Edmonds City Council to consider adding resident-only requirement for Economic Development Commission
The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night will consider an ordinance that appears to effectively prevent former Edmonds City Councilmember Michael Plunkett from serving on the Edmonds Citizens Economic Development Commission (EDC).
The proposed amendment to the Edmonds City Code, which is being introduced by Councilmember Strom Peterson, states that the 2009 ordinance that created the EDC “indicates a legislative intent” that members be Edmonds residents and that a residency requirement “serves the public interest.” The ordinance also states that if a commission member “fails to maintain his/her eligibility either through an amendment of the eligibility criteria or due to a chance of circumstances surrounding the commission (e.g. change of residency) after his/her appointment, that commissioner shall lose his/her seat.”
If approved, it appears the amended ordinance would make Plunkett ineligible to serve.
Edmonds City Councilmember Lora Petso came under fire at the May 6 council meeting for appointing Plunkett – a three-term Edmonds councilmember who moved to Seattle after resigning in June 2012 — to a vacancy on the commission. Each city councilmember gets to appoint two people to the 17-member EDC, and Petso’s was filling a vacancy left by the resignation of a previous appointee, Commissioner Evelyn Wellington. Unlike appointments to some of the city’s boards and commissions, individual councilmembers’ EDC appointments do not have to be reviewed and/or approved by the full council.
Also included on the Tuesday council agenda:
-Authorization for mayor to sign Solarize Edmonds Project Memorandum of Understanding
-A resolution supporting the naming of the area outside the Public Safety Complex as Veteran’s Plaza, which will occur — along with a special ceremony — on Memorial Day, next Monday, May 26 at 1 p.m.
-Report on final construction costs for the Main Street Lighting and Sidewalk Enhancements Project and acceptance of project.
-Authorization for mayor to sign a Professional Services Agreement with KPG, P.S. for design of walkway improvements to 238th Street Southwest from 100th Avenue West to 104th Avenue West.
-Report on bids opened May 8, 2014 for the Annual Sewer Replacement Project (Phase 2) and award of contract to Shoreline Construction in the amount of $1,778,836.26.
-Continued discussion regarding cost to have the minutes of the Public Safety/Personnel and Parks, Planning, and Public Works taped and transcribed.
The council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. for an executive session regarding property acquisition, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Councilmembers are also scheduled to convene following the regular meeting in executive session regarding pending or potential litigation.
The meeting will be in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N., Edmonds. You can see the complete agenda here.