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NEWS  from Councilmember John Koster April 23, 2010



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 John Koster
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Lake Stevens Community Park Dedication

Councilman John Koster participated in the unveiling of the monument dedicated to Gary Cease at the new Lake Stevens Community Park on April 17th, 2010.  Formerly an old homestead and timber site, the park was purchased from Roesler Timber Company in 1996 with the assistance of the Lake Stevens Junior Athletic Association (LSJJA).  Funding included park mitigation fees collected in the Lake Stevens area, Real Estate Excise Tax revenues allocated by the County Council and a grant from the State of Washington Recreation Conservation office.  The park is located at the intersection of 16th Street NE and Machias Road and it is surrounded by stands of timber and encompasses a gorgeous cleared area including ball fields and a playground.  Lighting is currently installed on one baseball field.  Future plans include adding lighting to the other fields.

The Baseball Field complex was dedicated to Lake Stevens Coach Gary Cease, who lost his battle with cancer on November 11, 2008.  Gary's name is synonymous with most sporting programs in Lake Stevens over the past two decades.  His involvement includes coaching little league, football, baseball and wrestling.  While he served as President of the LSJJA, Gary made sure no child was left out because of financial burdens, personally paying for their league fees or getting them waived.  He is quoted as saying "One win is success in a kid's eyes and that's all I wanted each kid to see.  After that, it was up to the child to dream and succeed in life.  Once he gets that one win, I've done my job as a Little League Coach."  Gary Cease's legacy of commitment to kids will live on in the lives of those he helped during his life. 

Lake Stevens Ballfield


2010 Budget Revisions

Snohomish County Government continues to struggle with balancing the budget in these tough economic times.  On April 14, 2010, the Snohomish County Council passed Ordinance 10-018 which is related to the 2010 Annual Budget.  This ordinance makes budget revisions to the General Fund, the Information Services Fund and the Facility Services Fund.  The ordinance reduces expenditures to address revenue shortfalls and makes budget transfers and an emergency appropriation related to revenue shortfalls.  The Council commented how difficult this has been, especially losing good employees.  Councilman Koster commented that he did not vote for the budget and he was not surprised that the Council was back here taking another look at it.  "We could have done a few things better...Essential programs are all that we should keep".  The ordinance passed 3 - 0 with Councilmen Somers, Gossett and Koster voting.  Councilman Cooper was away on medical leave and Councilman Sullivan was absent.

County Council Brings Gun Law Into Line With State Laws

Snohomish County Councilmen voted April 21, 2010 to repeal a ban on guns in county parks, bringing the county back into compliance with state law.  Councilman John Koster initially proposed the code change to remove an unenforceable firearms prohibition.  In January he could not get the other councilmen to agree but by the April 21st vote, the Ordinance passed 4-0 (with Councilman Mike Cooper absent on Medical leave).  Ordinance 10-016 amends SCC 22.16.090 and adds a new section 22.16.095.  Councilman Gossett proposed Motion No. 10-202 declaring the county council's intent to seek amendments to state law to allow local governments to prohibit the possession of firearms in all government facilities by persons who do not possess a concealed weapons permit.  Councilman Koster challenged Gossett, pointing to a state law that prohibits people from using weapons to intimidate.  "All this hype about AK-47s and shotguns is ridiculous" he said.  He called the motion posturing over guns.  "It was the first time", he said "that the council had passed a motion to state what it wanted the Legislature to do." 


John Koster's Business Roundtable


Don't miss Koster's Business Roundtable on May 13, 2010 at the Everett Holiday Inn...7:00 am - 8:30 am.  State Legislators will speak regarding the State Budget.  For more information or to register, contact Cindy at [email protected] or call 425-397-7799

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John Koster
Snohomish County Council