Edmonds City Council to swear in newly elected officials, select new council president Tuesday


The Edmonds City Council’s first meeting of the New Year this Tuesday night will feature some pomp and circumstance, including the swearing in of councilmembers who won election in November, the selection of a new council president and recognition of outgoing Council President Lora Petso. The agenda also includes a public hearing on an issue that has been the subject of two-and-a-half years of council debate: whether ground-floor businesses in the downtown core should be limited to retail-only establishments.

The regular meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m., following a 6:30 p.m. executive session to discuss collective bargaining.

The council will also elect a council president pro tem and committee appointments for the 2014 year will be announced.

Other agenda items include:

– an update from the Edmonds Sister City Commission.

– the Planning Board Quarterly Report

– Public hearing and possible action on the Planning Board recommendation to limit certain office uses from locating in business spaces along designated ground floor street fronts in the downtown retail core. The idea — which was originally proposed in 2011 but has met with ongoing opposition — is that retail businesses generate more foot traffic for the entire downtown business core than non-retail office space, such as a bank or law firm, and as such that core area should be limited to retail only.

– Discussion and potential action on confirmation and duties of city officers.

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



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