City Council set to adopt budget; consider whether to elect council president earlier than usual

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In a potential break with a long-standing practice, the Edmonds City Council is set to consider a proposal Tuesday night, Dec. 5, to vote on a council president and president pro tem prior to the end of the year.

The council is also scheduled to adopt the city’s 2018 budget.

Usually the council votes on council president and president pro tem appointments during the first meeting of the new year. But current Council President Tom Mesaros has proposed changing city code to allow the elections to happen at the last meeting of the year.

The reason? “To enable council presidents and council president pro tems to begin planning for their upcoming year in leadership,” Mesaros said.

There is a caveat, however. Under the proposal, such an end-of-year election could only occur when “the composition of the city council will not change in the forthcoming year, either because it was not an election year or because all incumbents were re-elected.”

Since Dec. 5 is scheduled to be the council’s last meeting of 2017, election of those positions is on the meeting agenda, assuming the council approves the code change.

Also on the Dec. 5 council agenda:
– A public hearing on the adoption of 2017 Comprehensive Plan amendments. According to the agenda, these include minor amendments to the city’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan; the addition of references and descriptions regarding the Highway 99 Activity Center to align it with the approved Highway 99 Subarea Plan; and updates to completion dates for actions related to certain Highway 99 plan elements.

– Authorizing the mayor to sign two items: a contract change order for unanticipated work on a sewer line at the 76th Ave/212th St Intersection Improvement Project; and a professional services agreement with Parametrix for the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector Project.

– Approving a fourth quarter 2017 budget amendment.

– Considering a one-month extension of the contract between the City of Edmonds and the Town of Woodway for backup police services for Woodway. The two-year contract expires Dec. 31, 2017 and both sides are still working to negotiate a new agreement. Woodway, meanwhile, has approached the City of Mountlake Terrace about providing police services instead. You can see a related story here.

– Approving as part of the consent agenda two new appointments to the Edmonds Sister City Commission. Those two candidates will be interviewed by the council during a special meeting prior to the Dec. 5 meeting — at 6:25 p.m.

– Receiving presentations regarding an federal award recognizing the city’s efforts to promote solar energy and the Edmonds Downtown Alliance 2018 budget and work plan.

The regular business 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.

 

 

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