The new website will move Mill Creek into the 21st Century

Nov 16, 2017

There’s a lot happening at Mill Creek City Hall. So let’s get started with the highlights.

Survival braclets

The Mill Creek Youth Advisory Board members created 500 paracord survival bracelets to be sent to troops as part of Operation Gratitude. Each bracelet can be unraveled in an emergency to provide the owner with 7.5 feet of 550 military strength paracord rope, which also has a capacity to hold 550 pounds. With 7.5 feet of rope, an experienced owner can perform many lifesaving techniques, which include making a makeshift shelter, hauling heavy objects, creating a harness for extracting an injured person or making a splint. Dissecting the rope into smaller strands could be used as thread for sewing gear, an emergency suture thread to close a wound, as fishing line or as a trip line to secure an area.

Thank you all so much for honoring our soldiers with your hard work!

Congratulations Senator Steve Hobbs

Our State Senator Steve Hobbs will be chairing the powerful Senate Transportation Committee in the next session.  Sen. Hobbs has been a good friend to Mill Creek and Snohomish County.  He first helped Mill Creek secure a $4 million grant to pay for the $6 million repair to 35th Avenue.  He then helped us receive an additional $750,000 grant for our sinking road.  In large part because of Sen. Hobbs assistance, we will be able to repair 35th Avenue next summer.  Thank you Steve and congratulations on your new chairmanship!

Three clicks

Objectively, the City has had a miserable web site for many years.  Until the arrival of our Communications Director Joni Kirk we didn’t have anyone capable of taking on the massive task of updating the web site.  Joni, her team and a citizen’s advisory group went way beyond a mere update.  We are getting an entirely new design that actually works and will focus on being user friendly.

The city’s new web site is set to go live in just four weeks.  The councilmembers got a preview at our regular meeting on Tuesday night, Nov. 14.  The site was developed so that a user should be able to find information with no more than three clicks.  In addition, the will work on mobile devices and no app will be required.  And useful information will be more available to residents of our city.

There is more work to be done, but the results thus far are impressive!

Another grant for Mill Creek

The city of Mill Creek will be receiving a $50,000 stormwater capacity grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. The grant will assist the city in implementation and/or management of municipal stormwater National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements.  This will improve water quality in the city by reducing stormwater pollutants discharged to state water bodies.

According to City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto, additional projects may include public education and outreach activities, illicit discharge detection, removal and elimination. The money may also be used for staff training and development of policies. The council shares Rebecca’s praise of our City Engineer Kamal Mahmoud for preparing the grant application and supporting our goal of fiscal responsibility.

It wasn’t that long ago that Mill Creek didn’t apply for grants.  Council was told we didn’t qualify.  What a difference a new city manager and staff leadership team can make!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


This monthly column is written by Mill Creek Mayor Pam Pruitt and 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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