I cannot believe it is already September. Dealing with COVID-19 as a short-term emergency was, in some ways, easy for us to mentally process. We plan for emergencies, mobilize and quickly respond, emotionally ready for extra shifts and long days. But what now? Public health restrictions and closures seem unending and our budget is even more strained. How do we adjust to this “new normal” that comes with so much indefinite uncertainty?
New business scheduled for the April 17 City Council meeting includes:
AB #18-063 Public Safety Update.
My husband Jim and I have lived in Bothell for 57 years and we raised our five sons and one daughter in our “home town”. Over the years, I have witnessed firsthand the strength, compassion, and beauty of the Bothell Community. But as we go through the final phases of this unprecedented pandemic, I have never been more proud of our residents, businesses, non-profits, and faith-based organizations. Across this city, I have seen so many examples of how Bothell takes care of each other.?
I’ve seen the calls and reminders to buy local, order take-out, and purchase gift cards.? Thank you for supporting local businesses and restaurants, when you yourself might be struggling financially.?
Thank you to our business leaders and city staff for creatively designing and opening up more space on Main Street for outdoor dining and safe walkable areas.? Thank you to city staff for quickly distributing almost $400,000 in CARES Act grant funds to each and every eligible applicant, supporting 49 different businesses.
I’ve seen the Northshore Rotary and Northshore Schools Foundation partner to support families and students in need. Just last month, Bothell Police collected more than 10,000 pounds of food and money to help Hopelink provide over 8,000 meals to families in need.
Our beloved Northshore Senior Center is connecting Seniors, feeding families and now providing direct counseling and financial assistance to so many in our community. ?In October, their food panty served over 4,000 community members! They have also dispersed more than $200,000 in CARES Act funds directly to residents impacted by COVID.
These are just a few of the many non-profits and faith-based organizations, who quietly serve residents daily, offering so many services and community connections.? Your impact on the physical health of our residents, as well as our mental health and well-being is immeasurable.
Thank you to our Northshore School District and all of our teachers, doing everything they can in the most challenging times for education. And parents, we see you!? Many of you are working, while also helping young students with virtual school.? Simply amazing. I’d also like to congratulate Dr. Michelle Reid, who has just been named the 2021 Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Association of School Administrators. Well-deserved!
And finally, thank you to our essential workers who are keeping food on our tables, caring for our sick, collecting our trash, delivering our mail, and keeping our lights on.? We appreciate you.
Viruses come and go, but our community is resilient, adaptable and fiercely compassionate.? Thanks to all of you, Bothell will outlast and outshine this virus.? Looking forward to 2021 with each and every one of you!