Edmonds City Council to take up name of Old Milltown park, discuss ambulance fees

The Edmonds City Council is back to its regular meeting schedule Tuesday, beginning with a 6:30 p.m. meeting of the Transportation Benefit District – all councilmembers serve as TBD board members in addition to their regular council duties – followed by a 7 p.m. council meeting. Both meetings will be in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250-5th Ave. N., Edmonds. You can see the complete council agenda here.

During that TBD meeting, the board is scheduled to elect 2012 officers and also will consider a resolution to designate the city clerk as the TBD’s public records officer and establish public record procedures. In addition, the board will hear the 2011 TBD annual report.

The regular council meeting agenda includes the following items:

– An ordinance amending the charter of the Edmonds Public Facilities District, which oversees the Edmonds Center for the Arts, to change its regular meeting schedule from semi-monthly to monthly and to establish board member term limits. Joe McIalwain, ECA Executive Director, will present a brief overview of the proposed changes and answer questions.

– A discussion regarding an Edmonds Planning Board recommendation to exclude office uses from store fronts in the BD1 zone, essentially the downtown retail core.

– Possible action on a recommendation by the Planning Board, Mayor and staff to adopt the name “Hazel Miller Plaza” for the Old Milltown park site.

– A discussion regarding ambulance transport fees and insurance. This item has been stirring up controversy (see recent comments here) as two councilmembers have criticized the Citizen’s Economic Development Commission for proposing the idea of billing Medicaid/Medicare and private insurance companies for the cost of transporting patients via ambulance.  No council action, other than possible referral to committee, is expected, the agenda notes.

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