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Presentation honors Fire District 1 for winning national award

Snohomish County Fire District 1 was honored as the winner of the national award for Excellence in Fire Service Based Emergency Medical Service in a presentation on August 1, 2013 at the Martha Lake Fire Station 21 near Mill Creek.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 was honored as the winner of the national award for Excellence in Fire Service Based Emergency Medical Service in a presentation on August 1, 2013 at the Martha Lake Fire Station 21 near Mill Creek.

The Congressional Fire Services Institute and the MedicAlert Foundation present this competitive award annually to honor innovative practices which enhance the quality of emergency medical services (EMS).

Announcing the August 8th Mill Creek Second Thursday Art Walk artists

The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association along with the City of Mill Creek’s Art & Beautification Board is pleased to announce the artists for the August 8th Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walk.

The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association along with the City of Mill Creek’s Art & Beautification Board is pleased to announce the artists for the August 8th Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walk.

The event will run from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, July 8, 2013.

Donna Michelson, Mill Creek City Councilmember liaison to the Art & Beautification Board, has been involved in the planning, “The Art & Beautification Board are very excited about the upcoming Art Walk.  This is the second year for this new event and we have added an extra month (June) to make it four months total.”

Mill Creek City Council repeals ban on firearms in Mill Creek parks

The Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to repeal an ordinance banning firearms in Mill Creek City parks at their July 23, 2013 regular meeting.

The Mill Creek City Council voted unanimously to repeal an ordinance banning firearms in Mill Creek City parks at their July 23, 2013 regular meeting.

This action was taken at the advice of Shane Moloney, Mill Creek City Attorney, in order to avoid possible legal action and to better conform to Washington State law.

A previous Mill Creek City Council made it unlawful to carry a firearm in any park as an effort to increase public safety.

Snohomish County hosts 2013 National Night Out on August 6th

Join your neighbors for crime-prevention tips and fun during this year’s National Night Out Against Crime from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Willis Tucker Community Park.

Join your neighbors for crime-prevention tips and fun during this year’s National Night Out Against Crime from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2013, at Willis Tucker Community Park.

The annual free event features on-site emergency vehicles and booths with safety tips and information. Visitors can learn how local law enforcement agencies are working to reduce crime and protect families, and can get tips to increase personal and public safety.

Bart (Tim) Masterson files for re-election to the Mill Creek City Council

Bart Masterson has filed for reelection to the Mill Creek City Council. He was first elected to the City Council in 2009.

Bart Masterson has filed for reelection to the Mill Creek City Council. He was first elected to the City Council in 2009.

According to Masterson’s press release, “During the economic turmoil of the last four years, he has concentrated on the City’s fiscal soundness by advocating for tactical expense trimming and careful spending rather than drastic service cutting measures.  As a result, our financial reserves have remained strong and service levels high.”

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.

Off-leash dog park now open at Tambark Creek Park

The Tambark Creek Park off-leash dog area is fully enclosed with a fence. There is an open space, ideal for energetic pups, and a shady area with some trees. It's a clean and beautiful space for dogs and their owners to enjoy.

Tambark Creek is a 40-acre park located southeast of Mill Creek on 35th Ave SE just north of 180th Street SE. With an athletic field, picnic shelters, walking trails, a playground and an off-leash dog area this park can be enjoyed by the whole family.

The off-leash dog area is fully enclosed with a fence allowing dogs to run and exercise off-leash. There is an open space, ideal for energetic pups, and a shady area with some trees. It's a clean and beautiful space for dogs and their owners to enjoy.

Forever Home Cat of the Week - Heidi

The local Community Service Officer contacted a Community Cat Coalition member and Heidi became a foster for Cat Tales Rescue until she finds a permanent home. This beautiful blue cream tortie never wants to be abandoned again.

With input from our friends at the Community Cat Coalition, each week we will be featuring a cat that needs a loving home.

Heidi arrived on a woman's porch very thin, hungry and wanting inside. The woman fed her but could not keep her.

The local Community Service Officer contacted a Community Cat Coalition member and Heidi became a foster for Cat Tales Rescue until she finds a permanent home. This beautiful blue cream tortie never wants to be abandoned again.

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. 

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