Park fees, permits and food vendors at Edmonds city parks? Council to take a closer look Tuesday

Looking for ways to generate revenue during tough economic times, the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night will explore ideas for turning a profit at the city’s parks. Possibilities up for discussion, highlighted in a memo from Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite, include charging a non-resident fee for recreation, instituting permits at the underwater dive park and allowing concession vendors and/or mobile food trucks.

Other items on the agenda for Tuesday night include:

– a wrap-up of the 2011 state Legislative session, from the city’s lobbyist.

– approval of the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program, which the council is required each year to update prior to approving the city budget. A copy of the adopted plan will also be submitted to the Puget Sound Regional Council, Washington State Department of Transportation, and adjacent jurisdictions.

– approval of July 2011 budget amendments that include carrying forward expenses for items that were approved by Council in 2010 but were delayed until 2011; expense increases offset by grant revenue; and items that were under budgeted in the 2011 general fund and as a result will reduce the ending fund balance by approximately $219,418. Items that were under budgeted include insurance costs, including those for the street and utility funds; attorney fees and the interim finance director position. A complete list of budget amendments can be found here.

– an update on redevelopment plans for the the small courtyard area in front of Old Milltown at 5th and Dayton in the fall of this year.

– authorizing the mayor to sign a consultant agreement to complete plans, specifications, environmental documentation, cost estimate, and right-of way-services for a roundabout at the current five-way stop in the Five Corners area at 212th Street Southwest and 84th Avenue West. The design and environmental phases are scheduled for 2011 through 2012 and the right of way acquisition phase is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2012. The city received a federal grant for $463,000 to fund final design and right-of-way acquisition; a required 13.5 percent local match will be funded through the city’s Street Fund.

The complete council agenda can be found here. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located in the Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N.


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