As new councilmembers Joan Bloom and Frank Yamamoto were sworn in Tuesday night, the Edmonds City Council reached a milestone — for the first time ever, women members are in the majority.
Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling said he was delighted with the new council make-up, noting that when he was on the council two decades ago, women weren’t running for council seats.
Earling was also sworn in for the second time in a month, along with Councilmembers Diane Buckshnis and Lora Petso. That’s because the Nov. 29 swearing-in applied to the shorter terms for the appointed positions they were filling, while Tuesday’s swearing-in was for the full four-year term.
In addition, the City Council unanimously elected Strom Peterson for his second term as Council president, and selected Lora Petso as Council pro tem. Peterson then made committee appointments, which are as follows:
Community Services/Development Services: Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, Lora Petso
Finance: Diane Buckshnis, Frank Yamamoto
Public Safety: Joan Bloom, Michael Plunkett
Community Technology Advisory Committee (CTAC): Yamamoto
City-Wide Parking Committee: Plunkett, Fraley-Monillas
Disability Board (appointed by the Mayor): Fraley-Monillas, Bloom
Economic Development Commission: Bloom (Buckshnis as alternate)
Highway 99 Task Force: Plunkett, Fraley-Monillas
Historic Preservation Commission: Plunkett, Petso
Lake Ballinger Work Group: Petso
Lodging Tax Advisory Committee: Bloom
Public Facilities District Oversight Committee: Petso
Port of Edmonds: Yamamoto
Regional Fire Authority: Petso, Earling, Peterson
Seashore Transportation Forum 2012: Bloom
Snohomish County Tomorrow: Yamamoto
Salmon Recovery: Buckshnis
In addition, Fraley-Monillas was appointed to the Snohomish County Health District Board and Earling — a former chairman of Community Transit — was selected as the city’s representative to the Community Transit board.
The Council also:
— Voted to ask the City Attorney to prepare language for a code amendment to the Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission to increase the number of commission members from nine to 12.
— Scheduled the 2012 City Council Retreat for Feb. 10-11. The public is invited to attend.