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News from Terry Ryan

April 2017

Terry Ryan's eNewsletter

Terry Ryan

Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494


Pam Pruitt, Legislative Aide

Courthouse Update:

We are moving ahead on a courthouse remodel. 

Due to the County’s finances, we cannot afford the $162 million new courthouse that was previously proposed to be built across the street from the current site. The current courthouse needs major repairs so doing nothing is not a viable option.

What we can do is to remodel and upgrade the existing courthouse.

We will be adding approximately 29,188 square feet and renovating portions of the existing building.  The project will also include:

  1. Two new elevators and refurbishing the existing elevators;
  2. One new courtroom;
  3. One new district hearing room:
  4. One new criminal hearing room
  5. One new jury assembly area
  6. Limited seismic rehabilitation;
  7. Security and cooling/heating system upgrades;
  8. Accessibility improvements (ADA); and
  9. Renovation of existing courtrooms.

According to the Executive’s office, this remodel will extend the life of the building by 50 years.  The functional life of the mechanical facilities will be extended by 25 years which we have been assured is standard for any new construction.  This remodel/upgrade will cost ½ of what the original proposal was for the courthouse across the street.

Based on County finances and all the information we have on the remodel project, I supported moving forward with a remodel of the current facilities for approximately $72 million. We can afford this without any new taxes.

Upcoming North/South Road Projects:

There are several key road projects in the works for the area around Mill Creek. While I covered the Seattle Hill Road project in an earlier column, I am including it here again to show how all the projects all fit together. Due to the size of the projects and the complexity of rerouting traffic through and around the construction, the projects are separated and will be done over several years’ time.

Each project requires Right of Way (R.O.W.) acquisition, engineering, coordination with utility companies so they can move their lines to accommodate the widening of the roads.  Another key consideration in the project timing below is the funding from our funding partners. (Some of the following information comes from the Snohomish County Website).

Seattle Hill Road

Snohomish County will be rebuilding Seattle Hill Road between 132nd Street SE and 35th Avenue SE. This project will widen the roadway to three lanes including a center turn lane and straightening out some of the curves in the road. Other improvements include; Bike lanes, curbs, and sidewalks on both sides of the road. Seattle Hill Road has become an important commuter route for Snohomish County residents, and has received some improvements in the past as nearby residential developments have been built.

Roadway construction will begin in early April 2017 at the south end of the project. The work is scheduled to continue through the summer of 2018.

35th Avenue- Phase I

Snohomish County will be completing its widening to the 35th Avenue SE between 180th St SE and 152nd St SE (Seattle Hill Road). The corridor is an important north-south route for many Snohomish County residents. The project widens the road to three lanes including a center turn lane for the entire corridor. Other improvements include; Adding bike lanes, curb, gutter, planter strips, sidewalks on both sides of the road, and stormwater detention and treatment facilities.

The proposed improvements will improve traffic flow and help ease congestion during busy morning and afternoon commutes. The addition of continuous center turn lanes will reduce delays caused by turning vehicles.

Snohomish County is acquiring the R.O.W. now. Construction is expected to start in Mid 2018.

35th Avenue- Phase II

This will complete the widening of 35th Avenue from 180th St SE south to State Route 524 (Maltby Road). Same improvements as Phase I: three lanes including a center turn lane for the entire corridor, bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the road.

Snohomish County is working on appraisals now, will acquire R.O.W. in 2018-19, and begin construction in 2020.

Transportation projects in general

In the next six years, Snohomish County will be investing over $91 million in transportation and pedestrian projects in my district including a new north/south corridor on 43rd Ave which will help alleviate some of the congestion on 35th Ave. This is a huge investment in our efforts to catch up with the increasing traffic. I will discuss these in a future column when more details are known.

Snohomish County provides $100,000 check for Bothell park project

courtesy of the City of Bothell

Bothell park project
Councilmembers James McNeal, Tom Agnew, Tris Samberg, Mayor Andy Rheaume, Snohomish County Councilmember Terry, Deputy Mayor Davina Duerr and Councilmember Joshua Freed

At the March 21 City Council meeting, the City of Bothell received a $100,000 check from Snohomish County for the Cedar Grove Park project.

"The City of Bothell is very grateful to Snohomish County and Councilmember Ryan for the contribution to improve the sport field at Cedar Grove Park," said Bothell Mayor Andy Rheaume. "With a high demand on sport fields in both Bothell and unincorporated Snohomish County, this improvement will make the field usable more days of the year."

The City will use the funds toward a project to improve drainage at the Cedar Grove Park athletic field. Currently, the field is not usable when it rains, according to John Keates, Director of the City of Bothell Parks & Recreation Department.

"I am excited that Snohomish County is able to help Bothell with this important project," said Snohomish County Councilmember Terry Ryan. "With so much growth occurring in our area, Cedar Grove Park is an important investment in our future recreation opportunities."

Total estimated project costs for the field improvements are $500,000. The City is awaiting the results of a $250,000 grant request from Washington State Youth Athletic Facilities (YAF). The City is exploring other options for the remaining $150,000 needed. Depending on funding, the improvements could be made later this year.

The Cedar Grove Park athletic field was booked by local baseball, softball and soccer organizations 49 times last season, well below average bookings of 115 to 140 at other natural grass fields.

Cedar Grove Park is at 22421 9th Ave SE in Bothell. It features a large picnic shelter, children’s playground, basketball court, sports field and wetland boardwalk.

Lodging Fund Invests in Tourism

Rick Comeau, General Manager, Xfinity Arena, Gary Weikel, President, Xfinity Arena, Terry, Council Chair Brian Sullivan

I was recently honored to present a check for $125,000 to the Everett Public Facilities District to help pay for new seats at Xfinity Arena. It was needed to attract profitable major events to the Everett area.

These funds come from the lodging tax paid on overnight stays in Snohomish County.  They are distributed to enhance and expand tourism and economic development in Snohomish County.  They cannot be used for any purpose other than tourism.

The success of Xfinity Arena is important to our entire region.  It is a major venue for sports, concerts and other events for people of all ages. The Arena brings people into our area which helps many of our local businesses.

I support using tourism tax dollars for improvements to Xfinity Arena. These capital grants will help to ensure the continued success of this facility. We are well positioned to support them while maintaining a healthy budget balance in these funds.

Xfinity Scoreboard 2017



Meet the Easter Bunny


Meet and greet the Easter Bunny & his friend Hippity Hop at Country Village. He will be located in the courtyard area from noon to 3pm. Take your picture with the bunny and play a fun game with Zero & Somebuddy.

Please be aware, there is NO egg hunt.


23718 Bothell Everett Hwy

Bothell, WA 98021

North Creek Forest Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friday, April 28, 2017  10:30 am – 1 pm  112th Ave NE and NE 202nd ST, Bothell

Contact: 425-806-6760

Come celebrate the acquisition of the beautiful 64-acre North Creek Forest by the City of Bothell. Join us for festivities, and stay for a forest tour following the ceremony. Guest of Honor: Governor Jay Inslee.


egg hunt


Flashlight Egg Hunt FREE

Friday, April 7,  6 pm – 7 pm  Contact: 425-921-5779
Heatherwood Middle School 1419 Trillium Blvd. SE

Get ready for the Annual Flashlight Egg Hunt hosted by Mill Creek Recreation & Tourism, Mill Creek Youth Advisory Board members and local sponsors! Students are encouraged to get their flashlights ready for this FUN event to win prizes and candy. Please bring a flashlight and bag to collect all your goodies. Student ID and parent waiver required

Flashlight Egg Hunt

Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt in Mill Creek FREE
Saturday, April 15

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Time Details:  Festivities begin at 10:30am (Age-appropriate Egg Hunt schedule below) Egg Hunts for 1 year through 4 years – begin at 11:00 AM Egg Hunts for K through 5th Grades – begin at 11:30 AM

Location:  Heatherwood Middle School

Address: 1419 Trillium Blvd SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012

Contact: 425-551-7254

Cost:  Please bring a non-perishable food item to help support the Mill Creek Community Food Bank.

Join Mill Creek Recreation & Tourism and Community Event Sponsors for the Annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt – Rain or Shine. The event includes face painting and balloon animals, bounce houses followed by and a special visit from the Easter Bunny! Bring your camera. Each age-appropriate egg-hunt will have candy throughout the multitude of eggs. Please bring a basket to collect eggs!

Mountlake Terrace

Mountlake Terrace Easter Egg Hunt set for April 15 at Evergreen Playfield

egg-hunt-flier-MLT 2017 Easter Egg Hunt Mountlake

The annual Mountlake Terrace Easter Egg Hunt is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 15 at Evergreen Playfield, 22301 56th Ave. W. The event, open to children ages 2-12, is sponsored by the Cheeseburger Babies Foundation.

More than 12,000 eggs filled with candy and other prizes will be hidden on the field. All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

In addition, kids can participate in a coloring contest sponsored by Morgan Handyman & Remodel. Download the flier here, print it and color it — then return your finished masterpiece by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 13 to Morgan Handyman & Remodel, 5720 220th St. S.W., or Red Onion Burgers, 21005 44th Ave. W. #101.

The winning contest entry will receive a Family Fun Center giveaway package that includes four passes for four unlimited hours, per person, at Edmonds Family Fun Center and Bullwinkle’s Restaurant. The winner will be notified on Friday, April 14.

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