Old City Hall named for former Mayor Bill Moore

EVERETT — The Everett City Council voted Wednesday to name the former city hall building in honor of the late Mayor Bill Moore, the city’s longest-serving mayor.

On a 5-0 vote, with City Council members Jeff Moore and Brenda Stonecipher abstaining, the council voted to rename the old Everett City Hall the William E. Moore Historic City Hall. Jeff Moore is the son of Bill Moore, who died in 1997 at age 76.

The building at 3002 Wetmore Ave., which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is now home to the Everett Police Department. It no longer serves as city hall but still houses city council meetings. Mayor Ray Stephanson’s office and the rest of city administration are now in the newer Wall Street Building across the street.

In another action related to a new place-naming policy, the City Council Wednesday put off renaming a neighborhood park after the late Councilman Drew Nielsen. The 61-year-old Nielsen died May 12 in a rafting accident.

“They sent the Drew Nielsen issue back to the Historical Commission,” said Deb Williams, the City Council’s administrative coordinator. Williams explained that a revision in the city’s naming policy calls for a full year to pass between a person’s death and the time a place is named in their memory.

Nielsen was instrumental in creating the small park at 13th Street and Colby Avenue. The land was formerly owned by what’s now Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. A neighbor of the site, Nielsen worked on getting the hospital to donate the land and helped build the park.

On Sept. 5, the City Council approved a resolution that revised a previous naming policy. The updated policy makes clear that historic buildings with generic names may be renamed.

Bill Moore’s career with the city began when he joined the City Council in 1969. He served three terms as mayor, from 1977 until 1990.

Julie Muhlstein: 425-339-3460, muhlstein@heraldnet.com.

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