Finalizing language for tree-removal ban among items on April 27 city council agenda

The Edmonds City Council at its Tuesday, April 27 meeting is set to consider findings of fact to support continuing an interim six-month ordinance — as discussed at last week’s meeting — that prohibits the removal of large trees on private property in Edmonds.

Other items on the agenda include:

– Considering policy changes to the city’s Paid Family & Medical Leave policy
– Approving an April budget amendment
– Considering a code amendment to realign the Edmonds Planning Board appointment schedule
– Certifying a matching grant for the planned Marina Beach Park renovation
– Approving a consultant agreement for the Parks, Recreation & Open Space (PROS) Plan update
– Reviewing proposed changes to the unit lot subdivision process to broaden its applicability to include any zone where multifamily residential is allowed on the ground floor.

Also under the consent agenda, there is a recommendation to reject all bids received for the Civic Field renovation project and re-bid as quickly as possible to address confusion arising during the original bid process.

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  1. During last week’s City Council Meeting, Council voted 6-0-1 to add a new agenda item to discuss reimbursement of an expense paid for by Councilmember Vivian Olson.

    Further details about this reimbursement request are included in this article:

    https://myedmondsnews.com/2021/03/council-approves-contracted-social-worker-debates-reimbursement-for-police-chief-search-document/

    As reported last week, the April 20th Council Meeting ended abruptly at 10:30 PM when councilmembers were not able to take a vote before the 10:30 p.m. extension expired.

    As a result, Council did not get to every agenda item last week, including the agenda item to discuss reimbursement.

    How is it possible that the reimbursement item is not on tonight’s agenda after Council voted 6-0-1 to add it last week?

  2. Ken,

    Thank you for bringing this subject to the attention of the Edmonds citizens. You have made it easy for the City Council Members to direct their attention to Attorney Taraday’s information in the posted url in the above article.

  3. Thanks Lori. The item was added to the agenda at the start of the meeting but Council was once again unable to get through its agenda last night. I hope many citizens are able to watch last night’s meeting. Much can be learned about our City Government by watching a Council Meeting.

  4. As usual, you are right on Ken. After we are able to get back to live meetings, we should seriously consider moving them to the ECA where we could charge admission and sell popcorn to help defray the high costs of our city government. That, combined with the hefty fireworks fines and tree cutting ordinance revenue, might just cover the cost of the world wide search for the perfect police chief we presently have going. Anyone else wonder why we can’t just concentrate on cleaning poop water and fixing pot holes, like any normal city would?

  5. Thanks Clint. I really hope many citizens will watch Tuesday Night’s City Council meeting. The video is available on the City’s website. Much can be learned about our City Government by watching a Council Meeting.

    Much can be learned about our current City Government by simply watching City Council try to approve its agenda near the start of each City Council Meeting. I just watched Tuesday night’s approval of the agenda again. It took nine minutes to accomplish and I found it agonizing to watch. I am not sure if popcorn would have helped!

    Regarding my first comment on this thread about Council voting 6-0-1 to add a new agenda item to discuss reimbursement of an expense paid for by Councilmember Vivian Olson, My Edmonds News has written a detailed article on this topic:

    https://myedmondsnews.com/2021/04/due-diligence-or-implied-bias-council-divided-over-337-reimbursement-for-police-chief-records/

    The Agenda for the May 4th City Council Meeting should be available on the City’s website sometime during the day this Friday, April 30th. Will the May 4th agenda include an agenda item to discuss reimbursement of an expense paid for by Councilmember Vivian Olson?

    Hopefully the approval of the agenda will go better next Tuesday night.

  6. Yes Ken, thanks to you and a couple other people who would probably just as soon I not reference, I’ve figured out that the real power brokers in our town are only the Mayor and the Council President who pretty much set the agenda each week. The staff and the Attorney generally march to the Mayor’s drum along with blocks of Council Persons. The long agenda approval process is a pretty sure “tell” that there is much conflict and confusion in just the basic running of the city government. It pretty much ends up being what the Mayor and Council Pres. want discussed being presented; with the “inconvenient” items getting buried so to speak. All this tree, climate and fireworks nonsense just wastes valuable time and gets in the way of the things that actually need to be discussed and taken care of by a city, like the Emergency Plan and Planning Board issues that you have so persistently brought up. Even the Planning Board issue seems to be some sort of Mayoral power play. I’ve concluded that this government as constituted, just isn’t fixable. Elections only change the names and faces, but the dysfunctional process is permanent I’m afraid. The Connector debacle was my wake up call.

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