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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). 
  • Monroe considers health district  funding request

    The Monroe City Council is considering a $2 per capita funding request from the Snohomish County Health District.
    The state’s first local health jurisdiction reports due to financial struggles since the Great Recession in 2008, including downsizing staff and reducing services, it is in need of assistance from cities, according to a proposed interlocal agreement. 

  • Monroe collecting trash, dumping data

    Mayor Geoffrey Thomas has directed city staff to make weekly walkthroughs on public lands, to keep accessible areas clean.
    Police and Parks and Recreation staff have also recently worked to clear areas along unmaintained trails in Al Borlin Park of amassed trash and debris, some as a result of occupied or previously occupied homeless encampments.

  • Police request social worker backup

    The city of Monroe is developing a contract for an embedded social worker to serve with officers that connect with the city’s homeless.
    Monroe Police Sgt. Ryan Irving illustrated the importance of the community support position during Tuesday’s council meeting.

  • The Washington State Board of Natural Resources chose not to save 25 acres of forest from the 187-acre Singletary timber sale near Wallace Falls State Park.
  • Police arrest Monroe man in murder-for-hire case
    A Monroe man is in custody for allegedly attempting to hire someone to kill his wife and young daughter, offering to split the life insurance payout.
  • State of the cities
    Sky Valley Visitors Center president Debbie Copple made the case for more lodging along U.S. Highway 2 and nearby towns during last Wednesday’s Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce meeting.
  • County supports saving timberland

    A swath of the Singletary timber sale north of Gold Bar may be safe for at least four years.
    The Snohomish County executive and county council passed a joint resolution Wednesday that supports the Washington State Department of Natural Resources setting aside 25 acres of timberland.

  • Sultan council hears pot shop opposition
    Nearly a dozen residents turned out at the Jan. 26 Sultan City Council meeting to publicly oppose allowing a recreational marijuana retailer to move into the city.
  • Monroe council pondering taking over water system
    A group of homeowners in the Marbello Water System service area — less than a half-mile outside city limits and west of Chain Lake Road — say they are tired of the chronic maintenance problems associated with the facility. Some also lack confidence the owner’s proposed 175 percent monthly rate increases would solve issues with poor management.
  • Council leans toward short-term options for poor intersection

    Motorists may see a little relief at the intersection of Blueberry Lane and North Kelsey Street in the very near future.
    Monroe Public Works senior engineer Scott Peterson presented findings from the project’s Jan. 12 open house during last Tuesday’s council meeting. 

  • Point in Time
    Jessica Taylor lives in a trailer without running water near Sultan. She uses propane for cooking and heat. She made a visit to Monroe on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to grab some tarp for the trailer's leaking roof, and to participate in the Snohomish County Point In Time one-day count.
  • Police arrest car theft suspects
    A man and woman in their mid-20s suspected of stealing five Honda vehicles from different properties around Gold Bar, Sultan and Monroe were arrested last Friday in Sultan.
  • Fish and Wildlife seeks sponsor for license fees increases
    Hunters and fishermen may have to pay upwards of 30 percent more for some licenses next year if a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife proposal makes it through this legislative session.
  • Making higher ground
    Snohomish County Public Works announced possible solutions to three of the four problem areas adversely affected by frequent flooding on Ben Howard and Mann roads during an open house on Thursday.
  • The Snohomish County Health District is asking Monroe, Snohomish County and 19 other cities to formerly withdraw any claim in the Rucker Building.
    The problem is, no one has found definitive proof of potential ownership.

  • Monroe City Council declines to readdress term limits

    Monroe City Councilmember Kevin Hanford renewed the topic of repealing term limits during last Tuesday’s council meeting, but was unable to move the issue forward.

  • The Snohomish County Deputy Sheriff’s Association is asking Superior Court Judge Eric Lucas to apologize for multiple recent comments the judge made relating to law enforcement and race.
  • Monroe council opposes two marijuana retailer license applications
    The Monroe City Council passed resolutions in opposition of two marijuana retailer license applications at last Tuesday's meeting.
  • Former Monroe corrections officer gets house arrest for bilking L&I
    A former Monroe Correctional Complex corrections officer now living in Michigan will serve most of a 45-day sentence at home, after pleading guilty Friday, Jan. 20, to charges he fraudulently collected workers’ compensation disability payments while working three jobs.
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