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Arson Awareness Week: Reducing Residential Arson

National Arson Awareness Week is May 5-11, 2013, and the theme this year is Reducing Residential Arson. The goal is to provide all residents with strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods.

National Arson Awareness Week is May 5-11, 2013, and the theme this year is Reducing Residential Arson. The goal is to provide all residents with strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods. The public can be engaged in Arson Awareness Week by implementing neighborhood cleanups along with improving internal and external security for their homes and abandoned properties.

Float Safely: Boating Safety Tips for a Weekend on the Water

Opening Day is today Saturday, May 4th, and it’s the perfect time to go boating! Here are tips for safety on Snohomish County waterways.

Opening Day is today Saturday, May 4th, and it’s the perfect time to go boating!  The forecast is for sunny skies and warm weather, which means many folks will flock to Snohomish County waterways this weekend.

“Crowded waterways on Opening Day create a need for increased safety awareness from all boaters,” said Lt. Rodney Rochon, commander of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Marine Services Unit. “We encourage people to have fun but to pay extra attention to others on the water and as always, wear your life jacket, and know and follow the boating laws.” 

Lynn Sordel files to run for his Mill Creek City Council seat

On April 30, 2013 Lynn Sordel announced that he has filed for election to his City Council seat

Lynn Sordel was appointed to the Mill Creek City Council on November 13, 2012. A six-year Mill Creek resident who had served on the Mill Creek Parks and Recreation Board, Sordel was deemed to be the best choice by a majority of the City Council out of the seven candidates who submitted letters of interest.

Sordel’s appointment is until November 2013 when his seat comes up for election. The winner of this election will serve a four year term.

On April 30, 2013 Sordel announced that he has filed for election to his City Council seat.

Proclamation of Loyalty Day in Mill Creek

May 1st is officially Loyalty Day in Mill Creek.

May 1st is officially Loyalty Day in Mill Creek. The City Council voted unanimously to have Mayor Mike Todd sign the proclamation at their April 23, 2013 regular meeting.

The idea for this proclamation came from Fred Apgar, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 Commander.

In his April 23rd presentation to the City Council Apgar urged everyone to reflect on the privileges of democracy and liberty that have been afforded us by our nation’s institutions.

Mill Creek Police Officer Sean Conner promoted to Sergeant

Mill Creek Police Officer Sean Conner was promoted to Sergeant at the Mill Creek City Council meeting on April 23, 2013.

Mill Creek Police Officer Sean Conner was promoted to Sergeant at the Mill Creek City Council meeting on April 23, 2013. He will be a 22-year veteran of the Mill Creek Police Department in May and has served in many capacities in his service for the City.

Mill Creek Police Chief Bob Crannell made the following presentation before administering Sergeant Conner’s oath of office:

Good Evening Mayor Todd and Council:

It is my honor and pleasure to introduce Mill Creek Police Department’s newest Sergeant Sean Conner.

Sergeant Conner is a twenty-one year veteran of the Mill Creek Police Department.

Sean was born in Seattle and grew-up in Lynnwood where he attended Meadowdale High School and Edmonds Community College before attending to the University of Washington and joining the Navy ROTC.

Mill Creek City Council authorizes two new park signs

At their regular April 23, 2013 meeting the Mill Creek City Council authorized City staff to design, review, approve, and construct two new concrete monument signs at Cougar and Hillside parks.

At their regular April 23, 2013 meeting the Mill Creek City Council authorized City staff to design, review, approve, and construct two new concrete monument signs at Cougar and Hillside parks. Concrete foundations for these signs have already been installed, but will need retrofitting to accommodate the new monuments.

Scott Smith, Mill Creek City Engineer, told the City Council that the new monuments will be slightly larger than existing park signs, but will match them very well.

Mill Creek City Council funds additional staff time to handle workload

At their regular April 23rd, 2013 meeting the City Council voted to increase the funding of the Human Resources Manager’s position and the Building Permit Coordinator’s to handle workload.

Ken Armstrong began working as Mill Creek City Manager on January 1, 2013. As he settled into his new job it became apparent to him that previous decisions to defund the Human Resources Manager position and to reduce the Building Permit Coordinator’s hours were counter productive.

At their April 23rd, 2013 regular meeting the City Council agreed with Armstrong and voted 6-1 to increase the funding of the Human Resources Manager’s position from zero to 0.75 of full-time. They voted unanimously to increase the funding of the Building Permit Coordinator position from 0.80 of full-time to full-time.

Everett School District publishes school start and stop time survey results

Survey results show many respondents want no change to the current school start and dismissal times although almost as many wanted some middle schools and high schools to start 20 minutes earlier.

The Everett School District published the results of their school start and stop time survey on April 26, 2013. Survey results show many respondents want no change to the current school start and dismissal times although almost as many wanted some middle schools and high schools to start 20 minutes earlier.

The least number of survey respondents wanted some schools to start 10 minutes earlier and some schools 10 minutes later.

Interestingly, it was the respondents with elementary school students that preferred some middle and high schools to start 20 minutes earlier while the respondents with middle and high school students wanted to keep the current schedule.

Snohomish County Fire District 7 Firefighters reward safe riders

Snohomish County Fire District 7 Firefighters reward safe riders.

Throughout the spring and summer, Snohomish County Fire District 7 firefighters will be rewarding children who are properly wearing helmets while participating in any non-motorized wheeled activity, such as biking, scootering, in-line skating or skateboarding.

Fire District 7 has partnered with Safe Kids and McDonald’s in this campaign to encourage safe riding and helmet use. Firefighters will issue a “Safe Rider Citation” to each child they spot riding safely and wearing a helmet. The citation card can be redeemed for one free Happy Meal at participating McDonald’s restaurants.

Firefighters will always be in marked fire department vehicles and uniforms when handing out the Safe Rider Citations.

Michelson to seek re-election to Mill Creek City Council

Donna Michelson announced she plans to file for re-election for her position on the Mill Creek City Council

Donna Michelson announced she plans to file for re-election for her position on the Mill Creek City Council, “I am honored to have been part of the council serving the residents of Mill Creek.  If re-elected, I will continue to listen and address the concerns and issues of the citizenry and our businesses.  I believe experience and history will be critical given the challenges of competing needs during this economic environment.”

Michelson has been a councilmember since 1999, serving 2 years as Mayor and 4 years as Mayor Pro-Tem.

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