City Briefs for week of Oct. 9

Oct 09, 2013
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Brian Sullivan (second from left) and Stephanie Wright (far right) of the Snohomish County Council present a check Monday to Mayor Joe Marine and Japanese Gulch Group President Arnie Hammerman for $3.3 million in Conservation Futures grants to go toward the acquisition of the last undeveloped 97 acres of Japanese Gulch for parkland. The county awarded a $800,000 grant and most recently a $2.5 million grant.

Sunday hours at Rosehill unchanged – for now

A City Council vote to change Sunday closing hours at Rosehill Community Center from 11 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. failed 5-1 on Monday.

Rosehill’s Sunday hours will continue to be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended rental hours until 11 p.m.

Renters are required to clean up starting 1 1/2 hours beforehand. With a closing time of 11 p.m., clean-up must start at 9:30 p.m.

If the closing hours on Sunday had been changed to 10:30 p.m., renters would be required to start clean-up by 9 p.m.

Rosehill’s hours of operation have been adjusted a couple of times since it opened in 2011. Extended rental hours on Sundays was changed in August 2012 from midnight to 11 p.m.

The community center closes Mondays through Saturday at 9 p.m. Extended rental hours on Fridays and Saturdays are until midnight.

The city was asked to revisit Sunday hours again after renters shot off fireworks at 10:45 p.m. as the finale to a wedding, waking and scaring nearby residents. Fireworks are illegal in Mukilteo.

One resident requested that the closing hours be changed to 9 p.m., meaning clean-up would start at 7:30 p.m.

Community center staff, however, has recommended that the city keep closing hours at 11 p.m.

Without any hard data to look at, the council has agreed to wait to make a decision on whether to change hours.

Room rental statistics on Sundays are scheduled to be shared during talks on the 2014 budget in November.

Slide cause for emergency repairs

The city declared an emergency Monday following damage to a stormwater system in March just off of Mukilteo Boulevard.

A mudslide occurred on March 26 near Mukilteo Boulevard and Edgewater Creek that broke the city’s drainage conveyance system there, causing water to spill out and erode the slope.

On Monday, Mukilteo City Council approved a Public Works emergency to expedite the permitting and contracting process and to make repairs estimated at $125,000.

A temporary fix from the slide was put in place immediately – by the city of Everett. Mukilteo contracted with its on-call geotechnical engineer to help out.

Both the Everett and Mukilteo city staffs had thought the stormwater system was located in Everett. It wasn’t until later that staff figured out it was actually Mukilteo’s.

Staff then commissioned its on-call geotechnical engineer and on-call civil engineer to design a repair and examine the mode of the slide.

The design is now finished and staff now knows that slides have continued to occur.

As more slides could put the Mukilteo Boulevard bridge in peril, Public Works asked that the failed system be fixed as quickly as possible.

A more permanent fix for the slide will be installed before the winter rains, staff said.

Council confirms Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

The City Council on Monday confirmed seven members to the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee for a two-year term.

On the committee are Linda Grafer, Fawn Bowles, Mark Lee, Skip Kidd, Ann Spikes, Shannon Myers and Barry Smith. Five of them are returning, two are new to the committee.

In 2008, the council approved the creation of a Lodging Tax Advisory Committee to make recommendations to the council on how to award lodging tax grants. The council makes the final decision on project approval and funding levels.

Linda Grafer is a city councilmember and has served on the committee since 2008.

Fawn Bowles is from Staybridge Suites and has served since 2009. She is the committee chair.

Skip Kidd is a member of the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce and has served on the committee since 2003.

Ann Spikes is a member of the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association and has served since 2000.

Shannon Myers, or her proxy, is from Towne Place Suites By Mariott and is serving her first term.

Barry Smith is from the Future of Flight Aviation Center and is serving his first term.

Every new term, members are appointed by the mayor and subject to confirmation by the council.

Lodging tax grants are awarded to projects that support and promote tourism and cultural activities in Mukilteo. The grants are funded by the city’s share of taxes collected on overnight stays within Mukilteo.

-Sara Bruestle

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