Thank you Mukilteo | Guest View

By Joe Marine | Dec 31, 2013

There is an old English proverb that states, “All good things must come to an end.” As my time as your mayor quickly draws to an end, it has been an incredible honor and privilege to serve you. Thank you.

I have been reflecting on the remarkable changes we have seen across our city. When I ran for mayor back in 2005, I did so on the platform of moving Mukilteo in a clear and positive path forward. Today, I believe we have gone a long way in accomplishing that goal and can feel real excitement about Mukilteo's future.

2013 closes out another fantastic and historic year for Mukilteo. During my tenure as your mayor, I was very blessed to have had the opportunity to work with an extremely dedicated staff; I truly appreciate everything you have done for the city and me. As most of you are aware, eight years ago the city was facing several challenges and with lots of hard work we were able to conquer them one by one. Not only did we start the movement forward, but we kept it going and made the city flourish. There is no way that could have happened without all of you. You’re all truly gifted at what you do and I know you will continue to do a great job for the new mayor. I will miss each one of you and wish you the best for the coming year.

I had the good fortune to work with hundreds of volunteers on various boards and commissions. I would say my most satisfying moments were working with these groups and building consensus toward completing many projects. Nothing gets done without trust, good objective information, intelligent and fair discussion, and a majority vote. Voltaire once said, “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” The excellence that these people have brought to the city and all of us, deserve to be publicly acknowledged. Thank you.

It has been through a strong and dedicated city council that we have been able to work together toward a shared vision for the City of Mukilteo. We all recognized that there is no worthier investment – and no better partners – than the people we serve. Our mutual commitment to developing and nurturing partnerships has seen us reach out to the community and the community responding. Mukilteo has become a living example of the unique heritage and multicultural atmosphere that makes it such an open, welcoming and vibrant place, and we are well known for being one of the best cities to live in, in the country. Thank you.

Here are just a few of the many accomplishments during my terms as mayor:

• Creation of the City’s Planning Department’s transparency of all city projects that can now be tracked online (http://ci-mukilteo-wa.smartgovfuture.com/)

• Creation of the “The Budget Calculator” to follow the annual budgeting process (http://www.ci.mukilteo.wa.us/Page.asp?NavID=241)

• Creation of Ask Mukilteoon the City’s website to give citizens an opportunity to learn more about our great city (http://www.ci.mukilteo.wa.us/Page.asp?NavID=103).

• Creation of “Citizen’s Police Academy” to better know the Mukilteo Police Department

• Built a new City Hall

• Built Rosehill Community Center

• Initiated multi-model (ferries, Sound transit, busses, etc.) waterfront improvement projects that are well underway and will bring substantial improvement in the Mukilteo waterfront in the coming years

• Purchase of Japanese Gulch for trails and open space

• Renovation of Lighthouse park

• Big Gulch trails connected for pedestrian recreational access

• Greater investment in Mukilteo’s rich cultural history

• Our voice became much bigger regionally, state-wide and nationally which benefited our community, such as Mukilteo being featured on “Today in America” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGYWkDzDqec)

Two terms is not a long time to accomplish what we have, but it is long enough to understand that the job is never done. We are all but stewards for a short time. It was always my plan to leave the city better than I found it and I feel that I have done that. It is my hope that our next mayor has a bold and ambitious vision for continuing to move “Mukilteo Forward”. I wish the new city council great wisdom to continually evaluate and invest in projects that will also move the city forward and the courage to see it through. There is still much to do and I will do all I can to continue to support these projects and the City of Mukilteo.

This is only the tip of the iceberg and you, the citizens, were always my priority. I feel incredibly honored to have had your support over the past eight years. It has been a privilege.

Thank you, Mukilteo.

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