Letter to the editor: The people have spoken, so let’s look at other options

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Editor:

The people have spoken. The Sunset connector is dead. We have wisely decided not to waste further money studying a concept that would never have been accepted by the Edmonds community. The fatal flaw in this idea existed at its onset, yet went undiscovered, or more likely unheard. As a member of council, I would insist we take a hard look at the process that got us here. Wider and more diverse viewpoints coupled with open discussions are needed to avoid repeating this process. We can all agree that a good process and good representative government is the best course and, although passionate public involvement is important, we should never have to rely on last minute protests to rescue a flawed process and work product from a bad outcome. Having grown up in Edmonds, and planning my future here, I want to make sure we have a process that gets this right.

There remains a problem Edmonds needs to solve: continuous access to the waterfront.  The city needs to look at the other crossing options for pedestrian and basic emergency services in the short run. We also need to look at the research already completed for the other options and work with engaging the public in a more focused manner. I am in favor of being bold  Let’s continue, or start if necessary, earnest discussions with our citizens about “The Edmonds Crossing Project.” This project would move the ferry terminal south, incorporate a train station, bus terminal, and provide flexible vehicle storage for ferry traffic. An Environmental Impact Study (EIS) has already been conducted for this approach. If this project were phased, it could meet our short term (emergency access) and long term (second slip, ferry holding area, etc.) needs. Building in phases would be a necessary component of a project this size. Edmonds should prioritizethe grade separated crossing portion of the concept from other elements of the project. In other words, plan for the future in a big way, but start with what is needed first, the grade separated crossing structure which allows continuous emergency access to the waterfront. As with any project of this scope, we will face challenges; funding, environmental impacts/concerns, property impacts, effectiveness, timing, business and access impacts during construction, costs to name a few. But facing these challenges together provides a wonderful opportunity to engage with each other about what is important and how to best meet the needs of our community.

I’ve spent my career as a civil engineer designing and delivering these types of complicated infrastructure projects. I’ve learned through my years on the planning board that they require genuine consensus, strategic long term planning, and thoughtful execution coupled with strong leadership.

Edmonds is a great city and deserves a great solution to this very real access and safety problem. I am confident that with the right leadership and open and transparent government, the right solution can and will be found.

Nathan Monroe
Edmonds

18 Replies to “Letter to the editor: The people have spoken, so let’s look at other options”

  1. There must be other places in the world who have had this type of issue. A has the council checked what other places have done? Or other countries? They don’t have the money we do so they may have done other options. Medical sites stocked near water?

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  2. Certainly an inexpensive bridge south of the ferry terminal could be built at less cost with no blocking of the beach. How about a one-lane bridge over the railroad south of Main Street? It could be locked off with bollards and pedestrian-only, except police and fire personnel could unlock the bollards and drive over it if there were an emergency. I understand this type of bridge was studied before and could cost about 20% of the Edmonds Connector’s cost. We could save money, save the beach, and provide access across the tracks simply.

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  3. I am encouraged about Edmonds’ future with someone as skilled and open to public input as Nathan Monroe running for City Council. His strong background in engineering makes him a remarkable candidate. I have been attending Planning Board meetings for quite some time and have been very impressed with Nathan’s depth of knowledge, thoughtful questions, and ability to listen to many differing opinions.

    Lynne Chelius

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  4. Great letter. The key is Mr. Monroe’s last sentence. That is what is currently missing and needs to be fixed. As an old guy who remembers the biggest problems in Edmonds being someone wanting to build a 12 story Condo on the beach (Ebb Tide) and ferry traffic all the way up Main to 4th. Ave., I have to say big thanks that so many intelligent and thoughtful young people are about to replace some of the old guard around here. Don’t get me wrong, there are some older people around here to that need to be listened to too, but they aren’t necessarily the current officials or their chosen successors.

    I attended a “get to know” the candidate event last evening, put on by a neighbor, for Brad Shipley. There’s another gutsy and intelligent young man with many good ideas and observations about future Edmonds. As, a professional planner, he knows our parking problem and connector problem may be solved in new ways in just a few years that might make hasty actions now a really bad investment for the future. People like him need to be listened to and considered for our leadership. Members of the old guard here need to get out of the way and let the young folks have their day.

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  5. The Community is extremely fortunate to have Nathan Monroe, with his impresive skillset, running for City Council and the Community need insure that he is elected!

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  6. Clint one of the key points Nathan makes in the last sentence is so so important for the future of Edmonds. Open and transparent government is one of the corner stones on how we run the city. If we all knew the details of some of complex issues we are facing I would bet we would come to better solutions. They may not be what group A wants or what group B want but they would be informed, compromises for the a better Edmonds.

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  7. How about a simple pedestrian overpass? Medical professionals could cross and use either equipment they carry ornthat is stored on the other side.

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  8. I think the Edmonds Crossing Project died when the condos went up on the hill. I don’t think the residents of the condos want ferry traffic parked below their condos.

    I don’t think WSDOT has the $200 million plus to move the ferry dock either.

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    1. Edmonds Crossing is the only total solution. The legislature needs to be pressured to provide the required funding.

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  9. Do you think the owners of the expensive condos on the hill will be less vocal than the Save Our Beach group?

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  10. Going for the “total” solution is what created the problem of “the” solution to solve the problem most recently. As Mr. Haug points out above, it is all about compromises and I would add, possibly “baby steps.” There is nothing wrong with Mr. Wambolt’s idea of pushing the the state to fund Edmond’s Crossing, but let’s face it, the state can barely fund replacing the aging ferries, and the Mukiteo revamp, let alone another major on land project any time soon. I see ferry fare increases are now in the wind again. The ferry system is so busy playing catch up, after bad management almost from it’s inception, that it almost looks like an unsustainable program to me. Good businesses plan ahead for replacing equipment and growth which the ferry system has not done. I think Edmond’s should be looking for a modest project, preferably self financed, to address the immediate problem of emergency access. Big is not necessarily better and making the “perfect” the enemy of the “adequate” is usually not smart.

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  11. The ‘Save Our Beach’ group petition was a ruse via moveon.org …many fake signatures via bots

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  12. ‘Going for the “total” solution is what created the problem of “the” solution to solve the problem most recently. As Mr. Haug points out above, it is all about compromises and I would add, possibly “baby steps.” ‘

    Wisewords indeed. We – and I mean all of us – are too often inclined to allow the “perfect” be the enemy of the good. We often forget that it is your city or country as well as mine.

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  13. The ferry project below Point Edwards was planned when we moved here at the millennium. I was told it would happen in 10 years and here we are almost 20 years later. I agree that “baby steps” should be made. A pedestrian bridge is possible. Look to see what other groups have done in similar situations. Does the railroad have protocols on how to handle emergencies? Could we have a place where emergency equipment could be stored? Waiting for the perfect solution is not the answer.

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  14. ‘Save Our Beach’ Group petition was a rues . . . Global warming is a hoax . . . The Russians didn’t interfere . . . Trump is the greatest, most genius, President we have ever had . . . Thousands will die since be aren’t going to build the Bridge on the Beach . . . Why can’t people ever see the truth?

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    1. Bots are often used to fill in add to on-line petitions…moveon.org breitbart.com ..many other ones etc…

      Social Media often uses the Bot programmatic construct to create the illusion of mass signatures…in other words, a ruse

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  15. Ron W above is very correct. Clint first entry above is very correct. Still grinning on his second. Nathanial B above is also correct. in fact many thoughts are very interesting and deserve a more careful discussion.

    I have an idea that I will discuss with Teressa that may help us all sort out some concepts and ideas that may be at the heart of some of the conflicts. When I get her take on the idea we will see where goes.

    Meanwhile, read what Nathan Monroe said above and see if he is the kind of leader we want for city council.

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