From Edmonds in Bloom: The promise of flower baskets

One part of our community that continues to thrive under the guidance of Debra Dill, city arborist and beautification program lead, is the City of Edmonds flower program. For the last 15 years, Debra has helped to usher in the familiar bloom of the flower baskets, corner gardens, and other gardens that make our community…

Cities encourage residents not to flush disposable wipes

As concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak have stores struggling to keep disinfecting wipes on shelves, cities are asking the public not to flush them down the toilet when they are finished using them. For weeks, people have been stockpiling cleaning supplies including disinfecting wipes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As more people use the…

8th and Dayton intersection closure planned for April 1-2

Crews working on the Dayton Street Utilities Improvement project plan to close the 8th Avenue and Dayton Street intersection Wednesday, April 1 through Thursday, April 2, to continue installing the new water main. During this closure: – Traffic through the 8th Avenue intersection will be restricted. – Access to businesses, driveways and parking lots will…

City of Edmonds hires new public information officer

The City of Edmonds has hired Jamie Holter as its new half-time public information officer/communications strategist. Her first day was Tuesday, March 17. Holter, who has worked in state and county communications for more than 15 years, will spend much of her time getting information out to the public, community organizations, local media and businesses…

Closed Edmonds Fishing Pier covered with graffiti

The Edmonds Fishing Pier — closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak — was covered in graffiti over the weekend, but city parks staff said crews will clean up the mess. “The pier was closed at the time and still is,” said Shannon Burley, City of Edmonds Interim Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. “Our…

Council votes to remove firearms restrictions from mayor’s emergency powers; OKs temporary lift of plastic bag ban

At a special Friday afternoon meeting, the Edmonds City Council voted unanimously to remove the mayor’s ability — during an emergency —  to prevent citizens from carrying or possessing firearms. The controversial subsection G provision, contained in the city’s recently amended disaster preparedness ordinance, had been a flashpoint for Second Amendment advocates and had even…

In an open letter, Edmonds mayor asks landlords to work with business tenants

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson on Friday posted an open letter to Edmonds commercial property owners, asking them to “find a way to work with tenants to weather this financial storm.” “Perhaps you can consider delaying rent payments or spreading payments out over a longer period of time,” Nelson said in a letter that was posted…

Emergency council meeting Friday to address firearms language, plastic bag ban

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson has asked the Edmonds City Council to meet Friday afternoon to consider two items: Removing language related to the possession of firearms now in the city’s Disaster Preparation and Coordination ordinance, and temporarily lifting the city’s plastic bag ban in light of the COVID-10 epidemic. The meeting will be conducted virtually…

Upcoming Dayton Street closures planned for March 25-26

Crews working on phase 2 of the Dayton Street Utility Improvements project plan to close the 7th Avenue and Dayton Street intersection March 25-26, to continue installing the new water main. During this closure: – Traffic through the 7th Avenue intersection will be restricted. – Access to businesses, driveways, and parking lots will be maintained….

Nelson issues ‘stay-at-home’ order for Edmonds, with long list of exceptions

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson on Sunday issued a stay-at-home order for residents, business owners and “others who work and recreate” in the city, effective at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 22. “I have issued this order because we need to take more significant measures to safeguard Edmonds residents, workers and visitors during this critical period of…

Mayor calls emergency Edmonds City Council meeting for 2 PM Sunday

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson is convening an emergency city council meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22,  to ask for approval to broaden his ability to legally expand the Shelter in Place effort in Edmonds. This is a public meeting but it is a virtual one, so it will be broadcast at 2 p.m. via…

City of Edmonds closes access to beach parks, dog park

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and encourage social distancing, the City of Edmonds has suspended access to its beach parks, including the off-leash dog park, effective immediately. The closure includes public restrooms and parking lots at Edmonds’ beaches, Marina Beach Park and Brackett’s Landing North Park, Deputy Parks and Recreation Superintendent…

Nelson proposing 60-day moratorium on tenant and business evictions in Edmonds

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson is asking the city council to approve a 60-day moratorium on tenant and business evictions aimed at providing “some tangible, immediate solutions” to those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. In a news release issued Friday, Nelson noted that business owners, employees and residents are already feeling the financial impact of the governor’s…

Mayor Mike’s Corner: Thank you for doing your part

First, let me say thank you. Thank you to our Edmonds City workers who continue to do their jobs in difficult conditions. Thank you to our business owners and local workers who are under significant strain to stay in business. Thank you to our residents who are doing their best to shelter in place and…

Edmonds Municipal Court puts in-person hearings, jury trials on hold

In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement  recommending avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people, the Edmonds Municipal Court has adopted new emergency measures in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. The court is continuing all matters except for the following: – Video-in custody hearings – Out-of-custody arraignments for charges…

Council OKs temporary Edmonds ‘grab-and-go’ parking spots to aid restaurants

With just Mayor Mike Nelson and two councilmembers present on the dais and the rest calling in by telephone, the Edmonds City Council met for about an hour Tuesday to consider three items related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The agenda had been shortened considerably from the one issued last Friday, to accommodate the speaker phone…

City aims to install new Welcome to Edmonds sign this fall

It’s been a long road fraught by controversy, numerous public meetings, an array of alternative designs (each with its own group of passionate advocates), and considerable debate on just what the thing should look like and how much it should cost. But with last year’s approval of the final design, all now appears on track…

Fundraising underway for fully-inclusive Mika’s Playground at Civic Park

The Zimbalist family lived by a simple rule: “‘We don’t do things unless everybody can do them.” Above all, that included going to the park with their son, Mika. “When he was young, he loved to go on the swing and slides,” Mumtaz Zimbalist, Mika’s mother, said. “He was little, so we were able to…