Our second meeting of fall was back at Everett Community College in Whitehorse Hall, Room 105. We had social time, some announcements, and a treasurer’s report. Sargent Terpening (“Terp”) provided a police report. And, then, we watched the “Secrets and Mysteries of Bats” documentary.
Our first fall meeting took place at Drew Nielsen Park on Thursday, September 15 at 6:30pm. People met their neighbors, and heard about our plans for fall.
On Saturday, September 17, we planted the first phase of the native plant garden at Drew Nielsen Park! Thank you so much to our volunteers! That ground was HARD!!!
And, thank you to our Mother of All Garage Sales participants and sponsors. That money went directly to pay for plants, mulch, the irrigation system, and food to feed the volunteers. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
We held our annual elections, and after five years of service, Kari Quaas stepped down as chair. Here is the new leadership for Northwest.
- Chair: Holly James
- Vice Chair: Shelley Whitkop
- Treasurer: Russ Kasselman
- Treasurer Intern: Kari Quaas
- Council of Neighborhood Rep #1: Tim Knopf
- Council of Neighborhood Rep #2: Brian Hennessy
- Council of Neighborhood Alternate: Holly James
Then, Neil Anderson gave a wonderful presentation on the History of the Mills. Lots of good memory stirring slides, and some surprises. Watch the video above for his presentation.
Finally, Mary Fosse, City Councilmember from District 1 provided an update.
Kari Quaas, outgoing chair
This may have been our last Zoom meeting after two years of the pandemic. It is our plan to gather at Everett Community College in our old haunt, Whitehorse Hall Room 105 on Thursday, April 21. We are glad to have been invited back by John Olson from the college.
Kari thanked the volunteer crew for putting up the signs at Drew Nielsen Park on Saturday, March 12, 2022, and then welcomed our guests, Nick Harper, and elected official David Simpson. Port of Everett Commissioner.
There was a robust discussion of current events, finances, and plans for the new year.
Citizens are welcomed to attend or watch the State of Everett presentation with Mayor Cassie Franklin on Thursday, March 31, 2022. It will be held in person at Angel of the Winds Arena.
Meeting adjourned at 8pm.
Council Update from Mary Fosse, District 1:
I-5 construction will be happening soon closing a few exits for a few weeks
You can watch the latest council meeting for updates on the Human Needs Fund, the Comprehensive Plan, the now passed Parks Plan.
Mary will be serving on the Snohomish County Regional Law and Justice Council.
Downtown Everett Association links:
Contact/Sign-up for newsletter
Donate Downtown Everett https://www.downtowneverettpartners.org/donate
Downtown Everett Community Gift Card
Downtown Everett Shopping Guide
Downtown Everett – Promotional Video
Downtown Everett – Doing Business Downtown
Downtown Everett Association
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Matching Grant Fund Update
The annual matching amount has been reduced from $2000 to $1000. Applications are due March 7th. The Steering Committee will work out the numbers.
It was decided that we will send a formal letter to the City to express our frustration at the reduction of services, and opportunity, for the neighborhood system to function.
We have $10,500 in the bank, and $400 in PayPal. We are grateful to our donors who help us maintain things like Zoom, Constant Contact, storage, and provide money so that we can do projects that better our neighborhood, and grow community.
Kari Quaas, Chair
Our monthly meeting featured special guest Eileen Simmons from the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens; and Sergeant Terpening from the Everett Police Department. We also had a council update from Paul Roberts, and a Port update from David Simpson. We closed with the soon to be new sign for Drew Nielsen Park, and our holiday lights plan for December 4.
I will add the video shortly. In the meantime, you may watch it on Facebook.
For the October meeting, we had a late change of guest from Mayor Franklin to Kimberly Shelton from Everett Parks. We heard more about the updates to the recreational and open space plan the city is working on. You can provide your feedback here. Also, we got an update on the Colby Trees (aka the London Planes), and various parks throughout the city.
Holly James provided an update on Drew Nielsen Park. We have a new partnership with Pilchuck Audubon Society to build our habitat friendly space.
Paul Roberts and Scott Murphy provided updates from City Council including future budget planning.
View the video here:
On September 16, we welcomed fall by gathering outside at Drew Nielsen Park on our standard Thursday at 6:30 pm. We got to meet some new neighbors, hear about our plans for the park and the information board, and be together. It was a nice time.
Our next meeting will be back on Zoom with guest speaker, Mayor Cassie Franklin, on Thursday, October 21 at 6:45pm. If you have questions you want to ask her, please email those in advance to Kari, who will forward them on to Nichole with the City.
The June 17 meeting focused on summer safety including a discussion about the racing and loud cars that hang out at the marina and cruise beyond the speed limit through our neighborhood streets. The short answer is to call 911 to get the incident logged. Patrols increase when we tell them that something is wrong. Don’t hesitate to make a report.
We also heard directly Mateo an RN and NW neighbor about the impact of one of the negotiating pieces – staff at Providence Hospital paying for parking. Likely, it would mean more cars on the street. Remember, blocks of residents can petition the city to have parking time limits on their blocks utilizing parking permits. It’s up to them to file for such a change. Email the neighborhood with any questions. You can pick up signs to support the healthcare staff at 1607 Rockerfeller Ave from Matt’s house.
We also had a spontaneous report from our State Senator June Robinson on the historic and productive legislative session.
We hear from Everett City Councilmember Paul Roberts about the budget, Rethink Housing and Transit updates, and progress on the Climate Change Action Plan including Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure.
Emily shared that there is a summer reading program with the library and netbooks and wifi/hotspots can be rented for three weeks at a time via the Everett Public Library. More information here.
Also, this was the last meeting until September. We’re taking the summer off!
Kari shared the various events happening in Northwest this summer and we hope to see people out and about, vaccinated and masked if needed for the environment.
June 23rd – ribbon cutting for new fishing dock near the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal.
Enjoy the summer! And, here’s the video replay:
Thanks to Tyler Chism with the City of Everett for sharing about summer events like Sorticulture, the Fourth of July, and more! We also welcomed our new Everett City Council Liaison, Brenda Stonecipher.
We chose a date for the first Mother of All Garage Sales committee meeting and we’re a go for 2021 on Saturday, August 7th! Registration information coming soon.