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News from Terry Ryan

October 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

Budget Process

The Council received the Executive’s proposed budget on September 21st.  It is now in the hands of the Council and our analysts.  Our analysts are scrutinizing every number for possible savings and efficiencies.

The county budget process is simple: The Executive presents his proposed budget to the County Council. The Council can pass the budget as is, amend it, or rewrite its own budget.

Based on the feedback I am receiving from our citizens, my top priority is public safety. I have worked with our Sheriff, Ty Trenary, and will support funding additional deputy sheriffs in the final Council budget.  I will only vote for a fiscally responsible budget for our residents!

There will be two public hearings on the budget:  October 25th at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm.  The public is welcome to comment on any and all aspects of the budget.  The hearings will be held in the council chambers on the 8th floor of the Snohomish County Administration Bldg., 3000 Rockefeller, Everett, WA, 98201.  You may also submit comments in writing to this address or by email at  I look forward to hearing from you!

The Council is committed to working closely with the Executive and our other elected officials to develop a final budget. We are all in this together and we are going to solve our problems together.  We will come up with the best possible outcome for Snohomish County within the financial constraints of available funds.

Fair Roundup: Another fun year at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe

We take great pride in our county fair and in all the family friendly activities such as free entertainment at the courtyard state, livestock shows and competition, equestrian, rodeo, arts and crafts, rides, carnival, 4H presentations and competition, many food options (love those scones!) and fun concerts with Christian singers King and Country, Kenny Loggins (a very exciting concert!), country singer Josh Turner and others.

“2017 was another fantastic year for the Evergreen State Fair with more than 325,000 happy fairgoers and several record breaking days of attendance and revenues,” said Tom Teigen, Snohomish County Director of Parks.  “The Evergreen State Fair is a great family oriented event for our county.”

I could not agree more!

Our fair included a new “Morning of Dreams” event which was a special early opening for people with special needs and their caregivers so they could enjoy the fair experience in a calmer atmosphere. Vendors and ex­hibitors agreed to open early to make this a truly special time for the paricipants. There were 500 tickets avail­able and every one was sold. Thank you to Brielle Dodge for spearheading this great event.

Did you know:

  • The fairground provides a home for the largest 4H organization in our state with more than 7,000 members.
  • Our fair is the first in the nation to move toward a goal of zero waste, with 97 percent of the usual garbage being compostable and recyclable. Greenest fair in the nation!
  • The fair averages a net income of $800,000 per year. These funds are re-invested in building renovations and improvements at the fairgrounds.

Thank you to our Parks and Recreation Deparment and our fair advi­sory board members: Vickie Andrew, Marshia Armstrong, Chairman Don Ballard, Elaine Johannsen, vice-chair Tod Johnson, Dani Kahn, Anne Lowe, Mark Mahnkey, Rick Merrill, Jerry Smith and Kathleen Wright. Thank you for your dedication to make sure our fair was a success.

Needle Clean-Up Kits, Opioid Resource Portal Now Available in Snohomish County

Information provided by Snohomish Health District

Residents and businesses in Snohomish County now have a simpler and safer way to participate in needle clean-up efforts. Free kits and needle disposal are available to residents and business owners cleaning up needles found in the community. The kits include a sharps container, puncture-resistant gloves, safety glasses, tongs, hand sanitizer and simple instructions for safe collection, and can be picked up from the Snohomish Health District at 3020 Rucker Avenue in Everett during normal business hours.

Used needles left in public and private places are both a nuisance and potential safety concern. Whether they’re used to inject medicines like insulin or for illegal drugs, used needles can spread diseases like Hepatitis C through accidental needle pokes. While the risk of contracting a disease from a needle-stick injury is very low, you can further reduce that risk by using the right equipment and procedures.

As a reminder, it is unlawful to dispose of needles in solid waste containers in Snohomish County. In addition to free clean-up kits, approved sharps containers can also be returned to the Health District’s Everett location during normal business hours. Please note that milk jugs, soda bottles and tin cans are not accepted sharps containers.

This program is intended for residents and business owners cleaning up used needles found in the community, not for businesses that generate used needles. Individuals using insulin shots or other similar uses should dispose of their used needles in sharps containers provided by local pharmacies or clinics.

For more information, visit or call 425-339-5200.

District Events


Farmer's Market at Country Village
Friday, September 29, 2017 Noon – 6PM

    Bothell Farmers Market

    Join us for the last Bothell Farmers Market of the season this Friday, September 29 from noon to 6pm. 

    The Bothell Farmers Market features a large variety of in-season, locally grown produce, straight from the farm!

    Visitors will enjoy live music and the beautiful grounds of Country Village, in addition to forty locally owned shops and restaurants.

    For more information or applications, visit the Farmers Market tab on our website:

    Country Village is located just two miles north of Bothell or one mile south of Canyon Park, on the Bothell-Everett Highway, or take exit #26 off I-405 and go south one mile. 

    • 23718 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell, WA 98021
    • 425-488-2250

    Witches Night Out at Bothell Country Village October 12, 2017 6:00 PM  8:00 PM

    Bothell Witches


    Don your capes and bring your brooms for screaming specials around the Village. Ladies, bring your girlfriends and come in costume (optional) on Thursday night, October 12th from 6pm-8pm for drawings, refreshments, fantastic finds & haunting discounts.

    For more information, please call 425-483-2250 or visit our website at  Country Village is located just two miles north of Bothell or one mile south of Canyon Park, on the Bothell-Everett Highway, or take exit #26 off I-405 and go South one mile.

    • 23718 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell, WA 98021 


    Saturday, October 14, 2017  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Dog 1

    Calling all Dogs!

    Dog 2


    We’re making Bobcat Park an off leash park for the day.  Dress up your dog and yourself!  Costume parade and judging is at 3:00 pm.  Categories include dogs dressed like people and people dressed like dogs

    Parking available by Jason’s Java and along Brier Road.

    Don’t forget to grab a latte, or some juice and a snack at Brier Grocery.

    Special thanks to Bow Wow Fun Towne and Pet Adventure for their support.

    Prizes * Fun * Canine Capers

    Pet and People - Food Drive - for Concern for Neighbors (and Pets).

    Mill Creek

    Operation Gratitude Collection Drive
    Monday, October 2 – November 1, 2017

    operation gratitute

    The City of Mill Creek is partnering with Operation Gratitude to send care packages to deployed soldiers. Operation Gratitude sends more than 100,000 care packages each year to deployed troops and wounded warriors. From October 2nd through November 1st, donate your care package items at Mill Creek City Hall, Silver Firs Elementary or Cedar Wood Elementary. Wish List Items: • Blank greeting cards • CDs, DVDs and iPods • Cell phones • Easter or Halloween Candy • Flash drives • Foot powder (travel size) • Gift cards to chain stores, such as Walmart, Target etc • Hand/foot warmers • Headphones • Individual packets of moist towelettes • Knit hats and scarves • Lip balm • Mini battery-powered fans • Personal care products • Roll-on deodorant • Razors • Small plush toys • Non-perishable snacks, such as energy bars, trail mix, etc • Socks (black, brown, green, or tan – not white) • Ties • Toothpaste and toothbrushes • Video games • Webcams

    Disaster Preparedness:  Map Your Neighborhood – FREE!
    Wednesday, October 4, 2017  6:30 PM – 8 PM
    City Council Chambers
    15728 Main Street, Mill Creek

    If the ‘Big One’ struck five minutes from now, would you, your loved ones, and your pets survive? How would you or your children get home if you’re not there? If you’re hurt, who would help? These questions and more will be answered at free Map Your Neighborhood workshops in Mill Creek this year. The workshops also will provide Mill Creek residents and people from surrounding area neighborhoods with other survival tips about how pulling together as a neighborhood can save lives when disaster strikes. If a massive disaster strikes, you and your family’s best chance of survival is with your neighbors helping neighbors. Map Your Neighborhood training is one of the best ways to be alerted to the danger and to learn how to prepare to survive. 

    For more information:  425-551-7254 or

    Semi-Annual Mill Creek Garage Sale
    Saturday, October 7, 2017  8 AM – 5 PM

    On the first Saturday in October, and again the first Saturday in May, the twice a year Mill Creek Garage Sale happens in every neighborhood throughout the City of Mill Creek.

    Teen Halloween Party
    Friday, October 27, 2017  7 PM – 9 PM
    Mill Creek Library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy

    Celebrate Halloween at the Mill Creek Library.  Play games, get snacks and compete in costume contest for prizes.  Register at


    Treats on Main Street
    Tuesday, October 31, 2017  4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Mill Creek Town Center along Main Street

    Bring the family and trick or treat at participating businesses.  For more information visit

    Trunk or treat

    Trunk or Treat
    Tuesday, October 31, 2017
    City Hall North Parking Lot, 15720 Main Street

    City of Mill Creek will co-sponsor with Canyon Creek Church members to host the Annual Trunk or Treat Event featuring a parking lot full of cars – whose trunks will be decorated and filled with candy and goodies. Children go from car to car “trunk-or-treating.” This event provides a safe environment for children and their families who wish to trick-or-treat. A great community event for parents to enjoy a little social time, while keeping an eye on their trick-or-treaters. Children ages 12 and under are invited to join the FUN! Remember to bring your own bag for collecting candy. 

    Mountlake Terrace

    Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show through October 8, 2017 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM 

    art show 1
    Terry, Mayor Jerry Smith, City Councilmember Rick Ryan

    Enjoy paintings, prints, calligraphy, drawings, miniatures, photography, 3-dimensional and artisans' works by top local and regional artists.  

    art show 2

    This is one of the best art shows in the region and attracts over 200 guests each year. The Mountlake Terrace Arts Commission and the Friends of the Arts sponsor the Arts of the Terrace at the Mountlake Terrace Library.

    art show 3

    Monday-Thursday, 12-6 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday, 12-5 p.m.
    Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

    • 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
    • 425-771-7068 

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