Standing room only at Mayor’s first town hall meeting

Mayor Dave Earling addresses the crowd gathered at the Corner Coffee Bar and Cafe Thursday night. (Photo by Larry Vogel)

Mayor Dave Earling addresses the crowd gathered at the Corner Coffee Bar and Cafe Thursday night. (Photo by Larry Vogel)

It was a full house for Mayor Dave Earling’s first town hall meeting in the Perrinville neighborhood, as dozens of local residents queried the mayor and members of his staff on subjects ranging from the condition of neighborhood roads, the need for protection of a five-plus-acre forest that at one point had been proposed for significant development.

We will have a report on that meeting Friday, and will also in the near future be posting video taken during the town hall.

 

 

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  1. Thinking out loud this morning about the Town Hall Meeting and the Strategic Action Plan.

    Was it proper for Mayor Earling to conduct a Town Hall Meeting without involving the City Council? I applaud his willingness to participate in a Town Hall Meeting – but should he have approached the City Council (Lead Agent per the Strategic Action Plan -Action 5b.1 (70) Public Access) so the City Council could implement the Town Hall Meeting, authorize or approve it?

    Mayor Earling’s action calls into question the significance of the Strategic Action Plan that was adopted April 2, 2013, a plan Governor Inslee just announced earned a 2014 Judges’ Merit Award.

    I note that the Strategic Action Plan was not adopted via Ordinance. Legislative acts are usually accomplished by Ordinance. For example, King County approved and adopted the King County Strategic Plan 2010-2014 via Ordinance 16897 on July 27, 2010.

    The Economic Development Commission Strategic Planning Process Initiative Report included in the September 14, 2011 Edmonds City Council Agenda Packet stated that: “A strategic plan is a contract between citizens and their local government that establishes where a city is going and how it will get there…..” Is our Strategic Action Plan a CONTRACT since it was not adopted via Ordinance?

    Why was our Strategic Action Plan not adopted via Ordinance? As it was not, what exactly is this document and is there any obligation for elected officials or staff to follow it?

    If it does not have to be followed, was it worth the significant expenditure of resources to develop?

  2. Towards the very end of this agenda item during the April 2, 2013 City Council Meeting, Council Member Kristiana Johnson stated that as a Strategic Action Plan, “I don’t think that we are obligated to any decisions, but I think it just reflects the work that was done for this Strategic Plan.”

    I think she was right.

    Our Strategic Action Plan appears to NOT be a contract between Edmonds citizens and the City government that establishes where the City is going and how it will get there.

    Still thinking over, but any feedback would be appreciated as I am trying to determine the proper perspective I should have related to the Strategic Action Plan.

  3. The Economic Development Commission Strategic Planning Process Initiative Report included in the September 14, 2011 Edmonds City Council Agenda Packet also states the following:

    “A strategic plan serves as a community’s roadmap that will take us from where we are today to where we want to go in the coming years. The foundations of strategic planning are the statements we make that describe WHO we are, WHERE we want to go, and HOW we will strive for our goals and MEASURE success over time. That is, the strategic plan establishes a framework for carrying out strategic thinking, direction, and action. It also ensures the most effective use of limited resources by focusing those resources on key priorities.”

    I am not sure that it can ensure anything unless there is an obligation to follow it.

    Does anybody have any thoughts related to the City’s obligation to follow the Strategic Action Plan?

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