Search for new city manager takes shape

Jan 18, 2019

The city manager job description and application are posted on the City’s and recruiter’s web sites.  Our preferred candidate should be selected by March 29.  Mill Creek needs a full time city manager and we are working to get a new person on board as soon as feasible.  Applications are being accepted until Feb. 18. There will be an open house for the public to meet the finalists and share comments.  I’ll keep you posted on the date and time.

Patience please

Mill Creek has 106 lane miles of roadway.  Each time there is a windstorm, our street sweeper goes out to clean up the mess.  It takes time to cover all 106 miles of roadway.  Plus – the debris the sweeper picks up is considered hazardous waste.  It can’t just be dumped in a compost pile.  A special and time-consuming disposal process is required.

Thank you for the excellent job our maintenance staff is doing cleaning up our streets after each storm event.  Please be patient until they can get to your neighborhood.

Reconsideration

I’m pleased the City is reconsidering participation with the social media site Nextdoor.  I read it almost daily to see what our Mill Creek neighbors are talking about.  Due to issues with public records, I personally do not post on Nextdoor.

Recently a resident of The Parks posted about a pothole on 164th.  After contacting the interim city manager, the hole was repaired in one day.  Thanks to staff for their quick action.  Because the repair is temporary, I’ve been assured staff will monitor the condition of the hole until a permanent fix can be done when the weather improves.

The City is on Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Adding Next Door will give us one more window into community comments.  It only takes 3 to 5 minutes each day to read Nextdoor, so it’s really not a large increase on the workload we request from our staff.

That all said … anyone can and should go to the City’s web site and let us know about problems like this pothole, missing signs, maintenance issues, etc.  Just click on “Requests and Feedback.”  Help us to help you.

Scholarship opportunity

The City of Mill Creek is still accepting applications to find its nominee for the Association of Washington Cities Center for Quality Communities Scholarship. Each city and town within Washington State can nominate one student for the annual scholarship. Six $1,000 scholarships will be awarded across the state to high school students who plan to pursue a post-secondary degree in fall 2019.

In addition to competing for one of the $1,000 scholarships, the nominee chosen by the City of Mill Creek will receive a $500 scholarship from the City. All scholarship funds will be sent directly to the institution that the nominee attends in 2019.

The application deadline is Friday, February 1, 2019.

For more information, please visit the city web site at www.cityofmillcreek.com.

 

This monthly column written by Mill Creek Mayor Pam Pruitt focuses on issues important to residents, as well as offering insight to what the City Council is up to. It reflects the personal views of the mayor and does not necessarily represent the opinions of the other members of the Mill Creek City Council.

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