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News from Sam Low

February 2021

Sam Low's eNewsletter


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


Darcy Cheesman, Legislative Aide 

2021 has been off to a busy start for me. In January I was elected Chair to the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB). The TIB is an independent state agency, created by the Legislature that distributes and manages street construction and maintenance grants to 320 cities and urban counties throughout Washington state.

In keeping with my ongoing commitment to transportation issues, I am honored to share that this month Governor Inslee appointed me to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.  The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) is Washington’s designated highway safety office and the commission is made up of 26 employees and ten commissioners chaired by Governor Inslee.

I am honored to serve in both roles.  The Lynnwood Times wrote articles about the TIB and the WSTC positions if you would like to learn more.  

Public Works Snow Crews

I am so impressed with the efforts of our Public Works team during our recent snow event.  Our employees were out at all hours of the day ensuring our roads were safe for the residents of Snohomish County.  The Council received an update of all the work completed and below is the cumulative information from the weekend work:

Road Maintenance Snow and Ice Response Running Totals Update: 

As of Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6:00 am:

Snohomish County Public Works Snow/Ice Fight – February 2021

Total Crew:
Road Maintenance: 65 Field staff, 11 Management Staff, 15 Admin Staff – Active In 4 Shifts.

The Division is transitioning out of all-hands operations at 6:00am today (Monday). Plowing, sanding, and flooding operations will continue as needed. As of 6:00 am, 27 field staff will be working, and additional staff will be called when needed for downed trees and flooding issues.
Solid Waste:
Fleet Team:
Miles Driven: 22,500 Miles
Miles Plowed: 13,000 Miles
Miles sanded/salted: 5,200 Miles

Tons of sand used: 375 Tons
Tons of sand/salt mix used: 2,500 Tons

Gallons of anti-icer used: 15,026 Gallons

For additional information on the great work performed by our  Public Works Department, I invite you to review the Snohomish County 2020 Public Works Annual Report: A Year of Resiliency which is now available online. The report profiles the many capital projects and services the Public Works Department provides Snohomish County residents, along with the challenges and silver linings that came from the pandemic during 2020.  County employees worked on numerous road, solid waste and surface water-related projects during 2020. Public Works highlights include:

  • Completion of eight storm damage repair projects
  • Replacement of 11 culverts
  • Preservation and repair the county’s more than 1,600 miles of roads
  • Publication of the Snohomish County Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan
  • Processing of more than 560,000 tons of garbage at Solid Waste facilities and more

The report shows how public resources were utilized in 2020 and how the county leveraged local, state and federal grants to stretch local tax dollars.  The digital document, best viewed in Chrome, links out to many of the county’s webpages for more information about specific projects and services.

Broadband Access

Over the past few years, I have had several conversations with both county staff and residents regarding the concerns over rural Broadband Access.  With COVID -19, our broadband deficiencies were highlighted even more. Given this ongoing need, I am working with Councilmember Nate Nehring (District 1) to form a Broadband Action Team (BAT).  This team will include stakeholders across the county including public to private organizations to help us identify the gaps in broadband access and how to expand the current infrastructure to meet the needs of our rural residents.  I will keep you informed of the progress as we work with this team in the coming months.

Public Meeting: Sky Valley Shooting Park Project, 2/24/21 6:00-7:30 pm

Information Courtesy of Snohomish County Parks Department

Please join Snohomish County Parks, Recreation and Tourism for a virtual public meeting about the Sky Valley Shooting Park project on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm via ZOOM (link below).  


Sky Valley Shooting Park is an undeveloped, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) owned piece of property in east Snohomish County near the City of Sultan, just off of the Sultan Basin Road. The property is approximately 640 acres fronting on the Sultan Basin Road and surrounded by other DNR land. This park is intended to be developed into a multi-purpose shooting range and will be managed through a public-private or public-nonprofit partnership.  


Read the history of this project on the park project page.

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Community Conversation about Snohomish County Lakes

Information Courtesy of Snohomish County Parks Department

The Snohomish County Parks Department is inviting the public to virtually join in for a community conversation about lakes in Snohomish County on Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm via ZOOM. 


Many people have expressed an interest in having a place to discuss lakes in Snohomish County and issues they are facing. Snohomish County Parks wants to try to help answer your questions and address your concerns. Join this community conversation via ZOOM. This will be a monthly series of community conversations. Save the date for future meetings: 

  • March 25, 2021 6:00-7:30 pm
  • April 22, 2021 6:00-7:30 pm
  • May 27, 2021 6:00-7:30 pm
  • June 24, 2021 6:00-7:30 pm
  • July 22, 2021 6:00-7:30 pm

All the information (including Zoom link) can be found here.

Public Comment on Countywide Planning Policies for Snohomish County (CPPs)

The 2021 update to Countywide Planning Policies for  Snohomish County (CPPs) will be adopted by the Snohomish County Council later this year. They will serve as a planning framework for the cities, towns, and unincorporated areas of Snohomish County. The Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) of Snohomish County Tomorrow (SCT), an interjurisdictional planning group, is conducting review of these draft CPPs which will be discussed at their upcoming meetings in March and April 2021. The draft updated policies can be viewed on the following webpage:

Starting on February 18, 2021, public comments are being accepted about the draft Countywide Planning Policies until March 16, 2021. After the close of the comment period, all comments will be compiled and shared with the PAC for their consideration as they proceed with their task of reviewing the draft policies. Please click on the weblink above for information on this project and to submit comments. 

City of Snohomish seeks input on Averill Field Park

Information Courtesy of City of Snohomish

City announces Town Hall meetings to seek input on Averill Field Park

Three virtual gatherings are scheduled.

Snohomish, Wash. February 9, 2021 – The City of Snohomish Parks Board is hosting three town hall meetings to gather public input for the Averill Field master plan currently under development. The kick off meeting will be held virtually February 24th at 6p.m. over ZOOM with two more to follow in the upcoming months.

The meetings will be used to solicit community needs and desired amenities for the 4-acre park (near the corners of Pine Avenue and Second and Third Streets) that previously included the site of the Hal Moe Pool.

Averill Field is the centerpiece park for Snohomish. The park is strategically located next to the Centennial Trail and Boys & Girls Club with excellent pedestrian access, a skate park and adequate existing parking. Participants will be able to share their ideas and vision for public programming and park uses and take a confidential survey as well.

“Our goal is to understand the community’s priorities”, said John T. Kartak, Mayor of the City of Snohomish. “I want to encourage folks to share the types of activities they find important and appropriate so we can create a world class public space the community can be proud of.”

The master plan is being developed by OTAK, a consulting firm hired by the city. Additional meetings will be held on March 24th and April 28, 2021. A link to access the virtual meeting can be found on the city’s website

For more information or additional details, contact Wendy Poischbeg, Economic Development and Communications Manager at

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