Council hears proposals for Edmonds stormwater, water rate increases

City of Edmonds staff presented updates to the city’s comprehensive plans for storm and surface water and its water system —  including proposed increases to stormwater and water utility rates — during the Edmonds City Council meeting Tuesday night. The proposal to raise rates — which will be the subject of a public hearing during…

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…

Key issues before Council Tuesday: new mayor, city manager government

Tuesday night’s Edmonds City Council meeting will cover some serious ground, including a decision on the process for replacing Mayor Gary Haakenson, who announced two weeks ago that he is leaving the city July 1 to take a job as Snohomish County Deputy Executive. Council members are also scheduled to discuss: – Councilmember Michael Plunkett’s…

Edmonds City Council says no to raise for mayor, yes to levy committee

Despite a recommendation from a citizens’ commission, Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson won’t be getting a raise anytime soon. The Edmonds City Council voted 4-1 to direct staff to create an ordinance — and bring it back for council approval — that would repeal a measure passed last year to increase mayor’s salary from $113,210 to…

More on Plunkett’s decision to delay pursuit of city manager government

Worries about the timing of a fundamental change in city government at the same time the Edmonds City Council is dealing with budget woes and labor negotiations — plus a possible levy before voters — caused Councilmember Michael Plunkett to postpone his efforts to change the city from a mayor- to a city manager-led governance…

Economic future of Edmonds explored on cable TV’s ‘Public Exposure’

The economic future of Edmonds, including the City Council’s recent debate over the Skippers restaurant property, is the focus of “Public Exposure,” a public affairs show on Comcast Channel 77, starting at 10 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Host Stan Emert interviews Mayor Gary Haakenson about the city’s efforts “to secure its future in difficult times.”…

Officials respond to Plunkett’s proposal to change city governance model

  The current mayor of Edmonds said he is non-committal about Councilmember Michael Plunkett’s intention to bring before the City Council — and ultimately, Edmonds voters — a measure to change the city’s governance structure from a mayor-council to city manager-council form of government. “The concept has its merits,” said Mayor Gary Haakenson, who has…

Creating vision for Edmonds waterfront blurred by building height issue

So much for the community visioning process. Edmonds City Councilmember D.J. Wilson’s effort Tuesday night to lead the council in a “thought exercise” about developing a community vision for the downtown Edmonds waterfront quickly turned into a lively and sometimes heated discussion about the perils of private meetings and tinkering with building heights. Wilson said…

Edmonds Mayor: Let’s look at facts when discussing labor costs

To the editor: There have been several articles in the newspaper recently concerning the wages paid to public employees. Some have quoted the Wall Street Journal. Some have mentioned the City of Edmonds employees and the upcoming negotiation process for our four unions. While allegations and comments continue to be bandied about, it seems like…

Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee seeks two new members; apply by Friday

If you are interested in environmental issues, Edmonds’ Citizens Committee on U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement is seeking volunteers to fill two openings. The committee consists of five non-paid volunteers. Deadline to apply is Friday, Jan. 15. The Climate Protection Committee, formed by Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson, generally meets on the first Thursday of each…

Pritchard Olson’s strength and courage recalled at memorial service

When Peggy Pritchard Olson was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on her 58th birthday last year, she responded the way she did to every challenge in her life: moving forward, with no complaints. Ms. Pritchard Olson’s bravery in the face of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, was a common theme during a memorial service that…

Courtship between Edmonds, Fire District 1 continues

The courtship between the Edmonds City Council and Snohomish County Fire District 1 continued in the City Council chambers last night, as Fire District 1 commissioners joined the council members and Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson for coffee, cookies and a roundtable discussion about the pros and cons of the agreement. The City Council scheduled last…