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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.

Ciscoe Morris Visits Mill Creek Garden Club

Ciscoe Morris visits Mill Creek Garden Club at Mill Creek Country Club

On May 9, 2012, over 100 Mill Creek Garden Club members and guests were thoroughly entertained by the "oh la la" gardening guru, Ciscoe Morris

Speaking with humor about many topics, growing tomatoes, aphids, black spot on roses, etc., Ciscoe was both entertaining and informative.  There were many questions following his presentation and he was able to answer them all.  Laughing and learning were the order of the day. 

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

Farmer's Market at Willis Tucker Park

Farmers Market at Willis Tucker opens June 1

Opening day for the Farmer's Market will be Friday June 1st from 3-7pm at Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish, WA 98296.

The mission of Farmers Market at Willis Tucker is to create a gathering place where members of the local community can support and learn from local farmers, food vendors, and artisans. In order to provide customers with a full and varied market experience, the market managers are carefully selecting vendors based on quality, customer service, quantity, and uniqueness.

This year's market season will run from June 1st to September 14th.

The park is a forested 84-acre site immediately adjacent to Silver Firs, The Highlands, and Snohomish Cascade; three miles east of Mill Creek. The park is home to the Park Department's administration offices, a very popular water spray park, an off-leash dog area, and movies in the park each summer.

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.”

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.

La Palmera now serves breakfast

La Palmera starts serving breakfast in Mill Creek

Starting on May 12th La Palmera Family Mexican Restaurant will be serving breakfast from 7AM-11AM Saturdays and Sundays.

Breakfast is at the Mill Creek location only.
15224 Main Street, Mill Creek
425-379-5100

In addition to their Famous Mexican Breakfast, they will be serving an American Style Breakfast including:

  • Omelets 
  • Pancakes and French Toast 
  • Eggs Benedict 
  • Steak & Eggs 
  • Drinks & Dessert! 

Click on the following link to print a $5.00 discount Coupon.

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.

Grand opening ceremony for the Mill Creek Food Bank

Mill Creek Food Bank is open for business

The grand opening ceremony for Mill Creek’s new food bank was held at Jackson High School on Thursday, April 19th. The food bank was open for business following the ceremony.

The new food bank initiative came from Jackson High School students after last year's very successful holiday food drive. The students took their food bank idea to Judi Montgomery, Jackson High School's Activities Director, who then sprang to action.

Montgomery brought together representatives from the Jackson High School student body, the Everett School District, the Rotary Club of Mill Creek, the Mill Creek Business Association, the City of Mill Creek, and the Volunteers of America Everett Food Bank to make the students’ idea a reality.

Mill Creek City Council approves strategic plan

the Mill Creek City Council approved the strategic plan

After more than a year’s work by consultants, Mill Creek City staff, and Mill Creek City councilmembers the Mill Creek City Council voted four to three to approve the strategic plan at the April 10th City Council meeting.

Mill Creek’s strategic planning process kicked off in April of 2011. The strategic planning process included three separate city council retreats, approximately 600 resident telephone surveys, a series of community outreach events, and a number of public meetings inviting public comments.

At the final public meeting held on April 3rd, a number of Mill Creek residents applauded the strategic planning effort. Larry Mayer expressed his thanks to City staff and said he could see that his input got into the final plan.

Some Mill Creek residents believe that the strategic plan is an excuse to increase taxes. At the April 3rd public meeting, Dennis Teschlog said, “I think this is a strategic tax plan.” He went on to say that he was concerned about the City’s growing deficit.

Mill Creek’s North Creek Park reopens

North Creek Park boardwalk

As of April 1st, the floating boardwalk running through North Creek Park is again available for use. Snohomish County’s extensive repair is complete so that visitors to this wetlands open space can walk among North Creek’s bogs and streams without getting wet.

According to Noah Haglund of the Everett Herald, Snohomish County spent $180,000 to replace the old and failing pontoons on the three-quarter of a mile boardwalk. The new Styrofoam floatation is encased in a high impact resistant polyethylene coating that is guaranteed to last a minimum of 15 years. The project began late last year and has just been completed.

Mill Creek City Councilmember Mark Harmsworth announces his run for Washington State House of Representatives

Mark Harmsworth announces his run for 44th District representative

Mark Harmsworth announced his intention to run for the State House of Representatives on Thursday. Hans Dunshee currently holds the 44th Legislative District seat that Harmsworth is seeking.

Harmsworth has been a member of the Mill Creek City Council since 2008. He was unopposed when elected to his second Mill Creek City Council term last year.

In his announcement Harmsworth said, "Our State is facing some of the toughest challenges in its history. Every day we hear stories of friends and neighbors struggling to make ends meet."

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