Letter to the Editor: Thanks from Adrienne Fraley-Monillas

Dear Editor:

I was pleased to see that Mr. Wambolt has conceded our city council race this past weekend.

I would like to thank the dozens of volunteers who helped out during this campaign. I couldn’t have done it without each one of you!!

I will continue in the next four years to work for all the citizens of Edmonds no matter where you live.

While we reached out to voters across our city it was clear to me that citizens want to see development outside of the view corridor, I have heard you and will work toward our common interests.

Always feel free to contact me with ideas and suggestions for improvement in our city at: adrienne.monillas@edmondswa.gov

Adrienne Fraley-Monillas

  1. Congratulations to Mrs. Fraley-Monillas! As a council member, she has demonstrated the ability to reach out to a wide variety of Edmonds residents. I am happy to respond to Council member Fraley-Monillas’ request for suggestions.

    (1) I propose that we have a series of “Town Hall meetings”. They could;
    a) Take place in each neighborhood or
    b) Be held in council chambers and address various issues

    (2) Create a volunteer database. The purpose would be to match citizens with projects.

    (3) Here is my favorite. Let’s have an essay contest in which Edmonds residents describe their visions for Edmonds. We can even ask English teachers in our high schools to have their students submit entries to the contest. While we have lots of information from strategic plan, it would be helpful to have essays from citizens in addition to the statistical data. I would volunteer to judge the essays and I would agree to analyze them to see what the citizens are saying. Any suggestions for prizes?

  2. Council Member Farley-Monillas has already put forward a budget amendment that would help move all the elements of the Strategic Plan forward. It is a very good suggestion. Town Hall meeting are just one of the 80+ elements of the SP and deserve attention.

    There also a budget amendment supporting volunteers and that should only be the start of optimizing volunteer efforts in Edmonds.

    The vision of Edmonds suggestion is a great one. Frankly I would like the council to take the lead and tell us what their individual visions are. In the past some on council actually wrote down their views and it was helpful to see what they are thinking. It sometimes appears that some on council took President Reagan’s advise to “Just say no” and made it their plan for Edmonds. It would be nice to hear what it would take for some to say yes.

    With more than 2500 people already weighing in on the SP it would seem we have about 80+ item to begin to work on. While we may not all agree on every item, there is enough to get us started.

  3. Mr. Haug, you are correct in stating that Council Member Fraley-Monillas is actively promoting the Strategic Plan. Additionally, Mrs. Fraley-Monillas supports a relatively new economic concept, Budgeting By Priority, which incorporates the public into the budgeting process.

    There will be many opportunities for Edmonds residents to be involved in shaping our future.

    The state’s Growth Management Act (GMA) requires jurisdictions to incorporate public input into the development of comprehensive plans as well as the implementation of the aforementioned plans. After the Thanksgiving holiday, I plan on writing an article about the GMA so that Edmonds residents would know the role they can play.

    May you and all of those who read My Edmonds News enjoy time with your families during the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Sincerely,
    Barbara Tipton

    1. Ms Tipton, So formal unless we are face to face and then I call you by your first name and you do the same. Council approved the SP in Feb of this year by a vote of 6 to 1. In that plan the Budgeting by Priorities items gained the highest ranking of all items for which the council is the lead agency for implementation. While I know Council person Farley-Monillas support BBP and so do 5 other council members no plans have been made public for moving forward. The former finance director had a plan for full implementation but when he left things were put on hold for the stated reason that it would cost as I recall $25,000 to implement. Now that council has the funds for that implementation they could have move the item forward. Privately some are saying differing things about why no progress has been made but publicly as far as I can tell they are pretty silent. In the SP the public also put in the highest category the notion of open government. To me that means open discussion of items and especially open discussion of items that 2514 people have already put forward their opinions. Council still has time to move BBP forward but I will bet they punt on this for now. Too bad.

      I look forward to your Growth Management Act discussion. It could be the start of some interesting discussion. At this point their is little discussion of GMA and it is time to get going. Thanks for your anticipated fine work.

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