Edmonds City Council to meet Monday rather than on Election Day

The xx residence, now home to McDonald McGarry Insurance.
The council will consider designating the Charles Larsen residence, now home to McDonald McGarry Insurance, for inclusion on Edmonds Register of Historic Places.

As is tradition for the Edmonds City Council, there is no council meeting on Election Day. Instead, the meeting has been moved from Tuesday to Monday, in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Building, 250 5th Ave. N.

At 6:15 p.m., the council will hold an executive session (closed to public) regarding potential litigation. Here are highlights of the agenda for the rest of the meeting, which starts at 7 p.m.:

    • A public hearing and potential action on an ordinance designating the Charles Larsen residence, 630 Main St., for inclusion on the Edmonds Register of Historic Places. The home, built in 1901, is owned by John and Sandy McDonald and is currently occupied by McDonald McGarrity Insurance.
    • Public hearings on 2014 revenue sources including property taxes, and the 2014 budget.

BD1 zone map

  • Discussion of a controversial item that has appeared on council agendas for the past two-and-a-half years, and has bounced around between the City Council, the Planning Board, the Council’s Planning Parks and Public Works Committee and the Economic Development Commission: Whether to exclude offices from ground floor retail spaces in the core business zones downtown. The idea is that retail businesses generate more foot traffic for the entire downtown business core than non-retail office space, such as a bank or law firm, and as such that core area (see map) should be limited to retail only.
  • Discussion and potential action regarding city council oversight of removing receivables from the city’s balance sheet.
  • Discussion regarding rules governing councilmembers’ attending council meetings and casting votes via speakerphone.

Following the regular meeting, the council is scheduled to again convene in executive session regarding pending or potential litigation and may take action following that session.

You can see the complete agenda here.

  1. There is also another very important Public Hearing on the Council’s Agenda this evening. This Public Hearing relates to the very important Capital Facilities Plan Element update for 2014-2019 to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Capital Improvement Program.

    I believe Mayor and staff are promoting a plan that asks the State for two million dollars to study options at the waterfront. I fear these options could include building an expensive tunnel under the railroad tracks. How does one even begin to measure the impact something like that would have on citizens and business owners?

    Bremerton has already lived through this experience. An August 31, 2010 Seattle Times article includes the following:

    Downtown property owner Lou Soriano, who has worked in commercial real estate in Bremerton for 55 years, said the public construction projects have actually killed business in the area.

    “The day they broke ground for the tunnel, we lost half our tenants because of the heavy equipment, dust and dirt,” Soriano said.

    Shouldn’t we simply address our long overdue need for an emergency vehicle overpass? This dangerous situation has been allowed to exist for far too long.

    Those interested should make sure your voices are heard at this evening’s Public Hearing.

  2. You bet Teresa. Congratulations on your 4 year anniversary – you have built something very special and please know that your hard work is greatly appreciated!

  3. I noticed recently that a “right of way” company had left town (company was located on Main just up from the crossing on Main). I wondered if the right of way company had anything to do with what is being planned for Edmonds……I had never heard of the “right of way” companies across the country before, but believe it has something to do with imminent domain issues in towns…….Not sure about that…..just wondering if anybody knows? My feeling is is that something big is on the back burner and the citizens should pay attention…..

    .Thank you again, Joni Mitchell……”you don’t know what you’ve got until its gone”…….paved paradise, put up a parking lot! Just as true today as it was 35 years ago!!….and more so

    Also, congradulations Teresa on 4 year anniversary

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