Wednesday vote counts in: Buckshnis edges closer to Wilcox

Just 87 votes separate incumbent Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis and her challenger Bob Wilcox, according to the latest election returns posted Wednesday. Buckshnis now has 3,241 votes, or 45 percent, to Wilcox’s 3,328 votes, or 46 percent. Initial results posted Tuesday night had Wilcox, a retired Edmonds business owner, 141 votes ahead of Buckshnis,…

Buckshnis receives Sierra Club endorsement for Council Position 4

Incumbent Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis announced Monday she has received the Sierra Club’s endorsement in her bid to retain council position 4. Buckshnis, a retired banker who was appointed to the council in January 2o1o following the death of Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson, is facing two opponents in the Aug. 16 primary: Bob Wilcox,…

Council candidate Bob Wilcox endorsed by laborers, carpenters unions

Edmonds City Council candidate Bob Wilcox announced this week that he has been endorsed by Laborers Union Local #292, Carpenters Union Local #70 and the Associated General Contractors.  Earlier endorsements for Wilcox include former Snohomish County Councilmember Gary Nelson, former Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson, Woodway Mayor Carla Nichols, Edmonds City Councilmembers DJ Wilson and Strom…

Edmonds Council levy workshop back in council chambers; will be televised

Following an outcry from two councilmembers and some citizens, the three-hour Edmonds City Council workshop scheduled Tuesday night to discuss ideas for a possible November levy has been moved from City Hall’s Brackett Room back to the Council Chambers, where it can be televised. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Public Safety…

Two councilmembers threaten boycott over plan to hold non-televised levy workshop

The Edmonds City Council’s plan to hold a non-televised public workshop Tuesday to discuss ideas for a possible levy came under fire Saturday, with two councilmembers threatening to boycott the session if the workshop goes forward as planned. My Edmonds News received a flurry of emails Saturday, starting with one sent by Councilmember Michael Plunkett…

Lorenzo Hines confirmed as City of Lynnwood’s new finance director

The Lynnwood City Council Monday night confirmed Lorenzo Hines, current finance director for the City of Edmonds, as its new finance director. The vote was 6-1. “I am excited to work with Mr. Hines,” City Councilmember Jim Smith said in an email to Lynnwood Today. “Lynnwood is fortunate to get such a qualified finance director.”…

Report: Edmonds councilmembers’ conduct didn’t violate state, federal laws

If you have attended an Edmonds City Council meeting during the past year – or watched the taped version on local cable television – it’s likely you are familiar with ongoing tension between City of Edmonds Finance Director Lorenzo Hines and two Edmonds City Councilmembers, Diane Buckshnis and Michael Plunkett. From Hines’ perspective, that tension…

Q&A with City of Edmonds Finance Director Lorenzo Hines

My Edmonds News sat down with City of Edmonds Finance Director Lorenzo Hines on Thursday to discuss the findings of an investigation into a complaint he made against Edmonds City Councilmembers Diane Buckshnis and Michael Plunkett. Here is a summary of that interview: Q: Now that the report has been issued,  where do you go…

Edmonds City Council gets to work on budget amendments

Edmonds City Councilmembers rolled up their collective sleeves Tuesday night and began suggesting amendments to Mayor Mike Cooper’s proposed 2011 City of Edmonds budget. All suggested amendments, which were submitted in writing to City Council President Steve Bernheim, will be posted on the City’s website so the public has a chance to review them. The…

Edmonds Council Resolution 1237 explained

My Edmonds News today received a draft copy of Resolution 1237, which wasn’t listed on last night’s council agenda but was approved with minimal discussion and no explanation to the public. A letter that accompanied the resolution, written by Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper to City Councilmembers Diane Buckshnis and Michael Plunkett, states that the council has authorized the…

Council looks to hire budget analyst as information concerns continue

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night wasn’t able to pass the city’s proposed mid-year budget amendment — a source of recent controversy — but Council President Steve Bernheim said he will bring it back for reconsideration at next week’s meeting. Tuesday’s vote on the proposed budget adjustment, made mid-year to bring the beginning budget balances…

Citizen Harry: About that $2 million question from the Edmonds Council

Publisher’s note: The following report from My Edmonds News correspondent “Citizen Harry” Gatjens focuses on details surrounding last Tuesday night’s discussion regarding the proposed Edmonds City Council mid-year budget adjustment. Gatjens, an accountant, is familiar with city budget issues due to his work on the 2010 Citizens Levy Committee. The Edmonds City Council’s consideration of…

City Council approves new street, lighting, walkway projects for Edmonds

From installing overlays on a beat-up stretch of Dayton Street from Highway 104 to the railroad tracks, to re-aligning the intersection of Highway 99 at 228th and adding a new traffic signal, the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved a six-year Transportation Improvement Program that includes a range of street improvement projects in neighborhoods…

Voters will face $40-per-vehicle fee hike to fund road, sidewalk projects

The Edmonds City Council on Tuesday night decided by a 4-3 vote to place a proposal on the November general election ballot that would fund 37 separate city traffic safety, congestion and pedestrian improvements — using a $40-per-vehicle increase in licensing fees assessed to Edmonds residents. The proposal to place the measure on the ballot,…

Citizen Harry: The Levy Committee, Meeting 1

Edmonds resident Harry Gatjens is providing regular reports to My Edmonds News on the workings of the 2010 Citizens Levy Committee. You can also read his story chronicling his recent quest for the vacant Edmonds City Council seat here. July 28: Meeting One The City Council of Edmonds has established a citizens committee to look…

Council interviews eight who hope to become Edmonds’ next mayor

What stood out from the Edmonds City Council interviews of potential mayoral candidates Tuesday night? The extended qualifications of several, and the realization that the council will have a tough choice on its hands when it makes a decision via majority vote next Tuesday. If you didn’t have a chance to attend in person, you…

Edmonds Council set to fill vacant seat Tuesday night

The Edmonds City Council is scheduled Tuesday night to select a replacement for the Position 7 seat left vacant with the retirement of Dave Orvis May 31. The council will choose from among 14 candidates who interviewed for the open seat last week (a total of 17 people submitted applications, but three withdrew before the…

Edmonds City Council moves ahead on hearing for city manager government

The Edmonds City Council move closer to adopting a city manager form of government Tuesday night, voting 4-2 to hold a public hearing July 20 to obtain citizen comment and possibly take action to place the measure on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Councilmember Michael Plunkett, who has been advocating for the switch in…

Councilmembers share thoughts about mayor’s retirement, next steps

Edmonds city councilmembers were taken by surprise when Mayor Gary Haakenson unexpectedly announced his resignation Tuesday night, but on Wednesday they were quick to offer their well wishes, as well as their thoughts for next steps in filling the position being vacated by the city’s three-term mayor. Haakenson, who was named by Snohomish County Executive…

Fireworks in more ways than one at Edmonds Council meeting Tuesday

With two councilmembers absent and a light agenda, the Edmonds City Council finished its business in one hour and 15 minutes Tuesday night. But two issues stood out from the meeting, during which councilmembers renewed a couple of interim city ordinances and amended its Community Development Code to adopt updated International Building Codes. – Ron…