Everett: Vote set on county’s budget
The Snohomish County Council is expected to vote on the county’s 2014 budget during a hearing set for 10:30 a.m. Monday.
The council will consider Chairwoman Stephanie Wright’s amended version of the $225 million operating budget that County Executive John Lovick recommended earlier this fall.
The council is likely to raise the county’s general levy by between 3 and 7 percent. The tax increase would go toward paying off debt to build a new county courthouse with a base price of between $110 million and $150 million.
A separate hearing is scheduled at 9 a.m. Monday to decide crucial questions about the courthouse project, including which of two building sites to use. The council also is weighing features to boost the building’s energy efficiency and safety.
Both meetings are in County Council Chambers on the eighth floor of the county’s Robert Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.
Cascade DECA to take over market
For seven years in a row, the South Everett Safeway store has allowed Cascade High School DECA students to take over the store. Those who shop on Saturday, Dec. 7 will see DECA student members throughout the store, “shadowing” employees to get hands on experience in the video, deli, floral, produce, seafood and bakery departments – and in the overall management of the retail grocery store business.
Students will blend in well with Safeway’s corporate expectations – each wearing dress pants or khakis as prescribed by the Safeway dress code. Cascade High’s DECA advisor Jodi Galli is firm in her belief that many Safeway customers will not know her students are not Safeway employees.
“These takeover experiences give students real world knowledge and experience as they are looking at jobs and careers in the future,” Galli said.
During the Dec. 7 takeover, DECA students will be selling hot cocoa and hot cider for $1 to help cover some club expenses. Willing DECA members will be “jailed” for a time at the store, hoping DECA supporters will bail them out. Cascade High School spirit wear will also be on sale that day, with proceeds helping DECA.
Marysville, Lynnwood: Award for smoke-free parks
Snohomish Health District is honoring the cities of Marysville and Lynnwood with its Healthy Communities Award. Keri Moore, Healthy Communities Specialist at the Health District presented the award to Lynnwood on Nov. 12. Health District Deputy Director Pete Mayer will present the Marysville City Council with the award on Nov. 25.
The Healthy Communities Award honors cities, organizations or other businesses that have adopted policies that exceed the current requirements of Washington’s Smoking in Public Places law.
Recipients of the Healthy Communities Award surpass the legal minimum with written policy to protect the health of employees, clients, and students from the adverse effects of secondhand smoke.
The city of Marysville passed its tobacco-free parks ordinance in February 2013, and Lynnwood did the same in August 2013. Both cities posted “tobacco-free” signs at all of their parks. Violations of city ordinances incur fines or other penalties. Cities adopt tobacco-free parks ordinances to create a healthier environment for park users and to conserve the resources used to clean up tobacco-related litter.
“The cities of Lynnwood and Marysville are taking very seriously the health of its employees, residents, and visitors by addressing smoking — the leading underlying cause of death in Snohomish County,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director of the Snohomish Health District. “Local public health recognizes and appreciates the commitment that these cities have made to creating healthy parks for active lifestyles.”