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Everett Transportation Benefit District Won’t Consider $20 Car Tabs at Initial Meeting

July 28, 2014

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An update to our original report that the Everett Transportation Benefit District was going to consider $20 vehicle tabs at its initial meeting Wednesday. Here’s the email sent to us from Meghan Pembroke at the City of Everett this morning…

I wanted to clarify the Transportation Benefit District process for the next two weeks, because we had some conflicting information online earlier. This week, the council (acting as the TBD board) will consider adopting the by-laws and charter for the TBD. They will not consider adopting the $20 car-tab fee until the Aug. 6 meeting.
An earlier draft of the agenda had all three actions happening this week, but we’ve since corrected that on the TBD webpage.


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UPDATE: 1st Official Meeting of Everett Transportation Benefit District Set For Wednesday

July 27, 2014

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THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED HERE.

Everett, WA TBD

A license tab increase of $20 is on the agenda for the 1st meeting of the Everett Transportation Benefit District.

Looking at the agenda for Wednesday Night’s Everett City Council meeting, there will be a break in the regular council session so the council members can transform into the board of directors for Everett’s first Transportation Benefit District…

EVERETT TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT BOARD

AGENDA

6:30 P.M. JULY 30, 2014

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

SPECIAL MEETING

Recess from City Council

Reconvene as Board of Directors of Everett Transportation Benefit District

• Call to Order
• Roll Call
• Items for Consideration:
1. Resolution No. 1 – Charter
2. Resolution No. 2 – Bylaws
3. Resolution No. 3 – Approving a Twenty Dollar Vehicle License Fee Public Hearing for Resolution No. 3

Adjourn Everett Transportation Benefit District Board of Directors Meeting

In June, as part of the city’s deficit reduction plan, the Everett City Council agreed to form the Everett Transportation Benefit District to raise money for street repair projects within the city limits. This can be done two ways. By either raising license tab fees by up to $20 per vehicle registered in Everett or by an increase in the general sales tax. From the agenda, it appears the Everett City Council aka the Everett Transportation Benefit District will only be discussing the license tab option. The Everett City Council Meeting is set for Wednesday night at 6:30pm in the council chambers at 3002 Wetmore. You can also view it online and on the city’s cable access channel. You can learn more about the Everett Transportation Benefit District here.


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Baker’s Dozen Guinea Pigs Available For Adoption at Everett Animal Shelter

July 25, 2014

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Got this notice from the Everett Animal Shelter today…

Guinea pig at Everett Shelter

Click the picture to see all of the little fellas up for adoption.

We currently have 13 male Guinea Pigs available for adoption!

These very handsome guys were found all together in a box at an Everett park and are now in search of their fairytale endings!

Their adoption fees are $10 each or 2 for $15. Click here for more information.


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Everett Neighborhoods Invited to Participate in National Night Out Against Crime

July 24, 2014

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Everett NNO

National Night Out in Everett has evolved from one location into more than 20 across the city.

While nearly two dozen neighborhoods are already planning to participate in Everett’s Night Out Against Crime on August 5th, there’s still room for more. Here are the details from Meghan Pembroke at the City of Everett…

2014 marks the 31st year of National Night Out Against Crime events throughout the country. This year, more than 20 neighborhood and community events are scheduled in Everett for Tuesday, Aug. 5.

 

“We encourage residents to get to know their neighbors at one of these great events,” said Wendy McClure, office of neighborhoods coordinator. “Neighbors who know each other are more likely to look out for each other, prevent crime, and help each other when emergencies or natural disasters strike.”

 

National Night Out is designed to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood relationships and form police-community partnerships to reduce crime.

 

In 1984, 400 communities in 23 states participated in National Night Out.  This year, more than 37 million people in 15,325 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada and military bases worldwide are expected to participate.

 

Mayor Ray Stephanson and Police Chief Dan Templeman, as well as members of the Everett City Council, Everett Police Department, Everett Fire Department, Emergency Management division, Office of Neighborhoods and other city staff will participate in celebrations throughout the city. CLICK HERE for specific neighborhood locations and event details.

 

Interested in hosting a National Night Out event or block party? Events can be as simple as getting together with neighbors for a half hour or inviting the whole neighborhood for a potluck and games. Contact the Office of Neighborhoods with questions and to register an Everett National Night Out event: wmcclure@everettwa.gov or 425-257-8717.


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Annual Paving Projects to Disrupt Traffic Flow in Everett Next Week

July 22, 2014

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Some major streets in Everett are set for re-paving.

Got this reminder from Marla Carter at Everett Public Works regarding the annual re-paving season coming up in Everett at the end of next week. Your regular commute route may need some adjustment so consider yourself warned…

Street resurfacing is scheduled for several locations in Everett beginning Thursday, July 31, and continuing through September. Crews will grind down and remove old pavement, install new traffic signal detection wires, repaving and restriping of roadways.

Drivers can expect lane closures and traffic delays on the following streets:

· 100th Street SW from Evergreen Way to west of Airport Road

· Evergreen Way from Pecks Drive to 52nd Street SE

· 33rd Street from Broadway to Smith Avenue

· Beverly Lane from 75th Street to Madison and Sunset Lane to 50th Street SW

· Federal Avenue from Charles Avenue to 35th Street

· 35th Street from Federal Avenue to Grand Avenue

· Grand Avenue from 35th Street to 34th Street

· Silver Lake Road from 118th Place SE to south of 112th Street SE

Construction on 100th Street SW, Evergreen Way and 33rd Street will involve both day and night work. No night work is planned for the remaining streets, but schedules could change depending on weather and other factors.

Signs will be posted advising motorists of detours, street closures and parking restrictions. The city’s contractor, CEMEX, is responsible for notifying affected homes and businesses prior to construction.


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Public Invited to Join With Task Force to Solve Street Level Social Issues in Everett

July 21, 2014

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Give a damn

Public involvement will be key. File Photo: myeverettnews.com

People passed out on city streets, people experiencing homelessness sleeping in doorways, camping in parks, aggressive panhandling. These and other issues for those facing life on the streets are a true problem in Everett. On Thursday, the City of Everett task force chosen by Mayor Ray Stephenson will meet for the first time to form a plan to address the issue. Members of the public are asked to attend the meeting and provide their perspective. Here are the details as provided by the City of Everett…

The Everett Community Streets Initiative, a task force looking at street-level social issues in the city’s commercial cores, will meet for the first time next Thursday, July 24, from 3-6 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Room at Everett Station.

 

“Our goal is to foster a vibrant and healthy community by better understanding social issues on our streets,” said Mayor Ray Stephanson. “I’ve asked residents, business owners and service providers to join us in learning more about the challenges we face and identifying actions we can take as a community to address those issues.”

 

The task force will be co-chaired by Sylvia Anderson, chief executive officer at the Everett Gospel Mission, and Chris Adams, an Everett attorney and chair of the City’s planning commission.

 

The group will meet every other Thursday through Nov. 13. The meetings will be open to the public, and community members are invited to attend to learn alongside the task force members. The City has hired facilitator Karen Reed to help guide the process.

 

“We’ll look at a variety of factors that contribute to street issues in Everett, including homelessness, mental health, addiction, public safety, public spaces and commercial streetscapes,” said David Hall, deputy city attorney. “We’re inviting service providers and experts from other communities to share their experiences and successes with us.”

 

Hall will represent the city on the task force, along with Police Chief Dan Templeman and Lanie McMullin, executive director for economic development. Other city staff will serve as resources throughout the process.

 

For more information on the task force or to share feedback, click here.


 

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Free Cat Microchipping in Everett, WA Sunday

July 20, 2014

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Free Microchipping

A microchip may be the fastest way to get your cat back if it wanders away.

Sunday July 20th (today) from 10:00am – 4:00pm you can bring your cat to the Everett Animal Shelter for free microchipping. This is an event for cats only so no dogs please. The address of the Everett Animal Shelter is 333 Smith Island Road Everett, WA

If you can’t make it today, the folks at the Everett Animal Shelter say there will be other opportunities for you to have your dog or cat microchipped free of charge during the month of August.


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