The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night voted unanimously to name a small park located next to the Edmonds Ferry holding lanes after the late Edmonds reserve police officer who spent much of his time directing traffic there, as well as volunteering for many other community causes.
The council followed a recommendation by the Edmonds Planning Board to call the SR 104 mini-park, located at 131 Sunset Ave., Richard F. Anway Park.
The park’s namesake, the late Richard “Dick” Anway, served as an Edmonds Police Department Reserve Officer for 36 years. He volunteered throughout the decades patrolling the streets of Edmonds and assisting with community events such as the 4th of July, Halloween, Taste of Edmonds and the Arts Festival. He was known for being willing to work ferry traffic during holidays so that the regular officers could have those days off with their families.
Anway, who died in February 2011 at age 67, was also the city’s final reserve officer; the program ended with his retirement in 2009.
Planning Board member Neil Tibbott, who presented the name recommendation to the council, acknowledged that the board gave strong consideration to another naming suggestion — Veterans Memorial Park, which many local veterans organizations had lobbied for.
“We found that to be a very compelling possibility,” Tibbott said. “However, we did not think that that particular location was conducive for public gatherings. It’s a rather small park, there’s no place for parking, if people wanted to gather, it really would be not the place for that type of memorial. Alongside the ferry traffic, with crowds and exhaust fumes, we didn’t that was a thoughtful or particularly reflective place for people to gather for a memorial.”
The board “would like to look into the future for another possible park naming opportunity for Veterans Memorial or another public location where we can give honor to our veterans,” he added.
A plaque will be installed at the park honoring Anway’s public service. Tibbott also said he hoped that additional amenities could be added to the Richard F. Anway park, such as a small stage, that travelers can enjoy.
The council also:
– Heard a proclamation from Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling honoring Terry Vehrs and John McGibbon for their service on the Edmonds Public Facilities District Board.
– Postponed until July 30 a closed record review of a parcel rezone at 403 and 405 3rd Ave. N. The postpone was due to unavailability of online records during the council meeting because of technical difficulties.
– Heard a presentation by Public Works Director Phil Williams on the 2013 Sanitary Sewer Comprehensive Plan, which outlined reasons why Williams will be returning to the council in a few weeks with a proposal to increase sewer rates. A public hearing will be scheduled on the proposal prior to the council taking any action, Williams said.
– Approved an ordinance authorizing the city to sell $16.2 million in bonds to pay for water and sewer system improvements.
– Heard a report from City Finance Director Roger Neumaier that the city’s budget forecast is looking more positive, thanks to the improving economy and the city’s efforts to cut staff and discretionary spending. He cautioned, however, that maintaining that level of budget reduction isn’t sustainable long-term, given the deferred maintenance and cutbacks in city services that have been implemented.
– Approved a resolution adopting Robert’s Rules of Order as the City Council’s new rules procedure.
– Approved by a 4-3 vote a proposal by Council President Lora Petso to restore $15,000 cut from the city parks budget for irrigation.
– Heard a quarterly report on the Edmonds Center for the Arts.