Lora Petso named new Edmonds City Council president
The Edmonds City Council on Tuesday night unanimously elected Lora Petso as their 2013 president, and Adrienne Fraley-Monillas as council president pro tem.
Petso, who served this past year as council president pro tem, was originally elected to the Edmonds City Council in 2000 but lost her bid for re-election in 2003. She was appointed by the council in 2010 to fill a vacant seat, and elected by voters last November for a four-year term.
A southwest Edmonds resident, Petso runs an actuarial consulting business with her husband Colin Southcoate-Want and also serves as a commissioner for the Olympic View Water District.
After her appointment, Petso announced Council committee appointments for the 2013 year. She also read a resolution thanking outgoing two-term President Strom Peterson for his service. The audience gave Peterson a standing ovation, and Mayor Dave Earling thanked the outgoing council president for “a great job.”
Fraley-Monillas, who was elected in 2009, lives in the Lake Ballinger neighborhood.
The council spent a short time in executive session then returned to the council chambers to publicly approve a $325,000 settlement with Precision Earthworks over the Haines Wharf project. The company had originally filed a $951,000 claim against the city that eventually ballooned to $1.2 million, according to Public Works Director Phil Williams, but the final amount was reached following mediation.