At this Monday’s Arlington City Council meeting, council was scheduled to adopt amendments to the 2018 budget, as reviewed by Kristin Garcia, finance director, at last Monday’s workshop meeting.

“All these changes were approved through the year,” Garcia told council Dec. 10. “Sixty percent of the amendments are related to: 1) closing/restructuring funds by moving ending fund balances to the new fund and 2) transferring operating money to respective reserve funds. Twenty-five percent of the amendments are for capital outlay, the majority of which are for projects previously approved in the 2017 budget,” Garcia said in council documents.

A public hearing on the amendments was scheduled this Monday, Dec. 17, when council was asked to take action and approve the amendments, since it was the last meeting of the year. Budget amendments must be adopted by Dec. 31 of the current budget year, as required by state law.

Also scheduled for a vote this week was a pay plan for non-exempt employees, i.e. those not represented by any unions. Human Resources Director James Trefry requested the adoption of a revised salary schedule for the city’s non-represented employees, with some changes in positions and titles. The human resources analyst is now city clerk/human resources analyst; the communications manager was formerly the communications manager/city clerk; and a new IT director position was created as a promotion, with an IT manager added. Deleted positions include airport intern, engineering technician, engineer I, engineer II — are all bargaining unit positions — and recreation/communications manager was renamed.

“The changes do not result in any current budget impact,” Trefry told council.

Council was scheduled to approve an employment agreement with Dave Kraski to serve as fire chief, with a badge pinning included. Kraski has been serving as interim fire chief this year.

City Council was expected to approve a purchase and sale agreement of a portion of the 1.7 acre York property located at 3209 180th Street that was purchased by the city in 2000. Of that property, 1.14 acres was developed into York Park in 2004, with the remaining .56 acres set aside for future parks development. The .56 acres has a single family home constructed in 1952 and an out building that has been used by the city for storage. Since the city has changed its plans for the property, it was surplussed, and the property was listed for sale for $195,000. The city received a cash offer from Grandview North for the full purchase price, with $2,000 in earnest money. The .56 acres could accommodate up to three new single family homes with the existing buildings removed.

Council’s final action for the year was approval of lodging tax distribution of $145,000, out of 20 requests for a total of $230,995. The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) considered council priorities, overall ratings of applications based on attendance at events and marketing strategies, according to Kristin Garcia.

If approved as presented, grants will be award to the city’s Eagle Festival ($6,500), summer entertainment ($12,045) and $15,000 for power for downtown tree lighting. Arlington Fly-In will receive $25,729 and Stilly Valley Chamber of Commerce will receive $20,500 for the Visitor Information Center, $6,000 for the Centennial Sk8 Fest, $5,000 for the Fourth of July Parade and $4,025 for its Harvest Festival.

Downtown Arlington Business Association will receive $7,000 for its Hometown Holidays, $7,000 for the Downtown Arlington Show and Shine car show and $3,500 for the Arlington Street Fair. Arlington Arts Council will receive $10,000 for its Legends of the Blues concert and $3,000 for its Art in Legion Park. The Stillaguamish Genealogical Society is slated to receive $9,000 for its genealogy conference, and B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County will receive $1,500 for its McClinchy Mile Bike Ride.

Three applications were not approved: the chamber’s health and safety resource fair, the 3ON3X basketball tournament, and the Stillaguamish Pioneer Museum’s request for $350 for a speaker about the Barn Quilt Trail.

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