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10 years ago 1998
n Island Crossings utility service will be transferred from Marysville to Arlington by the end of June, according to an agreement signed Monday by Arlington and Marysville city councils. The letter of commitment is an agreement to agree, said Arlington Public Works Director Ken Reid. In essence, the agreement calls for Arlington to pay Marysville $539,000 for the physical utility system the pipe network known as the Petunia Utility System. Marysville will continue to operate and maintain the system until the details of billing and how the actual transition of where the water comes from can be worked out. Once that happens, it all will be turned over to Arlington. And, according to the agreement, all that must happen by June 30. Arlington Mayor Bob Kraski said it is likely those details can be worked out by April or May, but the extra month will provide a cushion in case something unexpected puts a kink in the transfer. The agreement stems from a memorandum of understanding signed by the two cities in 1996 which put an end to their squabble over Smokey Point. That dispute halted nearly all development at Smokey Point for more than a year when Marysville refused to provide new utility service to the properties included in the Boundary Review Board-approved annexation area into Arlington. At the heart of the squabble was which city eventually would acquire the rich commercial potential of the area. In the agreement between the two cities, the future expansion line between the two cities was drawn at the 164th Street NE. Previously, the expansion areas overlapped, with Marysville claiming territory north to 172nd and Arlington claiming territory south to 152nd. Marysville agreed to drop opposition to the annexation and agreed to negotiate the sale of the Island Crossing utility system to Arlington. Arlington also had been, and still is, trying to accept annexation of the Island Crossing area. That annexation remains in court as well. The Snohomish County Council last year, in an effort to provide a smooth landing for the construction of Navy housing at Smokey Point, which had also been caught in the fight over Smokey Point, gave the stamp of approval to the agreement between the tow cities. Despite the agreement, however, the Smokey Point annexation proposal remains undecided. A group of Smokey Point residents have since proposed incorporating the area into an independent city.
25 years ago 1983
n Bayliner Marine Corporation started in 1955 as something of an accident. But the Arlington firms successful weathering of the current recession is no accident, said George Sullivan, Bayliners vice president of marketing. While many Northwest and national boat building companies are operating the the red or have even gone out of business, Bayliner is celebrating one of its best sales years ever, while basking in industry praise for turning out innovative products that meet the market needs of the challenging economic times. The firms founder and current chairman, J. Orin Edson, started the boat business 28 years ago when he sold a number of his own racing powerboats. Friends suggested his success indicated a talent for retail sales that he ought to pursue. He did. Bayliner retail outlets in the names Advance Stores and Sailboart World, said Sullivan, eventually dotted western Washington and spread to the boating areas of Texas and Florida. One good experiment led to another and eventually the Bayliner manufacturing business was born to supply those stores and many independent dealers nationwide. Offering products ranging from 16-foot runabouts to 68-foot luxury yachts, as well as a line of 18- to 30-foot sailboats, Bayliner grew to become one of the top pleasure craft manufacturing companies in the nation. Then the recession hit. Two to three years ago the market dropped out of the boating industry. Fuel prices skyrocketed, consumer loans became impossible or very expensive to find and inflation was at an all-time high. The boat buyer was simply squeezed out of the boating market. As a result of the economy, Bayliner closed a number of plants and the firms employment hit a low point with only 560 people keeping their jobs at the two remaining plants, one in Arlington (also corporate headquarters) and another in Georgia. Rather than crawl into a protective shell, said Sullivan, Bayliner looked to the future where cost-conscious buyers would seek fuel-efficient boats that offered high-powered fun at low retail prices. Halfway through 1981, the beginning of the 1982 model year, Bayliner introduced the 16- and 19-foot Capri motorboat series that took the industry by storm. Technical innovations combined with perceptive market analysis opened a new door for the boating industry whose complacency had locked out thousands of first-time buyers and Bayliner was leading the flotilla. In producing the Capri, said Sullivan, who has been with the firm 11 years, we have succeeded in building what is very obviously a better boat for the money.
50 years ago 1958
n Although there were only six patients to be moved from the old Arlington General Hospital to the new building when moving day rolled around last Thursday, by Tuesday of this week there were 18 patients hospitalized. According to Mr. Jence Thompson, hospital administrator, several who were facing hospitalization postponed it until the opening of the new hospital. Aiding in moving the patients was the full fire department, several members operating the ambulance and members of the police department. With speedy moving of hospital equipment and services, there was no interruption in the hospital service and now, Mr. Thompson states, everything is getting down to a smooth operation. The distinction of being the first patient to enter the new hospital went to Ed Holland Sr., who was able to walk from the car to his new hospital bed.