Edmonds police shut down Firdale Village medical marijuana dispensary

A medical marijuana dispensary operating without a city business license in Firdale Village has been shut down, following the Edmonds City Council’s decision last week to adopt an interim zoning moratorium on such dispensaries, according to Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan. Police served a cease-and-desist order Monday night to Sativa Medical Group, Compaan said. Police…

Should Edmonds prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries? Council hearing Tuesday

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night will ask the public to weigh in on whether the city should adopt a zoning moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, at least until the Washington State Legislature addresses what some say are inadequate rules governing the possession and sale of the drug under the state’s medical marijuana law. While…

Citizen Harry: Levy committee fine-tuning survey for residents

By Harry Gatjens The Edmonds Citizens Levy Committee met on Wednesday, with the goal of developing both a presentation to the City Council on our progress so far and questions for polling citizens on their understandings and desires. The meeting started with some discussion on what to do with the proceeds from the Snohomish County Fire…

Strom Peterson unanimous choice to lead Edmonds City Council

Edmonds cheese shop owner Strom Peterson won unanimous election as the new president of the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night but found himself on the losing end of a 4-1 vote to refinance four of the city’s bonds. The council, which was missing Adrienne Fraley-Monillas and DJ Wilson when the vote was taken, agreed to…

Edmonds City Council to elect new president Tuesday night

It will be first-of-the-year business for the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night, when they elect a new Council president (we’ve learned it is likely to be Strom Peterson) and president pro tem, and appoint representatives to council committees, the Snohomish County Health District and the Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation. Other items on…

Edmonds mayor looks to the year ahead

It’s been six months since the Edmonds City Council appointed Mike Cooper as Edmonds mayor, replacing Gary Haakenson who resigned in June to become Deputy Snohomish County Executive. My Edmonds News had an opportunity last week to sit down with Cooper and talk about his decision not to sign the City of Edmonds 2011 budget,…

2011 budget passes Edmonds City Council – now awaits mayor’s signature

The Edmonds City Council passed its version of the 2011 city budget Tuesday night, and the next step is a signature by Mayor Mike Cooper. The vote was 6-1, with Councilmember D.J. Wilson voting no. Wilson called the budget “irresponsible” because it doesn’t fund important initiatives and isn’t sustainable long term. Some of Wilson’s fellow…

Edmonds City Council to take another look at 2011 budget Tuesday night

The meeting may be just a few days before Christmas, but the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night has some serious business to clear off its plate before any holiday celebrations begin. For starters, the council will meet in executive session from 5:30-7 p.m. regarding real estate negotiations and labor negotiation strategy.  Then it’s on to…

Quick Q&A with Peter Gibson, Edmonds City Council student representative

A senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School, Peter Gibson spends each Tuesday night sitting alongside members of the Edmonds City Council as they debate city policy and take votes on key government issues. While Gibson doesn’t have an actual vote, he does ask great questions. So My Edmonds News thought the community should get to know…

City Council to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday; committee meetings at 7

The Edmonds City Council will meet earlier than normal Tuesday night — starting at 5 p.m. — followed by an executive session at 6 p.m. and committee meetings at 7 p.m. The agendas are as follows: Regular Council meeting, 5 p.m.: – Discussion with bond advisors, Dashen Musselman, Inc. – Council appointments to the Citizens’…

Council delays approval of 2011 budget, confirms new parks director

The Edmonds City Council spent a considerable amount of time amending and massaging Mayor Mike Cooper’s proposed 2011 City of Edmonds budget, but in the end councilmembers weren’t happy enough with it to adopt it. Instead, they voted 4-3 against budget approval, delaying passage until the last Council meeting of the year — Tuesday, Dec….

Time for citizens to comment on the Edmonds budget Tuesday night

Citizens will have an opportunity to have their say on the City of Edmonds budget during a public hearing scheduled at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The council is scheduled to review the budget amendments as well as Mayor Mike Cooper’s response to them, and may approve the final budget as well. All attachments for…

Edmonds Council president ‘overstepped authority’ but no charges in sign issue

The Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said it won’t charge Edmonds City Council President Steve Bernheim with a crime for removing one “No Dogs Allowed” sign and spray painting another along Sunset Avenue Oct. 30. “While Bernheim has  overstepped his authority, I don’t believe that a jury of his peers would convict him of either…

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…

Snow is gone, and there’s a busy week ahead in Edmonds

Now that the snow has melted and Thanksgiving is over, we have a busy week ahead in Edmonds. So pull out your calendars and get ready to make some plans: Tuesday: -Mayor Mike Cooper invites Edmonds residents to join him for lunch “to discuss the future of Edmonds and the 2011 budget.” The brown-bag lunch…

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 votes to require fire sprinkler systems in residential construction

After a significant amount of discussion and a number of failed motions and amendments, the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night approved an ordinance that requires installation of residential fire sprinkler systems in new construction of one-family and two-family homes and townhouses that are 3,000 square feet or larger in size. The issue came before council…

Edmonds City Council to discuss residential buffers, sprinklers Tuesday

The Edmonds City Council will meet Tuesday night with the following items on the agenda: -A public hearing on whether provisions clarifying that lot lines are not intended to overlap the perimeter buffer of Planned Residential Developments should become a permanent part of the development code. There is currently an interim ordinance on the books that…

Edmonds City Council committees to meet Tuesday night

It’s a night of committee meetings for the Edmonds City Council starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, with agendas as follows: Community Services/Development Services Committee Council Chambers A. Review City of Edmonds Draft 2011 Legislative Agenda. (10 Min.) B. Continued review of compostable food packaging ordinance. (20 Min.) C. Continued review of the Capital Facilities Plan…