The Edmonds City Council’s Parks, Planning and Public Works Committee during its Tuesday night, Feb. 13, meeting will discuss a proposed resolution to extend for a second time the city’s moratorium on using tire crumb rubber on publicly-owned athletic fields — this time until July 15, 2018.
According to the proposed resolution, extending the ban is due to “the ongoing nature” of health and safety research being conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
A report on that research is expected in mid-2018 and it’s possible “that the city council will want to extend the prohibition again depending on the status of these ongoing research efforts and the findings that they might generate,” the draft resolution says.
Following months of public testimony and discussion among councilmembers about crumb rubber’s possible health and environmental impacts, the city council in December 2015 first approved an ordinance that placed a moratorium on the turf installation with a scheduled sunset date of July 11, 2017. The council voted in April 2017 to extend that ban until Feb. 28, 2018, awaiting the results of pending federal research.
Also on the agenda for the three council committee meetings Tuesday night:
Parks, Planning, and Public Works Committee (Jury Meeting Room)
– Briefing on the city-wide pavement rating report
– Presentation of an Interlocal Agreement with the Edmonds School District to fund overlay of 236th Street from 94th Avenue to 92nd Avenue
– Report on bids for the 238th Street Southwest Walkway (Edmonds Way to Highway 99)
– Report on bids for the Northstream pipe abandonment and culvert rehabilitation project, located off Highway 524 and 11th Place North.
– Report on bids for the Five Corners Reservoir Re-Coating Project
Finance Committee (Council Chamber)
– Preliminary December 2017 quarterly financial report
– Capital asset policy
– Draft Finance Committee 2018 Work Plan
– 2018 carryforward budget amendments
Public Safety and Personnel Committee (Police Training Room)
– Special Event Parking Discussion
– Amendment to allow boards/commissions remote participation
The city council committee meetings are open to the public but are not public hearings and no public comment is taken.
You can see the complete Feb. 13 city council agenda here.