MUKILTEO, Wash., September 4, 2023—For its Business Meeting at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 5, the Mukilteo City Council will reconsider Hawthorne Hall vote and discuss the City’s Capital Improvement Plan. This meeting will be held both in-person and can watch the live streaming of Council Meetings at www.mukilteowa.gov, Facebook Live and is also available via Zoom.
Draft 2024-2029 Capital Improvement Plan Discussion
The City Council will discuss the draft of the 2024-2029 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Based on the comments made in this meeting, the plan will be updated and then reviewed by the Planning Commission before being brought back to the Council for final consideration. Additional Council discussion, a public hearing, and adoption of the CIP will be scheduled to follow.
The Washington State Growth Management Act (“GMA”) requires local jurisdictions to include a Capital Facilities Element (RCW 36.70A.070 (3)) in GMA comprehensive plans. One of the Capital Facilities Element requirements is for:
“…at least a six-year plan that will finance such capital facilities within projected funding capacities and clearly identifies sources of public money for such purposes” (RCW 36.70A.070 (3)).
This “six-year plan” is referred to differently in various jurisdictions but is frequently known as the six-year capital improvement program (CIP). The City of Mukilteo has prepared a draft CIP plan for the Council’s consideration.
The Six-Year CIP update will be processed as a comprehensive plan amendment this year. Although the GMA requires that proposed comprehensive plan amendments be considered by the governing body of the county or city no more frequently than once every year, RCW 36.70A.130 (2)(a)(iv) provides an exception to that requirement for capital facilities element amendments that occur concurrently with the adoption or amendment of a county or city budget. The Mukilteo Six-Year CIP update is planned to be adopted concurrently with the 2024 Budget later this year.
Hawthorne Hall Reconsideration
Staff requests that the City Council discuss and vote on reconsideration of the previously passed motion which authorized the sale of Hawthorne Hall. The following motion is before the Council to reconsider: “To direct staff to sell Hawthorne Hall with the proceeds received to go into a restricted fund to be used for recreational purposes.”
The Council can choose to vote on this motion, or the original Councilmember who made the motion (Councilmember Moon), as well as the one who seconded the motion (Councilmember Jordal), can move to withdraw the motion. If the motion is withdrawn it would create a clean slate for an alternative motion.
If the Council chooses to sell the building staff asks that they pass the attached resolution (Exhibit 4), which would surplus the property and allow staff to begin the process of selling the property.
On July 17, 2023, the City Council voted 3-2 to sell Hawthorne Hall. Staff have included the minutes of this meeting as Exhibit 3, the language of the motion was as follows: “To direct staff to sell Hawthorne Hall with the proceeds received to go into a restricted fund to be used for recreational purposes.”
However, at the August 7, 2023, Councilman Louis Harris introduced a motion to reconsider the previous decision which was approved by the council. For Tuesday’s meeting, the Council will discuss the proposal and take a vote to reaffirm or overturn the previous motion.