The Edmonds City Council on Tuesday night is scheduled to receive an update on Haines Wharf Park during its regular meeting, including a “final narrative” from Councilmember Steve Berheim on his investigation into “the failure of the mayor and other directors to advise the council that he had entered into nine change orders for a total of more than $675,000 on the Haines Wharf Project.” The council will meet in executive session prior to the meeting, at 6 p.m., to discuss “potential litigation.”
In the report, attached here, Bernheim describes a lack of transparency from several former city officials, including ex-Mayor Gary Haakenson, former City Attorney Scott Snyder, former Parks Director Brian McIntosh and ex-Finance Director Lorenzo Hines in disclosing the project’s increased costs.
Since the approval of the change orders came to light, the council has adopted a policy governing the processing of change orders on city contracts. Bernheim’s report is aimed at helping the council determine whether it should ask for a formal investigation into whether Haakenson violated city policy when he approved the change orders.
The council is also scheduled to:
– Receive a staff report on how Edmonds Community Development Code changes have encouraged the creation and display of murals within the City of Edmonds.
– Hold a 90-minute work session on the 2012 budget.
– Hear a presentation from the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce regarding its priorities for city changes and improvements.
– Receive an update on the City’s Strategic Plan timeline.
– Read proclamations honoring the Cascade Symphony for its 50th Season and recognizing the Friends of the Edmonds Library.
– Hear reports on last week’s City Council committee meetings.
You can see the complete agenda here. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N., in downtown Edmonds.