Lynnwood Mayor Frizzell speaks about recovery, public safety and fairness during State of the City address

LYNNWOOD, Washington, June 29, 2022 – Mayor Christine Frizzell delivered her first State of the City address on Tuesday via online video. His main topics of discussion included Covid recovery, public safety, city plans and equity. Throughout her address, she reiterated that Lynnwood is a welcoming place for everyone and even invited residents to share their thoughts on how they see the city’s future.

Mayor Frizzell began by conveying her passion for the City and explained why she chose to deliver her speech in a virtual setting. “[W]With the still volatile Covid case rates in our county, I don’t want anyone to have to make the decision to attend an event that could potentially put their health at risk,” she said.

2022 State of the City Address by Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell

Continuing on the topic of Covid, Mayor Frizzell expressed her gratitude to city staff who have made things work over the past two years and the technology that has increased access to services and enabled leaders and residents to stay connected. After acknowledging how Covid has been the main focus in the past, Mayor Frizzell turned his comments to the future. “Now is the time to focus our attention on recovery and resilience,” she said.

Addressing the issue of public safety, Mayor Frizzell noted the recent increase in crime in the city and the emboldening of the criminal element, which makes some crimes even more harrowing. She also delved into the staffing challenges facing the City of Lynnwood Police Department.

The mayor assured viewers that public safety has always been a top priority in Lynnwood and remains a priority now. In fact, just recently, Mayor Frizzell joined several other Snohomish County mayors in writing a letter imploring community members to do their part to ensure public safety.

“It’s important that as a community we remain vigilant and help spread awareness that criminal activity is not welcome here,” she said. “We will continue to monitor and respond to changing conditions in our community and we will remain committed to making Lynnwood a safe community for all.”

After mentioning how cranes have dotted the city skyline, she pointed to Lynnwood’s growth. “Most of the growth is intentionally concentrated in our town center and in the Alderwood Shopping Center area,” she noted.

Another testament to the city’s development is the construction of the new Lynnwood light rail station. “Sound Transit is a critical part of our downtown plan and multimodal connectivity,” said Mayor Frizzell, adding how seriously she takes her responsibilities as a member of the Sound Transit Board of Directors and of Community Transit.

Inauguration of the Swift Orange Line under the construction of a new light rail extension. Lynnwood Times | Mario Lotmore

Alongside the light rail station, a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Community Transit’s new Swift Orange bus line in Lynnwood was just held in April, which Mayor Frizzell attended. Both the light rail station and the bus line are expected to be operational in 2024.

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Senator Marko Liias (centre) with (L-R) Julie Moore, Monica Thompson, Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell and Sarah Olson attend the Orange Swift BRT line dedication ceremony in Lynnwood. Lynnwood Times | Mario Lotmore.

Mayor Frizzell listed other projects currently in development, such as the major redevelopment of 196th Street, which she said is half complete. “Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your patience during construction,” she said of the 196th project, “we know it’s been inconvenient, but these improvements are much needed.”

Other projects she highlighted include the redevelopment of the Sribber Creek Trail, which is expected to be completed in time for the light rail link extension, and construction of the Community Justice Center and Community Recovery Center. Both centers are expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Concluding her remarks on the city’s plans, Mayor Frizzell encouraged residents to view all of the city’s plans, programs, and initiatives by visiting lynnwoodwa.gov (or by clicking here).

Plans for the Community Justice Center are on display at the groundbreaking ceremony. November 2021. Lynnwood Times | Mario Lotmore

Lynnwood’s private development also grew at a rapid rate. According to Frizzell, “Since 2015, Lynnwood has seen over $1 billion in private investment.” Additionally, in accordance with the state’s Growth Management Act, Lynnwood is building a legion of new apartments. “Currently we have nearly 3,700 units either in the permitting process or under construction,” she said.

Later in his remarks, Mayor Frizzell returned to the roads. “When we ask our community what Lynnwood needs to improve, the overwhelming answer is ‘our roads!

“Our public works crews are busy maintaining maintenance on our more than 300 miles of highway lanes,” Frizzell said. “This team is working on sealing cracks, repairing potholes and other road maintenance work so we can extend the life of our streets and sidewalks.”

The city also has a 5-year pavement management plan funded by Transportation Benefit District tax revenues, and the city council even recently allocated funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to meet the needs of road maintenance.

Funding for all of these projects and more, Frizzell says, comes largely through partnerships and collaborations. “It is imperative that we work collaboratively with our community partners, with our neighboring jurisdictions, and especially with our federal and state legislative officials.”

The city’s close relationship with state officials is evident in the $12 million granted for the construction of the community recovery center from the state capital budget, the $10 million for the extension of the Move Ahead Washington Transportation program’s Poplar Way bridge and the final $1 million needed to complete phase two of the previously mentioned Scribber Creek Trail project, which was secured by Rep. Rick Larsen as part of the bipartisan spending package 2022.

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Screenshot of Rep. Rick Larsen’s Facebook post from April 19, 2022.

Mayor Frizzell publicly thanked Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, Congressman Rick Larsen, Washington State Senators Jesse Salomon, Marko Liias and Representatives Lauren Davis, Cindy Ryu, Strom Peterson and Lilian Ortiz-Self for their recognition of Lynnwood’s priorities.

Speaking of finances, Frizzell explained how the city was able to fully restore its reservations after the pandemic and is currently working on its comprehensive 2024 plan. Similar to how Lynnwood’s Department of Development and Business Services (DBS) encouraged residents to share their ideas for the future of the city during Big Ideas Month, said Mayor Frizzell, City Council and I invite you to share your thoughts and feedback to help us. identify our top priorities for the coming years,” and announced that a public hearing will be held in September to receive community feedback on budget priorities.

Mayor Frizzell also spoke about the City’s increased focus on equity and breaking down barriers that prevent community members from receiving city services. Part of this focus on equity has been the hiring of Lynnwood’s first race and social justice coordinator, who works to help “move our city forward” to create “policies, programs and more equitable and inclusive services”.

“At Lynnwood, we believe everyone is welcome and we believe everyone belongs,” Frizzell continued. “Over the past few decades, Lynnwood’s demographics have diversified dramatically. Our 2020 census data shows that Lynnwood is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse towns in Snohomish County. »

For Mayor Frizzell, this exceptional diversity lends added importance to inclusive engagement in the City. After describing the efforts of city staff to actively reach out to all members of the community so that everyone’s voice can be heard, she said, “We still have a lot of work to do, but we are working hard to make more room at the table. »

In closing, Frizzell once again thanked city staff for their great work, expressed excitement for upcoming community events this summer and said, “We want to make Lynnwood friendlier, more livable, safer, more welcoming. , and to do this, we need your help. We ask you to join us. Be informed of what is happening. Join us at community events and public meetings, both virtually and in person. Let us know your comments, thoughts and ideas. It’s going to take all of us working together to imagine an even better Lynnwood.