News Bites for February 23, 2022

Monroe hospital to add urgent care
MONROE — EvergreenHealth Monroe is adding an urgent care facility inside its hospital this spring. The new clinic would open in either March or early April on the second floor, a physician in the hospital said.

 Snohomish Farmers Market set to stay downtown but in new spot

SNOHOMISH —  The Snohomish Farmers Market will be downtown for its 31st year.
The market is tentatively proposed to relocate to near Union and Glen avenues, market manager Sarah Dylan Jensen said. This is between First and Second streets.
The City Council is being asked to approve a contract for the market’s permit at its March 1 meeting.
Relocating from First and Cedar would prevent conflicts from happening again between the market and the Carnegie Building, which the city generates rental revenue from. During the 2021 market season, the Carnegie was not rented out on Thursdays when the market happened.

Future Swift bus line wins big grant
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Community Transit reports it received notification this week from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the execution of $37.1 million grant that clears the way for construction of the Swift Orange Line, which will run 11.3 miles between a park & ride at McCollum Park and Edmonds College, and connect to the Lynnwood light rail station. The Orange Line will begin in 2024.

Sky Valley Food Bank seeks bidders
MONROE — The Sky Valley Food Bank is all ready to grow.
It plans to expand by about 1,200 square feet. The project requires three bidders to satisfy regulations for the government grants funding the expansion. In its first call for bids, it only got two, administrative director Carla Stewart said.
A new bid offer is out. Bids are due Wednesday, March 9 and there will be a walk through March 4. For questions, contact Stewart at or call 360-794-7959.
Next food bank director sought: The food bank is interviewing candidates to be its next executive director. Director Cindy Chessie plans to retire June 1 after leading the food bank for five years. Before taking this role, Chessie spent more than 25 years as a police officer in Monroe, hanging up the badge in 2017 as a detective sergeant.

Mill Creek to ask voters on switching fire services
MILL CREEK — Residents this April will be asked to vote on annexing into South County Fire. If they do, residents would begin paying fire property taxes. If they approve, the switch in fire service providers occurs Aug. 1.
The city currently pays a service contract to Snohomish Regional Fire.
The fire service asked for a higher-priced contract to put Mill Creek closer on par to the tax rate its district taxpayers pay. The City Council opted instead to go with annexing into a fire district, and found South County Fire charges a lower tax rate than Snohomish Regional Fire.