The council will look at next steps, including a review by the Edmonds Planning Board as early as May 8, followed by a council public hearing and vote on either May 14 or 21. The council is also set to revisit the possibility of approving an interim ordinance — proposed last week by Councilmember Mike Nelson — that would be effective for 180 days while the other process continues.
The issue was raised two weeks ago when the council’s Planning, Public Safety and Personnel Committee learned that during the 1960s and 1970s, more than 20 condominium buildings had been built under a code that allowed for a greater number of units than is currently permitted. That number has grown to 25 buildings (although there are likely more), with a total of 633 condo units affected, according to the council agenda memo.
If disaster struck — such as a major fire or earthquake — and one of these buildings lost 75 percent or more of its replacement cost at the time of destruction or severe damage, it would have be rebuilt to conform to the new code with fewer units and a height limit of 30 feet.
At their April 16 meeting, councilmembers by a 4-3 vote rejected Nelson’s proposal for an interim ordinance, stating they wanted more time to review it. Reconsideration of the interim ordinance is also on the April 23 agenda.
Another agenda item of interest for Tuesday night is further discussion of proposed raises for city department directors so that they are in line with the market median salary for comparable positions in other cities. This issue was discussed briefly at the April 16 council meeting, with Councilmember Tom Mesaros making a case for supporting the salary increases as proposed by the city administration. However, Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas took an opposing view, stating that research conducted by the council indicates the raises aren’t justified.
Also on the council agenda:
– Consideration of whether the council should change its quasi-judicial role in land-use permit decision-making-
– Approval of a temporary employment contract for an Edmonds court administrator to fill the position while a permanent administrator is being sought.
– A proclamation honoring local historian and My Edmonds News writer Betty Lou Gaeng.
– The Arts Commission 2018 Annual Report
– A discussion on the the city’s fund balance and reserve policy.
Prior to the business meeting at 7 p.m., the council is scheduled to meet at 6:45 p.m. to interview Edmonds resident Ray Liaw, who has been recommended for appointment to the Edmonds Public Facilities District Board.
The council meeting will be in the Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. You can see the complete agenda here.