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Here’s a council update

 


As the midpoint of this year is upon us, I would like to update you on some of the work the council has been doing on your behalf.

We have been working toward the goals laid out at our annual retreat, and I have been adding those council priorities to our meetings throughout the year.

As many of you are aware, the council completed the legal advice we sought out regarding the severance packages the mayor negotiated. We finalized our work on this with a letter to the residents summarizing the information we received from our outside counsel. I am proud of the professionalism shown by my fellow councilmembers during these council-attorney meetings and am happy with the increased level of transparency we were able to provide to our residents. The letter produced is a summary of the legal advice we received and is not the entirety of the process. The council began this topic extremely divided and after discussion and reflection we felt that we had effectively pursued information regarding any and all possible pathways forward. And although we did not all agree on all aspects of the issue, we concluded that any further action would be financially prohibitive and felt confident that we could move forward together to continue the work of the city. I believe our actions to be the fiscally responsible thing to do for our residents.

As Mukilteo’s aesthetics and natural beauty were the most often cited priorities during the retreat, we began looking with our public works department on landscaping and gateway beautification projects. I thank our public works department for their hard work and dedication.

We also recently learned that the much needed 76th Street Southwest and SR 525 pedestrian improvements project will be possible through a successful grant application to the “safe routes to school” program.

The City has been working with our senior association to better understand the potential need for dedicated space, the healthy living programs they could then provide, and how and where that might occur. I have supported the need for our seniors to have space of their own and am happy to see the discussion moving forward.

The Beacon did an excellent article last week on the Byer’s family Peace Park construction. Our recreation director did a fabulous job coordinating with other agencies to fill in sidewalk gaps and provide better pedestrian access to the site. This park will provide not only a place for reflection, but a beautiful view of the lighthouse and appreciation of Mukilteo’s natural beauty.

Additional projects we have been working on (in conjunction with our planning and park and arts commissions) include updating the shoreline master program and the possibility of a percent for the arts project that if enacted would set aside money for art during construction projects.

I appreciate the trust you have given me as your representative and am happy to serve with my fellow councilmembers to continue the important work of our community. Please feel free to contact me at ccook@mukilteowa.govand together we can continue to make Mukilteo the best it can be.

 

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