On Edmonds City Council Tuesday agenda: Five Corners bid award, finding money for Civic Center purchase, oil train resolution

The council will consider support for a grant request that could help the city purchase the Civic Center playfield, which is currently leased from the Edmonds School District.

The council will consider support for a grant request that could help the city purchase the Civic Center playfield at 250 6th Ave. N., which is currently leased from the Edmonds School District.

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

The council agenda notes that staff is coordinating with the City of Lynnwood on the lane configuration on 76th Ave from 206th Street to Olympic View Drive, since part of the street is shared with the City of Lynnwood. The staffs from both cities recommend a preliminary engineering study to develop a preferred alternative. Among the concerns: the need to evaluate pedestrian and vehicle circulation adjacent to College Place Elementary, located on 76th Avenue West.

– 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.

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4 Comments

  1. I like the changes for 76th, especially redoing the traffic control at 212th. I would hope to see a similar change at 76th and 220th, as that intersection gets terribly congested. Left turn lanes are needed on 220th, allowing concurrent left turns followed by east-west through traffic flowing concurrently. The current configuration has a LOT of “one-direction-at-a-time” wasted idling. I’ve sat through more than one cycle when no one eastbound or westbound turned left. That’s a waste of time and gas (idling).

  2. With all of this unbridled Council Spending,I smell a Levy coming on a near future ballot…

    The City Council never has never had a Levy they didn’t like…$pend $pend $pend

    • Council had the opportunity to raise our taxes 1% a few months ago and they voted to not add to our taxes. The budget is in good shape and may even be under projections for 2014. Based on the early estimates for 2015 it is not likely they will ask for a tax increase beyond the percent allowed to keep up with inflation. The most they can vote for is 2% without going to the people.

      Council has rejected levy requests in the past and may will do that again. So it is hard to back up the statement “The City Council never has never had a Levy they didn’t like…$pend $pend $pend” In fact they have done a lot to $ave, $ave, $ave.

      Personally I would like to see council do 2 Levys.
      1. A parks levy like the citizens asked for in the Strategic Plan. This could be done on a Revenue Neutral basis: create a tax for parks like we do for EMS and for the Library, and at the same time reduce the current tax rate for the general fund. There would no increase in taxes, one would off set the other, but it would put parks on a better path to sustain funding.

      2. Also in the SP is the strongly supported idea of creating a permanent funding plan for Street Overlays. Other then a few utility projects we have not funded any overlays until this year since 2008 and our streets show it. The public supported the idea of a funding source of $1.4m per year and if done in the form of a levy would cost the average homeowner less than $90 per year. A property tax would be progressive as compared to a car license tax that is somewhat regressive.

  3. I think the Edmonds City Council is doing a great job considering…….incomplete information given to them……oh yeah, and don’t forget the baloney

    And hey, what is wrong with a Levy if it is for what is really needed here in Edmonds…..What really needs to be done is obvious……STREETS & SIDEWALKS fixed……Things don’t work well (in regards to ANYTHING) without a good FOUNDATION.

    And last, but not least, I would like to see more B Corporations in this town. For profit businesses that take into account the environment and care for society……This is FOR general PUBLIC benefit! There is TRANSPARENCY and accountability with a B Corporation.. Something positive for the environment and society. .
    ……..
    I think more citizens in this town need to go stand down on the beach north of the ferry and look east to read the quote from Rachel Carson on the small cement retaining wall.

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