City Council Tuesday: Mayor to present preliminary 2012 budget, vote likely on retail-only business zones


It’s a very full agenda for the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night as Mayor Mike Cooper introduces his preliminary — and likely to be very lean — 2012 budget. The council also will reconsider an Edmonds Planning Board proposal — originally defeated on a 3-2 vote when two councilmembers were absent in August — to exclude offices from ground floor retail spaces in the core business zones downtown. That item was originally going to be reconsidered last Tuesday, but was pulled from the agenda due to Councilmember Michael Plunkett’s absence.

Prior to the council’s public meeting, members will meet in executive session “to receive and evaluate a complaint or charges brought against a public officer or employee,” but we were unable to confirm whether this item involved the investigation into former Mayor Gary Haakenson’s approval of change orders for the Haines Wharf project. The council is scheduled to discuss and possibly take action during its regular meeting on a proposed change order policy, which was developed following concerns about the Haines Wharf project.

Other items on the council agenda:

– Third quarter report from the Edmonds Center for the Arts/Public Facilities District

– Public hearing on the Capital Facilities Plan Element Update for 2012-17 to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Capital Improvement Program.

– Discussion of the request for proposal process for hiring a compensation consultant to review non-represented staff salaries. This is a follow-up to a December 2010 City Council decision to authorize $50,000 for such a study. Given the firing of Human Resources Director Debi Humann last week, this presentation will be presented by Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite.

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


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