Lynnwood City Council to discuss whether to explore possible regional fire consolidation at Monday’s work session

great dealThe Lynnwood City Council is scheduled to consider whether the City should commit staff time and explore opportunities for a regional fire department with Snohomish County Fire District 1 during Monday’s work session.

In April, City Council Leadership and Mayor Nicola Smith met with a representative of Snohomish County Fire District 1 at the request of the district. The meeting was to gauge the interest level of the Lynnwood to once again explore opportunities for future regional fire department efforts.

It was agreed that the next step would be to bring this request to the City Council for further discussion and direction. Since the early 1970s, there have been at least nine attempts to consolidate South Snohomish County Fire services with the most recent in 2013.

If the Council’s direction is to study the opportunities, there will be significant staff time, particularly in the area of Finance, Fire Department staff, City Council commitments and possible consultant and legal fees. Since the last study was in 2013, much of the earlier work will remain valid.

Fire Department administration said it believes that given the current circumstances, it is worthwhile to again explore the potential of a partnership. It is equally essential to identify if a partnership is not probable for the future of the department’s expansion, according to Fire Department administration.

The Council also is scheduled to receive an update on the City’s marijuana legislation, a report from Sound Transit on the Lynnwood Link and the 2014 annual report from Hearing Examiner John Galt, The Hearing Examiner is an independent, third-party retained by the City to conduct quasi-judicial hearings for certain land use permits and appeals of administrative decisions.

Lynnwood Library Board applicant Halley Roberts is scheduled to be interviewed.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 19100 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood.

The Lynnwood Transportation Benefit District Board has scheduled a special meeting at 6:30 p.m., also in Council Chambers at City Hall, 19100 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood. The Board will be recessing to executive session to discuss former Councilmember Ted Hikel’s lawsuit against the Transportation Benefit District Board.

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