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Council considers sale of Hangar 57B


In New Business at this Monday’s March 5 meeting, the city was expected to accept the Arlington Airport Commission’s recommendation on the sale of Hangar 57B. The issue was on the Feb. 20 council meeting agenda, but council requested it be rescheduled for the workshop meeting on Feb. 26 for further discussion.

Councilmember Debora Nelson moved and Councilmember Sue Weiss seconded the motion to continue the item from the Feb. 20 agenda to the Feb. 26 workshop.

At the Feb. 20 meeting, a community member, Dan Burwell, of Glasair Aviation, requested that council carefully review all the information provided to them by the Airport Commission for the sale of Hangar 57B.

Two proposals were submitted.

KVA Electric, Inc. submitted a proposal to purchase the building for $247,239 and to make improvements totaling $360,885.

TLS Aviation submitted a proposal to purchase the building for $205,000 and make improvements of $198,396.

Both proposed a standard 40-year lease term.

The airport commission selected KVA and council agreed that was the best option.

Councilmember Mike Hobson said he believed the airport commission did their due diligence and selected the best proposal.

After discussion at the Feb. 26 workshop meeting, council was expected to accept this week the dedication of property for right of way at the Village at Edgecomb Station, a step toward the long-dreamed of development of that northeast corner of 67th Avenue and 172nd Street.

Council also discussed last week the dedication of right of way for the Pilot Travel Center in Island Crossing, where development is expected to start in May or June, according to Marc Hayes, the city’s community development director.

In this week’s consent agenda, council was scheduled to approve an interlocal agreement with Region VIII Education Service Center (TIPS) for an interlocal purchasing system, a plan from the city’s tech manager, Bryan Terry, according to Kurt Patterson, the city’s central purchasing coordinator, who has found purchasing cooperatives to be a useful tool for saving money.

“They offer a wide variety of items that have already been competitively bid thus saving the city time and money,” according to Paterson.

Plans for slide site

At the Feb. 26 workshop meeting, a team from Snohomish County Parks shared with the city plans for the SR 530 mudslide site. Parks Director Tom Tiegen explained the process that parks staff used to come up with the plan, including meetings with those who lost loved ones and property in the slide.

Kevin Teague, from Snohomish County Parks, explained the plan includes paving the Whitehorse Trail through the slide area, with gateway porticos of some kind, a barrier along the trail to protect the sacred area, viewing stations, and a path through the community with each lost home marked in some way.

“A tall beacon of some kind — a totem pole or a symbolic tree of life — would cast a shadow on the place,” Tiegen said. “It will be a tribute to the people, the community and the geological event.”

The FEMA-acquired zones will not be developed, Tiegen explained. The central public area was acquired by the county with Conservation Futures funds.

Parks planner Sharon Swan said they hope to open next March to honor the fifth anniversary of the 2014 slide.

“We will complete construction plans and begin permitting and fundraising soon,” Swan said.


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