No one was injured when a roof over a walkway collapsed outside Ranch 99 Market on Highway 99 in Edmonds. Firefighters responded to Ranch 99, located in the 22500 block of Highway 99, after dispatchers received reports of a problem from the building’s alarm company and employees at a neighboring espresso stand.
The Edmonds Historical Museum appointed a new director, Tarin Erickson. A Pacific Northwest native, Erickson received an undergraduate degree in Journalism-Public Relations from Western Washington University in 2003, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Art and Design from Savannah College in Savannah, Georgia. She has experience working in museums in both Savannah and Oklahoma City.
“Dear fellow students, my name is Pascal Cloutier, and I am here to tell you the truth. ”So began the speech of Edmonds-Woodway High School student Pascal Cloutier, candidate for Associated Student Body president, during a broadcast over the high school’s television station, WBN, in February. Problem was, the speech he gave wasn’t the same one that had been approved by school administrators.So the high school suspended him.
On Feb. 17, 1911, a new library opened in Edmonds on 118 5th Ave. N., funded through the foundation of self-made millionaire Andrew Carnegie. One hundred years later, the building is now on the National Register of Historic Buildings and serves as home to the Edmonds Historical Museum. The Edmond-South Snohomish County Historical Society commemorated the building’ 100th birthday with a ribbon cutting.
Mayor Mike Cooper sent to the Edmonds City Councila proposed levy plan to go before voters in August. Cooper’s levy memo, entitled “Safe Neighborhoods, Safe Streets and Parks For Everyone,” proposed a 35-cents-per-thousand of assessed valuation general operations levy over a four-year period, that would be indexed with a 2.5 percent increase on an annual basis.
Nearly 75 citizens, property owners, City of Edmonds staff and consultants spent four hours planning the future of two of Edmonds’ most prominent and well-traveled commercial centers — Westgate and Five Corners — and their surrounding neighborhoods. Participants in the city-sponsored design workshop — the second in a series of planning meetings for the two commercial sites — discussed the merits of everything from roundabouts to street-facing businesses to pocket parks to rain gardens.
A levy proposal appeared to be gaining support among Edmonds City Councilmembers. Mayor Mike Cooper in March proposed a $2.26 million levy, and the Council-appointed Citizens Levy Committee came up with its own recommendations that include multiple levies targeted at specific programs, including funding $1.5 million annually in street paving projects for three years.
The sun — and the dignitaries — came out for the official groundbreaking of a Dick’s Drive-In in Edmonds. Seven lucky Dick’s fans also donned hard hats for the celebration, chosen from among the restaurant chain’s 154,000 Facebook fans based on their answer to why they should join founder Dick Spady during the ceremony.
Edmonds Citizen of Year Laura Spehar with Bonnie Mott, who nominated her for the award.
Edmonds volunteer extraordinaire Laura Spehar graciously accepted her award as the 2011 Citizen of the Year, an annual recognition sponsored by the Edmonds Kiwanis Club.
E-W, Meadowdale spring sports success: In tennis, the Edmonds-Woodway doubles team of Youngha and Younghan Kim placed fifth and Meadowdale singles player Alex Casper placed seventh at the state high school 4A and 3A tennis tournaments Saturday. In baseball, Edmonds-Woodway beat Puyallup but then lost to Bothell in State 4A baseball tournament action, while Meadowdale lost to Enumclaw in the first round of the 3A tourney.
Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper announced that he was ordering an immediate hiring freeze to address the projected 2011 budget shortfall. Cooper said he made the decision based on the latest projections from the city’s interim finance director. “Conditions at the end of the first quarter, coupled with the recent report from the Edmonds Public Facilities District showing that we may spend up to a $300,000 over our budget this year, are cause for concern,” Cooper said.
Chermak Construction was ranked 10th in Seattle Business Magazine’s latest ranking of 100 Best Companies to Work For. The Edmonds-based company was also named a finalist for the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2011 Washington Best Workplaces.
Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper gathered with a group of stakeholdersto sign ordinance 3842, “Complete Streets,” into law. The new ordinance will ensure that when the City of Edmonds plans for, designs and builds new transportation projects, it will provide appropriate accommodation for everyone, including pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users.
City of Edmonds officials and representatives of Goodman Real Estate broke ground for the largest-ever mixed-use development in Edmonds. The Edmonds Way Apartments project planned for the northwest corner of 232nd Street Southwest and the Edmonds Way, will include 89 residential living units and over 3,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space. Two buildings with three and four levels will be built on the 1.8-acre site.
About two dozen elected officials, city employees and Lake Ballinger-area neighbors turned out for the official construction groundbreaking for the Interurban Trail Project that will complete the missing Edmonds link of the 30-mile regional trail that runs from North Seattle to Everett. The $2.4 million project, which will extend from the intersection of Highway 104 and 76th Avenue West to 228th Street in Mountlake Terrace, is expected to be complete by early 2012.
Edmonds police arrested three baristas and the owner of the Java Juggs espresso stand on Highway 99 on charges including prostitution and illegal exposure. Police launched an investigation into potential illegal activities at the espresso stand, located at the southwest corner of Highway 99 and 212th Street Southwest in Edmonds, after receiving numerous citizen complaints about baristas exposing themselves to customers. Edmonds police officers working in plain clothes and posing as customers obtained video evidence of several violations during the course of this investigation.
With a six-month interim moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries set to expire on July 28, the Edmonds City Council revisited the future of dispensaries in Edmonds. But in the end, councilmembers seemed to agree with a conclusion by the City Attorney and police chief: As long as the federal government considers the dispensaries illegal, there is no reason to take any action on the moratorium, so they let it expire.
Judges in the annual Taste of Edmonds Taste-Off chose the Shrimp and Scallop Crepe by Crepealicious as the winning main dish. The winning side dish was fire roasted sweet corn from Corn Roasters while the judges’ favorite dessert was salted caramel cashew sundae, courtesy of Peaks Frozen Custard.
Mayor Mike Cooper confirmed that he fired Human Resources Director Debi Humann, stating that “I no longer had confidence in her ability to do the job and to work effectively with me.” Rumors started appearing on Facebook Thursday morning that Humann had been fired.
Mike Cooper’s former executive assistant resigned Sept. 22 and her attorneyreleased a statement on Cole’s behalf, stating she faced a “hostile work environment created by certain employees in the City of Edmonds.
More than one political candidate has accused the Edmonds City Council and mayor in recent weeks of engaging in too much drama, and the City Council didn’t disappoint when it voted following a lengthy executive session to censure Councilmember DJ Wilson for his role in trying to arrange a settlement for Mayor Mike Cooper’s executive assistant, Kim Cole. Wilson, meanwhile, offered his own take on the Council vote, stating “they put bad politics over good government.”
The woman at the center of a firestorm over Mayor Mike Cooper’s firing of City of Edmonds Human Resources Director Debi Humannsays she knew that going public with her allegations of a “hostile work environment” might hurt Cooper’s re-election chances, but that she could no longer tolerate the harassment she was experiencing on the job.
In the general election for Edmonds School Board, Diana White defeated Mark Dillan in the race for the open Position 5 seat. Voters also chose Korey DeMun (running unopposed) to fill the Position 1 board seat vacated by Susan Paine, and also returned incumbent Gary Noble for his third term at Position 5.
Newly-elected Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling and Councilmembers Diane Buckshnis and Lora Petso were sworn in to their respective positions Nov. 29 — a day after the election results were certified — because each of their positions had been filled with people who had been appointed rather than elected. The other two new City Councilmembers — Frank Yamamoto and Joan Bloom — will take office in January.
Edmonds Community Services and Economic Development Director Stephan Clifton noted in a November email that “Edmonds is on a roll” when it comes to economic development. Clifton cited a new Subway operating at Westgate, a building foundation and site work permit for a new Swedish Oncology Center, the opening of Red Petal Cakes at 321 Main St. in Marc 2012, a Certificate of Occupancy for Jack Murphys Pub (which opened in December)The Rusty Pelican restaurant, scheduled to open in the former Olives restaurant space in January; a formal building permit for Premier Ortho (Kruger Clinic), the location of Averetek, an integrated technology and applications development company, next to Opus Bank on 5th Avenue South and Walnut Street; and plans by Foundation for International Services to open in February 2012.
Community members and elected officials joined firefighters and other first responders at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Park in downtown Edmondsto view a steel beam recovered from the ruins of the World Trade Center. The 2,018-pound, 8-foot-long steel beam will become the centerpiece of a Fallen Firefighter memorial to be built at the park, which is located adjacent to Fire Station 17 on 6th Avenue North.
City of Edmonds officials cut the ribbon for the Shell Valley Emergency Access road, aimed at giving those living in the Shell Valley neighborhood a safer way to get home during during icy and snowy weather. The primary route into the neighborhood, Pioneer Way, is a very steep and winding road, which can become hazardous during icy weather.
Community solar activist Carlo Voli spent a weekend on the rooftop of the Fabric of Life building at 523 Main St. to raise awareness of solar power’s benefits and grow membership in the Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative — and expand the solar-powered system now installed on the Frances Anderson Center rooftop.
Bellevue-based Rosen-Harbottle Commercial Real Estate has purchased the Old Milltown property at 201 5th Ave. S. and plans to invest a significant amount of money into sprucing up the building to attract new tenants.