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A2 o:- The Arlington Times )i!i! Council considers N. Olympic Avenue plan on May 21 Special t0T.he Arlington Times ....... ARLINGTON -- Months of work by the Downtown Steering Committee, in the form of the N. Olympic Avenue Reconstruction Plan, will be considered for adoption by Othe Arlington City Council May 21. The N. Olympic Avenue plan lays out a concept for reconstruct- ing Arlington's "main street." The $3 million proposal includes refur- bishing the street, sidewalks and utilities, as well as installing thematic, turn-of-the-century street furniture (street lights, signs, benches, trash cans, etc.). The steering con~mittee is also proposing a financing plan in which tile city and grant funds cover about $2 million of the estimated cost. The remainder is proposed to be funded by a Local Improvement District, which would include the owners of the 81 parcels in the improvement area that extends along N. Olympic Avenue from Maple to Division streets. A construction management strategy also is being recommended to provide the least nega- tive impact on businesses. The c(mncil is being asked to approve the plan so that if the merchants and property owners decide to move forward with the Local Improvement District, the city can be ready to act. The city hosted an open house on the pro- ject in April. Planning Manager Cliff Strong said five property owners already have submitted petitions asking the city to form the 1JD. The Greater Arlington Chamber of Com- merce has lent its support in the form of a let- ter. Chamber President Cory Duskin said an informational meeting to provide more informa- tion to property owners has been discussed by the chamber board, but has not been scheduled. Gary Legler of United Mortgage Corporation said he is expecting to present surveys that were distributed to property n~vners about the IJD at the Ma,~ 21 meeting. Most of the sur\'e'~s were supportive of the project in general, but prot)erty owners haxe some specific concerns about construction. At last Monda'~'s council meeting, the coun- cil prioritized capital projects to be funded this year, and the N. Olympic Avenue Project was in the top five, with $ l million earmarked from the capital facilities fund. The council made it clear, though, that the project will not move forward without the support and participation by the stakeholders. If property owners do not support the formation of the IJD, the money will be used for other projects. A deadline on the shm~ of support has not been set, Strong said. ~;~ i~ V RETREAT one Sunday, to gauge how open people were feeling. On a scale Continued flora page A t here is what they did. After arriving and sharing din- ner Friday evening, the real meet- ing started Saturday morning. Eldon McBride, a human resources consultant for Boeing, facilitated the retreat. This year marked McBride's lhird time run- ning Arlington's annual meeting. McBride's main role seemed to be keeping the meeting from veer- ing too far away from the topic at hand. He also broke up the meatier subjects on the agenda with activi- ties designed to improve listening, communication and trust. To set the tone, McBride read a passage from a book, "The Art of Possibility," that included the only rule McBride wished to suggest for the weekend -- "Rule #6: Don't take yourself so damned seriously." The rule became a humorous refrain from various people throughout the weekend. McBride also took two anony- mous surveys, one Saturday and from one to 10, the average responses each time fell between six and seven. The first order of city, business was a review of the city's code of conduct. These rules mostly gov- ern how the city conducts public meetings. One item that drew some initial heat concerned executive sessions. Some councihnembers and staff, including Fxecutive Secretary Loret- ta C.ortelyou and Deputy Fire Chief Michael Koontz, took issue with Councilman Dan Anderson's stance that he would not withhold from the public information discussed in executive session that strayed from the scope of state law. A more heated and lengthy dis- cussion about executive sessions followed the next hour when the City Council and the staff divided into their own discussions. That part of the City Council's discussion was related in the May 9, 2001 issue of The Arlington Times. But the City Council, Mayor Bob Kraski and City Administrator Kristin Banfield also took a lot of Srlington School of DANCE CAMP July 10 July 17 July 24 12-~:~30, P,~, ? $700ckqst f/ncadesworkbook), Preteen & Teen Adult i EQUI FRIENDS Proudly Sponsored by: Holly Hill Training Center Explore the wonderful world of horses in the Snohomish County area on May 19th and 20th!! Get your camera, lunch, and horse-crazy family together and tour your choice of 15 different equine facilities i__n ~mf ~r wn~ar. Encounter a variety of different horse breeds as well as demonstrations of various riding styles. Register at: EquiFriends 9807 72nd St. SE, Snohomish WA 98290 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 (425) 337-1137 Co~ are ~ follow $20 per person, 10 years & older $60 per car/van load FREE Children 9 years & younger PRICES COVER BOTH DAYS!!! t time kicking arotmd ideas with City Attorney Sieve Peiffle about how to improve the checks and balances between the city's legisla- tive and executive branches. (See sidebar.) After the lunch break, McBride encouraged the group to review the city's accomplishmenls for the year. Some of the highlights included: - Built a new water plant - Assumed ownership and oper- ation of the Arlington Cemetery. - Extended city services (includ- ing a new park) to Smokey Point. - Identified a route for the Cen- tennial "Frail (along 67th Avenue) and began the downtown portion of the trail. - Created new positions for a code enforcement officer and coordinators for information ser- vices and the environment. - Purchased the Butler property. - Initiated the improvements on Division Street. - Annexed the property for the V POWER Continued from page A1 The severance package had Kraskrs signature but was not rati- fied by the full City Council in public as required by state law. That eventually led to a lengthy discussion at the retreat about the city,s process regarding personnel and even the basic strucfi~e of Khe city's government. Responding to a pre-retreat request, City Attorney Steve Peiffle explained the process necessary to change the city's form of govern- ment from a "mayor-councir' to a "council-manager" structure. The latter arrangement reduces the role of mayor to essentially a figurehead. The City Council would elect the mayor from its own ranks and the council would hire a city manager to head the city's executive branch. 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. May 18 ~ May 31 $4~am Fantasy-Comedy 111tlill~t.llllllllI.OM 2 p.m. Matinee Sat. & Sun. $2.50 Tues. 2 for 1 "SHREK" is a special engagement COMING: "MUMMY RETURNS" new high school. - Negotiated with Cenex about demolishing the old co-op build- ing. -- Remndeled the city's mainte- nance shop. - Reorganized the police depart- merit. - De~eh)ped official processes t'()r right-of-way permits and recov- ery conlracts. The retreat's real heavy lifting happened a! the afternoon session and again Sunday morning, when the group hashed out budget pri- orities for the capital facilities pro- jeers for next year. The results of those sessions were related in the May 2, 2001 issue of The Arling- ton Times. At a subsequent City Council meeting May 7, the council approved a capital facilities pack- age totalling $6.5 million. The big ticket items consist of a new city hall with an attached police department for $3 million, improvements to 671h Avenue and If the council resolved to make such a change, a simple majority of voters would have to agree in an election. "If the majority opts for the change, then every councilmember would have to stand for election [within 180 days after the change was approved]," Peiffle said. Councilman Oliver Smith intro- duced a questionthat seemed,to be on several of his colleagues' minds --- how much control does a council have over a nlayor's responsibilities to hire and fire city staff?. Smith and others grappled with how they, could prevent a mayor from vengefully firing staff in the lame-duck days after a failed re- election bid or a new mayor from cleaning house and hiring unquali- fied "buddies from the tavern," as Smith put it. "I don't think we can hire and fire," said Councilman Dan Ander- son. 'q'hat's the mayor's role." "The mayor can clean house," Peiffle agreed, "but [the mayor] might not get the [new staffl appointments [approved by the City Council[. That's the check and balance." i. Smokey Point Plaza (By Taco Time) Riding with technology The Cascade Valley Hospital approximately $37,000 for the machine. The MUX-100 is a mobile designed to be used away from the tured with the new machine are Lynne Black, Donna Marler, Cristina Wa North Olympic (assuming business that enough support) for $1.6 million and $1 to pay a million respectively and purchas- im ins property for a new fire station for $600,000. The list also includ- city ed $100,000 for a skateboard park Inn in and $200,000 for a temporary fix ilies for to the old city hall. pay for t Councilmembers wanted to cap meals. those expenditures at $6.2 million of councilmatic bonds, which don't need voter approval. That means The re some projects would have to be $10,500, financed in some other way if such get. a cap is imposed (assuming, again, the city That brought the discussion full-circle to one of Peiffle's origi- nal points -- Arlington has not The defined a process whereby the list: mayor hires personnel and deter- trator, mines salary, nor has it defined a port process for the council to confirm chiefs or reject those appointments. ByrneS "The key is, we need a process," the Peiffle said. that list, "Would a process legally,put positior~. that check and balance in?" Coun- peiffle cflman Dennis Byrnes asked, pointing "There are limits, but 1 think process you can certainly require that there be a process," Peiffle said. "So if we adopt a process and have ~or, then don't follow that process, executive would that make ]a hiring or con- The firmation] invalid?" Councilman fie to Craig Hedlund asked, would Peiffle hedged a little and did city not give a straight yes or no. Anderson said the council wields Since its influence through its responsibil- hire and ity to ratify city contracts, added "The council essentially holds is the purse strings," Hedlund agreed, both "The remedy may be to review This wee our roles and authority," Council- woman Sally Lien said. "Does the emPlye council have confirmation authori- merit" ty? Maybe there is some mecha- year. nism by which we could gain some authority [regarding city person-resigned nell." (public "If it involves elaborate con- about a tracts like Thorn's, we do," Ander- son said. The Peiffle added a note of caution, new fff "I can recall the days when the council micromanaged every con- Myers tract of the airport," Peiffle said. of job Peiffle suggested that the coun- titleS, cilmembers define a level of develol "senior management" positions at ing R! SMOKEY POINT Our Selection is Limitless. ARNP " Walkdn and Prescheduled Appointments Monday. 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