City council to meet in committees, approve new development services director Oct. 12

The Edmonds City Council will meet in committees Tuesday, Oct. 12, starting at 5 p.m., followed by a 9:30 p.m. business meeting during which councilmembers are set to approve an employment agreement with Susan McLaughlin, who is Mayor Mike Nelson’s pick for development services director.

An Edmonds resident, McLaughlin currently works for the Seattle Department of Transportation as an urban design manager. She replaces Shane Hope, who retired last summer. According to the proposed employment agreement, McLaughlin will earn $167,524 annually.

In committee meetings, the council agendas include the following:

Public Safety, Personnel & Planning Committee
5 p.m.
1. Authorization for the city to sign a recording document removing an obsolete covenant from private property at 236th Street Southwest and 84th Avenue West.
2. Authorization for the city to sign the updated Interlocal Cooperation Agreement related to the Affordable Housing Alliance
3. Request to increase a Human Resources Department position from 0.85 to 1.0 FTE
4. Update on Prosecuting Attorney RFP Process
5. Edmonds Municipal Court Reorganization

Finance Committee
6 p.m.
1. August 2021 Monthly Financial Report
2. Proposal to Change to a Biennial Budget in 2023-24

Parks & Public Works Committee
7:30 p.m.
1. Civic Park Restroom contract
2. Arts Commission recommendation for Civic Park artist
3. Supplemental Agreement with HBB for Hwy 99 Revitalization & Gateway Project
4. Supplemental Agreement with SCJ Alliance for the Highway 99 Revitalization & Gateway Project
5. Supplemental Agreements with KPG for Design Services on the Citywide Pedestrian Crossing Enhancements
6. Supplemental Agreement with KPG for Construction Management Services on the Citywide Pedestrian Crossing Enhancements Project
7. Supplemental Agreement with KPG for 76th Avenue West and 220th Street Southwest Intersection Improvements project

All meetings are held virtually using the Zoom meeting platform. To view or listen to a committee meeting in its entirety, paste the following into a web browser using a computer or smart phone:
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Council committee meetings are work sessions for the council and city staff. Committee meeting agendas do not include audience comments or public hearings.

You can see the complete meeting agendas here.

4 Replies to “City council to meet in committees, approve new development services director Oct. 12”

  1. The appointment and confirmation of a new Development Services Director is an act that will greatly impact Edmonds Citizens. Edmonds has had City Code problems for over 20 years and a major Comprehensive Plan update is due in 2024.

    I believe it critical that citizens of Edmonds are heard by Councilmembers prior to confirming a Mike Nelson appointment. Citizens deserve time to research the appointee and let their councilmembers know if they support confirmation or not.

    Mike Nelson has issued press releases in advance of Council Confirmation votes in the past. For example, the following Press Release was issued on November 25, 2020:

    Mayor Mike Nelson Appoints Dave Turley as Finance Director Turley Goes before Council for Confirmation Dec. 1

    The Turley press release provided citizens six (6) days to research Dave Turley and decide whether to provide citizen input to City Council regarding confirmation. Confirmation of Turley was sought during a Regular Council Meeting that provided for Audience Comments before the City Council considered confirmation.

    No Press Release has been issued related to the appointment of Susan McLaughlin to the Development Services Director position. Confirmation is being sought during a Special Council Meeting that does not afford the opportunity for citizens to make Audience Comments.

    Why is this being done differently this time?

    How are current councilmembers to DETERMINE if they should or shouldn’t confirm the mayor’s appointment if citizens aren’t afforded the time to research the appointee and make their wishes known to councilmembers? This is our only opportunity to be involved in the process. Directors aren’t elected so citizens can’t vote directors out during a future election.

    I have emailed full City Council the following request:

    Please postpone confirmation to a future Council Meeting and provide your constituents an opportunity to research the appointee and inform City Councilmembers whether citizens support confirmation. Thank you.

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  2. I am asking Mayor Nelson to postpone the appointment of Susan McLaughlin as development service director to a future city council meeting. The citizens, constituents, of Edmonds need some time to research Ms McLaughlin and give input.

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  3. Calling all Edmonds residents who want our City Council and Mayor to listen to their constituents’ feedback!

    Please take 3 minutes of your day (do it now!) and email the below to the links attached
    (Partially copy/pasted From Kens/Teresa’s posts):

    Please postpone confirmation of Susan McLaughlin as Development Service Director to a future city council meeting. No Press Release has been issued as of yet related to the appointment of Susan McLaughlin to the Development Services Director position, giving citizens no time to be included in this decision. Confirmation is being sought during a Special Council Meeting that does not afford the opportunity for citizens to make Audience Comments. The citizens, constituents, of Edmonds need and deserve ample time to research and assess any candidate who is being considered for this very important position.
    Transparent and collaborative local governance is required by the Mayor and City Council.
    Please postpone any confirmation vote to a future Council Meeting to allow for public feedback in an open Council session.
    How will Council Members know the will of their constituents otherwise?
    Thank you
    (Your name)

    **************
    Email your comments to:

    mailto:council@edmondswa.gov

    mailto:publiccomment@edmondswa.gov?subject=Public%20Comment

    mailto:?subject=contact%20the%20Mayor

    Carlolyn.Lafave@edmonds.gov

    mailto:kristiana.johnson@edmondswa.gov

    mailto:luke.distelhorst@edmondswa.gov

    mailto:adrienne.monillas@edmondswa.gov

    mailto:diane.buckshnis@edmondswa.gov

    mailto:Vivian.olson@edmondswa.gov

    mailto:Susan.paine@edmondswa.gov

    mailto:Laura.johnson@edmondswa.gov

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  4. Well we might just have to all go down there I guess!! If we can’t get on. Or if you have a job you are sol…AS the meeting starts a 5. Too early for working people.. And then the meat of it we don’t get to see???? Why not? Who works for who around this town. Does the government work for us or do we now work for them?

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