Straight from the Mayor: It’s budget time – what citizens need to know

By Mike Cooper, Edmonds Mayor ‘Tis the season when governments prepare review and approve budgets. This is a time of year when involved residents and elected officials from the legislative branch of government alike, flood the administration and staff with questions regarding the preliminary budget submitted to the Edmonds City Council from the Mayor. While…

Wilson blasts Bernheim over premature removal of ‘no dogs’ signs in Edmonds

The Edmonds City Council made decisions on several key issue during its Monday night meeting but in the end, the evening really went to the dogs. Among the items approved during the meeting — held on Monday this week to avoid conflicting with General Election night — were two laws related to sheltering the homeless….

Edmonds City Council to meet on Monday this week

Due to the general election on Nov. 2, the Edmonds City Council will meet Monday, Nov. 1 in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. Here’s the agenda: At 6 p.m., the Council will meet in executive session regarding labor negotiation strategy, and pending and threatened litigation. The executive session, which is…

Edmonds Council president makes sure dogs are welcome on Sunset Avenue

With its spectacular views of the Edmonds waterfront, Sunset Avenue is a popular place for dog walking. Yet, until six months ago, it was against the law to walk your dog along the heavily traveled path on Sunset Avenue’s west side. And even though the Edmonds City Council voted in April to open the path…

Edmonds Center for Arts asks city for $100K to help make bond payment

The Edmonds Center for the Arts, buffeted by the same economic headwinds hitting both the public and private sectors nationwide, on Tuesday night asked the City of Edmonds for $100,000 to help to cover a bond payment that is due Dec. 1. Executive director Joe McIalwain told the Council that expected $200,000 tax revenues from…

This week: Edmonds meetings on proposed ferry terminal expansion

Some important dates for citizens this week in Edmonds, as the Washington State Ferries comes to town with a public meeting to receive feedback on a proposal that could include relocating the Clinton ferry run from Mukilteo to Edmonds. That meeting happens from 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Edmonds City Council Chambers, but on Tuesday city…

Public hearing on 2011 budget at City Council meeting Tuesday

The Edmonds City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2011 budget and city revenue sources when it meets at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, Council Chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Ave. N. The council will also seek public comment on proposed Planning Board amendments to the City of Edmonds Comprehensive Plan. For…

Election 2010: Edmonds Proposition 1 car tax regressive, short-sighted

Submitted by the No on Proposition 1 Campaign The Edmonds City Council voted 4-3 to place a proposition before the voters to raise the TBD vehicle fee by $40 — from $20 to $60. This is in addition to the vehicle fees already in place. This is the most regressive tax the City of Edmonds…

Mayor: 2011 Edmonds budget proposal aimed at preserving services, jobs

Mayor Mike Cooper on Tuesday night presented to the Edmonds City Council what he described as “a delicately balanced” 2011 budget proposal that preserves programs and jobs, but he warned that the city still needs additional revenue to ensure it can continue to sustain popular programs and services. “If we are to continue our commitment…

Mayor to present his budget to the Edmonds City Council on Tuesday

It looks like another busy night for the Edmonds City Council this Tuesday, with a full plate of agenda items including Mayor Mike Cooper’s presentation of his preliminary 2011 budget. Also on the agenda: – Continued discussion and potential action on the 2009-10 mid-year budget adjustment. – A proposal by Sustainable Edmonds to develop a…

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…

Part 2: Why the Economic Development Commission cares about land use

By Frank Yamamoto, Chair Edmonds Economic Development Commission The following is the second in a series of articles that will appear on MyEdmondsNews.com, summarizing the work of the Edmonds Economic Development Commission. The Edmonds Economic Development Commission (EDC), made up of 17 citizens committed to improving the economy of this City, was constituted by the Edmonds…

Budget-related issues top Tuesday’s Edmonds Council agenda

Budget and finance issues will be top of mind when the Edmonds City Council meets Tuesday night. Included on the agenda: -Continued discussion and potential action on the 2009-10 Mid-Year Budget Adjustment, a topic that has generated substantial comment on My Edmonds News during the past two days. -Consideration of a potential council policy to use…

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…

Council decides against changes to ‘medical activity center’ neighborhood

Residents living in single-family homes near Edmonds-Woodway High School and Swedish/Edmonds Hospital — officially known in the City of Edmonds Comprehensive Plan as the Medical/Highway 99 Activity Center — gave passionate testimony Tuesday night about why the City Council shouldn’t change the way development is regulated in their neighborhood. At issue during the City Council…

Public hearings set on rules that could impact Highway 99 neighborhoods

The public will have a chance to comment on proposed updates to City of Edmonds State Environmental Policy Act regulations that could potentially allow for increased development along the Medical/Highway 99 Activity Center and the Highway 99 Corridor. The Edmonds City Council has scheduled two public hearings on the issue, one after the other, at…

City, church leaders find solution to Edmonds homeless shelter concerns

Publisher’s note: My Edmonds News contributed this story as part of a series that its online news partner, The Seattle Times, is running on homelessnesss. It was an image that stayed with Edmonds City Councilmember D.J. Wilson: A homeless mother and her small children sleeping in a car in Edmonds, trying to stay warm as…

Edmonds City Council to tackle budget issues this week

The city budget is the focus of the Edmonds City Council this week, with meetings both Monday morning and early Tuesday evening. First, the Council Finance Committee will meet at 11 a.m. on Monday to discuss the 2009-10 mid-year budget adjustment, and will also take public comment. This item was originally on the Aug. 24…

Starting Friday, ‘paper or plastic’ no longer an option for Edmonds shoppers

Starting Friday, “paper or plastic” will no longer be a choice when shopping in Edmonds, as the city’s ban on single-use “checkout bags” at retail establishments takes effect. Friday marks exactly one year since the Edmonds City Council adopted Ordinance No. 3749, which requires all retail establishments to comply by the first anniversary of passage….