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News from Terry Ryan

March 2018

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

Council Overrides Veto

Our Snohomish County Council cast a unanimous 5-0 vote to override Executive Dave Somers’ veto of a recent new Restricted Hiring Process Ordinance. The ordinance was passed by the Council at a Public Hearing on January 17th.  

The override of Somers veto took place at a rare special meeting on Friday, February 2nd. The Council met on Friday so all 5 Councilmembers could participate.

The Executive’s veto was a surprise to our Council since the original ordinance passed 5-0.  It only requires 4 votes to override a veto.

The new ordinance applies to 88 management exempt positions, which are some of the highest paying jobs in our county government. With the new ordinance, when a vacancy occurs, each department will need to come to the Council to seek approval before advertising and filling the position.  If the position is absolutely needed and funds are available, Council can authorize the position to be filled. It is very straightforward, easy to comply with, and the responsible thing to do. 

Not sure why anyone would be opposed to the County Council trying to make sure we are spending money wisely.

This disagreement seems to link back to the 2018 budget that Council passed last November. The Executive originally submitted a proposed budget that included a 4% property tax increase. Council disagreed with the Executive’s proposal and Council passed a leaner budget with no increase in the general fund property tax.

Be assured that all of us on the County Council are looking out for the taxpayers. We want to make sure we are using our resources wisely. This ordinance is the first of several initiatives our Council is pursuing to tighten up our budget, just like every family has to when their budget is tight.

I will keep you posted on other budget related initiatives by our Council.

County North/South Road Projects

Snohomish County will finish rebuilding Seattle Hill Road between 132nd Street SE and 35th Avenue SE this year. Then 35th Avenue Phase 1 will begin. The project will widen 35th Avenue to three lanes including a center turn lane from Seattle Hill Road north to 180th Street SE.

Other improvements include: bike lanes, curbs, and sidewalks on both sides of the road. The work will take up to 24 months. When Phase 1 is completed, we will begin 35th Avenue Phase 2, which will include the same improvements on 35th from 180th north to Maltby Road (SR 524).

In parallel with 35th Avenue Phase 2, we will construct a new North/South road - 43rd Avenue SE from Maltby Road (SR 524) north to connect with Sunset Road. This new road will provide another North/South corridor improving traffic flow on 35th Avenue. All of this should be completed by 2022, with a total investment of $54 million. 

Ambassador Andris Teikmanis Visits Councilmember Terry Ryan

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Snohomish County Councilmember Terry Ryan and Latvian Ambassador Andris Teikmanis

It was an honor to meet with Latvian Ambassador Andris Teikmanis on Thursday, March 1st.  The purpose of the visit was to discuss mutual economic development opportunities. The Consul General and County Council District 4 resident Stephen Zirschky requested the meeting on behalf of the Ambassador. Patrick Pierce, President and CEO of the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County and Bob Bolerjack, representing Mayor Cassie Franklin also attended. It was a productive and appreciated conversation focused on the benefits of economic development.

As a county councilmember I am always willing to meet representatives of government and business when it means more family wage jobs and investment in Snohomish County.

Parks & Recreation

Snohomish County has 105 Parks in more than 10,000 acres with approximately 34 miles of trails.  You can walk, jog, rollerblade, ride a bike or hike in a forest, camp in a campground, picnic at a lakeside park or even watch whales along the shore.  Snohomish County is also home to 610 lakes, rivers and other fishing spots.  Many of the lakes are stocked with fish.

As more families choose economical vacations closer to home but still want the full outdoor experience, Snohomish County campsites and rentals are more popular than ever. Reservations are already being taken for this spring, summer and fall. You can visit the Snohomish County Parks and Recreation web site ( to look at available campsites, cottages and yurts. Have less time? "Day-cation" facilities are also available. Don't forget Snohomish County Parks for your recreational needs: Less travel and more fun!

State Logs Robust 4.3% GDP Growth for Third Quarter

Washington’s state GDP increased 4.3 percent in the third quarter of 2017, the most recent reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). That’s fourth best nationwide, behind only Delaware, Texas and New Hampshire. Once again, the information sector far outpaced other sectors, contributing 1.29 of Washington’s percentage point change. Other strong sectors were retail trade at .61 percent and finance and insurance at .50 percent. Durable and non-durable goods and manufacturing lost ground slightly.

District Events


Meet & Greet the Easter Bunny (No egg hunt)
Saturday, March 31st  12 PM - 3 PM

Location:  Country Village

Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, March 24   10 AM - 12 PM

Egg hunt and fun for kids under 12
Returning special guest:  The Easter Bunny
Northwest Community Church
Location:  11715 North Creek Parkway South,
                 Suite 110, Bothell


Traditional Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31st  10 AM

Egg Hunt is open to children up to 10 years old.
Location:  Brier Park

Mill Creek

Flashlight Egg Hunt
Friday, March 23rd    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM   

Local teens in grades 6 - 12 can get their flashlights ready for this fun event. Start off the night in the cafeteria to go over rules, then head downstairs to the eerie dark gym (all lights off, pitch black). Hidden in the gym are massive amounts of candy, sponsor prizes, swag, and much more. As we count down, the teens turn on their flashlights and scavenge the gym gathering all of the candy and tons of wonderful prizes while rocking out to today’s radio top hits. Student ID and a signed waiver are required.
Location:    Heatherwood Middle School

Eggstravanganza Egg Hunt 
Saturday, March 31st     10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

Local families love to come together for this exceptional event featuring over 18,000 eggs spread out over multiple egg hunts. The event kicks off with face painting, balloon animals, music, fire truck tours, bounce houses, and even a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Each age-appropriate egg hunt will have special prizes hidden throughout which can be redeemed for prizes. This event happens rain or shine.

Mountlake Terrace

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31st    11 AM

Location:  Nile Shrine Center
                6601 244th St SW, Mountlake Terrace

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