The good, the bad and the ugly

By Kevin Stoltz, Mukilteo City Councilmember | Jun 13, 2012

Spring is always a great time to be in Mukilteo. Open Mic at the Red Cup on Wednesdays between 6-8 p.m. and the Farmers Market at Lighthouse Park between 3-7 p.m. are in full swing and always enjoyable for everyone. Mukilteo's waterfront is a great place. It's all good!

Mukilteo's "Tails and Trails Mukilteo Dog Park" will be breaking ground within days and hopefully will be open before the end of summer, thanks to the collaboration and cooperation of many volunteers, local businesses and city staff. It's very good!

Despite the outcry over safety and vehicles speeding through the Olympic View School Zone, the plan to install radar speed indicators which were approved, funded, purchased and should have been installed this time last year, has still not happened. That's bad!

With all the changes at Mukilteo’s waterfront area, including improvements to Lighthouse Park, a larger ferry holding area, the Sounder Station and the Boeing pier; pedestrian access, safety and mitigation has received the short end of the stick. It shouldn’t have worked out that way, but it did. That’s really bad!

The pedestrian underpass, which would provide a safe path for pedestrians headed toward Lighthouse Park to bypass the infamous ferry dock intersection was deemed not feasible, I guess.

Although the argument used by some Mukilteo officials is hardly justifiable, that argument appears to have been good enough for the council. No other alternatives were considered or presented to keep pedestrians from being forced through this (now acknowledged unsafe) intersection. That’s bad!

Even with all the other activities happening in Old Town, last year during the Waterfront Art Festival at Lighthouse Park and the Bluegrass Festival at the Red Cup, signs were put up at the underutilized community center parking lot on 3rd Street, excluding only parking for these two events and no others.

When this discriminatory practice was brought to the administration’s attention at a council meeting, the solution was to put up a permanent sign excluding all parking except for patrons of the community center. That would be fine except patrons of the community center tend to first use the street parking shared with the area businesses before using the now dedicated parking lot on 3rd. That’s bad!

If funding is obtained to move the ferry dock to the chosen Elliott Point 2 option, a new signalized intersection will be built on the waterfront side of the SR-525 bridge between 2nd Street and Front Street.

Unless Mukilteo gets seriously involved in the design of this intersection, traffic going to Lighthouse Park (and there’s a lot of it) will end up backing up the hill while the exiting traffic from the ferry gets priority through the intersection. It’s going to be ugly!

By the time you read this, there’s a good chance the council will have approved a bill of goods to spend upwards of $170,000 of taxpayer dollars on new computer equipment to “fix” the problems associated with the city’s computer storage system failure.

Unfortunately, had a $3,000 request made it to the council previously, an off-site tape backup would have already been implemented. But the biggest tragedy is all this could have been avoided if someone (anyone), would have been paying attention to the automated notification that provides a warning when drives are failing or have failed thereby allowing time to swap out the failed drives with new ones without even a hiccup. That IS really ugly!

For more information or to discuss other issues important to you, please join councilmember Steve Schmalz and myself next Thursday evening, June 21, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Rosehill room at the Rosehill Community Center.

The preceding feature is published the second Wednesday of each month for The Beacon and is the opinion of Kevin Stoltz and may or may not represent the views of the Mukilteo City Council.

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