By Chris Hendrickson, Monitor
Sultan City Council swore in newly-elected Position 1 Councilmember Bob McCarty last week at City Hall during the Dec. 12 council meeting. McCarty won the Nov. 5 election over incumbent Councilmember Ken Marshall.
Per Washington State law, when a councilperson is elected to fill a seat that is currently occupied by an appointed councilmember, such as Marshall, the elected individual is to take office immediately.
McCarty recently attended an Elected Officials Essentials course which was put on by a nonprofit organization out of Olympia called the Association of Washington Cities. The one-day course, which was designed to teach basic city government roles and responsibilities, was held in Kenmore.
McCarty said that he will be working hard to get up to speed and will be utilizing the study guides and reference materials he has received since being elected.
“It will probably be a while before I catch up on all of it,” said McCarty.
The councilmembers all congratulated McCarty and welcomed him.
FEMA COMMUNITY RATING SYSTEM
Sultan Community Development Director Bob Martin presented Mayor Eslick with a plaque honoring the city for its accomplishments in achieving an improved community rating for their flood management efforts. The community rating system is a part of the National Flood Insurance Program, which is managed by FEMA.
The rating system takes into consideration local efforts to aid in decreasing flood loss potential such as maintaining open space in critical flood plain areas; elevating new buildings beyond the minimum levels established for flood protection; adequate stormwater management programs along with careful mapping of areas prone to flooding.
The rating system is based on a scale of one through 10, in which a lower number equates to a more positive rating. The city of Sultan had previously been rated at a Class 7, and Mayor Eslick launched an effort to bring the number down.
“As the enclosed plaque highlights, the City of Sultan is currently a Class 6 community in the CRS. This rating translates into a premium savings of 20 percent for each flood insurance policyholder located in the designated floodplain of your community,” wrote FEMA Mitigation Division Director Mark Carey.
Martin stated that the city will provide a form letter to members of the community who reside in the designated floodplain and hold flood insurance policies, so that they can forward them to their insurance companies in an endeavor to ensure that they are able to obtain the savings.
BRONN JOURNEY – A FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR SUSIE HOLLENBECK
Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick is helping to organize a group of citizens to attend a Christmas concert performed by Bronn and Katherine Journey, who will be at the Everett Events Center on Sunday, Dec. 22.
Bronn contacted Mayor Eslick to let her know that he would like to donate half of the proceeds generated from Sultan’s group of attendees to local volunteer Susie Hollenbeck, who is undergoing chemotherapy as she battles ovarian cancer.
“So it would be wonderful if we had a nice crowd that went,” said Mayor Eslick.
Bronn, who lives in Sultan, is a highly acclaimed harp player who holds a degree in Harp Performance from the University of Washington. He performs with his wife Katherine, who has a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance. Bronn and Katherine have toured nationally and are known for their unique performances.
There will be two performances on Dec. 22; one at 2 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. All those who wish to attend can contact Mayor Eslick at 425-327-2093 for tickets, which are $20 each. The mayor anticipates receiving the tickets a day or two prior to the event, so attendees can either meet with her in advance to obtain their tickets or they can meet her at the theatre for the 7 p.m. performance.
The Everett Performing Arts Center is located at 2710 Wetmore Ave. in Everett.
City Administrator Ken Walker announced that the city has been awarded a $10,500 tourism grant from Snohomish County. The funds will be utilized towards the development and installation of two new Sultan City signs that will be available to advertise events and other special occasions ongoing in the community.
The signs will be placed at either end of downtown and will feature different sections. The top portion will host a permanent decorative sign constructed from sheet metal with the town name, and the middle area will be designated to hold a banner promoting community events.
The lower portion will include space available to local business owners who will be able to coordinate with the city to advertise their goods and services, as well as promote special sales events.
“We think this shows, very clearly, the city’s support of its business community,” said Walker.
The signs will be 14 feet tall and 12 feet in width.