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Originally published September 5, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified September 5, 2007 at 2:02 AM

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Transit breaks ground on new Mukilteo Station

Sound Transit broke ground last week on its Mukilteo Station, which in less than a year will offer Sounder commuter rail service between...

Sound Transit broke ground last week on its Mukilteo Station, which in less than a year will offer Sounder commuter rail service between Seattle and the Mukilteo area.

The project is part of a multi-agency effort to revitalize Mukilteo's waterfront and increase transportation options. The station is expected to be part of a larger multimodal transit hub that will link ferries, cars, buses and commuter rail transportation.

The budget for the entire project is $19.2 million, with funding provided by Sound Transit and the Federal Transportation Administration. The first phase will be finished by next spring, allowing it to be operational, while the remaining construction on the station will be completed in 2009.

When the station opens, three round-trip Sounder trains initially will run between Everett and Seattle each week day. That eventually will increase to four roundtrip trains.

Arlington

Council won't renew

Ridge lease

After much discussion, the Snohomish County Council has decided to forgo renewing its lease at the Ridge, formerly known as Indian Ridge and at one time the county's minimum-security prison.

It leases the buildings from the Department of Social and Health Services for $98,000 a year.

The county closed the Ridge, outside Arlington, in 2005 when it opened its new jail in Everett. Lagging revenues there recently forced the council to reconsider that decision, but more than $750,000 in needed upgrades have the council looking for other answers to a growing financial deficit at the jail.

Snohomish County

Forum to be held

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on design standards

Snohomish County will host a forum to discuss urban residential-design standards and rural clusters, where a number of houses are built on small lots in rural areas.

Officials will share ideas and take suggestions concerning how rules governing these types of neighborhoods should be written.

The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the county's Administration Building East, Meeting Room 1, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett.

Staff hope to gather input from property owners, renters and developers as well as rural and urban residents. Themes will include urban green space, compatibility, development character, affordable housing and the review process.

For more information, go to www1.co.snohomish.wa.us/Departments/PDS/Divisions/Code_Development/UDC or call 425-388-3311, ext. 2203.

Everett

Candidates forum

set for Thursday

The Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County is hosting a candidates forum from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday in the Weyerhaeuser Room at Everett Station as part of its quarterly Affordable Housing Breakfast series.

Candidates for county executive and County Council positions have been invited to participate. Questions will be centered on affordable-housing issues for Snohomish County.

The public is invited to attend. The cost of the event is $10, payable at the door. Information: 425-339-1015.

Stanwood

Improvements set

for summer camp

Construction crews will break ground Thursday on a new boys' shower house and restroom at Camp Killoqua in Stanwood. Campfire U.S.A., which operates the camp, is building the new facilities as part of a $2.7 million capital campaign.

Camp Killoqua has served youth in the Snohomish County region for more than 90 years and hosts more than 60 community organizations and school groups each year. Its residential summer camp was sold out this season. Toby Brown, capital-campaign coordinator, said the fundraising drive marks only the second time the organization has launched a campaign to make major improvements to the 185-acre camp.

Everett

Port wins award

for beach project

The Port of Everett has won a 2007 environmental-improvement award from the American Association of Port Authorities for a $1.7 million beach restoration in South Everett near Mukilteo.

Edgewater Beach — which is not yet open to the public — was built as mitigation for the port's new Mount Baker Terminal.

The shoreline along the BNSF Railway mainline was restored as a natural public beach. The port added 1,100 linear feet of gravel and sand, and provided public access with paths, benches, picnic tables and a parking lot.

The new terminal facility will be used to transfer oversized Boeing aerospace parts from barges to rail cars. It is scheduled to open in 2008.

The Port won a similar award in 2001 for restoring a Union Slough property in the Snohomish River estuary into a marsh mudflat surrounded by a walkway.

Snohomish County

Volunteers needed

to assist adults

Snohomish County Human Services is recruiting volunteers to assist adults living in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and adult family homes for long-term care.

Volunteers would be trained as ombudsmen to act as advocates, educators and problem-solvers to clients, more than 2,500 of whom currently lack such services.

Volunteers are asked to work four days a week and will receive four days of training, with the next training session taking place Oct. 8, 9, 15 and 16.

For more information, contact Michal Glauner, Snohomish County regional ombudsman, at 425-388-7393.

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