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Comment on waterfront redevelopment plan

The public is invited to comment on plans to redevelop the waterfront in downtown Edmonds at a public hearing planned for today’s Edmonds City Council meeting.

The meeting is 7 p.m. at the Public Safety Complex, 250 Fifth Ave. N.

City officials are working with landowners on plans to redevelop the antique mall, Harbor Square and Skippers restaurant properties. The City Council heard a presentation on the redevelopment efforts at its most recent meeting.

More info: agenda.ci.edmonds.wa.us/agenda_publish.cfm.


Hearing set on towers in Snohomish valley

A Snohomish County hearing examiner is set to hold a hearing on proposed radio towers in the Snohomish River Valley at 9 a.m. today at the county administration building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. The hearing aims to address potential health impacts of the project.

The county already approved four of the six towers, which now need federal construction permits. The two other towers won’t get a county permit until any potential health risks cited in a study are addressed. Five towers are expected to be 199 feet tall, and the other 349 feet tall.

Lake Stevens

Council members to visit meeting in Snohomish

Members of the Lake Stevens City Council are planning to attend a city of Snohomish community meeting Wednesday regarding the unincorporated area between the two cities.

The meeting is 7 p.m. in the Harvey Auditorium, Fire District 4, 1525 Ave. D, Snohomish.

Lake Stevens and Snohomish have each applied to Snohomish County to include an area north of U.S. 2 and west of Highway 9 in their respective growth areas.

More info: Snohomish at 360-568-3115, Lake Stevens at 425-334-1012.


Earth Walk event planned at Ebey park

An Earth Walk Adventure is planned for April 19 in Marysville.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ebey Waterfront Park, 1404 First St.

The free event is organized by the Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force, other environmental organizations and local governments.

Water-themed exhibits, birdwatching, walking tours, games and more are planned.

The Sierra Club, one of the sponsors, plans to show four short environmental films with free popcorn from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

More info: 360-363-8283.


Council discusses bond for roads

The City Council is set to discuss issuing a bond to pay for transportation projects in the city at 7 p.m. today at the council chambers, 806 W. Main St. The bond needs to be approved by voters in an election.

The city last year adopted its biggest transportation plan in history. The plan lists about 40 projects, valued at $43 million. They would improve intersections and add roads, sidewalks and bicycle lanes in the growing city of about 16,000 people.

More info: 360-794-7400.

Mountlake Terrace

City clerk ranked as state’s best

Virginia Olsen, city clerk and community relations manager for the city of Mountlake Terrace, was recently named the best clerk in the state by the Washington Municipal Clerk’s Association.

Olsen was chosen from more than 300 clerks statewide to be given the association’s prestigious Clerk of the Year Award for 2007-08. She received her award March 20 at the association’s annual conference in Wenatchee.

Along with Olsen’s family, a contingent of city officials including Mayor Jerry Smith, council members Michelle Robles and John Zambrano, and City Manager John Caulfield were on hand as she received her award.

“We are all so very pleased and proud of Virginia and thank (the clerk’s association) for recognizing her achievements and accomplishments this past year,” Smith said.

As city clerk, Olsen is responsible for handling all public information for the city, supporting the City Council and the city manager, coordinating with department managers and directing the city’s Community Information and Outreach Program. She also administers community grants and other funds, conducts recruitment for city advisory boards, and commissions and organizes special events.

Her other accomplishments include redesigning the city’s Web site and newsletter and implementing audio streaming for City Council and Planning Commission meetings.

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