It’s a busy Tuesday night ahead for the Edmonds City Council, with the following items included on the agenda:
– An explanation of intersection improvements proposed at 76th Avenue West at 212th Street Southwest. According to the city, this intersection next to Edmonds-Woodway High School and just north of Swedish/Edmonds is congested during peak commute and school hours due to limited capacity. After analyzing different alternatives, the following improvements have been suggested:
• Addition of left-turn lane for northbound and southbound movements on 76th (allowing both approaches to turn concurrently)
• Addition of right-turn lane for westbound 212th, and 76th northbound and southbound movements
• Consolidating the number of through lanes for northbound and southbound movements from two lanes to one lane to match a future three-lane arterial corridor.
• Addition of bike lanes for all movements
– In a matter related to the proposed 76th Avenue and 212th Street improvements, the council will hold a public hearing and may take action on an amendment to the 2014-2019 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program, which would add re-striping of 76th Avenue West from 220th Street Southwest to Olympic View Drive. The proposed re-configuration would result in one through lane for traffic and a bike lane on each side of the street, with a two-way left turn lane. According to the city, this layout will provide the following:
• Improve traffic flow and travel time from one end to the other
• Reduce number of accidents (less rear-ends, left turn collisions, and conflict points)
• Improved access from 76th Ave W to and from minor streets and driveways with two-way left turn lanes
• Improved bicycle safety with the addition of bike lanes on both sides of the entire corridor
– Consideration of a resolution showing support for the city to apply for grant money that could assist in acquiring the Civic Center property, located at 250 6th Ave. N., which is owned by the Edmonds School District.
The school district has expressed an interest in selling the property, which the city has leased for recreational purposes since 1977. The lease, which expires in February 2021, gives the City of Edmonds the right of first refusal.
The grant application would be made to the State Recreation and Conservation Office, and one of the grant requirements is that the mayor sign an authorizing resolution to demonstrate the city’s commitment to this project. The school district has expressed an interest in selling the property, which the city has leased for recreational purposes since 1977. The lease, which expires in February 2021, gives the City of Edmonds the right of first refusal.
– Hearing a report on bids opened April 1, 2014 for the Five Corners Roundabout Intersection Improvement Project and possible award of contract to Marshbank Construction, Inc. in the amount of $2,934,597.40.
– Considering an ordinance amending the Edmonds City Code relating to the Edmonds Downtown Business Improvement District. The ordinance would add a section to create an exemption for new businesses.
– Discussing and possibly taking action on a Human Resources Department Reorganization & Salary Schedule Ordinance that would, among other things, make permanent the practice of having a current city department director assume the additional duties of overseeing Human Resources. That task has been assigned to Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite ever since the Human Resources position was eliminated by the council in November 2011 as a cost-cutting move.
– Discussing and possibly acting on a resolution urging the adoption of state and federal regulations to assess the risk of petroleum transport by rail through Edmonds.
At the end of the meeting, the council will convene in executive session regarding pending or potential litigation.
You can see the complete agenda here. The regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N., Edmonds. It will be preceded by a separate executive session at 6 p.m. regarding property acquisition and pending litigation.