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  • Sun Apr 18th, 2010 10:02pm
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Clearview: Merger meeting for fire districts planned

Elected leaders of Snohomish County fire districts 1 and 7 plan to continue merger discussions at a 7 p.m. meeting today at District 7 headquarters, 8010 180th St. SE.

The two fire districts have discussed a merger before. This latest round of talks began in March.

Fire District 1 serves more than 200,000 people in the county’ south and Fire District 7 serves about 60,000 living in mostly rural sections of the county’s southeast.

Everett: Play golf, support a student

The North Everett Lions Club plans to host a mini-golf event to raise money for scholarships at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2820 Oakes Ave. The club will provide food, drinks and equipment for its outdoor course.

The club is looking for sponsors who will contribute $100 for each hole. “Hole sponsors” can decorate their course hole with items from their business or personal interest. Sponsors can also use the course for an event or party during the year.

More info: Barry Martin, 425-257-8355.

Mill Creek: ‘Father’ of Town Center to retire

Bill Trimm, Mill Creek’s community development director and a key force behind the creation of its Town Center, plans to retire June 30.

Trimm joined the city in 1988.

“Bill’s unwavering vision for Mill Creek has blessed this community with first-class residential and commercial developments, and an enviable array of parks and trail,” Mayor Mike Todd said in a statement.

“Bill is probably best known as the father of Town Center — a testament to Bill’s tireless efforts to explore the options and work with partners to realize a focal point for our city and for the surrounding area,” Todd said.

Before coming to Mill Creek, Trimm was director of planning for a Vancouver, B.C., urban planning and design firm. From 1982 to ’86, he was Whatcom County’s planning director.

“The community has been very fortunate to have had Bill’s planning leadership for the past two decades,” City Manager Tim Burns said in a statement.

“He has been a longtime advocate for walkable communities and ‘smart’ economic development. He will be sorely missed by all who worked with him, including myself,” Burns said.

Mountlake Terrace: Leave of absence for city councilwoman

The Mountlake Terrace City Council voted to approve a health-related leave of absence for Councilwoman Michelle Robles through June 1, following a number of absences from council meetings and work sessions. Robles has been present at seven of the last 13 meetings, according to the City Clerk’s office.

“I hope that she will take the time off and come back as an ever-more valued member,” Councilwoman Kyoko Matsumoto Wright said.

Councilman John Zambrano, the lone dissenting vote, pointed out that he could not support a leave of absence with pay until council was presented with documentation akin to a doctor’s note. “We all have personal problems. I take serious my representation of the people who elected me,” he said.

“Three years ago we did give her a leave,” Mayor Jerry Smith said. “This is the last one I will give her.”