Snohomish County Council to meet in Mountlake Terrace Nov. 29

In an effort to engage South County residents, the Snohomish County Council is hosting its Tuesday, Nov. 29 regular meeting at Mountlake Terrace City Hall. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Find the agenda and Zoom info here. For those wanting to attend in person, Mountlake Terrace City Hall is located at 23204 58th Ave. W….

Lucia Schmit appointed as county’s director of emergency management

Lucia Schmit has been appointed the director of Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management. Schmit has served as an emergency management leader at federal, state and local agencies, including time spent working internationally. She comes to the county from the City of Seattle, where she has worked since 2018 as the emergency planning coordinator. According…

Plan to cut statewide fuel emissions 20 percent starts Jan. 1

On Jan. 1, 2023, Washington’s new Clean Fuel Standard will begin cutting greenhouse gas emissions from transportation — the state’s largest source of carbon pollution — the Washington State Department of Ecology says. Over the next 12 years, the new standard will reduce annual transportation emissions statewide by 20%, or about 4.3 million metric tons…

Washington’s 2023-2026 program of multimodal transportation projects ready for public review

A compilation of prioritized transportation improvements projects is now ready for public review and comment through Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Washington State Department of Transportation says. More than 1,400 statewide transportation improvement projects using $5.1 billion in federal funds are included in the 2023-2026 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP for short. The draft 2023-2026…

City of Edmonds buildings now open additional hours

With the COVID-19 state of emergency declaration being rescinded by Gov. Jay Inslee, City of Edmonds buildings are now open to the public with additional hours, the city said. According to a city announcement Wednesday: Edmonds City Hall is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday The planning, building…

City hosting open house Dec. 1 for 76th/220th intersection project

The City of Edmonds invites the public to attend an open house Thursday, Dec. 1 for the 76th Avenue West at 220th Street Southwest Intersection Improvement Project. The project — now at 30% design — is aimed at improving vehicular traffic flows and safety for all those going through the intersection. It will add an eastbound…

Snohomish County sets public hearings Dec. 6 on affordable housing, community development needs

Snohomish County is inviting all interested persons to offer ideas during two virtual public hearings Dec. 6 for local community needs for affordable housing, public facilities, infrastructure, public services and economic development projects to be funded with 2023 federal grant funds — and to provide input on 2021 grant performance. Snohomish County, in consortium with…

Brackett’s Landing driftwood Orca: Some questions resolved, others persist

It’s been almost two months since a broken dorsal fin prompted the Edmonds Parks Department to remove the much-loved driftwood Orca sculpture from its home overlooking the beach at Brackett’s Landing North and take it to the maintenance shop for evaluation. The original Orca was crafted onsite in 1994 from a piece of driftwood scavenged…

Work set to begin Nov. 21 on underground stormwater infiltration facility

Installation will begin Nov. 21 on a new underground stormwater infiltration facility at 96th Avenue West, part of an effort to mitigate stormwater runoff related to Civic Park construction. The Edmonds City Council last month approved a construction contract for $359,844 to the Blue Mountain Construction Group, which is handling the project. The work at Civic…

Snohomish County recruiting for Board of Health members

Snohomish County is seeking interested community members to serve on its new Board of Health. The Board of Health’s role will be to develop, approve and revise countywide policy on public health issues such as opioids, immunizations and climate change. The board evaluates yearly budget proposals, recommends new programs and reviews health department activities. The…

Woodway Town Council to meet Nov. 21

The Woodway Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21. Among the items on the agenda: First reading of a 2022 budget amendment Consideration of a salary schedule ordinance that revises the compensation range for certain positions. There will be two opportunities for public comment. The council meeting will take place at Town…

Dennis Worsham named first director of Snohomish County Health Department

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers has appointed Dennis Worsham as the first director for Snohomish County’s Health Department. The Snohomish Health District is being integrated into Snohomish County government, and on Jan. 1, 2023, the new Snohomish County Health Department will be launched. Worsham spent time early in his career at the Snohomish Health District….

Position open on Edmonds Citizens’ Tree Board

The Edmonds Citizens’ Tree Board has one member position that is vacant. The city is seeking applications for this position and any other tree board positions that become available in the near future.  The application form is available on the city’s website (see details below) or can be requested by emailing devserv.admin@edmondswa.gov. The Citizens’ Tree…

Snohomish County Superior Court to host National Adoption Day celebration Nov. 18

The Snohomish County Superior Court– in co-sponsorship with the Snohomish County Clerk’s Office and CASA Program — will join others across the U.S. Friday, Nov. 18 in participating in National Adoption Day. “We are so excited to be hosting this annual event,” said Judge Millie Judge, chair of the county’s Adoption Day Committee. “It’s a…

Edmonds Diversity Film Series continues with ‘Disclosure’ Nov. 19

The Edmonds Diversity Film Series continues with a showing of Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen Saturday, Nov. 19 at noon at the Edmonds Theater. Screenings will be offered free to the public and are scheduled for the third Saturdays of the month, October through April (except December). Each screening presents a film related to different topics…

Council agrees to continue emergency stepback ordinance; hears Perrinville Creek update

After hearing from a Gateway neighborhood property owner and developer unhappy with an interim emergency ordinance requiring stepbacks for multifamily housing iocated across the street from single-family homes, the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night agreed that the ordinance should be continued — for now. The emergency interim ordinance — which the council approved unanimously Oct. 4…

COVID recovery funds boost 2023 city budget — but they won’t last

How much money does it take to run the City of Edmonds? The proposed budget for next year tops $114 million. Right now, that’s $3 million more than the city has in revenue coming in 2023. But by the time the final numbers are approved, by law, it will be a balanced budget. Mayor Mike…

Snohomish County Treasurer warns public of tax debt scam

Snohomish County Treasurer Brian Sullivan is warning local taxpayers about a phony tax debt scam making the rounds. According to Sullivan, the scam involves a letter claiming to be from the Snohomish County “Tax Resolution Unit” and threatens garnishment, property seizure or a lien on the property if fraudulent fees aren’t paid immediately. “Concerned residents…

Council Nov. 15 to hold public hearings on 2023 budget, interim stepbacks ordinance

Three public hearings — including one on the city’s proposed 2023 budget — are on the Edmonds City Council agenda for Tuesday, Nov. 15. During the business meeting, the council will also hold a public hearing on an emergency interim ordinance — which it approved unanimously Oct. 4 — aimed at ensuring new development across the street…