Introducing Mayor's Memo!
Published on February 12, 2024
Hello from Lynnwood City Hall!
I am excited to share with you a new monthly review to keep you informed about what’s going on in our great city called “Mayor’s Memo.” Every month, we will look back at highlights from the previous month and look ahead to future events and projects that may be of interest to you. We want to ensure that this digest is helpful and informative. We look forward to sharing with you all the good things happening in our great city!
As always, thank you for choosing Lynnwood.
Mayor Christine Frizzell
Development and Business Services
DBS Online Permit System: Lynnwood Development & Business Services kicked off 2024 by transitioning all aspects of the DBS permit application process to an online portal. The new online permit portal marks a significant step forward in enhancing our services and simplifying the permit application process. Key features of the online dashboard include 100% online application and review process, real-time tracking, online issuance of permits, online inspection scheduling, searchable permit records, and more. Our updated website has many resources to help you get started on your permit application. Be sure to check out the Guide to Getting a Permit and our Online Help Guide which provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the portal. Additionally, the guides are translated in Spanish and Korean languages.
DBS Fee Study: On December 4, 2023, the Council approved the DBS Fee Schedule Amendments. The amendments were prepared by the FCS Group to achieve full cost recovery for land use actions, permitting, and inspections administered by DBS. The effective date of the fee amendments was January 10, 2024 to correspond with the launch date of the DBS permit system.
Lynnwood Link Extension: After 16 years in the making, Lynnwood Link light rail is one step closer to opening. In January, Sound Transit began testing the extension between Northgate and Lynnwood. You may see light rail trains running back and forth in Lynnwood as Sound Transit starts the safety testing and training phase. Sound Transit is expected to open the Lynnwood City Center Station in Fall 2024.
Lynnwood Comprehensive Plan: DBS continues to work on the 2024 Comprehensive Plan Update, which is the City's long-term strategy for growth, infrastructure, and services. In January, we kicked off both the Environment Element and Community Health & Public Safety Element by having conversations with internal stakeholders, and asking our Planning Commission for feedback on initial drafts of goals and policies. We will be bringing more information on these two Elements and others to different Boards and Commissions over the next several months, and will be providing City Council with presentations and/or memos for feedback. Follow progress on the Comprehensive Plan at LynnwoodWA.gov/ImagineLynnwood.
Housing Hope Scriber Place: Project approval was issued for 52 units of housing for unhoused students and their families in Edmonds School District (pictured: a rendering of the space). This site was previously rezoned by the City Council in 2021 to support this project and is located west of the athletic fields for Cedar Valley Community School.
Boards and Commissions openings: Are looking for a way to volunteer and serve your community? DBS is looking for community members to join the Planning Commission and Tourism Advisory Committee. To learn more or apply, visit lynnwoodwa.gov/Government/Boards-and-Commissions.
Save the Date: It's almost time for the Lynnwood State of the City! This year's event is scheduled to be held at Lynnwood Event Center on March 6th at 9 am. This year, we are celebrating Lynnwood's 65th birthday and we would love for you to join us! We are finalizing the details so stay tuned for more information and our formal announcement!
January was a busy month for Mayor Frizzell and her team! The Mayor attended several ribbon cuttings for the new disc golf course at Gold Park, cultural events, including the MLK Day of Service on the Mesika Trail, the annual Korean American Day Celebration in Shoreline, and the openings of local businesses. As a Sound Transit and Community Transit board member, the Mayor welcomed Sound Transit’s new Interim CEO, Goran Sparrman. With the session in full swing, the Mayor and her team, along with members of the City Council, met with local and regional elected officials about the city’s legislative priorities and how to work together to empower the community.
The Finance Department prepared, printed, distributed and filed tax forms 1099’s for vendors and W2’s for employees prior to the IRS deadline of January 31.
Gold Park Disc Golf Course ribbon cutting on Tuesday, January 16th
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts
Gold Park Disc Golf Course Ribbon Cutting: Approximately 50 people gathered on a cold, winter day to celebrate the recently completed improvements at Gold Park and the installation of the City’s first Disc Golf Course. Many thanks to Boy Scouts Andrew Young and Braedan Swan, The Snohomish Tribe of Indians, disc golfer volunteers, Jeff “Getty” Freeman, and our Park Operations Team for their collective efforts to clean-up and improve Gold Park by rehabilitating the Stolja Ali Ethnobotanical Garden, creation of a Disc Golf Course, and installation of new perimeter fencing. Volunteer service and in-kind donations are estimated to be valued at more than $30,000. You can read more about this project on our website.
DSHS/DOL Mobile Outreach Unit: In partnership with the City of Lynnwood Human Services, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Licensing, the Lynnwood Library is hosting DSHS and DOL outreach units on February 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The DSHS Mobile Outreach truck will be onsite to provide enrollments for food benefits such as SNAP and TANF, child support services, voter registration as well as immigrant and refugee assistance. DOL will also be onsite to provide ID and license renewals and will accept income-based vouchers provided by DSHS.
UPCOMING EVENTS/CALENDAR ITEMS
Heritage Park Spring Clean: Wednesday, April 3rd, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Heritage Park
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Earth Day Drive Thru Event: Saturday, April 27th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Lynnwood Operations and Maintenance Center
Volunteer Recognition Dinner: Thursday, April 18, 2024, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Location TBA
New Event: Paws in the Park!, Saturday, April 20, 2024, 10:00 a.m. - Noon, Lynndale Dog Park, 7512 Olympic View Drive
EV Grants: Received Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program Grant funding for $76,450 for the city’s EV transition project. Additionally received $383,625 from the Washington EV Charging Grants for the EV transition project. These funds will be used to update the infrastructure at our City Hall campus, as well as install public charging stations and city fleet charging stations at the campus. Grant funds will also be used to install charging stations at the Lynnwood Operations and Maintenance Center as well as the Community Justice Center.
Tanner Boyle was promoted to the Waste Water Treatment Plant Supervisor to learn under current supervisor, John Ewell, who is retiring this spring. Tanner is excited to lead the plant as they go through the many changes that are being planned for the next 10 years regarding the new EPA requirements.
Managing the "ice" response: Public Works Street division had teams ready in advance and a plan in place, with partnership from our Utilities crews. The teams had brine down on the streets and the roads stayed in good condition throughout the cold icy weather.
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