Nov 08

Building a foundation for great things in 2018

Posted on November 8, 2017 at 12:42 PM by Barbara Ramey

As I complete my first year as Bothell City Manager, it is an opportunity for me to reflect upon both my professional experiences as well as my life as a Bothellite. All of the elements that initially drew me to Bothell have exceeded my expectations, especially the warmth and character of Bothell. The City staff are passionate, dedicated and hard working. They have flourished this past year and embraced our new organizational values of delivering exceptional customer service, teamwork, innovation, safety and ethics in the work place. The team is focused on achieving the Council’s goals and serving our community to the best of our abilities. We look forward to meeting our new Councilmembers and working together in delivering exceptional programs and services to our Bothell community in the year ahead.

My life in Bothell has brought me great joy. By living in the heart of downtown I am able to walk to work, enjoy the downtown businesses and restaurants, attend community events and explore the many trails and open spaces. I have biked and run along the Sammamish River Trail, hiked Shelton View and North Creek forests, wandered through the Wayne Golf Course, picnicked at Blyth Park, and enjoyed many beautiful afternoons at the Park at Bothell Landing.

And my professional and personal passion, teaching, has been unleashed as I work with both Cascadia College and UW Bothell on various initiatives. For example, I have the opportunity to interact with the students on class projects and in the classroom as a guest lecturer.

Thank you Bothell, for making my first year so special. I am excited to see what great things we will do together in 2018.
Sep 14

Amazon in Bothell?

Posted on September 14, 2017 at 1:42 PM by Barbara Ramey

Recent excitement about Amazon’s announcement that they are seeking a location for a second headquarters has prompted speculation and discussions about opportunities in our region.

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Sep 01

Help us plan for the future

Posted on September 1, 2017 at 1:12 PM by Barbara Ramey

As we enjoy the fall colors, local governments begin looking at the year ahead. For the City of Bothell, the City Council’s annual all day goal-setting session is a top focus and requires a great deal of thoughtful preparation. The purpose is to identify the Council’s priorities and match them with available resources, including staff capacity and funding. As staff is thinking about the community’s priorities, I encourage you to consider them too and take the opportunity to share your priorities with us. The Deputy Mayor’s column offers numerous opportunities for the community to participate in the City’s decision-making and planning processes. 

To get a snapshot of the City Council’s current goals, take a moment and review the City Council Goals Scorecard which lists the goals and shows our progress toward accomplishing these important initiatives for the community. Go to City Council Documents for the Council Goals. The goals include fiscal stability, Main Street enhancements, public safety, community events and activities, and affordable housing, just to name a few. The Scorecard will show you the work staff is doing for each goal. 

This is the time to let us know about your priorities. Contact your City Councilmembers or staff and share your ideas, concerns, or important initiatives. By doing so now, your feedback can be incorporated into the goal-setting materials. Our work is deeply enriched by the community’s participation. We hope to see you at an upcoming City Council, Board, Committee or Commission meeting in the near future.