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Forum tonight to discuss proposed aquatic center cancelled

Plans to discuss a new, multi-use aquatic center in the Northshore Parks and Recreation Service Area at a public meeting tonight have been canceled due to bad weather.

The meeting will now take place at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell. The community meetings scheduled for later this week in Woodinville and Kenmore remain unchanged.

During the forums, people can comment on where they’d like to see the center built, as well as what the center could include.

More information: 425-486-8153.


Marshland study will look at restoration, recreation

The Everett City council this week approved a plan to study more than 1,000 acres of marshland along the Snohomish River east of Lowell-Larimer Road for possible restoration.

The city owns hundreds of acres of river floodplain and earlier proposed building a golf course, sports fields, trails and a climbing rock. The city’s plans were challenged and placed on hold.

The council has agreed to pay Anchor Environmental of Seattle $199,000 to complete the study, which will include recommendations for projects related to wetlands, habitat, recreation and other purposes. The state Department of Ecology awarded Everett a grant to cover the study. The environmental analysis is part of a settlement between the city and the Washington Environmental Council and the Everett Shoreline Coalition.

Lake Stevens

Parks work plan for year to be discussed tonight

The Lake Stevens City Council is scheduled to consider approving a work plan for parks for 2008 at its meeting tonight.

The plan, proposed by the city Park Board, sets priorities for parks projects for the coming year.

The meeting is 7 p.m. at the Lake Stevens School District Educational Services Center, 12309 22nd Street NE.

More information: 425-334-1012.


Council discusses parking changes

Possible changes to the city’s rules on off-street parking lots are planned to be discussed by the Lynnwood City Council.

The council is scheduled to discuss off-street parking regulations at its meeting scheduled for 7 tonight at City Hall at 19100 44th Ave W.

Rules being discussed include whether parking lots can be used for storage, how far offsite parking can be from businesses and the type of paving required.

More information: Go to the city’s Web site at


Meeting discusses programs for farmers

U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has scheduled a town meeting to discuss farm disaster assistance programs at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Monroe fire hall, 163 Village Court.

The meetings are for crop and livestock producers. David Unruh, of the farm service agency, is expected to provide an overview on several programs available in the Snohomish and North King County areas. Farmers who suffered damage because of flooding and winter storms may benefit from those programs.

More info: 425-334-3131, ext. 2.


Last chance to apply for open City Council seat

Today is the last day to apply for the open seat on the Mukilteo City Council, left vacant when Marko Liias was appointed to the Legislature.

Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. today at City Hall at 4480 Chennault Beach Road.

The City Council plans to interview applicants on Feb. 11, and to swear in the new council member on Feb. 19.

To get an application, call 425-355-4141, ext. 234, or go to the city’s Web site at


Idaho man in line for police chief’s job

Mayor Carolyn Eslick said she expects to offer a police chief job to Charles Dennis, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, if Dennis passes all the employment tests.

Sultan residents met with Dennis on Jan. 12 and seemed to favor him over the other finalist, she said.

The new chief will replace Fred Walser, who resigned last year.

More info: 360-793-2231.

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