The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night has scheduled a first reading of a proposed ordinance that would assess Edmonds vehicle owners an additional $40 each through licensing fees to fund 37 separate transportation projects aimed at addressing city traffic safety, congestion and pedestrian improvements. Through Edmonds Transportation Benefit District, the city currently collects a $20 fee for transportation-related projects.
To become effective, the fee increase to $60 must be approved by voters; the council’s first reading Tuesday night, followed by a public hearing next Tuesday, Aug. 3, are the next required steps before placing the measure on the November 2010 general election ballot.
A list of proposed transportation projects this fee increase would fund can be found here.
Other council agenda items include:
– A presentation by a U.S. Postal Service representative on the search for a new downtown location for the Edmonds Post Office.
– An update on Sound Transit activities from Sound Transit staff.
-Discussion and a possible decision on a proposal to return a 1938 Ford fire engine, which has been housed at Fire Station 17, to the Edmonds Fire Safety Foundation.
-An introduction of proposed updates to City of Edmonds State Environmental Policy Act regulations that would increase the “flexible thresholds” — essentially the allowable square footage for construction projects and the accompanying number of permitted parking spaces — along the Medical/Highway 99 Activity Center and the Highway 99 Corridor.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located in the Public Safety Complex at 250 5th Ave. N. The complete agenda can be found here.