Food service, packaging requirements to change in Edmonds starting Jan. 1, 2020

The City of Edmonds has a reminder for food service businesses in Edmonds: New ordinances governing food packaging requirements will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. As of that date, there will be a city-wide ban on food services businesses offering non-compostable single-use plastic utensils and non-compostable single-use plastic containers to their customers. For more information, go to…

Edmonds Citizens’ Housing Commission to meet Nov. 14

The Edmonds Citizens’ Housing Commission will continue its work this Thursday, Nov. 14, reviewing and discussing background reading materials that include demographic and housing facts, the Vision 2050 Housing Background Paper, and the Edmonds Housing Needs Study. The commission will also listen to a presentation from the Alliance for Housing Affordability and discuss a draft…

Community Transit among Washington employers honored for hiring veterans

The state Employment Security Department Thursday recognized Community Transit along with 11 other Washington businesses and agencies for their efforts to employ military veterans in 2019. Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine announced the Hire-A-Vet award recipients in support of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Hire-A-Veteran Month proclamation and the upcoming Veterans Day holiday. “Veterans are among the best-trained…

Positions open on Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board

Applications and nominations are needed for immediate openings to the Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board from Council District 2 (Everett/Mukilteo/ Tulalip), Council District 3 (Lynnwood/Edmonds) and Council District 4 (Mill Creek/Bothell/Mountlake Terrace/Brier). Applications can be found at www.evergreenfair.org/131/Fair-Advisory-Board. The Evergreen State Fair Advisory Board aids in managing and preserving the largest publicly owned fair in…

Edmonds Sister City Commission recruiting chaperones for 2020 student exchange

Every summer, students from the Edmonds area visit the Sister City of Hekinan, Japan for a two-week stay. Edmonds Sister City Commission is accepting applications for educators interested in co-leading this trip during the last two weeks of July 2020. Chaperones stay with a host family in Hekinan and travel costs are paid by the…

Election 2019: No changes seen in latest Edmonds mayor, city council results

Edmonds mayoral hopeful Mike Nelson maintained his lead over opponent Neil Tibbott in the third day of election results released Thursday afternoon by the Snohomish County Elections Office. The two current Edmonds city councilmembers are vying to replace two-term Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, who is not seeking re-election. Nelson had 5,299 votes while Tibbott had…

From the Edmonds Mayor: ‘I Love This Town’

I started this column the day after our annual chaotic, yet fun-filled, Halloween celebration. As usual we had thousands (estimated 8,000) of kids, parents, grandparents and “innocent bystanders” here to enjoy. The festivities of that evening, during and after the event, were detailed on various forums like My Edmonds News, the Beacon and Facebook, as well…

Bella’s Voice, Swedish Edmonds honored by Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues

Bella’s Voice in Lynnwood and Swedish Edmonds Hospital are two of nine employers honored Friday by Washington’s Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment (GCDE) and Disability: In Washington. The awards were presented during the 27th Annual Governor’s Employer Awards ceremony, held at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond. The committee advises the governor, Legislature,…

Edmonds City Attorney seeks retroactive billing option in 2020 contract

When the Edmonds City Council nearly nine years ago hired Seattle-based Lighthouse Law Group to provide city attorney services, a major attraction was the cost. The firm offered a “flat rate” monthly billing — with no additional charge for litigation — that would save the city significant dollars compared to Edmonds’ long-time city attorney at the time…

City Council to hear department budget presentations in special Monday night meeting

Meeting Monday, Nov. 4, to avoid a conflict with the Tuesday general election, the Edmonds City Council is scheduled to hear budget presentations from all of the city’s department directors in a marathon session beginning at 6 p.m. In past years, those presentations have been spread out over multiple meetings. The presentations will be based…

Interest cost for Edmonds’ Civic Park bonds lower than expected

The City of Edmonds said its sale Wednesday of bonds for development of Civic Park exceeded expectations, with a lower-than-estimated interest bid that will save the city about $10,000 annually in debt service costs. Seven firms submitted bids for the bond sale. Raymond James came out on top by submitting the lowest True Interest Cost…

How you can help restore the forest at Edmonds’ Hutt Park

If you’ve visited Hutt Park lately, you’ve probably noticed a remarkable transformation thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers. Gone are the vast swaths of ivy that carpeted the forest and climbed high into the trees. Now visitors to the park can enjoy stunning views of the ancient trees that define the last patch of…

Reminder: ‘I am Edmonds’ storytelling event set for Nov. 2

Following the “I Am Edmonds: This Is My Story” project shared on Facebook last summer, the Edmonds Diversity Commission is hosting a special culminating event Saturday, Nov. 2 featuring motivational remarks, a presentation of selected stories and interactive group story-telling. The event runs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Plaza Room above the Edmonds Library….

Reminder: Edmonds Port Commission meeting agenda for Oct. 28, 2019

 October 28, 2019  7:00 p.m.  I. CALL TO ORDER  II. FLAG SALUTE  III. CONSENT AGENDA A. Approval of Agenda  B. Approval of October 14, 2019 Meeting Minutes  C. Approval of Payments  IV. PUBLIC COMMENTS (For any issues not already on the Agenda; 3 minute limit)  V. PUBLIC HEARING A. 2020 Preliminary Budget  VI. POSSIBLE ACTION …

Phase 1 of Dayton Street utility improvements nearly complete

With paving and the majority of the striping on Dayton Street complete between 3rd Avenue and 5th Avenue, Phase 1 of the Dayton Street Utility Replacement Project is wrapping up, the City of Edmonds says. Since May 2019, crews have been working to replace the aging and undersized utilities along Dayton Street between 3rd Avenue…

Council hears final marsh report from Shannon & Wilson, OKs attorney contract

Major items before the full Edmonds City Council meeting Tuesday evening included a detailed final report from consultant Shannon & Wilson capping their six-year study of the Edmonds Marsh, and a vote to approve a one-year contract with Zachor and Thomas for prosecuting attorney services. Notable visitors included a group of a dozen Scouts from…

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Verdant Health Superintendent Robin Fenn stepping down

After three years at the helm of the Verdant Health Commission, Superintendent Robin Fenn is leaving in November. That’s according to an announcement issued Monday morning by Verdant. During her time leading the Verdant Health Commission and Public Hospital District No. 2, Snohomish County,  Verdant has invested nearly $17.8 million in community health and wellness program…

Human Rights Commission accepting nominations for 2019 awards

The Snohomish County Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for its 2019 Human Rights Day awards. The awards recognize individuals or organizations for their contributions to making Snohomish County a place “that honors the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of our human family.” Nominations are accepted in the following…