Mukilteo’s future looks promising | Council Corner
Last updated 11/13/2013 at Noon
Congratulations to our new mayor-elect Jennifer Gregerson!
I’m confident that Jennifer will bring to Mukilteo a new level of cooperation, communication and professionalism that many of us have been longing for. To say that I’m excited for Mukilteo moving forward would be an understatement.
Yes, expectations are high, but the potential I’ve always seen for Mukilteo can be realized with the changes I expect to see from Mayor Gregerson.
Congratulations also to our two new councilmembers Bob Champion and Ted Wheeler or Terry Preshaw (Ted is leading by 62 votes at press time).
With the appointment to Jennifer’s vacant council seat, there will be three new councilmembers. The new council will need to step up and understand their duties as elected officials as well as their responsibility to the citizens of Mukilteo.
Considering how close the race between Ted Wheeler and Terry Preshaw is, the first performance measure we’ll see from the new council is if they appoint the non-victor to Jennifer’s vacated council seat. They should.
Mayor Gregerson will need to implement many changes to put Mukilteo back on track to realizing its potential and being accountable to its residents.
“You can’t do business as usual and expect different results,” so the transition process will take time and a lot of effort. Patience will be a necessary virtue.
Even so, I expect we’ll see some pretty significant positive changes in the short term.
I see Mukilteo’s new administration under Mayor Gregerson embracing the “can-do” attitude and, combined with those who know how to do it, I have a renewed optimism in what can be accomplished in the short term.
Of course, I have a list:
Waterfront interim access/promenade
While we’re waiting for whatever the future of the waterfront holds, let’s restore comparable access between our traditional waterfront area and Edgewater beach park that we enjoyed a decade ago.
And, while construction is occurring, let’s require alternative access routes instead of just closing access and roads to our residents until construction is finished.
Despite some of the information that’s out there, we’re not that far from being able to purchase this property.
We have to work smarter than we have in the past and not throw out numbers that make us look foolish and fiscally irresponsible.
We have a $1 million grant and Community Transit is working on a traditional park-and-ride.
We need to work with the county and other agencies to use additional available space for a commuter parking solution as well as relief for parking issues at the waterfront.
Business support and economic development
I can’t even begin to stress how much potential there is here, but it starts with a level of openness and effort between all levels of Mukilteo officials with the Chamber of Commerce and community.
Safety lighting at Lighthouse Park
Lighthouse Park closes at 10 p.m., even in the winter. This time of year we’re looking at five hours of darkness, and there isn’t even lighting to illuminate the walking path.
It’s a safety and liability issue and needs to be taken care of.
Rosehill Community Center
Re-emphasis on “community center.” We need to get the “can-dos” and the “know-how-to-dos” together (sometimes they are the same people). Enough said.
Ferry dock intersection safety
The city and WSF need to work together and ensure someone is managing the intersection when the ferry is unloading as well as when Lighthouse Park usage is high.
Lighthouse Park paid parking
We need to look back at what has worked in the past instead of the all-or-nothing strategy that is currently failing. There’s no good reason we can’t restore paid/permit parking in a limited area, thereby also restoring overnight/day parking.
Paine Field commercial service backup plan
If we can’t stop it, how can we mitigate it? There are options that haven’t been adequately considered (at least I haven’t been made aware of them as a councilmember).
I do have high expectations, and even though my term on the council is coming to an end, finally I’m confident that Mukilteo’s future will be a positive and prosperous one.
The preceding feature is published the second Wednesday of each month for The Beacon and is the opinion of Kevin Stoltz and may or may not represent the views of the Mukilteo City Council.