City Council to vote Tuesday on changes to Transportation Benefit District, code enforcement

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City-of-MLT-logoThe Tuesday, Sept. 6, Mountlake Terrace City Council meeting is scheduled to include four votes on changes to the city’s Transportation Benefit District, the code enforcement violation plan, the hazard mitigation plan, and an extension of a lobbying services contract.

The city council is expected to approve a transfer of legal responsibility for the city’s Transportation Benefit District (TBD) to itself; the TBD has been a separate legal entity since its formation in December 2011, but recent changes in state law now allow jurisdictions to control their own TBDs directly.

The TBD would see no changes in boundaries or oversight with the proposed ordinance as the district is presently made up of the same geographic boundaries as the city and its governing body is the Mountlake Terrace City Council. The change would save the city $4.000 in audit and insurance costs annually, city officials said.

The proposed change to the city’s code enforcement violation plan is to correct incorrect language in the current code, which cites a wrong citation to the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) concerning summons procedures.

The finalized adoption of the city’s hazard mitigation plan would make Mountlake Terrace eligible for all federal mitigation funding, provided to jurisdictions that become affected by earthquakes, flooding, severe storms, drought, volcano, wildfire or other disasters.

The city council will vote in its content calendar to extend the city’s contract with Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs, continuing its relationship with the lobbying firm for another 12 months beginning on Sept. 1, 2016. The company has lobbied state government in Olympia on behalf of the City of Mountlake Terrace since 2012.

City council meeting are typically scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month, but this week’s meeting has been moved to Tuesday, Sept. 6, due to the Labor Day holiday.

— By Doug Petrowski

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