As the year is about to come to an end, so does the role of four amazing individuals who have served our city with distinction.
I want to express my sincerest thank you to Mayor Earling and City Council Members Tibbott, Mesaros and Teitzel.
It has always been clear to me that
- You love this city
- You take your role seriously
- You have sacrificed a lot in service of this community
- You do what you believe is right
- Individually and as a group you have protected this city and made it better
We each get only so many heart beats in this life and that you have given so many of yours in service of this city is remarkable and inspiring.
On any given council agenda you will be making decisions that will impact several generations on topics ranging from police and fire protection, budget, taxes, the marsh, the arts, waterfront connector, trees, transportation, parking, gun control, road maintenance, homelessness, housing, parks, land use, cell service, Highway 99, wayside horns, waterfront center, water quality, sewers, climate change, utility rates, vender contracts, opioid impacts, diversity, business health… to name just a very few.
To do this you must attend council meetings, committee meetings, hearings, public meetings, liaison meetings, and public events. And, you need to prepare for each – Your council packets are typically more than 200 pages. It’s a lot of time and you sure don’t do it for the money or the recognition.
Each of you leaving will be sorely missed, for many reasons.
I have two asks:
First, to those who will not be returning, you have more than earned a break, but we still need you. Please continue to give us the benefit of your wisdom and experience.
Second, to those who are returning, and the newly elected mayor and councilmembers, thank you for the willingness to serve and what you are about to undertake. I encourage all of us to put the campaign behind us and show how Edmonds is not like other places and that 42,000 people can actually get along, make hard choices and enjoy each other. More than once, we have shown that we share many common values and we come together for the common good.
Please have the courage to resist the pressure to make decisions because of special interest or the loudest voice. And, as history has taught us, sometimes even the majority is wrong. Let Edmonds be the city that sets the national standard for collaboration, cooperation, civility and making good decisions.
I end with the two words I started with, and they do not begin to express how grateful I am to each of you, Thank you!