2018 Legislative Priorities
Specific Project Funding Needs
Ebey Waterfront Trail and Shoreline Access Project - $500K for design | $3M estimated total project cost
In 2017 the City opened the Ebey Waterfront Trail from the city's waterfront park, expanding public access to the natural habitat of the Qwuloolt Estuary, Snohomish River Delta and Port Gardner Bay. The City is currently designing the next phases of the trail with construction funding in place. To achieve the complete vision for a loop trail connecting the downtown waterfront park and the Sunnyside neighborhood, the City seeks funding for the final phase. Once complete, this centerpiece for economic development, downtown revitalization and tourism will also be a gateway to the 84-mile Sky to Sound (Skykomish to Snohomish) Water Trail. The City seeks $500K toward design and will continue to seek funding through other sources.
Grove Street Overcrossing - $1M for design | $24M estimated total project cost
Grove Street is a critical east-west corridor in downtown Marysville. Building a new overcrossing at the BNSF mainline between Cedar Avenue and State Avenue will help eliminate significant congestion and lengthy traffic backups currently experienced due to increasing train traffic throughout the city. This project was identified through a 2015 At-Grade Railroad Crossing Study as the most cost-effective overcrossing location. Total project cost estimate is $24M.
156th Street NE Overcrossing - $1M for design | $12.35M estimated total project cost
The City proposes to reinstate the public railroad crossing with an overcrossing at the BNSF mainline track at 156th Street NE just west of Interstate 5 and about a mile south of the Smokey Point/SR 531 (172nd Street NE) freeway interchange. Reopening a public crossing here will provide much-needed expanded transportation access to and from I-5 for residents and businesses and support future development. Total project cost estimate is $12.35M.
Arlington-Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center
Marysville and Arlington are jointly seeking Puget Sound Regional Council designation as a Regional Manufacturing and Industrial Center for the 4,000-acre MIC shared by the cities. With nearly 2,400 developable acres and expanding infrastructure, this joint project offers an attractive option for businesses wanting to locate in the Puget Sound region at this time of high rents and low vacancy rates overall. Another incentive to prospective businesses is a state property tax exemption for companies that meet employment and wage requirements. Learn more at www.marysvillewa.gov/mic.
Public Safety Building/Jail Funding Assistance
Marysville's Public Safety Building houses its municipal jail and Police department. It was built in 1989 and the jail was designed to hold about 18 inmates when city population was 10,000. Today Marysville is Snohomish County's second-largest city with a population of about 67,000. The jail, unchanged, has reached the end of its functional life cycle. The City has studied and is developing a recommendation for the most cost-effective way to design and construct a facility that meets public safety needs for the foreseeable future.
Homelessness, Mental Health and Opioid Addiction
Marysville, Arlington and Snohomish County are moving forward in 2018 with an embedded social worker program that will work with law enforcement to offer help including social services to those in crisis, many of them with drug addiction and/or mental health issues. We ask the state to recognize the great impact of these issues on all our communities and further support programs dealing with substance abuse and mental illness.