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4 - Mukilteo Beacon - June 211 2006 UR VIEW ~!~i=~: ilii PAUL ARCHIPLEY i}~i~e Beacon Tf you're reading this over breakfast, city officials can provide J, the egg. It's all over their collective faces after Monday's de- bacle that was supposed to be the grand presentation of four alternative sites for a new City Hall. Things went oh-so-wrong, and discussion among increas- ingly irritated electeds grew heated enough to fry bacon to go with the egg. It began with the four-site presentation. Except they didn't have four. city Administrator Richard Leahy presented five po- tential sites, the first surprise of the evening. Council member Lori Kaiser quickly surmised that the city had secured no agreements on prices for the new site or two others they had been investigating. She objected to presenting a potential site for public input that, in fact, may not be available at a price the city and owner can agree on. The rest of the council agreed. The city administrator reformatted his Power Point presen- tation for just the two city-owned sites-- 3rd Street at the Rose- hill Community Center and 47th Place West between the police and fire stations. Staff was directed to continue negotiating with owners of the other three sites, with council members hoping there will be new options for the public to consider before the council makes its decision July 17. The plot thickened when Fire Chief Jack Colbath present- ed financial details showing that removal of the existing fire' training tower on 47th to make room for City Hall would be very expensive -- about $4 million in extra personnel costs over 15 years should firefighters have to travel elsewhere for manda- tory training. At least two council members, Kevin Stoltz and Tony Tinsley, saw the presentation as a bald-faced staff effort to make 47th ap- pear unpalatable. Stoltz noted he had asked for options months ago should the tower be removed. Tinsley said the staff report was geared to look like "a deal breaker." Mayor Joe Marine objected to what he saw as unfair attacks on the staff, asking Stoltz and Tinsley "to show them a little more respect." And it took a resident to point out - despite city officials' promises that local architect Fred Baxter's alternative treat- ment of the Rosehill property would be considered - that such a plan was nowhere to be found in the evening's free-for-all. Where does that leave us? Two sites, only one of which really makes sense, despite the objections of the "anywhere but 3rd Street" faction. If the mayor and council truly want public par- ticipation and a fair examination of the options, they should take a breath, loosen the timetable, and do it right. Previous council members, who had finally settled on 3rd Street as the preferred City Hall site weeks before the new coun- cil took office, must be chortling over their eggs and bacon. ETTING IT STRAIGHT ;:i~i 'n last week's story aboutWe're sure Tim - who saw .Tim Sadley, his birthdatethe humor in life's faux pas was incorrect. He was born- is chuckling, but we regret on July 14, 1952. the error, anyway. TO THE EDITOR Memories will always be there Editor: I would like to say thank you for the lovely article writ- ten about Tim Sadley (June 14). Tim was my uncle, and while I am very sad at this time, I wanted to take the time to thank you and every- one else in the community for everything they did for my uncle. I am sorry we can no lon- ger share his laughter and his talent but we will always have the memories. Thank you for sharing your wonderful com- munity with one of the great- est men I ever knew. Rose Sadley Let us define the 'Central District' Editor: Concerning the term"Cen- tral District" relative to the placement of a future City Hall, I offer the following: The Webster's dictionary definition of the term "cen- ter" is: a point equally dis- tant from the extremes. The total driving distance between the main Mukllteo arterial end points at the "Welcome to Mukilteo" sign 0# on 5th Street (at Mukilteo Lane) and the Lynnwood city limit on SR-525 (at Bev Park Road) is 5.7 miles. Therefore, based on the above Webster's definition, the halfway point (equally distant from the extremes) is 2.85 miles and is located on SR-525 between 84th and 88th Streets SW (one block north of 92nd Street Park). In the event that Mukilteo City Council has earnestly located a property in the "Central District," then that property is located on the west side of SR-525 between 84th and 88th Streets SW (an approximate 7.0 acre vacant lot). The above noted property, located directly on an exist- ing bus route, is readily ac- cessible to the community at large. As a bonus to our civil ser- vice employees, the property has access within one block walking distance, in either direction, to several food establishments, a commu- nity park, and a proper ho- tel should emergency after- hours duty be required. Finally, the existing zon- ing applicable to this prop- erty appears readily able to accommodate a municipal type facility, Undoubtedly, the sale of the Rosehill view property would mitigate the acquisi- tion cost of the SR-525 non- view property, as well as a preponderance of the con- struction cost of a new City Hall at this "central" SR-525 location, thereby minimizing cost to the Mukilteo taxpayer (in the event that the citizens elect to fund such a project). On a preemptive note: I have no personal interest, nor am I related or acquaint- ed with any individuals hav- ing an interest, in the above noted property. 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