Mayor seeks applicants for new Equity and Justice Task Force

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson is seeking applicants for a new 11-member Equity and Justice Task Force. The task force would be charged with recommending policies and procedures for the police department and city hall “that would address bias and inequities perpetrated on African-American residents, people of color and other minorities within our community,” the city said…

CIty launches application process for Edmonds housing relief funds

The City of Edmonds Tuesday announce that the application process is open for the city’s $100,000 Housing and Supplementary Relief Fund approved by the Edmonds City Council in April. The application portal for grants is now live and accessible at wellspringfs.org/edmonds. The grants of up to $1,000 will go to households earning no more than 60…

In allocating federal CARES money, city council will face tough choices

The question: How should the City of Edmonds spend nearly $1.2 million dollars of federal coronavirus aid? The answer: tough choices, and some pushback. The Downtown Edmonds Merchants Association (DEMA) is sending a letter to Mayor Mike Nelson to tell him that his plan to spend that money does not reach nearly enough businesses. And,…

Mayor proposes $800K from CARES Act go to Edmonds small businesses

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson said Thursday he is proposing that the majority of the $1.2 million the city will receive from the federal CARES Act be allocated to Edmonds small businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mayor’s new Business Support Grant program would allocate up to $800,000 of the federal funds…

Council reviews ‘Project B’ for managing city’s wastewater sludge

For several years, the City of Edmonds has been talking about a replacement system for the aging sludge incinerator at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The city has been faced with a choice of buying a new incinerator that could meet more stringent federal air quality regulations or turning to a biosolids management system. Public works…

5th and Dayton to be closed June 3-4 for crosswalk repairs

While the City of Edmonds said that Dayton Street construction project crews “made great progress” in the last week paving 5th Avenue between Maple and Main Streets, repairs need to be made to one recently installed crosswalk. As a result, the 5th Avenue and Dayton Street intersection will be closed June 3-4. “The special colored…

Edmonds mayor establishes Equity and Justice Advisory Task Force

Stating that “Black lives matter in Edmonds and in this country,” Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson announced Monday that he is forming an Equity and Justice Advisory Task Force. “Those of us in local government must take a hard look within, listen, have honest conversations, be open to real change, and take tangible actions to support…

Lynnwood declares civil emergency with curfew until 5 AM Tuesday

Declaring a civil emergency, Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith Monday announced she was imposing a curfew in the city starting at 5 p.m. Monday, June 1. The curfew was set to last until 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 2. and was  enforced by the Lynnwood Police Department. In response, Edmonds College closed its campus at 5 p.m. Monday…

Diversity Commission’s ‘I Am Edmonds. This is my Story’ project open for submissions

The Edmonds Diversity Commission said it seeks to counter social distancing by reopening the “I am Edmonds. This is my Story” project, with the aim of encouraging meaningful community connections during these challenging times. With the Diversity Film Series cut short, the 4th of July Parade and many community events canceled, reopening the Diversity Commission…

Edmonds City Council June 2 to discuss another option for replacing sludge incinerator

In a discussion postponed from last week’s meeting, the Edmonds City Council Tuesday, June 2 will hear a presentation on another option for replacing the city’s aging sludge incinerator. Public works staff last year proposed a pyrolysis system that thermally decomposes organic materials at high heat with little to no oxygen. But according to Tuesday night’s…

From the mayor: Keeping Edmonds running during COVID

When the pandemic hit Snohomish County, the City of Edmonds moved quickly to respond to this disaster to maintain the continuity of critical services running in our city.  Critical services include, the Wastewater Treatment Plant, stormwater systems, responding to 911 emergencies, maintaining park facilities, and managing our finances. Unlike businesses, government can’t close. Why? Because…

“Edmonds not immune to racism’: Diversity Commission issues statement

In light of recent events not only in Minneapolis but across the U.S., the Edmonds Diversity Commission released the following statement Friday on Facebook: The Edmonds Diversity Commission is deeply disturbed by recent events resulting in the deaths of African-American citizens. Our deepest condolences to all the families of the victims. The deaths of Breonna…

Alicia Crank appointed to Snohomish County Tomorrow Steering Committee

Edmonds Planning Board member Alicia Crank has been appointed as a citizen representative on the Snohomish County Tomorrow Steering Committee. Snohomish County Tomorrow is an inter-jurisdictional forum consisting of representatives from the county and 19 of the cities as well as the Tulalip Tribes. Its primary function is to oversee the Countywide Planning Policies), which are…

Crews set to wrap up 5th and Dayton work this week, with closures planned

The City of Edmonds said it is working to complete the pavement and crosswalk replacements at 5th Avenue and Dayton Street prior to the state’s anticipated Phase 2 re-opening of businesses in the downtown core. The reconstruction of decorative concrete crosswalks at this location will require a 72-hour closure as well as intermittent closures until…

City of Edmonds Finance Director Scott James has left

City of Edmonds Finance Director Scott James is no longer with the city, My Edmonds News has learned. Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson said Friday afternoon that he couldn’t comment on James’ status until after the council votes on an employee separation agreement as part of its Tuesday, May 26 consent agenda. The council agenda item does…

City of Edmonds now offering online development permits

Getting a development permit in Edmonds just got easier through a new portal system that makes applying online faster for a range of permits, including small projects like water heaters and decks, and even for some big projects, such as a new house. Online applications for other permit types will be phased in over the…

Despite healthy reserves, Edmonds bracing for long-term COVID-19 economic impacts

Although the City of Edmonds has healthy budget reserves, officials are already preparing for the long-term economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, Assistant Finance Director Dave Turley told the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night. Turley said the goal of his Tuesday briefing was to share the city administration’s current thinking on how the pandemic will…

Publisher’s note: Edmonds City Council story coming Wednesday morning

Dear readers: A main topic of Tuesday’s Edmonds City Council meeting was the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on city finances. Because there were several financial charts shown during the virtual Tuesday meeting, and those weren’t posted online as part of the agenda packet, we have requested originals so that we can include them for…