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10 years ago 1996

Four sites in Marysville, Smokey Point and south Arlington are the finalists in a property search for Snohomish Countys planned jail. While the jail will be built for 300-500 inmates, the county plans to expand it to a 1,000-bed facility in the future, said Richard Smith, director of the county executives office. That way it wont be necessary to go through the siting process again, Smith said. A siting committee narrowed the list of 14 proposed sites down to five. The fifth site, located in the city of Snohomish, was recently dropped because of zoning. That leaves four properties: the 13-acre site at the former Hewlett Packard building between Marysville and Tulalip; two 15- and 17-acre sites in Smokey Point, near 152nd and 162nd streets; and one 24-acre site in south Arlington, near the county transfer station. No one wants a new jail, but we need one, said County Executive Bob Drewel, who recommended environmental impact statements for the four properties. Stiffer state laws and state sentencing guidelines have caused the number of inmates in the county jail to explode. The new facility will house minimum-to-medium security inmates from around the county, relieving overcrowding at Everetts 500-bed county jail. It will double as a regional booking and holding facility, allowing city police and county deputies to return to duty, rather than having to transport prisoners to Everett. Individuals needing maximum security may be booked into the facility, but will be transferred to the maximum-security facility in Everett. The majority of offenders will be low-risk model prisoners, Smith said, serving sentences of less than one year for crimes like drunk driving, domestic violence and malicious mischief. The Hewlett Packard site is near the Marysville School Districts Elementary School No. 10 on the Tulalip Reservation, scheduled to open next fall. The Smokey Point sites are near the district-owned youth soccer fields at 152nd Street. This property is slated for elementary and secondary schools in the near future. Proximity to schools, day cares and other vulnerable populations will carry weight in the EIS process, Smith said. During the EIS, the consultant will hold public hearings for each of the four sites. The consultant will then make a final recommendation to the County Council by next summer, Smith said. The next step is to find the money, Smith said.

25 years ago 1981

Without an extension the Stillaguamish Parks and Recreation District loses its $100,000 HUD block grant at the end of 1981. In an effort to retain the funds until a project to spend the money is decided, the recreation district will seek a 90-day extension form the HUD Technical Advisory Committee, said Dave Duskin, recreation district chairman. The district planned to use the $100,000 for the purchase of land for the 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 passing of a $1.75 million bond issue and a 15-cent per $1,000 levy. Area voters failed to give the measure the needed 60 percent supermajority vote. The bond issue went down to defeat 1,202 (no) and 764 (yes). The levy was defeated by a similar count, 1,251 (no) and 705 (yes). At the Nov. 12 recreation district meeting the mood of the members was to acquire an extension and determine what the community would like built, Duskin said. If an extension is acquired the recreation district would like to construct a multipurpose meeting facility in Arlington a facility groups can hold dances and meetings in, also possibly basketball for the Arlington Boys Club, Duskin said. The need for such a facility arose when the boys club lost its original building on Division Street. In addition to the HUD funds, the recreation district received an anonymous donation to help construct a community facility. The funds are in stocks and their value is unknown to Duskin. If an extension is denied, Duskin would like to get the HUD Technical Committee to divert the $100,000 to the countrys Twin River Park project, located past the Lincoln Bridge. This would keep the money in the area, Duskin said. The county needs $50,000 to install restrooms in the park. Their funds ran out after a waterline was extended to the park from the city. The county has requested further funding from HUD and the recreation districts proposal to transfer its funds to the project may help the countys case, Duskin said. The remaining $50,000 not used in the restroom installation Duskin hopes would be used for constructing backstops and additional parking so its not lost to another area. In 1977 the recreation district conducted a poll of area residents and learned they would approved a bond issue for a swimming pool. But between 1977 and 1981 a big change occurred, Duskin said. He credits the defeat of the bond issue to a bad economy and the several tax issues on the ballot, causing a heavy turnout of anti-tax voters. We didnt get the message across, Duskin said about the pool bond issue and levy. Voters didnt understand why the proposal included more than the pool. Along with the indoor swimming pool, the proposed facility included a Jacuzzi, whirlpool, racquetball courts (three) and a multipurpose room. The extras gave the proposal a big price tag, but much under it and you get a facility that cost more in maintenance, Duskin said. At the Dec. 3 recreation district meeting the commissioners will discuss its options and ways to possibly acquire additional funds, enabling the construction of a facility in Arlington.

50 years ago 1956

Earl Greathouse, local Standard Oil distributor, announced this week that he has a new secretary guaranteed not to talk back, or make a mistake. This Electronic Secretary, as the gadget us billed, politely answers all office phone calls in the boss absence, and records messages electronically. Although the Secretary speaks in a soothing feminine voice, it wont do any good to ask questions, because she doesnt give out answers. The boss will do that when he gets back to the office, and runs off the recorded messages.

At the Arlington-Edmonds football game the time clock on the scoreboard was dedicated as a memorial to the late Dick Lindquist, a former high school athlete. The fund for the clock was provided by the Dick Lindquist Memorial Fund. The Arlington Lions provided the scoreboard.

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