The City of Lake Stevens continues to move forward with the annexation of the southwest side of the lake and in the process they want residents within the annexation area to be informed and educated regarding the city’s intent to become “one community around the lake”.
As part of that process, Snohomish County and the City have come to formal agreements regarding surface water management services within the annexation area, as well as the city’s participation to complete the 20th St. SE road construction and improvements as well as an agreement including Diking District 2 in regards to surface water runoff within the Diking District.
Lake Stevens’ city officials made a presentation to the Washington Boundary Review Board for Snohomish County regarding the above mentioned concerns on June 30 2009.
With the support of the Lake Stevens Fire District, the Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce, Lake Stevens Sewer District and Lake Stevens School District, the city assured the Board that they have the capability and the intention of maintaining the surface waste water and contributing funds to help maintain the diking district within the 2,374 acres of land it is hoping to annex into the city in November.
The City has also worked out an agreement with Snohomish County wherein Lake Stevens will contribute a portion of the 20th St. SE road reconstruction by paying $1 million over a 2-year period and $2 million more after there is additional economic development within that area.
“The agreements are done,” Jan Berg, Lake Stevens City Administrator said. “The county was great in working with us and getting this completed in a very fast manner. It will be a smooth transfer of service.”
The Board agreed saying that “the City’s Notice of Intention and supporting fiscal analysis… evidences its economic and fiscal responsibility to provide urban level services to the proposed area.”
The Board also recognized that the City of Lake Stevens is a more capable municipal service provider than the County and “can more adequately provide necessary urban services to this area”.
The city is now hoping to continue to keep residents in this area informed of what happens before, during and after annexation.
“Now we will continue to work on getting factual information out to the public,” Berg said.
Berg notes that City officials have visited neighborhoods and would continue to do so if the people so desire. There will also be an abundance of information available at the city’s booth during Aquafest this weekend.
“We are willing to do what it takes so people can make an informed decision,” she said.
Residents within the proposed annexation area will be able to vote on their November ballots. For questions or more information please call the City of Lake Stevens at 425-334-1012.