Letters for the week of April 18

Apr 18, 2012

Add a crosswalk near post office

Dear Editor,

We need a crosswalk across the Speedway at the Mukilteo Post Office. There is no crosswalk anywhere near the post office when walking. Let’s be safety conscious for pedestrians!

Thank you,

Fern Rookstool Zabel,

Mukilteo

Plant trees as barrier to new development

Dear Editor,

My name is Malia Thatcher.  I am 10 ½ years old and I attend Mukilteo Elementary School. I am very disappointed that all those trees are going down to build houses on Raymond Ridge Subdivision, right behind our school [“Not all growth is good,” The Beacon, April 4, page 4].

I use the trail every day to get to school, and I do not feel safe that a road will be in the front of the trail’s entrance.   For the last few days, the noise has been very distracting for classes on that side of the school and the playground has lost the nature feeling.

My friends and I have put together a group of kids to look into getting
trees planted in front of the fence by the playground.  The reason to plant the trees is to develop a barrier that will help with reducing the noise and blocking the houses from the playground.

In two days, we have about 90 signatures from students and teachers supporting our idea.  We know that we need to get the approval from the Mukilteo School District to plant trees.

We are hoping to get the community’s support in providing and planting the
trees on the school grounds. We would like to request the support of the community and the school board in approving our request to plant the trees.

We feel that this is very important in keeping our school separated from the houses and providing the natural appearance we are used to.

Sincerely,

Malia Thatcher,

4th grader at Mukilteo Elementary
,

Mukilteo

Approved housing plans shockingly old

Dear Editor,

Given the growth that Boeing is putting into our local job market over the next few years, general recovery of the economy, and slow recovery of the housing market, it's not too surprising that areas like the woodland behind the Mukilteo school are being developed [“Not all growth is good,” The Beacon, April 4, page 4].

In fact, it's laudable that the developer and city are putting in relatively dense housing, 22 houses on a small 5-acre parcel. That kind of intensive housing use moderates suburban sprawl and overdevelopment of common areas.

What I do find surprising and disturbing is that these plans were submitted and approved in 2006 and 2007. I suppose it's normal practice, but it's shocking to me that our city building and development processes would allow for plans to lay static for half a decade, and then be implemented without an updated public review.

I'm not fully informed on this process, so perhaps there is some kind of oversight process whereby the developer refreshes their plans and seeks re-approval from City Council or other elected officials.

If that's NOT the case, it's probably something we should consider changing as a community. As much as things can change in five years, old development plans may no longer align with community interests, and it seems reasonable to me that a developer should be held responsible for updating their plans and seeking some kind of approval, not necessarily a full rework of the approval process, but some kind of expedited review undertaken by the city or members of the council.

It would be a shame for a development to take place that no longer aligned to our community values based on some legacy approval.

Bob Woods,

Mukilteo

Current city logo is just fine

Dear Editor,

Is a new logo absolutely necessary for Mukilteo [“Design a new logo for the city,” The Beacon, April 11, page 4]?

The current logo is great, descriptive of what people think about Mukilteo. The state of Washington has special plates, one that reflects a lighthouse. Mukilteo's city logo has a lighthouse.

Quite frankly, it helps to sell Mukilteo. Simplicity is always best.

Also, given the current state of the economy, is this going to really be worth the cost? Will a new logo actually attract the attention of others to spend their time and money in Mukilteo?

For all we know, the city could already be spending the money with a consultant. This "contest" could be the city's way of trying to make it look like they provided the residents of this great city an opportunity to have an opinion.

Since I have moved to this community, many of the major decisions made seem to lack exactly that – the opinions of those who live here.

Tony Guzman,

Mukilteo

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