August 2018 Newsletter header Jetty Island
Mayor Franklin at Casino Road Soccer Camp

Mayor's Corner

My first summer as mayor has been a busy one! I had the honor of attending the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, celebrating Pride night with the AquaSox, meeting students from our sister city, Iwakuni, Japan, engaging with neighbors at National Night Out, and helping kick off the Casino Road Soccer Camp and Badges for Baseball that the Everett Police Department hosts for nearly 500 of our local youth each year.
 
I’ve also been spending time meeting with nearly all 1,200 members of my City team in their small workgroups learning about them and the amazing services they provide. We’ve welcomed a new fire chief, Dave DeMarco, and a new economic development director, Dan Eernissee, who I’m working closely with to bring economic development and growth to our beautiful city. We’re proud of how far we’ve come and look forward to new partnerships and opportunities, such as working with the Choose Washington Council to demonstrate our area’s significant strengths for the aerospace industry.
 
We have lots of work ahead, but it’s an exciting time for Everett! As we move through August, I hope that you’re able to get out and enjoy all of the fun and beauty that our city has to offer.
 
-Mayor Cassie Franklin

Summer safety patrols coming to a street near you

The warmer months mean more people are out and about, enjoying outdoor activities and beautiful weather. Everett Police launched their Summer Safety campaign to help keep everyone safe by educating community members and enforcing the rules of the road for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Everett’s Traffic Safety Unit has been performing periodic “summer patrols” throughout July and August to target those who aren’t being safe on the road (or the sidewalk!). Follow Everett Police on Facebook for more tips and tricks to stay safe.

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Everett Transit hybrid bus

Everett Transit proposes changes for sustainable service

Everett Transit is proposing changes to service and fares in 2019 to remain sustainable over the coming years and they want to know how it will impact you! Read about the changes and provide your feedback online by Aug. 20, or attend the final scheduled presentation on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 6 p.m., at the Everett Public Library Evergreen Branch. A Spanish interpreter will be available.

Metro Everett public hearings scheduled through August

City Council received the Planning Commission’s recommendations regarding the Metro Everett Plan, an exciting plan to encourage new growth and vitality in the city’s downtown core. City Council established a public hearing process that allows council members to focus on issues that gained the most attention and concern at the planning commission meetings, with the final hearing and expected council action scheduled for Aug. 29. Learn more and view the public hearing schedule at everettwa.gov/MetroEverett.

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Grand Avenue Park Bridge project progress

Grand Avenue Park Bridge to open in early 2020

The Grand Avenue Park Bridge project is delayed due to steel components taking longer than planned to manufacture. Crews will continue to work on other components, but the final assembly and setting of the bridge is now planned for late spring 2019, with the bridge scheduled to open in early 2020. View this and other projects on an interactive story map or at everettwa.gov/ConstructionProjects.

Adventures await around town

  • Summer fun in Everett is in full swing! Catch a day of tail-wagging fun and celebrate all things ‘dog’ at the 17th Annual Mutt Strut on Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at Langus Riverfront Park, 400 Smith Island Rd. There will be pet-friendly vendor booths, activities, beer garden, food and free swag from sponsors, while supplies last.
  • Happy birthday, Funko! Funko HQ is throwing a Wetmore block party on Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 2802 Wetmore Ave., to celebrate their Everett headquarters’ one-year anniversary. The party will have food trucks, family-friendly activities, photo ops, prizes, friendly Wetmore Forest monsters, and the big reveal of the new Wetmore Forest area inside Funko HQ.
  • Imagine Everett’s future with the Everett Public Library and the Everett Museum of History on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the Main Library Branch auditorium, in a celebration of the City of Everett’s 125th anniversary and Everett’s past, present and future. Write a message to place in the time capsule and watch it be sealed to be discovered by future generations in 2068! The Everett Museum of History will also share stories from Everett’s past about the many ways our community has imagined its future.
  • From south Everett to the waterfront, summer in the city delivers equal opportunity play for all ages with affordable family fun through special seasonal programs and events. Visit everettwa.gov/parks to learn about the summer activities Everett Parks and Community Services has to offer, and follow This is Everett on Facebook to hear about events happening around the city.
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