City Council to meet on Tuesday, scheduled to hear Second Quarter Financial Report

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City-of-MLT-logoThe Mountlake Terrace City Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday this week because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday. The meeting time is 7 p.m.

The Council has a full agenda of items, including the potential adoption of a resolution declaring the need for the Housing Authority of Snohomish County (HASCO) to operate within the boundaries of Mountlake Terrace.

HASCO wishes to purchase, remodel and upgrade the Tall Firs Apartments, located at 23000 55th Avenue W. The City has previously passed resolutions approving other property acquisitions by HASCO.

The owner of the building, Senior Services of Snohomish County,  has decided to sell off its senior housing portfolio, including Tall Firs Apartments.

HASCO would like to move forward with the acquisition to continue to provide affordable housing for the very low-income senior citizens. HASCO would continue to contract with Senior Services of Snohomish County to provide supportive services to the residents.

The Council also will be holding a Public Hearing and then may act on the adoption of two revised impact fee regulations. The Council is considering the adoption of a Park Impact Fee Regulations Ordinance that extends a 50 percent discount until 2017 and a Transportation Impact Fee Regulations Ordinance that extends a 50 percent discount until 2017.

The discounts represent the reduced amount that developers pay for needed parks and street improvements to serve their development. Under state law, development impacts cannot be entirely born by the property owner or builder. Local governments must pay a share, recognizing: (a) that improvements needed for development will also benefit the public at large; (b) that growth also has community benefits; and (c) that growth should be reasonably accommodated. The discount ensures that developers do not pay the full costs of needed improvements for their development.

The underlying impact fee ordinance was adopted in 2007 with a 25 percent discount. In 2011, the discount was raised to 50 percent for a three-year period. The proposed ordinances will extend the 50 percent reduction for an additional three-year period. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the ordinances.

City staff is scheduled to present at the Second Quarter Financial Report. The quarterly review looks at revenues and expenditures of the City, as well as reserve balances and changes in the local and regional economy

The Council also is scheduled to consider the adoption of a Police Command Staff Salary Adjustment Ordinance. Recent Collective Bargaining Agreements addressed wage compression discrepancies between line-level personnel and first line supervisors due to the fact that a newly promoted sergeant would make less than a top step officer under their supervision.

City staff stated that the adjustment of salary bands for command level personnel in the police department to be consistent with City policy. These adjustments of command staff salary bands will be retroactive and effective Aug. 1, 2014.

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