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  • Capital Facilities Plan Update
    4/1/2014

    Public input encouraged during the update of the City's Capital Facilities Plan which identifies both vitally needed and community desired capital infrastructure projects for the next seven years.

    In February 2006, the Bothell City Council adopted Resolution 1183 (2006), which approved the City’s biennial Capital Facilities Plan (CFP) process and authorized the creation of a Capital Facilities Plan Process Committee (CFPPC). The CFP process establishes a systematic means to identify and finance both vitally needed and community desired capital infrastructure.

    The CFPPC's primary responsibility is to evaluate and strategically prioritize the City’s capital needs for the seven-year period of 2015-2021, as well as to provide the City Council with a recommendation for funding allocation. The CFPPC consists of seven members – three Council members, the City Manager, the Finance Director, one Planning Commission member, and one Parks & Recreation Board member.

    The City’s CFP planning process takes place in even-numbered years during the biennial budget development period. The first two years of the 2015-2021 CFP are designed to be incorporated into the City’s 2015-2016 biennial budget.

    Important 2015-2021 CFP process development dates:

    •    April 1 through April 14: Solicitation period for citizen project requests;

    •    April 9: Capital Facilities Plan Open House from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lytle House, 9929 NE 180th Street, Bothell;

    •    September 2 (tentatively): Council Study Session on the CFPPC recommended 2015-2021 CFP;

    •    September 16 (tentatively): Public Hearing with possible Council adoption of the 2015-2021 CFP to follow.

    Beginning April 1, Project Request forms will be available online and at the following locations:

    •    City Hall (18305 – 101st Ave NE, Bothell)

    •    Open House (Lytle House, 9929 NE 180th St, Bothell)

    For more detailed information on the Capital Facilities Plan, please visit the City of Bothell website at www.ci.bothell.wa.us or contact Deputy Public Works Director Eddie Low at eddie.low@ci.bothell.wa.us or 425-486-2768.

  • City of Bothell Receives Award for Financial Excellence
    2/24/2014

    The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Bothell by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the City’s 2012 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  This marks the 12th consecutive year the City has earned a Certificate of Achievement, which signifies the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by the City.

    “Once again, the City of Bothell is proud to receive such an honorable award,” said City Manager Bob Stowe. “I thank the City’s Finance Department staff for working so diligently to make this achievement possible.”

    The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a construction “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate it financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

    The City’s comprehensive annual financial reports are available online at http://bit.ly/M8U6di

    The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals

  • City of Bothell Welcomes 6,000 New Residents
    2/18/2014

    The City of Bothell will host a celebration Thursday evening, February 27, to mark the beginning of the city’s service to approximately 6,000 new residents who are annexing into Bothell.  

    The celebration will be an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northshore Public Health Center, 10808 NE 145th St., Bothell. There will be refreshments, and a brief program starting at 6:30.  Additionally, City staff will be available to answer questions and discuss services provided by the City for its newest citizens.

    The effective date of the annexations is Friday, February 28.

    The annexation process was initiated in February, 2010, in accordance with the state Growth Management Act, which establishes that cities are the most appropriate providers of urban services.  The nine annexations have been designated by city and county plans as part of Bothell’s logical service area since the mid-1990s. 

    The nine annexation areas and estimated population numbers are as follows:
    1.    North Bloomberg Hill = 405
    2.    Hillside Estates = 39
    3.    South Norway Hill / NE 160th = 3,980
    4.    Magnolia Dairy / South Westhill = 1,195
    5.    North Westhill = 380
    6.    Westhill Island / North = 34
    7.    Westhill Island / East = 7
    8.    Westhill Island / South = 32
    9.    Maywood Island = 8

  • Peter Troedsson to Join the City of Bothell as Assistant City Manager
    2/7/2014

    The City of Bothell is pleased to announce that Peter Troedsson has accepted the position of Assistant City Manager for the City. His first day is expected to be Monday, February 10, 2014.

    Bothell, Wash. – The City of Bothell is pleased to announce that Peter Troedsson has accepted the position of Assistant City Manager for the City.  His first day is expected to be Monday, February 10, 2014. 

     

    “Peter is very excited about this opportunity, and I look forward to having him join our team,” said Bob Stowe, City Manager for the City of Bothell. “His commitment to continue to work in public service and his ability to translate strategies into results, along with his ability to build partnerships, were key reasons for his selection.”

     

    Peter was selected from a very deep pool of talent in which over 100 candidates applied.  Peter comes to the City from the United States Coast Guard (USCG), from which he just retired after 30 years of service. Peter brings several years of executive level experience leading public service organizations within the USCG. Peter’s positions have ranged from Management Analyst, Chief of Staff, USCG, Washington D.C.;  to Commanding Officer of Air Station in Savannah, Georgia, to Chief of Staff, Eighth Coast Guard District; Military Fellow in Residence, Council on Foreign Relations, and presently USCG Liaison to Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense at the Pentagon. 

     

    A Political Science graduate of UCLA, and later planning for his post-military public service, Peter obtained his Masters in Public Administration from George Washington University. 

     

    The City of Bothell is a Council-Manager form of government.  Under this form of government, the elected governing body (in Bothell, a seven-member council) is responsible for the legislative function of the city.  The Council appoints a City Manager to oversee the administrative operations, implement its policies, and advise it. Amongst other duties, the Assistant City Manager will fulfill the role of City Manager as needed or delegated.

    Contact:

    Catherine Jansen, City of Bothell Acting Public Information Officer
    Phone: 425-486-3256
    Email: catherine.jansen@ci.bothell.wa.us
    City website: www.ci.bothell.wa.us

  • Bothell City Council Elects Mayor and Deputy Mayor and Council Oath of Office Ceremony Held
    1/17/2014

    At its first regular meeting in 2014, January 7, the Bothell City Council elected Joshua Freed as the City of Bothell Mayor and Del Spivey as Deputy Mayor. These positions are appointed by Bothell City Council Members. Each position is a two-year term ending on December 31, 2015.

    Bothell, Wash. - At its first regular meeting in 2014, January 7, the Bothell City Council elected Joshua Freed as the City of Bothell Mayor and Del Spivey as Deputy Mayor. These positions are appointed by Bothell City Council Members. Each position is a two-year term ending on December 31, 2015.

     

    “I am honored to be elected as the new Mayor for the City of Bothell,” said Mayor Freed. “Years of creative planning have gone into our downtown plan, and I look forward to leading Council through the implementation of this plan to create a new vibrant downtown.”

     

    Mayor Freed's local government experience includes, but is not limited to, City of Bothell Deputy Mayor from 2010 thru 2013 and Bothell City Council Member since 2006, He serves or has served on the Economic Development, Capital Facilities, and Community Outreach committees of the Bothell City Council, as well as the Eastside Transportation Partnership.

     

    Deputy Mayor Spivey's local government experience includes, but is not limited to, City of Bothell Council Member since 2006, He currently serves on the Economic Development and Public Safety Council Committees, as well as the Joint City and Fire District Advisory Board, LEOFF-1 Board, and the Northshore Parks & Recreation Service Area Board.

     

    A Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected by council members every two years. Under the City’s council-manager form of government, the Mayor serves as the presiding officer and acts as chair at all meetings of the City Council. The Mayor may participate in all deliberations of the Council in the same manner as any other member and is expected to vote in all proceedings. The Mayor also serves as the City Council's ceremonial representative at public events and functions that are assigned to the Mayor.  In the Mayor's absence, the Deputy Mayor assumes this responsibility. Should both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor be absent, the Mayor will appoint another Council Member to assume this responsibility.

     

    All Bothell City Council positions are four-year terms. Council member positions are non-partisan, part-time and stipend positions. Council members receive a salary of $900 per month and any council member elected to serve as mayor receives a salary of $1,100 per month.

     

    In addition to the mayor and deputy mayor election, City of Bothell Judge Michelle Gehlsen performed the Oath of Office ceremony for new and re-elected Council Members Joshua Freed, Del Spivey, Tris Samberg, and Tom Agnew whose terms expire on December 31, 2017.

     

    For more City of Bothell information, visit www.ci.bothell.wa.us, call 425.486.3256 or tune into BCTV Cable Channel 21 (within Bothell City Limits).

    Contact:

    Catherine Jansen, City of Bothell Acting Public Information Officer
    Phone: 425-486-3256
    Email: catherine.jansen@ci.bothell.wa.us
    City website: www.ci.bothell.wa.us

  • City Adds More Acres to Protected North Creek Forest
    1/3/2014

    The City of Bothell has acquired 5.9 acres of forested land in the North Creek Forest. Added to the 35.66 acres acquired by Bothell two years ago, this brings the total acquisition of North Creek Forest property to over 41 acres. The land was purchased from Tom and Jeanie Robinson who acquired the site several years ago to protect it and donated a portion of the value to the City. The property will remain as open space in perpetuity.

    The acquisition was approved by a unanimous vote of the City Council on December 10, 2013. “Bothell is fortunate to have undeveloped forest in the midst of a rapidly growing area,” said Bothell Mayor Mark Lamb. “Thanks to the hard work of City staff and members of the community, additional acres of North Creek Forest will be protected now and for future generations.”

    Funding to purchase the property came through a grant from King County Conservation Futures funds and through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office which administered the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant program. The City worked in collaboration with two community groups, the Friends of the North Creek Forest and Help Our Woods, to apply for grant funding.

    The entire North Creek Forest is 64 acres in size, consists of mature coniferous forest with large Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock and Cedar trees, and is home to a wide array of plants and animals, including Pileated Woodpecker and Band-tailed Pigeon. The forest is an integral part of the North Creek watershed, which filters water flowing into North Creek, and active salmon stream.

  • Solid waste/recycling service during inclement weather
    12/27/2013

    Click here to learn about what to expect if your Waste Management solid waste/recycling service is interrupted due to inclement weather.  You may also reach Waste Management at 800.592.9995 for automated updates and more information.

     

  • Looking for a volunteer opportunity for 2014?
    12/12/2013

    Bothell, WA – The City of Bothell is accepting applications through February 14, 2014, to serve on the following advisory boards and commissions:

    Landmark Preservation Board 
      
    Two full-term vacancies:  5-year terms

    Library Board   

    Two full-term vacancies:  5-year terms

    Lodging Tax Advisory Committee   
    Three full-term vacancies:  2-year terms
    One partial term vacancy:  expires 3/31/2015
    Special qualifications apply to all four positions; please contact the City Clerk’s office for information.

    Parks & Recreation Board   
    Three full-term vacancies:  3-year terms

    Planning Commission   
    Two full-term vacancies:  4-year terms

    Civil Service Commission

    One full - term vacancy: 6 year term
    One partial - term vacancy: expires 3/31/2016

    LEOFF-1 Disability Board

    One full term vacancy: 2 year term
       
    Note:  Appointments to full-term vacancies will take effect on April 1, 2014. Appointments to partial-term vacancies will take effect immediately upon appointment. Interviews before the City Council are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, 2014 with appointments tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

    Applications are available at the City Clerk’s office, Bothell City Hall, 18305 - 101st Avenue NE, (425) 486-3256.  Please consult the City Clerk’s office for membership requirements, meeting times, and locations for the various boards and commissions. 

  • City of Bothell to Welcome Over 6,000 New Residents
    11/27/2013

    At their November 19, 2013, meeting, the Bothell City Council adopted an ordinance annexing all nine of Bothell’s designated potential annexation areas (PAAs) in King County (click here for map).  The areas range in size from 1.9 to 660 acres, and in population from 7 to 3,980 persons.  Total area is 1,005 acres, and total population is an estimated 6,080 persons.  Four of the annexation areas are islands of unincorporated King County completely surrounded by Bothell.

    The annexations were initiated in February 2010 and processed under the city/county/fire district annexation interlocal agreement method, as provided in state law.  This method, which does not involve an election. is most suitable for infill annexations which square off a city’s boundaries and are undisputed by any other jurisdiction.  The nine annexations have been designated by city and county plans as part of Bothell’s logical service area since the mid-1990s, and will eliminate a number of pockets of unincorporated territory that have been difficult for the County to serve.

    The annexations will go into effect on February 28, 2014. 

    “We’re looking forward to the privilege of serving our new citizens,” said Bothell City Manager Bob Stowe.  “We’re eager to demonstrate what makes Bothell a very special community.”

    The nine PAAs and estimated population numbers are as follows:
    1.    North Bloomberg Hill = 405
    2.    Hillside Estates = 39
    3.    South Norway Hill / NE 160th = 3,980
    4.    Magnolia Dairy / South Westhill = 1,195
    5.    North Westhill = 380
    6.    Westhill Island / North = 34
    7.    Westhill Island / East = 7
    8.    Westhill Island / South = 32
    9.    Maywood Island = 8

    The annexations implement the state Growth Management Act, which establishes that cities are the most appropriate providers of urban services.  The annexation process was initiated by resolution of the Bothell City Council in February 2010.  Over the next three years, interlocal agreements were negotiated with King County, Fire District 16, and Fire District 36.  Following approval of interlocal agreements by all parties, four notices of intention covering the nine PAAs were submitted to the King County Boundary Review Board.  The annexations were approved by the Board on November 15, 2013, clearing the way for the Bothell City Council to adopt an ordinance annexing in the nine PAAs.

  • Changes to City of Bothell Parking Regulations
    11/5/2013

    Bothell City Council recently approved several changes to Bothell Municipal Codes pertaining to parking regulations and enforcement.  These changes went into effect October 12, 2013, with the intent of promoting traffic safety and keeping roadways free from hazardous conditions.

    Highlights of these changes include the following:

    •    In any area allowing public parking, vehicles must park within pavement markings which indicate parking spaces or stalls.
    •    Drivers may not stop, stand or park vehicles front of mailboxes except to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device.
    •    Parking in a marked fire lane or in a manner that obstructs vehicular ingress or egress of a fire lane is prohibited.
    •    Parking permits no longer expire one year from the date of issue. Permits do not expire so long as the permit holder retains the permit vehicle and resides at the address specified in the permit application.
    •    Penalties for parking violations have been changed from misdemeanors to infractions, with fines of $40.  Fire lane violation penalties carry a fine of $150.
    For a complete review of City of Bothell parking regulations and codes, citizens can find them online at www.ci.bothell.wa.us, under City Services/City Council. Questions about parking regulations and enforcement in the City of Bothell may be directed to the Bothell Police Department at (425) 486-1254

  • Fraud Suspects Impersonate Law Enforcement Using Technology
    9/20/2013

    The Bothell Police Department is warning the public about a fraud scam where suspects impersonate law enforcement officials and use technology to display incorrect caller ID information.

    Bothell, Wash. – The Bothell Police Department is warning the public about a fraud scam where suspects impersonate law enforcement officials and use technology to display incorrect caller ID information.  On September 12, 2013, an elderly woman who resides in Bothell received a phone call from a suspect claiming to be an FBI agent.  The woman was told she had won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes, but would need to wire $1,400 to Mexico City in order to receive her winnings.  The suspect told the woman this could be verified by local police, and provided the name of a police captain employed by the Bothell Police Department.  The woman then received a call from a suspect who claimed to be the local police captain.  Her caller ID displayed “Bothell Police” and a number associated with the police department.  This suspect told the woman he had received confirmation from the FBI agent that the information was correct, and instructed the woman to wire the money.  The woman and her husband instead went to the Bothell Police Department and confirmed that the information was not correct. 

     

    Citizens are warned that suspects have the ability to have caller ID’s display incorrect information.  Any citizen who has received similar calls should immediately report them to their local police departments.  Contact information for the Bothell Police Department.

     

    Additional information available to help avoid becoming a victim of fraud can be found at www.consumer.ftc.gov.  

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    Contact:

    Media inquiries should be directed to Sgt. Cedric Collins at 206-794-6307 or E-mail at cedric.collins.@ci.bothell.wa.us

  • Bothell Downtown Redevelopment Milestone
    8/12/2013


    State Highway 522 Realignment Opens 
    Significant Regional Transportation and Downtown Redevelopment Project


    Bothell – August 12, 2013 – Leading the largest municipal downtown project in the state, today the City of Bothell celebrated the success of a significant capital project with the opening of the new State Route 522 (SR 522) alignment.

    The $60 million dollar project, called Crossroads, is the largest single capital investment in the City’s history.  The project shifts SR 522 one block to the south, decoupling SR 522 from Bothell’s Main Street.  The project will improve capacity for the 46,000 plus vehicles that pass through the intersection daily, add commercial blocks to the downtown core and increase the Park at Bothell Landing.  The project team includes:  Perteet, Inc., Parsons Brinckerhoff, HWA GeoSciences, Hough Beck & Baird, Freedman Tung & Sasaki, Atkinson Construction, KLB Construction and Totem Electric.

    It also takes downtown redevelopment to the next phase.  The old SR 522 alignment will now become an east-west connection with future development that will extend Main Street and complete the City’s downtown street grid.  By extending Main Street to the west and developing a Boulevard along Bothell Way NE (former SR 527) the City will connect historic Main Street to new development west of Bothell Way NE.

    “The Crossroads Project will mean less cut-through traffic in our residential neighborhoods and a quicker commute,” said City Mayor Mark Lamb. “This project also represents another major milestone in revitalizing our historic downtown. Crossroads is part of a multi-year effort to redevelop downtown with new residential, retail, office, mixed-use and an expanded park system. Today, that vision is one major step closer.”    

    “This is an exciting time for Bothell,” said Bob Stowe, Bothell City Manager. “I am extremely proud of the way the Bothell community has stepped up and responded to some difficult economic times; the way we have leaned into the recession and the future we are now creating.  Our community’s vision is coming to life as public investments are attracting private vertical development.  Bothell’s re-imagined downtown will not only create jobs and new economic opportunities, it will create a sense of place and commons for friends and family to enjoy.”

    The City formally started its revitalization process in the spring of 2005 when residents, businesses, schools, and government came together to develop a fresh new vision for Bothell’s future. Economic projections indicated that, over a 25-year period, the City’s public improvements and strategic actions would leverage $650 million in private investment.  Currently, over $200 million in private investment is in the development pipeline or under construction today. 

    In looking back over the last eight years, City Manager Bob Stowe recounts the 10 most important actions the City has taken to arrive at Bothell’s current success in transforming its Downtown into a place for people to live, work, recreate, shop and socialize. 

    City Actions
    1.    Separated on-going revenues/expenses from one-time revenues/expenses, creating a funding account for downtown investments.
    2.    Engaged the Bothell community in a multi-year planning process that continues to guide the City’s actions today.
    3.    Identified infrastructure investments that would achieve the City's targeted ROI.
    4.    Purchased 25 acres of land within the Downtown to sell strategically under the City’s role as a Master Developer.
    5.    Relocated/aided 32 businesses and tore down 30 buildings, turning back decades of auto oriented/strip mall development to make way for a re-imagined City.
    6.    Performing a multi-million dollar environmental clean-up of the Downtown to ready it for development.
    7.    Launched an initiative to improve how the City processes development permits to improve predictability to those who choose to invest in Bothell.
    8.    Assumed the role of Master Developer when the recession occurred and shouldered private sector risk by holding property the City assembled, thereby mitigating the cost for development partners.
    9.    Final stages of the Crossroads project – the largest capital investment in the City’s history.
    10.    Broken ground on $90 million of public infrastructure improvements in Downtown Bothell all within an existing 104 year old community.  The City’s investment of $90 million in vital capital projects is part of a $150 million program of planned infrastructure improvements.

    About Bothell
    For more information see www.FutureofBothell.com

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catherine.jansen@ci.bothell.wa.us
425.486.3256

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425.486.1254

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