MARYSVILLE – The City Council will discuss its legislative priorities for 2020 at its meeting Monday night.
The priorities include:
•$17.7 million for 156th Street Railroad Overcrossing. The public railroad crossing was closed in early 2000s without recognition of future growth west of I-5. The interchange at I-5 that has been funded by the state will be landlocked without this addition. •$500,000 for Ebey Waterfront Trail Phase 4. It would extend the trail west of Sunnyside Boulevard to connect with multi-use path under construction as part of First Street Bypass project. Additionally, it would connect along dike at estuary. The 1.28 miles represents a gap in the trail system that, once complete, would provide nearly 6 miles of connected trails.
•$24 million Grove Street Overcrossing. Would go over tracks at Grove Street from State to Cedar avenues. It would alleviate congestion that escalates when trains go through town. The council also will discuss increasing the family living wage amount from $18 to $26.08 an hour for businesses to receive tax benefits for locating in the Cascade Industrial Center. The council decided the previous wage was too low.
Speaking of the CIC, the council will discuss an agreement with the Port of Everett to formalize collaborative interests in economic development relating to the center.
Also, two new positions approved by the council this year make it necessary to adjust the budget by almost $327,000 – a Civil Plan review and a training sergeant. Also, the Drug Seizure fund requests $20,000 for small tools.
The council also will talk about the embedded social worker program. The city would pay 100% of Rochelle Long’s salary and benefits of $158,421.
The council also will discuss going back to contributing financial help per capita for the Snohomish County Health District.
Finally, it will discuss Hotel-Motel Committee recommendations to spend $78,500 in grants to:
•City of Marysville Fourth of July Festival $26,000 •Marysville Strawberry Festival $20,000
•City of Marysville Parks Department Opera House Strategic Marketing Plan $15,000
•Marysville Getchell High School Twilight XC Invitational $10,000
•Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce 2020 Marysville Brew and Cider Fest $6,000
•Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts “The Rememberer” $1,500