Thank you, Bothell
by Mark Lamb, former Councilmember
Thank you for the opportunity to serve the City of Bothell for the past 12 years. Together we have come a long way. I believe that success in city government was best defined by the ancient Athenians when they pledged to “transmit this City not only, not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”
Together we have done this.
When I was first elected in 2003, our citizens recognized that congestion on State Route 522 would only become worse. Together we developed a vision for the Crossroads Project, years before the tolling of SR 520 and I-405. I was proud to lead a council and work with staff to secure funds to complete this project without increasing taxes. This project keeps cut-through traffic out of neighborhoods, expands and protects the iconic Park at Bothell Landing, and generates surplus lands that will house a new specialty grocer. Together we made this happen when others said it was impossible.
Similarly, I led our council in working with staff to secure and clean up the contaminated Northshore School District property in downtown. Our citizens asked us to work with McMenamins to save the Anderson Building, re-open the mothballed Northshore Pool and give Bothell its first movie theatre in decades. With the steady leadership of City Manager Bob Stowe, we shepherded the McMenamins deal to arrive at the grand opening celebration in October. Downtown Bothell is vibrant with new restaurants and residents; its revitalization is the envy of the Puget Sound region. This vibrancy is due in no small part because we stood together as a city and supported the efforts of former Reps. Mark Ericks and Al O’Brien and Senator Rosemary McAuliffe to save UW Bothell and turn it into one of the fastest growing and highly regarded universities in the nation.
In closing, thank you to our staff for the amazing work they do, and to our citizens for caring so deeply about our city and its leaders. I am thankful for the work we have done together and am excited for the next chapter in Bothell’s renaissance.
Mark Lamb served as Bothell’s Mayor for eight years and is ended his 12 years on the Bothell Council on 12/31/15.