Edmonds Council to take another shot at appointing new councilmember


Will the third time be a charm for the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night? The six current councilmembers will try again to reach agreement on a seventh person to fill the Position 6 seat left vacant by the retirement of Frank Yamamoto, with attempts at two previous council meetings resulting in deadlocked votes.

In each of their previous attempts, the council ended up split between two candidates — former Edmonds City Councilmember Steve Bernheim, who is supported by Councilmembers Joan Bloom, Adrienne Fraley-Monillas and Lora Petso, and retired federal attorney Stephen Schroeder, favored by Councilmembers Diane Buckshnis, Kristiana Johnson and Strom Peterson.

The council has until March 31 to agree to a candidate; after that the decision goes to the Snohomish County Council.

Prior to that vote, which will come later in the meeting, the council will meet in executive session at 6 p.m to evaluate the qualifications of a job candidate and to discuss potential litigation. The executive session in the jury room, closed to the public, is scheduled to last approximately 30 minutes.

Following the executive session, the council will reconvene in the Council Chambers and take care of the following business.

At 6:30 p.m., on the agenda:
o Council discussion with Development Services Candidate Shane Hope, currently the Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Mountlake Terrace.
o Meet with candidate Kevin Conefrey for confirmation to the Arts Commission and with candidate Mike Hathaway for confirmation to the Commission on the Compensation of Elected Officials

At 7 p.m., the council is scheduled to:

– Confirm N. Scott James as Finance Director, replacing Roger Neumaier, who resigned in December.

– Discuss and potentially take action on ordinances clarifying city wireless regulations and addressing the legal status of existing
wireless communication facilities that were built prior to or just after adoption of Edmonds’ original wireless regulations.

– Hold a public hearing on the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space and Community Cultural plans.

– Receive a City Park project update

– Discuss and potentially take action on sale of surplus City property located near the intersection of 184th Street Southwest and 80th Avenue West.

You can see the complete agenda here. The Councl Chambers are located in the Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N.



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