Several key items are before the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night, including a plan to temporarily restripe the Sunset Avenue Walkway in a way “that mimics the extent of the project without the commitment of significant funds to it,” according to the narrative accompanying the agenda.
“In this way we can all evaluate the concerns over an extended period of time to see which of these issues are indeed problematic, requiring accommodation in the design phase, and which ones may not be as acute after getting some experience with the geometry,” the agenda narrative continues. “We may also uncover new concerns that have not been raised previously.” You can see review the related drawing here.
The original walkway proposal called for a 10-foot-wide promenade on the west side of the street beginning at Bell Street on the south, running north along the bank above the railroad tracks, rounding the dogleg at Caspers Street, and finally meeting the existing sidewalk at Third and Caspers. The project design is being funded by a $159,000 federal grant; construction of the walkway is dependent on additional grant funding. Concerns have been raised by some citizens and councilmembers about the necessity, cost and safety concerns related to the project.
Among the items also before the council Tuesday night:
– A presentation by the Washington State Department of Transportation Landslide Mitigation Working Group regarding ways to address the ongoing landslides along the railroad tracks running from Seattle to Everett.
– Action on an ordinance repealing the Citizens Commission on the Compensation of Elected Officials
– Hearing potential amendments to the Edmonds Community Development Code modifying the definition of “lot,” defining “lot of record” and establishing a process for determining “innocent purchaser.”
– Discussion of the Edmonds Planning Board’s recommendation for Comprehensive Plan text amendments, including Westgate, and potential action.
– A recommendation that the approval of liquor/recreational marijuana licenses be handled administratively rather than going before the City Council for approval.
– Approval of the City Attorney evaluation process.
You can review the complete agenda here. The meeting will begin with an executive session at 6:45 p.m., following by the regular council meeting at 7 p.m. The location is the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N., Edmonds.