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News from Terry Ryan

May 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

Nuisance Properties

Our Snohomish County Council recently passed an ordinance that will target nuisance properties that have affected some neighborhoods in unincorporated Snohomish County.

This ordinance gives our Code Enforcement Officers and Deputy Sheriffs additional tools in shutting these properties down. Some of the properties had been involved in drug dealing and storing stolen property. Our new ordinance will also include violations for disorderly conduct and weapons.

Sadly, some of these nuisance properties had been owned by someone who passed away. Also, foreclosure properties have become a problem in that some people have just “moved in” to the vacant homes and have caused a myriad of problems for the surrounding neighborhoods. Some national banks own the foreclosed homes and have not been helpful to our Sheriff in providing the necessary paperwork and permission to remove the squatters. We are looking for a remedy for this lack of accountability on the banks' part.

We had a similar nuisance property right here in our District. A resident called my office with a complaint about a commercial property near their neighborhood. The land owner was “renting” out camper vans on his property to people who were suspected of causing problems in the surrounding neighborhood, including auto and home break-ins.  

I went for a ride along with a Deputy Sheriff and viewed the property for myself and was shocked at how many “vehicles” and “renters” were on that site. The negative impact they had on that neighborhood was substantial. No one would want that blight near their neighborhood.

I worked with our Sheriff, Code Enforcement, and our County Attorneys to put an end to this! Fortunately, our employees, along with the Health District, were able to work together, keep the pressure on and shut the unbearable property down.

We will not tolerate these law breakers ruining the quality of our neighborhoods here in Snohomish County! It will cost a lot to enforce our new ordinance, but we will work together to find more tools to help our neighborhoods. 

Injection Site Ban

County Council passed a new ordinance permanently banning government monitored heroin-injection sites. We held a Public Hearing and listened to public testimony from our citizens.  I am concerned that a “safe injection site” will attract more crime and also be a serious liability for the County. The heroin epidemic is affecting every state in our country.

The way to help the heroin addicts is to work proactively to get them off the street and into treatment. We are doing that through the “Office of Neighborhoods” developed by our Sheriff, Ty Trenary. We have embedded Social Workers with our Deputy Sheriffs who go through the homeless camps and offer help. This is a much better way to help these people back to leading a productive life. 

Congratulations to new Eagle Scout Connor Holtzclaw

Eagle Scout
Amy, Conner and Brian Holtzclaw


On Sunday, April 22, Conner Holtzclaw of Mill Creek attained the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor ceremony held at Canyon Creek Church in Mill Creek. Connor’s father, Mill Creek Mayor Pro Tem Brian Holtzclaw, is also an Eagle Scout. The ceremony was attended by Connor’s proud mother, Amy, his grandparents, brother, and five cousins.

Congratulations to Connor for a job well done!

Thank you to Senators Murray, Cantwell for securing a $43 Million Grant to expand Swift Bus Rapid Transit Service in Snohomish County

The grant supports planned expansion that includes a 12.5 mile bus rapid transit route and the purchase of 13 buses to provide fast, frequent, & reliable service. It establishes a new link between Paine Field/Boeing in Everett and Regional Growth Center in Bothell.

U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, announced the new $43.19 million grant to Community Transit of Snohomish County.  The grant is made possible by the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program, a program championed by both Senators Murray and Cantwell.

Senators Murray and Cantwell have fought to strengthen investments in programs which supports public transportation projects in communities across the United States.  Representatives Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene have also been strong supporters of Community Transit’s efforts to establish their second bus rapid transit route.

This 12.5 mile east-west Swift Green Line will include 34 total stations, two transit terminals, 13 new buses, and street improvements with exclusive bus lanes, transit signal priority, and intersection and sidewalk enhancements. The Swift Green Line will feature departures every 10 minutes on weekdays. 

Welcome USS Ralph Johnson!

USS Ralph Johnson


Welcome to the USS Ralph Johnson, the latest guided-missile destroyer to be stationed at Naval Station Everett. 

This new destroyer will be able perform traditional air warfare missions and ballistic missile defense missions simultaneously. 

County Councilmember Nate Nehring, Commander Jason Patterson, Council Vice-Chair Terry Ryan, Planning Division Manager Josh Dugan


The 512’ ship was built in Charleston, South Carolina.  It was commissioned on March 24 before making its way to Naval Station Everett.

Welcome to Commander Jason Patterson and his entire crew of 300 brave men and women who serve our country with such dedication!

Progress at Paine Field - Construction continues on the new terminal at Paine Field

Paine Field

Members of Senator Patty Murray’s staff and I were give a tour of the new terminal at Paine Field while it is under construction.  Service is expected to begin in fall of 2018.

Paine Field

Snohomish County Career Fair

career fair

The Snohomish County Career Fair was held April 24th at the Tulalip Resort Casino.  This was an effort to match job seekers with employers in Snohomish County.  Over 40 employers attended offering employment opportunities.

Crossroad Sign


Welcome to Jeff Thomas and Crossroad Sign at its new location on 164th. Best wishes for your future success and prosperity.



Public Open House

Thursday, May 2,  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Canyon Park Middle School Library

Join us for an Open House to learn more about the 19th Ave SE/232nd St SE/23rd Ave SE Non-motorized Improvements Project! This project is proposing to build sidewalk and bike lane improvements near Canyon Park Middle School in connection with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Safe Route to Schools Program and the Safe Streets & Sidewalks Levy. The route encompassing 19th Ave SE, 232nd St SE, and 23rd Ave SE is designated as a safe walk route for students who live within one mile of the school. The City’s project team members will be on hand to answer your questions. If you aren’t able to attend but would like information, contact Yongqing Zhu, Capital Project Engineer at or 425.806.6830.

Opening Day of Bothell Farmers Market

Friday, June 1, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM 

Country Village

Kick off the 21st annual Bothell Farmer’s Market!  The market will be open every Friday, June 1 through September.


Bead with you

Friday, May 4, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Mill Creek Library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy.

Create Star Wars-inspired fuse bead magnets and check out our display of books, movies, music and DVDs.  Age group:  Tween/Teens (10 – 18)

Mill Creek Garage Sale:  

Saturday, May 5, 8:00 AM – 5 PM

The City of Mill Creek has citywide garage sales on the first Saturday of May and October each year. Make a day of it in Mill Creek, and enjoy lunch and other shopping.


Art Walk

Saturday, May 12, 5:00 PM  8:00 PM  

Mill Creek Town Center

The City of Mill Creek's Art & Beautification Board partners with Mill Creek Town Center to present the annual Summer Art Walks. These free events, which take place from 5 to 8 p.m., are tons of fun for the whole family. Attendees can walk through Town Center and visit local artists and local businesses.

GRAND OPENING - New Mill Creek Senior Center

The new facility is located at Vintage of Mill Creek, 4111 133rd Street SE, Mill Creek.  The official Grand Opening will be held from 11 am – 2 pm.  Spring classes start May 2018.  For more information contact Terry Schuler at 425-948-7170 or

Day of Hope

Saturday, May 19, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Once a year more than 2000 volunteers participate throughout Snohomish County completing big and small projects in their communities. County parks, local Elementary and High schools, Cocoon House, McCollum Pool, Trinity Home, Interfaith Home, family residences and senior citizen’s homes are among some of the projects that are populated by a “sea” of volunteers. Also, oil changes, haircuts, car washes, manicures and a health clinic will be provided free of charge in various locations.

For more information call (425) 876-7161 or email:


GRAND OPENING - Mill Creek Farmer's Market

Friday, May 25, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The Mill Creek Farmers Market opens May 25 and will run each Friday from noon to 5 p.m. through Aug. 31. The market will be located in the Mill Creek City Hall North parking lot at 15720 Main St. 

In addition to fresh produce from local farms, the market will include artisan products from local entrepreneurs. Information about current offerings leading up to the first market and throughout the season will be available at


Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony

Monday, May 28, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Memorial Day


Veterans Monument
15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy

Kick-off Memorial Day weekend festivities with a commemorative ceremony at the Mill Creek Veterans Monument located next to Library Park. The ceremony includes remarks from the mayor, a prayer from the Mill Creek police chaplain, a laying of a wreath, singing of the National Anthem by the Mill Creek Chorale, and a flag raising ceremony. Community members will have an opportunity to pay their respects by laying carnations at the monument to honor those who have given their life in the service of our country.


Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 28, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Between LA Fitness,15024 Main St., and City Hall North, 15720 Main St.

Join the Mill Creek community in honoring those who have died in active service to the United States at the largest Memorial Day parade around.  The emcee will be located by Starbucks (15517 Main St.). Programs listing parade participants also will be available at public thoroughfares to the street. The programs also include coupons for local businesses.


Lori Knight Mixed-Media Exhibit

May 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018

Time: All Day

Mountlake Terrace Library
23300 58th Avenue W
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Cost: FREE

 Lori Knight is a mixed-media artist whose work incorporates vintage photos, treasures found, mixed papers, acrylics, oil pastels and more to convey nostalgic stories.

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