation this year,” said Nehring.

“That would open up infrastructure dollars from the federal government and it would be a big marketing tool when businesses are looking from out of state or out of the country at different MICs because we would be on the list,” said Nehring.

 

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