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10 years ago 1998
Smokey Point residents have one more chance to convince the state Boundary Review Board they do or dont want to become part of the city of Arlington. At a recent board meeting, BRB board member Mike Papa proposed the board should hold another public hearing and limit testimony to whether the BRB should approve the annexation with modifications to the annexation boundary in light of the original record before the BRB and the settlement agreement between Arlington and Marysville and Marysville Fire District and the countys comprehensive plan. The motion was seconded and approved without discussion. Thats all they can do at this point, said Arlington Mayor Bob Kraski after the decision. Its what we asked them to do, shrugged Arlington City Attorney Steve Peiffle, expressing some surprise that the issue was decided so quickly. The BRB is taking up the matter again following a Superior Court judges decision in February to send the issue back to the BRB, who first approved the annexation proposal in 1995. That decision was appealed in court by the city of Marysville and by a group of citizens included in the annexation area by the BRB. The city of Marysville protested the decision because part of the proposed annexation was in their proposed urban growth area. The dispute brought a halt to development in the area because the city of Marysville refused new water or sewer hookups to property owners who had signed the annexation petition. A year later, the cities of Marysville and Arlington and the Marysville Fire District announced a negotiated settlement establishing separate urban growth areas for the two cities and setting a long-term fire service agreement. That settlement, however, also changed the boundaries of the annexation area. The settlement was approved by the Snohomish County Council last year and the official UGAs adopted. That left the proposed annexation area with almost entirely new boundaries. Annexations originate with property owners who sign petitions indicating they want to become part of a city. If property owners accounting for 60 percent of the property value of the proposed annexation area sign the petition, it can be accepted by the city, but faces final approval by the state Boundary Review Board. The BRB then has the authority to change the boundaries as they see fit, often to make a straighter boundary line or eliminate the creation of independent islands of unincorporated area. Annexation opponents hoped the settlement agreement would make that original petition void and require a new petition. The BRB, faced with several options, decided the petition stands. The attorney for the citizen group, Mickie Jarvill, said she disagrees with the BRBs decision not to address the petition issue. However, she said, she is please the BRB decided it is appropriate to get the community input. Jarvill, who also represents a citizens group (that includes some of the appellants) trying to create an independent city of Smokey Point, said the incorporation question will have to wait on the annexation decision. The next step, she said, is for the community to appear at the hearing and make itself heard by the BRB.

25 years ago 1983
Despite a huge turnout at the March 26 auction at the Lake Goodwin Community Club, the Seven Lakes area Clean Water Restoration Project is still $21,000 short of their goal of raising $79,000 as matching funds for a study of water quality and sources in that community. The group has less than a week to go to raise the remaining funds in order to qualify for the state study. The state will provide 75 percent of the study funds if the community can raise the $79,000 in matching funds. The auction raised a total of $12,000. The deadline for raising the remaining $21,000 is April 16, said Lucille Pierson, publicity chairman of the clean water group. Doorbellers and solicitors will be making calls throughout the area this week. The study area includes Seven Lakes, Warm Beach, Kayak Point and McKees Beach among other areas. If every homeowner, landowner and business gave something, whatever they could afford, said Pierson, it would easily push us over the top. Community Club president Archie Anderson said, If the involved areas cannot raise the $79,000 by the April 16 deadline and the state withdraws its 75 percent matching funds, theres a good possibility that the Department of Ecology will not make the district a similar offer in the foreseeable future. This would be a tremendous disaster to come so close and not reach our goal, he added, especially after getting an additional grant of $30,000 from Snohomish County for this project. Surely there are still many out there who could contribute a very small amount.

50 years ago 1958
The month of March saw a total of 1,121 books taken out at the Arlington Library, according to the report of Librarian Bernice Kreken to the Library Board at the April meeting Tuesday morning. She also reported 13 new subscribers. The books loaned were 887 adult fiction, 80 adult non-fiction and 154 juvenile books. Miss Kreken also reported the following new books received: One White Star, and West of the Hill, both by Gladys Carroll; The Dog Who Wouldnt Be, Farley Mowat; Rio Grande Deadline, Allan V. Elston; and The Virtuous Woman of Mont Clery, by Flora Sandstrom. Non-fiction, Americas Homemaking Book, by Marguerite Dodd.
Last weekend Melady Lanes was a busy place as bowlers from Olympia to Vancouver, B.C., competed for $1,487 in prizes. Two hundred sixty-one bowlers entered the competition, Ed. Sass of Arlington walking off with the first money, $175, and Joel Pedersen second with $110. Third place was taken by Vince Nelson of Snohomish. There were 43 places in all that won prize money. Manager Mel Sass states that this has become an annual affair, and he expects that next years attendance will reach the 300 mark.

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