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As I have written before, public safety is the paramount responsibility of local government. While Snohomish County government has broad jurisdiction over many topic areas and issues, keeping our communities safe is, as it should be, our number one priority. I have had the opportunity in the…

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If you drive in and around Marysville, you’ve likely seen road construction over the past several weeks. Summer and early fall, when our Pacific Northwest weather tends to be the driest, is prime season for this type of work. This is a good opportunity for me to outline the city’s road impro…

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Public safety is the number one priority of local government. While we have many responsibilities to our constituents, providing for the safety of our streets and neighborhoods is the most important. That has become more difficult in the past year due to several factors, most of which are ou…

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Homelessness is a widespread issue throughout our country, our state and our region. People often ask me what the City of Marysville is doing in response. 

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As I have shared in previous columns, Snohomish County is proud of our history supporting the United States Armed Forces and our veterans who have served. Through veteran assistance programs, memorials, and veteran employment initiatives, our County government places high value on those who …

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Happy Independence Day! Over the weekend our nation celebrated its 245th birthday. Our city celebrated by presenting our third professional 4th of July fireworks show for the Marysville community. I am grateful to live in this country and to serve as mayor of this wonderful city.  

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With law enforcement reforms set to take effect in late July and more reform work on the horizon, many opinions exist on how law enforcement should conduct its work. On June 8, I read an article in the Suburban Times written by Chief Mike Zaro of the Lakewood Police Department. Chief Zaro's …

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As state restrictions have begun to ease, allowing our community to move toward being fully reopened, I’m pleased that all city buildings are once again open to the public. It has been great as well to see our families once again be able to enjoy our spray park that has been back open since …

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At a time when civil discourse seems to have taken a backseat to divisive rhetoric and hyper-partisanship, it is critical for elected officials of good faith to speak out. That is why I have joined Snohomish County Councilmember Jared Mead at a series of town halls and classroom visits with …

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Snohomish County has a proud history of honoring the brave men and women who serve or have served in the United States military. From our annual Veterans Day and Memorial Day Ceremonies to the eternal flame at the Veteran’s Memorial on the County Courthouse, we stand with our service members…

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With the state legislative session now in the books, I want to take this opportunity to report on impacts here in Marysville. We are fortunate to have a strong working relationship developed and nurtured over several years with our lawmakers in Olympia. As I have said before, it often takes …

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The safety of our neighborhoods and communities is the most important responsibility of local government. This is certainly an issue that is at the top of my priority list and has been a focus of my work on the Snohomish County Council. Chronic nuisance properties make neighborhoods unsafe a…

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With the start of spring comes hope and optimism for a better season ahead. Something we’re really looking forward to here at the city is beginning to offer more public programs and events as allowed. Of course, we will continue to encourage safety precautions and abide by all regulations. E…

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Expanding broadband access for residents and businesses in Snohomish County has been and continues to be a high priority. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how dependent we are on reliable, high speed internet and how large the service gaps are among our residents and businesses. Th…

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Small and medium-sized businesses have faced enormous challenges over the past year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic shutdown. As we celebrate the recent announcement that Snohomish County was moved forward to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Rec…

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At this time last year, the first diagnosed U.S. COVID patient was recovering at home after being released from treatment at Providence Hospital in Everett. 2020 was marked by a worldwide pandemic that harmed not only public health, but also our economy, personal lives, social networks and m…

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As we begin a New Year, many are reflecting on the past year and looking forward to what is ahead. In this month’s column, I will share thoughts and experiences from 2020 as well as some goals for the next year. 

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It’s time to get rid of the Electron Hydroelectric Dam on the Puyallup River that has been killing salmon, steelhead, bull trout and other fish for more than a century. It is so old that it escapes most regulatory oversight and would never be allowed to be built today. 

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The holidays are a great opportunity to support local businesses as we shop for friends and loved ones. It is especially important this year to support our local small businesses considering the significant impacts COVID-19 restrictions have had on their operations. 

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As we look toward the New Year, here at the City of Marysville we have been preparing for the next state legislative session that starts on Jan. 11. Over the past several years, the City Council and I have been very successful in obtaining state funding for projects that are important to our…

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One of the most important roles of the County Council is the adoption of the annual budget for Snohomish County. Our budget currently exceeds $1 billion, which pays for services ranging from public safety and elections to roads and parks. The budget determines the level of revenues we will c…

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As we approach the holiday season, we naturally look forward to celebrating the people and traditions that are dear to us. In some cases, this year we may need to tweak the way we do things to protect the health of loved ones. Yet as the Marysville community has shown time and time again, I …

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Civic engagement is one of the cornerstones of our society and is essential to our representative form of government. Decisions best reflect the values of the community when there is a high degree of public participation. In this month’s column, I will discuss some of the ways you can get in…

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We all know that great things are often accomplished as a result of teamwork, rather than ‘going it alone’ as they say. That is certainly true when it comes to local government and our ability to work together with our neighbors. That is why I am excited about a new effort to collaborate mor…

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Building on the city’s strong track record of project delivery, I am proud to report that we are completing important city infrastructure projects on time this summer. This is important to resident taxpayers, commuters, businesses and visitors. 

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As we look toward economic recovery following the COVID-19 shutdown, one of the focuses of our efforts is around workforce development. Ensuring that we have appropriate workforce training programs is essential to the strength and resilience of our economy. The Regional Apprenticeship Pathwa…

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The social and economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated action by every level of government to help individuals and businesses. Funding passed at the federal level has made its way to the local level for appropriations. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic S…

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Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert has invited a group of diverse business leaders to join an Arlington Economic Recovery task force to create a framework to reestablish the economy and work force in Arlington, and to identify any obstacles. This committee is part of a city-wide effort to identify…

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In the several weeks since COVID-19 reached our community, so much has changed. School buildings, government offices and many businesses are closed. Many people have lost their jobs or had hours cut back and face uncertain times. Meanwhile, adults may be working from home while also caring f…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented social and economic disruption in our communities, state, and nation. As we continue our work to limit the spread of the virus, we must begin to look to the future and how we will recover economically. That is why I joined County Executive Dave …

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Arlington has a long and well-deserved reputation for neighborliness.  In today’s reality of Stay Home, Stay Healthy, I get calls and emails every day from residents sharing heart-warming stories of neighbors helping each other, helping local businesses, helping our healthcare organizations.  

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As the Marysville/Tulalip community comes together to respond to the COVID-19 virus threat and physical restrictions to help limit the spread of the virus, we are encouraged by the resilience of our residents and many examples of community partnerships to help those most in need. 

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In addition to the work of adopting policies and budgets for Snohomish County, we as Councilmembers are involved in advocacy to our legislators at the state and federal level. As representatives closest to the people, we bring the concerns of our communities to our state and federal partners…

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The Census is a self-portrait of the nation, counting everyone living in the country once in a decade. The Constitution mandates the Census, and it is our duty to complete the survey and be counted.

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In February of each year, the County Treasurer sends out property tax statements. These bills are a culmination of the multiple taxing districts that each property lies within. In this month’s column, I will review the process for setting the various tax rates and highlight some of the impac…

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March is Women's History Month, commemorating and celebrating the vital role of women in American history. This is a good opportunity to recognize some influential women in our Marysville Tulalip community history and thank them for their contributions. 

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February is American Heart Month. We encourage individuals and families in the Marysville Tulalip community to explore ways to live healthier. That can range from learning about diabetes to increasing physical activity and supporting families. Healthy minds and hearts are the key! 

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Each January, the Snohomish County Council elects its leadership for the year. As you may know, I served as Vice Chair of the Council in 2019. At our first meeting of the year, I was elected by my colleagues to serve at Chair of the Council for 2020. I am humbled by the trust they have place…

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As busy as 2019 was for the City of Arlington, it is hard to imagine that 2020 could be any busier. Yet, it looks like that is going to hold true. Here’s a quick look at what’s ahead for plans and projects in the new year.

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It would be easy to blame the Puget Sound Partnership’s failure to clean up Puget Sound on a lack of leadership, funding and meaningful authority to control pollution, but the truth is that we are all to blame.

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This past year at the City has been busy, exciting, and filled with accomplishments. I am proud to share just a few of these accomplishments in some of our key focus areas.

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With the new year comes a new legislative session beginning Jan. 13. Your Marysville-Tulalip community leaders regularly meet with elected officials in Olympia about state funding priorities. Here are some highlights for 2020 and beyond.  

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Workforce shortages in the construction and building trades have become ever apparent with a red hot building market in the Puget Sound region. Fewer young people are joining the trades and, when they are, it typically is not until they are in their late twenties. This represents a decade of…

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During this holiday season, I reflect on the things I am most thankful for. Primarily among them is our dedicated, involved community. Arlington, at its heart, is a community of engaged residents that take time out of their busy lives to make this community thrive. We are so blessed to have …

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On November 12th, the Snohomish County Council adopted its first $1 billion budget. In this month’s column, I will highlight how that money is appropriated and where the revenue comes from. 

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Families in the Marysville Tulalip community have many free and inexpensive ways to celebrate the holiday season. As you look forward to the festive season ahead, be sure to mark your calendar for one or more. Wishing all in the Marysville Tulalip community a joyous holiday season! 

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Each fall, the Snohomish County Council adopts the County budget for the following year. By County Charter, the County Executive proposes a budget to the Council. Right now, we are considering Executive Somers’ proposed budget for 2020. 

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The timber industry has long been an integral part of our local economy and community in Snohomish County. The timber trust lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) were committed many years ago to support local infrastructure projects. Counties, schools, f…