City Council to hold public hearing, may take action on one-year crumb rubber ban in Edmonds

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The Edmonds City Council will hold a public hearing and may take action Tuesday night on a proposal to ban for one year turf infill made of recycled tires on all public property in the city.

According to the draft ordinance before the council, during the period the ban is in place, the city would gather, organize and review scientific studies and any other relevant analysis regarding the health and environmental risks association with crumb rubber.

The public hearing follows several months of public testimony before the council and discussion among councilmembers about possible health and environmental impacts of artificial turf made of recycled tires, which contain known carcinogens. Public comments during this public hearing will be limited to two minutes per person.

The council is also scheduled to continue deliberations on the city’s 2016 budget, including the Capital Facilities
Plan (CFP) Element of the Comprehensive Plan, and the proposed Capital Improvement Program.

And it will consider authorizing Mayor Dave Earling to execute a $100,000 professional services agreement with Fregonese Associates for the Highway 99 Subarea Planning Project.

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

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