The Edmonds City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night to confirm Mayor Dave Earling’s nominations to an 11-member interim advisory board for the Edmonds Downtown Business Improvement District.
Voting against the nominations was Councilmember Joan Bloom, who disagreed with the allocation of more seats (six) to “open-door” businesses (restaurants, retailers, banks, etc.) than the five allocated to “appointment-only” businesses (for example, hair or nail salons, doctors, lawyers, insurance providers, counselors, financial advisors). Council President Lora Petso said she shared Bloom’s concerns, but was willing to go ahead with the appointments since they were on an interim basis.
BIDs are special assessment areas established under Washington State law to maintain and enhance specific business districts. Creating a BID provides a local funding mechanism whereby businesses assess themselves to fund programs designed to help fulfill goals related to activities such as marketing, promoting special events, security, beautification, parking, clean-up and administration of the BID. The City Council approved the downtown Edmonds BID by a 4-3 vote on Jan. 15.
A total of 149 businesses out of the 313 in the BID area signed up to support the concept, and their assessments will exceed the 50-percent threshold required by state law. Under the two-category assessment structure, retail establishments are billed at a higher rate than service and professional businesses, and the committee members were appointed in rough proportion to the dollar value of assessments to be levied on each classification of businesses. The assessment is based on square footage and will cost each business in the zone from $120 to $600 per year.
The members confirmed by the council for appointment are:
Pam Stuller: Walnut Street Cafe (410 Walnut Street)
Paul Rucker: Saetia (120 – 5th Avenue South, Suite A)
Steve Balas: Waterfront Coffee Company (101 Main Street, Suite A)
Kim Wahl: Reliable Floors (542 Main Street)
David Arista: Arista Wine Cellars (320 – 5th Avenue South)
Mary Kay Sneeringer: Edmonds Bookshop (111 – 5th Avenue South)
Sally Merck: Sally Merck Counseling (543 Main Street, Suite 103)
Kevin Clarke: Clarke, White & Veenstra (100 – 2nd Avenue South, Suite 320)
Cadence Clyborne: HDR Engineering Inc. (123 – 2nd Avenue South)
Chris Fleck: Puget Sound Tax Services (514 – 5th Avenue South, Suite A)
Juliana van Buskirk: Edward Jones (313 Main Street, Suite 101)