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…

Edmonds Municipal Court resumes hearings remotely

All court hearings have returned to Edmonds Municipal Court – remotely. According to a court announcement Tuesday, defendants and respondents who have received an infraction will once again have their day in court — but in light of the COVID-19 outbreak they will be joining court either online or telephonically. The court had put emergency measures…

City of Edmonds to begin summer 2020 paving work next week

Starting Monday, May 18, the City of Edmonds will start paving approximately 3½ lane miles of streets at various locations throughout the city — with completion scheduled for July. The work will involve grinding off the top two inches of old pavement and replacing it with new asphalt pavement. After the work is complete, residents…

Dayton Street road reconstruction work set to start May 13

Crews working on the Dayton Street utility improvements project will begin road reconstruction  Wednesday, May 13. The work will be located on Dayton Street from 5th to 6th Avenue and on 5th Avenue between Main Street and Maple Street. It is expected to last for several weeks. During this work: One-way traffic will be maintained…

City of Edmonds hires new human services program manager

The City of Edmonds has hired Edmonds resident Mindy Woods as the city’s first human services program manager. The new half-time position was proposed by city councilmembers last year and was included in the 2020 budget. The position is designed to support Edmonds residents in need and get them connected to public and private services….