Conference Center, draft tree code on agenda for Edmonds City Council study session Tuesday

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Updated with new meeting start time of 6 p.m.

Two issues that have generated considerable public interest in recent months — whether to acquire the Edmonds Conference Center and next steps for a draft tree code — will be discussed further during the Tuesday, June 9, Edmonds City Council study session.

According to the agenda, the council is scheduled to “provide direction to mayor and staff as to whether it wishes to submit a proposal to purchase or lease of the Edmonds Conference Center and under what terms.” If the council decides to proceed, it will direct Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling and city staff to prepare said proposal and submit it to the State of Washington on or before June 11, 2015, the agenda notes.

In addition, city staff is recommending that the council accept the Edmonds Planning Board’s three-part recommendation regarding the draft tree code, which generated a packed house of citizens testifying about the topic at the planning board’s May 27 meeting.

The recommendation  states:
A. Defer any action on the currently prepared draft. Complete development and adoption of an Urban Forestry Management Plan for the City of Edmonds as proposed within the Comprehensive Plan,
B. Consolidate existing tree code sections under existing policy guidelines during the Edmonds Community Development Code rewrite process currently in progress; and,
C. Following development of an Urban Forestry Management Plan, consolidation of potential revised tree code could be written consistent with policy directions provided within the Urban Forestry Management Plan.

Also on the council agenda:

– An executive session starting at 6 p.m. regarding a real estate matter, followed by an interview at 6:45 p.m. with Planning Board alternate candidate Nathan Monroe.
– A Snohomish County Tourism Presentation
– Renewal of Interlocal agreement with the Snohomish County Regional Drug & Gang Task Force 2015-2016
– Briefing on the 2016-2021 Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program
– Presentation of a professional services agreement with Murray, Smith & Associates for the 2016-2017 Waterline Replacement Program
– Presentation of a supplemental agreement with KPG, Inc for the 238th St SW Walkway and Drainage Improvements Project
– Discussion of the 2015-2019 Commute Trip Reduction Agreement

The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. You can see the complete agenda here.

1 COMMENT

  1. I hope Council presents a clear vision this evening with regard to funding sources for purchase of the conference center, should they opt to recommend proceeding with an offer. Additionally, we need to see, in priority order, what other items may be on the incremental investment list so we can clearly see the other items requiring funding over and above the previously-budgeted items. Frankly, I hope Council does not elect to explore a 20 year bond as a funding source for the conference center purchase as I don’t want my kids saddled with additional debt service.

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