Letters for the week of Oct. 9

Oct 09, 2013

Facts of Mukilteo development

Editor, The Beacon:

In response to Elaine Knapp’s letter regarding development in Mukilteo [“Not happy about development,” The Beacon, Letters, page 4, Oct. 2], I would like to offer some facts.

The development on the east side of Mukilteo Speedway just south of Olympic View Middle School is a single family subdivision called Huntting Hilltop. It is on a 5-acre parcel and will have 14 single family homes.

Of those 5 acres, 1.7 acres (34 percent) are set aside into Native Growth Protection Areas where no development can occur. There were 134 significant trees on the site. Of those, 64 (almost 48 percent) are being retained in the NGPAs.

Mukilteo Municipal Code requires 25 percent of significant trees to be retained, so the project retains nearly twice as many as the code requires. Also, the developer is being required to plant at least 56 new trees outside of the NGPAs.

Mukilteo’s Comprehensive Plan designates the site for medium density single family residential uses. That designation allows a maximum density of 5.8 dwelling units per acre. The approved 14 lots on the 5-acre site equates to a density of 2.8 units per acre, less than half the maximum allowed.

The Huntting Hilltop plat meets all of the city’s development regulations, as did the nearby Raymond Ridge subdivision north of Olympic View Middle School. No variances or exceptions to Mukilteo Municipal Code were granted for either subdivision.

Subdivisions with more than four lots are approved by the city’s hearing examiner – an attorney – not by the planning director.

I recognize infill development is never easy. The Beacon article [“Only 5% of land left to build homes in Mukilteo,” front page, Sept. 25] was about the recovering economy and Mukilteo being able to share in this good fortune, even as we reach buildout.

Heather McCartney, FAICP

Planning & Community Development Director

City of Mukilteo

Kudos for band event preview

I saw the article this morning, and it's awesome [“Kamiak hosts Music in Motion,” The Beacon, front page, Oct. 2].  Thank you for taking the time to hear of Kamiak's band program and our upcoming show.

Hope to see you at the event on Saturday. I think it's going to be crazy, but hopefully lots of fun.

Kelly Feng,

Kamiak Band Liaison,


Thanks for church garden feature

Thank you for writing such a great article [“Church garden is Mukilteo’s ‘stone soup,’” The Beacon, front page, Oct. 2].

On Wednesday, there were three boys working in the garden, learning to use shovels and wheelbarrows.  One of the boys asked, "Can we come every week?"

I love those kinds of questions.

Cherrie Wallace,


Pointe of Grace garden

The best baby back ribs I’ve ever tasted

Kosta’s Mediterranean Cuisine on the Mukilteo Speedway is newly remodeled with a large revised menu.

We had dinner there recently and found the food and service excellent. I had the best Mediterranean baby back ribs I ever tasted (the meat literally fell off the bone, as it should, if the ribs are cooked perfectly)!

Better than Tony Roma's ribs, my very longtime favorite for ribs. Kosta very politely declined to divulge his rib recipe to me as I make killer baby back ribs on the propane grill or convection oven.

We also had breakfast there recently, and the food and service were excellent.

Kosta’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is located in Mukilteo on the busy speedway. It has been owned by Kosta and Maria for more than 16 years now.

Kosta’s is having a special this month on the those wonderful Mediterranean baby back ribs.  We are going to go just for those.

Best regards,

Ronald W. Berninger, Ph.D.,


Activities in nature this October

I enjoyed a lovely sunny afternoon by hiking the Big Gulch Trail recently.  After going through the first part of muddy trails on the upper trail, the rest of the trail was dry.

I started at the trail head at the Mukilteo Library and met many others along the trail: trail runners, family out for a hike, both young and old.  If you have not tried it yet, give it a try.

The Mukilteo Wildlife Habitat Project has lots of nature-related activities scheduled for October, including our own event on Sunday Oct. 20,  a scavenger hunt and work party at Japanese Gulch Trail and Natural Area.  Activities start at noon at the trail head, at 1201 Mukilteo Lane.

Happy fall,

Sylvia Kawabata, Member,

Mukilteo Wildlife Habitat Project

Re-elect Marine because he cares

The early years of my life centered around Mukilteo. The old Rosehill school and later the “new” Olympic View Jr. High School, in which I was the first graduating class in 1956, provided me with an excellent education that helped prepare me for Everett High School, the University of Washington and finally, the UW Medical School.

I was introduced to community service through the Rosehill PTA Fun Night of the 1950s in which my mother, Dorothy Jayne Wright, worked with the Rosehill School athletic director, choir director and others to put on a stage show in the gymnasium.

The finale was always the “Rosehill Rosebuds” – an event that was re-created by some enterprising Mukilteo residents before the old Rosehill School was torn down. Finally, like most people around there at that time, we spent a lot of time on that wonderful light house beach.

My first real encounter with Joe Marine occurred when I joined with others to try and save Rosehill School. The center of my life growing up!

Yet, through Joe’s patient explanations – and re-explanations – I came to realize that, indeed, this rather basic “mission style” building was really the second structure – and not the architecturally more interesting one that was initially built on that site.

Furthermore, through this process of “grieving” over the old school, I learned through Joe that it was not really the building – but the people that were so important – like long time Rosehill School Principal Paul Kimball, his family and many more.

Through Joe and others in Mukilteo, I was reminded that we must cherish the past but be part of the future.

As a result of this interaction with Mayor Joe Marine, many of us found it painful, but necessary, to move on. Since then, we have all been rewarded by the new Rosehill Community Center, its huge view and presentation, and most importantly the large variety of events and performances that have taken place there since it opened.

These events are establishing new memories that will be cherished by many, many Mukilteo residents in the years to come – just like those created inside the old Rosehill School.

It was my pleasure to arrange for Puget Sound Video to cover the last public meeting at the old Rosehill School in the video “Farewell to Rosehill – It’s The People” (2010) and later the opening of the new center with “New Rosehill Community Center Grand Opening (2011).

I just checked and found that both videos are still available on the city of Mukilteo website under video archives.

Therefore, I understand that Joe has provided important leadership for the city of Mukilteo, and that’s great.

But, as a neurosurgeon, and most importantly a physician, the thing that matters the most to me is that Joe Marine’s actions are motivated by caring for other people. I say let’s give him another term!


Sanford Wright, M.D.,


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