February newsletter
Mayor Franklin

Mayor Franklin delivers annual State of the City, issues directives

In late January, Mayor Cassie Franklin delivered her first State of Everett, an annual address that informs attendees about goals for the coming year, updates on community projects, and much more. At this event, Franklin discussed the four directives that she’s issued to-date that will guide the City's work in 2018 and beyond. The directives issued include a youth, gun violence and gang reduction initiative, community planning and economic development, community engagement and inclusion and Safe Streets programs.

Each of these directives will contribute to Everett's economic vitality and help to attract new people and businesses to the region. Learn more about the directives, access full versions and follow our progress at everettwa.gov/citypriorities.

Everett Police Awards Ceremony

The 2017 Everett Police Annual Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Everett Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to attend as the department recognizes everyone from officers to civilian employees, and volunteers to citizens, who answered the call of duty in the community throughout the past year. This event is free.

Everett Police
Supportive Housing groundbreaking

Ground broken for Safe Streets Supportive Housing project

Mayor Franklin turned over the first dirt at the Safe Streets Supportive Housing project site last month. She was joined by Catholic Housing Services, Mayor Stephanson, and County Executive Dave Somers to mark the beginning of construction on 65 units of supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals in our community.

The supportive housing project is an essential part of the City’s Safe Street Plan to reduce homelessness, address addiction and mental illness and make our community safer. A few weeks prior, City council passed a resolution transferring the property at Evergreen Way and Berkshire Drive to Catholic Housing Services who will build the project. The resolution included covenants on the property that limit how it will be used and set standards for the project. Catholic Housing Services expects to complete construction in spring 2019 and be fully leased over the summer. To learn more about the project, contact Michelle Umadhay at 206-328-5749, or visit www.everettwa.gov/housingfirst.

City launches online permitting

Residents, developers and contractors can now access many of the City’s permit services tools online. Our new online permitting portal, eTRAKiT, will allow users to apply for a range of construction permits and land use projects through the City’s website. Users will also be able to utilize this product to search properties for construction permits and code violations, apply for over-the-counter construction permits, and schedule inspections, among many other things. This is the first of multiple e-business products that the City will be introducing throughout the coming year.

Rebates for rain gardens

We are offering a $2,500 rebate to Everett homeowners who install an approved rain garden. Rain gardens are a shallow depression, landscaped with specific soil and plants to soak up storm water runoff—improving drainage, filtering pollution and reducing lawn area. Attend a free hour-long informational workshop to learn about rain gardens and how to qualify for the rebate program. No registration required. Learn more on our website.

Rain garden
Valentine's Day pup

Valentine’s Day with the Everett Animal Shelter

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by adopting a furry family member. Feb. 10 – 14 you will get $5 off your adoption fee if you’re wearing pink or red. The animal shelter will also be doing $10 microchips for cats and dogs! Be sure your furry loved one can always find their way home. No appointment necessary, just come in during our open hours. Visit www.everettwa.gov/animals for current adoptable pets.

New Boards and Commissions members appointed

In January 2018, the City Council approved Mayor Franklin’s appointments of 19 new community volunteers to serve on various boards and commissions. Terms range from four to six years and each board has different functions and responsibilities ranging from advisory to policy-setting. 

Get to know Everett's newest board and commission members and learn about opportunities to get involved yourself at www.everettwa.gov/boards

Finding your community’s strengths

Finding out about and making use of someone’s passions, skills and experience can make all the difference when it comes to community engagement and making life better in our community.  More than 50 Everett residents participated in a recent Saturday workshop on asset mapping led by Jim Diers, activator, organizer and educator. Participants were able to identify the gifts of the head, hands and heart that can be valuable resources in community improvement efforts such as gifts of individuals, community associations, agencies and government. They were also identified physical assets in their community, such as various buildings, parks, and schools, to help accomplish their vision. Learn more at everettwa.gov/assetmapping.

Jim Diers

Parks class guide

Don’t miss a thing this spring! Learn about all of the classes, programs and events Everett Parks and Community Services has to offer in the 2018 Spring Activity Guide. Download a copy, view online, pick one up at the Everett Public Library or request to have one mailed to you by calling 425-257-8300 ext. 2.

Longmire author Craig Johnson coming to Everett

Don’t miss your chance to meet Craig Johnson, award-winning author of the Longmire mystery book and TV series. Johnson will speak and read from his works at the Everett Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. Event admission is free and starting at 8:30 p.m., all are welcome to a reception featuring Walt Longmire’s beverage of choice, Rainier beer, plus hors d’oeuvres and wine (must be 21 or over).

Craig Johnson’s tough, flawed sheriff Walt Longmire is probably best known from the hit Netflix and A&E series, but some thirteen books in the award-winning series have graced bestsellers’ lists due to their meditative style, richly drawn characters, and Johnson’s creative storytelling. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. This opportunity is part of the annual “Everett Reads” event, which celebrates books, authors and reading. Learn more about the event on the Everett Public Library’s website.

Makers Market

Community events

  • Shop locally for your loved ones or treat yourself to some local handmade goods this Valentine’s Day at the Mi Amor Everett Makers Market. Stop by the Scuttlebutt Taproom and Brewery, 3314 Cedar Street on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 12 to 5 p.m. to view all of the local, handmade gifts available from some of Everett’s finest makers including cards, plants, confections, candles, art, oils, jewelry and more! See all the fun things the Makers Market has to offer.
  • The annual Everett Film Festival is back for its 21st year with a weekend full of fun. The festival kicks off on Friday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave with appetizers, desserts, beverages and two film shorts and a feature documentary about a local artist as well as a filmmaker Q&A with Camano Island artist, Jack Gunter. The festivities continue on Saturday, Feb. 17, with more great films, a Q&A by local filmmaker, Lucy Ostrander, and an intermission happy hour. Learn more and buy tickets at www.everettfilmfestival.org.
  • Children ages 5-12 can roll up their sleeves and learn the art of woodworking with Home Depot on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Evergreen Branch Library, 9512 Evergreen Way.  They will learn basic woodworking skills and tool safety from Home Depot staff and then build a model truck to take home. Space is limited to the first 30 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Learn more.
  • Bring the whole family along for an educational movie night! Join Snohomish County and the Marine Resources Committee for the Our Coast Community Film Series focusing on the coastal regions in our area and around the world. On Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Everett Community College Jackson Conference Center, 2000 Tower Street, guests will watch the documentary Return of the River and short film Making Way for Salmon and discuss with directors and guest speakers John Gussman and Jessica Plumb. Get your free tickets at www.snocomrc.org (free popcorn included).
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