This week: Edmonds meetings on proposed ferry terminal expansion

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Some important dates for citizens this week in Edmonds, as the Washington State Ferries comes to town with a public meeting to receive feedback on a proposal that could include relocating the Clinton ferry run from Mukilteo to Edmonds. That meeting happens from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Edmonds City Council Chambers, but on Tuesday city staff will brief the Edmonds City Council on what the ferry system is proposing.

Mayor Mike Cooper indicated in remarks during last week’s council meeting that he will fight any plans to add another ferry run to the Edmonds terminal, citing environmental and transportation impacts.

The City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, although the council will gather a half-hour earlier to meet with candidates for the City’s Planning Board, Architectural Design Board and Sister City Commission.

The council has also scheduled two hours on the agenda for a discussion of the city’s budget. Other agenda items include:

– Discussion of a bond payment for the Edmonds Public Facilities District/Edmonds Center for the Arts, which due to the poor economy has not received expected tax revenues from Snohomish County used to pay the capital bond obligations. Through an inter-jurisdictional agreement between facilities district and the City of Edmonds, the City is required to cover these obligations through a loan or some other means.

– Discussion and possible action on hiring a City Council budget analyst.

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