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The Mill Creek City Council seeking vision for city-owned land

2015 Parks and Recreation survey results show survey respondents are split regarding the need to additional Mill Creek sports fields.
Survey respondents are split regarding the need for new sports fields in Mill Creek. Image courtesy of the City of Mill Creek.

The Mill Creek City Council plans to have a land-use brainstorming discussion at their April 28, 2015, meeting.

Mayor Pam Pruitt recently said that her goal for the discussion is to establish a vision for the city-owned Dobson-Remillard-Cook properties, located just north of the Mill Creek Sports Park.

Mill Creek doesn’t currently have a plan for the properties, which were purchased from 2004 to 2008 for a total of about $6 million.

Mill Creek Garden Tour - Featured Tour Garden of the Week

What do you do with a hilly, sloping back yard?  Why make a “Terraced Retreat” of course.
“A Terraced Retreat” is one of six gardens on the Mill Creek Garden Tour. Photo courtesy of Mill Creek Garden Club.

What do you do with a hilly, sloping back yard? Why make a “Terraced Retreat” of course. This homeowner has long had a passion for designing visually interesting and aesthetically appealing spaces and her garden is no exception.

Mill Creek City Council selects Rebecca Polizzotto as their next city manager

At their April 21, 2015, special meeting the Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to begin contract negotiations with Rebecca Polizzotto to be the next city manager.
Rebecca Polizzotto brought her family to Mill Creek the week of April 14th and spent some time with a realtor looking at property within the city limits. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Polizzotto.

April 25, 2015, update.

On Friday, April 24th, Mill Creek City Attorney Shane Moloney reported to the city council that negotiations with Rebecca Polizzotto have been progressing well and she “is excited to join the City as soon as possible” with an anticipated start date of June 1st.

However, there is one stumbling block in the negotiation. Polizzotto has requested a yearly salary of $160,000 rather than the $150,000 offered by the city council. $160,000 is at the very top of Mill Creek’s salary range for the city manager position.

"Native Trees of Western Washington," at Northwest Stream Center

Kevin Zobrist will talk trees at the Northwest Stream Center Auditorium using beautiful images from his new book, “Native Trees of Western Washington: A Photographic Guide to teach you all about our local trees.”
Kevin Zobrist will talk trees at the Northwest Stream Center Auditorium using beautiful images from his new book. Photo courtesy of Northwest Stream Center.

On Thursday, May 7th, at 7pm, Washington State University’s Kevin Zobrist will talk trees at the Northwest Stream Center Auditorium using beautiful images from his new book, “Native Trees of Western Washington: A Photographic Guide."

Advance reservations are required.

Fire District 1 decides to wait on asking voters to approve a fire benefit charge

Voters in nine other Washington communities have approved a fire benefit charge.
Voters in nine other Washington communities have approved a fire benefit charge. Image courtesy of Fire District 1.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 will not ask voters to approve a fire benefit charge on the August Primary Election ballot. Fire Chief Ed Widdis says the fire district wants to do more community outreach before deciding on a future election date.

"All things Rhodolicious," by the Whistling Gardener

Because all rhodies (and azaleas) have very shallow and fine root systems it is imperative that gardeners make the extra effort to amend the soil with plenty of organic material and then top it off with an inch of mulch, all of which will help to retain moisture in the summer and provide better air exchange in the winter.
When it comes to flowering shrubs there is nothing quite as spectacular as a rhodie in full bloom. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

When it comes to flowering shrubs there is nothing quite as spectacular as a rhodie in full bloom. Anyone who has grown up in the Northwest can attest to the glorious sight of a yard full of these incredible plants.

"My Latest Obsession – Sprouting," by Kate Towell

Sprouting in your kitchen is like having a mini garden in the house year round. There are two main steps in the sprouting process: soaking and rinsing.  Both of these help wash away the nut or seed’s enzyme inhibitors and anti-nutrients like phytic acid, allowing it to then begin to germinate and sprout.
Sprouting is the practice of germinating seeds to be eaten raw or cooked. Photo courtesy of Kate Towell.

Sprouting is the practice of germinating seeds to be eaten raw or cooked. Sprouts are a common ingredient of the raw food diet and in Eastern Asian cuisine. Chances are you have had sprouts on salads, sandwiches or with your pho but did you know you can grow your own?

Forever home cat of the week - Samuel Whiskers

Sammy is an eleven month old boy cat and still very playful and curious.
Sammy is eleven months old and still very playful and curious. Photo courtesy of the Community Cat Coalition.

Forever home cat of the week Samuel Whiskers was adopted by a family as a cute, furry kitten and has been returned to his foster mom through no fault of his own. The adopters did not take into account that Sammy would grow up to be a large cat with lots of fur.

Cases of whooping cough in Snohomish County on the rise

April 18-25 is National Infant Immunization Week  Photo courtesy of Snohomish Health District
April 18-25 is National Infant Immunization Week. Photo courtesy of Snohomish Health District.

In a trend consistent with information released by the Washington State Department of Health, the number of whooping cough (pertussis) cases in Snohomish County is increasing.

Since January, there have been 40 confirmed cases, most have been in the last few weeks. This compares to just 57 and 23 cases in all of 2013 and 2014 respectively.