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Last updated 5/18/2017 at Noon

Please join us to honor those who have fallen in service to our Country. At 6 pm on Friday, May26, the City will hold a commemoration ceremony at Veterans Monument at Library Park. Our Mill Creek police chaplain will offer a prayer and the Mill Creek Chorale will sing the National Anthem during the raising of the flag. Community members will have an opportunity to pay their respects by laying carnations at the monument to honor those who have given their life in the service of our country.

Monday, May 29 at 10:30a.m. will be our annual Memorial Day parade through the Town Center. Our parade is growing each year. I hope you will join us.

Planning Commissioners reappointed

Congratulations to Stan Eisner and Dennis Teschlog on their unanimous reappointment to the Mill Creek Planning Commission. Mill Creek is a better place for all of us when residents like Stan and Dennis donate their time and valuable expertise to our city.

Social Media coming

The City Council has approved a new social media policy. Soon our City’s Facebook Page and Twitter will be operational. This will allow us to keep residents informed about road closures, emergency/public safety actions and everyday city news.

I don’t do Facebook or Twitter myself. There are too many problems with Public Records requests, etc. Even people like me will be able to access the City’s Facebook and Twitter information without having an account.

Mill Creek is committed to being as transparent as possible. We also want to give people the opportunity to be informed more efficiently and quickly.

New web site later this year

Have you been frustrated trying to locate something on our city web site? I have. Frequently! That will change by the end of this year. Our new Communications Director Joni Kirk is revamping our city web site to make it more user friendly. Nothing should take more than two or three obvious clicks. Joni is going to make that happen.

We will also have a new tourism component on the web site. Everyone will be able to find out what is happening in and around our city. This new component of our web site will be paid for by a $10,000 grant received from the Snohomish County Hotel/Motel Tax fund. All work must be completed by the end of this year in order to receive the grant money.

Payroll/evaluation processes updated

HR Director Laura Orlando said, ‘Just because we are small doesn’t mean we can’t be the best.’ I like that attitude! The council received a presentation on her months of work upgrading our payroll and employee evaluation processes. ADP now handles our payroll and provides software for Human Resources. Not only is ADP more efficient and accurate, Mill Creek is once again saving money. City staff is already successfully using the software. The Council will use it for the first time on the City Manager’s evaluation in June. I am excited to try it out.

Our new social media policies, updating of our web site and upgrading of city payroll and Human Resource services are more examples of the positive changes made in our city since Rebecca became our city manager in June 2015. Thank you!

Mayor’s Corner is a monthly column is written by Mill Creek Mayor Pam Pruitt that highlights issues of importance to residents, as well as insights into what the City Council is up to. Pruitt’s column reflects the personal views of the mayor and does not necessarily represent the opinions of the other members of the Mill Creek City Council.


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