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1, 2000 Clarification a District when looked of an advisory board County Council, oned why that once dis- of a specific to the Snohomish be used in Watershed was eliminate the responded that specifically 23 percent "in meant that subse- be decided on asis by the County hearing recommen- the advisory board :ently chairs (the Water District ,unty officials Censer- s net budget has Year because of from a general lally gets more '94," Lee said. '98 ordinance 23 Percent lan- given the so on and devel- has been hired lands and look est interest of the in this case is )erson who said that WSU the land for expand !ason why the up. Whatev- has are their of WSU. Just from the WSU had a If the any prob- that is : WSU has their the manage- by DNR but With that." agree that an Unusual of thou- the DNR is in that the two to ask," said in Olympia: of forests -- which is the ken by the queen's that DNR doesn't want go. She lees- Belcher. agree With the preb- end not the the DNR and Las not been (ep. John if this of deal. If grind they tie this been told Property ling it to s that the Praisal DNR Property oU~ty air- a Prop- and charge of a ,dot is has have S8 on~a That four :er to She a good In a story in The Arlington Times last week, the Stil- laguamish Clean Water District was confused with the Sno- homish Conservation District. The story should have iden- tified the Snohomish Conserva- tion District as having once received the 23-percent fund- ing in question. In 1994, 23 percent of a specific fee assessed to landowners within the Stillaguamish Clean Water District was directed by county ordinance to go to water pro- jects carried out by the Sno- homish Conservation District. guage was simply a routine cleanup of a number that had not applied since 1995. "When this was struck, it was simply a code cleanup," Cowart said. Both Lee and Cowart preferred not to discuss specific budget numbers until after they could be confirmed at yesterday's Public Works Subcommittee meeting of the Snohomish County Council. (The Times deadline is Monday, and the meeting was Tuesday. Look for more details next week.) transaction for the trust. A ceme- tery is a special site and this is an emergency situation. We are well aware of the situation and are still looking for a solution." Sue Zemek of the DNR in Olympia suggested that the politi- cians may not understand the complexity of the transaction. "Our responsibility is to get the highest value and the long-term benefits from the lands placed in our trust," she said. "To take a valuable piece of property on a main through fare like State Route 530 and sell it may not be a wise investment for the trust. We are trying to be a good neighbor to the town." Good neighbor or not the DNR is under scrutiny from WSU, a con- gressman, a state senator, two state representatives and an entire town. "We are only asking for a place to bury our dead," said Council- man Ashe. "We are willing to pay for it and have never asked to be given the land. The property is the only fea- sible way to expand the existing cemetery that has been used since 1917. The town has a strong sense of community. Residents want to be buried by their parents, grand- parents, and friends. With the town's current budget, expanding the existing cemetery is the only solution that makes sense. We can't afford to maintain two sepa- rate cemeteries." Stevens feels strongly that Belcher might be taking a personal stand against selling the land -- a stand not taken by the DNR as a whole. "Some of the decisions Belcher has made since being elected have been in-your-face decisions," she said. "This little community does not need not anymore stomping on from the DNR. First there was the damage to the timber industry in the town and this is just another slap in the face aimed directly at Darrington by the DNR. She thinks the residents can be ridden over and will just forget about it and go about their way. But this is about family and tradition and the resi- dents will not be easy to roll over this time." Jennifer Belcher did not respond to repeated requests for an interview regarding the Darting- ton Cemetery. Commissioner of Public Lands is an elected position and Belcher's term expires this fall. The Arlington Times o:. A7 by Kay Brooks The Arlington Times NORTH SNOHOMISH COUNTY -- Six Sno- homish County mayors have formed an infor- mal North Snohomish County Mayors' Associa- tion to make sure their voices are heard on county issues that shape their cities. Marysville, Arlington, Darrington, Stanwood, Granite Falls and Lake Stevens mayors have been meeting monthly since June 1999 to make sure that issues pertaining to their communi- ties' way of life are considered at the county level. "We got to talking with each other at another meeting in June and decided it would be a good idea for the north county mayors to stat getting together on a regular basis," said Marysville Mayor Dave Weiser. "We sent out letters to the six mayors and have had five or six meeting already." Some of the topics that have been discussed include county street and sidewalk standards in areas just outside city limits. "These properties lie in areas that can be annexed by these cities," said Arlington Mayor Bob Kraski. "We have found some of the county require- ments not to be sufficient to city standards. We are trying to get the county to come closer to meeting city requirements in UGA areas so when annexations happen, those codes are compatible." The meeting are informal but are not in any was secret. "Sometimes people get the wrong idea," said Weiser. "These meetings are not held behind closed doors. We use them as a communication tool with the county. Many of the smaller cities like Darrington and Granite Falls can't attend the county meetings due to staffing and time constraints. This way we can go to the meeting and speak for them. It gives us all a more pow- erful voice and gives better representation of all north county cities." According to Kraski, the group also tries to help neighboring cities whenever possible. "I view this as a way to keep the smaller cities in the loop, he said. "We have loaned planners and engineers to those communities to try to help out the small- er cities. The larger cities have been where the smaller communities are now. We've struggled through the issues that they are just now begin- ning to face. We all share ideas and try to help give advice on how we handled situations." Snohomish County Deputy Executive Joni Earl attended a recent meeting and spoke to the mayors about county,standards including water and sewer standards now in place and what services cities will have to provide as more annexations take place. "One of the problems Darrington and Gran- ite Falls is facing is water and sewer issues," said Kraski. "Marysville and Arlington have the luxury of already having in place adequate water and sewer standards. That is just one of the issue we are trying to help the smaller cities face and plan for. The county has done a good job work- ing with the north county area. They always try to meet us halfway and address our concerns." Weiser said creating the mayors' support group is not an unusual concept. South county area mayor have a similar may- ors' group. At one time, all the mayors in the county met regularly, but those meeting have become less frequent. "it is hard to schedule 18 mayors for a meet- ing," said Weiser. "The idea of a north county group had been around for a while. This is a wonderful tool for everyone involved. Take, for example, the street standards. The county and Marysville already have agreements on street standards but this is something that is impor- tant to the smaller communities so Marysville became involved. We get together and express a united opinion on many issues. When we go to the county we have a louder voice. That is an important part of this group." The North Snohomish County Mayors' Asso- ciation usually meets the second Tuesday of the month in Arlington." Spring tree, shrub sale on Saturday MONROE -- Snohomish Conservation District will be having its 15th annual tree and shrub sale on Sat., March 4 at the Evergreen State Fair- grounds in Monroe. The sale will be located in the Rabbit Barn on the east side of the fairgrounds. Doors open at 9 a.m. and all trees are sold first-come, first serve. This popular event is open to me general public and will include plants such as Douglas and Noble fir, cedar, spruce, Sequoia and Grand fir. Shrubs for wildlife, erosion control and habitat include Mock orange, Nootka rose, vine maple, red flowering currant and more. For information call 425.335.5634, ext. 4 or check the website at "'GONG ki GIVES ANOTI-IEI~, DAzzLING pEFkFoI~MANCE!-, The Emperor,.dTbe. sassi MARCH 3-7 Fri., Sat., & Sun. Evenings 8:00 Bargain Matinee Sunday 3:00 Monday & Tuesday 7:30 Rated R CONCERT BOX OFFICE 1-877-7LINCTIX OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Paid:Advertisement An Open Letter To The Community From Cascade Vnlley Hospital's Nurses' Association Standing alone for greater than a century, Cascade amount is sufficient to compensate for the loss of Valley Hospital has provided health care to the people independence and dilution of our culture, the sum of .of: Arlington and North Snohomish County. From $,600,000 is a paltry contribution to the overall humble beginnings, we have grown and evolved with finQnciat'remedy necessary to restore the organization and in response to its needs, providing ,:to health. on ever more sophisticated mode/of care ........ There is evidence to suggest that a Providence roots of this organization are deeply entrenched in the Arlington community. The employees are dedicated, hardworking men and women Who strive to bring their very best to the job each day. We feel our commitment to you keenly. Now we are forced to contemplate that our tradition of service may be coming to an end. The North Snohomish County Health System, encompassing Cascade Valley Hospital and several satellite clinics, is in the throes of a financial crisis. CEO Robert Campbell has publicly stated that without an infusion of cash to bridge a forecasted down turn in revenues over the next 6 months, the hospital will be forced to close its doors. The origins of the current financialhardship are varied and complex, and can only be explained in part here. Some of the cause is external, experienced similarly in hospitals across the nation, such as reductions in reimbursements from Medicare and insurance contracts. Some of the blame must be laid at the 'feet of the current administration, which openly accepts culpability for perilous business decisions, and a lackof expertise in coding for services at the clinic level that resulted in failure to capture earned revenues. Some progress has been madeto correct these problems. The board of commissioners and administration are at work to regain economic stability, further alliance is already a done deal, astir was listed as a goal in administration's corporate plan for 2000. Never has so much been given away forso little. What a sad legacy for the current board of commissioners to shoulder. Contrary to what you may have heard or read, the hospital is busy. Although the hospital is licensed for 40+ beds, only 30 are now available for acute, . inpatient services. The other beds are now used for oncology and outpatient surgery services and radiology expansions. All the available space is being used for services needed in this community. Our operating suites are booked solid. Our emergency department is busy dealing with emergencies both minor and major. Our beds are full. In fact, almost weekly we are forced to divert patients to other hospitals. The hospital, apart from the North Snohomish County Health 'System, operated in the black last year. The nurses' association believes in the future of this organization. We believe the obstacles currently facing us i:an be overcome. Please join us in supporting the Board of Commissioners in making the necessary corrections in the organization's internal operations, and in searcliing for creative solutions that do not necessitate the loss of independence. We are asking for your help. Please attend the upcoming board meetings. Communicate your reducing internal costs, and investigating a source for :, concerns, desit-es, and suggestions by Writing to the on income stream to "keep the organization afloat, commissioners. Some of the options under consideration are securing (a bailk line of credit, proposing a maintenance and operations levy, refinance of bonds, and o sole of property located on South Stillaguomish Avenue. The nurses association supports these endeavors. One controversial revenue source currently being considered is the formation of on alliance with Providence/General Hospital. The reword for this alliance wouldyield $600,000 to the North Snohomish County Health System. In return, Providence would gain a voice in the organization's internal operations. Besides the short term financial gain, on implied promise of new services delivered here in Arlington is the lure for soliciting Providence's influence. Yet at o public meeting on February 2, when pressed to specify what new services would be provided, Mr. CamPbell was unable to elaborate. Conversely, it is the majority opinion of the nurses' association, that if on alliance with Providence comes to fruition, the possibility exists that there will be a reduction or alteration in services to the hospital district. After Providence and General merged, there was complete loss of acute care services .at the Pacific campus. While the association 1members beheve that no in conclusion the nurses' association thanks you for the trust you have placed in us. For generations, you have allowed us to deliver your babies, soothe your hurt, comfort and council you in timesof need. We are honored. This is your hospital. Let your voices be heard. . Commissioners Mary Jane Butler Judy Dellwing .17806 43rdAveNE, Arlington, WA 0822 Marl, Jean Kruski 437N. Olympic Ave, Arllngton WA g8223 4309 188th NE, Arlington, WA 982 3 Tim Cavanaugh 720 N West Ave., Arlington, WA 98223 360-435'8929 Hospital board meetings are the second; Thursday morning of every month :at 7:30 am in the hospital cafeteria, and the 3rd Wednesday evening of every month at 7 pm in the Hospital Cascade Conference Room. The next meeting is at 7:30 pm March 15th in the CasCade Conference Room.