Council to consider policy governing City of Edmonds change orders


The Edmonds City Council on Tuesday will discuss a recommendation by the City Attorney and the Washington State Auditor that the City adopt a policy governing the processing of change orders on city contracts. The recommendation comes in light of an investigation requested by the City Council into whether former Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson violated city policy when he approved $725,000 in change orders for construction at Haines Wharf Park.

You can see the proposed policy here.

In addition, the council will:

– Discuss proposed ordinances regarding the use of apprentices on City construction contracts and creating criteria to be used in determining whether or not a bidder on a City construction contract is a “responsible bidder” under state law.

– Consider a proposal by Councilmember Steve Bernheim to allow existing buildings that “are already at or near” the city’s maximum building height limit to be able to install passive solar hot water heating and/or solar photovotaic panels that generate electricity. The council will also consider a related proposal by Council President Strom Peterson to waive or limit fees associated
with installation of solar panels.

– Continue a discussion regarding the possible implementation of user fees in city parks.

– Hear an update on Interurban Trail construction in Edmonds’ Lake Ballinger neighborhood.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. You can see the complete agenda here.



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