Red light cameras return to Edmonds City Council agenda June 25

Public Safety Complex

Red light cameras are back on the agenda for the Edmonds City Council’s Tuesday, June 25 meeting.

The topic has been before councilmembers at several meetings in the past year but so far has not moved forward. Tuesday’s proposal includes four options for installing the cameras, ranging from two intersections to nine.

The council will consider an addendum to a professional services agreement with Verra Mobility, which is already operating school zone speed safety camera in the city.

In other business, the council is scheduled to:

– Receive a presentation of a property purchase at 7317 Lake Ballinger Way, which could eventually be used for treatment of stormwater runoff from nearby State Route 104.

– Consider a supplemental agreement with HKA Global, Inc. for work on the city’s Carbon Recovery Project.

– Hear the annual report from the city attorney.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. Regular council meetings beginning at 7 p.m. are streamed live on the Council Meeting web page (where you can see the complete agenda), Comcast channel 21 and Ziply channel 39.

You can also attend and comment virtually using this Zoom meeting link at
zoom.us/j/95798484261 or by phone at +1 253 215 8782. The webinar ID is 957 9848 4261.

Prior to the 7 p.m. meeting, the council will meet in an executive session starting at 5:45 p.m. to discuss pending or potential litigation. That meeting is closed to the public.

 

  1. Consideration of Red-Light Cameras was NOT taken from the table by the Edmonds City Council during the May 7th Council Meeting. An item can be killed if it is not taken from the table. As such, why has Council President Vivian Olson placed it back on Council’s agenda? Have her constituents requested Red-Light Cameras?

    The Agenda packet “Background/History” is incomplete as it excludes the true Background/History related to this attempt to adopt Red-Light Camera legislation in Edmonds. The true start took place during the February 7, 2023 City Council meeting. Councilmember Paine asked Assistant Chief Rod Sniffen if there was any intention to have Edmonds move to red light cameras and he said no, there is no plan to move to red light cameras.

    The Agenda packet is incomplete as it fails to include staff’s attempt to legislate through the budget months after telling us there was no plan to move to red light cameras.

    The Agenda packet is incomplete as it fails to include any input provided by citizens.

    The Agenda packet is biased towards city staff as only their input has been allowed to be in the packet.

    The Agenda packet is misleading as it once again includes the misleading portrayal of Lynnwood’s safety data. Lynnwood made a major change to the way they calculate accidents in 2017.

  2. Ken – We appreciate your diligence in tracking these types of important issues and keeping the council honest!

  3. Desperation and greed make people do peculiar things for money. City leadership’s rationalizations of seamy procedures include missing and misleading information. State laws now direct received funds be used for safety improvements. It’ll be interesting to see how Council members try to sidestep that inconvenience.

  4. I support red light cameras at, at least, 6 locations in Edmonds and I want to money to fill the coffers. Additionally, traffic ticket teams should be rotated at Hwy 99 intersections to dole out violations for failure to signal and speeding. Every Edmonds Hwy 99 intersection can yield at least 10 tickets in 30 minutes. I witness the violations every hour of every day!

    1. Fair enough if you support red light cameras. State law was changed that now income is supposed go back to support safety in the area of the cameras. In Edmonds there’s been a cultural history to extract money out of the highway 99 area and distribute to the wealthier areas of the city which is why it’s no wonder that there’s been a deficiency of infrastructure and community support in the Highway 99 corridor.

  5. All of you who are opposed, may I ask that you try walking accross Hwy 104 at a cross walk near Westgate? I strongly support Red Light Cameras. Time to put them in!

  6. I really don’t understand why people are opposed to these cameras. If you don’t want to be charged all you need to do is stop on a red light. It’s simple.

  7. Thanks Jon Parkin for your kind words.

    Christine Koch – State law does not allow the city to fill the coffers with Red-Light ticket camera revenues.

    Annon Stewart – one reason I am opposed to these cameras is my own personal experience is that the cameras increase danger at intersections. I’ve seen people slam on their brakes when the light turns amber, and I’ve seen people accelerate through the intersection to try and beat the flash of the camera. There are many studies consistent with my concerns. I’ve provided some of those studies to Council but none of those studies are in tonight’s agenda packet.

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