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NEWS  from Councilmember John Koster August 18, 2010



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 John Koster
Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building
Phone: 425-388-3494
E-Mail: [email protected]

Barbara Chapman, Legislative Aide

Community Event to Rebuild Burned Playground


Local Businesses partnered with the Lake Goodwin Community Club and Snohomish County Parks and Recreation will host a barbecue and fundraiser to rebuild the Lake Goodwin Community Park playground that was destroyed by arson last month.  The event will be held at Lake Goodwin Park, 4620 Lakewood Road, Stanwood.  There is no charge to the public, but donations will be accepted in support of replacing the damaged playground equipment, including the $35,000 pirate ship. 


The fire took place on July 26.  Marysville Fire Department responded to the call and found the playground equipment totally ablaze.  The Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the fire as arson.  Damage has been estimated around $100,000.


The damaged playground equipment is being removed and Kompan, the company that manufactured the destroyed equipment has generously donated four smaller playground pieces temporarily until enough money has been raised to refurbish the playground. 


The barbecue will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Sunday, August 22nd.  Several businesses and corporations are donating, including Silvana Meats (hot dogs and hamburgers), Stanwood's Haggen Foods (buns) and Stanwood's QFC (plates, utensils, napkins and condiments).


Residents can donate through Snohomish County Parks & Recreation Fund, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish, WA 98296.  Specify "Lake Goodwin Community Park Playground".

Shorelines Hearing Scheduled for September 1
The Snohomish County Council will be holding a public hearing on the new shorelines regulations on September 1, at 1:30 pm in the Jackson Hearing Room at 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett.
The update to the county's shoreline management program is required by state law. The county has been working with the state Department of Ecology (DOE) for several years.
  • Some of the issues that will be considered include:
  • Public access to shorelines
  • Buffer requirements
  • Provisions for agricultural activities
  • Protection of farmlands
For more information about the hearing and the proposed regulations go to 

Snohomish County Welcomes New Planning & Development Services Director


Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon has named Clay White, current president of the Washington State Association of Regional and County Planning Directors, as the new director of its Planning and Development Services Department.  He currently is the director of Stevens County Land Services Department where he has served since 2004.  Clay is committed to engaging the public in the planning process and to improving customer service.  He comes to Snohomish County well recommended.  He will begin his new position on September 1st.



John Koster's Business Roundtable


 The next Business Roundtable will be September 23rd at the Everett Holiday Inn ...7:00 - 8:30 am.

Topic: The Ballot Initiatives - Pros & Cons.  Contact: Cindy@[email protected] 425-397-7799

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John Koster
Snohomish County Council