November 12, 2001
City of Bothell introduces new neighborhood program
BOTHELL - In an effort to connect citizens with its local government, the City of Bothell introduces its new Neighborhood Networks program.
It is designed to encourage citizens to get involved with the community, provide feedback to the City of Bothell and simply reach out to the Bothell population.
A program brochure describing this program was mailed to residents within the Bothell city limits.
"The City of Bothell does its best to encourage citizen involvement," said Assistant City Manager and Program Lead Manny Ocampo. "By providing additional opportunities for residents to interact with their local government, it can only improve communication as well as improve the city's service levels by understanding the true needs of our community. This program is a grass-roots effort to strengthen our neighborhoods and we stress that it is truly a neighborhood program."
The Neighborhood Networks Program includes the following elements:
€ Neighborhood visits with Bothell city manager and department directors;
€ Creating a network within neighborhoods that increases safety, communication and community involvement. To create a Block Watch program, contact city of Bothell Police Department at (425) 486-1254;
€ $10,000 People's Choice Grants that are given on a rotating basis by the city to three subareas each year for use on neighborhood enhancements.
2001 subarea recipients are:
Subarea 1: Brentwood/ Crystal Springs/ Queensborough (city's northwest vicinity);
Subarea 9: Hollyhills/Pioneer Hills/Morningside (city's east vicinity);
Subarea 12: Brickyard Road/Queensgate (city's southeast vicinity).
Subareas are chosen based on:
·Geographic location: Three subareas that are located in different parts of the city.
·Involvement level: In order to encourage community involvement, the inaugural subareas chosen in 2001 are based on those that are not traditionally active in local government.
However, each year following, three new subareas will be named to eventually cover all 13 subareas.
Next steps include targeted mailers to the named subarea grant recipients to coordinate "kickoff" meetings and discuss possible projects that grants could be spent on such as a neighborhood bench, entry way signage, landscaping and other neighborhood enhancements.