Happy New Year, Marysville Tulalip community! We appreciate serving residents, families, visitors and businesses year-round. Let’s reflect on highlights of last year’s accomplishments and look ahead to 2019.

City of Marysville

  • A new approach to drug-related crimes and homelessness that pairs a Marysville Police officer and county social worker to offer treatment and social services to those willing to work toward a better life is showing promising early results.
  • The annual spring Shred-A-Thon and Clean Sweep events collected 18 tons of trash, recycled scrap metal and electronics, and shredded two trucks full of personal paperwork.
  • Completed 63 ramp and sidewalk improvement projects, installed new signals at 10 intersections, and finished improvements and pavement overlays on four major road corridors.
  • Marysville voters approved a retail sales tax increase to build a new Public Safety Building. Construction is planned to start this year.
  • Continued to promote the Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Area with 1,800 acres available for development with significant tax exemptions and business incentives.
  • Continued extending the Ebey Waterfront Trail with the new Sunnyside-area trail addition aimed for completion this spring. In 2019 we’ll also connect the Bayview Trail to Centennial Trail.

For more details, please join us for Mayor Jon Nehring’s State of the City address on Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Marysville Opera House.

Marysville School District

Jason Thompson was appointed Acting, Interim, and recently Superintendent. Mr. Thompson made some big decisions while keeping a strong focus on student’s academic, emotional and social needs. Throughout the year the District invited stakeholders to dream big about what our Marysville and Tulalip students need with a focus on educating ‘the whole child.’

Mr. Thompson used the information gained to help inform next steps, which included restructuring of district personnel and a recommendation to the Board of Directors to create boundaries for high schools to help create options for students and pathways from preschool to graduation. The recommendation included the development of three committees to further study the following areas: Equity and Diversity, Enrollment and Demographics, and Deeper Learning.

Superintendent Thompson’s focus for this year is to:

  • Build relationships, trust, and instill mutual respect adult to adult, adult to student, student to adult, student to student;
  • Show students and families that we care … not only about them but about each other and our Marysville and Tulalip communities;
  • Improve cultural competency and understanding among staff;
  • Honor our commitments by doing what we say we will do and informing our stakeholders along the way.

Tulalip Tribes

  • Major improvement and reconfiguration of the Interstate 5/116th Street interchange led by the Tulalip Tribes in partnership with many other public agencies is near completion.
  • An indoor water park and adjoining hotel are under consideration as Tulalip expands its economic development focus. Retail cannabis shop Remedy opened. Work continues on a new hotel and casino to replace Quil Ceda Creek Casino.
  • A tribal government restructure led to hiring Managing Directors of Regulatory Affairs, Business Operations, Health Services and Community Enrichment.
  • Chris Sutter is the new Tulalip Chief of Police. The department also celebrated the graduation of five Tulalip officers from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy and welcomed two new K-9 officers. Ryan Shaughnessy is Tulalip Bay’s new Fire Chief.
  • Recognizing 488 state non-profit and community groups who made significant contributions thanks to a record $7.9 million in Tulalip support, the 11th annual Raising Hands celebration was a huge success.
  • Tulalip celebrated its first Healing to Wellness Court graduate. Similar to a state drug court, this five-stage program for people with drug-related charges was launched in 2017 and takes participants up to 24 months to complete.

This monthly column is jointly prepared by the City of Marysville, Marysville School District and Tulalip Tribes about topics of interest to the Marysville Tulalip community.

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