By Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager
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There is no plan to build a new City Hall or Civic Center.
There is no plan to displace businesses in Mill Creek.
There is no plan to implement a Utility Tax.
I am not sure how much more plainly I can say this, but surely I must because to read other recent columns and articles, one would walk away thinking that the City is on the cusp of blindly demolishing businesses to erect a public edifice to………..who knows what.
The conceptual drawing presented to council, the same one recently printed in the Mill Creek View, represented an idea intended to spark a conversation about the City’s future. I’ve made it abundantly clear to everyone I’ve talked with that this was just a place to start the conversation – with business owners, with commercial property owners, with the public and with the city council.
Every community conversation has to start somewhere, with someone, with some idea. After all, it was an idea that brought people together to create this great country. It was an idea that led to the incorporation of this fair city. It was an idea that conceived and inspired Mill Creek’s Town Center retail shopping area.
This idea was presented to the Mill Creek City Council in April and it is only now, nearly six months later, that this issue surfaces as some sort of civic emergency? We need to be able to voice our ideas and have an intellectually honest debate about the merits of those ideas. We also need to have open, informed and balanced community debates that are based on facts rather than supposition.
I also want to say as clearly as possible that I have not had any (as in not one) conversation with any councilmember, either individually or as a whole, wherein I suggested, recommended or even hinted at acquiring any property for any purpose.
Moreover, at no time has any member of the council (or the council as a whole) asked, suggested, directed or hinted that I or other City staff should buy property for any purpose.
The notion that a utility tax is imminent is likewise beyond comprehension. In the ten months I have been Mill Creek’s City Manager, there have been zero conversations about implementing a utility tax. Not one single conversation – none. There simply have been no city council conversations about implementing a utility tax in the ten months I have been here.
- There is no plan to build a new City Hall or Civic Center.
- There is no plan to displace businesses in Mill Creek.
- There is no plan to implement a Utility Tax.
Please feel free to contact me or drop by – I welcome your feedback!
You can contact Ken at 425-921-5724 or at email@example.com.