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Posted on: February 23, 2024

SURVEY: Help pick our next playground!

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Have a say in upgrades planned for Veterans Memorial Park. Survey closes March 8.

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Posted on: February 14, 2024 | Last Modified on: May 21, 2019

Learn About MLT’s New Tree Code

The City Council in December unanimously adopted these new regulations, the first substantial tree code update since 1995.

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Posted on: February 8, 2024 | Last Modified on: May 21, 2019

Attend Public Forum on Parks Projects

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Come share your input on the Evergreen Playfield Complex at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at City Hall and Virtual.

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Posted on: January 23, 2024

New semester for Dance Academy starts Feb. 5

A girl in a purple dress walks in a parade with dancers and people in pirate garb.

Also, registration is open for winter quarter fitness and dance programs.

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Posted on: January 4, 2024

Find winter and spring recreation for all ages

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MLT CRAZE is your comprehensive guide to all the activities at Mountlake Terrace Recreation & Parks over the next few months.

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Posted on: December 14, 2023

"Trees are an easy way to make the air cleaner.”

Javi Serrano, 6, kneels next to a sign about free street trees.

This fall, 100 new street trees are growing in Mountlake Terrace.

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Posted on: November 27, 2023

Vision 2044 Online Open House – Share Your Ideas

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Weigh in on Comprehensive Plan Elements such as housing, recreation and parks, and transportation.

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Posted on: November 2, 2023

Sign Up for Women’s Self-Defense Class

A woman hits an assailant in self-defense.

The Mountlake Terrace Police Department will offer a free women’s self-defense class in December.

“The curriculum is intended for those with little to no knowledge of basic self-defense,” Cmdr. Mike Haynes said. “It will be taught by our state-certified de...

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Posted on: October 5, 2023

Meeting Schedule Changing for City Council

City Council Updates

Starting in November, all regular meetings and work sessions will occur on Thursday nights.

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Posted on: October 2, 2023

Purple Light Nights Support Domestic Violence Awareness

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Throughout October, the Police Department has a limited supply of purple lights (black lights) available. Everyone is encouraged to display one in their home.

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Posted on: September 26, 2023

Attend Oct. 4 workshop on long-term city planning

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It's a big deal! The City Council, the Planning Commission and the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Group will be there – and you?

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Posted on: September 20, 2023

Don't Miss Arts of the Terrace, a free public art show

Art show patrons in 2022. The backs of heads as people look at a wall of artwork in front of them.

The event runs Sept. 23-30 at the Mountlake Terrace Library.

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Posted on: September 14, 2023

Apply Now for Utility Billing Discount Program

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Spurred by conversations about equity, the City Council recently approved an expansion to the discount program for utility billing.

Questions from residents prompted a review of the applicable city codes. The review found that in many cases, the discount e...

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Posted on: August 15, 2023

Meet Your Local Leaders at Terrace Talk

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It's casual! Attend a quarterly community meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at City Hall or on Zoom.

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Posted on: August 10, 2023

Share your input on the Ballinger Park Viewing Platform and Trails

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Take the survey and see early designs for new features on the west side of the park.

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Posted on: August 2, 2023

Learn More about the Ballinger Park Viewing Platform at Aug. 9 meeting

A view of Lake Ballinger in June 2023, a collection of lily pads float on the lake.

The project will install pathways connecting the Interurban Trail to a new viewing platform over the lake.

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Posted on: July 24, 2023

National Night Out set for Aug. 1

A group of people walk in a parade holding a blue banner for National Night Out.

Entertainment, food and community-building for adults and children!

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Posted on: June 29, 2023

Visit the New Accessible Playground at Ballinger Park

People cut a large blue and green ribbon in front of play equipment.

The Hazel Miller Universally Accessible Playground had its long-awaited unveiling June 28.

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Posted on: June 22, 2023

Youth Science at the Plaza Offers Free Family Fun July 8

A stream with houses and a whale breaching

Learn how you and your family can protect the lakes and streams around you – as well as the people, plants and animals that enjoy them.

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Posted on: June 22, 2023

3rd of July Family Celebration Offers Fireworks, Food Trucks and Fun

3rd of July Banner 2023: Graphics of red, white and blue pennants and fireworks.

The party starts at 6 p.m. at Ballinger Park, with professional fireworks at 10 p.m.

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Posted on: June 15, 2023

Artists! Apply now for the Arts of the Terrace show in September

Attendees enjoy appetizers as they make their way through Arts of the Terrace 2022.

The Call for Artists is open through Aug. 18.

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Posted on: June 2, 2023

MLT Dance Recital on June 17 Draws on Wild West Inspiration

MLT Dance Academy by Cornicello Photography

Performances will be at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Mountlake Terrace High School Theater. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or at the box office one hour before each show.

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Posted on: May 26, 2023

City Hall to Offer Passport Appointments Starting June 1

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"Our experienced staff are ready to help with these applications,” Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright said

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Posted on: May 11, 2023

City Receives $29,500 Grant to Plant 100 Street Trees

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The program will increase canopy within the city, improving the environment and quality of life here.

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Posted on: May 10, 2023

Join Coffee with the City on Wednesday, May 10

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Hear what’s happening, ask questions and share feedback with leaders from City Hall.

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Posted on: April 17, 2023

B.W. Noodle Company Offers Thai Favorites in Town Center

B.W. Noodle Company ribbon cutting 2023: A group of people with a pink ribbon with red bows.

The City Council welcomed B.W. Noodle Company, a Thai eatery, to Mountlake Terrace Town Center with a ribbon cutting Saturday.

B.W. Noodle opened in recent months at 23202 57th Ave. W, near Double DD Meats. The restaurant provides a friendly and relaxed at...

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Posted on: March 8, 2023

Election Updates on Annexation to South County Fire

South County Fire crews: Three people in firefighting gear pose in front of a firetruck.

The Mountlake Terrace City Council passed a resolution asking voters to consider annexing to South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue Regional Fire Authority (South County Fire). The purpose of annexation is to protect the level and quality of fire and em...

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Posted on: March 8, 2023

Voters to Decide Annexation to South County Fire

South County Fire crews: Three people in firefighting gear pose in front of a firetruck.

The Mountlake Terrace City Council passed a resolution asking voters to consider annexing to South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue Regional Fire Authority (South County Fire). The purpose of annexation is to protect the level and quality of fire and em...

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Posted on: April 5, 2023

Hear Artist Proposals for the Light Rail Plaza

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Attend an in-person meeting April 19 at City Hall.

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Posted on: March 28, 2023

Residents Invited to Learn More about South County Fire Annexation

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The City invites community members to learn more about the annexation to South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue Regional Fire Authority (South County Fire) that will be on the April 25, 2023, special election ballot. The purpose of the annexation is to ...

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Posted on: March 4, 2023

City Council Names Niten as City Manager Finalist

Jeff Niten speaks at a public reception for City Manager finalist candidates on Friday night.

The Mountlake Terrace City Council on Saturday voted 7-0 to move forward with Jeff Niten as a finalist for the City Manager position.

“We had a great set of candidates,” Mayor Pro Tem Bryan Wahl said. 

This action commences the next steps of negoti...

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Posted on: February 22, 2023

Meet City Manager Candidate Finalists

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A public reception with five finalists for the City Manager position is set for 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, March 3, at City Hall.

The finalists are:

  • Mike Gent, Deputy City Manager, Surprise, AZ
  • Carolyn Hope, Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services, Bu...
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Posted on: January 27, 2023

Bringing Bike Patrol into the 21st Century

Two officers on mountain bikes in the urban forest. They are smiling.

The Mountlake Terrace Police Department is rebooting the bicycle patrol program, with a modern spin.

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Posted on: February 7, 2023

Volunteers Sought to Draft Pro/Con Statements on Fire Annexation Proposal

Comment Form

UPDATE: The deadline for applications has been extended until 9 a.m. Feb. 21.

The City of Mountlake Terrace is seeking individuals interested in serving on the voter’s pamphlet pro and con committees for a proposed ballot measure to annex into South Snohom...

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Posted on: December 15, 2022

Stay Active This Winter With CRAZE Magazine

CRAZE cover Winter 2022, two women participate in a water fitness class.

This is your comprehensive guide to all activities at Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks over the next few months.

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Posted on: December 7, 2022

Application Process Opens for City Council Vacancy

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The Mountlake Terrace City Council is seeking applicants for an expected vacancy.

Councilmember Doug McCardle, Position 3, recently gave notice that he will resign in mid-December. By city code, the Council will appoint someone to fill the position through...

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Posted on: November 18, 2022

MLT Tree Lighting Returns, a Tradition with a Twist

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The 39th Annual Tree Lighting is set for Friday, Dec. 2, at the Jerry Smith Town Center Plaza next to City Hall.

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Posted on: October 3, 2022

Use a Purple Light to Show Support for Domestic Violence Awareness

A sample purple bulb for Purple Light Nights.

The Mountlake Terrace Police Department is offering purple light bulbs to help residents show support for Domestic Violence Awareness Month throughout October.

This is the 15th anniversary of Purple Light Nights® here in Mountlake Terrace. People i...

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Posted on: October 7, 2022

Stop By Zoom For Coffee with the City this Wednesday, October 12

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The community is invited to the monthly Coffee with the City from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, via Zoom.

The coffee hour presents an informal opportunity to hear what’s happening, ask questions and share feedback. To participate by telephone, the cal...

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Posted on: September 20, 2022

Arts of the Terrace, a free art show, takes place at the Library through Oct. 1

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The 42nd Annual Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show kicks off Saturday at the Mountlake Terrace Library.

This year’s show features 315 pieces from 127 artists. It is free and open to the public Sept. 24 through Oct. 1. 

Arts of the Terrace is one o...

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Posted on: September 15, 2022

Expect Construction Slowdowns Friday at Ballinger Park

Ballinger Park traffic alert 9-15-2022

Expect slowdowns along Lakeview Drive, this Friday (Sept. 16) near Ballinger Park, as construction crews work to pave the Ballinger Trail. Large trucks will be entering and exiting the site throughout the day. The Senior Center will be closed as well.

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Posted on: September 12, 2022

Join us Wednesday, Sept. 14, for Coffee with the City

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Come hang out with us at Coffee with the City on Wednesday, Sept. 14! This is a casual, informal gathering with leaders from City Hall and the Police Department.
Use Zoom meeting ID 880 4842 2899, with password 091422, or click tinyurl.com/mltcoffee.
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Posted on: August 4, 2022

Fall Recreation Programs Open For Registration

Four kids in knit caps play with fall leaves on the cover of CRAZE Fall 2022.

The fall edition of MLT CRAZE is now online. This is your comprehensive guide to all the activities at Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks over the next few months.

 

This issue of CRAZE is interactive, digital-only and mobile-friendly. It is av...

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Posted on: August 5, 2022

Have Coffee with the City on Wednesday, August 10

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The community is invited to the monthly Virtual Coffee with the City from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, via Zoom.

 

The coffee hour presents an informal opportunity to hear what’s happening, ask questions and share feedback.

 

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Posted on: July 27, 2022

Come See Us! City Hall and the Police Station Are Open

The new lobby at City Hall.

The City of Mountlake Terrace invites you to visit the new City Hall and Police Station addition that will open to the public Monday, August 1. City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the Police Station is open 7:30 a.m. to...

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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Join Us at MLT National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2

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The City of Mountlake Terrace is hosting its award-winning National Night Out from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 2, at the Evergreen Playfield Complex, 22205 56th Avenue W. 

New this year is a food drive to help replenish the food banks, along wi...

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Posted on: July 12, 2022

Tour de Terrace Returns July 22-24

Tour de Terrace Parade Map 2022: Shows route along 56th Avenue W, northbound from 234th.

Mark your calendars for Tour de Terrace, one of the best family festivals of Seafair. This three-day community event kicks off Friday, July 22, with a popular parade.

 

At about 7 p.m., the Tour de Terrace Parade takes off with fan favorites includ...

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Posted on: July 7, 2022

Have Coffee with the City on Wednesday, July 13

Coffee with the City is at 6 p.m. July 13.

The community is invited to the monthly Virtual Coffee with the City from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, via Zoom.

 

The coffee hour presents an informal opportunity to hear what’s happening, ask questions and share feedback.

 

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Posted on: June 23, 2022

Find Outdoor Dining in MLT With This Handy Map

Guests enjoy outdoor dining at Snohomish Pie Co. in Mountlake Terrace.

The City of Mountlake Terrace has published an outdoor dining guide just in time for summer.

 

Nearly a dozen restaurants within the city offer patio seating, and one brewery regularly posts the schedule for rotating food trucks.

 

In additi...

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Posted on: June 7, 2022

Have Coffee with the City on Wednesday, June 8

Virtual Coffee with the City June 2022

The community is invited to the monthly Virtual Coffee with the City from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, via Zoom.

 

The coffee hour presents an informal opportunity to hear what’s happening, ask questions and share feedback.

 

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Posted on: May 31, 2022

New State Grant Will Provide Free Trees For Parks and Neighborhoods

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The state Department of Natural Resources has named Mountlake Terrace as the recipient of a $30,000 grant for a street and parks tree planting program.  

 

This will be a multi-year effort to increase canopy by planting new street trees an...

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Posted on: May 8, 2022

Have Coffee with the City on Wednesday, May 11

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The community is invited to the monthly Virtual Coffee with the City from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, via Zoom.

 

The coffee hour presents an informal opportunity to hear what’s happening, ask questions and share feedback.

 

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Posted on: April 23, 2022

Volunteers Beautify MLT Town Center and Its Urban Forest

Molly Luna, of the Recreation and Park Advisory Commission, weeds alongside her daughter Sadie.

Dozens of Mountlake Terrace community members came together Saturday to combat invasive plants around the Civic Campus and Veterans Memorial Park.

 

The city counted more than 60 people at the Volunteer Spring Cleanup, including representatives fro...

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Posted on: April 14, 2022

Volunteer Spring Cleanup Set For April 23

A wooded trail in Veterans Memorial Park.

A community work party is planned to spruce up Veterans Memorial Park and the Civic Campus.

 

A Mountlake Terrace tradition, the Volunteer Spring Cleanup is moving this year from Ballinger Park into Town Center.

 

The event runs from 9 a.m. ...

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Posted on: March 22, 2022

Construction to Begin on Westside Water Main Project

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Construction on the Westside Water Main Project will begin in the coming weeks after the City Council approved the contract at its Monday night meeting.

 

This work will take about a year to conclude. Crews will be replacing approximately 9,400 lin...

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Posted on: February 1, 2022

Mountlake Terrace Celebrates Black History Month

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MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright today signed a proclamation recognizing Black History Month, an opportunity for the community to acknowledge the history and challenges faced by African Americans, and paying tribute to this community for i...

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Posted on: February 7, 2022

Have Coffee with the City on Wednesday, February 9

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The community is invited to the monthly Virtual Coffee with the City from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, via Zoom.

 

The coffee hour presents an informal opportunity to hear what’s happening, ask questions and share feedback. January’s ...

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Posted on: January 31, 2022

Vouchers Available for Swim Lessons

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Swim lesson vouchers have recently been distributed to all third graders in the Edmonds School District in collaboration with Verdant Health Commission and south Snohomish County cities. Verdant Health Commission’s grant provides three vouchers p...

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Posted on: January 10, 2022

Health and Safety Draw Most Votes in COVID Relief Survey

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An online survey identified “Community/Public Health and Safety” as the top priority for how the City of Mountlake Terrace uses federal pandemic relief funds.

The city recently sought public input about how to allocate nearly $6 million from the American R...

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Posted on: December 2, 2021

MLT Launches Utility Bill Online Access With Autopay

As of December 2, utility billing customers have online access.

Starting Thursday, utility customers in the City of Mountlake Terrace can access their bill online and set up payments to include auto-payments.

 

The city thanks customers for their patience during the transition between billing vendors over the p...

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Posted on: January 6, 2022

Have Coffee with the City in an informal Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 12

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The community is invited to the monthly Virtual Coffee with the City from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, via Zoom.

 

The coffee hour presents an informal opportunity to hear what’s happening, ask questions and share feedback.

 

The...

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Posted on: December 29, 2021

Provide Feedback with the Community Satisfaction Survey

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A public survey seeks input from Mountlake Terrace residents and business owners as the city measures the success of various programs and services.

 

This community satisfaction survey generally is conducted every two years. In November, a paper ve...

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Posted on: December 15, 2021

City Seeks Input on Use of Pandemic Aid

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Earlier this year, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and the City of Mountlake Terrace is eligible to receive almost $6 million in federal funds. The ARPA program will provide $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local and triba...

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Posted on: October 28, 2021

New Job Opportunities Posted!

Recreation Hiring 10-28-2021

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Posted on: October 5, 2021

How To Get A Purple Light For Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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The Mountlake Terrace Police Department is offering purple light bulbs to help residents show support during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is October.

This is the 14th year the department has participated in the campaign called Purple Light Nig...

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Posted on: September 27, 2021

Lodging Tax Grants Available For Events, Tourism

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The City of Mountlake Terrace has $25,000 in lodging tax funds available to qualified applicants for projects and events that promote tourism in 2022. Lodging tax funds come from the taxes collected from Studio 6 Hotel located in Mountlake Terrace.&nb...

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