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The Farmers Market at Willis Tucker is at full strength

the Farmers Market at Willis Tucker is at full strength

Summer is finally here and the Farmers Market at Willis Tucker has a full complement of vendors. After a colder and wetter than normal June, Friday the 6th will be perfect for getting outside. The market is open from 3 PM to 7 PM.

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.

Like it or not, fireworks are now being sold

Sales of consumer fireworks began today, June 28, at noon and end on July 5, at 11:00 pm.

Sales of consumer fireworks began today, June 28, at noon and end on July 5, at 11:00 pm. The sale of fireworks is banned in Mill Creek. A full list of Washington Counties and Cities which ban or restrict firework sales can be found on the Washington State Patrol website.

State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy reminds Washingtonians that the purchase of fireworks over the internet is illegal, “In Washington State, fireworks must be purchased from a licensed retail fireworks stand during the legal sales period.  Orders for fireworks cannot be placed over the internet or posted on websites such as Craig’s List.  Residents should talk with family members and guests about the fireworks laws for their area.”

Mill Creek considering business friendly sign code revisions

City of Mill Creek considering business friendly sign code changes

The City of Mill Creek has begun a process to update its sign code to help local businesses reach potential customers. Mill Creek’s Community Development Director, Tom Rogers, is spearheading an effort to make the sign code more business friendly while preserving the City’s beauty.

Rogers kicked off the process with a recent presentation to the Mill Creek Business Association. He announced the City would hold an open house on July 19th to collect ideas for potential sign code amendments and outlined the change process. Interim City Manager, Tom Gathmann, made a similar presentation to the Mill Creek Town Center Business Association's Board of Directors.

Upcoming Mill Creek transportation projects

Bothell Everett Highway and 164th Street SE turn lanes to be extended.

According to Mill Creek Interim City Manager and Public Works Director, Tom Gathmann, a number of capital facilities projects will be completed in 2012. All of these Mill Creek transportation projects will be finished before winter sets in. One of the projects involves removing the landscaped median strip on Bothell Everett Highway north of 164th Street SE in order to extend the left turn lane.

Gathmann handed out the following information at the May 22 Mill Creek City Council meeting:

“Bothell Everett Highway @ 164th Street SE Turn Lane Improvements - The City and a consultant have been working with WSDOT over the past year for some traffic improvements at the intersection of SR 527 and 164th Street SE. The proposed project primarily consists of restriping 164th Street to extend the eastbound left turn lane, as well as removing the landscaped median on southbound SR 527. This will increase left turn lane storage on both approaches and prevent back up into the through lanes. Signal timing changes will also be implemented to help improve traffic flow in all directions. Final approval is still pending from WSDOT, but construction should be completed by this fall. The estimated construction cost is approximately $175,000.”

McCollum Park's swimming pool opens Saturday

McCollum Park's heated outdoor swimming pool opens for the summer.

McCollum Park's heated swimming pool officialy opens for the summer on Saturday, June 23rd. Open swim sessions will start at 12:15 PM, 2:15 PM, and 5:30 PM.

Swim lessons will begin on Monday, June 25th.

McCollum Park's 2012 fees for open swim, swim lessons, swim team, season passes, pool rentals and more have been reduced in some cases by nearly 20 percent.

Many new programs have been added, including four-week learn-to-swim sessions, which meet two times per week for increased family flexibility.

Annual Comprehensive Plan open house and public hearing

City of Mill Creek Comprehensive Plan open house and public hearing

Mill Creek’s Department of Community Development will hold an open house at the Mill Creek City Hall on Thursday, June 21st, to review this year’s Comprehensive Plan changes. City staff will be available from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM to answer questions.

Mill Creek’s Comprehensive Plan is updated each year to incorporate changes to public policy including land use and zoning. The land use designation for three undeveloped properties will be changed this year to improve their development potential. In addition, a number of changes to the Comprehensive Plan are being made to incorporate public policy changes, and to make it current.

Sales tax option for reducing Mill Creek’s budget deficit rejected

Mill Creek City Council rejects sales tax option for reducing budget deficit

At the June 12th Mill Creek City Council meeting the council decided not to put a public safety sales and use tax on the ballot for voter approval this year. Mayor Mike Todd and Councilmember Terry Ryan reported to the City Council that the Snohomish County Council are also not going forward with a public safety sales and use tax which would have provided additional tax revenue to Mill Creek. This means the Mill Creek City Council will have to find another way to reduce the 2013-2014 budget deficit by $300,000.

Six Mill Creek USTA teams in local playoffs

six Mill Creek Tennis Club United States Tennis Association (USTA) teams advance to local playoffs

The Mill Creek Tennis Club has six out of eleven adult United States Tennis Association (USTA) teams heading to local playoffs this weekend. Roger and Byron Mark took over operation of the Mill Creek Tennis Club in 2009, and the club’s USTA program has improved ever since.

Roger Mark has coached many adult USTA teams and has sent multiple teams to the national tournament that ends each season. Each year Mark coaches up to ten USTA teams, seeing over 150 players. In 2008, his teams captured national titles at the Men's 4.0 and Women's 3.0 levels. In 2011 his teams continued their national success, winning the 4.0 Men's Championship, the 8.0 Mixed Doubles Championship, and placing third in the 7.0 Mixed Doubles Championship tournament.

Mill Creek’s public safety costs increasing

Mill Creek's public safety costs increasing

The City of Mill Creek’s public safety costs are projected to increase substantially over the next two years according to the City of Mill Creek’s Finance Director, Landy Manuel.

Together, the 2013-2014 police, fire, and emergency medical services costs are projected to be at least $2.3 million over the amount spent in 2011-2012. These increases contribute significantly to the Mill Creek’s projected $1.7 million budget deficit for the 2013-2014 biennium.

Jack Follis kicks off campaign at Mill Creek Tennis Club

Jack Follis is running for Snohomish County Superior Court Judge

Mill Creek attorney, Jack Follis, is running for the Snohomish County Superior Court position now held by retiring Judge Lary McKeeman. Follis, a 4.5 rated United States Tennis Association champion, held his campaign kickoff party at the Mill Creek Tennis Club on Wednesday, June 6th.

Mill Creek Tennis Club owner, Roger Mark, strongly endorses Follis, “Understand that this election is non-partisan and whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent Jack will bring fairness and leadership to this position.”

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