Reminder: Learn how to stop aquatic hitchhikers during June 25 event at Lake Ballinger

To help people enjoy Lake Ballinger without spreading aquatic invasive species, the City of Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish Conservation District are hosting a “Clean-Drain-Dry” event at the Ballinger boat launch on Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to noon. Staff will be on hand to show people how to identify invasive plants and animals; how…

City of Mountlake Terrace shares outdoor dining map

The City of Mountlake Terrace has published an outdoor dining guide just in time for summer. Nearly a dozen restaurants within the city offer patio seating, and one brewery regularly posts the schedule for rotating food trucks. In addition, café tables and chairs have been added to the Jerry Smith Town Center Plaza. In a…

City council discusses multifamily property tax exemption programs, reviews Q1 police report

The Mountlake Terrace City Council hosted a special presentation and discussion on multifamily property tax exemption programs at its June 16 work/study session, and also reviewed the Mountlake Terrace Police Department’s 2022 first quarter report. Thursday’s presentation was provided by The Concord Group and focused on those programs authorized under Washington state law that incentivize development…

Reminder: Mountlake Terrace pool to close June 19-26 for maintenance

The pool at the Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion will be closed June 19-26 for routine maintenance and preparing for the summer season. This closure includes the pool deck, along with the spa, sauna and locker rooms. Drop-in open gym also is canceled. Other Recreation Pavilion programs will continue during the closure. Daily hours will be…

MLT City Hall, police station to be closed Monday to observe Juneteenth

For the first time, Juneteenth will be a City of Mountlake Terrace holiday. The Mountlake Terrace City Council was expected to adopt a proclamation at its Thursday meeting in observance. The council had earlier approved Juneteenth as an official city holiday, one that also recently gained state and federal status. Juneteenth, or June 19, began…

City council hosting June 16 presentation on multifamily property tax exemption programs

The Mountlake Terrace City Council at its June 16 work/study session will host, along with the Mountlake Terrace Planning Commission, a special presentation and discussion on multifamily property tax exemption programs. The presentation, which begins at 6 p.m., will be the city’s first hybrid council meeting to occur both in person at city hall council chambers…

City council approves new playground for Matt Hirvela/Bicentennial Park

A new playground will be coming to Matt Hirvela/Bicentennial Park after the Mountlake Terrace City Council unanimously approved, at its June 6 regular business meeting, the equipment’s purchase and installation. The new play area will be located in the southwest corner of the park near the gazebo structure and installation is anticipated to begin this…

Reminder: Next Coffee with the City June 8

The community is invited to the monthly Virtual Coffee with the City from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 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 city operations, events…

City council reviews staffing levels and compensation

The Mountlake Terrace City Council discussed city staffing levels and compensation at its June 2 work/study session. City Manager Scott Hugill noted that the total number of city employee hours dropped off in response to the recession in 2008 as “we started leaving positions vacant so that we didn’t fall behind in our expenses not…

Mountlake Terrace water main project begins; other road work planned

The City of Mountlake Terrace reminds residents that they may see construction activity this week as the Westside Water Main Improvements Project gets underway Crews will be verifying pipe locations and traffic control plans along 66th Avenue West. Heavier equipment and excavation work will become visible as early as next week. The city council approved the…

City council Thursday to review staffing levels, Juneteenth proclamation

The Mountlake Terrace City Council will review city staffing levels and compensation among other items at its June 2 work/study session. Additional items on Thursday night’s agenda include: – Review of Juneteenth proclamation – Review of 2022-2024 Teamsters Local 763 labor agreement – Review of 2022-2024 Mountlake Terrace Police Guild labor agreement The meeting will…

Reminder: Road repairs this week will displace parking for a few days

A project scheduled for next week will restore local streets that were affected by a 2021 hydraulic fluid spill, the City of Mountlake Terrace said Monday. Residents in several neighborhoods should expect parking restrictions while crews apply new pavement markings and fog seal, a protective coating. The spill happened last June, when a Waste Management…

U.S. Rep. Larsen hikes and bikes during local tours highlighting connectivity

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen walked the trails at Veterans Memorial Park on Monday while touring the planned transit connection project to the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center. In preparation for Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link light rail extension that is scheduled to begin service in 2024, the City of Mountlake Terrace plans to build a pedestrian plaza…

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lake Ballinger celebrates waterfront improvements

Summer’s around the corner, and the City of Mountlake Terrace officially celebrated the recently completed Ballinger Park Waterfront Project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Lake Ballinger on May 21. Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright welcomed those in attendance, which included the Mountlake Terrace City Council, State Rep. Cindy Ryu, State Sen. Jesse Salomon, officials from South…

Residents invited to vote on Bicentennial Playground playground options

The City of Mountlake Terrace Friday launched a public survey for folks to weigh in on the new playground coming to Matt Hirvela/Bicentennial Park. Everyone in the community is asked to review three options before the City Council approves a final design. The online survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/3PBPBD8 until May 30. The park’s…

Community offers ideas about priorities for local watershed improvements

The City of Mountlake Terrace and the Snohomish Conservation District hosted an online discussion Thursday about local watersheds to gather residents’ ideas on which local creeks and lakes are most in need of improvement. During the hour-long webinar, Stormwater Program Manager Laura Reed provided an overview on the status of the city’s watersheds, talked about fish…

City council reviews 2021 year-end financial report

During a review of the city’s 2021 fourth quarter financial report, the Mountlake Terrace City Council heard during its May 16 business meeting that city finances mostly remained on track with its budget. Finance Director Crystil Wooldridge said a majority of revenues and expenditures were on target with the six-year financial forecast. Sales tax revenues for…

MLT Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission to meet May 18

With seven volunteer members, the City of Mountlake Terrace’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission seeks to foster an understanding that includes, accepts, respects and appreciates each  community members. All are invited to join them at their next virtual meeting on Wednesday, May 18 beginning at 7 p.m. To listen to the meeting via telephone, call…

Reminder: MLT residents invited to join virtual discussion about watershed health May 19

Mountlake Terrace residents will have an opportunity to learn about the health of their local watershed during a virtual gathering next week. The City of Mountlake Terrace and the Snohomish Conservation District are hosting the gathering to obtain residents’ input on which local creeks and lakes are most in need of improvement. If you appreciate having a creek…

City council reviews update to public comment policy, grant for city trees program

Thanks to a recent change in state law, residents will still be able to participate remotely in city government meetings after they return to being held in-person, and the Mountlake Terrace City Council at its May 12 work/study session reviewed an ordinance updating its public comment policy to accomodate that. During the COVID-19 pandemic, government…

Council to discuss public comment policy during May 12 work/study session

The Mountlake Terrace City Council will review a public comment policy ordinance among other items at its May 12 work/study session. Additional items on Thursday night’s agenda include: – Review of “Trees for Terrace” street and park tree planting grant from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources – Review of stormwater management action plan…

Mountlake Terrace awarded $30K grant to add trees

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has awarded the City of Mountlake Terrace with a $30,000 grant for a street and parks tree planting program. This will be a multi-year effort to increase canopy by planting new street trees and adding trees to lower-canopy areas within city parks, the city said in a Monday…

Mountlake Terrace to receive $107,400 in grants for stormwater program

The City of Mountlake Terrace will receive three grants this year totaling $107,400 for its stormwater program. The Washington State Department of Ecology is funding a $26,000 two-year grant for invasive plant control in Lake Ballinger. It is also providing a $50,000 grant for efforts to support stormwater permit compliance work. The two-year grant will…

Have Coffee with the City May 11

The community is invited to the City of Mountlake Terrace’s monthly virtual Coffee with the City from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, via Zoom. This is a casual setting with the city manager and staff members to talk about city operations, events and opportunities for community involvement. Everyone is welcome, including students. Attendees can ask…