Neil Johnson with his wife Mary Ann and daughters Rendi and Jadyn Elisa.
Since 2006 hired strong department heads – City Administrator, Finance Director, Police Chief and Community Development Director along with a Special Events Coordinator. These positions gave us strong leadership and direction within departments. We have achieved a very low rate of turnover in all departments making Bonney Lake very efficient and effective.
Hwy 410 widening 2011 – Worked hard with state officials since 2006 to push the widening through and make sure we got our fair share of the nickel tax. This widening will help market the Eastown area (214-234th).
Saving Lake Tapps – In 2010 worked with Auburn and Sumner in saving Lake Tapps. Signed an agreement with the new owners Cascade Water Alliance to secure water for 30 years and secure the use of the lake.
After the drowning in 2012, organized local agencies to create "Swim safe". This partnership between City of Bonney Lake, Cascade Water Alliance, East Pierce Fire, Derringer and Sumner School Districts along with Pierce County has given us the ability to create a strong education program.
WSU property acquisition 40 acres – In 2009 the city negotiated for 40 acres of donated (no cost to tax payers) land for future recreation needs.
Another aspect of this deal was getting Good Sam Medical Center which opened 2011. This facility has brought jobs and services to the plateau. Negotiated with WSU in procuring open space for the city while land was acquired by Good Sam for this medical facility.
Downtown plan - Started the downtown plan by creating "Main" Street in 2007. Part of the downtown plan was the creation of the Justice Center – Built in 2011 to provide much needed space for our court, it was determined in 2012 that leasing out the additional space would not work financially. With that in mind, we decided to bring all departments together under one roof in 2013 which has provided much improved levels of service and efficiencies. The old Annex building will be leased out. The Justice Center building will be sold to the private sector once a Civic Campus is planned.
Another element for the downtown - Franciscan Medical Center opened in June 2013 – Negotiated with Franciscan for this facility which will create jobs along with much needed services. Agreed to over $1.0 million in impact improvements. In addition, the addition of Renwood Multi-Family Lakeland Style 2013 – 188 units behind KinderCare. This development will look very similar to those in Lakeland Hills. In addition to the development, improvements to the roads in this area along with trail connectivity.
Eastown Sewers – Over the last ten years this area has been discussed and worked on. In 2012 the council passed the ULA for sewers to be put in Eastown.
Sidewalks & Trails - Increase sidewalks from 2006 to present by 70% (over 29 miles of sidewalks from downtown to eastown) – As part of our non-motorized plan, we recently had the ground breaking for the first mile of the Fennel Creek trail. One more piece is the "Safe Routes" to school project which is underway.
Parks & Special Events - Improved Cedar view park, AY Park, Viking Park (Dog Park) along with fields and trails. – Added various trails, additional beach front and Lake Tapps emergency phone.
Created special events for kids, adults and families in 2006 which are held at Cedar view Park and AY Park. Entertainment continues to grow for all events and we have recently added fireworks for BL Days which is sponsored by Cascade Water Alliance. We continue to get very good feedback on all these events as a chance for the community to come together.
Non-Profits - The city works closely with community groups to improve Bonney Lake. We provide assistance to Beautify Bonney Lake, Relay for Life, Historical Society, Lions 4 Kids, Food Bank, and created the Community Garden a couple years ago.
City image - Bonney Lake gateway improvement on both ends of cities. Working with non-profits and other groups to promote their events at the gateway.
Sewer Utility - In 2012, negotiated a new sewer agreement with the treatment plant in Sumner which will benefit Bonney Lake by $1.0 million.
Grants - Achieved $3.0 million in grants since 2006.
Economic Development – Continue to work with various retailers who want to locate to Bonney Lake. With Lowe's, Discount Tires, Sonic Drive-In, Poulsbo RV, Sunset Chevrolet and others locating to Bonney Lake we continue to see our sales tax revenue increase.
Helped Save The Park N Ride Lot and Sounder Route. When Pierce Transit cut Bonney Lake out of the transit district, I worked with other officials to get Sound Transit and Pierce Transit to continue to maintain our local Park and Ride log and convince Sound Transit to continue the bus route down to the Sounder Station.