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Petition to turn Snohomish into a "strong mayor" city filed for ballot

SNOHOMISH — A petition to overhaul Snohomish's government structure and turn the city into a strong mayor city has now been filed with the county.
If the restructure is successful, it would put an elected official as the de facto decisionmaker at the city. It’s called a “strong mayor” form of government, and it is used in cities such as Monroe, Everett, Mukilteo and Seattle. If voters approve, the city restructure would force electing a mayor in 2017. City Manager Larry Bauman would lose his job in the restructure.
To get on the November ballot, the City Council would need to authorize placing the petitionon the ballot by Aug. 2, county elections manager Garth Fell said, noting it is in the city’s hands.
The only City Council meeting scheduled for making that decision between now and end of business day Aug. 2 is the night of Tuesday, July 19.

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Wakeboarders wrestle Lake Tye

Doug Ramsay photo,

Noah Flegel, 18, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, does a move while competing in the Pro Wakeboard Tour on Lake Tye in Monroe on Saturday, July 9. The tour made its annual stop in Monroe as 15 professional wakeboard riders from North America and Australia competed. While the weather was not ideal for the tour on Saturday, the tour drew in many wakeboarding fans from throughout the Seattle area who lined the shore to watch. The tour moves on to Edmonton, Alberta then to Indiana before wrapping up later this summer.

Project Homeless Connect on July 14 helps people in need

SNOHOMISH COUNTY— On Thursday, July 14, low-income people can get help in many different ways at one site.
Project Homeless Connect, which will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Everett High School, 2416 Colby Ave. in Everett, offers free health checkups, more than 75 service organizations providing help with housing, medical needs, free haircuts and free animal care. A free lunch will be served at the event.

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Everett year-round farmers market to come back with new owner?

EVERETT — In the coming weeks, some big announcements are anticipated on reviving the year-round farmers market in Everett, at the corner of Grand and Hewitt avenues.
The market, which was set to open in the spring of 2012, has been sitting idle in an empty area of a building, and the situation worsened last fall when its developer, Lobsang Dargey, was accused by federal authorities of defrauding foreign investors.

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Merging Monroe Fire with Fire District 7 on ballots

MONROE — Voters in Monroe will decide whether to merge the Monroe Fire Department together with Fire District 7. Fire District 7 voters in Clearview and nearby areas, meanwhile, will be asked for an emergency medical services (EMS) levy lid lift.

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Little Free Libraries in town give kids more access to books

SNOHOMISH — A “little free library,” situated close to home, can instantly put books into the littlest hands.
Riverview’s Elementary principal Tammy Jones recently put up a “little free library” for children at the Snohomish Mobile & RV Park at 1330 Ave. D. 

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Monroe hospital adds new heart monitor technology

MONROE — EvergreenHealth Monroe hospital has recently added new monitors that track heart rate and vital signs. 
The monitors allow nurses and physicians to access their patient’s vital signs from any location in the hospital. 

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Recall statement filed against Mayor Guzak

SNOHOMISH — A formal attempt to recall Mayor Karen Guzak was initiated late last week.
The recall letter was filed with the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office on Thursday, June 23, almost eight months after Guzak’s third term election victory in November. 
The recall process has multiple procedural steps, including an overview by the county prosecuting office, and if it passes muster then the recall effort must fill a petition with at least a little over 700 signatures by Aug. 2 to force a public vote on the recall this fall.

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Senior centers stymied by United Way grant cut

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A change in grant funding focus at the local United Way is leaving area senior centers feeling left out.
In 2013, five regional senior centers were collectively given $150,000 from the United Way, spread over three years. Next year, it will be none. 

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Reshaping Everett council to be discussed

EVERETT — Voters will be asked to make small changes in city government on this fall’s ballot, but a much larger change — restructuring City Council elections — still may see a revival.
A discussion that will include restructuring City Council elections is scheduled for July 13 in a council subcommittee, but it’s too early to say that a council restructure would be tacked on to the upcoming ballot measure.

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Parks naming committee starts its work

SNOHOMISH — The approach to park names was brainstormed at last week’s ad hoc Parks Naming Committee meeting. 
The committee is looking at finding names for city land set aside to become future parks and also historically known named sites. The committee also will develop an official city park naming policy.

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City plans to renew Police Department contract with sheriff's office

SNOHOMISH — Talks of renewing the city’s contract with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office for police services through 2021 began last month.

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