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Reardon to deliver state-of-the-county address

Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon plans to deliver his annual state-of-the-county address at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The speech will focus on last year’s achievements and his goals for this year, including plans to preserve farmland, efforts to improve housing opportunities for residents, steps to reduce greenhouse gases and projects to protect community character while balancing new growth.

Reardon’s address is planned in the first-floor meeting room of the county’s administration building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.

Reardon was elected to a second term last year and this will be his fifth such speech.

More info: 425-388-3460.


Forum tackles downtown need for parking meters

City traffic engineers plan to discuss parking meters and other issues at “Parking 101,” a public workshop planned for noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Everett Station’s Weyerhaeuser Room, 3201 Smith Ave.

A free lunch is provided for attendees who RSVP to Sue Strickland with the Downtown Everett Association, 425-258-0700.

The city recently hired a consultant to develop strategies to make it more difficult for parking scofflaws to game the downtown parking system.

The result could be the reintroduction of parking meters, increasing fines for parking violations and high-tech tools to help parking enforcement officers do their jobs better.

More info: 425-257-8800.


Mayor discusses city’s accomplishments

Mayor Dennis Kendall delivered his state of the city address at a breakfast meeting of the Greater Marysville-Tulalip Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

Kendall highlighted the developments of the past year, including changes and additions to the police department, improvements for Fourth Street between 47th and 67th avenues NE, planning for the Whiskey Ridge-Sunnyside area, and annexation of the area once proposed for a NASCAR track.

Coming in 2008, Kendall said, are plans for a new Marysville civic campus, downtown and riverfront redevelopment, and the former NASCAR area.

More info: 360-363-8000.

Volunteer sought for commission

Applicants are being sought to fill a vacancy on Snohomish’s Civil Service Commission.

The vacancy was created when Ray Odgen, who served on the commission for more than seven years, resigned. A new member is expected to serve on the commission until June 6, 2012.

The commission aids in the hiring and other personnel practices for employees within the city’s police department. The commission also hears appeals or complaints regarding police personnel practices.

Application for the position are available at City Hall and may also be downloaded from the city’s Web site at www.ci.snohomish.wa.us.

The applications must be received by 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at City Hall, 116 Union Ave., Snohomish.

More info: 360-568-3115.


Fire District 1 board elects chairman

Snohomish County Fire District 1 commissioners elected Jim Kenny to serve as board chairman and Larry Hadland to serve as vice chairman for 2008.

Kenny has been a board member for 41/2 years and served as chairman of the board in 2005 and 2006. He was sworn in at the start of the Jan. 8 meeting to begin a new six-year term on the board after being re-elected by voters in November.

Kenny also was recently elected president of the Sno-Isle Fire Commissioners Association. He is an assistant city attorney with the Seattle City Attorney’s Office.

Hadland has been a board member for 10 years and served as chairman in 2007 and vice chairman in 2006. He is a paramedic with the Lynnwood Fire Department.

The board meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Fire District 1 Headquarters, 12425 Meridian Ave., Everett. Meetings are open to the public.

Fire District 1 provides fire and emergency medical services to the largest population in Snohomish County, serving more than 160,000 residents in the neighborhoods of Silver Firs, Eastmont, Mariner, Lake Serene, Picnic Point, Martha Lake, Lake Stickney, Norma Beach, Hilltop, Hilton Lake, Pioneer Trails and the cities of Mountlake Terrace and Brier.


City posts budget online

For the first time, the city has posted its annual budget on its Web site at www.ci.snohomish.wa.us. The city’s 2008 budget is expected to be healthy, with the region’s economy boosting sales tax revenue for the city.

This year, the city also expects to start receiving revenue from a new shopping center along Bickford Avenue. The city’s total operation budget is forecast to be about $17.4 million.

More info: 360-568-3115.


Public discussion on road improvements

People can discuss improvements to E. Riverside Drive at an open house planned for this week at the Northshore Senior Center.

The open house is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the senior center at 10201 E. Riverside Drive in Bothell.

The possible improvements to be discussed would make the road safer for pedestrians, as well as protect the road from flooding and erosion.

People who are unable to attend the meeting have until Friday to e-mail comments to Ronnie.bennett@ci.bothell.wa.us.

Mountlake Terrace

Stalking awareness class planned

A victim of domestic violence is planning to speak at a free stalking awareness class planned for the Mountlake Terrace Library.

The class is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the library at 23300 58th Ave. W.

Mountlake Terrace Domestic Violence Coordinator Danielle Singson is planning to lead the class, which is meant to educate the public about stalking laws.


Workshop set for downtown plan

The city encourages people to participate in a workshop for its downtown master plan and design guidelines from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Monroe School District’s administrative building, 200 E. Fremont St.

The downtown plan aims to revitalize the city’s downtown along Main Street, which used to be a commercial hub in the Skyko­mish Valley. City officials have held meetings and workshops on the plan with business people and area residents.

More info: 360-794-7400.

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