Council retreat recap l Council Corner

 

March 13, 2019

A word cloud showing the words most commonly brought up at the Mukilteo City Council’s annual retreat.

The Mukilteo City Council held their annual retreat at Rosehill on Saturday, March 2, with the goal of creating a unified vision which council leadership summarized as:

We are focused on maintaining a beautiful, safe environment that is financially sustainable and creates a sense of pride in our community.

At the retreat, we reviewed the challenges of the prior year asking each other what we can bring to the group to facilitate a productive and collaborative year ahead. Suggestions included several ideas such as: clarifying the role of the council, increased communication between all elected officials, respectful debate, and assuming good intent from each other.

Each councilmember spoke about the three words that best describe their vision for our city. The most common were: beautiful, safe, and sustainable.

We used these to frame our priorities for the next few years and create actionable items to add to our agenda this year.

As councilmembers discussed our priorities it became clear that:

Beautiful overwhelmingly encompassed the majority of our collective vision. We will address this with a review of the waterfront master plan, support for new landscaping projects, and a discussion of recent sign code law changes and enforcement opportunities.


Safe brought us to an expansion of our city’s neighborhood watch programs as well as supporting other public safety programs. The council also shared a priority regarding suicide prevention in our youth and adult populations.

Sustainable embodied both environmental aspects, including requesting an update on our stormwater management program, and financial sustainability, which could include a discussion of annexation phases and pros and cons. The council was also in favor of considering a renewed long-range financial planning committee consisting of the council of the whole.

Anna and I are very fortunate to represent the residents of our wonderful community and will continue to do all we can to promote transparency, collaboration, and a sense of pride in and around Mukilteo.

 

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