Edmonds City Council to tackle budget issues this week

The city budget is the focus of the Edmonds City Council this week, with meetings both Monday morning and early Tuesday evening. First, the Council Finance Committee will meet at 11 a.m. on Monday to discuss the 2009-10 mid-year budget adjustment, and will also take public comment. This item was originally on the Aug. 24…

Edmonds Council votes to pursue customers for its broadband business

The Edmonds City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to support efforts to pursue customers for the city’s 24 strands of fiber optic cable, which so far have been largely unused by anyone other than the city itself. A helpful background article on the fiber optic issue appears here, but the main points are…

Citizen Harry: Meeting three of the Levy Committee coming Thursday

Edmonds resident Harry Gatjens is providing regular reports to My Edmonds News on the workings of the 2010 Citizens Levy Committee. The Edmonds Citizens Levy Committee will have its third meeting this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the bracket Meeting Room at City Hall. Our second meeting was held two weeks ago, and the committee…

Edmonds Council agenda Tuesday: broadband update, budget adjustments

Recent Edmonds City Council meetings have been streamlined, quick-moving events, but it seems unlikely that this Tuesday night’s meeting will follow that pattern. Among the many items on the agenda: – A second quarter budget report and proposed budget adjustments. – An update of Edmonds’ fiber optic broadband initiative. – Continued discussion about developing “Green…

Edmonds City Council directs staff to investigate possible PUD partnership

The Edmonds City Council Monday night authorized the city attorney and staff to investigate the potential cost-savings involved in partnering with the Snohomish County Public Utility District as it begins installing fiber optic cable in parts of Edmonds. Snohomish County PUD is already planning to install its own cable in certain neighborhoods, such as Westgate…

Due to primary election day, Edmonds City Council to meet Monday this week

The Edmonds City Council is meeting a day early this week — Monday — to avoid a conflict with primary election day, Tuesday, Aug. 17.  The agenda includes the following: -A public hearing to extend Interim Ordinance No. 3787, which would allow closed-record administrative appeals of preliminary Planned Residential Development decisions and eliminate overlap of…

Citizen Harry: Questions and answers regarding Edmonds’ fiber optic system

The Citizens’ Technology Advisory Committee (CTAC) met again on Tuesday, Aug. 10, to review questions and refine the presentation that the committee will make to the City Council on Aug. 24. This was my second CTAC meeting, and it drew a smaller crowd than the previous one, with a few committee members absent and not…

City of Edmonds seeks two Planning Board members

The City of Edmonds is seeking two residents interested in participating on the Edmonds Planning Board. The Planning Board serves as an advisory board to the City Council on rezones, comprehensive planning, Community Development Code amendments, and other land use issues. The Planning Board meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7…

Edmonds turns 120 today

Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper sent out this important reminder Tuesday: Edmonds is celebrating its 120th birthday today. On August 11, 1890 the Snohomish County Commissioners officially designated the 600-acre town site as the “Town of Edmonds, and George Brackett was elected the town’s first mayor. “According to local legend, George Brackett was two signatures short…

Reminder: Candidates forum tonight at Edmonds United Methodist Church

Received your primary election ballot and not sure who to vote for? The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County presents its annual candidates forum tonight — Thursday, Aug. 5 — featuring contenders for the U.S. Senate and House, state Legislature and Supreme Court, and local county races. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the…

Citizen Harry: What all this talk about fiber optics really means for Edmonds

Recently, Edmonds City Councilmember Michael Plunkett asked me if I would be interested in joining the Citizens Technology Advisory Committee (CTAC), and I jumped at the chance. This committee was formed several years ago; its purpose is to advise city leaders on the best use of a fiber-optic cable that was given to the City…

Voters will face $40-per-vehicle fee hike to fund road, sidewalk projects

The Edmonds City Council on Tuesday night decided by a 4-3 vote to place a proposal on the November general election ballot that would fund 37 separate city traffic safety, congestion and pedestrian improvements — using a $40-per-vehicle increase in licensing fees assessed to Edmonds residents. The proposal to place the measure on the ballot,…

Hearing on vehicle fee, Stevens-Swedish partnership before Edmonds Council

The public will have its say Tuesday night on a proposal to place on the November election ballot a measure that would ask voters to approve a $40 annual increase — from $20 to $60 — in the motor vehicle licensing fee that Edmonds residents now pay. Proceeds from the fee would be used to…

City of Edmonds probing tree damage involving ex-Golf Savings Bank CEO

The City of Edmonds has launched an investigation into the destruction of public property after contractors working on a condominium project significantly damaged the root system of a 60-year-old Douglas Fir tree located partially on city right of way, requiring the tree’s removal the next day, city officials said. The condominium project is owned by…

D.J. Wilson comes in second in PCO voting for vacant County Council post

Democratic precinct committee officers from Snohomish County Council District 3 met Saturday morning to pick their top three candidates for the appointment to the seat left vacant by the resignation of Councilmember Mike Cooper, who is now Edmonds’ Mayor. The top vote-getter was Lynnwood City Councilmember Stephanie Wright, with 33 votes. Edmonds City Councilmember D.J….

Citizen Harry: The Levy Committee, Meeting 1

Edmonds resident Harry Gatjens is providing regular reports to My Edmonds News on the workings of the 2010 Citizens Levy Committee. You can also read his story chronicling his recent quest for the vacant Edmonds City Council seat here. July 28: Meeting One The City Council of Edmonds has established a citizens committee to look…

Snohomish County Council candidate D.J. Wilson releases endorsement list

Last week, we noted the endorsements received by Lynnwood City Councilmember Stephanie Wright, candidate for the Snohomish County Council position that was vacated by Mike Cooper after he was appointed Edmonds mayor. Edmonds City Councilmember D.J. Wilson, who is also running for the appointment, said he would have his endorsement list completed this week, and…

Edmonds Citizens Levy Committee to hold first meeting tonight

The first meeting of the Edmonds 2010 Citizens Levy Committee is tonight from 6-8 p.m. in the Brackett Room of Edmonds City Hall The.committee was appointed by the Edmonds City Council to conduct a review of the city’s general fund and also take a look at city financial policies, capital projects and the salaries and…

Council sets hearings on vehicle license fee hike, SEPA regulation changes

Compared to recent meetings, it was a rather quiet night for the Edmonds City Council, and for newly sworn-in Mayor Mike Cooper. The item that generated the most discussion was the introduction of proposed updates to City of Edmonds State Environmental Policy Act regulations that could potentially allow for increased development along the Medical/Highway 99…

Edmonds City Council to discuss vehicle fee increase Tuesday night

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night has scheduled a first reading of a proposed ordinance that would assess Edmonds vehicle owners an additional $40 each through licensing fees to fund 37 separate transportation projects aimed at addressing city traffic safety, congestion and pedestrian improvements. Through Edmonds Transportation Benefit District, the city currently collects a $20…

Mayor Cooper’s inauguration speech

Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper provided My Edmonds News with the text of the speech he gave after he was sworn in Friday. It is a great honor for me to be sworn in today as the 25th Mayor of Edmonds. I want to begin my remarks by assuring you that I will not speak as…

More on the 3rd District County Council race from Wright, Wilson

Stephanie Wright, vice president of the Lynnwood City Council and a candidate for the 3rd District Snohomish County Council seat being vacated by new Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper, contacted My Edmonds News Friday to share additional information about her campaign. Wright noted that she has a Facebook page, here, and that her candidacy for the…

New mayor makes surprise visit to Edmonds Chamber luncheon

His name wasn’t on the program, but Edmonds’ new mayor dropped by the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday to spend a few minutes sharing his economic priorities with the city’s business community. Mike Cooper, who will officially be sworn in as mayor Friday, told the chamber group that he is committed to improving the…