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Everett To Spend One Million Dollars On New Fire Truck

October 30, 2014

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This ladder truck is currently used as a reserve rig.

The Everett City Council Wednesday night approved a contract to purchase a new ladder truck for $1,019,051.12. While that might sound like a lot of money for a single truck, Everett Fire Marshal Rick Robinson tells MyEverettNews.com that its much more than just a fire truck…

The new apparatus is scheduled to replace our 24-year old 1989 E-One 95’ ladder platform apparatus, which cost $530,000 when it was purchased. The aerial apparatus has specific high-rise aerial rescue and fire extinguishment uses, and is also the main “tool box” (jaws of life, stabilization and extrication equipment and tools) for rescue and extrication emergencies for motor vehicle and other frequent high-intensity rescue operations. It also carries large fans for removing smoke from structures following a fire incident. Along with those capabilities, it also is staffed to support basic and advanced emergency medical responses. While the frequency of the use of the 95’ aerial platform for rescue and extinguishment is relatively low, there is nothing else in our fleet that can do that job when needed, and there is regular use of the “tools” for vehicle extrication, de-smoking of buildings, and rendering safe of emergency scenes.

This 1989 apparatus was originally scheduled to be replaced at the 20-year point, which is seen to be the crossover age for maintenance costs and reliability for fire apparatus where keeping an old vehicle operational loses its financial advantage. Replacement was delayed until now due to budget constraints during the bottom of the economic downturn. Only one response was received from the well-broadcast Request for Proposals (RFP) and that was by the Rosenbauer manufacturer. It’s likely that other ladder apparatus manufacturers could not provide the equipment within the budget available, nor meet the rear-axle weight restrictions to conform with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) allowance for use on state highways and older bridges in our community.

We have a very robust apparatus committee that oversees the manufacturing process and keeps expenditures to at or under budgeted dollars. We have been successful in this process with the two latest Rosenbauer engine apparatuses, which were delivered last year.

The safety engineering and manufacturing quality assurance of any new apparatus, but especially an aerial apparatus, is extensive because of the human risk factors involved with emergency rescue operations for both the firefighters and the those being rescued. The new apparatus is envisioned to be safely maintained and in service for 20+ years.


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Jury Duty Scam Targeting Everett and Snohomish County Residents

October 29, 2014

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You don’t have to pay a fine if you miss jury duty and you can’t buy your way out of jury duty. Snohomish County officials are warning about a jury duty scam making the rounds in Everett and Snohomish County…

 

Snohomish County officials want the public to know if they receive a call from anyone telling them they owe money for failing to report for jury duty, don’t fall for it – it’s a scam.

 

Employees in the Snohomish County Clerk’s Office and in Superior Court have received nearly a dozen calls in the last few weeks from people who’ve been victims of the scam. The caller tells the victim they must immediately pay a fine to avoid issuance of an arrest warrant for failure to appear for jury duty. A couple of victims said they were contacted via email, not phone.

 

Anyone who receives a call or email like this should call 911 immediately. Snohomish County officials also ask victims to call the county’s jury management office at 425-388-3386 to report the incident.

 

“Jury duty plays a vital role in our justice system,” said Snohomish County Clerk Sonya Kraski. “It’s reprehensible that someone would play on people’s fears of not honoring their civic duty as a way to get money from them.”

 

Employees from the Clerk’s Office and Superior Court never ask jurors for payments of fines, nor do they ask past or prospective jurors for financial details such as credit card numbers, bank account numbers, or Social Security numbers, Kraski said.

 

Approximately 53,000 people were summoned for jury duty in Snohomish County in 2013.

 

For additional information about this scam, please contact Snohomish County Clerk Sonya Kraski at 425-388-3430 or Sonya.kraski@snoco.org or Superior Court Administrator Bob Terwilliger at 425-388-3798 or bob.terwilliger@snoco.org.


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Voting For New City of Everett Logo Ends At 11:59pm Tonight

October 28, 2014

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One of the 800 suggestions…

With the total hovering around 4000 so far you have until 11:59pm tonight to cast your vote for a new City of Everett logo. City Public Information Director Meghan Pembroke tells MyEverettNews.com there are five logos that have received 200 votes each. The logos from Great Britain and Russia aren’t drawing many votes. You can see all of the logos here and vote for your favorite. The city’s cultural arts commission is also helping to select an additional 15 semi-finalists that will be added to the leaders from the community voting.


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Sinking Manhole Cover to Close Major Everett Intersection For 10 Days

October 27, 2014

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Emergency repairs may affect your visit to the Everett waterfront for the next 10 days.

If you use Everett Avenue to Marine View Drive you’re going to have to find a different route. The City of Everett today announced the following major intersection closure for emergency repairs…

City public works crews will close the intersection of W. Marine View Drive and Everett Ave. around-the-clock beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, to complete an emergency repair.

Signs will be posted advising drivers of the closure and traffic will be detoured around the intersection. Limited access to the Port of Everett via Terminal Avenue will be maintained during the closure.

Crews will repair a deteriorating sewer manhole located in the middle of the intersection. The work is expected to take about 10 days to complete.


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See What The Port of Everett Plans To Do With Your Money In 2015

October 21, 2014

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2015 Port of Everett by the numbers. Click graphic to see the 2015 citizens budget guide .

The Port of Everett is again looking at a 1% increase in property taxes for 2015. That’s the same increase the City of Everett will be taking and is the maximum allowed by State law. To explain the increase and give taxpayers a better understanding of how much the Port of Everett takes in, how it spends its revenues and the impact it has on Everett and surrounding communities, the Port has released a 12 page citizen’s guide to the 2015 budget.

The Port has also changed the way it budgets. It’s moved from an annual operating and capital budget to a one year operating budget with a five-year capital plan. Port officials say that will allow them to bring more private investment into the Port. If you’d like to weigh in on how the Port of Everett plans to spend your money next year the Port will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2015 budget on October 28th. The budget is scheduled for approval in early November.


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Judging For New City of Everett Logo is Underway Through October 28th

October 20, 2014

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Everett says this logo is outdated and is offering $5000.00 for a new design. Click above to review and vote for your favorite.

Last Friday the deadline passed for submissions for the contest to design a new logo for the city of Everett, WA. Now voting begins to choose a new logo. City of Everett spokesperson Meghan Pembroke says they’ve received more than 800 entries…

“We’ve been flooded with designs from all over the country and from as far away as Russia and the United Kingdom,” said Meghan Pembroke, communications director. “We’re overwhelmed at the interest and participation and all of the different ideas that have been submitted.”

The city has created a special website to view and vote on the logo submissions. Voting ends October 28th.

“We encourage you to pour a cup of coffee, find a comfy seat and get ready to spend some time looking through the hundreds of designs,” said Pembroke. She estimates that about 85 percent of the logos were submitted by artists from Washington state, including many from Everett.

Community voting will help narrow the field to up to 65 semi-finalists, including up to 15 chosen by members of the Everett Cultural Arts Commission. The City expanded the field of semi-finalists due to the volume of designs received.

A judging panel will select the winning design from among the final group, and that designer will receive a $5,000 award. The winning design will be presented to the City Council for approval in late November.

“We’ve loved seeing the unique perspective each artist brings to our city,” said Pembroke. “We’ve received sketches from budding artists, as well as fully-realized designs. Once the winning design is selected, we’ll work with one of our graphic designers to finalize it and translate it into our family of logos.”

The City’s logo is used in a variety of formats, including uniforms, vehicles, stationery and signs. The City will take a gradual approach to replacing logos to keep costs low. The logo will be changed out for electronic uses right away; for vehicles and signs, it will be changed out as those items come up for replacement.


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You Can Complain About Everett, Or Join A City Board. Here Are 12 Choices…

October 18, 2014

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Welcome to Everett. Would you like to volunteer to make the city a better place?

The City of Everett has openings on a dozen different boards and commissions and is looking for volunteers to serve. There looks to be an opening to fit most any interest so if you’d like to take a hands-on approach to making life better in Everett, WA then here’s your opportunity…

The city of Everett is seeking community members to serve on a variety of volunteer boards and commissions.

 

“Serving on a board is a great way to get to know the city and to be a part of shaping our future,” said Deborah Wright, executive administrator for neighborhoods and community services.

 

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and current residents of Everett. Mayor Ray Stephanson will review the applications and make a recommendation to the City Council for approval of the selected board members.

 

Interested volunteers can download an application from the city’s website: www.everettwa.org/DocLibrary.aspx?ID=408&LibID=19. Applications are also available at the Mayor’s office, 2930 Wetmore Ave, Suite 10-A, or by calling 425-257-7115. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. October 31, 2014.
Current openings include:

 

  • Animal Control Advisory Board: This board provides input on all aspects of animal control including in-depth review and modification of ordinances.
  • Board of Park Commissioners: The Board of Park Commissioners advise the City Council, Mayor, Department of Parks and Recreation and other city departments on park and recreation issues.
  • Committee for Housing and Development: The Committee for Housing and Community Development promotes citizen participation for Community Development Block Grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Cultural Commission: The Cultural Commission approves funding for nonprofit arts groups, presents free lectures and musical performances, is responsible for the care and maintenance of the public art collection valued at $2.5 million and has developed an outdoor sculpture exhibition that features sculptures in the downtown.
  • Diversity Advisory Board: This board advises the Mayor and City Council on diversity issues and activities within the city. The board meets on the third Monday of each month at 4 p.m.
  • Historical Commission: This board advises city staff and leaders on matters of history and historic preservation. The commission also nominates property to be included on the Everett Register of Historic Places, reviews state and national register nominations, reviews restoration tax benefits, provides design review in historical overlay zones and publishes information about Everett heritage.
  • Human Needs Advisory: This committee meets each year to review applications and award grants to nonprofit agencies that provide services to Everett residents.
  • Library Board: The Library Board oversees operations and sets policy and strategic goals to ensure quality library service.
  • Planning Commission: The Planning Commission makes recommendations to the City Council, Mayor and other city departments on broad planning goals and policies.
  • Transportation Advisory Committee:This committee provides direction to city staff and administration on traffic issues, traffic safety, transit service and transportation planning.
  • Tree Committee: The committee’s primary responsibility is to review and make recommendations to the Parks Commission concerning the implementation of the public tree policy.
  • Senior Center Advisory Board: This board gives input on various projects and assists in fundraising events for the Everett Senior Center. The board is responsible for assessing the center’s changing needs and meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m.

 
For more information on boards and commissions, visit www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=408.


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