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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

Bi-partisan Leadership Team Elected for 2019 County Council

The Snohomish County Council elected its 2019 leadership team. I was elected Chair of the Council.  Councilmember Nate Nehring, representing District 1, was elected Vice-Chair. This is the first time in over a decade that both political parties are represented in Council leadership.

We have a unique circumstance in that Councilmember Brian Sullivan was slotted to be Vice-Chair but he is term limited and running for another office. With all the political gridlock nationally, this is an opportunity to show the County Council is working together for the betterment of all of Snohomish County.

I am looking forward to working with Nate and the entire Council as well as the County Executive and his staff. We have a lot of work to do in 2019.

Thank you, Fire District 7

I cooked a Thanksgiving dinner for our Mill Creek Firefighters and EMS personnel again this year. We have been doing this every year since our Mill Creek Fire station opened 20 years ago. It’s our way of saying thank you to our Fire and EMS responders with a home cooked meal. (As opposed to store-bought deep-fried chicken!) I cook the turkey, and make the stuffing and gravy. The Firefighters supply the vegetables, potatoes and anything else they want.

We are truly blessed to have these professional, well-trained quality Firefighters and EMS personnel looking out for our community. Thank you to all our Fire District 7 employees! The next time you see them, take the time to thank them for their service to our community!

Winter Storm Preparation

Winter weather is right around the corner. It is recommended to have extra supplies on hand for the winter storms. Be ready by preparing your own list now. Here are some ideas for your list-

For your home:

  • Flashlights and a portable radio with extra batteries on hand.
  • Stock up on prepared foods. Buy a manual can opener if you don’t already have one.
  • Have a fresh supply of bottled water. Stock up on water - one gallon per person per day.
  • Keep your first aid kit full and be sure to keep your medications up to date.
  • Have an out of state contact that your entire family can call in an emergency.
  • Keep extra blankets and heavy outdoor coats available.

For your automobile:

  • Keep your gas tank full.
  • Make sure your car is properly tuned and running well.
  • Warm clothes, blanket, boots and gloves for each passenger.
  • Bottled water, snack bars.
  • Full medical kit.
  • Fully charged cell phone.
  • Road flares, jumper cables and an ice scraper.
  • Flashlight with batteries.
  • Tires with proper tread depth and properly inflated.

Department of Emergency Management

Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management (D.E.M.) is a great resource for information regarding emergencies and preparedness for emergencies.

The D.E.M. mission statement reads; The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management coordinates emergency management in partnership with the whole community to lessen the impact of disasters on people, property, the environment, and the economy.

Please visit the D.E.M. website to learn more about how to protect your families and neighborhoods;

The Preparedness link is;

Holiday Recycling Tips

 Courtesy of Republic Services

Many of us want to be better recyclers during the holidays, but we aren't sure how or just don't have the time. Here are some ideas from all of us at Republic Services:

Simple holiday recycling tips:

  1. Save and reuse gift bags, ribbons and bows for next year, or use them as lunch bags during the new year.
  2. Shipping gifts? Make shredded paper out of old newspapers and magazines, or be sure to reuse last year's bubble wrap and foam peanuts.
  3. Think twice when it comes to wrapping paper. Standard wrapping paper should be recycled, but anything with glitter or foil belongs in the trash (or save it for next year!) Generally, the fancier the wrapping paper, the less recyclable it is.
  4. Getting a new device this holiday season? Make sure your old phone or tablet isn't tossed in recycling. Check with local senior centers or other non-profits; the 911 call function will still work and provide long-term benefit to those in need.
  5. Give the gift of a shared experience – a special movie, playing in the snow or baking cookies together.
  6. Pass down an heirloom to a grandchild or special someone who would appreciate and treasure the family history and connection to you.

Common holiday items that do not belong in recycling include: bubble wrap, cellophane, holiday ribbons and bows, batteries, food waste, clothing and shoes, holiday lights, electronics and foam packaging. All of these items and materials should be placed in a waste container, not recycled.

Check with your local service provider to ensure you are aware of any changes in holiday collection schedules and how to properly dispose of real Christmas trees.

We also encourage you to visit for simple tips and videos you can share on your social media accounts to help us all become better recyclers for our local communities. Some universal basics:

  • Know what to throw: With all those extra packages and materials during the holidays, it’s important to make sure you’re putting the right things in your recycling container.
  • Empty. Clean. Dry.: How to keep all recyclables free of food and liquid.
  • Keep it loose: Remember to never put your recyclables in containers or bags.

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