Edmonds again earns national Tree City USA designation

For the seventh year in a row, the Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Edmonds a 2019 Tree City USA award winner  in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. “I really appreciate that Edmonds has been recognized this year,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson. “Trees play a vital role in…

Reminder: City of Edmonds distributing free masks to low-income residents July 3

Lower-income individuals and families living in Edmonds are encouraged to come this Friday, July 3 from 3-6 p.m. for a drive-through, no-contact distribution of free masks. The location is the City of Edmonds Public Works parking lot, 7110 210th St. S.W. Attendees should be ready to show proof of Edmonds residency and state that you…

8th Avenue and Dayton Street intersection to be closed July 6-9

Crews working on the Dayton Street Utility Improvements Project will close the 8th Avenue and Dayton Street intersection from Monday, July 6 to Thursday, July 9. During the closure, crews will finish the intersection, build a new center island and complete the paving work in that same area.  This is part of the larger, multi-phase…

City to pause, evaluate Edmonds’ Walkable Main Street pilot

The City of Edmonds said it will take advantage of the long holiday weekend to put a “brief pause” on its Walkable Main Street pilot project. “We’ve had very positive feedback from residents, restaurants, and some retailers,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson. “Right now is a good opportunity to catch our breath, take a look…

City of Edmonds Diversity Commission to meet July 1

After months of meeting cancellations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Edmonds Diversity Commission is set to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 1 via Zoom. The link to access is zoom.us/j/94725884922?pwd=WnZuMjBaaTFXdzdZdWNoR2FGRDlPUT09  Meeting ID: 947 2588 4922  Password: 646903  Mobile to dial in: 1 253 215 8782  Public comment will be taken, with three minutes…

Updated: Edmonds councilmember apologizes for emailed comment about racial equity

Updated June 25 with a response from Councilmember Kristiana Johnson. Edmonds City Councilmember Kristiana Johnson on Thursday offered an apology to anyone who may have been hurt by her comment last week about the use of racial preferences to determine which Edmonds businesses should receive federal grant money to offset the financial impacts of COVID-19.In…

City of Edmonds staff offers to help local businesses with Phase 2 compliance

COVID-19 restrictions have been tough on local businesses. To help businesses adapt to the new rules and changing requirements, City of Edmonds Development Services staff will go to local businesses for site visits. “Business owners have a lot on their mind with scheduling and managing the financial impact of COVID and closures,” said Development Services…

Council OKs Edmonds Cares Fund; agrees to public hearing on sludge disposal project

Small businesses owners, residents and the City of Edmonds budget will benefit from the final plan approved by the Edmonds City Council Tuesday for allocating $1.2 million in federal CARES Act funding. The Edmonds Cares Fund includes a $700,000 small business grant program and a $300,000 housing and supplemental relief program, plus an allocation of $265,100…

Edmonds mayor issues statement about hate flyer

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson issued a statement on Facebook Tuesday regarding a hate flyer that was distributed in parts of downtown Edmonds. “This deceptive flyer copied the Black Lives Matter logo above a list of made-up inflammatory statements designed to incite fear, hatred and violence,” Nelson said. “This flyer has also been seen in other parts…

Pedestrian-friendly — and expanded — Main Street returns June 27-28

Citing the popularity of last weekend’s pilot project to close part of Main Street in downtown Edmonds, Mayor Mike Nelson announced Tuesday that the city will do it again next weekend — with  more street sections will close for outdoor dining and walking. To provide a safe pedestrian experience around the downtown Edmonds Fountain, 5th Avenue…

6th and Dayton intersection to be closed June 22-24

Crews working on the Dayton Street Utility Improvements Project plan to close the 6th Avenue and Dayton Street intersection from June 22-24 to prepare the area for final paving in the coming weeks. During this closure: Traffic through the 6th Avenue intersection will be restricted. Access to businesses, driveways, and parking lots will be maintained….

City extends applications for 2021 tourism promotion grants

The City of Edmonds has extended until June 22 its annual application period for tourism promotion grants for events, programs and activities scheduled for next year. The grants are funded by the city’s lodging tax revenue, based on the recommendations of the Edmonds Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. These recommendations, reviewed and approved by the Edmonds…

City to resume live public comment at council meetings via Zoom

Starting Tuesday, June 16, the Edmonds City Council is reintroducing live public comments to its weekly meeting agendas. The council has been meeting remotely via Zoom since March, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order. While the public could watch the meetings live, they were unable to comment in real time….

Mayor seeks applicants for new Equity and Justice Task Force

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson is seeking applicants for a new 11-member Equity and Justice Task Force. The task force would be charged with recommending policies and procedures for the police department and city hall “that would address bias and inequities perpetrated on African-American residents, people of color and other minorities within our community,” the city said…

CIty launches application process for Edmonds housing relief funds

The City of Edmonds Tuesday announce that the application process is open for the city’s $100,000 Housing and Supplementary Relief Fund approved by the Edmonds City Council in April. The application portal for grants is now live and accessible at wellspringfs.org/edmonds. The grants of up to $1,000 will go to households earning no more than 60…