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News from Terry Ryan

August 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


Please remember to return your ballot for the primary election. Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, August 7, and no postage is necessary.  A ballot can also be dropped off at one of the ballot boxes around the county. For additional information visit or call the Auditor's office at 425-388-3444.

County Courthouse



The County Executive, Dave Somers, asked the Council to approve his plan to remodel and expand the existing courthouse as opposed to building a new courthouse.  We agreed to the remodel/expansion based on consistent assurances that the project would stay within budget.

I received a briefing that the bids for the courthouse remodel/expansion came in $4.6 million over budget. This was extremely disappointing and surprising since the Executive’s office consistently told the Council that the project was “on time and on budget” at every courthouse update for the past 18 months!  In fact, I specifically asked about the courthouse budget because commercial construction expenses have been escalating faster in the Puget Sound area (which includes us).  Council was told the courthouse contingency budget should cover those costs. 

Needless to say, I have asked the Executive’s Office how they intend to pay for the cost overruns.  I have publicly stated that I will not vote for any new tax to pay for any of the courthouse cost overruns.  Possible options include scaling the project back or cutting other expenses in the county budget.

I am working with the Council and the Executive to find a path forward on this project.  I will keep you updated.

It's Time to go to the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe!!!

Each year I look forward to attending the 12-day Evergreen State Fair in Monroe which opens on Thursday, August 23.  Our Fair is the largest county fair in the Pacific Northwest and the largest single attraction held annually in Snohomish County. It’s just the right size to have something different for each member of the family and still have that County Fair feel.  For more information visit

I will be at the Fair several times over the 12 days.  Please feel free to come up and say hello.  I love talking with fellow fair-goers!

Let Community Transit Take You to the Fair!

For your convenience, Community Transit is running buses directly to the West Gate entrance at the Fairgrounds during the Fair so there is no need to stress with traffic or parking. The fairgrounds are served by Community Transit Routes 270/271, with all day connections to Everett and Snohomish Park & Rides and transfers to points south.

Adult fares are $2.25, youth fares (6-18) are $1.50 and senior/disabled/Medicare residents can ride for $1 with a reduced fare pass. If you pay by cash, please bring exact change.  You can also pick up an ORCA fare card at a participating Safeway or QFC store and get a two-hour transfer with your ride. 

For more information visit

National Night Out - Tuesday, August 7

Night Out


National Night Out is held the first Tuesday of August.  It is an annual community building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring, places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement. It also provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

District locations:

Snohomish County:  Willis Tucker Community Park  5 - 8 PM 

Live music, free hot dogs, corn on the cob, and lemonade! Sheriff's Office helicopter, motorcycles, boats and more, plus fire trucks and other emergency response vehicles will be onsite.

Brier:  This year, due to the same week being scheduled for our SeaScare parade, National Night Out activities in Brier Park are canceled in favor of a traditional celebration. The City encourages residents to turn on their porch lights and go out to meet their neighbors in the name of crime prevention.

The Brier Police Department, in partnership with the Regional Fire Department and other City departments is encouraging residents to organize neighborhood events that will bring neighbors together. Neighborhood activities could include a community "block party", which could be as simple as a dessert potluck in a garage or a barbecue gathering in a driveway.

Mill Creek:  5:30 - 8:30 PM Pine Meadow Park, 15803 32nd Ave SE, Mill Creek (corner of 157th Place SE and 32nd Avenue SE) Family Fun, Games, Crime Prevention

Mountlake Terrace:  The City of Mountlake Terrace has its annual award-winning National Night Out Against Crime event at 6 PM at Evergreen Playfield, 22205 56th Avenue West. 

This free, family-friendly event combines entertainment, food, and community involvement, for a fun-filled evening. Entertainment includes music, bouncy house, caricature artist, free food and more!

Citizens can meet city officials, learn about local businesses and service organizations, and celebrate with neighbors. 

Snohomish County Partners with Mountlake Terrace on Pedestrian Improvements

Councilmember Sean Richards, Mayor Pro Tem Kyoko Matsumoto Wright, Councilmember Rick Ryan, Terry, Mayor Jerry Smith, Councilmembers Laura Sonmore and Bryan Wahl


At the July 2 meeting of the Mountlake Terrace City Council, I was honored to present the City with a ceremonial check for $80,000 to help with the ADA Accessible Ramp/Sidewalk Project at 214th St. SW & 40th Ave. W to 44th Ave. W.  I’m proud Snohomish County is able to partner with Mountlake Terrace on this important project.

Korean War Ambassador for Peace Medal Presentation

Korean War


I was honored to attend a ceremony to honor our Veterans for their service during the Korean War.  Over 60 veterans were presented with the Ambassador for Peace Medal and a certificate on July 23, 2018 by Consul General Lee, Hyung-jong of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea.  The medals are in appreciation from the Korean government to American service men and women without which Korea might not exist.  Thank you also to the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs who sponsored the luncheon. 

To all our Veterans, thank you and God bless you!

35th Ave SE Groundbreaking



It’s official—the reconstruction of 35th Ave SE through Mill Creek is underway!  The road is expect to be closed for several months while a new road is built over hundreds of pin piles that will be pounded into the bedrock.  Over 15,000 cars daily use the road that has been sinking and flooding for decades.  The fix should allow the road to remain open year-round.  

Thanks to the efforts of State Senator Steve Hobbs, most of the funding for this project was provided by the State of Washington ($5.3 million), the City of Mill Creek ($1 million) and Snohomish County.

Over the next few years, Snohomish County is working to improve 35th Avenue south of Seattle Hill Rd.  Phase 1 from 152nd St. SE to 180th St. SE is underway.  Construction began June 4 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.   Phase 2 from 180th St SE to SR 524 will be constructed after Phase 1 is completed.

Small Business Help

Economic Alliance of Snohomish County (EASC) is a great resource for businesses and Snohomish County government as we work together to help businesses grow and to attract new businesses to our county. Additionally, EASC has a wealth of helpful information on their website for small businesses. Please visit the EASC website at:

Century Communities Family Movies in the Park

There is still time for the 2018 Century Communities Family Movies in the Park. These movies will run on Thursdays through August 16. Movies begin at dusk and are free to the public. The movies are shown at Willis Tucker Park Amphitheater right here in our district, 6705 Puget Park Drive, in the Gold Creek area.

Open seating begins at 7:30 PM. Movie start times listed below are approximate depending on the daylight. All movies are rated PG and are appropriate and fun for the entire family. Admission is free but donations are gladly accepted to benefit the Snohomish County Parks Dept. Seating is on the grass so bring low back lawn chairs and blankets for comfort.


August 2 “Coco” 9:07 PM

August 9 “Wonder” 8:55 PM

August 17 “Beauty and the Beast” 8:41 PM

Snacks are available for purchase from the Mill Creek Lions Club. All proceeds support various youth and family projects. There will be pre-movie entertainment each week.

Thank you again to Larry Sundquist and Century Communities for sponsoring Movies in the Park. This is a fun night out for families. We could not do this without their kindness and sponsorship.

Bring your family to the movies and I hope to see you there!

Run of the Mill Thank you!

The “Run of the Mill” is a very big event for the Mill Creek community. This year’s run once again featured many runners and walkers.  Another key benefit of the run is the fun and excitement created in our community by the event itself.

This starts with the selfless acts of volunteerism—the amount of time, resources and commitment needed to make this annual run happen is staggering. The volunteer’s intent is to simply give back to the community.  Thank you to Columbia Funding Mortgage, Steve Knox and his army of volunteers, coaches and other sponsors for organizing and making this happen every year!

Verizon Grand Opening

Verizon 1


Congratulations to Verizon for the Grand Opening on one of the newest locations at 3620 Broadway in Everett.  Everett Councilmember Scott Bader and I were honored to help cut the ribbon. 

Verizon 2


It’s always good to see business growing in our County!

Repair Cafe



Got Broken Stuff? Toss it? No Way! Bring it to the Repair Café!

September 22 and November 10 @ 10 AM - 2 PM

WSU Snohomish County Extension Education Center
600 128th ST SE
Everett  (McCollum Park)

Repair Cafés are all about fixing things! At our Repair Cafes you bring the stuff, and our repair specialists bring their skills to help fix it! 

Repairable items could include: Bicycles, bird houses, clocks, clothes, computers, DVD Player, fan, home décor, jewelry, kitchen chair, lamp, music box, small electronics/appliances, toaster, toys and more!

Pre-registration is recommended so we can let you know what parts to bring.

Contact:  Heather Teegarden

Phone: 425-357-6027


Free and open to all Snohomish County residents. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.

This event is made possible with support from: WSU Snohomish County Extension and Snohomish County Public Works – Solid Waste Division.



Country Village Farmers Market  

Fridays from 12 - 6 PM through September

23718 Bothell-Everett Hwy


Park Ridge Community Market 

Wednesdays from 4 - 8 PM through September

3805 Maltby Rd.


Music in the Park

33 years of summer fun!
Come join us for our 33rd annual summer concert series!  Each week we will feature one of Seattle's hottest cover bands for a night of good music and great fun for all ages.

Friday nights:
North Creek Field #3
11905 North Creek Parkway S. 
6:30-8 PM

  • August 3, 2018: Portage Bay Big Band - Seattle's hardest-working big band for over 25 years
  • August 10, 2018: Harmonious Funk - The Kings of R&B - Soul - Funk - Top 40
  • August 17, 2018: Chris Anderson - An evening of classics & jazz standards
  • August 24, 2018: The Kings of Hollywood - A tribute to The Eagles

Children’s Concert Series

Eric Herman & the Puppy Dogs @ Just Kidding Around  August 8, 2018, 11 AM - 12 PM @ Park at Bothell Landing. Come sing & dance with us at our children's concert series, featuring Eric Herman & the Puppy Dogs!

Caspar Babypants @ Just Kidding Around  August 22, 2018, 11 AM - 12 PM @ Park at Bothell Landing. Come sing & dance with us at our children's concert series, featuring Caspar Babypants!

August 18, 2018, 10 AM - 2 PM @ City Hall.  This free fun event provides tips about sustainability for all ages! Bring your family, friends, and neighbors and learn about sustainability programs for your community.

Wizard Fest

August 18, 11 AM – 5 PM at Country Village

Don your robes, capes & magical attire, and join Country Village Shops for a day of enchantment!  There will be magical fun all day long! Wizard shows, wizard quests, fantasy authors, and magical vendors!  Quiddich Run at 1 PM & 3 PM.


The Brier Library Presents

August 3, 11 AM at Brier Library



Ahoy, Mateys - Join your fellow buccaneers for a thunderin' grrreat time at Brier Library's KidScare. There will be crafts, games, grub and grog (cookies and juice). 

We will also have a special visit from a real SeaScare pirate. Argh! For children and families.

We encourage the kids to meet back at the library, with their projects, at 6 PM on August 8th to get ready to walk with us in the SeaScare Parade.

We look forward to seeing you at the library! 
425 483-0888
Register please - Kelley Murdock

SeaScare Parade 

August 8

6 PM - Parade check-in and line up - Check in will be on the north side of 232nd on Brier Road.

7 PM - The Brier Realty Porch Light Parade

The parade begins just north of the library (232nd) and moves south down Brier Road ending just past Brier Realty (238th).

Following the parade - Salmon Derby, fire truck display, plus an art and classic car show.

  • 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Food Drive - Benefiting Concern for Neighbors Food Bank. Look for the barrel near Jason's Java.
  • 7 - 8:30 pm - Book Sale - Sponsored by the Friends of the Brier Library. This will be held next to Brier Grocery.
  • 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Special Seascare Sodas at Jason's Java
  • Right after the parade the Salmon Derby drawing
  • Then - Tap your feet to live music  of the Urban Renewal Project 


Mill Creek Farmers Market 

Fridays from 12 - 5 PM through August 31
15720 Main St. 

Summer Concert Series at the Forum in the Mill Creek Town Center

Wednesdays from 6 - 8 PM in the Mill Creek Town Center, 151st & Main St.

August 1:  Sly Mr. Y: 70’s and 80's

August 8:  Cherry Cherry: Neil Diamond Tribute

August 15:  Wings N Things: Music of Paul McCartney

August 22:  Second Hand Newz: Music of Fleetwood Mac

August 29:  Crème Tangerine: Music of the Beatles


Kids Fest

August 4, 1 PM - 4 PM  Mill Creek Town Center

Start out the morning as Paddywack celebrates 13 years in business on August 4th with their anniversary sale event featuring a fun and fabulous day of racing for Dachshunds and Wiener Wannabes!   Experience the fun as Paddywack hosts a Dachshund Race for Rescue-sanctioned race event for charity, plus much more!   Look for registration and general information on the event at Paddywack to see if your dog has what it takes to bring home the prize for speediest pup!

Enjoy lunch at one of the Town Center’s great restaurants and then stick around for more family fun in the afternoon at Kids Fest.

This Free family event will take place on Saturday, August 4th from 1 - 4 PM in the Mill Creek Town Center.  Town Center merchants will have fun activities for the kids to take part in at business locations and look for live performances throughout the Town Center.  The University Book Store will be having their big Waldo party and there will be plenty of fun things to do for kids big and small.  This is a free event that the whole family will love.


Mill Creek Summer Art Walk 

August 9, 5 PM - 8 PM

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 are tons of fun for the whole family. Attendees can walk through Town Center and visit local artists and local businesses. Each art walk runs from 5 pm to 8 pm.  For more information:


Kids Prayer Festival 2018!

August 25, 9:30 AM - 4 PM

Prayer, Worship, Crafts, Art, Dunking tank, blow-up slides, Snow cones, BBQ, Games for the whole family!

New Sound
3702 214th Street Southwest

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