By James McNeal
Your City Council, while juggling many pressing local issues,
understands that the City of Bothell isn’t an island. Many
of the challenges we face are regional challenges, including
managing growth, the opioid epidemic, traffic, flood control and
water quality, and more.
Because we value our regional connections and the benefits
they provide to our community, many Councilmembers serve
on regional committees. This work involves many meetings
that take us out of Bothell, but nets countless benefits. For
example, it helps make sure Bothell’s perspective is heard and
we bring back what we learn to our community. Collaborating
with regional partners also gives us connections to vital funding
opportunities that benefit Bothell residents. The City received
more than $7 million in state and local grant funding in 2017.
Regional cooperation is most visible in terms of parks, planning
and transportation. Some key regional efforts include:
The purchase of Wayne Golf Course.
The acquisition of the
89-acre property was made possible through strong grassroots
efforts and our partnership with Forterra, but also through
regional cooperation with King County and the State
The Navigator Program.
The Bothell Police Navigator is a
mental health professional who works alongside an officer,
helping diffuse crises and connecting people with resources.
Our part-time Navigator is funded through a King County grant
to Shoreline and Bothell. Proposition 1, which you’ll see on the
ballot this fall, would fund a full time Navigator position.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on State Route 522.
The City has
been active in advocating for your interests as plans for a new
high-capacity transit service develop. Starting in 2024, Sound
Transit will begin BRT on SR 522, providing fast, frequent and
reliable bus connections. The project includes nine stations
with additional parking at Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and
Bothell and an expanded transit center at UW Bothell.
There are many more regional efforts that we engage in on your
behalf. It’s just one way we’re working to keep Bothell a great
community to live, work and play. Get more information about Council committees
. Feel free to contact me by email