This week in history - from The Arlington Times archives

10 years ago 1996

The Arlington School District board voted Monday to both purchase 180 acres of the Boettcher property as well as to pursue a special election for a bond issue for educational modernization. The vote was unanimous on both votes. School Superintendent Linda Byrnes was originally authorized on Oct. 14 to pursue negotiations to purchase as much of the Boettcher property at a fair and reasonable price. An agreement was reached on 180 acres for $3 million which works out to $17,000 an acre. The school district will own this property whether or not the bond issue is passed by the voters. And if the bond issue is rejected they will be farming out there, according to board member Steve Peterson. The board withheld a final vote on the bond resolution until tonight so that counsel could fine-tune the language. The board will meeting tonight to consider Resolution 96-11, which describes certain capital improvements to be made to its educational facilities and providing for the issuance of not to exceed $41 million principal amount of general obligation and providing for the submission of the proposition of incurring such indebtedness to the qualified electors at a special election to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997. The bond issue will not be just for the construction of a new high school although that will be where the majority of the money will be spent. The rest will be spent on modernizing some of the districts other buildings especially at Presidents Elementary School. The board said that they have to look to the future and not leave the next board in the lurch like this board was left coming in by previous boards who did not move on this problem.

Mayor Bob Kraski and members of the city street committee met with residents of South Olympic Avenue last Wednesday to discuss the planned extension of Olympic Avenue through to 204th Street. The extension was part of an agreement with Safeway, the city and the developer, Grant Jensen, when the grocery company decided to build a new store on land south of Oso Lumber. The citys street committee studied nine options for continuing Olympic Avenue south and chose one which required the removal of the house located directly opposite the current end of Olympic Avenue owned by Bill and Sylvia Krause. Other options would leave a jog in Olympic Avenue. The chosen option is completely inadequate, said property owner Sylvia Krause. While that option would largely prevent a jog in the street, there would be limited space in front of the two other houses that are aligned with Olympic Avenue. Special restrictions, such as no parking, would be required. Residents in the area are unhappy about not being included in the decision and other issues around the realignment, explained Krause. The correct option, said Krause, is option No. 10, which had not been considered prior to last Wednesdays meeting, is for the city to acquire all three houses and do the job properly, said Krause. The city identified the Jensen farm for commercial growth in its early growth management hearings in 1990, explained Burkholder. It was decided at that time that south Olympic Avenue would be the corridor to the new commercial district, he said.

25 years ago 1981

Dave Duskin, Arlington, failed to persuade the county Community Block Grant advisory committee to extend the Stillaguamish Parks and Recreation Districts block grant. Without the extension, the recreation district loses its $100,000 block grant at the end of 1981, said Duskin, recreation district chairman. The district sought a 90-day extension, effective Jan. 1, to allow the district commissioners time to formulate a project for the funds. Duskin went before the Technical Advisory Commission for the Community Block Grant Program last week who rejected the proposal. George Sherwin, the Snohomish County Planning Department director, spoke against the extension so the money would go back into the general block grant fund, Duskin said. This would give the county an opportunity to receive the $100,000 for projects. The district planned to use the $100,000 for the purchase of land for an Arlington community swimming pool it proposed for the Nov. 3 general election. The Stillaguamish Recreation District sought the approval of a community swimming pool in Arlington through the passage of a $1.735 million bond issue and a 15-cents per $1,000 levy. Arlington area voters failed to give the measures the 60 percent supermajority needed. The bond issue went down to defeat 1,202 (no) and 764 (yes). The levy was defeated by a similar 1,251 (no) and 705 (yes). The district hasnt met since the extension request was denied. Although the district lost the chance for an extension, Duskin tried to persuade the advisory committee to keep the funds in the Arlington area. He recommended that the $100,000 be diverted to the county parks department for work at the Twin Rivers Park, on the west side of Lincoln Bridge, in Arlington. The county needs $50,000 to install restrooms at the park. Their funds dwindled after a waterline was extended to the park from the city. The county requested further funding from HUD and the recreation districts proposal to transfer its funds to the project may help the countys case, Duskin said in a Times article before meeting with the advisory committee. The remaining $50,000 not used in the restrooms installation, Duskin hopes, would be used for constructing backstops and additional parking so its not lost to another area. One option is still open to the district for acquiring funds to construct a facility in Arlington. If a precinct breakdown of the Nov. 3 general election shows Arlington voters favor a community facility, the recreation district could propose forming a Limited Improvement District. Then Arlington residents could vote to approve a facility bond issue during a special election this spring. The tax burden would be greater, but a facility smaller than the pool proposal could be designed. Along with the indoor swimming pool, the pool proposal included a Jacuzzi, whirlpool, racquetball courts (three) and a multipurpose room. The recreation district determined that pools breaking even financially have other activities complementing a pool, like racquetball courts. The extras stuck the proposal with a big price tag.

50 years ago 1956

Facing a serious problem in the sewer situation that confronts the town, the members of the City Council Monday night discussed the various phases of the problem and the high cost of providing an adequate sewer system to care for storm waters, sanitary sewers and treatment plant. Attorney J.P. Mathews Jr., had some correspondence with the Associated Cities of Washington on the subject, and information on how other cities had handled the question. It was also learned that there are certain federal funds that might be available for the planning and construction of a treatment plant, which is a necessity in connection with sanitary sewer system. Mayor Ellis, in discussing the problem stated the plans had previously been submitted b the engineering firm of Parker & Hill, involving the three projects, which present what had been felt to be too costly a project for the community. He said that there had recently been suggestions that the sanitary and storm sewer systems could be combined and through a system of gates or by-passes, during storms when the river would be running in considerable volume the system could by-pass the treatment plant and the sewage would not be considered serious. This would eliminate the necessity of a special storm sewer system. It is understood that efficiency of a sewage tratment plant would be impaired with the introduction of too great a volume of storm water.

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