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Mill Creek City Council takes steps to address budget deficit

Mill Creek City Council addresses budget deficit

The Mill Creek City Council took steps to address a potential $1.7 million deficit in the City’s 2013-2014 budget during an all-day Legislative Retreat on Saturday, May 12th. The councilmembers directed City staff to plan for a mix of spending cuts, tax increases and use of general fund reserves to reduce the budget deficit. The City's Finance Director, Landy Manuel, and City staff will continue to work on the 2013-2014 budget during the rest of the year. Although budget discussions will continue, the Mill Creek City Council won’t formally vote on the final budget until late in the year.

Acting City Manager, Tom Gathmann, set the stage for the Legislative Retreat by saying, “We all know there is a structural deficit issue with the budget. If we keep on the same plan we have right now, the ship runs aground in the future, because our expenses are exceeding our revenue… We want to deal with that structural deficit. We really need guidance, just as much, on putting together the 2013-2014 biennial budget. There are going to be some tough decisions to make.”

Coho salmon delivered to Lively Environmental Center

Coho salmon to be released into Nickel Creek by elementary school students

In mid-April, the Issaquah Hatchery delivered 10,000 Coho salmon to Lively Environmental Center in a “tank truck.” Boeing Bluebill volunteers and Science Resource Center staff carried the salmon in buckets to the hatchery. The Boeing Bluebills have committed to feeding the salmon and checking the filters daily.

Elementary students going to Lively on field trips in May and June will be releasing approximately 200 salmon per day into Nickel Creek on the Lively property. Observing salmon distribution in the stream is part of the new field study lessons developed to enhance the elementary science program.

Many of these green STEM lessons are supported by grants funded in part by the Puget Sound Partnership and the Pacific Education Institute.

U.S.News ranks Jackson High School as one of state’s best and in nation’s top 5%

Jackson High School receives high ranking from U.S. News

For the last four years, U.S.News Education has ranked the nation’s high schools, using state test scores and statistical predictions of 1) how well students at each school “should” be doing, based upon their socioeconomic student populations, 2) how well black and Hispanic students are doing and 3) how well-prepared students are for college.

Two of Everett Public Schools high schools were among U.S.News Education medal winners for the first time this year. This year’s awards are based upon the most recently available national data – that from school year 2009-10.

Jackson High School met the first two criteria, has a 26.5 AP ranking (well above the 16.3 requirement) AND was among the nation’s top 500 AP ranking schools. Thus, JHS is considered number 1,285 in the nation, according to U.S.News and stands in spot number 34 in Washington state.

Mill Creek Library Book Sale

Mill Creek Library holds semi annual book sale

Friends of the Mill Creek Library will hold their semi-annual book sale this Saturday, May 19th, from 10am to 3pm at:

Mill Creek Library
15429 Bothell Everett Highway
Mill Creek, WA

The Everett Herald reports that two local authors will be available during the book sale.

"At 11 a.m. meet Janet Robertson, of Mill Creek, author of 'All of Our Yesterdays: A Century of Family Life in an American Small Town,' based on papers and personal documents found in the Connecticut house where the author lived," said the Herald.

"At 11:30 a.m. Amy Modica Myers joins the event. The Everett author's 'The Difference Between a Boy and a Man' encourages people to throw out stereotypes and examine what traits are truly important, such as trust and truth. Signed copies of the book were donated for the sale."

Mill Creek City Council approves funds for Town Center events

Mill Creek City Council approves funds for Mill Creek Town Center events

During the May 8th City Council Meeting, the Mill Creek City Council voted 4-1-1 to approve funds from its contingency budget to support three events being planned by the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association. Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Nielsen, Councilmember Donna Michelson, Councilmember Terry Ryan, and Mayor Mike Todd voted “yes;” Councilmember Bart Masterson voted “no;” and Councilmember Mark Harmsworth abstained. Councilmember Mark Bond couldn’t attend the City Council meeting because of a work conflict.

This summer’s Mill Creek Art Walk will receive $500, the Summer Concert Series will receive $1,000, and the Halloween Treats on Main Street will receive $1,000 from the City.

Linda Knox, President of the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association, also requested $2,000 for the Santa Parade, but the City Council directed the acting City Manager, Tom Gathmann, to get additional information regarding how these funds will be spent before deciding whether or not to provide the money.

Everett School Board approves construction contract for new high school tracks

Everett School District approves new tracks at Jackson High School and Cascade High School

Everett School Board Vice President Ed Peterson announced that both Jackson High School and Cascade High School will have new athletic tracks in time for the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, "I am pleased today that we are in a position to approve the construction of new tracks at Cascade and Jackson high schools."

He was speaking at the Tuesday evening board meeting when the board awarded the tracks’ construction contract bid to A-1 Landscaping and Construction, Inc. The Snohomish County company submitted a base bid of $982,645 to have synthetic tracks in place at Cascade and Jackson high schools for fall 2012. Based upon that bid, the final construction cost, including sales tax, fees, permits, testing, inspection, project oversight and potential change orders, is estimated at $1,375,645.

City Council accepts property from Pacific Topsoils

City of Mill Creek accepts land from Pacific Topsoils Incorporated

The Mill Creek City Council voted 5-0 with two abstentions to accept a 2.2 acre land parcel, a 40-foot wide access easement, and a 15-foot wide utility easement from Pacific Topsoils at the April 24th City Council meeting.

Accepting the warranty deed and easements for this property located east of 35th Avenue SE near Thomas Lake was a required step in a June, 2010 Framework Agreement between the City and Pacific Topsoils that settled a land use dispute.

North Creek still contaminated by April 12th sewage spill

According to Marci Chew, City of Mill Creek's Surface Water spokesperson, North Creek's fecal coliform levels are still above normal for this time of year due to the City of Everett's sewage spill on April 12th. "The fecal levels in the stream were going down but we want to make sure the counts are at our normal levels during this time of year," Chew said. "People should still not have contact with the creek water until the Snohomish Health District advises that it is okay."

Gathmann replaces Burns as City Manager

Tom Gathmann is Mill Creek's interim City Manager

At the April 24th City Council meeting, the Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to pass a complex set of resolutions which results in the replacement of the current City Manager, Tim Burns, with the current Public Works Director, Tom Gathmann, as interim City Manager.

Burns has been given 30-days notice of his termination and is now on paid administrative leave per his contract.

Gathmann will serve as interim City Manager until the City Council can recruit and hire a new City Manager.

A number of city councilmembers made it clear that this decision was very difficult because Burns had performed well in administering City business in his four years as City Manager.

According to Mayor Mike Todd, Mill Creek needs not only good administration at the top, but also a higher level of leadership to implement the difficult goals of the recently adopted strategic plan.

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