Council finalizes plans for Farmers Market, first-ever Mill Creek Days

Seniors allotted extra space at Vintage Community
By Dan Aznoff | Feb 01, 2019
Courtesy of: City of Mill Creek The City of Mill Creek will be part of more than 20 events during 2019 that highlight the quality of life in this corner of South Snohomish County. Two of the holdovers from past years include the Party in the Park and the annual Memorial Day Parade on Main Street from Town Center to City Hall. Plans also call for Celebrate Your Community over two weekends in May are slated to culminated with a Day of Hope.

Seniors in Mill Creek will soon have some extra room for their growing list of activities.

City Council members voted unanimously to boost the space dedicated to the Mill Creek Senior Center by almost 20 percent. It’s on the ground floor of Vintage Adult Community on 132nd Street SE in the northeast corner of the city.

The extra 500 square feet comes from space that had been reserved for a second precinct for the Mill Creek Police Department. According to a spokesperson for the city, the police have not yet developed a need for the additional space.

The council also gave its final approval to the proposed calendar of city-sponsored events introduced by Marketing and Tourism Manager Joni Kirk at the Jan. 8 council meeting.

The list of events was highlighted by a new event named Mill Creek Days, scheduled this year May 11-18. The two weekends of activities will begin with a community fitness activity Saturday morning, May 11, followed by a Wine and Art Walk that evening at Town Center.

The week of activities are scheduled to have many of the businesses based in the city, including a day dedicated to health care, a finance day and a car show. The festivities will continue May 17 with a parade and a “Celebrate Your Community” themed event. The week will conclude with “The Day of Hope,” hosted by Gold Creek Church on Saturday, May 18.

The council also authorized activities for Memorial Day recommended by staff, beginning with a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial led by a local group comprised of family and friends of military personnel – called Fallen Soldiers – who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

After an extended discussion, members of the council voted to keep the city’s Memorial Day parade as part of the city’s salute to fallen veterans.

In other council action, staff recommendations for the second year of the Mill Creek Farmers Market were approved, moving the day and time of the weekly event in the parking lot of City Hall North.

The changes were recommended to accommodate many of the vendors, as well as guarantee a consistent supply of fresh produce for consumers.

The change in day and time, according to Kirk, will eliminate competition from other markets in Snohomish County, as well as established venues in communities in King County.

Residents who shared their opinions about the proposed development The Farm took up the majority of the audience participation portion of the meeting. The council is scheduled to discuss the proposed land use Feb. 12.

In routine business, the council approved an interlocal agreement for emergency management services with Snohomish County.

Each councilmember was then asked to recruit one member of the community to serve on the interview panel for the new city manager.

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