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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.

WEST Coast Aquatics holds Swim-A-Thon

doTellLogoOn Friday, April 10th & Saturday, April 11th, WEST Coast Aquatics swim team will be holding its official 2015 Swim-A-Thon™ where competitive swimmers—ranging in age from 7 to 18—swim for 2 hours or up to 200 lengths of the pool to raise money to fund programs & to improve its facility.

Swim-A-Thon™ is a nationwide program, with 5% of money raised supporting USA Swimming. Last year, WEST Coast Aquatics raised more than $50,000, and was USA Swimming Foundation Gold Medal contest winner in its club size category, earning the most dollars raised amongst “small” teams. WEST hopes to raise $60,000.00 this year!

WEST Coast Aquatics provides a safe & positive environment for all levels of swimming from beginner to national-level competitive swimming. Swimmers as young as 3-years-old can learn the basics of swimming &™ water safety, progress through the WEST Coast Aquatics Swim School, to the pre-competitive team, and then onto the competitive team.

The pool is also used for senior water aerobics & general membership lap swim. Each summer, kids from the community enjoy the fun activity of the Summer Swim Team. In the fall & winter, the Henry M. Jackson High School & Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School swim teams practice at the WEST Coast Aquatics facility. Zumba classes, personal training, Taekwondo & swim team dry-land workouts take place in the gym. Do tell.

“Reaching the $60,000.00 fundraising goal will allow WEST to cover ongoing facility maintenance costs and help update our aging equipment,” says WEST Coast Aquatics president and head coach, Nick Chevalier. “We hope to get a new timing system and starting blocks so we can host more quality meets,” Chevalier adds. “Please help the our swim team achieve its goal!”


About WEST Coast Aquatics

WEST Coast Aquatics is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on promoting fitness for life, healthy habits, and maximizing potential as athletes, students, and members of society.

Learn more about WEST Coast Aquatics and pledge support of these dedicated swimmers by making a donation at www.WestSwimTeam.com. Or drop-in and swim a few laps!


Holiday Bazaar & Toy Sale


JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS HOLIDAY BAZAAR and TOY SALE @Gold Creek Community Church  4326 148th St SE in Mill Creek 98012

Mark Your Calendar for:
Friday, Nov 21st 9AM – 7PM & Saturday, Nov 22nd 8AM -3PM*

This is an event You Do NOT Want To Miss!

Great place to start your Christmas shopping — Everything from books, games, puzzles, toys (lots of toys!), movies, video game, infant items, winter coats, accessories, holiday dressy clothes, holiday decor & so much more!

There will also be 20 – 30 vendors showing off all their amazing items! Do tell.

Friday  November 21   9AM – 7PM
Saturday  November 22   8AM – 3PM*

* On Saturday from 12-3 there will be a half price sale. Everything without a star on the tag will be half off.

There will be no entry fee on either day, but we will be accepting canned food donations for our food drive!


Photo from Just Between Friends of Lynnwood.