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.
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.
After many months without, we welcomed Lt. Ryan Dalberg to join us for a Everett Police Report. He covered some statistics related to property crimes and theft, which is typical for our part of town. He also answered questions tied to numbers of officers (steady, but many lateral additions in the last 6 months), whether or not social workers are still going out on patrols (yes!), if COVID-19 has affected many officers (yes and no – usually tied to childcare – they can get the vaccine so many have been illness-free). There was kudos for the quick and professional service, too. And, there was an attempt to learn what would happen if people decided to attach locks to the Grand Avenue Park Bridge to settle a marital dispute. You’ll have to watch the video for the full answer (see below), but in short, in could be crime.
There was also a question tied to the insurrection in D.C. and how Everett PD is handling it. The answer from both Lt. Dalberg and Councilmember Paul Roberts was that Everett has been ahead of the training on de-escalation and no tolerance for that kind of behavior. If you have further questions, you could certainly reach out to Lt. Dalberg or Police Chief Dan Templeman.
We then heard from Councilmember Paul Roberts, who was filling in for our official liaison, Councilmember Scott Murphy. He referenced the 6 comprehensive strategies that came out of their council retreat in the first part of February 2021. See image below.
Paul also covered the votes the previous evening at the council meeting regarding the pallet shelter grant and subsequent amendments. You can view the meeting here and view about the project here.
Next, Misha Hann from Whittier PTA gave us an update on who is actually in school. Currently, Kindergarten and First Grade are able to do a hybrid schedule, at the parent’s comfort level, to have them be in school for two days, and then home doing asynchronous work on the other three. There is a plan for Second and Third Graders to go back around March 1 and possible Fourth and Fifth Graders by later in March.
Separately, she covered the fundraiser that Whittier PTA is doing to help all of the Fifth Graders be able to attend camp in the fall. You can buy See’s Candy to help raise money here, or simply connect with Whittier PTA to make a donation. Email them with questions – firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also heard from Tim Knopf regarding the refurbishment plan that he and Holly James have worked up for the Information Board at Drew Nielsen Neighborhood Park.
Russ Kasselman, our Treasurer, provided a visual update of our finances, which total $5966 in our three accounts.
We closed with other questions, announcement and met a new neighbor. Great stuff.
In the ongoing effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our communities, the governor today ordered the closure of restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities statewide. He also placed additional limits on social gatherings. The new orders go into effect tonight at midnight and are in effect through March 31. Take-out, delivery and drive-thru food and beverage services are not banned.
These are unprecedented times and these circumstances are placing a tremendous burden on our local businesses, our economy and our overall quality of life. I know this isn’t easy. In fact, it’s awful. But if these very difficult, decisive actions truly slow the spread of COVID-19, our health care systems will have better capacity to respond and to save lives.
The virus we’re facing is serious.
Over the weekend, the number of COVID-19 cases in Snohomish County increased to over 200; the total in Washington has passed 900, and nationwide is nearly 3,500. Health officials warn these numbers could double every week – unless we take bold, immediate action. Our health care system is already overwhelmed and will not be able to keep up with increased demand for care. I therefore urge everyone in our community to take this health threat seriously, and to do your part to reduce the spread.
I’m asking our local employers to encourage teleworking for all staff for whom it is feasible to do so, and take other measures to isolate workers who cannot work remotely.
I’m asking our residents to avoid all non-essential interactions with others, and avoid all unnecessary travel outside the home.
And, I’m asking us all to look out for each other, and help where ever we can. That includes taking care of yourselves. Staying healthy is more important now than ever, so please practice good hygiene, get plenty of rest and exercise, and eat well. Many of our local restaurants will offer delivery or drive-thru service.
We have the ability to slow this pandemic down, but only if each and every one of us does our part. The severity of this is in our hands and I know that together we can get through this very difficult time.
I want us to look back on this with the knowledge that we did everything we possibly could to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community.
Just after 10 p.m. on July 3rd, officers responded to the 1700 block of Lombard Ave on the report of a female damaging a vehicle. Officers found the damaged vehicle and witnesses pointed out a 35 year-old female walking away. During the following investigation, officers found over 30 parked vehicles in the 1600 – 1900 blocks of Lombard Ave with damage. Each vehicle had a varied amount of damage and many will need repair. The woman was arrested and booked for malicious mischief.
Property Crimes detectives are canvassing the area and looking to identify all victims of this incident. If you were victimized, or have information about this incident, please contact Captain Jeraud Irving (425-754-2130).
We encourage you to share this information with your neighbors.