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Everett: Broadway Bridge contractor chosen

A $7.7 million contract to replace the Broadway Bridge has been awarded to Interwest Construction of Burlington. The city is replacing the 102-year-old bridge, which carries 40,000 vehicles daily over BNSF Railway’s main line. The entire $13.6 million project, which includes design costs, is funded in part with $7.6 million in federal grant money. Construction is expected to begin in January.

Everett: Fire Department review to begin

The City Council on Tuesday approved a bill that hires an outside firm to review the operations of the Everett Fire Department. The process is part of the city’s longer-term budget balancing process, which also included significant utility tax hikes and new fees in other areas of the government. The goal is to review operations and make recommendations for cost savings. Similar processes are expected for the Everett Police Department and Community Transit. The Council chose Fitch and Associates for the $66,400 contract.

Lynnwood: New garbage rules to be considered

The Lynnwood City Council is considering revising rules to make it mandatory for property owners to have garbage collection services. The new rules are aimed at targeting nuisance properties, such as drug houses.

If the new rules are adopted, a four-month period is expected before they go into effect.

About a third of Snohomish County cities have similar policies.

Mill Creek: Seeks Design Review Board member

The city of Mill Creek is looking for a volunteer for the Design Review Board. The term expires Aug. 31, 2017.

The board meets on the third Thursday of each month at 5:15 p.m. Members make urban design decisions to promote visual quality throughout the city. The board reviews all site plans, building elevations, landscaping and monument signs for residential, industrial and commercial developments.

The city is seeking board members with architecture, landscape or planning backgrounds.

Letters of interest to should be sent to Sherrie Ringstad at the city of Mill Creek, 15728 Main St., Mill Creek, WA 98012. They can also be delivered to City Hall no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Whidbey Island: Drug info for parents

A community meeting is planned for parents to learn about teen drug use at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Oak Harbor High School.

Topics will include drug abuse and addiction, signs that parents miss, what to do if a teen is addicted and how to prevent addiction.

For more information, contact the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

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