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BDS Planning & Urban Design founder Brian Scott presented his strategy for downtown Monroe during the Monroe City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1. BDS was hired by the city in April and has been working on a strategy since May.	 Photo by Chris Hendrickson
BDS Planning & Urban Design founder Brian Scott presented his strategy for downtown Monroe during the Monroe City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1. BDS was hired by the city in April and has been working on a strategy since May. Photo by Chris Hendrickson
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 12:18 PM
The Monroe City Council was given an overview of Monroe’s new Downtown Revitalization Strategy last week, presented by BDS Planning & Urban Design principal Brian Scott with support from the Downtown Monroe Association (DMA). 
  • The Monroe City Council approved an ordinance repealing term limits restrictions at last Tuesday’s meeting, with Councilmembers Kirk Scarboro and Jim Kamp dissenting. 

  • Murder-for-hire suspect released from jail; investigation ongoing
    Monroe resident Jeffery Lytle, 42, was released from custody after the temporary charge against him that he allegedly hired someone to kill his wife and 4-year-old daughter expired. 
  • Stolen vehicle ends up in Lords Lake

    A Seattle couple was sent to EvergreenHealth in Monroe after the stolen vehicle they were driving went into Lords Lake on Fryelands Boulevard on Sunday.

  • Monroe schools report mumps cases

    The Monroe School District is now also feeling the affects of a report of more than 600 potential mumps cases statewide.
    Park Place Middle School has one confirmed and another probable case, and Frank Wagner Elementary School has one probable case. 

  • SVEC reopening areas of school after further testing
    Seven spaces at the Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe can reopen after recent testing found no detectable amounts of PCBs.
  • Officers on leave following domestic disturbance death
    Two Monroe Police officers are on paid administrative leave after a 29-year-old man died after being taken into custody by law enforcement during a domestic disturbance response Tuesday night in the Echo Lake neighborhood of Snohomish.
  • One dead in Gold Bar house fire
    One man is dead after a fire consumed a home Monday night on Maycreek Road in Gold Bar.
  • Monroe council passes first reading to repeal term limits
    The Monroe City Council voted to accept the first reading of an ordinance to repeal restrictions on councilmember term limits, a proposal that has come and gone multiple times in the past several months.
  • Community leads firearms dealer to missing military truck
    The 5-ton military cargo truck stolen from outside Shannon Jelenek's business did not go unnoticed on its trip from downtown into a snow bank outside Skykomish.
  • Point in Time preliminary data in
    The number of unsheltered homeless people in Snohomish County jumped 9 percent from 2016, and has doubled since 2013, according to the 2017 Point in Time summary report released Wednesday, March 8.
  • County plans May Creek Bridge summer closure
    The crossing at May Creek, nine miles east of Gold Bar, will be shut down for the summer. When it reopens, a 100-foot-long, 28-foot-wide bridge will replace the partially washed out structure that has functioned with only one lane for several years.
  • No effects from restroom access policy repeal
    Effects from the recent repeal of Obama administration restroom access policies addressing transgender students will not be felt in local schools for now. The Trump administration’s action on Feb. 22 defers decision making to the states.
  • More fixes for troubled intersection
    Motorists that make left turns from the northbound lane on North Kelsey Street to Blueberry Lane will soon have to find a new route 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Legislature delays school levy cliff
    The Monroe School District will hold on to an estimated $3.9 million in its budget that had been threatened by months of indecision in the Washington Legislature to extend a significant local funding option.
  • A handful of residents turned out for the Feb. 23 Sultan City Council meeting to support allowing recreational marijuana retail in the city.
    Devon Wetzel, a 21-year resident of Sultan, started his few minutes of public comment by saying he isn’t a pot smoker, but can see the city needs more businesses. 

  • Changing philosophy around education

    Monroe School District administrators say a culture shift is essential for students and staff to realize their potential.
    A group of educators and community members called the Strengths Based Education Team are targeting philosophy behind the Clifton Strengths Finder test, developed by Donald Clifton, as the method by which more advancement could be made in the classroom.

  • Residents weigh in on grizzly restoration plans
    County residents recently offered input on the Draft Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan’s Environmental Impact Statement for the North Cascades Ecosystem.
  • Pearson calls for increasing drop boxes in smaller jurisdictions

    Washington Sen. Kirk Pearson is pushing for more ballot drop boxes, which he says are disproportionately located in smaller jurisdictions.
    With Senate Bill 5472, which passed out of the Senate last week, Pearson aims to have one drop box installed per 15,000 registered voters in each county, city, town and census-designated place with a post office.

  • Sultan man arrested for murder in 1982 Chelan County cold case
    Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett reported Friday his detectives arrested 60-year-old Sultan resident Bernard Swaim for first-degree murder in the 1982 disappearance of a Cashmere resident.
  • District shuts down Sky Valley Education Center spaces over contaminant testing
    Seven spaces in the Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe will remain shut down until the Monroe School District receives results from further PCB testing.
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