With passage of the City’s November 2018 ballot initiatives Propositions 1 & 2, 2019 has kicked off with a bang! Implementation of both propositions are a heavy lift for our organization but we have already created project teams and begun implementation planning. Most important, we’re focused on the proper management of the funds received from you, our community. All the money received from the levy and bond measures will be accounted for in separate funds ensuring resources are spent as promised on public safety services and building two new fire stations. Staff will present the project plans for both the levy and bond measure to the City Council this spring. Quarterly reports will be delivered to the City Council and community to provide updates and account for funds received and expended.
What’s exciting is that the City already hired firefighters who began working in January. They will graduate from the fire academy in May, after which they will take EMT training and can begin serving Bothell. Work has started on the two new fire stations as well. A search for a construction project manager is underway. Once that person is selected, project plans and schedules for razing and rebuilding Stations 45 and 42 will begin. Our goal is to break ground on Station 45 in spring 2020.
The Police Department has initiated an aggressive hiring campaign for officers and we are adding additional resources to expedite the normal 18-month hiring and training process. Our goal is to hire at least five new police officers a year and launch the full-time Navigator Program, which is the City’s regional approach to providing mental health services to those in need.
Thank you again for your support for a safe and secure Bothell. Learn more