Several items of interest to city government watchers this week:
The Edmonds City Council on Monday afternoon will interview finalists for the Community Services/Economic Development Director position vacated earlier this year by Stephen Clifton when he took a job with Snohomish County. The interviews will begin at 4 p.m. in the Brackett Room, 3rd floor of City Hall at 121 5th Ave. N. Also that day, the Washington State Auditor will hold an exit conference at 2:30 p.m. to share preliminary results of the City of Edmonds fiscal year 2013 audit. That meeting will be in the Fourtner Room, also on the 3rd floor of City Hall.
On Tuesday, the City Council has another communications workshop with Jim Reid of the Falconer Group, from 2-5 p.m. in the Brackett Room. Later that evening, the city council meeting agenda includes the following items of interest:
– A report from the Citizens’ Commission on Compensation of Elected Officials, which according to Edmonds City Ordinance every even year reviews the salaries and benefits of Edmonds’ elected officials — Mayor, City Council and Municipal Court Judge — and determines the compensation schedule for the following two years. For 2015 and 2016, the commission agreed to boost Mayor Dave Earling’s pay by $500 a month — from $9,623 to $10,123. City Councilmembers’ monthly compensation of $1,695 will remain the same, but each councilmember will receive $2,000 per year in professional development funds for 2015 and 2016. The Edmonds Municipal Court judge’s salary — which is reimbursed from state court improvement account funds — is set at 95 percent of the salary for a full-time district court judge. The Edmonds judge’s position is a part-time (.55 FTE) position and paid on a pro-rated basis — currently $6,294 monthly. You can see the full commission recommendation in a memo here.
– Discussion and potential action on an ordinance amending the 2014 budget, which includes unexpected expenses for IT equipment replacement (related to recent city phone and email problems).
– A request by Councilmember Lora Petso to vote a motion to amend the recently-approved Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to include only the South portion of the Sunset walkway project. Petso originally voted in favor of the TIP but indicated at the July 1 council meeting she planned to ask for a re-vote, due to her ongoing concerns about safety related to the Sunset Avenue Walkway project. There is no money currently in the city budget to build a pathway on Sunset — which has been the subject of ongoing citizen and council debate in recent months — but being included as part of the Transportation Improvement Program is a necessary step for any future work.
The council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with an executive session to discuss collective bargaining, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. It will be in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N.