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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


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There is still time to attend our Evergreen State Fair

Photo of Evergreen State Fair Rides

Rides! Rides! Rides!


The annual fair at the Evergreen Fairgrounds is almost over but there is still time to visit the fun.  The final days have all the same excitement of the rides, Rodeo Day, Demo Derby Day and all the regular entertainment.  The food is amazing this year! 

Photo of Executive Director Ken Klein and Chair Ryan

Executive Director Ken Klein and Council Chair Terry Ryan


For your convenience, Community Transit is running buses to the Fairgrounds during the Fair so there is no need to stress with traffic or parking.  For more information visit

Chair Ryan with Fire Captains and Councilman Sam Low at Fair

Jamie Silva, Asst. Chief of Administration, Fire Chief Gary Meek, Council Chair Terry Ryan, Councilmember Sam Low, Eric Andrews, Asst. Chief of Operations


I’d like to give a special Thank You to all the volunteers and vendors who worked so hard to make the Morning of Dreams a success.  Evergreen Morning of Dreams is a two-hour morning event for children and adults with disabilities or special needs to experience the fun of the Fair in a calmer setting.  If you know someone with special needs who would enjoy visiting the Fair, please put this on your calendar for 2020.

Food Display at State Fair

South Lake Stevens Grange Display


Thank you to hundreds of volunteers who make the Fair happen.  


Tom Teigen, Snohomish County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department Director


Snohomish County is fortunate to have such dedicated volunteers and staff so all the rest of us need to do is go and enjoy! 

2020 County Budget

It’s that time of year again.  The Council expects to receive the Executive’s proposed budget on Tuesday, September 24.

The County Executive is required by our Charter to submit a proposed budget to the County Council for its consideration. The Council may approve the budget, amend it or write its own budget. 

Our Council will be using the same streamlined budget process that I set up as Chairman of the Council in 2016 by using best business practices from my private business experience.

The result of the innovative budget process was better communication between the County Council and Executive’s Office, a true budget schedule that set expectations, benchmarks, meeting dates scheduled in a progressive manner, presentations by all County departments and more direct input from our analysts. In 2020, we will continue to follow this process in an open, collaborative and transparent process for the public. This is a great example of what our government can do when we all work together.

I will report back to you as we go through the process for the 2020 budget.

South Asian Cultural Celebration at Willis Tucker Park

Photo of Chair Ryan with Rep. DelBene at UTSAV Festival

Representative Suzan DelBene, AC Sherpa, Nepal Honorary Consul in Seattle and Council Chair Terry Ryan


Thank you to Arun Sharma for inviting me to co-host this cultural event at Willis Tucker Park on August 17. It is an annual celebration to connect South Asians with local Communities to make a difference.  

Photo of crowd at UTSAV festival

Early crowds watching entertainment.


It was an opportunity to support the diversity of South Asia with a celebration of culture, music, dance, games and food.

National Night Out

Once again the National Night Out (NNO) was a terrific event. 

Search and Rescue booth at WIllis Tucker Park


I started the evening at the NNO event at Willis Tucker Park with hundreds of other attendees.  The Sheriff’s Department brought lots of its heavy equipment to show the public.

Photo of Search and Rescue Helicopter


Next I was off to the Mill Creek NNO at Pine Meadow Park.  Fire District 7 and the Mill Creek Police Department had their equipment to demonstrate for the public. 

Photo of Mill Creek Councilmember and Chair Ryan with SnoCone

Mill Creek Councilmember Vincent Cavaleri and County Council Chair Terry Ryan


Sno Cones, kettle corn and hot dogs were all big hits.

Picture of NNO event with snocone truck


I ended my evening in Mountlake Terrace.  This city knows how to throw a party!  Lots of visitors were treated to entertainment, free food, music, a balloon artist, bouncy houses and more.

Chair Ryan with brother Rick Ryan

Council Chair Terry Ryan and his brother City Councilmember Rick Ryan


I always enjoy seeing friends in Mountlake Terrace.

Photo of Chair Ryan with Mayor Wright

Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright and Council Chair Terry Ryan


If you were unable to attend a National Night Out event in your area this year, put it on your calendar for next year.  The NNO is always the first Tuesday in August and it’s always free!

I hope to see you next year!

Networking with the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County

Chair Ryan with Patrick Pearce

Council Chair Terry Ryan with Patrick Pierce, President and CEO of Snohomish County Economic Alliance


Each August, the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County holds a summer networking event for its members.  As a member of the EASC Board of Trustees, I attended the 2019 networking event held on the Sky Deck at the Future of Flight.

Photo of EASC Networking Event

Networking at the Future of Flight


The EASC is committed to growing and nurturing a vital regional economy that is globally competitive. This is achieved by expanding partnerships, developing key resources and building the infrastructure systems creating local and regional employment centers and by connecting local businesses with events like Summer Networking.

For more information, contact the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County at (425) 743-4567.

Forestry in Snohomish County

Photo of Forestry Event

One of several small classes offered.


I was honored to be invited to attend the Regional Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day held in Snohomish County at the Pilchuck Tree Farm near Arlington.  I had the opportunity to see what the Snohomish County Extension Forestry Program is doing and to meet small forest landowners from all over the County. It was a great day with state and local experts offering outdoor workshops on over a dozen topics for people who own forested/wooded property.

Photo with CM Low and Chair Ryan at Forestry Event

Councilmember Sam Low, Professor Kevin Zobrist and Council Chair Terry Ryan


Thank you to Professor Kevin Zobrist of the WSU Extension Forestry Office for the invitation to attend.  Although forestry is not an industry in my district, what I learned will help me make better policy decisions for Snohomish County.

Snohomish County studying Southwest Urban Growth Area Boundary Planning

Photo of SWUGA Study Group

Meeting to discuss SWUGA Boundary Planning Study


Snohomish County is near the end of a nine-month study of an area east of the urban unincorporated lands adjacent to the cities of Mill Creek and Bothell.  The Southwest Urban Growth Area (SWUGA) Boundary Planning Study (BPS) is a high-level study of existing land use conditions, opportunities, and constraints which can be used as a resource to inform future planning. 

The study reviews existing conditions, potential environmental and social implications and high-level costs of providing infrastructure and services outside the existing Urban Growth Area (UGA) under hypothetical growth scenarios, as well as studying no changes to the adopted land use patterns. The County is preparing for the next update to the County’s Comprehensive Plan required in 2023. The update will consider whether any land use and UGA boundary amendments are required across the County to accommodate growth through 2043.  Before any decisions are made to the 2023 Comprehensive Plan, formal steps for public input will begin late in 2020.

Chair Ryan talking at SWUGA Event

Council Chair Terry Ryan addressing the attendees


The study is not a plan or a proposal to change land uses, policies, or UGA boundaries. It does not presume an outcome on any proposal or comprehensive plan update process the County will consider in the future.  The Southwest Urban Growth Area Boundary Planning Study provides data and information that can be drawn from when considering alternatives for accommodating future growth within Snohomish County.

The Southwest Urban Growth Area Boundary Planning Study area was chosen for a focused study in advance of the Comprehensive Plan Update because it is adjacent to a fast-growing area where the County has seen and expects to see continued interest in expanding the UGA, particularly given its proximity to job centers in King County. 

I am excited about this study which will help us make good, informed decisions when we plan this area for the future.



Parkridge Community Church Farmers Market

Park Ridge

Location: 3805 Maltby Road, Bothell


September 13 - 15, 10 AM – 5 PM
Seattle Times Bldg.
19200 120th Ave NE, Bothell

Cost: No cost. The cost for this event is covered in hazardous waste fees paid on solid waste bills.


Natural Yard Care Workshop: Design a Yard Your Plants Will Love

September 18, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Bothell Operations Center (behind Red Robin)
21233 20th Ave SE Bothell

Washington’s dry summers and wet winters create seasonal challenges for gardeners trying to keep their lawns and gardens healthy and vibrant year-round. Learn how to effectively design your yard and put the right plants in the right places so they’ll thrive in both weather extremes. We’ll teach you about great Pacific Northwest plant choices, best planting methods, and simple techniques for plant care whether it’s hot and dry or cold and wet outside. This is an indoor lecture-based workshop.

Natural Yard Care Workshop: Plants vs. Pests - Put Away Your Battle Gear

September 25. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Bothell Operations Center (behind Red Robin)
21233 20th Ave SE, Bothell

Don’t squash or spray that bug – it’s probably a helper! Only one percent of the insects in your garden cause damage to your plants. The rest are beneficial insects that are busy pollinating your flowers or preying on the plant-eaters. Learn how to tell the difference between friend vs. foe, and discover the real causes of plant disease. We’ll also show you how to create a healthy garden habitat that welcomes valuable insects and birds, keeps your plants strong and healthy, and requires less maintenance. This is an indoor lecture-based workshop.

Natural Yard Care Workshop: Smart Watering and Do-It-Yourself Rain Barrels

September 28, 10 AM - 1 PM
Bothell Operations Center (behind Red Robin)
21233 20th Ave SE Bothell

Managing water during the rainy season can benefit you later when our dry northwest summer weather arrives. In this hands-on workshop, one of Seattle Tilth’s experts will spend an hour teaching you different techniques to harvest rainwater, efficient tools for watering, when you should water, and how to ensure your soil has its best water-holding capacity. Then at 11 AM, Snohomish Conservation District will provide all the tools, equipment, and expertise to help you make your own 55-gallon rain barrel to take home for $35. Not into DIY? You can also purchase a pre-assembled rain barrel for $50 to take home that same day. This is an outdoor hands-on workshop. We'll be under cover, but you should dress for the weather. Space and materials are limited, so preregistration is required for making or purchasing rain barrels.

Northshore Performing Arts Foundation

North Shore Performing Arts Foundation Poster


September 28 at 7:30 PM
Broadway’s Next Hit Musical
For tickets or more information:  NPACF.ORG or

Mill Creek

Extended Summer Concert Series
Mill Creek Town Center at the Forum (near Blazing Onion and Brooklyn Brothers Pizza)
6 PM – 8 PM 
Cost:  FREE!

  • Wednesday, September 4, Sly Mr Y (Rock from the 70’s and 80’s
  • Wednesday, September 11, The Elton Joel Band (Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel)
  • Wednesday, September 18, The Infinity Project (Journey Tribute)
  • Wednesday, September 25, Ventura Highway Revisited (Acoustic music of the 70’s)

Wine Walk

Saturday, September 21, 5 - 8 PM
Tickets $25 in advance, $35 day of

Enjoy food, shopping, musicians and art as you stroll the Mill Creek Town Center and sample the Northwest’s finest boutique wines.

Hispanic Heritage Parade

Photo from Hispanic Heritage Parade


Gold Creek en Español invites the Mill Creek community to learn about and celebrate Hispanic Latino cultures on Saturday, September 7. Watch dancers take the street in the heritage parade, listen to musicians playing traditional music around Town Center and eat Latin-American food at the festival celebration immediately following at Gold Creek Community Church.

Music and dancers will be performing from 12:30 – 1:30 PM at the Forum in Town Center prior to the parade. The parade will make its way through Mill Creek Town Center, Main Street, at 2 PM on Saturday afternoon. The parade will begin at the LA Fitness parking lot located at 15024 Main St in Mill Creek, and conclude at Mill Creek City Hall located at 15728 Main St.

Following the parade, a festival celebration will be hosted at Gold Creek Community Church, 4326 148th St. SE, starting at 4:30 PM.  There will be a variety of delicious traditional foods provided, along with lively music, dancers and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy.

Repair Cafe

Saturday, September 21, 10 AM – 2 PM 
McCollum Pioneer Park
WSU Extension Education Center
600 128th St. SE, Everett

Repair Cafe Logo


Got broken stuff? Toss it? No way! Bring those items to the WSU Snohomish County Repair Cafe! This event is FREE and open to all without discrimination. Our community volunteer "repair specialists" will do their best to get your broken item repaired, saving it from the landfill. Repair services are offered for free. If parts are needed, we ask that you provide those. Donations are appreciated! No reservations necessary. Service is first-come, first-served. Limit is 2 items per person please.

Mountlake Terrace

Arts of the Terrace - Two Week Show!

September 21 - October 5
Mountlake Terrace Library
23300 58th Avenue West
Monday - Thursday, 12 PM - 6 PM
Friday & Saturday, 11 AM - 5 PM
Sunday, 1 PM - 5 PM

Arts of the Terrace Image


Sponsored by the Mountlake Terrace Arts Commission and the Friends of the Arts, “Arts of the Terrace” is one of the major juried art shows held in the Pacific Northwest and attracts top artists from throughout the region.  Enjoy paintings, prints, drawings, miniatures, photography, 3-dimensional works and artisan works.

As a juried art show, artists compete for more than $5,000 in cash awards and art merchandise and the quality and caliber of art submissions has increased the competition for being accepted into the show.

Volunteers are very important to this Art Show! You can help a little or a lot. To volunteer, please email Bonnie Mercer.

Awards Reception

A reception for the artists and their guests will be held on Friday, September 20, 7 - 9 PM at the Mountlake Terrace Library.  Awards and prizes will be presented and sponsors will be recognized.

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