M'ville looks to force landowners to sell to widen State from 3 to 5 lanes

MARYSVILLE – The City Council will consider using eminent domain to obtain land to widen State Avenue from three to five lanes at its meeting tonight at 7 in council chambers.

The city may use the condemnation proceedings if buyers aren't willing to sell at a fair price.
The land in question is from 116th Street to 136 Street NE. It also includes Burlington Northern Sante Fe property. The work would include curbs, gutters and sidewalks.
Other new business on the agenda includes:
• New standards for public defender services.
• Consultant services for Marysville Transportation Comprehensive Plan.
• Agreement for expansion of the jail and Public Safety Building. It's getting tougher to get prisoners into the packed Snohomish County Jail, Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring said. Cost for the consultant would be $89,500.
• Planning retrofit at Waste Water Treatment Plant Office Building for $375,672.
The council also will discuss the Fireworks Law. There were still problems on the Fourth of July this year, despite a tougher stance by police, Nehring said.
The council also is expected to OK: Steven Edin to the Salary Commission; Cheryl Deckard to the Library Board; Jennifer Caveny, Carol Kapua, Mary Kirkland and Charles Lee to the Hotel/Motel board; and reappointments to the Planning Commission to Katherine Smith and Roger Hoen.



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