Coming up this week: City Council Tuesday, Strategic Plan ‘charrette’ workshop Wednesday


The Edmonds City Council will meet for an hour Tuesday night, March 13, starting at 6 p.m., to hear an annual report from Snohomish County Fire District 1, followed by committee meetings. (Committee agendas are at the end of this article.) Audience comments will also be taken following the Fire District 1 report.

On Wednesday, March 14, the city will host the first of two community-wide conversations known as a charrette, as efforts to develop a strategic plan move to the next level. These conversations (the second one is Monday, March 19) are a followup to a series of focus group sessions held in January and February aimed at identifying issues or priorities that should be further discussed in the strategic planning process.

The two-hour public charrette — or brainstorming workshop — will be conducted with interested citizens who will help identify some of the higher-priority issues within the community.  Examples include: redevelopment of the downtown waterfront and Highway 99 activity areas; city governance and fiscal strategies to fund essential services and desirable community amenities; economic development and marketing of the city and expanding art related attractions.

Meeting room size limits the number of people that can attend the charrettes, so the city needs to know who is coming. If you, your family or friends are interested, call Cindi Cruz at 425-775-7724 or send an email to to sign up for either charrette date. Space will be reserved for you and the city will email you agenda materials prior to the session.  The March 14 charrette will be in the Edmonds Conference Center (Fourth Avenue and Bell Street) and the March 19 charrette will be in the Library Plaza Meeting Room (650 Main St.).

The agendas for Tuesday’s City Council committee meetings, which are work sessions open to the public, are as follows:

Finance Committee — Jury Meeting Room
A. Fiber Optic Service Agreement for Internet Service. (5 Min.)
B. Lease Agreement for Access to Fiber from 110 James St. (5 Min.)
C. 2012 Salary Range Table. (15 Min.)
D. Leakage policy. (15 Min.)
E. Finance Committee Mission. (15 Min.)
F. Public Comments (10 Min.) (3-minute limit per person)

Planning, Parks and Public Works Committee–Council Chambers
A. Authorization to purchase light poles and electrical components for the SR 99 International District Enhancements Project through US Communities Interlocal Cooperative Purchasing Agreement. (5 Min.)
B. Authorization for Mayor to sign a Professional Services Agreement with Herrera Environmental for the Perrinville Creek Culvert Replacement Project. (5 Min.)
C. Authorization for Mayor to Sign Interlocal Agreement with the Lake Ballinger/McAleer Creek Watershed Forum. (5 Min.)
D. Authorization for Mayor to approve a Release of Easement at 633 2nd Avenue North. (5 Min.)
E. Authorization to approve a Utility Easement for the Sewer Lift Station Rehabilitation Project. (5 Min.)
F. Traffic Impact Fee Annual Report. (5 Min.)
G. Proposed ordinance amending the provisions of ECDC 18.00.050 for apprenticeship participation on City construction contracts. (5 Min.)
H. Referral to Planning Board of proposed code amendment to provide expanded notice requirements for street vacations. (10 Min.)
I. Code language regarding Edmonds City Code Chapter 2.10. (15 Min.)
J. Public Comments (10 Min.) (3-minute limit person)

Public Safety and Personnel Committee — Police Training Room
A. Discussion regarding the reading of citizen emails/letters during public comment. (10 Min.)
B. Review of Director of Development Services and Planning Manager job descriptions. (15 Min.)
C. Public Comments (10 Min.) (3-minute limit per person)

The City Council meeting and committee meetings will be in the Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N.


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