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News from Terry Ryan

February 2020

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


Jill Ford, Administrative Assistant

2020 Snohomish County Council

Photo of council for 2020

Vice-Chair Stephanie Wright, Chair Nate Nehring, Councilmember Megan Dunn, Councilmember Sam Low, Councilmember Terry Ryan


This year we have a new addition to our County Council. Welcome District 2 Councilmember Megan Dunn!  Councilmember Dunn resides in Everett, bringing a 20-year work and volunteer background to her position. Councilmember Dunn is a community leader, environmental advocate, and proud mother of two Everett Public School kids. 

I look forward to working with Councilmember Dunn, and am so grateful for the collaborative approach we have here at the County Council—to always do what we think is best for Snohomish County.  This year the Council selected Nate Nehring as the Chair of the Council and Stephanie Wright as the Vice-Chair.  It was an honor serving as your Chair last year.  2020 will be another bi-partisan leadership year, and with all the national gridlock, it is refreshing to show Snohomish County can work across the aisle.

Photo from Megan Dunn's Oath of Office

Executive Dave Somers, Councilmember Meagan Dunn, Treasurer Brian Sullivan, Councilmember Terry Ryan


For the last 12 years, District 2 has been represented by Brian Sullivan.  It has been a real honor and pleasure working alongside Brian.  Brian carries himself with humbleness and always brought a sense of civility to our Council.  Brian was thoughtful, informed and caring.  I will miss him on the Council, but am looking forward to working with him in his new capacity as Treasurer.

Angel of the Winds Arena

Check presentation with Angel of the Winds Arena

Everett Public Facilities District Board Members: Michael Swanson, Gary Weikel, Councilmember Terry Ryan, Scott Murphy, Mike Dutton, Patty DeGroodt


I was honored to present the Everett Public Facilities District with a ceremonial check for $10,500,000 with money provided by the Snohomish County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.

Angel Of The Winds Arena was developed and is owned by the Everett Public Facilities District and opened in 2003.  The 10,000-seat venue hosts a myriad of events including hockey, concerts, ice skating and family shows.

Angel of the Winds Arena is a major driver in our local economy.  These lodging tax funds will be used for debt service during the years of 2022 - 2034.  This will enable the arena to funnel their revenue stream into improvements to keep the arena as a first class entertainment venue.

Check presentation - Everett Public Facilities District

Everett Public Facilities District Board Members: Patty DeGroodt, Michael Swanson, Gary Weikel, Councilmember Terry Ryan, Scott Murphy, Mike Dutton, and Angel of the Winds GM Corey Margolis


Our Lodging Tax Advisory Committee also allocated $550,000 to the Angel of the Winds Arena for new seats in 2020!  Thank you to the Snohomish County Council for approving both of these allocations.  

Edmonds Center for the Arts

Edmonds Public Facilities District check presentation for $500,000

Councilmember Terry Ryan presenting a $500,000 ceremonial check, pictured with members from Edmonds Center of the Arts


I was grateful to present Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) with a ceremonial check for $500,000.  This money is made possible by a grant from the Snohomish County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.  This money will be used over a period of 5 years, from 2021-2025, on various capitol projects, maintenance and repairs. 

Photo of check presentation at Edmonds Center of the Arts

Councilmember Terry Ryan presenting a $125,000 ceremonial check, pictured with members from Edmonds Center of the Arts


Snohomish County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee also allocated $125,000 to ECA to upgrade their soundboard and other critical technical equipment in 2020.

ECA is a 700-seat venue committed to bringing the highest caliber performing arts to our local community.  Please make sure to see a show there in 2020 - you will not be disappointed!

8th Annual Kidstock at Edmonds Center for the Arts

Poster for Kidstock


Don’t miss ECA’s 8th annual Kidstock! event. This FREE family arts celebration features musical performances, theatre, arts education workshops, and activities for kids. As the cornerstone of ECA’s programming for families, Kidstock! strives to engage children from a young age in diverse and exciting art experiences.

To register for this free event click the button or here:  

Kidstock! 2020 is made possible with the generous support of the Hazel Miller Foundation, Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, Edmonds Arts Commission, and First Financial Northwest Bank. 

Mountlake Terrace Business Association

Photo of Awards Ceremony of Mtlk Terrace Business Association

Members and award reicipients of Mountlake Terrace Business Association


It was a privilege to be invited as the guest speaker to help kick off 2020 for the Mountlake Terrace Business Association. I gave an update on Snohomish County's economic development efforts and also spoke about the growth we anticipate between now and 2050, and what our plans are to accommodate that growth.  

The Mountlake Terrace Business Association is an all-volunteer organization run and operated by local business owners and operators. Part of their mission is to bring business members together to work as one to reinvest in their community.  Awards were given to those who have demonstrated their commitment to the growth, vitality, inclusiveness, and prosperity of the Mountlake Terrace community.  Congratulations to: Fischer Plumbing as 2019's Large Business, Cascade Elite Gymnastics as 2019's Small Business, and 2019 Citizen of the Year Award to Lisa Norton.

I really appreciate the Mountlake Terrace Business Association working with businesses to the betterment of Mountlake Terrace!

Mill Creek Chamber of Commerce

Speaking engagement at Mill Creek Chamber of Commerce

Councilmember Ryan speaking at Mill Creek Chamber of Commerce


I was honored to speak at the Mill Creek Chamber of Commerce meeting on January 21st.  I spoke about Vision 2050, the growth that is coming to our area, and our plans to address that growth.  By the year 2050 there will be an additional 1.8 million people moving into the Puget Sound Region, and along with that, 1.2 million more jobs.  We are working with King, Pierce, and Kitsap Counties to plan where those people are going to live and work. I also gave an update on local transportation projects and commercial air service at Paine Field Airport.  It's very rewarding to see local businesses working together to improve the greater Mill Creek area!

Welcome New Public Works Director Kelly Snyder

Photograph of Kelly Snyder


I would like to extend a warm welcome to Kelly Snyder, recently appointed as our County's new Public Works Director, succeeding Steve Thomsen, who retired last December after 33 years of service to the County.

Here is a little more information about Kelly from a recent press release: "Kelly served most recently as an Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Washington-Bothell, where she oversaw a wide range of responsibilities including leading the campus expansion and community development team, managing campus facilities, and overseeing government and community relations. She served the State of Washington as the Director of the Public Works Board within the Department of Commerce where she managed $2.5 billion in funding for infrastructure projects across the state. Prior to her career in public service, Kelly was a co-owner and principal in a civil engineering firm for thirteen years."

I have no doubt Kelly will be up to the job.  I look forward to working with Kelly on the complicated issues not only our District faces, but all of Snohomish County.

Kirke Sievers Celebration of Life Event

Photo of Sievers BulletinPhoto of Councilmember Ryan speaking at Memorial Service

Councilmember Ryan speaking at Kirke Sievers memorial


I was privileged to speak at Kirke Sievers memorial.  Kirke was a true institution in Snohomish County government.  Kirke was smart, kind, and had keen instincts on how best to move our County forward.  I received a lot of advice from Kirke throughout the years, all of which made me a better public servant.  He will be truly missed.

Washington State Parks Free Days

Washington State Parks offers several "free days" when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Following are the 2020 State Parks free days:

  • March 19 — State Park’s 107th birthday
  • April 11— Spring day
  • April 22 — Earth Day
  • June 6 — National Trails Day (State Parks and Fish & Wildlife free day)
  • June 7 — Fishing Day (State Parks and Fish & Wildlife free day)
  • June 13 — National Get Outdoors Day
  • Aug. 25 — National Park Service 104th Birthday
  • Sept. 26 — National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
  • Nov. 27 — Autumn day

Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days (unless noted). Sno-Park permits are still required on free days at designated Sno-Parks during the winter season.

District Events


Hawaiian Cultural & Dance Group

Photo of Hawaiian Dancers


Hālau o Keikialii will present Ka Wā Hula: Hula Through Time. “We are excited to share the songs and dances that were passed on to us  from generations before”, says Kumu (Director/teacher) Kawika Alfiche.

Date: February 22, 2020
Time:  7:30PM
Location: Northshore Performing Arts Theater
                18125 92nd Ave NE, Bothell


Ready Readers Preschool Storytime

Photo of Brier Library


Bring your preschoolers to enjoy stories, sing-along songs, and creative activities to develop early reading skills. Caregiver required. Ages 3-5. Supported by Friends of the Brier Library.

Date:  Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time:  10 AM
Location:  Brier Library
                 23303 Brier Road, Brier

Mill Creek

ESL Talk Time

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Practice speaking English in a friendly and supportive setting. Join us for weekly drop-in sessions. Talk Time is free!

Every Thursday: 11:30 AM - 1 PM at Mill Creek Family YMCA, 13723 Puget Park Drive, Everett.

Every Thursday: 10:30 AM - 12 PM at The District Apartments Conference Room, 17716 Bothell-Everett Hwy


Mountlake Terrace

Valentine's Day Poster Event at Senior Center

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