It isn’t enough that the Edmonds City Council has to choose a new mayor Tuesday night. The council also will be holding public hearings on two significant proposals: whether to change from a mayor-led to a city manager-led governance structure and whether to ban the use of polystyrene, or Styrofoam, food containers in Edmonds. (In Washington state, the cities of Seattle and Issaquah and San Juan County are the only jurisdictions to have implemented a Styrofoam ban so far.)
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located at the Public Safety Complex at 250 5th Ave. N. The mayoral selection is at the end of the council agenda, after the two public hearings. The council will follow the same process that it used to fill recent vacant council seats: Each councilmember will have an opportunity to nominate a candidate from the eight people who applied. The first applicant to receive four council votes wins, and the council will go through as many rounds of balloting necessary to reach the four-vote majority. A link to the applications filed by the eight mayoral candidates can be found here.