Civic Almanac

  • Tue Feb 9th, 2010 8:11pm

Stevens Hospital CEO Michael Carter has been named a finalist for a local magazine’s health care leadership honor.

I-5 Lane closures in South County

Construction of a pedestrian overpass, from the I-5 median to the Mountlake Terrace freeway station parking structure, will cause crews to close lanes of northbound I-5 from 244th Street Southwest to 220th Street Southwest. The closure will begin at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 and Feb. 11. Crews will also close the on-ramp from SR 104 to northbound I-5. All lanes and ramps will reopen by 6 a.m. the following morning.

In Lynnwood, the 44th Avenue West pedestrian bridge project will create daytime closures on the on-ramp from 44th Avenue West to southbound I-5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Feb. 10 and Feb. 11 the HOV lane will be closed and on Feb. 12 the general purpose lane of the on-ramp will be closed along with the left-turn lane from northbound 44th Avenue West to southbound I-5. Drivers will be detoured to 196th Street to U-turn and travel southbound on 44th Avenue W. to access the southbound I-5 on-ramp at 37th Avenue West.

CT adjusts for holiday

Due to anticipated lower demand for commuter service on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 15, some Community Transit commuter routes serving downtown Seattle will have reduced service that day.

All local service will operate on regular weekday schedules. All service to the University District also will operate on its regular schedule.

The RideStore and Customer Information Services also will be closed on the holiday. Both will return to regular hours on Feb. 16.

Trips on routes with reduced service are marked with the letter “H” in the Bus Plus schedule books in addition to Route 477, starting in Brier at 6:30 and 6:55 a.m. and starting in downtown Seattle 4:53 p.m.

Community Transit’s Bus Plus books provide complete schedule information. For more information about bus routes, go to or call 425-353-RIDE.

Even out electric bills

Snohomish County PUD offers a way for customers to even out the difference between higher winter electricity bills and lower summer bills.

The utility’s popular Budget Payment Plan is designed to make bill paying easier with equal payments each month throughout the year. The plan is available at any time of the year to customers with a zero balance.

Customers may apply for the payment plan by phone or in person at any PUD office. Customer service representatives are available to answer questions. For more information, call the PUD Customer Service Department at 425-783-1000.

There’s an ‘app’ for that

Mountlake Terrace has launched MLTAnytime, a free iPhone Application that allows residents to report code violations and concerns. From potholes and barking dogs to illegally parked cars, violations can be reported to officers by opening the application, selecting an issue, taking a picture and submitting it. The application knows the exact location and sends the issue directly to the staff member who can respond to the concern. The GPS and camera features built into the iPhone make it simple for residents to alert city officials about a variety of issues around the clock. This free iPhone application can be downloaded from the iPhone App Store by searching for GORequest, or by clicking on the MLT Anytime icon on the city’s Web site,


Stevens head nominated as hero

Michael Carter, FACHE, Stevens Hospital president and CEO, has been named a finalist in Seattle Business magazine’s Leaders in Health Care 2010 salute to Washington health care heroes. Carter is nominated in the Outstanding Health Care Executive category.

“I owe this nomination to the 1,443 employees of Stevens Hospital and to the 562 physicians who are part of our medical staff,” said Carter. “You don’t get to be an outstanding health care leader without the support of great employees and physicians like the dedicated, caring team at Stevens. It’s because of them that I’m being honored as a finalist for this prestigious award from Seattle Business magazine.”

Carter assumed the helm at Stevens Hospital three years ago.

Restaurants honored

Six Snohomish County food establishments were recognized Feb. 9 for excellent food safety practices, including two businesses in South County cities. Jose Alfredo Barajas, owner and manager of Ixtapa, Lynnwood, was selected in the full service category; and Gil and Young Ha, owners and managers of U-Kawa Teriyaki, Mill Creek, were selected in the fast service category.

The program serves as a positive reinforcement of its restaurant and food service inspection program. A 24-member food advisory panel of industry peers considered 22 food service establishments nominated by health district inspectors. The panel includes restaurant owners, operators and chefs.

Business briefs

• Business partners David and Rani Bal celebrated the one-year anniversary of their Signs Now center, located in Mill Creek. As part of the celebration, open house guests were given a tour of the facilities.

• Steve’s Plumbing, LLC will donate $5 from each service call this year to The Alderwood Boys &Girls Club. For more information, contact Steve or Rachel Egner at or 425-774-0483.

• 2nd Thursday Connect. South Snohomish County Chamber networking event. Thursday, Feb. 11. For details, visit

• Mountlake Terrace Business Association meets 11:30 a.m., Feb. 17 at The Creekside Church, 7011 226th Place SW. Lunch is $7.

• The Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce’s networking breakfast is held every Wednesday morning, 7:30 a.m. at Fairwinds-Brighton Court, 6520 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. The event is free to attend. Breakfast can be ordered for $8. For more information call 425-670-1496.

Lynnwood photo contest

In celebration of Lynnwood’s 50th anniversary, the city is sponsoring a “Why I Love Lynnwood” photo contest. This contest is free to enter and is open to people of all ages, living in or outside of Lynnwood. Photos must be no older than 24 months and must have been taken within Lynnwood city limits. To enter the contest, visit The winner will receive $100 and their photo will be displayed at the 50th Birthday Celebration closing ceremony in April.

MLT infrastructure project

Mountlake Terrace council has awarded a contract for the 230th Street Southwest Reconstruction Project between 56th and 61st to Bellevue-based Tri-State Construction.

The 230th Street Southwest Reconstruction Project will completely rebuild the existing graveled shouldered two-lane roadway from 56th Avenue West to the 228th Street Southwest bridge over Interstate 5. The new street will provide two vehicle travel lanes, two bike lanes, intermittent parking lanes, sidewalks on both sides, drainage improvements and a new water main. The project will feature sidewalk ramps, a revised street profile at 61st Avenue to improve sight distance, wider sidewalks at bus stops, and new pavement markings.

The project is expected to begin in March and be completed in August.

CT leadership selected

The Community Transit Board of Directors selected Snohomish County Council Chairman Dave Gossett as the chairman of the agency’s board at its meeting Feb. 4. Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine was chosen as vice chair and Mill Creek Mayor Mike Todd was selected secretary.

The three will lead the new Community Transit Board, made up of elected officials selected in January from the agency’s member cities. Other board members include Lynnwood City Councilman Ted Hikel, Mountlake Terrace Mayor Jerry Smith, Snohomish County Councilman Mike Cooper, Stanwood Mayor Dianne White, Sultan City Councilman Steve Slawson and Marysville City Councilman Jon Nehring.

Board alternates are Edmonds City Council President Steve Bernheim, Arlington City Councilman Chris Raezer, Monroe City Councilman John Stima, Snohomish City Councilman Tom Hamilton and Snohomish County Councilman Dave Somers.


• The city of Edmonds is accepting applications for the Public Facilities District Board, which is responsible for operating the Edmonds Center for the Arts. The member appointed to fill the open position will be based on recommendations received from local organizations including the chamber of commerce, economic development council and labor council. The position is City Council-appointed. Applicants do not need to reside in the city of Edmonds. Application, résumé and letter of support must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. Applications are available at City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave. N, or contact Cindi Cruz at 425-775-7724 or e-mail Applications are also online at under City Government/Boards &Commissions.

• The city of Mountlake Terrace is recruiting a citizen to fill a vacancy on the Neighborhood Parks Improvement Subcommittee for Evergreen Play Area. NPIS representatives must live within a half mile of the park. The current vacant term for Evergreen Play Area runs through the end of 2011. For an application or more information, contact Parks and Facilities Superintendent Ken Courtmanch, 425-776-1811, or online at, click For Residents/Advisory Boards &Commissions.

• The Edmonds Sister City commission is accepting applications from adults interested in co-leading the annual student visit to Japan for the last two weeks of July. Chaperones stay with a host family in Hekinan and travel costs are paid by the commission. For an application packet, go to Exchange Programs. Packets are also available at the Anderson Center, 700 Main St. For more information, call 425-771-0230. Application deadline is Feb. 22.



Alderwood Water District Board of Commissioners, 5 p.m., Feb. 15, 3626 156 St. SW, Lynnwood.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 Board of Commissioners, 7 p.m. Feb. 16, 12425 Meridian Ave., Everett.

Snohomish County Public Facilities District, 3-5 p.m., Feb. 18, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., 3rd Floor Willis Tucker Room, Everett.

Snohomish County Public Utility District, Commission Meeting, 9 a.m. Feb.16, 2320 California St., Everett.


Edmonds City Council, 7 p.m. Feb. 16. Council Chambers, 250 Fifth Ave. N. On the agenda: Report on the city’s Web site, report on council committee meetings. Broadcast on Channel 21 at noon and 7 p.m. the following Wednesday, noon on Friday and Monday.

Hearing Examiner, 3 p.m., Feb. 18, Council Chambers, 250 Fifth Ave. N.

Edmonds Cemetery Board, 4 p.m., Feb. 18, Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St.

Edmonds Library Board, 6 p.m., Feb. 15, library conference room, 650 Main St.

Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission, 4:30 p.m., Feb. 11, Brackett Room, 3rd floor, City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave. N.

Edmonds Economic Development Commission, 6 p.m., Feb. 17, Brackett Room, City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave. N.


Lynnwood Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Feb. 11, City Hall Council Chambers, 19100 44th Ave. W.

Lynnwood Neighborhoods &Demographic Diversity Advisory, 6 p.m., Feb. 16, Fire Station 15, 18800 44th Ave. W.

Lynnwood Historical Commission, 7 p.m., Feb. 16, City Hall Conference Rooms, 19100 44th Ave. W.

Lynnwood Tourism Advisory Committee, 7:30-9 a.m., Feb. 11, City Hall Conference Rooms, 19100 44th Ave. W.


Mountlake Terrace City Council, 7 p.m., Feb. 15, Council Chambers, 6100 219th St. SW, Suite 200. Audio available at

Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission, 7 p.m., Feb. 16, Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th St. SW.

Mountlake Terrace Library Board, 5:30 p.m., Feb. 17, Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W.


Mill Creek Civil Service Commission, 5:30 p.m., Feb. 11, City Hall, 15728 Main St.

Mill Creek Design Review Board, 5:15 p.m., Feb. 18, City Hall, 15728 Main St.

Mill Creek Planning Commission, Feb. 18, cancelled.

Youth Advisory Board, 3:30 p.m., Feb. 17, City Hall, 15728 Main St. For more information, call 425-921-5779.


Brier Planning Commission, 7 p.m., Feb. 17, Council Chambers, 2901 228th St. SW.


Woodway Town Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, Town Hall, 23920 113th Pl. W.