Letter: Another approach to waterfront development?

To the editor: Recently an Edmonds City Council subcommittee was tasked with holding discussions about the downtown waterfront properties. As a result, D.J. Wilson has reported to Council and the public at an unscheduled and unannounced presentation on April 6, 2010 that there is now an understanding that we are to be “open mindedly flexible…

Letter to the editor: Preserve our views

To the editor: I have sent an email to each of the Edmonds City Council members asking that city building ordinances that preserve our distinctive “on-the-water, picturesque-town, gorgeous-sound view” image be maintained. DO NOT INCREASE THE BUILDING HEIGHT THAT IS ALLOWED ON WATERFRONT PROPERTIES. As residents, guests and tourists walk or drive through our lovely town, there are multiple…

Plunkett calls his own meeting to discuss waterfront properties

Two days after Edmonds City Councilmember D.J. Wilson announced that he and two other councilmembers had meet privately two weeks ago with the Port of Edmonds, the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Edmonds mayor and city staff to brainstorm ideas for the Edmonds waterfront, Councilmember Michael Plunkett announced that he is hosting a public meeting…

Officials respond to Plunkett’s proposal to change city governance model

  The current mayor of Edmonds said he is non-committal about Councilmember Michael Plunkett’s intention to bring before the City Council — and ultimately, Edmonds voters — a measure to change the city’s governance structure from a mayor-council to city manager-council form of government. “The concept has its merits,” said Mayor Gary Haakenson, who has…

Plunkett will ask council to consider switch to city manager-run government

Edmonds City Council member Michael Plunkett confirmed Wednesday that he will ask the council to consider placing a measure before Edmonds voters to change the city’s governance structure from a mayor-council to city manager-council form of government. Plunkett said that he believes the timing is right to introduce such a measure, since Edmonds Mayor Gary…

Edmonds Councilmember Dave Orvis acquitted of assaulting son

Edmonds City Councilmember Dave Orvis was acquitted Tuesday of assaulting his 13-year-old son in a case that turned on how much force a parent can use to discipline a difficult teenager, according to My Edmonds News online news partner The Seattle Times. The small Snohomish County District Court room in Everett erupted in cheers after the verdict was…

Creating vision for Edmonds waterfront blurred by building height issue

So much for the community visioning process. Edmonds City Councilmember D.J. Wilson’s effort Tuesday night to lead the council in a “thought exercise” about developing a community vision for the downtown Edmonds waterfront quickly turned into a lively and sometimes heated discussion about the perils of private meetings and tinkering with building heights. Wilson said…

Edmonds Mayor: Let’s look at facts when discussing labor costs

To the editor: There have been several articles in the newspaper recently concerning the wages paid to public employees. Some have quoted the Wall Street Journal. Some have mentioned the City of Edmonds employees and the upcoming negotiation process for our four unions. While allegations and comments continue to be bandied about, it seems like…

Councilmember’s letter to editor: Time to rein in public employee labor costs

Publisher’s note: This letter was originally posted on March 28. It has been reposted to the home page because of the important nature of the topic. To the editor: A recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that public employee compensation grew by 28.6 percent, compared…

Council OKs resolution supporting work of Economic Development Commission

The Edmonds City Council took a substantial amount of time Tuesday night debating the fine points of two issues before them –how to best accommodate outdoor dining on city sidewalks and how to word a resolution supporting the work of the newly formed Edmonds Economic Development Commission. In the end, the council decided to table a…

City Council to hear report on pedestrian bridge to ferry terminal

Washington State Department of Transportation staff will update the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night on a project to build a pedestrian bridge aimed at providing a safe walking route for those going to and from the Edmonds Ferry Terminal Building. The council meeting starts an hour earlier than usual — at 6 p.m. — in the council chambers…

City Council votes 6-1 to limit campaign contributions to $500

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night voted 6-1 for an ordinance placing a $500 limit on donations to city council and mayoral races, but the road to the vote was paved with a variety of amendments aimed at making the limit even lower. At one point, an amendment to an amendment brought the proposed limit…

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…