Yep, I usually pick one subject per column but, because we are in such a busy time, I’ll highlight several community events along with some City Hall activities.
On the City side of things, the City’s Sister City Commission currently has 10 students and two chaperones in town from our Sister City of Hekinan, Japan. For months my Executive Assistant, Carolyn LaFave, and the Commission have been busy planning and organizing their stay. This past Friday we held a “Welcome Dinner” where Hekinan students, their hosts, Commissioners and guests, all gathered for a fun evening. There are daily activities planned, keeping the students busy learning about Edmonds, the region, our culture, government and education. Our student exchanges add depth to understanding our similarities and differences. Our Edmonds students just returned from Japan on Monday, Aug. 5 after spending two weeks in Hekinan, exploring and learning about their City and culture!
Because of favorable weather conditions, summer is a very busy time for major infrastructure projects. Two large projects many of you will experience, and at times may be inconvenienced by, are; the annual repaving of many of our streets and, the major project in downtown Edmonds on Dayton Street. The Dayton Street improvements will run into next year. We have, and will be making, major “underground” Dayton improvements. In addition, we have begun a major waterfront construction project for the new Waterfront Center building and related waterfront improvements. The street repaving will conclude shortly.
Beyond that, we are well into developing our 2020 Budget. A few weeks ago I recounted how involved this process is, measuring projected revenues against the real program needs we have, along with the many staff and Council requests. While we have had a very strong economy and all requests are usually reasonable, spoiler alert… there isn’t enough revenue!
On the events side of things, the remainder of summer and into fall will remain very busy. We have several remaining weeks left of the Museum’s Summer Market (not August 17); there are still Summer Concerts at City Park and Hazel Miller Plaza and at the Port through the end of August; along with activities and events at our parks and on the waterfront.
Two large events on the docket this summer: Taste Edmonds, now in its 37th year, will take place the weekend of Aug. 16 – 18. This event has been voted one of the “Top 100 Food Festivals in North America”. With three days of music, entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and kid’s activities, there’s something for everybody.
Then on Sunday, Sept. 8, the always popular “Edmonds Classic Car Show” will fill the streets of downtown Edmonds. A wonderful, family-friendly, event highlighting fabulous vintage cars in “like new” condition… some may even be for sale! Many of the cars are owned by Edmonds residents. A truly fun afternoon.
I hope the balance of your summer is wonderful and, even though some schools are beginning, I hope you can work in a little vacation time too.
— By Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling