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  • Monday, March 3, 2008 6:53am

Lynnwood finance director departs

Mike Bailey recently resigned as Lynnwood’s finance director. He accepted a position as Finance and Information Services Administrator for the city of Renton. His last day on the job in Lynnwood is Aug. 31.

The City Council is considering how and when the city will find a new finance director.

Terrace to decide golf course deal

Mountlake Terrace city officials are expected to award an interim maintenance contract to Tyrone and Carol Hardy of Everett on Monday, Aug. 22, for the Ballinger Lake Golf Course, which the city owns.

Officials are seeking a short-term operator for the golf course through March 31, to be followed by a long-term operator beginning April 1.

Tyrone, 39, a Professional Golfers Association member, has about 10 years of experience as a golf professional. He has been head golf pro at Kayak Point Golf Course of Stanwood and Walter Hall Memorial Golf Course in Everett as well as assistant golf pro at Echo Falls Golf Course in Snohomish.

Carol Hardy, 39, is a property manager at Everett’s Housing Hope, a non-profit organization that provides low income and transitional housing. The couple got married at Ballinger Lake Golf Course on Sept. 2, 1995.

The golf course closed in January after the previous operator Ballinger Recreation, Inc. (BRI) defaulted on its loan payments with two banks. The city signed a settlement and release agreement in July with Redmond National Bank and Shoreline Bank, which had acquired a leasehold interest in the property, and started looking for a new operator.

Terrace approves sidewalk project

In a 5-to-2 vote on Monday, the Mountlake Terrace City Council approved a roughly $190,000 contract to build sidewalks, three parking spaces and a planter along 60th Avenue, west of Veterans Park as well as a gravel trail through the park to a bird watching vantage south of the Mountlake Terrace Police Station.

Mayor Jerry Smith, Councilwoman Jamie Gravelle, Councilwoman Michelle Robles, Councilman Doug Wittinger and Councilman John Zambrano voted yes. Councilwoman Laura Sonmore and Councilwoman Angela Amundson voted no.

The council reconsidered the project when residents complained the project will disturb the wildlife and trees in Veterans Park and put sidewalks on a dead end street rarely used by pedestrians. If the city canceled the project, it would have resulted in returning a $127,000 Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant.

Lynnwood OKs $30,000 sewer fix

City workers quickly replaced a worn part at the Lynnwood Wastewater Treatment Plant Lift Station on Aug. 2 and prevented a spill. During the repair, workers noticed several parts are corroded and need to be replaced to avoid a system failure.

On Monday, the Lynnwood City Council authorized a contract with Gary Harper Construction of Redmond for the repair, which should not exceed $30,000.

Tip an officer, help Special Olympics

Lynnwood Police officers exchange badges for aprons all in the name of Special Olympics this month. Members of the Lynnwood Police Department will be volunteering as “celebrity waiters” at the Alderwood Red Robin from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

Come by and say hello to the officers and help raise money for a good cause.

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