Council OKs roundabout artwork for Five Corners; off-leash park founders donate to K-9 fund
The new roundabout that will be built at the Five Corners neighborhood’s namesake intersection now has an official piece of artwork.
Following a public hearing that drew many positive comments, the Edmonds City Council voted unanimously to approve the 13-foot structure, “Drawn to the Water: Connected by Community.” Designed by Hood River, Ore. artist Chris Rench, who was present to talk about his design, the artwork consists of an inner stainless steel monolith representing water, surrounded by rusty brown steel that will change color with the seasons. Edmonds Public Works Director Phil Williams noted that having a visual obstruction in the new roundabout will help drivers learning how to navigate the intersection. By blocking the view of other cars entering the roundabout, it will ease drivers’ anxiety about entering and will promote continuous traffic flow from all five sides. You can learn more about the selection process here.
The council also:
- Held a public hearing on an Interim Zoning Ordinance to amend the Critical Areas Ordinance, but took no action.
- Voted 7-0 to authorize Mayor Dave Earling to sign an interlocal agreement with other local jurisdictions to pool resources and promote the development of affordable housing in Snohomish County.
- Had a lengthy discussion on the merits of longevity pay increases for non-represented employees, some of whom have been with the city many years as managers but are earning less than the union workers they supervise. A decision was made to further study the issue at a future council meeting.
- Debated the idea of creating a Code of Ethics that could apply not only to councilmembers but members of boards and commissions, but decided to further discuss at a future meeting.
- Heard a public service announcement regarding the Yellow Dog Project, a global movement for dogs that need extra space. Sponsored by Off Leash Area Edmonds (O.L.A.E.), which established the dog park at Marina Beach, its goal is to educate the public and dog owners about how to identify these dogs and promote appropriate contact. The effort will officially kick off in Edmonds this Saturday, Aug. 31. Yellow ribbons and additional information will be available at the following locations:
All the Best Pet Care – 9803 Edmonds Way, Edmonds
Blue Collar Dog House – 180 W. Dayton Suite 101, Edmonds
Celtic Cowboy – 21104 70th Ave. W., Edmonds
Edmonds Veterinary Hospital – 21111 84th Ave W, Edmonds
Gallaghers’ U Brew – 180 W. Dayton Suite 105, Edmonds
Next to Nature – 550 Main St., Edmonds
Muddy Paws – 12926 Mukilteo Speedway, Lynnwood
The Whole Pup – 21010 70th Ave. W., Edmonds
You may also contact O.L.A.E at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a yellow ribbon by mail.