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…

Time to conduct ‘due diligence’ focus of Skippers counter offer

The Edmonds City Council spent nearly two hours in executive session Friday morning considering a counter offer from Cascade Bank in response to the council’s $1.1 million offer for the vacant Skippers restaurant property across from the Edmonds ferry terminal. The bank’s counter offer didn’t involve a change in the purchase price, however. Instead, it…

More on the City Council vote to purchase Skippers property

We promised additional information regarding the City Council’s 5-2 vote Tuesday night to purchase the vacant Skippers property across from the Edmonds Ferry Terminal. Here’s the latest on this topic, which has generated a healthy debate here and on our Facebook page. Councilmember D.J. Wilson, who along with Councilmember Strom Peterson voted against the measure,…

Council agrees to make $1.1 million offer for vacant Skippers property

The Edmonds City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday night to make an offer to purchase the vacant Skippers Restaurant property located across from the Edmonds Ferry Terminal for $1.1 million. Councilmembers D.J. Wilson and Strom Peterson were the dissenting votes, both stating that they believed it was fiscally irresponsible to make such a purchase given the…

Council OKs resolution supporting work of Economic Development Commission

The Edmonds City Council took a substantial amount of time Tuesday night debating the fine points of two issues before them –how to best accommodate outdoor dining on city sidewalks and how to word a resolution supporting the work of the newly formed Edmonds Economic Development Commission. In the end, the council decided to table a…

Council to consider Bernheim’s revised plan to limit campaign donations

The Edmonds City Council on Tuesday night will consider a revised proposal by Councilmember Steve Bernheim to place a $500 limit on contributions to campaigns for city council and mayoral races.  In a memo accompanying the revised ordinance, Bernheim noted that he lowered the limit from $750 based on feedback he received from council members…

Council can’t agree on content limits for city-sponsored web pages

The Edmonds City Council had a lengthy discussion Tuesday night about a proposed policy that would regulate how councilmembers communicate online — both through social media like Facebook and Twitter and on members’ individual pages on the City of Edmonds website. However, the proposal failed 3-4 after councilmembers expressed concerns about the policy either being too…

City budget, campaign finance reform hot topics for Council Tuesday night

Money — including a status report on the city’s biennial budget and a proposal to put a limit on mayor and city council campaign donations — was the main topic of conversation at Tuesday night’s Edmonds City Council meeting, In a brief presentation to the council, Mayor Gary Haakenson noted that the city is midway…

City Council scheduled to appoint new member Tuesday night

It could be a long night at the Edmonds City Council meeting Tuesday, when Council members decide who will fill the seat left vacant following the death of Peggy Pritchard Olson in November 2009. The first candidate to receive a four-vote majority wins. The last time there was a vacant council seat, in January 2009…

Steve Bernheim elected Council President

The Edmonds City Council added some pomp and circumstance to its first council meeting of the new year, swearing in three newly elected councilmembers, selecting a new council president, making committee assignments and approving a citizen to the city’s Planning Board. Each councilmember was able to chose a person to administer the oath of office….

Updated election results for City Council races, library

Here are the latest Edmonds City Council election results as of 5 p.m. Thursday with 121,834 votes out of the 371,915 ballots counted: CITY OF EDMONDS COUNCIL POS 1 Vote Count Percent Michael Plunkett 6,249 61.11% Priya Cloutier 3,946 38.59% Write-In 31 0.30% Total 10,226 100.00% CITY OF EDMONDS COUNCIL POS 2 Vote Count Percent…

Plunkett, Peterson, Fraley-Monillas leading in council races

Edmonds voters are returning two incumbents — real estate agent Michael Plunkett and cheese shop owner Strom Peterson — to the City Council, while newcomer Adrienne Fraley-Monillas is leading former councilmember Lora Petso for Council Position 3. With ballots from an estimated 56 percent of expected Edmonds voters counted last night, Plunkett had a substantial…

Remember to vote and mail your ballot!

If you haven’t yet made your choices for Edmonds City Council, now’s the time to mark your ballot and get it in the mail. Over the last few weeks, we’ve profiled all three City Council races. We are reposting each of those now, to assist those of you who have not yet made a decision….

City Council moves closer to fire decision; votes to allow chickens

The Edmonds City Council moved closer Tuesday night to deciding whether to approve the sale of City of Edmonds fire services to Snohomish County Fire District 1, agreeing to narrow the choice to two scenarios: 1) contracting for fire service, which would include selling fire apparatus and equipment to District 1, but retaining ownership of…

Edmonds City Council Position 2: Strom Peterson vs. Diane Buckshnis

The race for Edmonds City Council Position 2, with incumbent Strom Peterson facing challenger Diane Buckshnis, has showcased an interesting contrast of styles: Peterson states on his website that he has “the temperament to discuss contentious issues in a productive way,” while Buckshnis has been unafraid during recent council meetings to raise questions about the…