Following an outcry from two councilmembers and some citizens, the three-hour Edmonds City Council workshop scheduled Tuesday night to discuss ideas for a possible November levy has been moved from City Hall’s Brackett Room back to the Council Chambers, where it can be televised.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N.
Edmonds City Council meetings are not shown live but are taped in the Council Chambers and rebroadcast at noon and 7 p.m. daily on Comcast channel 21 and Verizon channel 39. The Brackett Room, located on the third floor of City Hall, does not have cameras that can record meetings, but it had been suggested by City Council President Strom Peterson as a more suitable location for the workshop format.
Councilmembers Michael Plunkett and Diane Buckshnis sent emails to supporters and the media Saturday stating that they would boycott Tuesday night’s workshop unless was moved back to the Council Chambers.
In addition to discussing a levy, the council is scheduled to approve collective bargaining agreements between the City of Edmonds and two unions — Public, Professional and Office-Clerical Employees and Drivers Local Union No. 763, and the Service Employees International Union, Local 925. Those agreements are currently on the consent agenda, meaning that they aren’t discussed, but could be pulled off that agenda and discussed publicly if any councilmember chooses to do so.
According to Peterson, the meeting will start at 6 p.m. for regular business and then the council will move from the elevated dais to tables on the floor for a work session on possible levy options. The full agenda for the meeting and workshop can be found here.