Edmonds councilmembers’ town hall meeting at Five Corners Friday

Edmonds City Councilmembers Diane Buckshnis and Adrienne Fraley-Monillas are hosting another monthly town hall meeting — this time at Five Corners — on Friday, May 28 from 6-8 p.m. The meeting will be at Caffe Ladro, 8340 Main St. All Edmonds residents are invited to stop by and share their thoughts on “how you envision…

Edmonds City Council says no to raise for mayor, yes to levy committee

Despite a recommendation from a citizens’ commission, Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson won’t be getting a raise anytime soon. The Edmonds City Council voted 4-1 to direct staff to create an ordinance — and bring it back for council approval — that would repeal a measure passed last year to increase mayor’s salary from $113,210 to…

Mayor’s pay raise: What do you think?

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night will hear a recommendation to approve  a 2009 pay raise for the mayor, originally delayed until January 2011, to become effective July 1. [polldaddy poll=3250058]

Commission recommends that council reinstate Edmonds mayor’s pay raise

In July 2009, Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson was scheduled to get a 10 percent pay raise, but the Edmonds City Council voted to delay it until January 2011, due to “significant and unanticipated economic impacts” on the city’s budget. Now a seven-member citizens’ commission is recommending that the City Council reinstate that delayed $12,790 raise — which…

Want to be on City Council? Applications due June 21

Anyone who wants to apply for the Edmonds City Council seat being vacated by Councilmember Dave Orvis can download an application here. Applications must be returned to City Hall by 4:30 p.m. June 21. Interviews will be conducted June 29, and the entire council will vote, in public, on their preferred choice during the council’s…

Edmonds City Council agrees to process for filling vacant seat

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night agreed to a process for filling the council seat being vacated by Councilmember Dave Orvis as of May 31. The notice of a council vacancy and an application form will be posted on the city’s website Wednesday. All applications are due back by June 21, and interviews will be…

Citizens invited to Edmonds Transportation Committee meeting

Interested in transportation-related issues in Edmonds? You’re invited to attend this Wednesday’s meeting of the Edmonds Transportation Committee, an advisory group of citizens that provides advice or recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on transportation systems and funding. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in Room 113 of the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main…

More on Plunkett’s decision to delay pursuit of city manager government

Worries about the timing of a fundamental change in city government at the same time the Edmonds City Council is dealing with budget woes and labor negotiations — plus a possible levy before voters — caused Councilmember Michael Plunkett to postpone his efforts to change the city from a mayor- to a city manager-led governance…

Edmonds Mayor: Plunkett won’t pursue City Manager form of government

Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson sent out a message via Twitter early Monday morning that Councilmember Michael Plunkett won’t pursue a change from a mayor-led to a city manager form of government at this time, “due to other demands on Council workload.” Plunkett first introduced the proposal to the Council last week. The next step was…

Port asks citizens to take closer look at Harbor Square redevelopment options

While much of the community’s attention has been focused lately on the purchase and possible development of the vacant Skipper’s restaurant property, the Port of Edmonds is hoping citizens will turn their attention to a much larger piece of land — the Harbor Square business complex. Last week, the Port Commission hosted a community workshop…

Councilmember Dave Orvis resigns; cites ‘family challenges’

Edmonds City Councilmember Dave Orvis announced Thursday morning via email that he is resigning from the City Council, effective May 31.  Orvis, who was acquitted last month on charges that he assaulted his 13-year-old son, said he “cannot simultaneously rise to the challenges at home and rise to the challenges of serving as a council…

Skippers purchase proposal dies for lack of counter offer

The Edmonds City Council’s proposal to purchase the vacant Skippers restaurant property across from the Edmonds waterfront for $1.1 million is dead — at least for now. The Council had voted 5-2 during its April 14 meeting to purchase the property pending the outcome of an appraisal and feasibility studies. During executive session at the…

Time to conduct ‘due diligence’ focus of Skippers counter offer

The Edmonds City Council spent nearly two hours in executive session Friday morning considering a counter offer from Cascade Bank in response to the council’s $1.1 million offer for the vacant Skippers restaurant property across from the Edmonds ferry terminal. The bank’s counter offer didn’t involve a change in the purchase price, however. Instead, it…

Councilmembers to hold monthly meeting in Firdale Village

Firdale Village is the next stop for Edmonds City Councilmembers Diane Buckshnis and Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, as they continue their monthly Town Hall meetings on the last Friday of the month in various Edmonds neighborhoods. This Friday night’s meeting will run from 6-8 p.m. at the Colonial Pantry Family Restaurant, 9627 Firdale Ave. Citizens are invited…

More from Tuesday’s Council meeting: the cost of ‘due diligence’ for Skippers

Beyond the public comments mentioned in an earlier post,  the ramifications of the Edmonds City Council’s decision to  make a $1.1 million offer on the vacant Skippers restaurant property touched many aspects of the council agenda Tuesday night – from how to fund the purchase to the “due diligence” steps that should be taken before the purchase is finalized. At…

Next step for Skippers? Council to consider counter offer Friday morning

Citizens who packed the Edmonds City Council chambers Tuesday night to offer more comments on a proposed $1.1 million purchase of the vacant Skippers restaurant property learned that the seller, Cascade Bank, has made a counter offer to the city, which the council will consider in executive session at 9 a.m. Friday. The council will…

Budget implications of Skippers plan concern Edmonds police chief

Two weeks ago, when the Edmonds City Council began debating a proposal to buy the vacant Skippers Restaurant property for $1.1 million, Councilmember D.J. Wilson expressed many reservations, not the least of which was how the purchase might impact funding for the city’s police department. As it turns out, Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan also…

Skippers property back on Council agenda Tuesday night

The Edmonds City Council will continue discussing at its April 27 meeting the next steps for the vacant Skippers restaurant across from the Edmonds ferry terminal. The Council voted 5-2 during its April 14 meeting to purchase the property for $1.1 million pending the outcome of an appraisal and feasibility studies. Tuesday night’s meeting will…

Citizens have their say about Skippers property

The Edmonds City Council asked for public comment Tuesday night on its 5-2 vote to buy the vacant Skippers restaurant property across from the Edmonds ferry terminal — and boy, did they get it. A total of 25 people lined up to speak about the decision — made by the council last week — to…

Council inviting public comment on Skippers sale, city budget Tuesday night

The Edmonds City Council is scheduled Tuesday night to authorize a contract for the City’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display, but it’s likely that the council members will be experiencing some fireworks of the political variety. On the agenda: opportunity for  public comment on last week’s 5-2 decision to purchase the Skippers property near the…

Letter to the editor: Political games of ‘The Five Horsemen’

Dear Editor: I am writing to opine about the political games currently being played out by City Councilpersons Bernheim, Buckshnis, Fraley-Monillas, Plunkett and Orvis (“The Five Horsemen”) and the purchase of the Skipper’s property. I will talk about each one in turn below. Secret Meeting. The Five Horsemen, led by Mr. Plunkett, have spent an…

More on the City Council vote to purchase Skippers property

We promised additional information regarding the City Council’s 5-2 vote Tuesday night to purchase the vacant Skippers property across from the Edmonds Ferry Terminal. Here’s the latest on this topic, which has generated a healthy debate here and on our Facebook page. Councilmember D.J. Wilson, who along with Councilmember Strom Peterson voted against the measure,…

Council agrees to make $1.1 million offer for vacant Skippers property

The Edmonds City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to make an offer to purchase the vacant Skippers Restaurant property located across from the Edmonds Ferry Terminal for $1.1 million. Councilmembers D.J. Wilson and Strom Peterson were the dissenting votes, both stating that they believed it was fiscally irresponsible to make such a purchase given the…

Letter to the editor: How much is an unobstructed view worth?

What is Councilman D.J. Wilson thinking by supporting his investor and building friends in their effort to destroy the visual quality and character of both the waterfront and downtown Edmonds?What’s  in it for him? Follow the money and I think you will have your answer.  Please do not support Councilman D.J. Wilson’s efforts to increase…

Letter to the City Council: Taller buildings will ruin ‘small town feel’

Dear members of our City Council, It has recently been brought to our attention that there is a proposal on the table to increase building heights on the Edmonds waterfront. This information has been received with disappointment. My wife and I have lived in Edmonds for over 20 years now. We chose Edmonds as our…