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10 years ago 1996

After months of heated debate over the Smokey Point area, Marysville and Arlington have reached a comprehensive agreement over where the two cities will grow and who will provide the residents with water, sewer and fire services. This sets the foundation for a new era of working together, said Marysville City Administrator David Zabell. The agreements give a twist to the annexation of the Smokey Point area to the city of Arlington, which the Snohomish County Boundary Review Board approved last year. Part of the annexation property is now outside of Arlingtons Urban Growth Area, even though the Arlington City Council already voted to annex it. Arlington may ask the BRB to reconsider its decision. It also changes future service for the planned Navy housing project south of Smokey Point, which Arlington officials said two weeks ago they would provide with utilities. The Navy housing project now falls in Marysvilles utility service area. The fine print still needs to be hammered out. The two cities havent yet agreed on development standards for the south Arlington area, Arlingtons wholesale purchase of water from Marysville, or a plan for future annexations, for example. Many property owners in the Smokey Point area, held up from development projects by the utility freeze between the two cities for the last nine months, are expected to come forward once again with projects, Marysville city officials predicted. Arlington Mayor Bob Kraski called it a good agreement with many compromises on both sides. One unfortunate point of the agreement, he said, is that Bruce and Becky Foster, as well as several other property owners, were left out of the Arlington Urban Growth Area. The Fosters were initiators and spokespersons for the Smokey Point annexation to Arlington. Major details of the settlement include: 1. Utility Service: The cities agreed that Marysville would serve water and sewer to the Smokey Point area even the parts within Arlingtons city limits and urban growth area. Zabell stressed that Marysville is not agreeing to provide utilities to all applicants who cant annex to the city, just applicants in that area. Arlington will be charged the same utility rates as the areas in unincorporated Snohomish County, which is about 25 percent above in-city rates, Zabell said. The cities also agreed that Marysville may sell its utility system in the Island Crossing area to Arlington. 2. Fire and EMS Service: The cities, along with Marysville Fire District, agreed that Arlington would contract with the Marysville Fire District to provide fire and emergency medical service to Arlingtons share of Smokey Point during the next 10 years. 3. Land Use: The cities agreed to coordinate their land-use planning in the area between the two cities, including the Arlington Airport. 4. Lawsuits: The cities and the Marysville Fire District agreed to resolve and dismiss all lawsuits between them. 5. Urban Growth Area: The cities agreed on their urban growth areas, subject to the approval of Snohomish County. The two cities urban growth areas once overlapped. Now, Arlingtons UGA extends up to Island Crossing, no further west than Interstate 5, and no further south than 164th Street NE. Marysville UGA touches Arlingtons along 164th Street NE, and includes part of the Lakewood area, following the Burlington Northern railroad tracks south toward the city. The two cities still need to agree of urban growth areas and utility service for the areas north of Lakewood and east of 67th Avenue NE. Official plan to continue negotiations with the county executive and council.

25 years ago 1981

By a 22-4 vote the state energy siting council rejected the Northern Tier Pipeline Companys application to build a crude oil pipeline across the state. The pipeline was proposed to run by Bryant, three miles north of Arlington. A 2.1 million gallon storage area was planned just east of Bryant Lake. The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council voted for denial recently, making Washington the only state, out of the six the pipeline would cross, ruling against the project. The proposed pipeline would begin at Port Angeles, tunnel under the Puget Sound to Port Partridge on Whidbey Island, run through Brown Point on Camano Island and near Stanwood and Arlington, then across eastern Washington and on to Minnesota. The energy siting councils negative vote isnt the last word on the issue. The council agreed to allow Northern Tier to comment on the 459 page council report within 30 days. Then the council votes again before its recommendation goes to Gov. John Spellman who has the final word. Northern Tier has spent five years and $50 million on its proposal to pump Alaska crude oil to Minnesota, including $20 million on the proposed route through Washington. While some eastern Washington counties supported the pipeline, King, Island and Snohomish counties opposed it. The Snohomish County Council unanimously rejected an agreement June 5 with Northern Tier over the planned pipeline through the county. None of the issues the council stated had to be met before approval, in a resolution April 22, were addressed in the agreement causing the negative vote. In the resolution, the council requested more detailed information about three areas: construction and operation impacts on river crossings, wetlands, flood plains, flood-related problems, agricultural lands, fisheries, water quality and drainage erosion control; and adequate disclosures of impacts and guarantees of mitigation measures; and compliance with the intent of local land use plans, policies and ordinances. The inadequate address of these areas seriously concerned the council over the proposed pipelines affect on the countys resources. The proposed pipeline would affect 50 miles of Snohomish County, including about 39 rivers and streams, 20 wetlands, agricultural, forest land and flood plains, and raise several local land use issues. Northern Tier also failed to comment on the proposed storage site just east of Bryant Lake.

50 years ago 1956

Up went the 14-foot tall bond thermometer on the front of Arlingtons City Hall, Tuesday, and the Lady Lions big October new hospital bond sale was underway. With the temperature on the big thermometer reading just over $30,000, the Lions auxiliary group, backed by their male counterparts, are out to push the mercury over the $100,000 mark, which will ensure the building of a modern hospital building in Arlington by early next year.

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