Council Briefs

Nov 22, 2017

Missing members

Mayor Jennifer Gregerson and councilmember Ted Wheeler were not at the meeting Monday, Nov. 20.

President Bob Champion phoned in for the meeting.


Continued budget talks

Recreation and cultural services director Jeff Price gave a presentation outlining their successes in 2017 and their goals for 2018 as part of preliminary budget talks.

According to Price, over 80,000 people visited Rosehill this year and they had a 10 percent increase in attendees for community events. In talks with local hotels, overnight stays from 2016 to 2017 doubled.

“This was the first year we really were keeping track of how many people visited Rosehill,” Price said. “We’re also doing a better job of keeping track of volunteer hours.”

Price also went on to say that his staff has been doing a good job in communicating with hotels about why their guests are visiting Mukilteo and they talk with hotels about once per month.

Public works said that they plan on repainting the lighthouse and replacing the rubber sidewalks that are at the park.

They expect to complete the design of the Harbour Reach Corridor Project in 2018 and start construction as well. The project is scheduled to be finished towards the end of 2019.

Public works director Mick Matheson also said that the city did not receive a transportation improvement board (TIB) grant from the state that they had applied for.

As a result of that, the north section of the project, from Harbour Pointe Boulevard Southwest to the Chennault Beach and Harbour Pointe Boulevard intersection would be eliminated from the plans moving forward, which reduces the budget for this project by almost $3 million to $14 million.

Property tax levy hearing to continue next week

The property tax levy resolution and the emergency services tax levy resolution will continue to be discussed at Nov. 27’s meeting.

The proposed 2018 property tax levy rate would drop to roughly $1.05 per $1,000 of assessed value as a result of an increase in property values of 8.64 percent in 2017. This is the lowest rate in almost ten years.

“We are showing our citizens that we can balance our budget without raising property taxes,” councilmember Scott Whelpley said.

Peace Park project larger than anticipated

In a shocking piece of news to the council, Matheson stated that the second phase of the proposed Peace Park, which will likely be at Byers Park, is projected to cost $150,000 to $200,000.

Councilmembers stated that they believed the scope of the plan was too big and that it needed to be honed in as it’s going to cost a lot more than initially anticipated.

“I support the idea for Mukilteo Strong and the meaning of the Peace Park,” councilmember Richard Emery said. “But I’m concerned with the cost going forward.”

Whelpley agreed with Emery and stated that he feels the project is starting to spin out of control.

“We need to put the brakes on this right now,” Whelpley said. “This was $40,000 originally…this has gotten out of control.”

Council Vice President Schmalz said that he plans on making a motion regarding the Peace Park when they look deeper into the budget.


5th Street right-of-way vacation

The council heard the second of three public hearings regarding vacating approximately 8,330 square feet of right-of-way traffic on the southern 35 feet of Mukilteo Boulevard during Monday’s meeting.

The owners of the two properties currently have garages that are located in the existing right-of-way. A vacation would provide the owners the benefit of having their garages on their property as opposed to the right-of-way.

Matheson said that the pros outweigh the cons and that they should consider going through with this.

Councilmember Cook was worried that this would set precedent for other property owners but Patricia Love, the city’s community development director assured her that that would not be the case.

The motion will continue on Jan. 2, 2018.

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