Tired of unwanted phone books left on your doorstep? Edmonds City Council to discuss options Tuesday

Seattle tells consumers they can “opt out” of having telephone books delivered to their home or business. San Francisco requires those wanting phone books to “opt in.” The Edmonds City Council will look at both options Tuesday night when they address the issue of what to do with those often-unwanted books that end up in recycling bins or garbage cans.

Frank Yamamoto

Newly-elected Councilmember Frank Yamamoto asked Edmonds’ City Attorney to research the pros and cons of both approaches, and those findings will be presented as part of the council discussion. (No action will be taken on the issue Tuesday.)

The Council is also scheduled to:

- Consider an ordinance (with three changes recommended by the Council’s Finance Committee) to allow the mayor to assign extra duties to managers and directors and compensate them with “special duty pay.”

- Adopt an ordinance permitting new charges for sewer, water and storm utility connections.

- Pass resolutions supporting the City’s efforts to obtain grants through the State’s Recreation Conservation Office for improvements to City Park and the Sunset Overlook.

- Hear a presentation by Finance Director Shawn Hunstock on implications of the 1 percent property tax limit on the City of Edmonds.

- Confirm the mayor’s appointment of Joseph Fletcher III and Kody McConnell to the Edmonds Sister City Commission.

Prior to the 7 p.m. regular meeting, the council is scheduled to hold an executive session from 6-6:30 p.m. regarding potential litigation, followed by a meeting with the Sister City Candidates. According to the agenda, it’s possible that the council will take action Tuesday night as a result of that executive session discussion.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. You can see the complete agenda here.

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. Not sure why we are spending time on this phone book issue. Any consumer can go to the web site of the relevant publisher and opt out. I did it years ago and have not received a phone book since. Can we stop being distracted by crap like this and get down to some real business?

  2. Cancel all 5 phone books delivered to Edmonds residents:

    https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/zipcode/98020
    https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/zipcode/98026

  3. I personally feel this is a relevant subject. I get tired of disposing of something I didn’t agree to accept. I’m all for the “opt in” option.

  4. Seriously,?! We have a potential layoff in the fire department reducing our services, the overlays on 5th Ave. have stopped because of money, our town is close to financial ruin and really needs to make and follow through on an economic development plan, and you want to talk about phone books?!

  5. @ Priya, The City Council was elected to represent all of the residents of Edmonds not just the loudest. I can appreciate the fact that they can discuss the smaller issues (crap) and also work on the bigger issues (real business). Give them a break.

  6. @Jim,

    First, I disagree with your premise. Past experience has shown that the Council gets bogged down in this “feel good” legislation taking hours of public testimony and doesn’t accomplish much else. As evidence, look at the minutes around the cat leash laws and plastic bags. I sat through many hours of public testimony on plastic bags and not much was addressed on economic development. Take a look at the minutes. Or, better yet, take a look at our financials.

    Second, why re-invent the wheel? You can go on line and prevent a phone book dropping at your door. It took me less than 5 minutes to resolve this issue.

    Finally, an “opt in” provision may be onerous on the poor, elderly, and disabled of Edmonds who do not have easy or ready access to a computer. These residents are more likely to need and want a phone book. You are right, Jim, the Council is here to represent all of Edmonds, including the poor, disabled, and elderly, not just the loudest.

    So, you are right Jim, the Council is elected to represent all the people of Edmonds — even the elderly and disabled. In fact, IO know of several people who cannot access a computer to get phone numbers, etc. So, an opt out provision is not necessarily the best.

  7. Please excuse my typos above. I hit return too quickly. Please read as follows:

    *Finally, an “opt in” provision may be onerous on the poor, elderly, and disabled of Edmonds who do not have easy or ready access to a computer. These residents are more likely to need and want a phone book. You are right, Jim, the Council is here to represent all of Edmonds, including the poor, disabled, and elderly, not just the loudest.

  8. Thanks Reid for posting the links for the “opt out” options. I was just looking at our phone books thinking what a shame it was that in all the new measures that have been taken in the last few years to conserve, reuse, and recycle that all those trees had to be used for an item a lot of people no longer want or use. It is very likely that some of those unwanted books end up in the trash and not the recycle bin. I have opted out of some but it seems that every year a different one ends up on my door step. I like the ‘opt in’ approach as it seems more consistent with the latest environmental values being passed by the council. Like Jim, I am in agreement that the “opt out” option is nice to have but it puts one more thing on my very long, To Do, list and eventually a new one lands on the door step anyway.

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