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Mill Creek's WellCity Award provides healthcare savings

City of Mill Creek reduces health care costs with 2012 WellCity Award

The City of Mill Creek gets a 2% premium discount on their 2013 medical coverage as a result of winning a 2012 WellCity Award. Mill Creek earned a WellCity Award from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Employee Benefit Trust by demonstrating their commitment to employee health promotion and meeting the stringent standards set forth for the award.

The City of Mill Creek promoted employee health by creating policies, committees, and champions at the local level that focused on topics such as: work-life balance, healthy food, physical activity, personal care, and employee safety.

Zippiti Do Da

New Cable Ride, Zip Line at Cougar Park.

The City of Mill Creek has installed a cable ride at Cougar Park. The cable ride is designed specifically for older children and is a safe version of a zip line.

Rest assured that this expenditure did not come out of the City of Mill Creek's beleaguered General Fund. This equipment was included in the original Cougar Park Master Plan and was funded by mitigation fees collected from developers specifically for park improvements. By law, this money could not be used for anything else but Cougar Park improvements. The total cost of the installation was $41,000.

Red Light "Tattle Tales"

Blue light tattle-tales help Mill Creek Police catch red light runners

You may have been wondering about those little blue lights at the back of traffic lights at six major intersections in Mill Creek. Tom Gathmann, Mill Creek's acting City Manager and full-time Public Works Director, reported that the rumor they were cameras "went viral on Facebook" in the May 22nd Mill Creek City Council meeting. Rest assured they are not cameras spying on your every move.

First Annual Relay For Life of Mill Creek

the first annual Relay for Life of Mill Creek will be held on June 2, 2012

The first annual Relay for Life of Mill Creek will begin at McCollum Park at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 2nd. The relay starts with the opening ceremony and opening lap that honors cancer survivors and their caregivers.  After the first lap, all teams join in to keep the relay going until 9:00 AM Sunday morning. Pizza, hot dogs, burgers, and more will be available with all proceeds going to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Another Relay highlight is the Luminaria Ceremony that takes place at 10:00 p.m., honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. The track will be surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $5.00 at the event, or by visiting the event website www.RelayForLife.org/millcreekwa .

East Gateway Urban Village frequently asked questions

Mill Creek's planned East Gateway Urban Village

What is the East Gateway Urban Village?

The East Gateway Urban Village is a planned shopping and residential center in the northeast corner of Mill Creek east of 35th Avenue SE, south of 132nd Street SE, and west of Seattle Hill Road. The vision is to have a Town Center-like development with a mix of professional office, retail shopping, and residential units on land that is now essentially undeveloped. When fully built out, the East Gateway Urban Village could include approximately 350,000 square feet of retail space, 60,000 square feet of office space, and a combination of 394 town homes and apartments.

County vigil honors girl slain in racial attack

Snohomish County vigil for Brisenia Flores

From a Snohomish County Media Advisory.

Snohomish County's Executive Office and Human Rights Commission invite the public to join them during a May 30 vigil honoring the death of Brisenia Flores.

Flores, of Latino descent, was tragically murdered three years ago at the hands of an anti-immigrant group organized in Snohomish County. Shawna Forde, an Everett resident, is currently on death row in Arizona for masterminding the events that led to Flores' death as well as the death of Flores' father.

"Because this militia-style group came out of our community, the Human Rights Commission wishes to stand together with Latino advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, community organizers, legislative representatives and Snohomish County residents against this type of hate-based activity," said Meg Winch, chair of the county's Human Rights Commission.

2012 Mutt March for a cause features many activities

2012 Mutt March for a cause has many activities for dogs and owners

The 2012 Mutt March is more than just the 5K walk from McCollum Park to the Mill Creek Town Center and back. There will be plenty for dogs and their owners to do, from water-dog training clinics, to performances by Washington Owners of Flying Disc Dogs, to the YMCA K9 Costume Contest. Participants can choose to support either the Rotary Club’s First Harvest or Chase Away K9 Cancer. There will be fun activities on both Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd at McCollum Park.

Join hundreds of dog lovers at Mutt March 2012 to help support two great organizations: Chase Away K9 Cancer and Rotary First Harvest (which supports local food banks). This year, you choose which organization you would like to help when you register for the walk. There will be a scavenger hunt with prizes for Mutt March participants. Check in time for the 5K dog walk is 8 AM. The walk goes from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. You can register here: 2012 Mutt March Regisration

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.

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