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Council considers changes to dwelling ordinance


On Monday, June 18, the Arlington City Council was scheduled to vote to approve a sole source resolution for pump repairs at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Four pumps installed in 2010 need repair at a cost of $40,000 and only one company provides the service, according to Public Works Director Jim Kelly, at last week’s workshop meeting. Kelly explained that the impellers on the bioreactor in the Water Reclamation Facility have worn out. The RAS pumps are Flygt brand pumps and are only serviceable by an authorized Flygt service facility, Kelly said. Whitney Equipment Company Inc., in Woodinville, is the only authorized Flygt distributor and service repair facility in the state which means council must approve a soul source resolution.

“The replacement impellers will be the new Hard Iron HRC60 impellers that will have triple the life expectancy of original impellers,” Kelly said.

Council was also expected to accept a grant of $15,000 from Department of Ecology that will cover the costs of periodic updates to the city’s Shoreline Master Program which was created by the Watershed Company in 2011 and adopted by council in 2012. 

“Our intent is to have the Watershed Company perform the required update through a Professional Service Agreement (PSA), since they were the original authors, saving both time and money,” said Kelly said.

After review at ]the June 11 workshop meeting, council was expected to arrive this year’s budget process, setting dates for discussions, public hearings and approval. Presented by Finance Director Kristin Garcia, staff is now developing a budget based on priorities established during the spring retreat in March, Garcia told council last week. 

A preliminary budget will be first presented to council at a budget retreat set for Oct. 6. The budget calendar includes review of the budget at a regular workshop meeting on Oct. 22 and a public hearing on Nov. 5, followed by review of public input on Nov. 12, and official adoption scheduled for Nov. 19.

Council was also scheduled this week to proclaim June as General Aviation Month in recognition of the role of general aviation and the Arlington Municipal Airport in the economy of the city.

Other city news

At last week’s workshop meeting, council discussed at length a new ordinance guiding Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The ordinance was last updated in 2003 and Councilman Mike Hobson is advocating for ADUs for accommodating increased density and more affordable housing in the city. 

On March 19, 2018, the City Council approved an amendment to the Arlington Municipal Code waiving the utility hookup fees for accessory dwelling units and now the council is discussing possible amendments to the ordinance to make the option easier for property owners.  The ordinance will be reviewed again with a public hearing before a final vote.


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