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Mayor’s Action Agenda

“My vision for Mukilteo is a sustainable, well-run city with safe, strong neighborhoods. Realizing this vision will not happen overnight. It will take actions—large and small—to reach our goal. For the last three years, I have developed an Action Agenda to guide our work. You are welcome to look at this year’s agenda and what we’ve accomplished in the past. If you have ideas for things our city should be working on, let me know!” –Mayor Jennifer Gregerson

2016 ¦  2015  ¦  2014

2017

  • Mukilteo Strong: We will continue the important work that was started in 2016 by remembering those we have lost and building a stronger community to help prevent future tragedies.
  • Honor Green Businesses: We will build on the amazing progress led by our Green Team to encourage and support local businesses in their work to become more sustainable.
  • Emergency Preparedness: A disaster could strike at any time and families and businesses must be prepared; we will work to increase awareness of readiness kits and family and business plans for emergencies.
  • Community Policing: We will build on the successful Citizens Academy and policy volunteer programs by engaging teens and young adults in a closer relationship with our Police Department.
  • Recreation Scholarships: We have worked to return the community to the center of Rosehill’s mission; we must now work to ensure access to everyone in Mukilteo – regardless of income.

2016

  • Youth Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Challenges: In addition to preventing fires and preparing for disasters, we also have to face a sad reality that substance abuse and mental health pose great risks to our young residents and our families. My 2016 Budget proposed continuing funding for outreach efforts by our Crime Prevention Officer Colt Davis to address youth substance abuse and mental health, and I am grateful the City Council supported this request. We have lost too many young people in our community to suicide and addiction. We can and must do more to prevent these tragedies.
  • Stewardship Program: Japanese Gulch, a tremendous asset, will now take careful stewardship. We must engage our community to help care for the Gulch. Building on successful stewardship programs in other cities, in our state and national parks, I proposed funding for a Gulch Stewardship Program in our 2016 Budget. The funds will provide supplies and training, but the work will be done by volunteers and dedicated community members. We all worked so hard to save the Gulch, now it’s time for us to work together to take care of it.
  • Energy Use Reduction: We will utilize the expertise of our Green Team and City staff to comprehensively survey energy use at all our City facilities to help us measure our baseline. Using this baseline information, we can take action to reduce energy use and save money in our city operations. We can set a better example for other building owners and save some money in our bottom line.
  • Fire Prevention and Community Education: Our most important partners are the residents we serve: I believe when we work together, our City and our community, we can accomplish a lot more. We will be relying on residents to participate in the work of community engagement and fire prevention. By taking common sense steps to make our homes and community safer, we can avoid the costs and heartache that come with accidents and disasters.
  • School Recreation Partnerships: One proven solution to help keep our younger residents healthy and safe is expanding recreational opportunities, to encourage physical activity and give our younger residents healthy outlets. We are blessed to have some amazing school facilities in our City, and this year, I am directing our staff to engage with the Mukilteo School District and search for more opportunities to partner together to create expanded recreational opportunities for our kids. Whether it’s the pool, the gym or the theater, we should be finding ways to partner to support our youth. The City’s 2016 Budget set aside some funding for facility rental, and we will be looking at opportunities to trade services and space at our City facilities as well.
  • Senior Facility Partnerships:  By partnering with the Boys and Girls Club at their new Shin Center in Harbour Pointe, we can provide enhanced service to both seniors and kids, at a much lower cost than building a stand-alone facility. This partnership would also foster and develop a multi-generational community space for our youth to learn from our older residents. This unique partnership opportunity will not be here forever, and we should consider the benefits, hear from the public, and give it full consideration. Our community is aging, and we need to ensure that our seniors have the space and the opportunity to remain active, engaged residents. It’s good for their health and it’s good for our whole community.
  • Aerospace Workforce: About 50 percent of Boeing’s top engineers and mechanics will be eligible to retire over the next five years. Unfortunately, these career pathways aren’t being fully explored by all of our young residents. In 2009, just 24% of scientists and engineers in this country were women, not because women aren’t smart enough or motivated enough to study these subjects—studies have found that our girls aren’t being encouraged to consider these careers and explore all of their opportunities. Encouraging women to pursue careers in aerospace isn’t just about preparing the future of the workforce, it will also help close the pay gap between men and women. I will be hosting a Cool Girls in Aerospace seminar this year, to encourage some of our bright young women in Mukilteo to really consider careers in aerospace and other STEM fields. I want them to get some hands-on experiences, meet some brilliant women and be inspired to dream big dreams. I want them to know there’s a place for them at our great aerospace companies who need their smarts and their energy now more than ever.

2015

  • Business License Reform: A strong Mukilteo depends on a healthy economy, for our businesses, for every Mukilteo resident, and for our children’s future. A reform of our business licenses will encourage job creation and reduce the administrative burden on small businesses. The 2016 Mayor’s Preliminary Budget included options for business license fee reform that supports small and new businesses. The new fee would be less complicated and revenue neutral for the City.
  • Community Voice for Rosehill: When we built the new Rosehill Community Center, it was meant to be a gem for our community. I believe that we can ensure that Rosehill serves our community needs better by giving our residents more of a voice in the operations and mission of the Community Center. In February 2015, the City Council affirmed the formation of the new Rosehill Community Board.
  • Public Safety and Prevention: The most important duty our City has is ensuring we live in a safe community. A new Assistant Chief-Fire Marshal will ensure we have the capacity to focus on safety and prevention. The 2016 Budget includes a full-time fire marshal, as well as funding for resident training and other prevention activities.
  • Investing in Transportation: Destinations throughout Mukilteo should be accessible to all our residents. Whether you use a car, a bike, or your own two feet, our city should invest in a transportation system that works for everyone. Our valuable infrastructure should be well-maintained and preserved for the future. In June 2015, the City Council affirmed the formation of the Wise Investments in Transportation Taskforce, which will study our infrastructure needs and make recommendations on funding options we should consider to pay for our streets, sidewalks, trails and bike paths.
  • Housing Affordability: I want to make sure we have a lot of housing choices for our community, to make sure the people that love Mukilteo and want to be a part of it are able to do so. We will encourage more affordable housing choices by reexamining our policies around the creation of mother-in-law units. The Council first passed these regulations in 2009. Since then, only two people have taken advantage of the option. The 2016 Mayor’s Preliminary Budget included a reduction in the filing fee for accessory dwelling units, to encourage more housing options.

2014

  • City Staff Green Team: Mayor Gregerson founded the City’s Green Team, which meets regularly to share and assess ideas to make our City more sustainable and environmentally conscious. The Team has held an office supply swap, is working on paper reduction strategies and other initiatives.
  • Domestic Violence Service and Prevention: Mukilteo police officers make more than one arrest per week on average for domestic violence, with little attention from the media or public. The 2015 budget included a part-time domestic violence coordinator to support Mukilteo’s most vulnerable populations.
  • Fire Regionalization: Mayor Gregerson and staff presented a negotiated contract for fire service with Fire District 1 to the City Council in July 2014. Staff analysis showed that the contract would provide better service at a lower cost to residents. The City Council elected not to pursue contracting, and instead invest in Mukilteo’s Fire Department.
  • Edgewater Beach Access: Since June 2014, a path has been open to access Edgewater Beach. This is the first chance to legally access the path along the tank farm in more than a half century.
  • Human Resources: The City’s new Human Resources Manager, Julie Good, began work in August 2014. This provides support and resources to city employees, and reduces city liability concerns.
  • Japanese Gulch Purchase: The final 98 acres were purchased in February 2014. Work has begun on the master plan for the Gulch.
  • Pavement Preservation: In January 2014, the Mayor enacted a moratorium on chip sealing our streets and directed staff to assess alternatives. In 2015, a new technique was tested to determine if it meets Mukilteo standards for cost and quality. Staff continues work on finalizing a pavement preservation plan that is sustainable and uses the right treatment for the right street.
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