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From the Edmonds Mayor: The draw of Edmonds

From the Edmonds Mayor: The draw of Edmonds

We all rave about the quality of life in Edmonds. We all have our own view of what makes the quality. My guess is we all have some similar and some dissimilar views of what constitutes quality, and yet, we all know we live in a special place. It could be the waterfront; our many parks; the hustle and bustle of downtown; the expanding Swedish Edmonds Hospital; the quality school district and commun... »

Fire District 1 Chief says retroactive pay amount should have been expected

Fire District 1 Chief says retroactive pay amount should have been expected

Snohomish County Fire District 1 Chief Ed Widdis says the recent flap over the district’s retroactive billing for its union employees showcases the importance of creating some type of regionalized fire service. “What I‘ve always said about these contracts is they were a Band-Aid,” Widdis said of the Fire District’s current agreements to provide fire service not only for Edmonds but also the cities... »

Council OKs 100-foot Edmonds Marsh setback; agrees to senior center negotiations on land lease

Council OKs 100-foot Edmonds Marsh setback; agrees to senior center negotiations on land lease

Updated to clarify there were votes on two separate issues: One that was unanimous to approve the setback and the other that was 5-1 on the issue of “physically separated/functionally isolated.” By a unanimous 6-0 vote, the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night agreed to recommend a 100-foot interim setback be incorporated into the state-required Shoreline Master Program, an amount that p... »

Former Edmonds HR director’s wrongful dismissal case coming to trial Oct. 27

Former Edmonds HR director’s wrongful dismissal case coming to trial Oct. 27

Correction: On May 19, 2014, legal teams for former Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper, current Mayor Dave Earling and the City of Edmonds filed separate requests for summary judgment to dismiss charges against them. The requests were based on a series of disputed interpretations of the facts and (in the cases of Cooper and Earling) the principle of qualified immunity of government officials “from li... »

Scene in Edmonds: Adding artwork at Five Corners Roundabout

Scene in Edmonds: Adding artwork at Five Corners Roundabout

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City budget public hearing, Shoreline Master Program approval on Tuesday’s council agenda

The Edmonds City Council will address several important matters during its Tuesday night meeting, including possible approval of the Shoreline Master Program update, which involves a controversial decision regarding the size of buffers to be established between the Port of Edmonds-owned Harbor Square Business Complex and the Edmonds Marsh. City staff is preparing to submit the state-required Shore... »

Arborist’s report says Hutt Park forest not significantly affected by vandalism

Arborist’s report says Hutt Park forest not significantly affected by vandalism

The City of Edmonds has made available the arborist’s report on the status of trees hacked by an unknown vandal in Edmonds’ Hutt Park in late August. The finding: The overall health of the Hutt Park forest “has not been significantly affected by the vandalism.” The arborist, American Forest Management of Kirkland, recommended three different options for the city to address ... »

Students interview Port officials about future of Edmonds Marsh

Students interview Port officials about future of Edmonds Marsh

Vienna Sebasstian and Nathan Filosi, both Edmonds-Woodway High School seniors, interviewed Port of Edmonds Commissioner Mary Lou Block and Port Director Bob McChesney Oct. 10 to learn more about the Port of Edmonds’ view on restoration of the Edmonds Marsh. Both Sebasstian and Filosi are members of “Students Saving Salmon,” a student-run organization at Edmonds-Woodway High School that striv... »

Improve communication on contract expenses, councilmembers tell Fire District 1

Snohomish County Fire District 1 officials paid a visit to the Edmonds City Council chambers Tuesday night, and they heard from Edmonds City Councilmembers who are unhappy with what they said was a lack of communication from the Fire District prior to receiving an unexpectedly large bill for two years’ worth of retroactive back pay. Early on in the Edmonds council’s work session presen... »

Night work on Hwy 104 and 100th to begin Wednesday

Night work at the intersection of Edmonds Way and 100th Avenue and on 100th Avenue north of the intersection will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 15 from the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., the City of Edmonds said. The work is scheduled for two nights and is weather dependent. The construction work will complete the final pavement restoration for the recently completed Puget Sound Energy steel gas main repla... »

Edmonds Citizens’ Tree Board seeks new members

The City of Edmonds is seeking two residents interested in participating on the Citizens’ Tree Board. The board has two vacancies whose terms expire Dec. 31, 2018. Board members must be Edmonds residents (must live within city limits) and it is recommended that the board include citizens from throughout the city (representing different watersheds and neighborhoods). Additionally, those with profes... »

Scene in Edmonds: A closer look at Hwy 104 crosswalk

Scene in Edmonds: A closer look at Hwy 104 crosswalk

Photographer Larry Vogel decided to take a closer look at the area where the crosswalk is planned across Highway 104, connecting the Point Edwards/Wildlife Habitat area with rest of downtown Edmonds. While taking photos in the area, Vogel says he ran into Point Edwards resident Gene Horton, who told him he believes the walkway would greatly benefit those living in Point Edwards. “Right now w... »

Fire District 1 presentation set for Tuesday City Council study session

The Edmonds City Council will hold its first official study session under the new format that was approved in September. On the docket is a presentation by Snohomish County Fire District 1, and expect the discussion to center on the $1.67 million bill the fire district handed the city for two years’ worth of union employees’ back pay. The council voted Sept. 2 to replace the former sys... »

Swedish Edmonds CEO David Jaffe to speak to Citizens Economic Development Commission Oct. 15

Swedish Edmonds CEO David Jaffe to speak to Citizens Economic Development Commission Oct. 15

David Jaffe, Chief Executive Officer of Swedish Edmonds Hospital, will speak to the Citizens’ Economic Development Commission on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Brackett Room, third floor, Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N. The meeting is open to the public. Jaffe’s topic is “Swedish Edmonds Hospital: Recent Development Projects and Future Perspective.” The hospital, located off Highway ... »

City of Edmonds seeking photos, logos, info for new tourism website

With a new tourism website underway, the City of Edmonds is actively promoting Edmonds as a destination for its scenic, cultural and entertainment assets. Now the city is calling on local establishments to help. Local restaurants, entertainment venues, galleries and hotels are asked to supply the city with quality photographs, logos and other brand-related materials, as well as brief descriptions ... »

WSDOT beginning construction on Hwy 104 crosswalk

According to an announcement from the Washington State Department of Transportation Thursday, work to install a new signalized crosswalk on SR 104 next to Edmonds City Park began this week and drivers can expect some lane closures and delays through the work zone from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weeknights (check WSDOT’s Northwest Construction page for specifics, includ... »

Taking a shine to public art in Edmonds

Taking a shine to public art in Edmonds

Public art is a big part of the Edmonds scene. From major works like the Cedar Dreams Fountain at Fifth and Main to the brass inlaid duck footprints on the Olympic Beach walkway, our public art serves to enhance and enrich the lives of all that live here. But to make sure that this art remains for future generations to enjoy, it needs to be regularly maintained. “Part of our 1% for Art Fund ... »

Council sidebar: Mayor presents a ‘cautious’ 2015 budget

Council sidebar: Mayor presents a ‘cautious’ 2015 budget

Despite a rosy economic outlook that includes increasing sales tax revenue and stabilized property values, Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling told the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night that he is taking a “cautious approach” to the 2015 budget. The main reason for that caution, the mayor said, is the $1.67 million bill the city received recently from Fire District 1 for two years’ worth of ba... »

Council testimony focuses on Westgate zoning, gun background checks

Council testimony focuses on Westgate zoning, gun background checks

Passionate testimony filled the Edmonds City Council chambers Tuesday night as two issues drew substantial public comment: passage of a resolution supporting Washington State gun safety Initiative 594, and whether councilmembers should — after four years of study, development and public engagement — support zoning changes for the Westgate neighborhood. After hearing opinions from gun o... »

On Tuesday’s Edmonds City Council agenda: Public hearing on Westgate zoning, Mayor to present 2015 budget

Westgate zoning changes will again be on the agenda Tuesday night as the Edmonds City Council holds another public hearing on the topic with the goal of identifying “next steps in concluding the Westgate process,” according to the meeting agenda posted on the city’s website. The council is also scheduled to: – Be presented with Mayor Dave Earling’s 2015 proposed budge... »

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