Mayor Cooper announces hiring freeze across all city departments

Updated with additional details about positions affected. Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper announced Friday that he is ordering an immediate hiring freeze to address the projected 2011 budget shortfall. Cooper said he made the decision based on the latest projections from the city’s interim finance director. “Conditions at the end of the first quarter, coupled with…

State of City Address: Mayor says he will push for levy to cover 2012 shortfall

Edmonds citizens should have an opportunity to vote on a levy proposal that would both protect existing city services and restore programs that have been deferred or cut in recent years, Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper said in his State of the City address Friday. Cooper announced that in the next two weeks, he will deliver…

Reminder: Edmonds night with Everett Silvertips this Saturday

It’s Edmonds night at the Everett Silvertips hockey game this Saturday, Feb. 5! Hosted by the City of Edmonds and the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, on Feb. 5 everyone who works or live in the City of Edmonds can take advantage of a great discount offer and come watch as the Tips take on the…

Special Olympics Coach Becki Bell has her day in Edmonds

Today, Jan. 18, is Becki Bell Day in Edmonds. Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper made the proclamation during a recognition for Bell, a paraeducator at Edmonds-Woodway High School, hosted by the Special Olympics Parent Booster Organization Monday. A Special Olympics coach for 26 years, Bell’s service was also recognized by a representative from the state Special…

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,…

Citizen Harry: Report on Edmonds Mayor’s brown bag lunch

By Harry Gatjens Mayor Mike Cooper had a brown bag lunch Tuesday with 20 or so concerned citizens who wanted to get an update on the budget and Edmonds in general. The Mayor started out with some comments about what his “charge” was when compiling the budget. With no new immediate way to increase revenue,  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…

Winter weather keeps Edmonds road crews, police hopping

It’s been a busy few days for City of Edmonds employees, with snow and ice causing traffic delays and minor accidents. “Our street crews have been working around the clock to keep our streets as safe and drivable as possible,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper. “The sun has helped, however the evening will bring dangerous…

Open letter to Edmonds from Citizens Economic Development Commission

This is an open letter to Mayor Cooper, the Edmonds City Council, and the citizens of Edmonds from the Citizens Economic Development Commission (CEDC). The Mayor and City Council constituted this body because Edmonds is facing a serious economic crisis and realized the need for assistance in finding new revenue streams and improving on those…

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…

USPS identifies three Edmonds post office locations, including current site

The U.S. Postal Service has identified three properties that have been submitted for possible consideration as a location for the downtown Edmonds Post Office, including keeping the facility in its existing 2nd and Main location, which is being redeveloped. USPS began taking suggestions for possible space last summer after the current building in which the…

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…

Results of Mayor Cooper’s customer satisfaction survey posted

The results of Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper’s online customer satisfaction survey can now be found on the City of Edmonds website. A total of 212 people responded. The link to the report is here. Among the questions: How do you feel about the overall direction the city is headed, on a scale of 1-5 (5…

Satisfied with City of Edmonds services? Take the mayor’s survey here

Mayor Mike Cooper is inviting Edmonds residents to participate in a customer satisfaction survey. The survey is designed to collect information measuring both customer satisfaction with the city’s delivery of services and to let the community tell the Mayor their priorities for what services the city delivers. “This is an important step in the involving…

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…