Everett Community Streets Initiative Looking For Feedback

August 30, 2014

Everett, Everett Government

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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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