As the days steadily warm in February, the New Year has us refreshed and ready to get to work on new projects. The City of Marysville, the Tulalip Tribes, and the Marysville School District are all working hard on many economic development projects to help improve our neighborhoods, schools, and community.

The Tulalip Tribes are currently in the process of building the foundation for a new gathering hall with construction happening now next to the Karen I. Fryberg Health Clinic on Totem Beach Road and what locals refer to as Old Boom City. The gathering hall will be a dedicated place for Tulalip tribal gatherings, ceremonies, and government meetings.

The Quilceda Creek Casino is also working on laying the foundation for the new casino, which will be about two-thirds the size of the Tulalip Resort Casino when it is complete. The “QCC2” as some call it, will have a 150-room hotel, a 1,200-stall garage with fast-ramp access, and top-end food options with reasonable prices in a food court setting.

Tulalip TERO Vocational Training Center is currently in the process of building and moving four Tiny Homes that will be located next to Family Services and the Tulalip homeless shelter. The TVTC students have been building Tiny Homes for years now donating them to Nickelsville and the Low Income Housing projects. Now the students can see their work utilized in their own community.

The City of Marysville continues to attract new businesses and city staff is seeing record levels of development. Of the many major infrastructure projects in the works, one of the largest is the First Street Bypass, which will provide a new arterial from State Avenue east toward Sunnyside that avoids crossing train tracks and the busy intersection at Fourth Street. Construction is expected to start this year and be complete in late 2020.

This is a companion project to a new Interstate 5 freeway interchange south of town connecting with SR 529. That new freeway entrance and exit are fully funded by the state and expected to start construction in 2020. In the meantime, the state is currently working to add peak-use shoulder driving on I-5 between Marine View Drive in Everett and SR 528 (Marysville’s 4th Street) to provide additional traffic capacity on this congested freeway corridor.

At the city level, this year we are thrilled to be completing the Sunnyside extension of the Ebey Waterfront Trail, build a new Olympic View Park as a south Sunnyside trailhead, and connect Bayview Trail to Centennial Trail.

Marysville School District’s schools and facilities are constructed following the passage of bond or capital levy measures that are approved by the citizens through measures placed on the ballot by the school district.

Bond measures are for building and require a majority 60% yes vote to pass. Levy measures support student learning and school district operations. Levy measures require a 50% pass rate. School districts may also run capital levy measures, which can be used for buildings and facility upgrades or modernization.

The district’s last successful bond measure was passed in 2006 which resulted in the construction of Grove Elementary, Marysville Getchell High School, field replacement at Quil Ceda Stadium, and upgrades for health and safety at various schools in the district.

School districts are publicly funded institutions that rely on the support generated through levies and bonds. Districts also receive funding from the state, which is tied to mandates and regulations dependent upon the size and location of a school district. State funding does not meet all of the needs to fully operate or build schools; therefore, school districts must rely on voter-approved measures to make up the gap.

The district is considering a potential bond or capital levy measure that would go before voters February 2020. The measure would replace existing older schools.

This monthly column is jointly prepared by the City of Marysville, Marysville School District and Tulalip Tribes about topics of interest to the Marysville Tulalip community.

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