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City manager assembles fire contract negotiating team


Last updated 12/16/2016 at Noon

Dec.31 marks the end of a 20-year fire and EMS contract between the city of Mill Creek and Snohomish County Fire District #7.

The current contract includes automatic renewal provisions that will provide the City with continued fire and EMS service until such time as a new contract is negotiated.

The City is proposing a six-year contract to coincide with the length of the EMS levy approved by Mill Creek voters in November.

The cost to the City of a new six-year Fire and EMS service contract is about $25 million.

“This contract represents a significant impact to the City budget,” City Manager Rebecca Polizzotto said. “Therefore, it is imperative to assemble a team of individuals who possess the necessary historical, financial and legal expertise to help negotiate a contract that protects the interests of the taxpayers of Mill Creek while also fairly compensating FD7 for services provided.”

The city manager has assembled a contract negotiating team comprised of individuals with an array of public and private sector experience.

Polizzotto leads the team. Her experience and leadership in both city government, and as a chief assistant attorney general, position her to take the lead for the team.

Polizzotto is joined by Director of Finance and Administration Peggy Lauerman, City Attorney Scott Missall, and former City Manager Bob Stowe. Each of the team members brings knowledge and experience that will be beneficial for both sides as negotiations move forward.

Stowe brings a unique historical perspective to the team as he was responsible for negotiating the original 20-year contract. As a result, he will be able to speak first-hand as to the original intent and purpose of various contract provisions.

Missall was also part of the original negotiating team and has been involved in the evolution of the contract for the past two decades. As city attorney, his participation on the team will provide valuable legal guidance.

Director of Finance and Administration Peggy Lauerman brings years of private sector contract experience, and introduces a fresh perspective as one of the newest, yet most experienced, members of the City’s leadership team. Lauerman will oversee the financial analysis aspects of the negotiations.

A special meeting of the Mill Creek City Council will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 20, to discuss the fire and EMS contact. City staff will provide a preliminary assessment of the current contract, and review amendments that have been made over the years to that original contract.


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