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12 - Mukilteo Beacon - December 12 1994 PLAN, from page 1 state-imposed deadline without angering residents, developers and others. So, instead, an ad hoc com- mittee hunkered down over sev- eral meetings to hammer out a plan based on the existing Comprehensive Plan - and zon- ing - adopted in 1989. That means a population estimate of 19,900 at buildout - about 4,200 fewer residents than the county had forecast. Nevertheless, planners are confident the plan meets the parameters of GMA. The approved plan includes policies for land use, housing, transportation, capital facilities and utilities. Planning Director Pam Newton said the city now could begin working on regulations to fine tune the Comprehensive Plan. "We're taking smaller bites, instead of trying to adopt a whole bunch of regulations at once, so it'll be easier," Newton said. Among the issues to be addressed in 1995 will be decid- ing whether the multitude of zoning districts that currently exist in Harbour Pointe and old Mukilteo can be consolidated. Councilmembers Don Doran and Bruce Richter, who were on the ad hoc committee, agreed the plan should satisfy the state as well as local con- stituents. "We reduced everything we could to a skeletal approach," Richter said. "I was quite satis- fied when we finished that we had done everything we could." Still, councilmembers expressed their unhappiness that the city had been subjected to the exercise by Olympia in the first place. Calling GMA "bad law," Councilmember Ken Kromann said, "It's oppressive, because it places unfunded burdens on counties and cities, and it's puni- tive, because it threatens to with- hold money that should be returned to counties and cities. "Any law that subordinates freedom of choice ... is bad law." Doran agreed, saylng, "I think GMA was probably a good idea that went awry. It struck me as having gone way, way too far," Doran said the Comprehensive Plan the ad hoc committee developed, and the council approved Monday, pro- vided a "win-win" for everyone. "This provides a lot of flexi- bility - for those who would like very little change, and for those who want to develop their prop- erty to its highest and best use," he said. City OKs contract with firefighters he Mukilteo City Council on Monday voted unanimously to sign a new contract with the city's full-time firefighters, Local 3482 of the International Association of Fire Fighters. The contract includes no raises and no cost of living (COLA) increases - reflecting the 1995 bud- get approved by the council last week. The firefighters were expected to sign the agreement as well. Firefighters do get a $200 signing bonus and a buyout for comp time owed to them. The city has been negotiating with all of its unions. This is the first of contract talks to be com- pleted. Councilmember Cathy Reese called the agree- ment significant. "I think they're stepping up to the plate in lieu of the financial difficulty of the city," she said. LIBRARY, from page 1 the city could no longer afford to pay for library services out of the General Fund, and voter rejection of a library levy in November, doomed the library for the immediate future. But Beeman, who will go to work at the new, state-of-the-art, 21,000-square-foot library being built in Marysville, said Mukilteo residents can view this event as an opportunity. "This may be a way of turn- ing lemons into lemonade, with the community aggressively deciding what they want and tak- ing this opportunity to start over," Beeman said. He said many residents still haven't grasped that the library is closing down for the indefinite future. "A woman just walked in today (Tuesday)and said 'the library's closing?'" Reese, too, expressed confi- dence that the city will have a library again. "I think a lot of people are committed to bringing it back," she said. Beeman said all of the staff were given new positions in the Sno-Isle Library District. The Friends of the Library is providing cookies each after- noon through Saturday for resi- dents who would like to come by one last time, and Rosehill Community Center is hosting a lunch for the library staff on Friday. Patrons who have purchased shelves, desks and other furni- ture and equipment will be able to pick up their purchases next week after staff have finished packing up. Beeman said the Mukilteo collection will be transferred to the Marysville branch, which is scheduled to open July 1. Mukilteo residents can still use any Sno-Isle branch by pur- chasing a non-resident card for $75. Emergency work OK'd for storm drain 'ayor Brian Sullivan .declared an emergency Tuesday, with council support, to repair a storm drain blockage at Loveland and Third. 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