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News from Terry Ryan

November 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

County Budget Update

The County Council and our analysts are working together to complete the first $1 Billion budget in Snohomish County history. 

Our Council has worked closely with the Executive and the Deputy Executive as they put their recommended budget together. The County Council subsequently met with each department regarding their individual budget requests. Our analysts shared the differences between the 2019 Adopted Budget and the 2020 Recommended Budget to our Council last week. 

I have received Council’s priorities and am working with our analysts to complete my Chairman’s Proposed Budget. We will present this to Council around November 6th. Council may propose some additional amendments that I may fold into the final Chair's Budget.

We have received two new proposals for additional diversion programs--one from our prosecutor, Adam Cornell, and one from a Community Court. Both of these would be helpful in reducing street crime. There is money in the budget to study all the costs associated with these proposals. There will be additional money allocated in the Chair’s Budget so we can implement one or both of these proposals in 2020. 

The final Council Budget must be balanced and fiscally responsible. I will work with our Council to pass a budget that addresses our needs without mortgaging our future. Council will likely approve our final budget on Tuesday, November 12th

Veteran's Day

Veteran’s Day is the day we honor our military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Mill Creek will have two events on Monday, November 11th to honor our Veterans.  There is a 9 AM Flag Raising ceremony at the Veteran’s Monument in Library Park, and the 11 AM Parade through the Mill Creek Town Center. 

Let’s show our honor and respect for the sacrifices our veterans and their families make for us. We owe these men and women of our nation’s armed forces the deepest debt of gratitude. Our very freedom, life, liberty, justice and values are secured by the dedication of our armed forces. Thank you to our veterans! God bless you!


Thanksgiving is a national holiday and a time of reflection about the many blessings in our lives. We have so much to be thankful for—our families, friends and living in a beautiful area of our country. Best wishes this Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Surface Water Management Utility News

Help keep storm drains clear

photo of blocked drain


You can help reduce road flooding by keeping drains clear of leaves and debris and reporting problems to Surface Water Management (SWM). For emergencies and urgent problems outside of normal business hours, please call 911.

Know where to turn for road and river flooding information

photo of water over roadway


When the rains fall, check if your route has been impacted. Information about county road closures can be found online. To report issues to county road staff, call 425-388-ROAD (7626) or email SWM also provides up-to-date information about river conditions. The Flood Information Center serves as a “one-stop” source for real-time river level and rainfall depth data in Snohomish County.

Bothell Property Generously Gifted for New Snohomish County Park

3.43 acres gifted from Jim Corcoran for public park space in the midst of a booming residential neighborhood.

Photograph of Parks Director, Executive Director, Jim Corcoran and Terry Ryan

Parks & Tourism Director Tom Teigen, Executive Director Ken Klein, U.S. Army Special Forces Jim Corcoran (Rtd.), County Council Chair Terry Ryan


On September 11, 2019, Snohomish County Council passed a motion to accept the generous donation of property for future park space from United States Army Special Forces Veteran James (Jim) W. Corcoran. 

Photograph taken of Chair Ryan shaking hands with Corcoran

Council Chair Terry Ryan personally thanking Jim Corcoran for his donation.


Jim Corcoran has given a life-time of service from his time in the Army to continuous investment in his community and neighborhood through various organizations. He approached Snohomish County Parks in 2007 with his intent to gift the property stating it had been a lifelong dream of his that it become a park.

The future Corcoran Memorial Park will include a play structure, potential dog park and other park features to be discussed during the public input process set to begin in 2020. The park will open sometime in 2021 and remain a public park in perpetuity.

Sherwood Industries

Photograph taken at Sherwood event

Councilmember Sam Low, Council Chair Terry Ryan, Lance Morehouse, Sherwood Chief Executive Officer


Congratulations to Sherwood for being voted Best Non-Profit in Snohomish County in the Herald Reader’ Choice for 2019!

Sherwood exists to create an inclusive society where children and adults with disabilities have the ability to live full, independent lives as part of their communities.

Did you know:

  • More than 1,500 babies are born each year in Snohomish, Island and Skagit County with some kind of disability or delay;
  • Today, only 60% of children born with a disability or delay receive early diagnosis and treatment;
  • People with disabilities are too often unemployed underemployed;
  • In the U.S. only about 20% of people with disabilities are employed and in Washington State, nearly 27,000 individuals with disabilities are unemployed.

I’d also like to say thank you to County Councilmember Sam Low for his warm opening remarks at Sherwood’s 2019 Business Breakfast, held last month in Everett.

Hopeworks Opens Station II

photo of Chair Ryan with Chris Gray, HopeWorks Station

Chair Ryan with Chris Gray at HopeWorks Station


After a year of construction, 65 units of new housing at Station Place in Everett are officially opened.  There is a mixture of housing types including studios and one and two bedroom units.  Of the 65 units, 15 units are for veterans experiencing homelessness, 15 units are for youth (16 – 24) without stable housing and 10 units are for families participating in Family Drug Treatment Court (parents overcoming addiction and working towards reunification with their children).

The new facility is eco-friendly with 532 solar panels on the building.  There are also chutes on each floor for recycling.

HopeWorks Station also provides job training and other services for homeless people and others seeking help.

Congratulations to everyone involved is this much needed project!

Honoring the Life of Carl C. Gipson

Photo of Gipson's family receiving Resolution from Council

Councilmember Nehring, Councilmember Low, Sheila Gipson, Carlton Gipson, Councilmember Sullivan, Ron Gipson, Chair Ryan, Councilmember Wright


On October 8, 2019, Snohomish County lost a valued member of our Snohomish County Community. Carl C. Gipson passed away at the age of 95.

Born in rural Arkansas in 1924, Mr. Gipson was the grandson of a slave. He began his formal service to the community and country when he was enlisted into the Navy in 1943, serving at Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island.  After his military service, Carl settled in Everett and would go on to be a true champion for civil rights in Snohomish County.

Mr. Gipson became the first African American member of the Everett City Council.  During his 24 years on the city council, he was a voice for those traditionally forgotten. Fighting to ensure the city was livable for the elderly and those with disabilities were among his many endeavors. Mr. Gibson was also a successful businessman and spent half a century as a deacon at his church.

Mr. Gibson was key in shaping the future of Snohomish County by being one of the main proponents of bringing the Naval Station to Everett.

Mr. Carl C. Gipson will be missed.

Exploration Park Open for Play

photo of ribbon cutting event

Michael Ciaravino (City Manager), Tom Teigen (Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Director), Jay Sandstrom (City Recreation Coordinator), Chair Terry Ryan, Mayor Pam Pruitt, City Councilmember Vince Cavaleri, City Councilmember Stephanie Vignal, City Councilmember Mike Todd, Gina Hortillosa (City Public Works and Development Director)


Eight months ago, this plot of land was a soggy piece of grass isolated in the middle of a Mill Creek development. Today, it is a wonderland of play equipment and landscaping.

I believe in regional partnerships.  Snohomish County was able to provide $100,000 in funding toward the development of the playground.  This new facility will now be a available as a public park to the greater community.

Congratulations to the Mill Creek City Council and staff for a terrific project!

FREE Nights at the Imagine Children's Museum in Everett

imagine logo


November 15 & December 20, 5:30 – 9:00 pm

1502 Wall St., Everett

Free museum access is vital to families who cannot afford admission prices to Imagine. For those families who need a safe, inspiring place to spend quality time together, Imagine Children’s Museum is proud to open its doors one evening each month to give them this special time that all families deserve! Free Admission Night serves approximately 10,000 annually.

Free and guided play builds a child’s social and academic development. At Imagine Children’s Museum, we promote the power of play: learning and growing by doing what every child loves to do best…play! Interactive exhibits and activities encourage children chronologically ages 1-12 and their families to role play, experiment, splash, think, wander and create together in a place where they can feel physically and emotionally safe.

Every child and family deserves playtime together at Imagine. Free admission nights and discounted memberships are a few ways we work to ensure that all families have an opportunity to share in the fun. We strive to enrich our community by serving as a resource for schools, family service organizations and other local nonprofits that share the common goal of making children’s lives better.

Congratulations to its First Place win in for Kid’s Party Place in the Herald’s 2019 Reader’s Choice for The Best in Local Business winners.  The museum also finished in second place for Family Entertainment.

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

In 2017, I was invited to join the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC). I am on the Washington State Advisory Committee.  It is co-chaired by the Hon. Gary Lock and Hon. Dan Evans.

The organization is a broad-based, influential network of 500 businesses and non-governmental organizations; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better safer work.

This impressive group has 18 bi-partisan former cabinet secretaries, 200+ retired three and four star generals and admirals, 3,000 state leaders, and 30,000 veterans.

At a recent luncheon we heard from Representative Pramila Jayapal, Lt. General John Castellaw (Ret.), and former Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer.

I was honored to join the USGLC.  I always appreciate hearing informed differences of opinion.

Repair Café

Saturday, November 16, 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.

Climate Action Advisory Committee Launched

Executive Somers launched a new Climate Action Advisory Committee earlier this month. The role of the Climate Action Advisory Committee will be to provide recommendations about policies and practices to protect public health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), address climate change, and preserve the natural environment in Snohomish County.

The committee will be composed of 13 Snohomish County residents that have expertise with climate change and sustainability. Membership will include:

  • 4 members representing community groups whose mission includes sustainability and/or environmental issues;
  • 3 members representing commercial groups or organizations whose business focuses on sustainability and/or environmental issues;
  • 2 members interested in environmental issues and part of an underserved community who may be disproportionally affected by climate change impacts;
  • 2 members representing an education or research institution; and
  • 2 students who must be enrolled in high school or college and not more than 23 years old at the time of nomination.

In addition to outreach to our broader community, we also wanted to invite existing board members and commissioners to apply. Snohomish County Code allows for residents to serve on up to two county boards or commissions at a time. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 8th.

More information about the Climate Action Advisory Committee may be found in the email below or at

Seeking New Marine Resource Committee Members!

logo of Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee

Snohomish County is recruiting for 3-4 new members to join the Marine Resources Advisory Committee (MRC) to help guide Snohomish County marine and nearshore conservation, protection and restoration efforts.

Interested volunteers must apply and go through a selection process.  Appointed citizens will help shape local and regional marine conservation policy. The MRC meetings are held in Everett on the third Wednesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Members are expected to volunteer at least 10 hours per month for MRC project planning and implementation, in addition to attending the monthly meetings

The deadline for applications is November 18, 2019 or until filled. 

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your interest in volunteering along with your resume and three references to Kathleen Pozarycki

Interested candidates will also need to submit an online application form here.  Please select “Marine Resources Advisory Committee” from the drop down menu when applying.

Three Open Positions on the Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board

Representatives needed for Council Districts 2, 3 & 4

Applications and nominations are needed for immediate openings to the Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board from Council District 2 (Everett/Mukilteo/ Tulalip), Council District 3 (Lynnwood/Edmonds) and Council District 4 (Mill Creek/Bothell/Mountlake Terrace/Brier).  Applications can be found at

The Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board aids in managing and preserving the largest publicly owned fair in the Pacific Northwest, including advising on:

  • maintaining the county’s ties to its agricultural roots
  • expanding programs for youngsters and teens
  • encouraging local food growth
  • broadening public safety efforts
  • enhancing child-safety programs
  • evaluating budgets 
  • reviewing and recommending entertainment
  • initiating innovative programs and projects

Board members meet monthly and more frequently during the Fair. For more information about joining the advisory board, contact: Jeremy Husby at (425) 388-6601 or

Nomination/application form at



Northshore Performing Arts Center
18125 92nd Ave NE
Bothell, WA

  • November 9:  Backtrack @ 7:30 PM
  • November 17: The Spouse Whisperer @ 2:30 PM
  • November 24: Bernadette Bascom @ 2:30 PM

Veteran’s Peace Dinner
Mon, November 11, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
University of Washington Bothell
18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA

Come one, come all Join UW BOTHELL Rotaractors as we celebrate and honor VETERANS IN OUR COMMUNITY AT THE 2019 VETERAN'S PEACE DINNER. The Veteran's Peace Dinner is focused on promoting thankfulness for our veterans and creating peace stewards that promote the verbiage of peace and show acts of peace in our community.

Building a community of PeaceBuilders is essential to improving the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to our country and who were the original PeaceBuilders. In the spirit of giving, the Rotaract Club at UW Bothell is hosting a toy drive to benefit children in need through our local Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. We ask that everyone support our holiday Peace Project by bringing a brand new, unopened and non-wrapped toy to the luncheon. May we all be inspired by veterans in service and respond by extending peace to others.


Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Photo of Veteran's Day Ceremony


9 – 10 AM
Mill Creek Library Park
15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy

The City’s annual Veterans Day celebrations on Monday, November 11, will include several special events to honor “Service; Past, Present and Future.”  The public will be able to be a part of the commemorative ceremony and the parade, and can admire the assembly of military memorabilia.

The commemorative ceremony will begin at 9 AM at Veterans Monument in Mill Creek’s Library Park, located at 15429 Bothell-Everett Hwy. The ceremony will include opening remarks from Mayor Pam Pruitt and several distinctive guest speakers, followed by the presentation of and raising of the colors. The event will pay respects to past and present veterans with songs sung by the Mill Creek Chorale. A wreath, boots, rifle, and helmet will be on site to pay tribute the service of all U.S. military veterans. A local Girl Scout troop will pass out poppies to observers to place at the foot of Veterans Monument. 

Following the commemorative ceremony, the public is invited to appreciate the military memorabilia and vehicles that will be staged along Main Street and inside merchant display windows. The displays, including many heritage uniforms, are thanks in part to local veterans and numerous Snohomish and King County museums.

Veterans Day Parade

Mill Creek veterans day parade logo


The Veterans Day celebratory parade begins promptly at 11 AM. and will make its way through Mill Creek Town Center from LA Fitness, located at 15024 Main Street, to Mill Creek City Hall, located at 15728 Main Street.

The largest Veterans Day parade north of Seattle, the procession will last approximately one hour. This patriotic event features military and high school bands, color guards, vintage military vehicles, local community organizations and local veterans and their families. A full listing of parade participants can be viewed at

Due to the large turnout expected for this annual event, please plan accordingly in regards to the below traffic and parking procedures:

  • Main Street between 148th Street SE and City Hall North will close for parking between 10 a.m. and noon.
  • The northbound turn lanes on Bothell-Everett Highway will be blocked off at 151st Street SE, 153rd Street SE and 156th Street SE at about 10:30 a.m.; southbound traffic can still make right-hand turns onto those streets.
  • 153rd Street SE will be blocked to through-traffic at about 10:45 a.m. and will reopen after the parade passes by.
  • From Mill Creek Blvd, traffic can turn north on Main Street, but will be diverted to an access road south of Run 26.

The north LA Fitness parking lot will close at 6 a.m. for parade staging; patrons can park in the south lot, but are advised that once the parade starts, access in and out will be temporarily stopped.


Lori Knight Mixed Media Exhibit

Diving Deep - art by Lori Knight


November 1 - 30, 2019
All Day - Library Hours
Mountlake Terrace Library
23300 58th Ave W
Mountlake Terrace, WA
Cost:  FREE

Mountlake Terrace High School Holiday Bazaar!

Mountlake Terrace High School Holiday Bazaar


Saturday, November 2
Mountlake Terrace High School
21801 44th Ave West
Mountlake Terrace
9 AM – 4 PM
Sponsored by the MTHS Class of 2020 ASB

Seattle Totems Hockey

Totems Hocky Logo


  • November 2:    vs. Southern Oregon Spartans
  • November 16:  vs. Hinton Timberwolves
  • November 17:  vs. Edson Aeros
  • November 27:  vs. Bellingham Blazers

Olympic View Arena
70th Ave West
Mountlake Terrace
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