Snohomish County Council News - Sam Low, District 5

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Snohomish County News

News from Sam Low

May 2019

Sam Low's eNewsletter

Sam

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

 

Darcy Cheesman, Legislative Aide 


Veterans Memorial

Executive Somers speaking at Veterans Memorial Event

 

Thursday May 23rd the Snohomish County Executive and County Council, along with military guests and community leaders commissioned the County’s new Veterans Memorial as part of the courthouse renovation project. The old memorial was decommissioned in July 2018. During the commissioning service the memorial flame was re-lit and five service flags were raised in honor of those who have served and died in service to the United States.  May we never forget those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.


East County Mayors Roundtable

East County Mayors in Conference Room

 

Last year I started an East County Mayor’s roundtable to get all the cities together to discuss issues and solutions that we could work on collectively.  We met again this month and I am encouraged by the conversations and innovative ways these cities are looking to partner with each other as well as the County.  District 5 has unique issues given that all the cities are not on the I-5 corridor.  Most people would agree that our transportation issues are not adequately being addressed in East County and we need to find ways to come together to make our voice stronger. I am seeing that happen at these meetings. It is also great to see the cities talking about how to pool their resources to help each city grow and prosper.  This month Representative Carolyn Eslick joined our meeting as well.  She provided us a re-cap of the last session and listened to our cities regarding some of their on-going concerns. 


Roads Update

US 2 Update

Overnight closure in Snohomish, May 28 – June 7

Overnight travelers need to prepare for two weeks of intermittent highway closures, ramp closures and lane reductions on two sections of US 2 between Snohomish and Monroe as contractor crews continue to make critical improvements to the corridor.

Full highway closure

Both directions of US 2 between State Route 9 and Bickford Avenue will close:

  • Wednesday, May 29, to the morning of Friday, May 31 – Westbound lanes closed 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. nightly.
  • Wednesday, May 29, to the morning of Friday, May 31 – Eastbound lanes closed 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly.
  • Sunday, June 2, to the morning of Thursday, June 6 - Westbound lanes closed 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. nightly.
  • Sunday, June 2, to the morning of Thursday, June 6 - Eastbound lanes closed 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly.

Ramp closures

The following ramps will also be closed:

  • Eastbound US 2 off-ramp to Bickford Avenue.
  • Bickford Avenue on-ramp to eastbound US 2.
  • Eastbound US 2 off-ramp to SR 9.
  • SR 9 on-ramp to westbound US 2.

All work is weather-dependent.

Detours

Posted detours will send eastbound travelers onto 20th Street Southeast to SR 9 south to rejoin US 2 via Bunk Foss Road. Westbound travelers detour at Bunk Foss Road to southbound SR 9, heads west on 56th Street to get to Bickford Avenue to rejoin US 2.

 

Connelly Road Update

Overnight closure May 30  June 28.

The Snohomish County Department of Public Works advises motorists in the Snohomish area of the full road closure on Connelly Road.

This full road closure will be from May 30 through June 28, 2019 between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm.

RailWorks Track Systems Inc has been granted permission for a FULL ROAD CLOSURE of Connelly Rd at MP 34.3 to repair bridge damaged by over-height vehicle. Repair work may extend into July.  

Emergency vehicles and school district transportation will have access at all times.

Questions regarding this project may be directed to Snohomish County Public Works, at (425) 388-6453 or go to the county website. 

 

#522 Update

I wanted to give everyone an update on the work status of the #Finish 522 coalition.  Below is a legislative summary that was provided by Al Aldrich to the Monroe City Council in regards to the coalitions efforts.  I first would like to extend my thanks to Senator Guy Palumbo for all his hard work and effort on this project.  I wish him well in his new career.

The effort to fund the Paradise Lake Road interchange and roadway widening between Maltby and Monroe took a giant step forward in the 2019-2021 State Transportation Budget thanks to our State elected officials, Senators Wagoner and Palumbo, and Representatives Eslick, Sutherland, and Kloba. 

The 2019-2021 budget includes $12.8 million toward designing the Paradise Lake Interchange and widening of SR522 and $10 million originally allocated in 2025-2027 has been moved into the 2021-2023 biennium. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is scheduled to install the metering ramps at the Echo Lake Road interchange this summer. 

The total project cost to complete the Paradise Lake interchange and roadway widening is estimated at $180 million (in 2019 dollars).  $90 million for the interchange and $90 million for the roadway widening.  The $12.8 million in funding for the current design phase and widening was provided through the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA).  We will need to continue to work together with our state elected officials and  community partners to ensure that further design and construction funding is included in the next transportation package in 2021. 

The effort to finish 522 started in 2016 when Councilmember Low joined Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas and other concerned community members to form a coalition to push for funding to finish the last two phases of SR522. 

Coalition members include Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, Senators Wagoner and Palumbo, Representatives Eslick, Sutherland, and Kloba, the cities of Sultan and Duvall, Fire District 7, and the Monroe School District. 

Last year, the City of Monroe funded a marketing campaign that featured a short video, a project website, bumper stickers and pins to help state legislators outside our region understand the impacts that SR 522 has on our community.  Residents and business owners were invited to attend a community meeting in January before the start of the state legislative session to learn how to advocate for funding to finish the last two phases of the project.  Representatives from WSDOT and our state legislators shared the plans to finish the roadway and explained how increased funding through the gas tax is needed to complete the project. 

In February, local elected officials and area residents visited state legislators in Olympia to lobby for funding in the 2019-2021 state budget.  Altogether our efforts paid off.  If you want to learn more about the push to fund the project or join the coalition of community members, the next #Finish522 Community Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30pm at Monroe City Hall located at 806 W. Main Street in Monroe.  For more information visit the office Finish522 website at www.finish522.com.


Council Resolutions

National Prevention Week

National Prevention Week, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is an annual week in May dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental health and/or substance use disorders.  In support of this mission, I put forward a resolution and associated social media campaign in partnership with the Snohomish Health District and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.  We provided daily posts that combined statistics about mental health and substance use in our County with supportive connections to local resources.  The themes of the posts were: Preventing Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse; Preventing Underage Drinking and Alcohol Misuse; Preventing Illicit Drug Use and Youth Marijuana Use; Preventing Youth Tobacco Use; and Preventing Suicide. 

 

Selective Service Resolution

Photo of Council with Selective Service Officers

 

Selective Service was created by Congress in 1917 and requires all male U.S. citizens and male immigrants residing in the United States who are 18 to 25 years old to register for Selective Service.  Failure to do so will jeopardize a man’s eligibility for federal student financial aid, state-funded student financial aid in many states, federal employment, some state employment, security clearance for contractors, job training under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and U.S. Citizenship for immigrant men.  Given there is so much at stake for our young men of Snohomish County, I brought forward this resolution that the Council passed unanimously. The national director of Selective Service came to our council meeting to thank us for this resolution and shared how important this program is to our country as well the benefits for our young men in registering.

 

Sherwood Community Services

Photo of Council and staff from Sherwood Community Services

 

Sherwood Community Services was started by eight families in 1957 and exists to create an inclusive society where children and adults with disabilities have the ability to live full, independent lives as part of our community.  To bring recognition to their outstanding work I brought forward this resolution honoring their 62 year commitment to this cause.  Sherwood provides in- home therapy for infants and toddlers who have developmental disabilities and they also provide vocational programs which places high school students and adults with disabilities with employment specialists who assist in the job search process, seek employers, assess, train and provide support for a smooth transition into the workplace with ongoing support to ensure long term success. Snohomish County is pleased to work with this organization in finding meaningful work for all our residents.

 

Public Works Week

Photo of Council and Public Works  Weeks Employees

 

On Monday May 20th, 2019, the Snohomish County Council passed Resolution 19-025, supporting National Public Works Week and designating May 19-25th, 2019, Public Works Week in Snohomish County. The Council wanted to publicly recognize that the health, safety and comfort of our citizens greatly depends on the efficient operation of public works systems such as water, sewers, streets and highways, public buildings and snow removal.


Public Input Sought on Affordable Housing and Community Development Needs

Courtesy of Snohomish County Executive’s Office

Snohomish County invites all interested persons to attend and provide input on local community needs at one of three upcoming public hearings.   Hearings are sponsored by the City of Marysville, the City of Everett, the Everett Housing Authority, the Housing Authority of Snohomish County, and Snohomish County Human Services Department.

Input received will be used to help develop five-year plans that guide the use of federal funds under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Section 8 and Public Housing programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

  • Tuesday, June 4 - 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Housing Authority of Snohomish County, 12711 4th W, Everett
  • Tuesday, June 4 - 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Marysville City Council Chambers, 1049 State Ave, Second Floor
  • Wednesday, June 5 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sultan City Hall, 319 Main Street, #200

Unable to attend a hearing?  Written comments are also invited via e-mail or mail by June 7, 2019.  Send to Debra May at debra.may@snoco.org or at Snohomish County Human Services Department, M/S 305, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett WA 98201.

Accessibility:  The hearing facilities are ADA-accessible.  To request language interpreter services or disability-related accommodations to facilitate meeting participation, please contact Debra May at debra.may@snoco.org, 425-388-3264, or 711 for TTY users.

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.


Cascade Award Nominations Open!

Snohomish Conservation District partners with the City of Lake Stevens on this award program and nominations for the 2019 Cascade Award have just opened up.

If you’re proud of your own lake-friendly yard or know someone who is, please submit their names for the 2019 Lake Stevens Cascade Award by Tuesday, July 31, 2019! All residents of the city of Lake Stevens are eligible for this award. One doesn’t need to live on the lake’s edge to qualify. We ALL play a role in the health of our lake! More info: http://ILoveLake.org  


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