Mayor Pruitt began the Audience Communication portion of the meeting by noting that The Farm development project was not on the agenda for the night. Six members of the audience took the time to communicate with the Council, speaking to the condition of a city-owned fence in disrepair, perspective on The Farm, the demographic composition of the Council, and potential participation in the Adopt-a-ship program.
Next, the Snohomish Health District made a presentation on their current status, goals, and activities. First, they offered a list of several areas that are being improved as part of a renovation to the department’s infrastructure, including online services, records system improvements, fleet management, and addressing issues with the Rucker Building. One of the biggest challenges to the county’s health and safety is the opioid epidemic, which is being countered with both preventative and treatment measures. In summary, they hope for an effective and mutually supportive relationship with Mill Creek.
Next, there was a public hearing on the Vintage Development Agreement Amendment. Essentially, this was a retroactive formality, required by state law, related to 500 of sq. ft. of space that was given to the City as part of the agreements with the developers of The Vintage. Originally, the space was intended for a satellite police office, including for use by the Citizens Patrol. However, it was then given over to the Senior Center, as the city had promised them sufficient space for all of their programming, but provided too little square footage. While members of the Council explored options with questions, answers from the City Attorney and acting City Manager made it clear that there was no real choice but to approve the amendment, as the Senior Center is already in control of the space, and only the developer would have the option of evicting them.… Read More “Mill Creek City Council Meeting, 1/22/19”