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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

In June, County Executive Dave Somers had one of his directors advise the County Council that the bids for the Courthouse remodel/expansion came in $4.6 Million over budget. 

This was extremely disappointing and surprising since the Executive Director and project team giving the reports consistently told the council that the project was “on time and on budget” at every courthouse update over the previous 1-1/2 years (Including 1 week before advising the project was $4.6 million over budget). Because of this, I advised the Executive’s office I have a lack of confidence in the team the Executive put together to oversee this project.

Going forward, before I would even consider voting on funding any more expenses, the Executive would have to provide the following; 1) A printed “Decision making” chart so Council can understand who is in charge, who reports to whom on the project and who is making the critical decisions (Accountability), 2) Council having direct access with the decision makers in the project (Clear Communication), 3) A more detailed financial report in “real time” (at least every 2 weeks) and 4) Executive must notify our Council when they have any sign or notice that there is a cost overrun or problem with the courthouse (Transparency). The Executive agreed to provide all of this. 

With that assurance, the county will sell a bond to cover this $4.6 million additional expenditure. The debt service for the bond will be $321,000 per year. The county will fund this as follows; $160,500 paid out of REET (Real Estate Excise Tax) revenue and $160,500 paid out of our “MENG” Capital needs fund (We will defer other capital projects that are on that list). This is going to be a long process and I will keep you posted on our progress.

2019 County Budget

The County Executive is required by our Charter to submit a proposed budget to the County Council for its consideration. The Council may approve the budget, amend it or write its own budget.

Our council is using the same streamlined budget process that I set up as Chairman of the Council in 2016 by using best business practices gleaned from my private business experience.

The result was better communication between the County Council and Executive’s Office, a true budget schedule that set expectations, benchmarks, meeting dates scheduled in a progressive manner, presentations by all county departments and more direct input from our analysts. All this was done in an open, collaborative and transparent process for the public. This is a great example of what our government can do when we all work together. I will report back to you as we go through the process.

It's not too late to go to the Evergreen State Fair

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

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

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene meets with County Council

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From left to right: Council Vice Chair Terry Ryan, Councilman Nate Nehring, Congresswoman DelBene, County Executive Dave Somers, Council Chair Stephanie Wright


Thank you to Suzan DelBene for meeting with us in August.  Congresswoman DelBene frequently visits the district throughout the year.  It’s our opportunity to remind her of projects important to our County.  Thank you for another valuable visit and listening to our concerns!

US Navy Reception

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USS Somerset ship specifications


Once again I was honored to be invited to the Navy reception celebrating Seafair Fleet Week in Seattle. 

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Terry and his brother, Mountlake Terrace Councilman Rick Ryan

The US Navy is a major Snohomish County employer and generates half a billion dollars in revenue each year.

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Side of the USS Somerset


The great men and women serving our country deserve our thanks and respect.  

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September 11 memorial on ship


Thank you to all our active duty personnel and Veterans!  God Bless you! 

South Asian Cultural Celebration in Bothell

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Thank you to Arun Sharma for inviting me to co-host this cultural event in downtown Bothell held August 25th. It is an annual celebration to connect South Asians with local Communities to make a difference.  It was an opportunity to support the diversity of South Asia with a celebration of culture, music, dance, games and food. The event was extremely successful with over 3,000 people attending.

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Thank you for the invitation to co-host in this amazing cultural celebration!

Repair Cafe



September 22nd and November 10th   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.

National Night Out

Mountlake Terrace residents enjoying an evening with their neighbors at National Night Out 2018


Thank you to everyone who took time to say hello to me at National Night Out events in Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace and Willis Tucker Park.  

Mountlake Terrace National Night Out


Hundreds of people turned out to meet with their local Sheriff, Police and Fire Departments as well as numerous nonprofit organizations. 

Mill Creek National Night Out at Pine Meadow Park


If you were unable to attend this year or have never been to a National Night Out, please consider going next year.  I will remind you for the August 2019 Night Out.



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


Extended Summer Concert Series

September 5 - September 26   6 PM - 8 PM

Mill Creek


The summer fun continues in the Mill Creek Town Center at the Forum (near Blazing Onion) with the extended Summer Concert Series. Enjoy free concerts every Wednesday evening at 6pm at the Forum through September. Kick up your feet and dance or sing along with these great bands.

September’s line-up includes:

  • Ventura Highway Revisited - September 5th
  • 3 Trick Pony  - September 12th
  • Sly Mr. Y  -  September 19th
  • Invisible Touch  -  September 26th

Plan to stop by before the performance at one of the great restaurants in the Town Center and enjoy dinner before the concert.  Seating is limited, so get there early to make sure you are ready for all the fun.

Party in the Park at Cougar Park

September 18   5 PM - 7 PM



Games, food and fun in the summer sun is what the Party in the Parks event is all about.  These events will provide a fun evening out for the community with fun activities and games while showcasing the City's beautiful local parks.   The Lions Club will be providing food for purchase at each event. City Staff and personnel from Mill Creek Police Department and Snohomish County Fire District 7 will be in attendance.


Run with Heart

September 29



Supporting the Ironheart Foundation and Colton's Army, this event at McCollum Park (600 128th St SE in Everett) has something for the whole family. Specific events include a 5K run/walk, a kids' 1K and a Toddler Dash. Registration includes a T-shirt with registration by Sept. 9 (regular pricing). Late registration is open until Sept. 27; however, no T-shirt is included in the price. T-shirts are available for purchase day of event for $15 each.

Race Day Schedule:
7:30 am - Day of Registration opens
8:30 am - Registration closes
9 am -  Toddler Dash begins
9:15 am - Kid's 1K begins
9:30 am - 5K run/walk begins
10:45 am - 5K Awards ceremony

Ironheart Foundation 
Colton's Army Guild 

For more information, visit 

Town Center Wine/Beer Walk

September 29   5 PM - 8 PM


Come enjoy tastings from local wineries/breweries while strolling down Main Street and checking out local shops. Registration is required. 

Location:  Main Street in Town Center


The Annual Arts of the Terrace Juried Art Show

September 22 - October 7   12 PM - 6 PM



Enjoy paintings, prints, drawings, miniatures, photography and 3-dimensional works by top local and regional artists. This is one of the best art shows in the region!

Mon-Thu  12 PM - 6 PM
Fri-Sat  12 PM - 5 PM
Sun  1 PM - 5 PM

23300 58th Ave. W.

Taste of Romania Festival 2018

September 29   10 AM - 6 PM
September 30   11 AM - 5 PM


Family-friendly event organized and hosted by the Three Holy Hierarchs Romanian Orthodox Church. Eat, dance and experience the hospitality that Romanians are famous for. Come savor traditional Romanian dishes, enjoy lively music and dances, and explore a marketplace with authentic Romanian crafts. Admission is free! Food, drinks and souvenirs will be available for purchase. For more information, visit

6402 226th PL SW

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