Council Briefs

May 08, 2019

Legal counsel letter being drafted

Councilmember Steve Schmalz made a motion for Council President Christine Cook to work with City Council’s outside legal counsel to finalize and issue a letter to Mukilteo citizens about the severance agreement issue that has commanded much of the council’s time over the last year. The council obtained an outside attorney to review the issue, and the motion regarding the letter passed unanimously.


Happy birthday, Mukilteo!

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson gave a trio of proclamations at the start of Monday’s meeting. One of those was wishing Mukilteo a happy birthday. The city was incorporated on May 8, 1947, and is celebrating its 72nd birthday today.


New city administrator confirmed

The council narrowly approved Phil Messina as the city’s new temporary city administrator. Messina will work a maximum of 20 hours per week. Messina said he is an “old Sno-Co kid,” and his parents moved to Mountlake Terrace in 1957.

Schmalz didn’t think getting a new city administrator in City Hall was a priority at the moment, and Councilmember Scott Whelpley thought the city’s staff are doing a good job without a second member in the executive department, thus it was unnecessary to have a temporary city administrator.

Despite their concerns, along with Council Vice President Anna Rohrbough’s, the motion passed 4-3. Messina was set to start work on Tuesday, May 7.


New committee formed

The city has a new committee, and its focus is on the climate.

The new Mukilteo Climate Action Committee will be composed of nine members, including councilmembers, residents, nonprofit members, business owners, and a youth member. The committee’s tasks are to help reach 100 percent renewable energy at municipal facilities and the community by 2045, but the city is talking about a target of 2030. The committee will also encourage residents, city staff, and businesses to be part of the solution, and to work with, and update, the Mukilteo City Council.

Suicide awareness resolution passed

Rohrbough crafted an ordinance on suicide awareness, making it so the city officially recognizes suicide awareness every day of the year “and that at no time can we be silent.”

The ordinance provided date about how suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for adults in the U.S., is the second leading cause of death among 10-24 year olds, and nearly 20 percent of all suicides were completed by people aged 45-54. The motion passed unanimously. Rohrbough also made a motion directing city staff to put up information for people in crisis in each city building, as well as public restrooms. The motion also passed unanimously.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Willie Russell | May 11, 2019 04:36

When is the city if Mukilteo going to hold the 21st democrats for the multile assaults at their meetings in city hall. Ascan elected democrat i am ashamed of democrats. Video evidence if assaults ignored  by city police or city attorneys. City attorney admits they have never reviewed videos yet are not prosecuting? Democrats protecting criminals for political expediency.

Lawsuit to follow.

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