Council approves multifamily tax exemption program for developers in Town Center

The City of Mountlake Terrace will move forward with a multifamily property tax exemption (MTTE) program for the city’s Town Center. The council voted unanimously at its Monday, Oct. 3 business meeting to approve a resolution of intent to designate the Town Center subarea for the program, which offers a tax exemption for developers of…

Mountlake Terrace City Manager Scott Hugill resigns

Mountlake Terrace City Manager Scott Hugill has resigned, effective Monday, Oct. 3. Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto-Wright announced Hugill’s resignation during the Mountlake Terrace City Council’s Oct. 3 business meeting. Hugill, who submitted his resignation due to health reasons, has been on a leave of absence for the past month. Assistant City Manager Stephen Clifton has been…

City of MLT opens applications for 2023 lodging tax grants

The City of Mountlake Terrace has $25,000 in lodging tax grants available for qualified events and projects that promote tourism in 2023. These are funded through taxes collected from Studio 6 hotel in Mountlake Terrace. Lodging tax funds must be used for marketing or operation of special events and festivals designed to attract tourists. Under…

Expect minor slowdowns along Lakeview Drive Tuesday for Ballinger trail construction

The City of Mountlake Terrace warns drivers to expect minor slowdowns along Lakeview Drive Tuesday, Sept. 27 as the contractor paves the last section of the Ballinger Park trail. Large trucks will be entering and exiting the site via the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center parking lot, the city said. The new accessible trail will…

Main Street Phase II project facing $18 million funding shortfall, council learns

For 15 years, a major focus for the City of Mountlake Terrace has been completing its signature Main Street Revitalization Project, running along 56th Avenue West from the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center to 230th Street Southwest. While Phase I of the project was finished in 2020, the city is facing a potential $18 million shortfall…

Mountlake Terrace City Council work/study meeting agenda for Sept. 15

The Mountlake Terrace City Council will hold a work/study session this Thursday, Sept. 15, with the following items on the agenda: – Proclamation for Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23) – Review of Snohomish County PUD Main Street Revitalization Phase II Design Interlocal Agreement (tentative) – Review of 2022 second quarter police department report – Review of…

Next Coffee with the City Sept. 14

The Mountlake Terrace community is invited to the monthly Virtual Coffee with the City from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 via Zoom. The coffee hour presents an informal opportunity to hear what’s happening, ask questions and share feedback. This is a casual setting with the city manager and staff members to talk about…

Scene in Mountlake Terrace: Pitching in for a day of service

Working in conjunction with City of Mountlake Terrace, community volunteers and Terrace Park Elementary parents and students gathered Saturday morning to clean up the area around their school and the nearby Recreation Pavilion. Approximately 15-20 volunteers and park employees participated in the event. It was held in honor of National Day of Service, in remembrance of…

Work continues on Ballinger Park playground, trail

Construction of an inclusive playground and trail continues at Ballinger Park in Mountlake Terrace. The playground be accessible to children with disabilities and sensory challenges. The trail will connect the Mountlake Terrace Community Senior Center to Lake Ballinger, the fishing pier and boat launch. The playground’s $750,000 cost is being funded by grants from the…

Mayor Pro Tem Wahl awarded Advanced Municipal Leadership Certificate

Mountlake Terrace Mayor Pro Tem Bryan Wahl recently earned the Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities. This program recognizes city and town elected officials for accomplishing training in five core areas: Roles, responsibilities and legal requirements Public sector resource management Community planning and development Effective local leadership Diversity, equity and inclusion Those who earn the…

MLT council hears update on second-quarter finances, meets interim public works director

An update on City of Mountlake Terrace finances took center stage during the city council’s Tuesday, Sept. 6 business meeting. Finance Director Janella Lewis reviewed the city’s 2022 second-quarter financial report, noting that Mountlake Terrace’s 2022 finances “remained solidly in line with the adopted six-year financial forecast.” Among the results reported to the council Tuesday night:…

Reminder: City of MLT plans park cleanup Sept. 10

A park cleanup in honor of the National Day of Service is set from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Volunteers should meet at the Recreation Pavilion parking lot (5303 228th St. S.W.) in comfortable work clothes, with gardening gloves and tools. The Recreation & Park Advisory Commission and the Neighborhood Parks Improvement Subcommittee…

Mountlake Terrace City Council to meet Sept. 6

The Mountlake Terrace City Council will meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6. Among the items on the agenda are a review of the city’s six-year financial forecast, a review of city financial policies and a proclamation for Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct.15). The hybrid meeting will be at Mountlake Terrace City Hall, 23204 58th Ave. W. You can also…

City council set Sept. 1 to review multifamily property tax exemption resolution

The Mountlake Terrae City Council at its Thursday, Sept. 1 work/study session is scheduled to discuss a resolution to designate the Mountlake Terrace Town Center subarea for a multifamily property tax exemption program (MFTE). The council has talked during previous meetings about the idea of offering such a tax exemption program for developers and decided…

City receives $4K grant to digitize records

The City of Mountlake Terrace was successful in obtaining a $4,000 digital imaging grant to scan and digitize boxes of jurisdictional boundary records that are taking up valuable shelf space in the city’s records room. Fewer than half of the 101 applicants received grants during this round of awards. According to the city, these records…

After two decades, Clough saying goodbye to ‘a really special community’

When Virginia Clough announced earlier this month that she was leaving the City of Mountlake Terrace after 21 years for a job in Eastern Washington, City Councilmember Doug McCardle remarked that she would have “big shoes to fill.” Actually, make that two pairs of shoes. The city council at a special meeting last week approved a…

Get outdoors, get involved through Mountlake Terrace Adopt A Park program

New volunteers are needed to adopt parks, trails, picnic shelters and other outdoor amenities in Mountlake Terrace. Adopt A Park volunteer groups have been doing a great job, and it makes sense to expand the program, said Jeff Betz, the city’s Recreation and Parks Director. As examples, he cited Sound Bank, which does work at…

Construction underway on Ballinger Park trail, playground

Work is underway to construct the Ballinger Park trail and accessible playground. For the trail, Contractor Wyser Construction has mobilized and staged on the east side of the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center parking lot. For safety, a large portion of the grassy field will be fenced off during construction to prevent pedestrian access. The parking…

A reminder of 66th Ave W road closures related to water main project

The City of Mountlake Terrace reminds residents that northbound 66th Avenue West will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday both this week and the week of Aug. 29. The closure affects 66th Avenue West between 220th and 228th streets, and there may be partial closures at other times. Southbound lanes are not…

City of Mountlake Terrace offering pay incentives for recreation jobs

The City of Mountlake Terrace is undertaking a new initiative to recruit and retain hourly staff in child care, along with aquatics, athletics, dance, fitness and support services. This effort combines a state grant with federal dollars, drawing together $396,026 from funds meant to aid in pandemic recovery. The city council signed off on the…

City council honors work of Smith family, departing City Clerk Virginia Clough

It was an evening of recognitions Monday night as the Mountlake Terrace City Council thanked the Smith family for its role in running the annual Tour de Terrace Community celebration and said goodbye to long-time City Clerk and Community Relations Director Virginia Clough, who is moving to a new job in Eastern Washington. The meeting…