Everett won’t reach out

Sometime in mid-September, the “walk” signal at the intersection of Admiralty Way and 128th Street SW/Airport Road started to malfunction; the “walk” signal would not come on and pedestrians would have to run across 128th Street/Airport Road to avoid being hit by oncoming cars. I commute everyday to Seattle (to work) and back home to south Everett on Community Transit, and so I experienced this everyday, from Monday through Friday, for nearly two months.

Believing the city of Everett could fix this problem, I placed three calls (on Sept. 19, Oct. 13 and Oct. 25), each time reaching only voice recordings. In each call, I left detailed messages regarding the problem, along with my name and phone number. As of Nov. 6, I had not received a response, not even a quick phone call saying that the city had no jurisdiction over this street.

After some persistence, I finally reached a “live person” at the city who told me that that area fell under Snohomish County jurisdiction.

Now why couldn’t I have gotten a simple phone call from the city saying that? Why couldn’t a city of Everett employee call Snohomish County to convey my message?

I guess I should be grateful that I live in unincorporated Everett – at least I get to deal with competent employees at Snohomish County.


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