Aug 02

Summer is Here! - Councilmember Tom Agnew, Summer 2021

Posted on August 2, 2021 at 2:23 PM by Becky Range

Summer is here! As the days grow warmer and our days are filled with sunshine, there is an air of positivity and energy in our community! Vaccination rates in Bothell just keep climbing and public health reports move in positive directions.  

Although this summer might not look exactly like it has in the past, we have so much to be excited about. Still dealing with the impacts of COVID, we are unable to host our normal July 4th Parade. But, we are still offering virtual and small-group events and activities this summer, including youth sports camps, volunteer work parties and a virtual?Sustainamania?scavenger hunt. Our Arts Commission and Parks and Recreation Board are working on some fun pop-up events. Check our website and stay tuned to the City’s social media channels for details.  If you haven’t already, check out Sonya Lang’s virtual Art Gallery. Her Beautiful Zoo photograph collection is simply amazing.  

Our annual Fire Department Pancake Breakfast is also canceled, but in part due to an exciting reason -  Station 42 will be closed for the Fire Station Replacement Project. Demolition of existing stations should start in July 2021.  Your voter-approved Safe and Secure bond made these new stations possible and we thank you for that support.  As July 4th approaches, I hope you will again support our Firefighters and Police Officers. If you choose to use fireworks this year, please be safe, do so legally, and stop at 11pm. Our dispatch centers tend to be overloaded on July 4th and community safety is our biggest concern.  Remember, do not call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency or need immediate help.  Report fireworks violations or other non-emergency needs to (425) 486-1254. 

And finally, congratulations to all of our 2021 Graduates! You have had a tough year and your resiliency and flexibility this virtual school year will serve you well.  No matter where your next steps take you, Bothell will always be your hometown and we are so very proud of you! 

Happy Summer! 


Mar 05

Bike Commuting is Back - Mayor Liam Olsen Spring 2021

Posted on March 5, 2021 at 8:30 AM by Becky Range

As the days are ever so slightly beginning to lengthen again, I find myself getting my bicycle ready for commuting to work again. I admit, I am a fair weather rider and take November through February off from commuting to work, saving bike rides for those few and far between sunny weekends.

I start off cleaning my bike, that road grime builds up quick during winter rides. I check
shifters, brakes and apply a fresh coat of chain lube.  Nothing is worse than listening to a noisy chain complain on a quiet morning ride. I check the batteries in my lights, those cold months in the garage seem to sap the life out of them. 

Before heading out, I double check that I have the essentials - a helmet, a spare tube, tire levers, and a working pump.  I don’t know if it is just me, or if there is actually more debris on the road in the spring, but I always seem to get a flat or two during my first weeks of riding again. 

As I emerge from commuting hibernation, I have to remind myself, car drivers are as unaccustomed to seeing bikes on the road as us riders are riding out on the road.

With more sand in the gutters and on the shoulders from the snow, I keep an easier pace, and let’s face it, after a few months off from consistent riding, my lungs feel the burn of that crisp winter air!

It’s great to get back on the road, and after my many years of sharing the road with cars, I luckily have never been injured. I believe that has to do with my understanding that no matter how many lights I have on my bike, no matter how bright the bike clothes, I can end up in a vehicle’s blind spot and it only takes a second. Let's all do our part to stay safe.


Drivers:
Be on the lookout for cyclists and more pedestrians out. Avoid distractions such as texting, calling, or eating while driving.

Cyclists: Obey traffic signs, signals and road markings just like you would in a car. Avoid or minimize riding on sidewalks. Plan routes ahead of time and choose roads with less traffic, slower speeds and wide shoulders. Properly fit your bike helmet.

On February 2nd, we heard a staff update on the City’s Bike Plan, which will be updated later this year.
The goal of the plan is to improve bike safety, enhance connections, address equity, and increase ridership. If you ride a lot, stay tuned. We’ll need your input on the plan to help identify which improvement projects should be prioritized.

If you haven’t already, be sure to bike the Sammamish River Trail and see our new pedestrian bridge at the Park at Bothell Landing. Happy and safe riding!

Dec 15

Message of Gratitude - Rosemary McAuliffe, Winter 2020

Posted on December 15, 2020 at 9:54 AM by Becky Range

My husband Jim and I have lived in Bothell for 57 years and we raised our five sons and one daughter in our “home town”.  Over the years, I have witnessed firsthand the strength, compassion, and beauty of the Bothell Community. But as we go through the final phases of this unprecedented pandemic, I have never been more proud of our residents, businesses, non-profits, and faith-based organizations. Across this city, I have seen so many examples of how Bothell takes care of each other.?  

I’ve seen the calls and reminders to buy local, order take-out, and purchase gift cards.? Thank you for supporting local businesses and restaurants, when you yourself might be struggling financially.?  

Thank you to our business leaders and city staff for creatively designing and opening up more space on Main Street for outdoor dining and safe walkable areas.? Thank you to city staff for quickly distributing almost $400,000 in CARES Act grant funds to each and every eligible applicant, supporting 49 different businesses.  

I’ve seen the Northshore Rotary and Northshore Schools Foundation partner to support families and students in need. Just last month, Bothell Police collected more than 10,000 pounds of food and money to help Hopelink provide over 8,000 meals to families in need.  
Our beloved Northshore Senior Center is connecting Seniors, feeding families and now providing direct counseling and financial assistance to so many in our community. ?In October, their food panty served over 4,000 community members! They have also dispersed more than $200,000 in CARES Act funds directly to residents impacted by COVID.  

These are just a few of the many non-profits and faith-based organizations, who quietly serve residents daily, offering so many services and community connections.? Your impact on the physical health of our residents, as well as our mental health and well-being is immeasurable.  

Thank you to our Northshore School District and all of our teachers, doing everything they can in the most challenging times for education. And parents, we see you!? Many of you are working, while also helping young students with virtual school.? Simply amazing. I’d also like to congratulate Dr. Michelle Reid, who has just been named the 2021 Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators. Well-deserved! 

And finally, thank you to our essential workers who are keeping food on our tables, caring for our sick, collecting our trash, delivering our mail, and keeping our lights on.? We appreciate you.  

Viruses come and go, but our community is resilient, adaptable and fiercely compassionate.? Thanks to all of you, Bothell will outlast and outshine this virus.? Looking forward to 2021 with each and every one of you!