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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

County Budget Update

The County Council is reviewing the County Executive’s recommended 2019 budget. The County Executive proposed a $983 million budget that is largely a “status quo” budget with no major changes from the Council’s 2018 budget.

The Snohomish County Charter gives all final budget authority to the County Council. Our role is simple - review the Executive’s proposed budget. We can approve, amend or completely rewrite the budget. We have amended or rewritten every budget in my four years at the county.

Our Council met with each department over the last two weeks regarding their individual budget requests. Our analysts are carefully reviewing the proposed budget and will share their conclusions with the council in meetings over the next several weeks.

Based on conversations I have had with residents in our district, I am focusing on these areas:

  • Public Safety.
  • Invest more funding for local transportation projects to improve traffic flow. 
  • Continue our efforts to combat the heroin epidemic and homeless situation.
  • Increase our Economic Development efforts to bring more businesses and family wage jobs to Snohomish County.

The final Council budget must be balanced, fiscally responsible and sustainable. I will work with our Council to pass a budget that addresses our needs without mortgaging our future. Council will likely approve our final budget on Monday, November 19th.

Veteran's Day

Veteran’s Day is the day we honor our military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Mill Creek will have two events on Saturday, November 10th to honor our Veterans:  

  • 9 AM flag raising ceremony at the Veteran’s Monument in Library Park, and 
  • 11 AM parade through the Mill Creek Town Center

Let’s show our honor and respect for the sacrifices our Veterans and their families make for us. We owe these men and women of our nation’s Armed Forces a deep debt of gratitude. Our very freedom, life, liberty, justice and values are secured by the dedication of our Armed Forces. Thank you to our Veterans!  God bless you!

Mountlake Terrace Path Completed – Building community by working together!

The Matt Hirvela Bicentennial Park is an excellent example of how partnerships can accomplish a community project that is too big for any one group. 

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Paving completed in September 2018!


A paved path was needed all the way around the park.  The City did not have enough money to complete the project.  Through the combined efforts of Girl Scout Troop 4752, Eagle Scout candidates, the City of Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County, the project was completed in phases from 2010 - 2018. 


Snohomish County SCPP Grant for final paving phase partnering with Girl Scout Troop 43752


I am proud to be part of the funding for this project through the Snohomish County Small Capital Projects Partnerships grants.  Thank you to the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and the many volunteers who worked together for the betterment of their community!

Congratulations to all involved!!!


Thanksgiving is a national holiday and a time of reflection about the many blessings in our lives. We have so much to be thankful for - our families, friends and living in a beautiful part of our country. Best wishes this Thanksgiving from our family to yours! 

Family Movie Nights

Here’s a great way to get ready for the holidays- Family movie nights! The Hallmark Channel has new Christmas movies every Saturday and Sunday night at 8:00PM now through Christmas. So…make lots of popcorn and enjoy these well-made, family friendly movies. Cherish this great time of the year with your family!

Snohomish County Light Rail Communities Online Open House #2

Planning and Development Services, Public Works, Parks, Recreation and Tourism and Human Services are proactively planning for the extension of light rail past Lynnwood in the mid-2030s.  This project is providing station area planning for light rail stations at Interstate 5 and 164th St (Ash Way) and Interstate 5 and 128th St (Mariner).  The project will also include developing a subarea plan for the broader unincorporated urban core area between the cities of Everett, Lynnwood, Mill Creek and Mukilteo.

A second online open house will go live on October 31 and be available for the public to participate until November 30.  The online open house replicates an in-person open house within a mobile-friendly online tool.  Users can visit the webpage, view information at intuitively-designed “stations,” engage with interactive features, and provide focused feedback throughout the extended timeframe.  Through the Light Rail Communities online open house the public will be able to:

  • Learn about the project background, purpose and timeline.
  • Provide input on which light rail station location they prefer.
  • Find out about public involvement opportunities and how to stay informed.

The link to participate is:

35th Ave Reconstruction Grant

Mill Creek


I was honored to present Mill Creek with a $50,000 grant for reconstruction of 35th Avenue SE. This project will help improve transportation as a whole in our county as 35th is an important north/south corridor.  Snohomish County is also working on improvements on 35th from Seattle Hill Road to SR 524.

District Events


Taste of the Holidays & Wine Walk
Saturday, November 10    10AM - 8PM

Country Village
23718 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell.



Kick off the holiday season at Country Village! For a flurry of gift ideas & a delightful shopping experience, join us for the 31st annual Taste of the Holidays. The merchants invite you to a full day of special demos, activities, holiday refreshments, wine, treats, & more.

Santa's Reindeer will debut at this holiday event. Bring the kids and visit with live reindeer. They will be here the entire holiday season.

Nibble on complimentary hot roasted chestnuts donated by PCC Natural Markets at 4pm (while supplies last).

View magical twinkling lights as you stroll through the Village on our annual Wine Walk featuring 15+ local wineries. The vintners will pour wine tastes from 5-8pm. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, BYOG (bring your own glass).

** A limited number of VIP tickets are available which will allow you early access to the tastings, and a glass with your ticket. Check in for VIP's starts at 5:00 pm! VIP Tickets are $35.

The Taste of the Holidays Wine Walk is a great time to shop and enjoy libations while connecting with friends. All proceeds benefit the Northshore Schools Foundation.

Chick N’ Coop Crafts Holiday Bazaar
November 15 – November 17    10AM - 6PM



The annual Fall & Holiday Bazaar in the Bothell Rental Hall (Courtyard Hall) connects Northwest handcrafters with folks looking for unique, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind creations.

24323 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell

Gingerbread House Weekend
November 17 - November 18 

gingerbread house


Visit Country Village for our fifth annual Gingerbread House Weekend! Come and create a unique & festive house to take home OR enter it into our Gingerbread House contest (1st place wins a $200 Country Village gift certificate). All ages welcome! $40 to attend the workshop - the workshop includes everything you need to build your house; frosting, candy, and a real gingerbread house.

There are 3 gingerbread house workshops scheduled throughout the day on both Saturday, 11/17 and Sunday, 11/18. Class 1 takes place at 11AM, class 2 takes place at 1PM, & class 3 takes places at 3PM. Classes fill up quickly so call now to reserve your space. Payment is required at time of reservation- 425-483-2250 or email

Gingerbread Houses will be on display at Country Village. View and vote for your favorite house. Drop some change in the milk bottle next to your favorite house to decide who will receive the coveted People’s Choice award. All funds benefit the Northshore Schools Foundation.

Country Village
23718 Bothell Everett Hwy

Small Business Saturday
November 24 - November 25

small business


Shop small, win big! Stop by any shop in Country Village to pick up your entry card. With every $10+ purchase you earn a stamp which increases your likelihood of winning the Small Business Saturday giveaway basket, valued over $300! It’s our way of saying “Thank You” for shopping small and making a big impact in your community!



Veteran's Day
Monday, November 12    7AM, 10:30AM, 11AM



This coming Veterans Day (November 11th) marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (The Great War). In honor of all the men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces, Evergreen Washelli will be hosting our annual Veterans Day Service on Monday, November 12, 2018. The day will begin at 7:00AM with flag placement in the Washelli Veterans Cemetery, followed by a band concert at 10:30AM and a Service of Remembrance at 11AM. Won’t you please join us?

If you would like to assist with flag placement please contact Brenda McCoy at

Abbey View Memorial Park and Cemetery
3601 Alaska Road, Brier


Mill Creek

Veteran's Day Ceremony
Saturday, November 10    9AM - 10AM

mill creek


Join the Mill Creek community to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Additional information at

Library Park
15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy.

Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, November 10    11AM - 12PM

veterans day parade


The parade meanders down Mill Creek’s Main Street from LA Fitness to City Hall (15024 Main St. to 15720 Main St.). The event features floats, bands, drill teams, equestrian teams, kids groups, dancers, cars and other parading attractions. Bring a chair and arrive along the parade route early. To participate in the parade or for additional information at

Mill Creek Town Center, Main Street

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 24    9AM - 6PM


Shop local at the Mill Creek Town Center on Small Business Saturday, November 24th.  We have lots of small independently owned shops that have great gift ideas.  Pick up a passport while you are shopping, get special promotions and be entered to win prizes.  Look for all the details online at


Mountlake Terrace

MLT Senior Center Thanksgiving Feast
Tuesday, November 20    4PM - 7PM


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