As a firm believer in the Everett Office of Neighborhoods I feel the council of 19 neighborhoods does and excellent job of representing all the citizens of Everett, thus making city council districts unnecessary.
All neighborhoods have a similar monthly agenda. A police officers reports to the neighborhood regarding crime and happenings in their part of the community. Each person in attendance can speak of concerns on their streets.
Reports by representatives of the neighborhoods also are made about the work of the city council and other city departments. All information about the happenings in Everett are passed through these two representatives to all throw who attend the monthly meeting. At most monthly meetings there is a speaker who talks about local projects and encourages neighbors to discuss city programs, such as the Safe Streets initiative and redevelopment of Evergreen Way.
After listening to the city’s plans, the neighborhood meeting turns to its own agenda and plans.
Under the Office of Neighborhoods, the citizens of all 19 neighborhoods are given a direct line to and from the city. The big problem is attendance. Even in my View Ridge/Madison group, of 4,000 homes, for which I am a former chairman, the average meeting only attracts 15 people.
Where else can one get such a great deal: No dues, direct participation in city affairs and an opportunity to meet and enjoy one’s neighbors.