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Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494


Robert Knoll, Legislative Aide

Happy Holidays!

As we wind down 2018, it's been a privilege and honor serving you as your councilmember this year.  I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season.

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Executive Dave Somers Extends Innovative Response to Opioid Crisis

By activating the emergency management system, Snohomish County can better use resources and time

EVERETT, Wash., November 29, 2018 – Today, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers signed a directive for the extension of the activation of the emergency management system to address the opioid crisis. By signing the directive, the Snohomish County Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination Group [MAC Group] will continue their innovative work to reduce overdose deaths and other negative impacts in the community.

“By getting all of our partners in one room, we are able to break down organizational silos and more effectively organize ourselves for the many challenges of the opioid epidemic,” said Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive. “The past year has shown that we can be more efficient and effective when working in collaboration. The activation of our emergency management system has been a key innovation in the fight against opioid abuse and overdose.”

“We are seeing positive results from the county-wide effort to help those suffering from substance abuse and the negative impacts it has on our community,” said Stephanie Wright, Chair of the Snohomish County Council. “This collaboration has been an effective way to line up county resources with common objectives. The council will continue to support these efforts to address this critical community need.”

“One of the advantages of having a MAC Group to address the opioid epidemic is that it strengthens existing partnerships in Snohomish County,” said Sheriff Ty Trenary. “From law enforcement/embedded social worker teams addressing homelessness to multi-agency collaborations addressing nuisance properties, we can tackle the negative, quality of life issues opioid misuse has on our communities and neighborhoods.”

“This coordinated effort has allowed us to gain access to new data sources,” said Dr. Mark Beatty, health officer for the Snohomish Health District. “By analyzing the information being shared from multiple agencies, we are better able to target our interventions and evaluate the impact being made in our communities.”

“Our City team is focused on providing pathways to treatment and housing for those on our streets, and collaborating with our neighborhoods and businesses to create a safe, healthy community for all of our residents,” said Cassie Franklin, Mayor of Everett. “The MAC Group’s work is crucial because the opioid challenge affects all of our communities, and we can accomplish more by working together.”

“Arlington appreciates our partners across the county and state who help us address this complex and damaging epidemic,” said Barb Tolbert, Mayor of Arlington. ”We are committed to staying engaged with this regional effort to lessen impacts on our community.”

“We appreciate having the opportunity to work closely with others who are facing the tough task of dealing with the human costs of the opioid epidemic,” said Bruce Stedman, Chief, South County Fire. ”For every person that our firefighters and paramedics help, there is a complex story that needs an entire community’s response.”

More details about the Opioid Response MAC Group—including its objectives, action team leads and future progress reports—can be found at 

The website is an information portal available in Snohomish County. The website—and accompanying social media accounts—were developed to be a one-stop shop for resources. Whether trying to understand the problem, prevent addiction, or save a life, this is a place to find information for that first next step. 

Contact:  Kent Patton,, Shari Ireton,, Heather Thomas,

Public Input Sought on Affordable Housing and Community Development Needs

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Snohomish County announces two public hearings related to the planning process for federal affordable housing and community development funds

EVERETT, Wash., November 26, 2018 - Snohomish County invites all interested persons to provide input on local community needs for affordable housing, public facility, infrastructure, services and economic development projects to be funded with 2019 federal grant funds and to provide input on 2017 grant performance.

Snohomish County, in consortium with 19 cities and towns within the County, receives approximately $4 million in federal funds each year under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs. The grant funds help support local affordable housing, public facility, infrastructure, service, and economic development projects that benefit low-to-moderate income persons and neighborhoods in Snohomish County.

The use of these grant funds is guided by a five-year 2015-2019 plan, which establishes goals based on community needs.

Each year, Snohomish County, as lead agency of the consortium, is required to develop an Annual Action Plan for use of these funds. The 2019 Annual Action Plan will cover the period between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

Two meetings to provide information and receive input from the public will be held. The meetings are both scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Both meetings will be located in Public Meeting Room 2 of the Robert J. Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue in Everett.

Snohomish County will also accept written comments. Comments can be sent to Debra May at either or Snohomish County Human Services Department – OHCD, 3000 Rockefeller Ave M/S 305, Everett, WA 98201.

For more information, to request a reasonable accommodation, or to request a foreign language interpreter, contact Debra May, Human Services Department at (425) 388-3264 or at

The Snohomish County Human Services Department helps all persons meet their basic needs and develop their potential by providing timely, effective human services and building community. The Housing & Community Services Division administers a wide range of programs that provide affordable housing, community development, and related services to low-income and homeless persons.

Community Heritage Grant Program

Snohomish County’s Community Heritage Program is currently accepting applications (PDF) from public and nonprofit agencies for projects that develop and promote heritage preservation in the county.  Applications are due by January 30, 2018, see link above.

The Community Heritage Program supports projects that promote the public’s access to county history. 

To qualify for support, projects must align with one of the four program categories:

• Professional Development
• Public Programming
• Capital Improvements & Equipment
• Collections Management

Past projects have included material organizing and cataloging, window coverings for a museum, a computer station and newspaper digitizing.  All funds granted are on a reimbursement basis.  This is an excellent opportunity for your organization to receive funding for a project that is valuable to maintain the rich history of Snohomish County.

District 2 Events


Holiday Art Show at Schack Art Center
November - December 29   

Painting of three people digging in snow

This annual Holiday Art Exhibit features Signature Members of the Northwest Pastel Society, as well as a diverse selection of glass, ceramic, wood, and jewelry by regional artists.

Visit the Schack website for a complete list of participating artists.

2921 Hoyt Ave


Scenic Holiday Flights in a DC-3
Sunday, December 9    2 - 4:30 PM

DC-3 Aircraft in Flight

Take a serious break from holiday challenges in Historic Flight Foundation’s magnificent DC-3. Treat your family to an aerial tour of Puget Sound. Meet our magnificent pilots a half-hour prior to your flight. Stay afterward for holiday treats. In the spirit of the season, flights on these three sundays will be offered for $250.


Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 9    9 AM - Noon

Breakfast with Santa Poster

Enjoy a breakfast buffet and family photo with Santa
$38 per adult, $25 per child (ages 4 to 12).
Children under 4 are free.
Tickets are non-refundable. 
Reservation line 360-716-6888

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