Mountlake Terrace City Council approves interlocal agreement for regional drug and gang task force

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City-of-MLT-logoThe Mountlake Terrace City Council unanimously approved a 2015-16 Interlocal Agreement for the Snohomish Regional Drug and Gang Task Force during Monday’s meeting.

The City has been a part of the task force for 26 years. Twenty-five investigators are part of the task force, which draws from 25 different agencies. Mountlake Terrace currently does not have an officer assigned to the task force but benefits through intelligence and investigative expertise. The focus of the task force is on mid and upper level drug and gang activity. Mountlake Terrace’s financial contributution is $5,421.

Among the other issues the task force is tackling are individuals taking over unoccupied homes along Highway 99. The task force also is finding some residents, who are not capable of standing up for themselves, also are having their homes taken over by criminals. The homeless camps along Highway 99 are another challenge for the task force. The heroin epidemic continues to impact Snohomish County and sex trafficking is an ongoing problem.

The task force, in partnership with the Snohomish Health District, runs the drug takeback program, where people can drop off unneeded medication at the police department, including Mountlake Terrace.

The City Council also passed its goals for 2015-17. The goals are:

  • Protect and Enhance the City’s Financial Health and Stability While Maintaining Appropriate and Essential Public Services in a Cost Effective Manner
  • Generate Economic Development Throughout the Community
  • Implement the Downtown “Main Street” Revitalization Project
  • Review, Prioritize and Implement Capital Infrastructure Projects to Include the Development of a Strategy to Address the City’s Aging Public Facilities
  • Implement Civic Center Plan to Include Financing Options for Voter Consideration

The Council moved forward with its plans to establish a Facilities Task Force and to seek residents who are interested in serving on the task force.

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