The meeting got started with Audience Communication, where Wil Nelson addressed the Council in opposition to The Farm. This was followed by the heart-warming presentation of a ceremonial plank from the USS Ralph Johnson. Several members of the Navy came to make the presentation, as part of a community outreach program where a ship develops connections to local organizations. The mayor read a related proclamation affirming the bonds and declaring the sailors of the USS Ralph Johnson honorary members of the Mill Creek community.
Brook Knight, CEO of the Northshore Senior Center, made a presentation generally describing the services they offer. With locations in Bothell, Mill Creek, and Kenmore, Northshore is one of the largest and most respected senior centers in the country. The center’s primary values are to be welcoming, holistic, collaborative, and impactful. Employees and around 500 volunteers offers many classes and other services to seniors, disabled people and caregivers.
These services are important due to the damages to seniors, 28% of whom live alone, of social isolation. Activities help promote cognitive abilities, mental and physical health. Another important service is helping the 60% of seniors who are low income manage financial difficulties, including with rent, food, equipment and accessing public services.
Goals for 2019 and beyond include increasing transportation assistance, additional clinical services, as well as expanded classes, outreach and community partnerships.
In New Business, Peggy Lauerman, Director of Finance & Administration, presented a motion that will make it possible for the City to pay for surface water expenses, and reimburse itself with future tax-exempt bonds. The resolutions doesn’t obligate action, but preserves the ability to recoup cost under federal law. Motion to approve made and unanimously approved without discussion under staff’s strong recommendation.
Next, Gine Hortillosa, Director of Public Works and Development Services, presented an addendum to the contract already in place with contractor Mclure of Sons for Exploration Park. Motion recommended by staff is passed unanimously without discussion, as was an update the city’s policy for use of the Mill Creek Sports Park.
A large portion of the meeting was occupied by a Study Session on The Farm development agreement, presented by Christi Amrine, Senior planner.
Nine Attachments included with the meeting’s agenda materials were:
Attachment 1 – Proposed Development Agreement – Revised
Attachment 2 – Preliminary Binding Site Plan – Conceptual
Attachment 3 – Memo from City Attorney Regarding DA Procedures and Consideration of Housing Issues
Attachment 4 – February 26, 2019 Council Agenda and Attachments
Attachment 5 – Updated Fiscal Impact Analysis Prepared by Integra Realty Resources
Attachment 6 – The Farm at Mill Creek Responses to Questions – Updated (FAQ)
Attachment 7 – City Staff PowerPoint Presentation from 2-26-19
Attachment 8 – Spine Road Phases
Attachment 9 – Spine Road Estimated Construction Costs
The most important, digestible of these documents is the FAQ, Attachment 6.
The Proposed Development Agreement, Attachment 1, his a fairly comprehensive summary of the agreement currently under consideration, still subject to a lot of commentary and revision before approval (if any).
One area that proved to be of particular interest to the Council is the development of Spine Road, through a complex set of phases, including acquisition of some of the land it is planned to run through. The hope is that this road will mitigate any increased traffic in the area, an issue of primary concern to many citizens.