Council finalizes plans for Farmers Market

Senior Center allotted extra space at Vintage
By Dan Aznoff | Feb 01, 2019
Courtesy of: City of Mill Creek The City of Mill Creek will play a part in 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.

EDITORS NOTE: This is an updated version of the article that appeared in the Feb. 1 print version of The Beacon.

The City of Mill Creek will be part of more than 20 events during the calendar year that will highlight the quality of life in South Snohomish County.

Two of the holdovers from previous years will include the successful Party in the Park and the annual Memorial Day Parade on Main Street from Town Center to City Hall.

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

The council 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 a separate agenda item, City Council members voted unanimously to grant unused space dedicated to the Mill Creek Senior Center by almost 20 percent. The extra room is on the ground floor of Vintage Adult Community on 132nd Street SE in the northeast corner of the city.

The additional 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.

Senior Center Director Terry Schuler said the extra square footage will be utilized for additional classes and exercise programs at the center.

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.

The Farm, other business

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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