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Winter is finally here, and it started with a good one! This December, the City experienced, flooding at the intersection of Dayton and SR-104 for the first time in several years. It’s not an unknown condition by any means, but it requires a relatively specific set of circumstances in order to create the conditions. However, with any luck, this was the last time we should see this scene.

The cause of the flooding is a result of several things which go wrong at the same time, most of which come back to a battle against the tides. The City’s storm drain system outfalls to the Puget Sound directly, so when the tide level rises up it can actually raise above our storm drain system. The City has one-way valves, gates, or flaps on most of the outfalls so that the tide is held out when it comes up and does not rush back into the storm drain system. However, the rainfall and surface water cannot drain out of the pipes when the tide is above the outfall (the pressure of the tide holds the water back). So when the tides comes up to extremely high levels, or we have repeat high cycles which do not allow the pipes to drain completely between cycles, the storm system begins to back up the surface water within the pipes. Eventually the pipes get completely full and the pressure build-up pushes the water up until they find the lowest surface point to release at. The low point is currently at the intersection of Dayton and SR-104, and thus we see the flooding that occasionally occurs here.

The same tidal problem occurs at the Edmonds Marsh as well, and we see the problems on Dayton get compounded by some of the other drainage systems which are negatively impacted by the filled Marsh as well. The tidal elevations and repeat lack of drainage between cycles, result in the water level of the Marsh rising as well. Once the Marsh level rises, the drainage system which carries parking lot drainage from Salish Crossing and Harbour Square (shopping centers on the northwest and southwest corners of SR-104 and Dayton) back up as well. The twin WSDOT culverts under SR-104 also become impacted and unable to pass stormwater from east to west under the highway. The runoff from the east side of the highway then turns north to flow along the east side of SR-104 until it eventually spills out into the road way near the intersection with Dayton. Both of these overflows then contribute back to the Dayton flooding, speeding up the accumulation of ponded water.

In addition to high tides, it take a measureable amount of rain to completely fill the drainage system to the point of flooding on the surface. The number of times that the right tidal conditions and rain conditions have occurred at the same time has been somewhat limited for the past couple years, but it only takes about an inch of rain to cause problems with the right tidal conditions.

But there is a plan! The City is now ready to break ground on a new stormwater pump station in January of 2020 (weather permitting). The new pump system will tap into the existing drainage pipes and pump the stormwater up and over the tide elevation to drain freely to the sound. The new pump will be located in the parking lot for the fishing pier, with new storm drain lines stretching out into Dayton Street and down the Olympic Beach walkway, out toward the pier.

The construction estimate for the project is $1.53 million to install the 4,233 gallons per minute (gpm) capacity pump and all of the associated appurtenances, power supplies (including backup power), and control systems. Construction is anticipated to take approximately 4 months with the hope of having most of the park disturbance done before summer. The project will alleviate the flooding of Dayton Street and better manage flooding from the Edmonds Marsh as well.  

For additional questions or information, please contact the City Project Manager Zachary Richardson at zachary.richardson@edmondswa.gov or 425-771-0220.

City and Chamber Launch "Edmonds Business Boster"

EdmondsBizBooster.com provides portal to business-support services

(Edmonds, WA) After nearly a year since inception of the idea, the City of Edmonds and Edmonds Chamber of Commerce are announcing the launch of the Edmonds Business Booster, an online consolidated portal of FREE business-support services offered by various agencies and organizations serving Edmonds and Snohomish County.

With attention-grabbing lines like – “Do you have a fantastic product idea, but don’t know how to get moving?” or “Wishing you could tap into the knowledge of business leaders who’ve done and seen it all before you?” – this new online resource, found at EdmondsBizBooster.com, includes services from eight entities initially, including:

  • Small Business Development Center
  • Sno-Isle Library Business Services
  • NW Innovation Resource Center
  • Edmonds College “Facility Makerspace”
  • Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center
  • Edmonds College
  • Port of Edmonds

Additional resource agencies will be added, as well as programming, such as webinars, tutorials, etc.

“This new online resource gives access to free resources that can help our local businesses grow and thrive during these times of economic stress,” stated Mayor Mike Nelson.

Economic Development & Community Services Director Patrick Doherty adds, “While these resources have been serving local businesses for years, it’s likely that most local small business owners have not known about the free services they offer that can really make a difference. Bringing them together in one place and making a concerted PR push should help drive more Edmonds businesses to these services.”

The website also offers an e-subscribe service to enable notification about updates and new offerings.

For more information, please contact Patrick Doherty at patrick.doherty@edmondswa.gov or 425-771-0251.

Media Release

State of the City Address

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Mayor Nelson Announces Performance Audit of Police Department to Help Next Police Chief

(Edmonds, WA) Mayor Nelson announced Tuesday that he has engaged the services of the Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM) to conduct a performance audit of the Edmonds Police Department.

Mayor Nelson stated, “To help assist our next Police Chief in leading our Police Department into the future, I have authorized a performance audit of the Police Department. This audit will enable the person selected as our next Chief to fully understand what the department – and more importantly the community – need and desire from police services in Edmonds.”

This study will do a deep dive into the Police Department’s service calls and responses, as well as look at all facets of policing and how they impact the community. The study will involve the following:

  • Conduct a data-driven forensic analysis to identify what is driving overtime, workloads, and service demands and any potential gaps in patrol coverage.
  • Identify and recommend appropriate staffing and deployment levels for every operational and support function in the department.
  • Examine the department’s organizational structure and culture, including the qualitative aspects of patrol.
  • Perform gap analysis, including operational readiness, comparing the “as is” state of the department to the industry’s best practices.
  • Recommend a management framework to ensure accountability and improved performance.
  • Evaluate the implementation of community policing, in quantifiable and anecdotal terms, and identify improvement opportunities where appropriate.

Resulting from this analysis, the study will create a short- and long-term strategic plan which will help the City to determine its future service levels, including performance management and the department’s basic ability to carry out its mission.

Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM)

The Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM) was launched by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) to provide support to local governments in the areas of police, fire, and emergency medical services.

The Center also represents local governments at the federal level and has been involved in numerous projects with the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. In 2014 as part of a restructuring at ICMA, the Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM) spun out as a separate company and is now the exclusive provider of public safety technical assistance for ICMA.

CPSM’s local government technical assistance experience includes workload and deployment analysis, using a unique methodology and subject matter experts to examine department organizational structure and culture, identify workload and staffing needs, as well as industry best practices.

CPSM has conducted over 346 such studies in 43 states and provinces and 246 communities, ranging in population from 8,000 (Boone, IA) to 800,000 (Indianapolis, IN).

International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

The ICMA is a 103-year old, non-profit professional association of local government administrators and managers, with approximately 13,000 members located in 32 countries. ICMA advances the knowledge of local government best practices with its website, www.icma.org, publications, research, professional development, and membership.

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Mayor Mike Nelson Offers Statement Ahead of Martin Luther King Day

(Edmonds, WA) The following is a statement from Mayor Mike Nelson to the people of Edmonds in advance of the upcoming Martin Luther King Day holiday:

This year, more than ever since the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, as we approach Martin Luther King Day 2021, it’s important for us to reflect on our actions as individuals, families, a community, and a nation with regard to the basic human rights of all our fellow members of society.

This past year has been particularly difficult. Not only have we all been worn down by the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have also been rocked as a nation by senseless violence against Black people that has continued unabated across the country. Many have risen up and protested, marched and pushed back, yet systemic and institutional prejudice and racism are deeply embedded. It will take unwavering and sustained, collective effort to overcome and reverse.

Dr King’s legacy suggests that this collective effort starts at home – among each and every one of us, our families, friends and colleagues. Lasting, effective systemic change must rise from a grass-roots foundation that requires each of us to be informed, act and urge others to act to combat racism.

For Martin Luther King Day 2021 there are many ways we can both honor the legacy of Dr. King and become more informed in order to act, despite not being able to gather in person as in past years.

At Noon on Monday, January 18 the locally based Lift Every Voice Legacy, in partnership with the Communities of Color Coalition, will present a FREE virtual event: “Becoming Brave – a Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,” intended to inspire a beloved community in song, spoken word, and dance. The free virtual event will be available to the public at www.beloved4all.org, and for those who register at this website a preview will be available on Sunday Jan 17. Donations will be accepted. The event will also be available at www.edmondswa.gov/diversity-commission-home.

I would also encourage you to watch one or more of the many great documentaries and movies about the life and legacy of Dr. King, such as:


Lastly, now more than ever, the legacy of Dr King must be remembered and acted upon, not just this one day, but it must serve as a source of continued work throughout the year.

In our city I am pursuing systemic change within City government to eliminate institutional bias and discrimination, aided by a series of upcoming recommendations from my Equity and Justice Task Force. The City’s Diversity Commission is also doing important work to help address issues of equity and inclusion throughout our community.

In closing I wish you all a safe and memorable Martin Luther King holiday and encourage us all to continue to engage in collective efforts to fulfill Dr King’s legacy every day.

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Flags at Half Staff

flag half staffFlags are at half-staff in honor of fallen U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across the Nation.

Draft Housing Policy Survey Extended

The deadline for viewing an online open house and taking a housing policy survey has been extended by three days to January 11. View the Press Release here.

Final Housing Open House and Survey...

The last online open house and survey from the Edmonds Housing Commission is ready for community engagement and is available through January 8, 2021. View the news release here. To learn about the Housing Commission’s draft recommendations and give feedback, visit www.ECHCOpenHouse.com.

2021 Edmonds Arts Commission Grant Opportunities

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission (EAC) is offering two, single opportunity grants in 2021 for artists and nonprofit arts and culture organizations based in Edmonds. Applications are now available. The application deadline is January 28, 2021. Projects must be completed in 2021.

The Small Grant Program will have a total of $5,000 available for small grants of $100 - $1,000 for arts-based projects to support creativity, diversity and access to arts in Edmonds through literary, visual or performing arts. Applicants must be residents of Edmonds or organizations located in Edmonds.

"Creating a Future" Large Grant Program has a total of $50,000 available for awards up to $10,000. The purpose of the grant opportunity is to help build and reinforce a diverse and equitable cultural community in Edmonds, recognizing the uncertainty and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the necessity of changing strategies to create access for all to the arts. Both individual artists and arts and culture organizations based in Edmonds are eligible if they have not-for-profit status either solely or through a partnership or umbrella relationship. Collaborations are encouraged.

Grant program Guidelines and applications for both grants are available on the Arts Commission website http://www.edmondswa.gov/workshops-a-grants.html. For questions contact frances.chapin@edmondswa.gov .

Marty the Holiday Mouse

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Follow Marty as he visits some of his favorite destinations in Edmonds’ parks.

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Join Edmonds Parks & Recreation on a family-friendly holiday adventure through three different parks. Follow our story through the eyes of Marty the Mouse as he meets animal friends, avoids predators, and discovers some of what makes winter in Edmonds parks so special. The adventure will be active from December 15th to January 15th. Be sure to bring along as a smart phone as location markers include a QR code to enhance learning with additional materials. The adventure includes walking on some unpaved trails, so wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather before you venture out.

Follow Marty’s story through the Edmonds Facebook page (@EdmondsRecZone), Instagram page (edmondsreczone), and the Marty the Mouse website: http://www.edmondswa.gov/marty-the-holiday-mouse. Be sure to review the story as you move along, so you can find your way to each location.

Signs at each location have a letter noted by a green burst. If you want to play our word scramble game, be sure to write down each letter from the eight location markers and decode the themed word. Once you think you have the themed word decoded, send an email to kim.anderson@edmondswa.gov with your word guess! All submissions with the correct word will be entered into a random drawing for a prize! Post a picture of you on the Marty adventure, and tag our Facebook or Instagram accounts to get one extra entry to the prize drawing. That’s two chances to win instead of one! One entry per person can be entered for the prize drawing. Entries are accepted until January 15th. The random prize winner will be announced on January 18th.

Open House - Draft Housing Ideas

Tree Code Update: Dec. 9 Planning Board Public Hearing

The City of Edmonds’ Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the Draft Tree Regulations December 9 at 7 p.m. Information on the Tree Code Update, the Planning Board’s review, and the draft tree regulations are available for review at treecode.edmondswa.gov. (Get background on the tree code here) 

The public is invited to participate in the public hearing via Zoom or by phone at: