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News from Brian Sullivan

May 2019

Brian Sullivan's eNewsletter


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

Thank you for reading my May eNewsletter.  This month on Sunday, May 12 (Mother's Day), the Everett Farmers Market opens for its 26th year.  Make sure to check it out!  Click the link above for more information.

As always, I'm humbled and honored to represent you.  Please never hesitate to drop me a line.  I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.

End of Session Funding

I'm pleased to report that $5.5 million was allocated this session in Olympia to the Asarco cleanup project in North Everett.  Asarco operated the Everett Smelter from 1894 - 1912, but the contamination wasn't discovered until 1990.  Due to the operations at the Everett Smelter, high levels of lead and arsenic contaminated particles from smokestacks settled over a 1.1 square mile area, including residential and industrial areas.  I am a board member of Snohomish Health District, and earlier this year I brought forward Resolution No. 19-06 requesting our legislature for capital appropriations to address the Everett Smelter Cleanup because funding for the cleanup, received through a bankruptcy settlement with Asarco, is now depleted.  To learn more about the cleanup project, please click here.  

Other funding passed in Olympia regarding our County's legislative priorities which includes:

  • $1M for the Sheriff's Office South Precinct,
  • $150,000 for the Evergreen Speedway, and
  • $1.5 for the Regional Apprentice Pathways Program (biennium budget).

A special thanks to our 38th District Legislators Senator John McCoy, Representatives June Robinson and Mike Sells for supporting what is important and vital to District 2!

Naval Station Everett Celebrates 25 Years

Photograph of County Councilmembers and Navy commanders

Congratulations to Naval Station Everett on its 25th anniversary!  Did you know that Naval Station Everett (NSE) is only one of two Navy owned deep water port facilities on the western coast of the U.S. and the most modern shore installation in the U.S.?  NSE is also the recipient of conservation achievements, including 2017 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Award for Industrial Sustainability and the 2017 Secretary of the Navy Energy Conservation Award.  6,000 sailors and civil service persons are assigned to commands located at NSE and the station itself has about 350 sailors and civilians assigned.  We are so grateful to each and every one of them, and their families, for their sacrifice to ensure our freedom.

Thank you Naval Station Everett - here's to 25 more years!

Snohomish County Celebrates Earth Day

Earth Day Logo

Earth Day was created in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to highlight the issue of legal and regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment.  On that first Earth Day, 22 million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities to create a call of action.  Due to Sen. Nelson's efforts, the Environmental Protection Agency was born and a number of landmark policies became law such as the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.  Today it is estimated that 1 billion people all over the globe celebrate Earth Day, including Snohomish County. 

Last month the Council passed two resolutions supporting our environment.  Resolution No. 19-013 recognizing April 22nd as Earth Day and Resolution No. 19-015 Committing Snohomish County to Waste Reduction.  By recycling and waste reduction, we can all help divert waste from landfills which will help improve our air and water quality by reducing methane gas created from landfills and the potential for groundwater pollution. 

Also on Earth Day, Council along with the Executive and Forterra, participated in a ceremonial tree planting at Lake Stickney.  And on April 23rd the County campus hosted an Earth Day celebration where participants were encouraged to take "Take the Plastic Pledge" by pledging to reduce consumption of commonly used single-use items such as disposable coffee cups, plastic utensils and plastic straws.  Also at the celebration were educational booths, free giveaways, prize-drawings, electronics recycling, food trucks and signups for volunteer opportunities.  

By local government and citizens working together, we can keep Snohomish County beautiful.

Open Position on the Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board

The Fair Advisory Board is composed of eleven members, five representing the Council district in which they live, and six at-large members who may live anywhere in the county. Members serve four-year terms and are limited to three consecutive full terms.  Three districts have openings, including District 2!

The board meets almost monthly and represents a broad range of interests related to the annual Evergreen State Fair. It was created to advise, consult and assist the Fair Manager in the operation and maintenance of the Evergreen State Fair.

“Every August, Snohomish County throws a 12-day party for more than 350,000 friends and neighbors,”
said Interim Fair Manager, Jeremy Husby. “Advisory board members are critical to the success of the
110-year old fair and the role it plays in connecting communities together.”

If you are interested in serving on the Fair Advisory Board, please complete this Nomination Form (PDF). 

Snohomish County Tomorrow Steering Committee Seeks Community Members

The Snohomish County Tomorrow Steering Committee has
openings for two community members. Volunteers must be residents of Snohomish County.  Committee members would be expected to attend monthly Steering Committee meetings and contribute to discussions on growth policies.

For more information please visit or contact Cynthia
Pruitt at 425-388-3185 or

About Snohomish County Tomorrow Steering Committee
Snohomish County Tomorrow (SCT) is a cooperative forum with representatives from Snohomish County and 19 of its cities as well as from the Tulalip Tribes. The group’s primary function is to oversee Countywide Planning Policies – written policies on growth management from which the county and cities’ comprehensive plans are developed.

The Steering Committee is composed of elected officials. It reviews recommendations from other SCT committees and may forward their decisions to the County Council, Puget Sound Regional Council or other regional or state organizations. Citizen Representatives are accorded
full participation in Steering Committee meetings except for voting on decision items. They are encouraged to express their recommendations during pre-vote discussion.

District 2 Events


Fisherman's Village Music Festival
May 16, 17, 18    

Photo of band on stage before audience

Fisherman's Village Music Festival is back for its sixth year on May 16, 17 and 18. Lineup and other info can be found on their website,


Historic Flight Opening Fly Day
May 11    10 AM - 5 PM

Opening Day poster

Come and witness history in motion while we bid “Bon Voyage” to our Douglas C-47B/DC-3 as it departs for Normandy, France to participate in the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Come tour the aircraft and meet the pilots. Enjoy special exhibits, live music, picnic fare, and a noontime D-Day presentation by Mike Lavelle. Watch our storied fleet of aircraft take to the sky as Foundation members fly throughout the day. Join the Foundation and experience a flight in one of our historically significant aircraft yourself.

Historic Flight Foundation
10719 Bernie Webber Dr


Native American Flute Lesson
May 30    6 PM

Photo of Cary Williams on Flute

Cary Williams, Tulalip

Event Location: HCC Longhouse Room

Cary Williams will help anyone interested in learning the basics and essentials of flute playing and techniques for Native style flutes.

Scheduled to appear. This event is included in the cost of admission.

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