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This week in history - from The Arlington Times archives
10 years ago 1997
It took a little more than an hour for the Snohomish County Council to finish a fight thats been a decade in the making. The Council on Monday night agreed to draw the line between Arlington and Marysville based on a negotiated settlement proposed by the two cities and the Marysville Fire District nearly a year ago. Arlington gets the area east of I-5 and north of 164th Street NE, including Island Crossing, in its future annexation area as defined by the urban growth boundary. Marysville gets the area west of the freeway, including Lakewood and Lakewood Commons, as well as the area east of the freeway, south of 164th. I really just came to listen, Lakewood resident Phyllis McKenzie told the Council during the public testimony portion of the hearing. I just want to say its time to make a decision. Whatever you decide, at least we will be able to move forward. It was the same sentiment expressed by several in attendance. Theres a verse in the Bible that goes, How long, O Lord, how long? Thats the prayer some of property owners have been saying, said Arnold Peterson of Everett, who owns property along Smokey Point Boulevard, in what is now both Marysville and Arlington urban growth areas. Ive been to so many meetings over the years, Ive lost count, he said, also offering encouragement to the Council to make a decision one way or another. Lets get on with it, he said. No property buyer will put earnest money down when he doesnt know what jurisdiction he will be working with and where he will have to get a permit. Bruce Foster asked the Council to make a decision and adopt the boundaries with the exception of moving Arlingtons southern boundary to 152nd rather than the proposed 164th. The traditional boundary has always been 152nd. I realize that Marysville has a problem with access to the freeway, but its not a problem that cant be worked out. This dispute has carried on too long, he said. Opportunities have been lost to the community. No real estate transactions have occurred in the last four years. Many have looked at it, but are wary of getting involved in the dispute. Becky Foster also encouraged moving the boundary. Drawing the line at 164th doesnt make sense when the Arlington zip code starts at 152nd, as does the Smokey Point Boulevard Road Improvement District, she said. The majority of property owners in Midway want to be a part of Arlington, not Marysville, she said. Last year, Foster tied yellow ribbons up and down Smokey Point Boulevard in protest of Marysvilles refusal to grant new utility hookups to property owners who petitioned to annex into Arlington. Only a few yellow ribbons adorning the community of Midway remain, she told the Council. Our feelings of being held hostage are still very strong. The community of Midway has been treated shabbily at best. This is the ugliest display of politics imaginable. She encouraged the Council to right the wrong done by the legal maneuvering that followed the state Boundary Review Boards approval of the Smokey Point Annexation in December 1995. The Fosters request to change the boundary was considered in the short deliberation by the Council. Councilman Kirke Sievers proposed moving the boundary to 152nd, but it died for lack of a second. Councilwoman Karen Miller said she could not support moving the boundary which would change an agreement that so many people, referring to representatives of the two cities and the fire district, had worked through and negotiated. Councilmember John Garner admitted the process has been lengthy. I never thought Id see this day Kraski and Weiser standing side by side, he said, referring to the mayors of the two cities.
25 years ago 1982
It was down but not out for supporters of Cascade Valley Hospitals $7.38 million expansion and renovation program. A proposal to sell $6.5 million in bonds to finance the project was defeated by Hospital District No. 3 voters last week. Word of the bond vote loss had no sooner been received than proponents of the measure were committing themselves to try again, probably next February or March. The vote was 1,317 for the proposition and 1,386 against for a 48.7 approval rate. A 60 percent approval is needed for money issues. These results are unofficial, with a count of absentee ballots expected to be completed this week. Members of Citizens for a New Hospital raised privately about $11,000, of which about $7,000 was spent on advertising and promotion and most of the remainder went to expenses, such as the salmon bake during Frontier Days. Approximately $1,000 remains unspent. Supporters of the bond issue expressed disappointment with the measures loss and attributed the defeat to the pressures of a poor economy, unemployment and perhaps to some voters misunderstanding of the proposal. We all recognize that the principle reason for its defeat is the economic climate, said Elden Abbott, Darrington pharmacist and co-chairman of Citizens for a New Hospital. I would like to see the measure resubmitted, he said. And I cant say enough for the effort that was put in to promote the new hospital. Howard Christianson, Arlington city administrator and also co-chair of the citizens group also expressed surprise at the defeat. Its the economy, he said. People dont want to pay the extra taxes. Hopefully, there will be a better turn in the economy and well be more successful next time. The bond issue would have cost local property owners about $1.79 per $1,000 of assessed valuation if the bonds could have been sold at the current market rate of about 11 percent. That rate would have decreased steadily every year. Hospital Commissioner Bill Roal said, we might have missed the boat, implying that bond rates might start to go up again in the future. We are certainly going to try again, but not until after the first of the year, said fellow Hospital Commissioner Bob Williams. We have to find out where out problem areas were and we wont know that until we get the precinct reports. I really want to thank everyone who worked on the election, he said. It certainly wasnt lost because of any lack of effort. Hospital Commissioner Ester Wright said, We accomplished a lot in getting out the word to the public on the services the hospital provides. Indicating her support for resubmitting the measure, she said, We arent quitters. Hospital Administrator Joe Hopkins said, Everybody here is disappointed. Not depressed, just disappointed. We still have a positive attitude toward the project because we know we have very strong community support.
50 years ago 1957
Reaction to a recent move by the county commissioners allocating virtually all county revenue from federal timber sales to the county roads department came from Snohomish County school officials this week. The Snohomish County Directors Association, in a special meeting at Snohomish High School Thursday, adopted a resolution which requested that the commissioners divide the federal timber funds evenly between he schools and the roads of the county. Federal law allocated 25 percent of revenue from federal timber lands within the county to be turned over each year to the county. It specifies that this revenue be divided between the school and road systems, with the division left to the discretion of the county commissioners. In recent years the fund have been divided equally between the two departments, but a majority of the commissioners voted this year to allot one dollar to school and the balance to road development.