Everett City Council Says Yes To Pallets, Inmate Work Crews, Returning Pledge Of Allegiance

September 2, 2021

Everett Government


The Everett City Council and Mayor Franklin..

Three quick notes from Wednesday night’s meeting of the City Council in Everett, Washington.

Tribal Land Acknowledgement Statement and Pledge of Allegiance
City Council President Brenda Stonecipher announced that the recently approved Tribal Land Acknowledgment Statement acknowledging the historic land of the sduhubš people and their successors, the Tulalip Tribes will be read aloud at each upcoming online city council meeting with a different councilmember reading the statement each week. Once the council begins meeting in person again they will also bring back the Pledge of Allegiance to the start of each meeting.

Approval of 40 more Pallet Shelters for future use

The council unanimously approved purchase of 40 shelters and one two-stall bathroom unit in the amount of $477,391.31, including Washington State sales tax from Pallet. The shelters will be purchased with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

20 qty – 64sq ft Pallets
20 qty – 100 ft Pallets
40 Wall Heaters
40 Air Conditioners & install kits
40 120v Electrical Kit w/1500 w heater
60 Folding bunk beds/desk
60 custom fit mattress pads
1 qty – 2 stall bathroom
Installation fees

It will take some time for the orders to be processed. Some of the shelters will likely be added to the current Pallet Shelter Project behind the Everett Gospel Mission which has already received zoning approval for additional units. The others would undergo a zoning and management agreement approval process before being placed. City Administration said there would be a public notification process on any site prior to locating pallet shelters in a new area.
Approval of Agreement with WA State Department of Corrections for Work Crew Services within city limits

The council gave unanimous approval for a year-long contract with the Washington State Department of Corrections to provide work crews for encampment clean ups, litter pickup and vegetation maintenance. Both Everett Public Works and the Parks Department have identified work that could be completed by Department of Corrections Work Crews through this contract. The cost to the City of Everett would be $25.00 per day for each DOC worker and supervisor on the job plus additional reimbursement of Transportation, L&I Premiums and Administrative and Program overhead. You can see the complete documents outlining the agreement here.

Note: Mayor Cassie Franklin and City Council Member Scott Murphy were both excused from the meeting.

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