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November 21, 2017

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Everett Asking Cooks To Keep The Fat Out Of The Drain And Fire Out Of The Kitchen

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A reminder from Everett Public Works.

While most restaurants have a grease trap or other such system to keep excess grease out of the pipes that’s not the case in the majority of homes. With so many people cooking a big meal this week Everett Public Works has put out a plea to put the grease in the trash and not down the drain. Here’s more from the city…

Everything that goes down your sinks and toilets goes into the City’s wastewater system. Things that clog your home drain can clog the City’s wastewater system, too.

This system is designed to handle human waste and toilet tissue, which are biodegradable (or will break down biologically). Problems start when non-biodegradable materials enter the system. Two of the most common and troublesome non-biodegradable materials are grease and hair.

Solutions
Slow-moving drains are usually the result of a plumbing problem inside your home. Try a couple of less-toxic home remedies before you run for the more caustic commercial drain cleaners.

Baking Soda & Vinegar
When mixed together, baking soda and vinegar make a forceful gas. Put the baking soda in the drain first then pour the vinegar in. Plug the drain and all overflow drains so the gas has nowhere to go but down.

Boiling Water
Try pouring a kettle of boiling water directly down the drain to loosen grease and dirt.

Wire Coat Hanger
You can sometimes get far enough down a bathtub drain to pull out snarls of hair using a straightened wire coat hanger.

Preventive Maintenance
Here are some simple things you can do to prevent clogs in your household plumbing and the City’s wastewater system.

In the Bathroom
Use the wastebasket to dispose of hair, cotton swabs, plastics, cigarette butts, personal products, and other trash. Use a screen on all your drains to prevent hair and other debris from going into the drain. Regularly remove any hair that collects in your bathtub or shower drain.

In the Kitchen
Wipe grease from pots, pans, and dishes with a paper towel. Collect larger amounts of spent grease in a can and dispose of it in the garbage.

Contact Us
If you feel the City sewer system is not working correctly, please email us or call 425-257-8800.

If it is an after-hours emergency, call 425-257-8821.

Who’s Responsible
Any obstructions or clogs that exist in the sewer line between your business or residence and the sewer main in the street or alley are the responsibility of the property owner.

The Everett Fire Department also has a reminder for you this Thanksgiving…

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Thanksgiving is the number one day for kitchen fires.

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the number one day of the year for home cooking fires? 

Many of these fires are the result of unattended cooking, and a number of these fires involve turkey fryers. This year, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is advising that residents plan ahead to ensure a safe, fun and food-filled holiday.

Keep your holiday dinner delicious by practicing safe habits while in the kitchen with these fire safety tips:

Kitchen Caution

·         Never leave the stove unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner or oven off.

·         Keep your cooking area clear of anything that can burn.

·         Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.

·         Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby to cover a pan fire.

·         Wear short sleeves or roll sleeves up.

·         Keep an ABC rated fire extinguisher in an accessible location.

Turkey Fryer Caution

  • Choose a fryer with thermostat controls to prevent oil from overheating.
  • Before operating a turkey fryer, always read and follow the instruction manual.
  • Thaw your turkey completely—ice will cause hot oil to splatter.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.

To learn more about kitchen caution and how to prevent home fires, visit the State Fire Marshal’s website and Twitter feed.



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November 20, 2017

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County To Treat Opioid Epidemic As A Disaster

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The same resources used to a respond to a natural disaster will be employed in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Today the Snohomish County Executive, Sheriff and Director of Snohomish Health District all spoke out about combining and coordinating efforts to get ahead of problems caused by opioid addiction in Snohomish County using methods most commonly employed in natural disasters..

Together they have formed something called the Opioid Response Multi-Agency Coordination Group or MAC Group.

Short of declaring an emergency, the Executive has authorized activation of the Snohomish County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and a partial activation of the Snohomish County Emergency Coordination Center. Usually it is only activated for floods and natural disasters.

There will be involvement from Public Works and Engineering, Fire Agency response, Emergency Management, Human Services, Housing, Public Health and external communications operating a joint information center to share information with the public about the efforts.

Executive Somers says all of the Mayors of Snohomish County are being invited to participate and the hope is by using the Emergency Management Plan they can speed coordination of resources that the cities can bring to the effort.

A special website, SNOHOMISH OVERDOSE PREVENTION has been developed as a one-stop for resources that people can turn to whether trying to understand the problem, prevent addiction or save a life.



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November 20, 2017

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Wanna Be The Next Member Of Everett City Council?

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Do you want to become the next appointed member of the Everett City Council?

As Cassie Franklin transitions into the position of Everett’s Mayor the process will soon begin to fill her city council seat.

If interested, now is the time to polish up that resume and get ready to show why you should fill the seat. For those who think they are qualified but don’t want to launch a city-wide campaign this is a great opportunity to get onto the city council by convincing four members you are the right person for the job as opposed to trying to get votes from across the city. Here’s the formal process laid out in the City of Everett Charter…

In the event of a vacancy in the office of Mayor or Council member, the Council by majority vote shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy until the next regular municipal or general election. If, after thirty days have passed since the occurrence of a vacancy, and the Council has been unable to agree upon a person to be appointed to fill the vacancy, the Mayor or in his or her absence, the mayor pro tempore, may make the appointment from among the persons nominated by members of the Council.

In simpler terms the Everett City Council will soon accept applications from residents interested in the interim position. The council may adjust the way it accepts applications and interviews applicants but here is the method used when they sought applicants for an open position in 2013.

First, Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a resident of the city with at least one-year residency and registered to vote.

Following the application period, council members will review the applications independently. At a council meeting, all applicants who submitted their materials by the deadline will be given five minutes to introduce themselves and provide a brief statement describing their interest in the position. If there are more than six applicants, council will nominate their top two choices to move forward in the process, with a maximum of six candidates moving forward.

Council members will interview the candidates at a special meeting prior to the regular council meeting on a select date. Citizens are invited to attend this open public meeting in the council chambers located at 3002 Wetmore Avenue. During the regular meeting citizens will be provided three minutes to speak to the qualifications of their preferred candidate.

Following council deliberation, the council president will ask each member to submit, in writing, the name of their preferred candidate. If there are more than two nominees, council will vote to identify the top two candidates. Council will then vote on the appointee to fill the interim position until the next general election. The successful candidate will be sworn in at the beginning of the next council meeting.

Again there may be some slight tweaks to this process but now would be the time to get ready if you would like to be considered for appointment to the Everett City Council. Oh, you will have to run for election in November 2018 in order keep the seat.


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November 19, 2017

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Everett Firefighters And Families Serve Annual Senior Meal

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EFFA Board member Randy Seiber begins to carve under the watchful gaze of some of today’s helpers.

Every November for the last 18 years, members of the Everett Firefighter’s Association and their families have gathered together to prepare a full turkey dinner for seniors at the Carl Gipson Senior Center in Everett. That tradition continued today as between 50 and 70 firefighters and family members are taking shifts starting from early morning meal prep, conducting three different servings and then finishing with clean up. When all is said and done more than 350 meals are expected to be served. It is one of several public service projects undertaken by members of the Everett Firefighter’s Association. Here are some MyEverettNews.com photos of the meal prep and first serving of the day.

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The prep begins early in the day.

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The line crew is ready to serve.

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The meals are assembled.

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A young server makes her way to the guests.

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Can’t have pumpkin pie without the topping!

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A young man delivers a meal.

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The first guests arrive.

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It was a full house for the first seating.


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November 19, 2017

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Everett Essentials Demystifies City Hall

The City of Everett recently pulled back the curtain and welcomed more than two-dozen residents to a behind the scenes look at how the city is run on a day to day basis. Not just the Mayor does this and the City Council does that, but a full look at the work of the planning […]

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November 18, 2017

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Everett Schools Considering School Construction Levy In 2018

At their Tuesday night meeting the Everett School Board is expected to hear from superintendent Gary Cohn on plans for a construction levy next year. A press release this week outlined the following… Changes in the works include plans Cohn says will “even more deeply enrich each high school student’s college and career readiness.” Cohn […]

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