Farmers markets will be allowed year round in Edmonds on both public and private property following action by the Edmonds City Council Monday night.
The council, meeting on a Monday rather than a Tuesday to avoid a conflict with the Nov. 6 general election, unanimously approved an interim zoning ordinance that would allow farmers markets in the commercial and downtown business zones. The former zoning code only allowed for “seasonal” farmers markets.
The council also held public hearings and heard presentations on several issues, ranging from an ordinance to increase property taxes 1 percent to a policy on employee compensation for non-union employees to an ordinance to raise the city’s combined utility rate by an average of $4.19 a month. But the majority of the six councilmembers present (Diane Buckshnis was absent) agreed to delay decisions pending further review.
In addition, the council:
— listened to a proclamation read by Mayor Dave Earling that praised the work of Edmonds resident Bill Brayer, founder/CEO of multiple sclerosis support group MS Helping Hands and the Donor Closet, who recently retired. You can read the entire proclamation here.
— heard a report from City Finance Director Shawn Hunstock that the city saved $1.9 million by refinancing its general obligation bonds.
— approved the appointment of Cary Guenther to the city’s Architectural Design Board.