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Civic Affairs

From the City Manager: The Civic Center Concept and Economic/Community Development

A City-funded Civic Center is one way to reinvest in the Mill Creek community, create a sense of place and be a catalyst for economic development.

By Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager.

In the last edition of this magazine (Mill Creek Current – Summer 2013), I wrote about some economic and community development ideas here in Mill Creek.  Included in that discussion was a description of one City-funded possibility, which was first presented to the Mill Creek City Council in April 2013.  This scenario was and still is in its very early stages and the process of taking this idea from the conceptual phase to reality will take years.  Additionally, the idea we presented was just a way to start the conversation and was not meant to be the only way forward for how the City might reinvest in the community, create a sense of place and be a catalyst for economic development.

Holtzclaw seeks Mill Creek City Council seat

Brian Holtzclaw, a 10-year Mill Creek resident, believes he can help solve our city's challenges through careful fiscal planning and cost control instead of increasing taxes.

From a Holtzclaw campaign news release.

Brian Holtzclaw, a 10-year Mill Creek resident, believes he can help solve our city's challenges through careful fiscal planning and cost control instead of increasing taxes.

Holtzclaw is a native Washingtonian.  He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla and graduated from University of Puget Sound School of Law. He has been a licensed attorney for almost 20 years.

His wife, Amy and their two boys live in the Brighton subdivision. They are active in Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Mill Creek Little League.

Technology Student Association awards for Jackson High School students and staff

The Technology Student Association (TSA) elects two national officers from Washington State, both from Jackson High School.

The Technology Student Association (TSA) elects two national officers from Washington State, both from Jackson High School.

Twenty students from the Henry M. Jackson High School Technology Student Association (TSA) and their advisors returned from the 35th Annual TSA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida on July 3 bearing significant honors.

“We had many great accomplishments that have reached far beyond our past successes,” said Rick Wigre, TSA Advisor and recipient of the 2012-13 Advisor of the Year Award for Washington State.

Mill Creek’s Hearing Examiner grants binding site plan for Polygon Northwest’s East Gateway Urban Village development

Polygon Northwest continues to make progress on their East Gateway Urban Village multi-used development.

On July 9, 2013, Kimberly Allen, Mill Creek’s Hearing Examiner, granted a binding site plan for the development because, “With conditions, the proposed Binding Site Plan would be consistent with the City Code, Comprehensive Plan, and other City policies, goals, and objectives.”

Allen’s 75-page decision includes a total of 73 detailed conditions to which Polygon Northwest must conform during the development. These conditions include:

The City Manager's Desk: Strategic Planning

Ken Armstrong, Mill Creek City Manager, discusses Mill Creek’s strategic planning process. This article is being reproduced at no charge as a public service.

In the last issue of the Mill Creek View, I indicated that subsequent columns would deal with topical and relevant issues.  The subject of the first article is “strategic planning.” 

There has already been a lot written in the Mill Creek View about the City’s Strategic Plan.  Despite that, many people still do not know what strategic planning is, or why it is important for the City to undergo a strategic planning process. 

Surface Water Management considers rate restructuring

Snohomish County’s Surface Water Management Division is seeking input as it gathers comments and ideas to balance programs and services with changing needs.

Input needed on services; residents asked to complete online survey

Snohomish County’s Surface Water Management Division is seeking input as it gathers comments and ideas to balance programs and services with changing needs.

The process could potentially lead to a countywide restructuring of Surface Water Management rates. Surface Water Management invites you to participate in an online survey and provide input at www.survey.surfacewater.info.

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