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Everett May Allow Hotel Signs at The Top of Buildings in Downtown Area

September 1, 2014

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The Hampton Inn wants to put its name in lights at the top of the hotel.

Currently the City of Everett zoning code prohibits signage in the downtown Everett area above the street level. Recently developers of the newly opened Hampton Inn at Wall and West Marine View Drive and the developers of the proposed Courtyard by Marriott Hotel at Colby and Wall have asked the city to change the code to allow signage at the top of their buildings so people can find their properties easier. Both also say their franchise agreements require signage above street level. On Tuesday night the Everett Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to discuss changing the zoning code to allow such signs. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm in the Everett City Council Chambers at 3002 Wetmore. You can also see the meeting on Everett TV. Once the planning commission makes a recommendation, the issued would still have to go before the Everett City Council for approval.


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Everett Library Begins Reduced Hours As Part of City Budget Cuts

August 31, 2014

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Fewer hours, less staff availability and bye-bye bookmobile as budget reduction begins to take effect.

Both branches of the Everett Public Library will be closed Monday for the Labor Day Holiday and when they do open on Tuesday, it will be under reduced hours for at least 3 months. The Everett Library Board reduced hours, trimmed staff and eliminated the bookmobile as part of Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson’s Budget Deficit Reduction Plan. Below is a list of the new operating hours for the two branches as posted on the Library’s website. There’s also a request for feedback so the Everett Library Board can evaluate the impacts the cuts will have on patrons.

The Main Downtown Everett Library and Evergreen Branch had been open…

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

New Library Hours Beginning  September 2nd…

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
Main Library 1-5 10-8 10-8 10-8 10-6 10-6 10-5
Evergreen Branch Closed 10-6 12-8 12-8 10-6 10-6 10-5

Hours at both the Main Library and Evergreen Branch will be reduced beginning September 2. The change is in response to staffing reductions brought about by the City of Everett’s budget cuts. Although we have tried to maintain as many hours as possible, we recognize that there may be impacts we have not thought about. Therefore, the Board of Trustees has voted that the new schedule be evaluated after three months. During this period, from September through the end of November, please address any comments or suggestions to Eileen Simmons, Director at ESimmons@everettwa.gov, or 425-257-8022.


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Everett Community Streets Initiative Looking For Feedback

August 30, 2014

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It’s not all thumbs up on the streets of Everett, WA

What would you do about the following in Everett? Street crime, mental health issues, increasing heroin use and street-corner panhandling. Earlier this year Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson formed a task force to look at these issues and more. Now its your turn to get involved. Here’s how…

Community members are invited to provide input to the Everett Community Streets Initiative task force at a public hearing from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Everett Station’s Weyerhaeuser Room.

“We’ve had great community turnout at our meetings thus far and we want to provide an opportunity for the public to share their observations and personal experiences,” said Sylvia Anderson, task force co-chair and chief executive officer at Everett Gospel Mission.

Attendees will each have three minutes to speak at the Sept. 9 meeting, and comments will be shared with the entire task force. The public can also provide feedback to the task force via the City’s website: www.everettwa.org/default.aspx?ID=2205.

“As we begin developing our recommendations, we want to hear from residents and other community members about ideas and options we might consider,” said Chris Adams, task force co-chair and attorney with Adams & Duncan.

Mayor Ray Stephanson convened the task force to look at street-level social issues in Everett’s commercial cores and develop recommendations aimed at fostering a safe, vibrant and healthy community. The group is comprised of service providers, business owners, community members and representatives from city and county agencies.

The task force’s first three meetings have been devoted to panel discussions and presentations on topics such as Everett’s demographics, current systems and services, Everett’s commercial cores, criminal justice and street outreach. In the coming weeks, the task force will learn more about what’s being done in other cities and around the country, as they prepare to begin developing recommendations in October.

The task force meets every other Thursday from 3-6 p.m. at the Weyerhaeuser Room. The next regular task force meeting is Thursday, Sept. 4. All meetings are open to the public and are recorded and broadcast on the Everett Channel and the City’s YouTube channel.

· Meeting information
· Everett Channel information


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Should Marijuana Smoke Be Treated Like Cigarette Smoke in Everett?

August 29, 2014

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Should public pot smoke in Everett be regulated the same way as cigarettes?

The Snohomish Health District is asking people in Everett and the surrounding communities to weigh in on whether marijuana smoke should be treated the same as cigarette smoke in public. Here are the details as provided by the Health District…

 

Snohomish Health District is currently seeking preliminary public comment on a proposal to adopt and amend the state Smoking in Public Places law (SIPP).

 

The intent is not to change the law adopted by voters in 2005, but to make it more clear in light of current trends. The Snohomish Health District proposes adding language to the local code to make it clear that the law applies to marijuana and hookah smoking, as well as to cigarettes.

 

The local code would also better define the terms “employer,” “employee,” “public place” and “place of employment.”  These clarifications will assist business owners and the public to better understand the law. The Snohomish Health District is responsible for enforcing no smoking laws in Snohomish County, with the support of law enforcement and local jurisdictions.

 

Preliminary comment period Sept. 1-15

The Snohomish Health District is seeking preliminary public comment on the concept of a local no smoking in public places law from Sept. 1 -15. A link to the comment form is on the Health District website, www.snohd.org/localsmokingcode.

 

Written comments may also be mailed to:

SIPP Public Comment

Snohomish Health District

3020 Rucker Ave, Suite 203

Everett, WA 98201

 

Public comments will be used to develop the draft local code. A summary of all comments will be provided to the Board of Health, which will ultimately adopt, modify or take no action on the proposal.

 

Additional opportunities for public review and comment will occur throughout the fall, as draft language for local code is considered.  A schedule for this process is posted on the website.

 

According to the heath district, smoking laws reduce everyone’s exposure to second-hand smoke and increase the likelihood that current smokers will quit. The Smoking in Public Places Law prohibits smoking in all restaurants and bars as well as in all indoor workplaces.

 

Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and illness. Locally, 17% of adults and 14.5% of 12 graders use tobacco.

 

Incorporated in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats.


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High Society on Broadway To Be Everett’s 1st Retail Marijuana Store

August 28, 2014

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Everett marijuana store

The store is expected to open sometime around the 15th of September.

A former Halal market at 1824 Broadway will become the first licensed retail marijuana establishment in the city of Everett. On August 14th, the Washington State Liquor Board issued the first Everett retail license to “High Society”. This morning MyEverettNews.com spoke with Neary, who is the store’s owner and she explained a bit about what people in Everett can expect when the store opens. “We’re going to sell marijuana and some marijuana-infused products,” said Neary. “We hope to be open sometime around the 15th of the month or shortly thereafter and will have between 15 – 19 employees that we hope to hire from the Everett area.” Yesterday the business received its business license from the city of Everett and Neary said she’s met with an Everett Police lieutenant who told her the department would be supportive of her business. When asked if she had ties to the Everett community Neary said no, she lives in Seattle, but chose Everett as a strategic business decision feeling she had a better chance to get a license in Everett as opposed to Seattle due to the sheer volume of applications made for potential Seattle locations. She says she’s been so involved in the State and local licensing application process that now she’s turning to her biggest issue which is getting enough state-approved product to meet the demand. Neary tells MyEverettNews.com the people she has met in Everett have been supportive and she wants people to feel free to just come in and ask questions once the store is open. “Don’t be scared of us,” she said. “We want to be a positive part of the Everett community.


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Everett Public Schools Foundation to Deliver 1700 Backpacks

August 27, 2014

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Stuff the bus

Click to visit the Everett Public Schools Foundation Facebook page.

Great news from the Everett Public Schools Foundation on the annual school supply drive. A great success story…

We did it!
 
Thousands of school supplies and hundreds of backpack donations later, PLUS many volunteers, EQUALS SUCCESS!
 
Delivery set for 1,700 filled backpacks to Everett Public Schools on Thursday, August 28th
 
Backpacks will be distributed by school office staff to their students when each school site is ready.

 

Thank you!!!

This event was made possible by the following program partners:

1.  The Boeing Company

2.  World Vision

3.  Durham School Services

4.  Fred Meyer

5.  Everett AquaSox

6.  NW Plus Credit Union

7.  Everett Association of Paraeducators

8.  Molina Healthcare of Washington

Thank you to the following stores who hosted big yellow school buses:

1.  QFC at 2615 Broadway, Everett

2.  QFC at 4919 Evergreen Way, Everett

3.  Fred Meyer at 12906 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Everett

4.  Central Market at 15605 Main Street, Mill Creek

5.  Fred Meyer at 8530 Evergreen Way, Everett

Thank you to our bin location partners:

Coastal Community Bank —10520 19th Ave SE, Everett

Coastal Community Bank —2817 Colby Ave, Everett

Everett Public Schools —3900 Broadway, Everett

Everett Aqua Sox —3802 Broadway, Everett

Everett Public Library —2702 Hoyt Ave, Everett

Evergreen Branch Library —9512 Evergreen Way, Everett

Frontier Communications  —1800 41st St, Everett

Lovsted-Worthington Insurance —18704 Bothell Way NE # 200, Bothell

Marysville/Anderson Insurance —901 State Ave, Marysville

McClain Insurance —10410 19th Ave SE, Everett

Molina Healthcare  —21540 30th DR SE, Ste. 400, Bothell

Olympic Physical Therapy —4220 Hoyt Ave, Everett

PLC Insurance —4211 Alderwood Mall Blvd # 210, Lynnwood

Snohomish County Assessor’s Office —3000 Rockefeller Ave- 3rd Floor Admin.

Whitfield United-Leavitt —3425 Broadway, Everett

Port Gardner Winery —2802 Rockefeller, Everett

Papa Murphy’s —11014 19th Ave SE, Everett

Papa Murphy’s —510 W. Casino Rd, Everett

Papa Murphy’s —4923 Evergreen Way, Everett

Cascadian Place —3915 Colby Ave N., Everett

UTC Aerospace Systems —2615 94th ST SW, Everett

UTC Aerospace Systems —2701 94th ST SW, Everett

Sentry Credit —2809 Grand Ave, Everett

Thank you to all who donated time, money and supplies to help our kids have the tools they need for school!!

 

 


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City of Everett Sues Kimberly-Clark Over Gravel Instead of Grass

August 26, 2014

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On Monday, the City of Everett filed a lawsuit against Kimberly-Clark for failing to cover the area that formerly contained a pulp mill and paper processing plant with grass or ground cover as provided in its demolition permit. Here’s the information as provided by city spokesperson Meghan Pembroke…

Kimberly-Clark site

The City of Everett would like green grass here. (click photos to enlarge)

K-C site

K-C propertThe City of Everett today filed a lawsuit in Snohomish County Superior Court seeking a judicial order requiring Kimberly-Clark to cover its now-closed mill site on the Everett waterfront to help protect the surrounding community and environment.

 

When Kimberly-Clark proposed demolishing the buildings at the former mill, the company specified in its environmental checklist and proposed demolition drawings that once demolition was complete the site would be covered with 12 inches of topsoil and hydroseeded or, as an alternative, 12 inches of clean granular material. The purpose of the cover is to limit erosion and impacts to surface water and groundwater, and to stop potentially hazardous dust from leaving the site.

 

The City issued a demolition permit to Kimberly-Clark in 2012 based, in part, on the company’s representation that it would install the site cover once demolition was complete. The City granted a two-month extension to the original deadline of April 15, 2014, to accommodate the company’s cleanup efforts. Unfortunately, Kimberly-Clark to date has chosen not to install the cover that it previously committed to in the permit application. Further, Kimberly-Clark failed to comply with the Shoreline Management Act through the filling and placement of concrete demolition debris within 200 feet of the East Waterway.

 

The City has repeatedly communicated its concern about the lack of cover at the site, and significant dust emissions from the site during demolition only increased the City’s concern. Soils at the site, including the remains of the demolished buildings, which have been spread across the site, contain hazardous substances, including arsenic, lead and cadmium. The City is concerned that dust from the site could contain these and other hazardous substances, potentially exposing people and the environment in the vicinity. The City’s preference is that the site’s cover consists of 12 inches of topsoil and is hydroseeded.

 

Because Kimberly-Clark has refused to install the cover that it previously committed to in its permit application, the City’s lawsuit seeks a judicial order requiring Kimberly-Clark to comply with the law, and install the required cover at the site as soon as possible.

Editor’s note: A message left for Kimberly-Clark spokesman Bob Brand asking for comment has not been returned.


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