Council to consider Bernheim’s revised plan to limit campaign donations

The Edmonds City Council on Tuesday night will consider a revised proposal by Councilmember Steve Bernheim to place a $500 limit on contributions to campaigns for city council and mayoral races.  In a memo accompanying the revised ordinance, Bernheim noted that he lowered the limit from $750 based on feedback he received from council members…

Council uses fire department sale proceeds to fund museum repairs

The Edmonds City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize $100,000 for repairs to the 100-year-old Carnegie Library Building, home to the Edmonds Historical Museum at 118 5th Ave. N. The money will be combined with a $48,000 grant from the Washington Heritage Foundation, which was awarded contingent on the city finding a 1-to-2 ratio…

Edmonds City Council approves money to make museum repairs, names park

The Edmonds City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize $100,000 for repairs to the Edmonds Historical Museum located in downtown Edmonds (thus allowing the city to take advantage of a matching grant) and to name the city’s newest park, located at 162nd Street Southwest and 75th Place West, Haines Wharf Park. More details on…

Council can’t agree on content limits for city-sponsored web pages

The Edmonds City Council had a lengthy discussion Tuesday night about a proposed policy that would regulate how councilmembers communicate online — both through social media like Facebook and Twitter and on members’ individual pages on the City of Edmonds website. However, the proposal failed 3-4 after councilmembers expressed concerns about the policy either being too…

Edmonds’ newest councilmembers schedule monthly Town Hall meetings

Unwilling or unable to speak your mind about city matters at an Edmonds City Council meeting? Feeling disenfranchised with city government? Starting Friday, Feb. 26, you’ll have a monthly opportunity to express your opinions outside of the council chambers. Edmonds City Council members Diane Buckshnis and Adrienne Fraley-Monillas will begin sponsoring monthly Town Hall meetings…

City Council activity report for January 2010

The following report was submitted by Edmonds City Council President Steve Bernheim regarding City Council actions taken during the month of January. The Council took the following unanimous votes – authorized sprinkler exemptions for emergency homeless shelter – awarded tourism grants – assessed sewer connection fees – confirmed appointments of Todd Cloutier and Kristiana Johnson…

City seeks candidate for board that oversees Edmonds Center for the Arts

The City of Edmonds is accepting applications for the Public Facilities District (PFD) Board, which owns and is responsible for operating the Edmonds Center for the Arts. According to the requirements of PFD legislation, the member appointed to fill the open position will be based on recommendations received from local organizations that may include, but…

City budget, campaign finance reform hot topics for Council Tuesday night

Money — including a status report on the city’s biennial budget and a proposal to put a limit on mayor and city council campaign donations — was the main topic of conversation at Tuesday night’s Edmonds City Council meeting, In a brief presentation to the council, Mayor Gary Haakenson noted that the city is midway…

Poll: Campaign donation limits in Edmonds?

Publisher’s note: This poll was originally posted when Councilmember Bernheim made his proposal in November 2009. We are reposting it here so that citizens can express their opinion on the idea of local campaign finance reform. Do you support a $750 limit on campaign donations to Edmonds City Council and mayoral races?(polling)

Council to hold public hearing Tuesday on proposed campaign spending limit

Edmonds City Council President Steve Bernheim’s November 2009 proposal to limit campaign contributions to $750 for city council and mayoral elections will get a public hearing at Tuesday night’s council meeting. The public airing comes at a time when campaign contribution limits have dominated the news, given the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection last week of  corporate…

Q & A with new City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis

Meet your newest Edmonds City Councilmember, Diane Buckshnis, who was appointed to the Edmonds City Council last week to fill Council Position No. 4. Q: What would like your constituents to know about you? A: I do not consider myself a politician and have no political aspirations other than to serve my Edmonds community. I…

Diane Buckshnis appointed to fill vacant City Council seat

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night appointed retired banker Diane Buckshnis to fill the position left vacant with the death of Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson last November. The speedy process took many in the room by surprise, coming on the second ballot when Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, Steve Bernheim, Dave Orvis and Michael Plunkett voted for Buckshnis,…

City Council scheduled to appoint new member Tuesday night

It could be a long night at the Edmonds City Council meeting Tuesday, when Council members decide who will fill the seat left vacant following the death of Peggy Pritchard Olson in November 2009. The first candidate to receive a four-vote majority wins. The last time there was a vacant council seat, in January 2009…

Who should be appointed to vacant City Council seat? Ex-candidate weighs in

Publisher’s note: The Edmonds City Council will begin interviewing candidates for the vacant council seat at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 in the council chambers. The interview schedule can be found here. The successor will be chosen at the next regular council meeting, Jan. 19. This is an open letter to the Edmonds City Council. Soon…

Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee seeks two new members; apply by Friday

If you are interested in environmental issues, Edmonds’ Citizens Committee on U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement is seeking volunteers to fill two openings. The committee consists of five non-paid volunteers. Deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 15. The Climate Protection Committee, formed by Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson, generally meets on the first Thursday of each…

Steve Bernheim elected Council President

The Edmonds City Council added some pomp and circumstance to its first council meeting of the new year, swearing in three newly elected councilmembers, selecting a new council president, making committee assignments and approving a citizen to the city’s Planning Board. Each councilmember was able to chose a person to administer the oath of office….

Council to elect new president, hear ferry reservation report Tuesday night

The Edmonds City Council will welcome in 2010 with full agenda Tuesday night, including administering the oath of office to newly elected councilmembers, electing a new council president and hearing a presentation — rescheduled from last month — on a proposed vehicle reservation system for Washington State Ferries, including the Edmonds-Kingston run. The council will…

Second public hearing Tuesday night on commercial flights at Paine Field

The Federal Aviation Administration will hold the second of three public hearings Tuesday night regarding a proposal to begin commercial flights at Everett’s Paine Field. The City of Edmonds and the cities of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Mukilteo have gone on record as opposing the proposal to allow commercial service by Horizon and Allegiant airlines…

Council votes to temporarily allow homeless shelters in Edmonds

A mother and toddler sleeping in a car with the motor running. Men and women huddled behind a closed grocery store seeking warmth in freezing temperatures. Despite what many people think, Edmonds has homeless people, and the City Council voted Tuesday night to make it easier for local churches to provide them with temporary shelter….

Public invited to comment on city’s plan for accommodating growth

The title — a public hearing on the Capital Facilities Plan Element Update for 2010-2015 – is enough to scare the most hearty citizen away from Tuesday night’s Edmonds City Council meeting. Simply put, the state’s Growth Management Act requires the city to update its capital facilities plan to accommodate population growth. The hearing is actually a…

Outgoing president hopes for a stronger City Council in 2010

The new year will mean a new look for the Edmonds City Council, with two new members (Adrienne Fraley-Monillas plus a yet-to-be-determined person filling the seat vacated by Peggy Pritchard Olson’s death), and a new president. And, if outgoing Council President D.J. Wilson has his way, 2010 will also be the year that the council…

City Council agrees to listen to both sides in ongoing property dispute

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night agreed to allocate an hour during a future meeting — likely in January — to listen to the concerns of two neighbors involved in a long-running property boundary dispute. The decision came after the City Attorney Scott Snyder made a detailed presentation on the issue and responded to criticism…

City Council agenda includes report on ferry reservation study

Learn more about a possible reservation system for Washington State Ferries, including the Edmonds-Kingston run, when David Moseley, assistant director of the Washington State Ferries, makes a report to the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night, Dec. 1. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. The ferries’…

Deadline Dec. 31 to apply for open City Council seat

If you have a burning desire to sit on the Edmonds City Council, here’s your chance. The council has started the process of filling the seat vacated when Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson died earlier this month. Council President DJ Wilson said that on paper, the requirements are pretty simple: You must be at least 18…

Councilmember Bernheim proposes $750 campaign contribution limits

Edmonds City Councilmember Steve Bernheim proposed a draft ordinance at Tuesday night’s council meeting that would limit campaign contributions to $750 for city council and mayoral elections. Under the proposal, a candidate’s own funds and volunteer services would not count, but in-kind and cash contributions would be limited to $750. Bernheim has asked Council President…