Main topic of weekly COVID-19 briefing? Boeing’s future in Snohomish County

The COVID-19 impact on Boeing’s future in Snohomish County topped the county’s coronavirus briefing Tuesday. Boeing has already announced it will cut back 787 production in Everett from 10 Dreamliners a month to six a month next year. Here are the key numbers on Boeing’s economic impact in the county: 30,000 employees at the Everett…

Rain garden project under way in Sierra Park neighborhood

The City of Edmonds’ stormwater group, in partnership with the Snohomish Conservation District, is working on a new rain garden project in the Sierra Park neighborhood. According to the city, rain gardens eliminate nearly all of the stormwater runoff from the street and private drainage that would normally flow north through Sierra Park and into…

Reminder: Deadline to vote in primary election Aug. 4

A reminder that the deadline to vote in the primary election — which includes a variety of races ranging from U.S. Congress to governor to the state Legislature — is Tuesday, Aug. 4. All ballots must be postmarked or left in a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on that day.  Ballots and voters pamphlets…

Hiring full-time social worker, city code writer listed as key priorities during Edmonds council budget retreat

Hiring a full-time social worker. Ramping up sidewalk projects. Focusing on overdue infrastructure repairs. Rewriting the city code. Those were among the priorities that Edmonds city councilmembers identified during their remote budget retreat held vis Zoom Wednesday, July 29. The nearly four-hour discussion was facilitated by consultant Mike Bailey, a former finance director for the…

Edmonds Housing Commission extends listening sessions and community survey

The City of Edmonds is extending the deadline for citizens to participate in its online open house and community survey regarding the future of housing in Edmonds. The city two weeks ago launched the effort to gather information from the public about the future of housing in Edmonds. The open house and survey are part…

Edmonds City Council budget retreat set for July 29

The Edmonds City Council is scheduled to hold a budget retreat starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 29. The remote meeting will be via Zoom and is open to the public to watch. The public may join the meeting with a computer or smart phone at https://zoom.us/s/4257752525. Or join the meeting by phone at 888…

Census takers to start followup July 30 with non-responding households in Snohomish County

This Thursday, July 30, census takers in Snohomish County will begin to follow up with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The current self-response rate in Snohomish County is 70.9%, compared with a national response rate of 62.4%. Washington’s response rate is 67.7%. Among South Snohomish County cities, Brier continues to lead the…

Edmonds City Council July 28 to revisit acting director confirmation process

The Edmonds City Council is scheduled to take action Tuesday, July 28 on one of two proposed code amendment changes covering how the mayor can appoint an acting director as a permanent employee. Councilmembers on July 21 had discussed a proposal from Mayor Mike Nelson to modify the council confirmation process for such an employee —…

Walkable Main Street: Restaurants see benefits, merchant response mixed

Love it or loathe it, Walkable Main Street — the City of Edmonds initiative to make the heart of downtown a weekend pedestrian-only zone — will continue at least through the summer according to Patrick Doherty, Director of Economic Development for the City of Edmonds.  Now after four weekends, the growing pains are beginning to…

Inslee announces he’s rolling back some activities to slow COVID-19 exposure

Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman Thursday announced changes to “Safe Start,” Washington’s phased approach to reopening. The changes target activities that data have shown provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure. It has been four months since the governor announced the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Since then, cases in…

Edmonds College, Snohomish County partner to produce locally sourced PPE

Edmonds College and Snohomish County announced Thursday their partnership to produce locally sourced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The college has produced 200 face shields at the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center at Snohomish County’s Paine Field Airport. Front line workers and first responders across Snohomish County have experienced difficulties procuring consistent supplies of PPE…

Snohomish County sets docket deadline for comprehensive plan

Snohomish County has announced an Oct. 20, 2020 deadline for submitting major and minor docket applications to the county’s comprehensive plan. The process for property owners, organizations, cities and other agencies to propose amendments to the Snohomish County comprehensive plan is called the “docket.” In this cycle, Snohomish County is accepting applications for major and…

State: Claims for unemployment benefits decrease from previous week

Unemployment claims decreased in all categories in the latest figures reported by the Washington State Unemployment Security Department. During the week of July 12 through July 18, there were 29,438 initial regular unemployment claims (down 27.3% from the prior week) and 673,444 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 4.7% from the prior week)…

Additional $600 in federal benefit for unemployed workers set to end July 25

Unless Congress acts to extend or adjust it, the additional $600 per week in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Program (FPUC) benefits, available under the federal CARES Act, will stop after the week ending Saturday, July 25, the Washington State Employment Security Department said. FPUC is entirely federally funded and available only at federal discretion. State employment…

State reports nearly 43% increase in unemployment claims over previous week

As coronavirus-related job losses continue, the Washington State Employment Security Department reported Thursday that workers in Washington filed 40,466 new, or initial, claims for unemployment insurance, marking a 42.5% increase over the previous week. New claims applications remain at unprecedented elevated levels and are at 549% above last year’s weekly new claims applications, the department…

Citizens asked to weigh in on Edmonds Housing Commission concepts

The City of Edmonds has launched an online open house and community survey about housing ideas. The open house and survey are part of community outreach by the Edmonds Housing Commission to gather and organize community input on housing policy concepts from zoning to building design. The open house feature videos that highlight ideas for…