Snohomish County Council News - District 4 - Terry Ryan

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News from Terry Ryan

March 2019

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

District 4 Night Meeting

The Snohomish County Council will hold an open public meeting at Mill Creek City Hall in the Council Chambers at 6 PM on Monday, March 11th.  Mill Creek City Hall is located at 15728 Main. St. in Mill Creek.

The Council holds public comment at the beginning of each meeting.  Members of the public can address the Council on agenda items or any other county concerns.

Annual district meetings are required by the Snohomish County Charter.  Meetings are scheduled for District 1 on March 25th in the Stanwood-Camano School District Office; District 5 in the Startup Events Center on April 8th; District 3 on April 22nd in the Woodway Town Hall; and District 2 on June 17th in the Mukilteo City Hall. 

Evening meetings begin at 6 PM. 

The public is encouraged to attend.

Thank You Snohomish County Public Works

Picture of Councilman Ryan and Public Works employee John Williamson

John Williamson, 18 year Public Works employee, and Terry out plowing the roads during the recent snow incident

Thank you to our dedicated public works crews.  I was honored to be on a “ride-a-long” with our Snohomish County Road Maintenance Crews to plow/sand the roads with them.

A special thank you to John Williamson, 18-year Snohomish County employee, and all our dedicated public works employees who worked 12-hour shifts (24/7) to make the roads safer for all our residents.  We appreciate your service!

Image of snow plow

Loading up with sands/salt mixture

Did you know?

Snohomish County government has 1,600 miles of roads to maintain and keep in working condition.  Our Public Works department and employees do a great job to keep us moving on our roads and bridges.  When there is a large snowfall, our crews do the best they can in clearing county arterials and key corridors.

The night I rode with one of the road crews, there were six snow plows in our group (traveling at a riveting 18 mph).  The crew plowed Cathcart – 134th – 132nd – 128th westbound all the way to Paine Field.  They turned around and cleared the same roads eastbound.

Then we drove to clear 164th from the Bothell-Everett Hwy to Hwy 99. We turned around and cleared 164th eastbound back to the Bothell-Everett Hwy.  By the time we got back to 128th, it needed to be plowed again.  This is an illustration as to why they cannot plow all neighborhood streets.

Picture of 6 sanding trucks procession

Our 6 truck procession on Cathcart & 132nd St. SE

Just the facts:

Road Maintenance Division crews operated snow plows, graders, and salting and sanding trucks 24 hours per day during the adverse weather events, clearing roadways and applying salt, sand, and de-icing agents as necessary to keep roads passable for emergency service vehicles and the public.

Road Maintenance Division crews plowed, sanded, and salted over 25,000 miles of roadway, including application of 3,763 tons of sand/salt mix and 2,234 tons of sand. Total miles driven during the snow-fight exceeded 90,500 miles.

image of sand and removal trucks chaining up

Time to chain up!

Fleet Services Division diligently responded to the continuous need for maintenance, fuel, inspections, and repairs to equipment throughout this emergency. All 45 plow trucks, 4 graders, and 4 deicing trucks were deployed throughout the winter weather event. In addition, our Fleet Services Division provided over 540 sets of tire chains, replacement chains, and chain repairs for Road Maintenance Division and Sheriff’s Department vehicles. 71 rubber plow blades were changed by crews as well as 300 plow blade adjustments made while working around the clock and nearly 1,000 vehicle safety inspections.

Our Department of Emergency Management activated the Emergency Coordination Center and coordinated multiagency response efforts and continuous communications throughout the county in support of 11 agencies. 

Department of Human Services staff and an extensive network of volunteers provided additional emergency overnight housing assistance and resources for over 50 people per night during periods of extreme cold.

Spring with the vernal equinox officially begins on Wednesday, March 20th.

County Council Update

Thank you to all the people who have thanked me for supporting a bi-partisan leadership team on our Snohomish County Council this year.  This is the first time in many, many years that we have had a bipartisan leadership team on our Council.

As previously reported, our County Council elected me as chairman for 2019.  I supported and voted for County Councilman Nate Nehring (Republican) to serve as our Vice-Chair this year.

We want to show everyone that despite what is going on elsewhere in the country, Snohomish County Council is a place where Democrats and Republicans can work together.  I enjoy working with all our council members and the county executive.

Nate and I work well together.  Our friendship began when we were at a National Conference in Washington DC two years ago.  We are both Catholic and attended the Ash Wednesday Mass together at a Catholic Church near the US Senate office building.  Nate also attended my son Justin’s ordination at Saint James Cathedral last June. 

I work hard for our taxpayers with an emphasis on Public Safety, Fiscal Responsibility, Transportation, and Economic Development.  My guiding principle is a commitment to work hard for the betterment of Snohomish County.  And that is exactly what we will continue to do.

Swift Green Line

Map of Swift Routes

The Swift Green Line begins service between Canyon Park/Bothell and Boeing/Paine Field on March 24, 2019!  Swift buses will run every 10 minutes on weekdays, and every 20 minutes early mornings, nights and on weekends.

Swift bus rapid transit is different than regular local bus service. Customers pay their fares at the station. When the bus arrives, all doors open and passengers get on and off the bus in about 10 seconds. That’s Swift!

With frequent service and stations that are spaced farther apart than regular bus stops, Swift bus rapid transit offers the efficiency and appeal of light rail, constructed faster and at a fraction of the cost.

Please join us for the Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday, March 24 from 11 AM – 2 PM at the McCollum Park Park & Ride at 620 128th St SE in Everett for music, food, kids activities and fun!

For more information on the Swift Green Line, please visit

District Events


Adult & Child CPR/AED

March 12, 2019, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Downtown Bothell Fire Station 42, 10726 Beardslee Blvd., Bothell

Basic First Aid

March 19, 2019, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Downtown Bothell Fire Station 42, 10726 Beardslee Blvd., Bothell

Vision 2050, Draft SEIS Open House

March 18, 2019, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Police Department Community Room, 18410 101st Ave NE, Bothell

Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) will be seeking comments on the Draft Supplemental Environment Impact Statement (SEIS) for VISION 2050, the region’s long-range plan to keep the central Puget Sound region healthy and vibrant as it grows. The SEIS reviews the environmental effects of three regional growth alternatives that distribute growth in unique patterns throughout the region. Drop in to an open house to learn more about the alternatives and join the regional conversation:

Repair Café

March 23, 2019, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM @ Bothell Library  18215 98th Ave NE

More information:  206-477-4481

This FREE event provides experienced repair people, known as "fixers" that work on your items by repairing or mending them if they can. The repair may include some useful advice too. Bothell residents can bring in lamps, vacuums, fans, chairs, tables, tools, computers, music players, TVs, blenders, toasters, toys, pants, dresses, rugs, bags, and much more!

Mill Creek

Tarzan, The Stage Musical

March 1, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM & March 2, 2 PM – 4 PM @ Snohomish County PUD Auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett.

Archbishop Murphy High School Presents "Tarzan, The Stage Musical". 

Purchase Tickets at:            

Cost:  $10 Student/Alum/Senior, $15 Adult

Spanish Story Time

Saturdays, March 2 – 30, @ Mill Creek Library, 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy.

Join us and our special guest storyteller, Mirella, to hear stories, learn fingerplays and sing songs, all in Spanish! Children and caregivers of all ages and languages are welcome. Funded by the Friends of the Mill Creek Library.

WSU Repair Café

Poster for Repair Cafe

March 23,2019 10 AM – 2 PM  McCollum Park

It's Raining Chocolate

March 23, 2019  1 PM – 4 PM

Mill Creek Town Center, Main Street

Mill Creek Town Center will host an event called "It's Raining Chocolate!" The event will take place from 1 – 4 PM throughout Town Center. It includes a chocolate eating contest, a kids baking contest (with chocolate), chocolate tasting and much more. For more information, visit

Mountlake Terrace

Ramsey Chavez Airbrush Exhibit Opens March 1st

Painting of Lion by Ramsey Chavez

The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission presents the Ramsey Chavez Airbrush Exhibit at the Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Avenue West.

For self-taught artist Ramsey Chavez, there is no subject that is beyond his extraordinary capabilities. He is gifted in use of the airbrush to create stunning and thought-provoking portraits, landscapes and fantasy works of art.

As a highly sought out portrait artist, Ramsey brings to life the subjects of his exquisitely detailed paintings. His talent and mastery in shading and highlighting provides a feeling of the individual’s spirit within each portrait.

You can find more of Ramsey’s work at

The show runs through March 31 at the Mountlake Terrace Library, Mondays through Thursdays, 10 AM – 9 PM, Fridays, 10 AM – 6 PM, Saturdays, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sundays, 1 – 5 PM.

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