Motorcycle show, aquatic center on agenda in Snohomish

SNOHOMISH — The City Council is set to decide on two important issues Tuesday night.

The council expects to vote on whether to approve the return of a motorcycle show and whether the city should pay the water and sewer services for the Aquatic Center.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the George Gilbertson Boardroom, 1601 Ave. D.

The first issue on the agenda is the approval of the 2012 Antique and Classic Motorcycle Show for May 20. The show is organized by the Sky Valley chapter of the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education, or ABATE, which wants to return to Snohomish after a four-year absence.

The group left the city in 2009 after the city increased police costs for the event. ABATE held subsequent shows in Sultan and Everett.

The return was sparked in part by the city’s dismantling of its police department and contracting with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. That move reduces costs for police during the motorcycle show.

Snohomish Police Chief Lt. John Flood already has approved the contract with ABATE, City Manager Larry Bauman said.

“We look forward to having them back in the community,” Bauman said.

The group estimates the show will bring between 8,000 and 10,000 people to the downtown area.

On Tuesday, the council is scheduled to decide if the city should help the Snohomish School District build the Aquatic Center.

The council rejected a proposed agreement at its last meeting on a 4-3 vote. At the time, there were issues such as insurance, public access to the pool, and uncertainty about how much the city would pay.

The new proposed agreement requires the school district to provide city residents with a 20 percent discount on monthly and annual passes.

The school district also would be required to develop a system to release pool water during maintenance into the stormwater system, instead of into the city’s sewage system. Under that scenario, Snohomish in 2013 would pay $52,500 in sewer and water fees instead of $92,200.

Snohomish School District promised to build the Aquatic Center as part of a 2008 voter-approved bond. But the school district postponed construction because operating costs were higher than it expected.

Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez@heraldnet.com.

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