City Council agenda: Public hearings on Comprehensive Plan, fire contract

city-of-edmonds-logoWe’ve already written about the public hearing on the proposed City of Edmonds-Fire District 1 contract and mentioned the parking enforcement officer as part of the city’s 2017 draft budget (which is on the agenda for potential action), but there’s even more on Tuesday night’s Edmonds City Council agenda.

For starters, the meeting will begin an hour earlier than usual — at 6 p.m. — so the council can discuss “procedural and ethical considerations” as it relates to the council’s recent letter to the Washington State Department of Ecology regarding the city’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

The presentation was arranged by Council President Kristiana Johnson and will feature Ann Griffin Macfarlane of Jurassic Parliament, an expert in parliamentary procedure and Robert’s Rules of Order.

Johnson said last month that she hoped to have a council discussion about the protocol regarding three Edmonds City Councilmembers who sent a “minority opinion” letter to the Ecology Department supporting a 65-foot setback for the Edmonds Marsh after the majority of the council voted to support a wider 125-foot setback.

“My concerns are really about the council’s ability to work together,” Johnson said. “I think that this has been damaged and needs to be sorted out.”

The council agenda also includes the following:

– Appointment of Donnie Griffin to the Diversity Commission

– A proclamation thanking retiring Verdant Health Commission Superintendent Carl Zapora for his years of service to the community.

– Prosecutor’s annual report

– Public hearing and potential action on 2016 Comprehensive Plan amendments

– Adoption of the 2017 Budget and use of Real Estate Excise Tax funds

– Discussion on the Fire District 1 Interlocal Agreement

– 2017 City of Edmonds Legislative Agenda

– 4th Quarter Budget Amendment Ordinance

– Contract renewal for prosecutor Zachor Thomas

– Presentation of Bids for the Veteran’s Plaza Project

The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 250 5th Ave. N. You can see the complete agenda here.

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