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Free Landscaping Workshops

For those of you who are tired of all the same old lawn maintenance techniques & want to try something different, the Snohomish Conservation District & sponsor, City of Mill Creek will be hosting Free Landscaping Workshops in Mill Creek. Do tell.

Mark these dates on your calendar:

Saturday, June 20th 11:00 to Noon at the Lil Sprouts Nursery

Saturday June 27th 10:00 to Noon at Central Market in Town Center. This is the same day as the Mill Creek Garden Tour. Visit:  millcreekgardenclub.com for tour tickets while you are at it.

Get more info & be sure to RSVP @  millcreekwa.eventbrite.com


City Manager Candidates Announced & Opportunity to Meet the Candidates


At the April 7, 2015 meeting, the Council selected the final candidates for the Mill Creek City Manager position. There are a total of 5 finalists. The following are the names of each of the final candidates & a short bio for each.

City Manager CandidatesGeorge Korthauer Mr. Korthauer served as City Manager in Petoskey, Michigan, for 25 years, until retiring in 2009. A four-season resort community along the shores of Lake Michigan in the northern portion of the state’s Lower Peninsula, Petoskey serves as the region’s governmental, commercial, medical, educational, recreational, and arts and cultural center. It has a year-round population of 6,000, and the area is the summer home to many of the Midwest’s rich and famous. Petoskey has been listed in publications that include The Best Small Towns in America, The Great Small Towns of America, and America’s Best Places to Retire. Smithsonian magazine named Petoskey on its list of “The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013.” Since leaving Petoskey, Mr. Korthauer has served as CEO of Allied EMS Systems, a not-for-profit entity that has provided emergency-medical services through contracts with governmental units located in five counties. He also recently concluded a 12-month engagement as part-time Interim City Manager at Cheboygan, Michigan, a Lake Huron shoreline community of 5,000. Mr. Korthauer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Western Illinois University and holds a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

City Manager Candidates2Richard Leahy Mr. Leahy has 33 years of city management experience and is currently the City Manager of Woodinville, Washington. He previously served as City Administrator of Mukilteo, Washington for 12 years; and as a Deputy and Assistant City Manager of Paramount, California in Los Angeles County. He is proudest of his work in Woodinville with respect to the development and implementation of mixed-use regulations for the City’s Downtown. Stalled for almost 10 years before his arrival, he was able to help the City Council amend the Downtown Master Plan, adopt development regulations to implement the Master Plan vision, and negotiate a Development Agreement to construct the City’s first mixed-use project in the downtown. This $200 million development is under construction with the first phase scheduled to be completed this summer. Mr. Leahy has Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific.

City Manager Candidates3Rebecca Polizzotto Ms. Polizzotto has 20 years of municipal experience having served her community as a police officer, chief financial officer, chief operating officer and city manager. During her tenure with the City of Conyers, GA, Mrs. Polizzotto played a significant role in the Centennial Olympic Games having responsibility for the financing, sponsorship development and leasehold agreements for the Georgia International Horse Park, the largest and second most expensive venue of those Olympic Games. After marrying her husband, Mrs. Polizzotto returned to her home state of Alaska where she has spent the past 11 years working for the Alaska Attorney General’s Office. As a Senior Assistant Attorney General, Mrs. Polizzotto provides legal advice to State agencies in the areas of employee benefits and public pensions. Mrs. Polizzotto holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, a Master of Public Administration Degree and a Juris Doctor. She currently resides in Juneau, AK, with her husband and their 10 year-old daughter.

City Manager Candidates4Donald “Pete” Rose Mr. Rose has 22 years experience as a City / County Manager and Administrator in Washington state. He has been the City Administrator of Lake Forest Park since 2012 and was the City Administrator in Woodinville. His other lengthy tenure was as the County Administrator of San Juan County from 2006 to 2012. Among his many achievements, he believes the most relevant to be the transformative process he has used in Lake Forest Park. When he arrived, the City’s budget had been in decline through the recessionary years. The result was staff furloughs. The City had little capacity to grow out of the doldrums. Yet now it is on an “all other things equal” path to be balanced through 2018. The effort began work in the 2012 budget when they did everything they could to hold the budget to the five year growth forecast of 1.4% — one of the lower growth rates in the region. In addition, he formed a benefits committee to examine other health benefit options. Management developed a budget tool that showed impacts of the represented and unrepresented groups’ impact on the budget by staying within or exceeding their “fair share” of the budget. It allowed the groups to manipulate key variables without a management filter. As a result, all three groups took a lower level of benefit support in exchange for small programmed pay increases and no furloughs. The effort was written about in the October 2013 edition of City Vision magazine. Mr. Rose has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Arts in government from Cal State University in Sacramento.

City Manager Candidates5Scott Somers Since 2009, Mr. Somers has been first the City Manager of Reedsport, OR, and is currently the County Manager of Clatsop County, OR. Mr. Somers has a number of achievements of which he is very proud. One of these was integrating the County Vision and Focus areas with the strategic plan. Before he arrived, the Board had adopted the 2012 Strategic Plan, which was essentially a list of capital projects that lacked broad overarching goals or long term vision for the County. Mr. Somers took those and aligned the recently adopted County Vision and Focus Areas. The result will help the Board and the budget process for years to come and will result in clear direction to staff. Mr. Somers has a Bachelors Degree from Arizona State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona.

Council is scheduled to hold interviews with each of these candidates on Friday, April 17th in executive session. Executive sessions are confidential and not open to the public. The Council is tentatively scheduled to make a selection on April 21st.

PUBLIC RECEPTION On behalf of the Mayor & the City Council, the public is invited to attend a reception to meet these candidates. The reception will be held at the City Hall Annex Building, 15720 Main Street at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Each candidate will provide a short presentation on their background and interest in the position. Those in attendance will then have the opportunity to meet and talk with the finalists one-on-one. Snacks and coffee will be provided. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kelly Chelin, City Clerk at 425-745-1891.

New Employee/ Position to Department of Community Development


Eric Carter was recently hired by the City of Mill Creek as a Building/Right-of-Way inspector, which is a newly created position. His primary functions will be: Performing field inspections of buildings & public right-of-way, and administering the City’s building codes & engineering standards. Do tell.

Eric is a certified ICC Residential Building Inspector. He has 15 years of experience in the building trades; the last seven of which, were spent as site superintendent. He will work directly with contractors & homeowners. Eric is a long time native of the Mill Creek area, and is excited to begin his new job here at the City.

When not at work, you will find him spending time with his wife and children, or engaging in his favorite pastime of fishing the local rivers, trying to land “the big one.”

Mill Creek Employee Appreciation

The City of Mill Creek held its Employee Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, October 8th 2014.

Michele Miller
Michele Miller

The luncheon included employees, Council members & Board/Commission members.

This luncheon is held annually to thank all of the City employees & volunteers for their service to our City. Specifically, the City recognized Building Permit Coordinator Michele Miller for 20 years of service to the City!

Pam Olson
Pam Olson



The City recognized Recreation Manager Pam Olson for 15 years of service to the City.

The final award of the luncheon went to Recreation Assistant Brian Davern who was selected as the 2014 Employee of the Year.

Brian Davern
Brian Davern



Do Tell Mill Creek would like to thank all the City of Mill Creek Employees & volunteers for their hard work & dedication to making Mill Creek such a great place to live, work & play.

Cheers to Pam Olson, Michele Miller & Brian Davern!

New Mill Creek Economic Development Committee to be Formed


The Mill Creek City Council is seeking individuals interested in joining a new Mill Creek Economic Development Committee.  This ad hoc committee will be responsible for developing & recommending ideas to the City Council to promote short- and long-term economic development in Mill Creek. Do tell.

The Council will appoint to the Committee 10 to 15 people representing a cross-section of the community, which could include a range of business owners/operators (including professional services and retail), commercial property owners and Mill Creek residents who have expertise or interest in economic development.  Anyone interested in serving on the Committee is invited to apply.  Applicants must have a strong interest in Mill Creek’s long-term economic vitality & community character.  Residency in Mill Creek is not a requirement.

The Committee will meet twice a month for a period of up to three months (with the option to extend if appropriate).  The Committee is anticipated to begin meeting in May 2014.  At the first meeting, the Committee will select a chairperson and set the day & time of subsequent meetings.  City staff will be available to facilitate the meetings & provide administrative support as appropriate.  Members are expected to attend the meetings & be active participants. The Economic Development Committee will be responsible for preparing a final report (and any interim reports it deems appropriate) & presenting it to the City Council.

If you are interested in applying for this volunteer opportunity on the Mill Creek Economic Development Committee, please submit a Letter of Interest by April 30, 2014 to:

Sherrie Ringstad, Planning Specialist

Department of Community Development

City of Mill Creek

15728 Main Street

Mill Creek, Washington  98012

For more information go to www.cityofmillcreek.com or call Sherrie at 425-921-5717 or contact her via email atsherrie@cityofmillcreek.com.


Sustainable Landscape Certification & Build a Rain Barrel Workshops

reducing lawnThis weekend & classes are filling up fast!

The City of Mill Creek and Snohomish Conservation District will host two workshops this Saturday, April, 12th at the Lively Environmental Learning Center. The first workshop, Sustainable Landscaping Certification, runs from 11am-12pm, and is free! Attend this one-hour class to learn about the City of Mill Creek’s new Sustainable Landscaping Certificate program where you can receive a free, on-site consultation that will guide you through sustainable practices and recognize your efforts with a beautiful award to display in your garden.  Do tell.


The second workshop, Build Your Own Rain-Barrel, will be held from 11-1p.m. and costs $25. At this hands-on workshop, you will be guided through simple steps to assemble a rain-barrel that you can take home. Both workshops will be held at the Lively Environmental Center, 1918 Seattle Hill Rd. Mill Creek, WA 98012. Register now at millcreekgarden.eventbrite.com 

For questions, contact Kate Riley, 425.377.7004

Mill Creek Workshop flyer_FINAL

MC Council & Everett Public Schools Board to Hold Special Joint Meeting


The Mill Creek City Council will hold a special Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.  The purpose of the meeting is to hold a joint working session for both the Mill Creek City Council & the Everett Public Schools Board of Directors to discuss the proposed joint Mill Creek/Everett Public Schools Jackson H.S. field upgrade project. Do tell.

Part of the meeting will also be used to explore future (potential) partnering opportunities.  The Council will not take final action on any items. Public is welcome to attend however there will be no opportunity for public comment at this meeting.  This topic will come before the Mill Creek City Council on April 1 at which time public input will be welcome.


Everett Public Schools’ Community Resource Center, 3900 Broadway Everett, in the Port Gardner Room (1st floor on the left as you enter the building).


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This meeting is open to the public as prescribed by law.

We are trying to make our public meetings accessible to all members of the public.  If you require special accommodations, please call the City Clerk at (425) 921-5732 three days prior to the meeting.

Kelly M. Chelin –  Executive Assistant/City Clerk

15728 Main Street   Mill Creek, Washington 98012

(425) 921-5732 direct

(425) 745-1891 office

(425) 745-9650 fax


Mill Creek City Business


The March 20, 2014 City of Mill Creek Planning Commission meeting has been canceled due to a lack of business.

The March 20, 2014 Design Review Board meeting will go on as scheduled at 5:15PM in Mill Creek City Council Chambers located @ 15728 Main Street, Mill Creek, WA 98012

The Agenda:

I. CALL TO ORDER: 5:15 p.m.

II. ROLL CALL: 5:15 p.m.


A. Approval of February 20, 2014 Meeting Minutes (1)

IV. NEW BUSINESS: 5:17 p.m.

A. DRB 14-03-461 Emeritus Corporation Monument Sign (2)

V. ADJOURNMENT: 5:40 p.m.


February 25th Council Meeting Cancelled


The February 25, 2014 regular Council meeting has been canceled due to the special meeting/legislative retreat on February 22, 2014.  The next regularly-scheduled meeting of the Council is Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Do tell.

Kelly M. Chelin — City Clerk

We are trying to make our public meetings accessible to all members of the public.  If you require special accommodations, please call the City Clerk at 425-921-5732 three days prior to the meeting.

Kelly M. Chelin

Executive Assistant/City Clerk

15728 Main Street

Mill Creek, Washington 98012

(425) 921-5732 direct

(425) 745-1891 office

Mill Creek Marijuana License Applicants

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has published the list of businesses who have applied to be part of the new Marijuana industry in our state according to the rules established following the passage of I-502. The 30 day license application window closed Dec 20th at 5PM.  To see rules click on link to find downloadable copy:


Those business with Mill Creek addresses included 4 applications for Retailer Licenses listed by the trade names.

  • Globodyne   800 164th ST. SE 
  •  Seattle Distributors   3502 149th Pl SE
  • Steves Greens   800 164th ST SE
  • Weed World    13825 41st DR SE

Addresses above may or not be where the actual retail establishment will be located. Some applicants have used addresses as placeholders. That will have to be resolved because location, location, location is a huge factor in the Liquor Control Board approving/granting a license. Do tell.

There was one applicant for Producer Tier 1 license — Omni Growers 13425 31st Ave SE Mill Creek.

There were no applicants with Mill Creek address for a for Processor license.

Licensees will also be subject to City/local zoning laws.  Reminder: Public Hearing on Marijuana Moratorium Jan 14 6:30PM at Mill Creek City Council.  See previous post.

To check out the complete list of applicants in the State of Washington click on link below, then click on Marijuana Applicants. It is an Excel spreadsheet, whereby you can sort by County, City, Trade Name etc.