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\V W W . INSIDE: for high school graduates in the Mukilteo School District. While all of the traditional events, such as prom, commencement and senior trips have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the commu- nity and district did their best to make their graduates’ finals days special. Parents and volunteers staged a driveby parade for Kamiak High School graduates on ]une 10. Last Friday, the district invited graduates to stop by their respective high schools in their caps and I Ihe last two weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind gowns to pick up their diplomas. . Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Armstrong mukilteobeacon Cement truck plunges 2 Mukilte o 728 3rd St, Ste D Mukilteo, WA 98275 .COID Businesses reopening Vol. XXVIII Number 41 We Mukilteo Beacon (b @MukilteoBeacon Q @M’ukjlteoBeacon Police: in schools ... 7 Coaching legend leaves impact 1-1 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER Beacon photo by David Pan Top left, ACES High School principal Amy Montanye-Johnson hands senior Alma Chavez-Calzada her diploma. Chavez-Calzada was the 2020 recipient of the Miss Shirley Light Award, which honors a student who exhibits positivity, kindness, is re- spectful of self and others, has. a sense of humor, and most of all, is helpful to others. Above, Kamiak graduate Lauren Bocalan recognizes a familiar face during a drive- by parade on June 10. Left, Mariner High School principal Nate DuChesne presents Christopher'Chavez with his diploma. See more photos on page 7. __ Old Town residents sound off on antomobile noise BY DAVID PAN REPORTER@YOURBEACON.NET he message was loud and clear from residents in the Old Town neighbor- hood of Mukilteo. Residents are sick and tired of the ex- cessive noise created by speeding cars and vehicles with enhanced mufflers using the Mukilteo Speedway as their own personal raceway. ' A group of them vented their frustra— tions to Assistant Police Chief Glen Koen, Council President Richard Emery and- Councilmembers joe Marine and Riaz Khan during an informal gathering orga- nized by one of the residents outside of the Red Cup Café Friday, ]une 19. The three councilmembers are on the Public Safety Committee. Residents voiced a number of noise and safety concerns, and were occasion— ally drowned out by ferry traffic and by the vehicles residents say are causing the problem. ”I’m feeling abused by this,” resident Michael Rokasy said of the noise. He read from a letter he sent to Mayor ]ennifer Gregerson ]une 12. He wrote that almost every single day, tuner cars (vehicles modified for performance reasons) with enhanced exhaust systems descend upon Mukilteo Lighthouse Park usually between 5 and 6 pm. He wrote that they announce their arrival by releasing pressure from their exhaust systems to create repetitive popping and barking. Drivers sometimes rev their‘exhausts while parked. "The real ’show’ begins when they start to leave the park,” Rokasky wrote. "Many of these cars are regulars, some local, as I've seen their cars around town. But I would guess the far majority are not locals and have found an unchecked and largely unpatrolled venue. It has become predictable, as they begin to announce their departure with loud revs and rapid accelerations from their parked positions. This allows me just enough time to walk to my driveway and film numerous instances of one, two, three and groups of vehicles flaunting public safety and decency and far exceeding the posted 35 mph speed limit.” One resident said cars were speeding in excess of 90 mph and that "someone is going to get hurt.” Koen was sympathetic to the residents concerns, but added that officer resources are an issue. "We are trying to be responsive to it (noise complaints),” Moen said. "When we can, we’re down here.” He added that the department has 40 other requests for extra patrols from other residents. The department doesn’t have enough officers to have someone stationed in Old Town all the time. The times that residents are concerned about — 5-6 pm. and 8-10 pm. — also are when police receive their largest call volume, Moen said. More than one officer is required for many of the calls the police are responding to, he added. The offending parties are thought to be largely young adults and teenagers, and the problem seemed to have started within the last couple of months. 596 page l6 } Louis Harris appointed to City COuncil Newest councilmember previously ran for Snohomish County Council BY DAVID PAN REPORTER@YOURBEACON.NEl ouis Harris, a public benefit specialist with the state’s Department of Social and Health Services, emerged as the top candidate to fill the Mukilteo City Council Position No. 1_ vacancy. Harris, who unsuccessfully ran for Sno- homish County Council in 2019, defeated ]ericho Bridge Church pastor Don Saul 4—2 in the second round of voting by the City Council Monday, ]une 22. Harris was scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday night. He replaces former councilmember Anna Rohrbough, who resigned prior to moving with her family to California last month. Council President Rich— ard Emery, Vice—President Sarah Kneller and Coun— cilmembers Riaz Kahn and Elisabeth Crawford voted for Harris, while Councilmembers ]oe Marine and Bob Cham- pion voted for Saul. In the first round of voting, _ Crawford supported Melanie Banfield, who runs a website for college professors and served as chairper— son for the Rosehill Community Center Board. Crawford, who subsequently threw her support behind Harris, was the only . councilmember to change her vote in the second round. "I’m just humbled because I do believe that we as a body can do some great things for Mukilteo residents,” Harris said after the vote. “I’m just looking forward to learning from all of you and understanding how I can best serve in this role.” Harris’ term will run through Dec. 31, 202i . Kneller praised both Harris and Saul as well-versed in the issues Mukilteo faces. "They’re very open, and I feel like I could have a very candid, honest and respect- ful conversation with either of them and know, even if we disagree in the end, it still would be a productive conversation. So I have a lot of respect for both of the candidates in that regard.” The difference was when she looked at some of the organizations Harris was a part of, which Kneller described as groups that see NEW COUNCILMEMBER page :6 Louis Harris isn’t free. Please support us by subscribing or mailing a contribution ' Newspaper and/or web subscriptions available at www.MukilteoBeacon.com or i by mail to ; Beacon Publishing, 728 3rd St. Ste. D, Mukilteo WA, 98275 e23 3&3 “’3 we 5