Dec 01

Bothell well-poised for the future

Posted on December 1, 2017 at 3:16 PM by Barbara Ramey

December is a time to look back on the year and take stock, as well as look forward to the year ahead. 

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Sep 01

Improving transparency and access

Posted on September 1, 2017 at 9:16 AM by Barbara Ramey

By Davina Duerr
Duerr-lgr Our lives are hectic with commutes, jobs, kids and so much else. Few people have the time to keep up with City Council meetings. Yet your city government affects your life in many ways, from emergency services to the roads you drive and taxes you pay. 

City Councilmembers are elected to be stewards of Bothell and to represent you. To do that well we need open and frequent communication. My focus in the last 20 months has been improving Council transparency and access.

My weekly email newsletters summarize decisions made by the Council, study session discussions and various issues such as impact fees or affordable housing.  Regional committee meeting reports outline what we’re doing to further Bothell’s interests. It’s important that Bothell is at the table as regional decisions are made.  Please email me to get on the distribution list.

Check out the City of Bothell website www.bothellwa.gov for information on events, Council meetings and various City projects. Councilmembers’ committees are now listed below their names on their webpages, so you can contact Councilmembers who are involved in specific issues.

Timestamping of our council meeting videos makes it easier for viewers to find and view specific agenda items quickly. 

Quarterly Council Conversations at the Bothell library provide a venue to engage with me and sometimes other councilmembers, the City Manager, department directors and staff. This is an opportunity to ask your questions and bring your ideas to us. It is our opportunity to update you on the latest city projects and other issues that we are tackling. 

The last 20 months have been a huge learning curve for me. Thanks to all those who have been in touch with your opinions and concerns. Your contact with Councilmembers is important and helps us best serve the interests of the residents of Bothell. Please feel free to talk to us during Visitor Comment at Council meetings, on the phone, in person or by email. Engaged citizens are the key to a healthy community.

May 31

Making sure we are represented

Posted on May 31, 2017 at 4:41 PM by Barbara Ramey

As I walked through neighborhoods during my City Council election campaign, the one consistent promise made was to represent you, the people of Bothell—to reflect your needs and your wants, not my own, when it came to making decisions about our City. 

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