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Decision expected on site for new Sultan Boys & Girls Club

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By Alejandro Dominguez
Herald Writer
SULTAN -- A decision on where to put a new Boys & Girls Club is expected this week.
The City Council is down to three sites to replace the club that burned down on Christmas Eve last year. The council is expected to talk about those sites at a meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers, 319 Main Street.
For almost a year, kids have been meeting at a temporary location at the Sky Valley Family and Community Resource Center, owned by Volunteers of America.
This site, located at 617 First St., could become the permanent location for the new facility.
The proposed one-floor, 18,000-square-feet club is planned to be bigger than the one lost in the fire. It would have a gym where children can play basketball and volleyball, similar to ones in Snohomish and Monroe.
Building costs have not been determined. The Legislature set aside $500,000 to help with rebuilding costs. The Snohomish County Boys & Girls Club also has $400,000 from the county for renovations before the fire and expects to receive an insurance settlement.
The three proposed sites are the Volunteers of America property and one piece of private property at First Street and another between Sixth and Eighth streets. The private property would need to be purchased before construction could begin.
Other sites, including the former site located at 705 First St., were rejected because they were too small for a new building, city administrator Deborah Knight said.
Snohomish County Boys & Girls Clubs hopes to start construction by the summer, executive director Bill Tsoukalas said.
"That would be the best-case scenario," he said.
Also at the same meeting, the council is scheduled to interview four candidates to fill a council vacancy.
Council members receive a stipend per meeting attended -- or a maximum of $1,800*
a year. Finalists are Bart Dalmasso, Larry Foley, Ken Marshall and Marianne Naslund.
The interviews are only planned for Tuesday. The council is expected to choose the successful candidate at its Dec. 8 meeting. That candidate could be appointed that day or later.
The term expires in November 2013 but under state law, there will be an election on 2012 for this position.
The council needs to fill Position 1, left vacant by Sam Pinson who resigned on Oct. 7 because he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez@

* Correction, Nov. 21, 2011: This article originally incorrectly stated how much Sultan City Council members are paid.
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