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Everett Animal Shelter Hosting Special Cat Adoption Event This Weekend

April 17, 2014

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Everett Cats

Why you should adopt an older cat

adoptable Everett cats

Just some of the cats available for adoption

The Everett Animal Shelter is hosting a special cat adoption event this weekend. All adult cats 7 years and older will have a special adoption fee of just $25 this Friday Saturday and Sunday. Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip (does not include license) and 30 days of free pet insurance. You can see all of the adoptable cats by clicking here. The Everett Animal Shelter is at 333 Smith Island Road in Everett. You can reach them by phone at (425) 257-6000.


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City of Everett Development Fees Have Not Kept Up With The Times

April 16, 2014

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City of Everett, WA

Everett hasn’t raised most fees to developers in over 15 years.

Currently the City of Everett is trying to address a projected shortfall of $13 million dollars in 2015. To deal with that, Everett has formed a team to try to come up with options to close that gap. As part of the ongoing Structural Deficit Advisory Team briefings at the Everett City Council, it came out tonight that the City of Everett last updated its planning and development fees in 1995. Additionally Everett’s traffic mitigation fees charged to developers have not been adjusted since 1999. As an example, Everett charges $900.00 for traffic mitigation while the city of Sultan charges $5220.00 and the city of Lynnwood charges $7914.00. Everett’s business license fee has remained at $10.00 and there is no annual renewal charge. The Everett Fire Department is required to conduct fire inspections but unlike most cities in the area does not charge for that service.

Tonight’s presentations were about options to raise taxes and fees. Among the items mentioned were doubling the current adult bus fare on Everett Transit from $1.00 to $2.00. For every 25 cent increase in bus fare there would be an annual increase of $250,000.00. There was no talk of raising fares for seniors or youth.

There was a suggestion to bring back parking meters and charge 50 cents per hour for parking in the downtown Everett corridor. Roughly from Broadway on the east, West Marine View Drive on the west, Pacific Avenue to the south and Everett Avenue to the north. That could generate $300,000.00 per year. There was also talk of charging for parking at 36 stalls at the Everett station. Those stalls are currently free two-hour parking and are used by people primarily using the services inside the station, most notably the unemployment office. Making those 36 stalls paid parking could bring Everett about $100,000.00 per year. It was also revealed that if someone received four parking violations, Everett Police can impound the person’s car. However, when the owner goes to get their vehicle out of impound they only have to pay the impound fee and don’t have to pay the outstanding parking tickets to get their vehicle back.


At the start of the presentation many council members stated they had their own ideas for generating revenue and a council committee will be gathering those ideas and presenting them at a future meeting. As the revenue options were being considered, Everett Mayor Ray Stephenson told the city council members that he didn’t want to look backward and place any blame for failing to address revenues in the past but wanted to move forward as fast as possible. He expressed concern that if the council spent too much time studying the deficits and didn’t take fast action that more drastic taxing measures would have to be taken.

The City of Everett has a budget reduction website where all of the presentations and options are posted and available for review. Most of tonight’s documents should be available by the end of the day Thursday.

The next presentation by the Structural Deficit Advisory Team will be on April 30th followed by at least two public meetings in May.

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Nominations Now Open For Everett’s Annual Monte Cristo Awards

April 15, 2014

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Monte Cristo Awards

Nominations are open until June 1st. Click photo above for a nomination form.

It’s that time of year again as the City of Everett celebrates homeowners and businesses who have gone above and beyond in showcasing their property. Here’s all you need to know to nominate someone for this year’s award…

The city of Everett’s Office of Neighborhoods is accepting nominations for the 20th annual Monte Cristo Awards, a distinguished honor given to property owners who have shown extensive pride in their property.

“The Monte Cristo Awards recognize neighbors who improve the street appeal of their homes and business owners who keep their businesses looking attractive,” said Wendy McClure, neighborhoods coordinator. Nominations are due by June 1, 2014.

The Monte Cristo Awards began in 1994 with an idea developed by Everett residents Bill Belshaw, Connie Eden and Pam Lux. Marian Krell, then director of the Office of Neighborhoods, welcomed the idea of celebrating revitalized properties and became its champion.

The awards are named for the Monte Cristo Hotel in downtown Everett, which was restored in the 1990s after languishing in disrepair for many years. Community residents felt the hotel was a fitting symbol of the rejuvenation they wanted to recognize in Everett.

Today, awards are given in three categories: rejuvenation and transformation, pride of the neighborhood and neighborhood-friendly business. In addition, the Marian Krell Award recognizes property owners who have excelled in beautifying and maintaining their home or business over an extended period of time. The award honors Krell’s vision and commitment to the awards.

“The Monte Cristo awards are about celebrating people who help Everett look its best,” said Mayor Ray Stephanson. “Marian saw the benefits of acknowledging and holding up those who strive to make improvements in our community, whether to a humble home or a more grand residence.”


Nominations due June 1

Nominations are welcomed and encouraged from anyone who wants to recognize the street appeal of a property within the city limits of Everett. Honorees are selected for their extensive efforts to make their homes or businesses attractive and to keep them well maintained.

Nomination forms are available online, and can be picked up at Everett Library branches, the clerk’s office in the Wall Street Building, the PUD, at local home improvement, paint and lumber stores, and through neighborhood associations. Forms can also be requested through the Office of Neighborhoods, at 425-257-8717 or wmcclure@everettwa.gov.

Award recipients receive a Monte Cristo Award plaque for placement on the exterior of their home or business. The Everett Council of Neighborhoods and the city’s Office of Neighborhoods sponsor the awards, which are generously supported by local businesses.

The selection committee is made up of representatives of the Council of Neighborhoods, community volunteers and city staff members.

Special ceremony planned for 20th anniversary

The community is invited to the 20th annual award ceremony, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 9, at the Everett Performing Arts Center.

“This year we’ll recognize not only our 2014 winners, but also prior Monte Cristo recipients, who we hope will join us for the event,” said McClure. “We are working on lot of special touches to help commemorate 20 years of the awards.”

Click here for more information on Everett’s Office of Neighborhoods.

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Six Everett Rain Barrels Now Up For Auction

April 14, 2014

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Red Octopus rain barrel

“Red Octopus” is one of six rain barrels currently up for bid by the City of Everett. Click to see all available or to bid.

You have until Sunday afternoon at 4pm to bid on one of six decorated rain barrels that are in the first phase of an auction of barrels decorated by local artists. Earlier this year the city of Everett placed decorated rain barrels around the city. The barrels were part of Everett’s “Let it Rain” program that is encouraging residents to conserve water by capturing runoff in barrels and recycling it in gardens and lawns. There are a total of 13 decorated barrels that will be available for bid this month.

While the first six are up for bid now, the remaining seven should be available on April 20th. Click here to learn more about the rain barrel program including upcoming dates for “Make it, Take it” workshops hosted by Everett Public Works where you can build your own rain barrel.


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Citizen Input Still Sought For Henry M. Jackson Park in North Everett

April 12, 2014

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Jackson Park drawing

One idea of how Henry M. Jackson Park may look. Image from City of Everett website.

The City of Everett is inviting people to take a look and make comments on the latest plans to update Henry M. Jackson Park in north Everett. For two years planners have been getting input from residents, school kids and anyone else with an interest in the park. On April 22nd community members will have the chance to see the park designs, ask questions and provide feedback on the community park component of the 14 acre site.

According to a press release provided by Meghan Pembroke at the city, the park renovation project will include replacing outdated play equipment, developing new gardening and open spaces and providing more accessible space for recreational activities.

The total estimate for design and construction of the new park elements is $2 million. The project is funded in part with grants from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office through the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, the Washington State Department of Commerce, the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and Snohomish County Parks.

The public meeting will happen Tuesday, April 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hawthorne Elementary School Library, 1110 Poplar Street.

To learn more about Senator Henry M. Jackson Park, click here. For meeting details, contact Mark Harrison, parks planning and capital development manager, at 425-257-8378 or mharrison@everettwa.gov.


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Everett Considering Micro-Apartments Downtown For College Students

April 9, 2014

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Trinity College micro apartments in Everett, WA

100 micro-apartments are proposed at Oakes and California with parking at the Trinity Lutheran College garage.

At tonight’s city council meeting, Everett got its first look at a student housing project that would build 99 micro-apartments for students at Trinity Lutheran College. Each apartment would be only 200 square feet, be furnished and have a small bathroom. They wouldn’t have a kitchen but would include a microwave, sink and small refrigerator. The apartments would be built on the southwest corner of Oakes and California across from the Everett Fire Department administration building. In what’s being called a “pilot project” Trinity Lutheran College would partner with a company called Footprint Investments. Footprint would build and own the micro-apartments and Trinity would use them as student housing.

Because of the size of the building lot, there is not enough room for off-street parking at the micro-apartment complex to meet the needs of the residents and also to support businesses such as Austin’s restaurant that use the proposed building site as its parking lot. The proposed solution would have students living in the apartments assigned individual parking spaces in the Trinity Lutheran College parking garage located a block west of the actual apartment building. There would be one assigned parking spot per micro-apartment. In order to move ahead the city council will have to enact an ordinance allowing the “pilot project” and also amend the current zoning laws. Tonight was an initial briefing and a public hearing is set for Wednesday April 23rd prior to a vote by the Everett City Council. Multiple council members expressed concern that the proposed plan didn’t have enough safeguards in case the project failed some number of years in the future. If that were to happen, downtown Everett would be left with an unusable building. Everett Planning Director Allan Giffen told the council they would have those concerns addressed prior to the public hearing and vote on April 23rd.


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