Edmonds City Council to elect new president Tuesday night

It will be first-of-the-year business for the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night, when they elect a new Council president (we’ve learned it is likely to be Strom Peterson) and president pro tem, and appoint representatives to council committees, the Snohomish County Health District and the Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation.

Other items on the council agenda include:

– A public hearing on a proposed code amendment that would change the way that the city permits home-based businesses in residential zones, including allowances for limited visits by customers and employees, and a reduction in fees for those home-occupied businesses requiring a conditional use permit.

– Discussion and potential action on an interlocal agreement to define the roles and responsibilities of Sound Transit, the City of Edmonds and Community Transit regarding the long-term operation, use, ownership and maintenance of the “Transit Center” portion of the Edmonds Commuter Rail Station project.

– Approval of an interlocal agreement authorizing Edmonds’ participation in the Snohomish County Tourism Promotion Area.

– A discussion regarding the possible formation of a planning committee to consider formation of a Regional Fire Authority.

– Discussion and possible action to refund the following city bonds, which would save the city an estimated $54,000 annually in debt service: 1998 Water and Sewer Revenue Bonds, 1998 Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds, 2001 Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds and 2001B Limited Tax General Obligation Bonds.

– Discussion of the procedures for evaluating proposals, interviewing and selecting the City Attorney, and possible further action.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N.

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