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Mayor's corner

Summer may be winding down, but our work here at the City certainly isn’t! On Aug. 29. City Council approved the Metro Everett plan, which will help us revitalize our urban center and attract new jobs and investments to our community. City staff worked tirelessly on the plan for two years and it’s an exciting step forward for our entire city.

We’re also working diligently on the proposed 2019 budget, which we are discussing with City Council this month, as well as options to address our ongoing structural deficit in a sustainable way. We have some difficult decisions ahead, but I’m grateful for the work of City staff at all levels who are helping with this process.

I’ve also enjoyed the chance to meet with many of you at several recent events. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to help Funko commemorate their one year anniversary in downtown Everett (my family even ended up with a puppy from the Everett Animal Shelter’s Wetmore Forest litter!), engage with the community and staff when I went “behind the bar” to serve up coffee at Starbucks, and celebrate all of our young local readers at the Everett Public Library’s Summer Reading Celebration. I look forward to more chances to engage with all of you throughout this coming month.

-Mayor Cassie Franklin

City Council approves Metro Everett plan

After two years of hard work by City staff and engagement with residents, business operators, and property owners, Everett City Council approved the Metro Everett plan. Council took action on and approved the eight ordinances under consideration after the public hearing on Aug. 29. New regulations will go into effect on Sept. 19. The plan will encourage new growth and vitality within the city’s center and sets the stage for the arrival of light rail. Additional incentives for new multifamily development and job growth will be considered over the next couple of months. Learn more about the Metro Everett plan and view the final ordinance exhibits at

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September is Library Card Signup Month

More than 25,000 people in Everett used their library card last year and borrowed over 1.1 million books, CDs and DVDs! Your Everett Public Library card is a free ticket to lifelong learning that unlocks access to free digital resources, like Flipster (digital magazines), cloudLibrary and OverDrive (e-books and e-audiobooks), Mango (language learning), (tech skills and tutorials), Kanopy (streaming videos), and more. If you already have a library card, bring your neighbors, friends, and family to either branch in September to sign up and choose a limited edition new card design from a local artist. View the September calendar so you don’t miss out on the fun.

Everett wins when it comes to water

Everett Public Works took home two performance awards this year. The Washington State Department of Health awarded Everett’s drinking water filtration plant a Silver Award for continuously optimized treatment performance. Additionally, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) awarded Everett’s water pollution control facility a Peak Gold Performance Award for consistent and complete National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit compliance for calendar year 2017. NACWA recognizes excellence in permit compliance among member agency facilities with no permit violations for the entire calendar year.  

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Lights, camera, action!

Everett was featured on Q13’s “All Local. All Morning.” in August. Newscasts shined a light on our restaurants and quirky businesses, the new terminal at Paine Field, our beautiful parks, Boeing, the Silvertips, and the great work of Everett Police’s Community Outreach & Enforcement Team and engaging kids on Casino Road!

Community events

  • Welcome the fall season at Schack-toberfest, Sept. 13-23! The Schack Art Center invites you to their annual glass pumpkin festival where you can pick (and purchase) your favorite glass pumpkin from more than 700 colorful pumpkins and gourds handcrafted in the Schack glassblowing studio. Don’t miss out on the weekend “Make Your Own” glass pumpkin workshops and free art activities for kids on Sundays, Sept. 16 and 23, 1-4 p.m.
  • Fall into green gardening with Everett Public Works on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6:30-8 p.m. at Legion Hall (145 Alverson Blvd.). Fall is one of the best times to tackle your gardening to-do list and plant bulbs and other plants. Join a local expert at this free workshop to discuss pruning, mulching and weeding, then watch as your garden bounces back in the spring. Learn more and register today!
  • Sit back and enjoy an afternoon of musical wonderment with Mark Kroos, a twin-necked guitar master. Join the Everett Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Cope-Gillette Theater (2730 Wetmore Ave.) as Kroos unleashes his virtuoso guitar style. This free live performance will burst with energy and magnetism not typical of solo guitar music, drawing influence from folk, Celtic, indie, and even punk rock artists.
  • WSU Snohomish County Extension and Snohomish County Public Works – Solid Waste Division invite you to bring your broken stuff to the Repair Café in Everett on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the WSU Snohomish County Extension Education Center (600 128th St SE). At the Repair Cafe, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need to your repairable items, as well as expert volunteers with repair skills in all kinds of fields. Pre-registration is recommended for this free event, open to all Snohomish County residents.
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