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Mayor Appoints Dave Turley as City Finance Director

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson today appointed Acting Finance Director Dave Turley to be the City’s next Finance Director. 

“I am pleased to announce that that I am appointing Dave Turley to be our City’s Finance Director. Dave has served our City for four years as Assistant Finance Director and stepped up to be our Acting Director during the pandemic,” said Mayor Nelson. (read more) 

Mayor Appoints Whitney Rivera to Be Next Edmonds Municipal Court Judge

Rivera Whitney(Edmonds,WA) Mayor Mike Nelson today appointed Whitney Rivera to be Edmonds' next Municipal Court Judge. Stated Mayor Nelson, “I am excited to announce my judicial appointment of Whitney Rivera to the Edmonds Municipal Court. She brings forth vast trial court experience and has received multiple awards for taking innovative approaches in complicated cases. She has considerable experience working with underserved populations, working on issues of poverty, mental illness, and substance abuse that underlie so many misdemeanor cases.” read more

FREE, Non-Invasive COVID Testing on November 23rd

In Partnership with Verdant and Medical Teams International, the City Encourages You to Get a COVID Test

The City is partnering with Verdant Health Commission and Medical Teams International to provide free, non-invasive COVID-19 testing Monday, Nov. 23rd from 10 am – 5 pm at the Edmonds Woodway High School South parking lot(enter off of 76th Ave. W). This is a drive-thru event, but walk-ups will not be turned away.

“The goal is to test as many people in the community as possible,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson. “You may not be showing symptoms, but could still spread the virus. Getting tested protects your loved ones.” The City encourages residents to put the family in the car and get everyone tested.

How it works
Medical Teams International staff will register each person as they drive up. Clients will not touch the registration paper for infection control purposes. Individuals should bring ID and insurance cards if they have insurance. Insurance payments help offset the cost for those who can’t pay.

No clients will be turned away. The testing is free, no exceptions. Grant funding covers the cost of the tests, though most insurance companies cover the cost of the test with no expense to the client. When insurance is billed, there are more grant-funded tests for those without insurance.

Tests are sent to the University of Washington and results can easily be accessed online with a code that is provided at the Edmonds testing site. Test results are available 2-5 days after the test, however results may be available in as soon as 24-48 hours.

The testing method used is anterior nasal swabbing, resulting in less discomfort than other methods. About 1 cm of the swab is inserted into one nostril at a time and rotated for about 10 seconds. The test is safe for both children and adults.

To learn more about this event, please contact Jennifer Piplic, Director of Marketing and Communication at Verdant Health Commission: jennifer.piplic@verdanthealth.org or 425-582-8600.

Applications being accepted for City Tree Board

The Edmonds Citizens’ Tree Board has at least one member position that will be vacant by the end of 2020. The City is seeking applications for that position and any other Tree Board positions that become available in the near future. The application form is available on the City’s website or by e-mailing jana.spellman@edmondswa.gov. Applications are due by December 4, 2020.


The Edmonds City Council Meetings for Tonight, November 10thhave been Canceled but will be Rescheduled.

Mayor Nelson and Council President Fraley-Monillas plan to reschedule the meetings for this Thursday, November 12th.

We will not move forward until we can guarantee a more secure meeting format which is of the utmost importance for our City and our citizens.

Because tonight’s Council meetings are a Special meeting, we cannot make any technical changes to the format or changes to the access without violating the Open Public Meetings Act.

Mayor Responds to Offensive Disruption of Police Chief Public Forum Monday Evening

(Edmonds) Mayor Mike Nelson offers the following statement in response to the lewd and racist disruptions that occurred Monday evening during the Police Chief public forum on Zoom.

Last night a pathetic, hate-filled coward disrupted our Police Chief public forum on Zoom.

As we do with City Council meetings, I supported the open Zoom meeting format in order to remove as many barriers as possible for public participation. Other formats, such as watching a Zoom Webinar, require logging in with an email address, which some members of the public may not see as fully accessible. This public forum had the same security features as our regular City Council meetings because, as a government agency, we must be accessible and transparent.   Of course, in any public setting, by its very nature, there is the risk of a few bad actors taking advantage of the open forum. Unfortunately, that happened last night when individual(s) with racist beliefs and unsavory conduct briefly interrupted the proceedings. read more

Mayor Offers Statement on Edmonds Child Wounded by Gun Shot

(Edmonds) After the Edmonds Police Department’s media release today regarding a domestic gun discharge this past weekend that left a young girl injured, Mayor Mike Nelson offers the following additional remarks:

I am very saddened to hear of a five-year-old girl shot by her father while he was unholstering his firearm at their Edmonds home. 

This incident follows just a few short weeks after the tragic, armed, domestic violence case on Highway 99 that ended in a woman’s death.

I do not accept that accidents just happen, nor that domestic violence homicides are not preventable.  Gun violence and harm are preventable and pose a clear and present danger to every community.  

I will be working with our Chief of Police on prevention strategies that we as a city can take to prevent gun violence.  This will include community-based gun safety programs, disarming domestic violence abusers with such tools as Extreme Risk Protection Orders, and lobbying our State Legislature to mandate gun-safety training, as well as to enact legislation that would give local governments the authority to put stronger laws into place that better protect our communities.

City Webpage Explains Tree Code Update

A new webpage, http://treecode.edmondswa.gov, has been posted for the public to learn about and provide comments on the tree code update that the City has undertaken.

Edmonds Police Issues New Order on Driving While License Suspended Third Degree

(Edmonds, WA) - Acting Chief Jim Lawless yesterday issued a General Order to all Edmonds Police Department personnel stating that, as standard practice, the Department will no longer file a criminal case for the sole offense of Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree. 

Typically, this offense results from a driver failing to pay the ticket or appear in court for a prior moving violation, like speeding or rolling through a stop sign. 

Instead, officers will cite and release the offender with the civil infraction of No Valid Operator’s License with ID (if in possession of a valid form of identification as outlined in RCW 46.20.015). 

“Criminalizing the stand-alone offense of Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree can lead an individual down a spiral of debt, inability to drive, loss of job, and worse,” stated Mayor Nelson. “That downward spiral hits particularly hard among lower-income individuals and people of color. In Washington State, Black people are three times more likely to be charged, and Native Americans are twice as likely to be charged, with this offense.” read more

Planning Board Public Hearing on CIP/CFP

The Edmonds Planning Board is holding a public hearing on the Capital Improvement Program / Capital Facilities Plan on Thursday, November 12th. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. and is a virtual/remote meeting being held via Zoom. Information on the details of the CIP and CFP, and how to join the meeting, can be found on the Planning Board agenda page.

City of Edmonds Requests Input on Waterfront Center Programming

What programs, recreation and community classes would you like to see?

The City of Edmonds seeks input from the community for recreation program recommendations at the new Edmonds Waterfront Center. City Recreation staff are developing programs for all ages to be held at this new state-of-the-art building. Sharing the building with the Edmonds Senior Center, City recreation will be running classes Monday through Thursday between the hours of 4:00pm-10:00pm. (Read more) 

Downtown Holiday Market Returns for Sixth Season

Starts Saturday, Nov 7th. Vendors will offer specialty foods, wines, treats, flowers, gifts, entertainment and more! 
While many traditional holiday events this year have been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, one recent tradition will be able to proceed: the Edmonds Holiday Market, kicking off its six season this Saturday, November 7th from 10am till 3pm.  In the heart of Downtown, on 5th Avenue North and Bell Street around the holiday tree, the Holiday Market will run for six Saturdays from 10am to 3pm on November 7th, 14th, and 21st, and December 5th, 12th, and 19th, skipping Thanksgiving weekend Saturday (November 28th). Over fifty vendors will treat shoppers to a rich selection of holiday gifts, food, wines, flowers, treats and music. 

  “Given everything else that’s been canceled or curtailed, we’re thrilled to bring back this popular holiday market to Downtown Edmonds with a great array of vendors this year,” says City of Edmonds Economic Development Director Patrick Doherty.  “In addition to the Holiday Market, Downtown Edmonds will once again offer holiday fun and that special hometown charm – a wonderland of lights, music, holiday wreaths and greetings on shop fronts, and visits by Emily the holiday Elf on Saturdays. Of course, the mainstay of the holidays will continue to be the wonderful variety of shops, cafés, restaurants and service providers that make Downtown Edmonds a particular delight during the holidays.”

 For more information about the market, visit: www.facebook.com/edmondsholidaymarket/

Police Chief Candidates' Public Forum

The November 9, 2020 Public Forum with Edmonds' Police Chief Candidates Sherman Pruitt and Jim Lawless can be viewed here.

Sherman PruittJim Lawless

                 Sherman Pruitt                                      Jim Lawless

Sizable Social Gatherings Not Allowed in Local Parks

(Edmonds, WA) As the holiday season approaches and COVID numbers are on the rise, a reminder that social gatherings with members outside your household or pod are not allowed. We understand that communty members may want to host their holiday gatherings at one of Edmonds many parks. However, in accordance with the CDC, and the State of Washington and Snohomish County health guidelines, we cannot permit or allow these large gatherings. (read more) 

Mayor Announces Police Chief Finalists and Next Steps in Selection Process

(Edmonds) Mayor Mike Nelson is pleased to announce that “after an almost two-month application period, I am excited to move forward two exceptional candidates for further consideration for the position of Edmonds Police Chief.” He further offered: “Both candidates bring a wealth of valuable experience.” media release

City Newsletter ~ Update on Edmonds Fall 2020

Fall 2020

Housing Commission Online Open House Extended through October 18

Local residents are asked to weigh in on Commission’s second round of ideas

(Edmonds, WA) The City of Edmonds has extended an online open house and community survey about its second set of housing ideas. The open house and survey are part of community outreach by the Edmonds Housing Commission to gather and organize community input on housing policy concepts from zoning to community programs. The open house and survey have been extended to October 18 due to unprecedented mailing delays for those to whom postcards and surveys were sent.

The online open house features videos that highlight ideas for many housing policy topics including homelessness prevention and affordable housing incentives. It can all be found at: ECHCOpenHouse.com. read more

Celebrating Indigenous People, Today and Everyday

A Community Embracing our Heritage Together

Today, Oct. 12, is Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the City wants recognize all Indigenous people and draw special attention to the Coast Salish peoples, including Tulalip, Suquamish, Stillaguamish, Lummi, and other tribes who have inhabited the Puget Sound region that encompasses the shorelands and uplands of Edmonds.

Mayor Mike Nelson offers the following remarks: For thousands of years the Indigenous Coast Salish peoples have used the area now known as Edmonds to harvest salmon, shellfish, and land-based resources.
The rich, diverse culture and enduring spirit of the Indigenous Peoples of Puget Sound region live on in Edmonds, not just through the acts of a few, but through the intentional efforts of many.

I am honored to draw attention to the ArtWalk mural program that has recently completed two murals depicting Coast Salish culture in our area at the time of contact. Thank you, Andy Eccleshall (muralist) and Coast Salish artist Ty Juvenil, for your collaborative effort to create these images.
I want to thank the leadership at the new Waterfront Center who are seeking to partner with the local tribes to incorporate Coast Salish artwork as a part of the new center set for completion in November.

Finally, I am very excited to see the carved cedar panel created by Coast Salish artist Ty Juvenil that depicts traditional Coast Salish activities on the shores of Puget Sound and will be placed across from City Hall at the Historical Museum later this year.

These are just a few of the countless examples where, in a year filled with uncertainties and in the midst of a pandemic, the community of Edmonds continues to inspire and lead by example. Thank you to the community for your efforts to ensure we continue to embrace our heritage, not just today, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but every day.

Walkable Main Street Ends This Weekend

However curbside dining continues through November 8. There are signs of fall in the air: cooler days, falling leaves and two of the most popular events of the summer come to a close. This weekend, October. 10-11, will be the last weekend of Walkable Main Street as well as the Edmonds Summer Market. We encourage residents to come out and enjoy these activities on their final weekend. To read more click here

City Issues Final Warning for Fishing Pier Face Covering Compliance

City has received numerous complaints of non-compliance during night-time squidding

(Edmonds, WA) Concern residents and fellow squidders continue to contact the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department about the lack of COVID safety measures being followed at the Edmonds Fishing Pier. Specifically, the lack of distancing and mask wearing during the night-time squidding activities. Police patrols have been increased and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been contacted for support. read more

Edmonds Offers Second Round of Business Support Grants

Applications Accepted through 5:00 pm, October 21st

(Edmonds, WA) - After a successful initial business grant program during the Summer, and fueled by an additional allocation of funds from the federal CARES Act, the City of Edmonds announces today a second round of Business Support Grants of up to $10,000 each. A two-week application period begins today, with an application deadline of 5pm, October 21, 2020.  read more and click here for application. 

Mayor Nelson Announces Upcoming Regular Neighborhood Zoom Meetings

Meetings kick off October 15, 2020 with Five Corners/Chase Lake Area. Mayor Mike Nelson announced today that he is kicking off a series of Neighborhood Meetings, initially via Zoom, to listen to residents, share information about City projects, programs, and goals, and deliver updates unique to each of the neighborhoods that comprise our city of approximately 42,0000 residents. 

This first virtual meeting, via Zoom, will be focused on the Five Corners/Chase Lake area and will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 15th. The Zoom link is: https://zoom.us/j/97991621922

For more information click here

Fourth Season of Diversity Film Series Starts This Month

The fourth season of Diversity Film Series starts this month. October kick-off features "In The Family". After a disruption in March of this year due to the restrictions arising from the COVID-19 crisis, the Edmonds Diversity Commission is thrilled to kick off its fourth season of the Diversity Film Series this month, with the first FREE screening on Monday, October 19th at 7:00 pm.  Since the films originally scheduled for March and April could not be screened, they will serve as the 2020-2021 season’s first two months of screenings in October and November.  For more information click here.   Go to the Diversity Commission  here for links to the movies. 

Mayor Mike Nelson's Proposed 2021 Budget Address

Mayor Mike Nelson invites the public and the media to join him this afternoon at 4:00 pm as he delivers his proposed 2021 Budget address, including an overview of his top budgetary priorities. The Mayor will not take questions during his address, nor will there be any live discussion among attendees, including any Councilmembers. The full proposed 2021 Budget document will be transmitted to Councilmembers, and made available to the public on the City’s website, upon conclusion of the Mayor’s address.  

This virtual address will be recorded and be posted on the Mayor’s webpage, the City’s communications webpage, and can also be found on Facebook Live under videos.

What: Mayor Mike Nelson addresses his proposed 2021 budget

When: Oct. 5, 2020 4 p.m.

Where: via Zoom and Facebook live https://zoom.us/j/91724456004?pwd=N2QwTjNNNXJQeFJnTHN2M2xFcHJlQT09

Housing Commission Seeks Input on More Ideas

Local residents are asked to weigh in on Commission’s second round of ideas

(Edmonds, WA) The City of Edmonds has launched an online open house and community survey about its second set of housing ideas. The open house and survey are part of community outreach by the Edmonds Housing Commission to gather and organize community input on housing policy concepts from zoning to community programs.

The open house features videos that highlight ideas for many housing policy topics including homelessness prevention and affordable housing incentives. It can all be found at: ECHCOpenHouse.com.

The Commission is scheduled to deliver policy recommendations to the Edmonds City Council in late December. The Council will then decide what actions to take on the recommendations. For more information click here.

Edmonds Paws in the Water Photo Contest

Edmonds Paws in the Water Photo Contest

Submit your photos of dogs enjoying the water for prizes

(Edmonds - WA)

Edmonds is going to the dogs virtually! Edmonds Parks & Recreation and O.L.A.E. (Off-Leash Area Edmonds) is hosting an online photo contest of your furry friends enjoying the water to win prizes. Winners will be determined by community vote through the Edmonds Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EdmondsRecZone.

To enter the contest, submit a photo (1) of your dog enjoying any water source (i.e. pool, lake, hose, etc.). Photos can be submitted through email to kim.anderson@edmondswa.gov. To be entered, you must ‘Like’ the Edmonds Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services facebook page @EdmondsRecZone in addition to your photo submission. Photo submissions are accepted from September 28th to October 5th. Photos will be posted to the Paws in the Water Facebook Event.

After submissions close, a photo album through the facebook page will be created. Likes will be considered votes for your favorite photo. Winners are determined by the photos that receive the most likes, and voting will be open October 7th until October 12th.
Winners will be announced via social media on October 14th.

3rd place will receive a $5 gift card from All the Best Pet Care, 2nd place will receive a $10 All the Best Pet Care gift card, and 1st place will receive a $10 All the Best Pet Care gift card and a certification for an initial session at SplashDog valued at $90.

Sponsored by: SplashDog, and All the Best Pet Care.

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City of Edmonds Wastewater Treatment Plant Recognized as “Utility of the Future Today”

The City of Edmonds is only one of three in the state, and one of 65 nationally, to be recognized as a “Utility of the Future Today” — a recognition that celebrates the achievements of water utilities that transition from the traditional wastewater treatment system to a resource recovery center and leader in the overall sustainability and resilience of the communities they serve.

“For the past eight years, we have worked with our partners and the community to create a culture of continuous improvement,” said Pamela Randolph, Wastewater Treatment Manager.

“Each year, we measure our performance and challenge ourselves to always do better on our ‘Pathway to Sustainability,’” said Phil Williams, Public Works Director. “And with the City Council’s decision to move forward with the Carbon Recovery Project, Edmonds is certainly headed in the right direction.”

The Utility of the Future Today program was launched in 2016 by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the WateReuse Association, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“The Water Environment Federation is excited to recognize the Edmonds WWTP for embracing innovative ways to better serve their communities,” said Jackie Jarrell, WEF President.

“The innovations coming to the water sector present an opportunity for a paradigm shift in the way utilities think about and solve long-standing challenges to clean and reliable water,” said Jarrell. “WEF is excited to recognize the Edmonds WWTP for embracing innovative ways to better serve their communities.”

The Wastewater Treatment Plant cleans everything that runs down the sink, tub or toilet, before sending it into Puget Sound. “The Wastewater treatment plant is the single greatest electricity user in the City, so a reduction of energy cost by 45% translates directly to lower rates for the community we serve,” said Randolph. “This project is one of many sustainability projects the Edmonds Public Works Department is committed to.”

Edmonds WWTP will be recognized during a pre-recorded awards ceremony on Oct. 9 at 8 a.m. PT during WEFTEC Connect. UotFT 2020 Award Ceremony

If you would like to know more about wastewater treatment or our energy-saving projects, please contact Pamela Randolph at 425-771-0237.

To learn more about the Utility of the Future program, visit http://www.wef.org/UtilityoftheFuture or contact UtilityRecognition@wef.org.

City of Edmonds Seeks Diversity Commission Members

Edmonds Diversity Commission has three open positions for three-year terms. Edmonds residents interested in working on issues, programs and activities associated with the changing demographics of our community and enhancing an environment of mutual respect and understanding are encouraged to apply to fill three positions on the City’s Diversity Commission that will be open as of January 1, 2021. For more information click here

Edmonds Diversity Commission Offers Small Grants

Community projects that promote diversity, equity and inclusion sought for funding. The City of Edmonds Diversity Commission is announcing the opening of the application period for the first round of 2021 grant awards. For more information click here. For grant application form and information click here.

Flags at Half Staff in Memory

flag half staffFlags are at half-staff in memory of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died on September 18, 2020. Flags will remain at half-staff until the day of internment.

**UPDATED** "Coping with Collective Trauma: A Resiliency Toolkit"

Please note the change of date to Wednesday, September 30 at 6 p.m. for "Coping with Collective Trauma: A Resiliency Toolkit" a virtual workshop presented by the Edmonds Diversity Commission. Zoom information has been updated and is available in attached press release. Click here for more information. 

Edmonds CARES Fund Distributes More Than $150,000

$300,000 is still available for housing, groceries, child care, utilities, medical bills

Tapping into the Federal CARES Act Fund and re-allocated City funds, the City of Edmonds continues to distribute funds from its $450,000 “Housing and Supplementary Relief” program, offering grants of up to $1,000 for 1- and 2-member households and $1,500 for households of 3 or more members to cover expenses related to rent/mortgage, food, medical bills, child care, gas or utilities. The only requirement is that residents must earn no more than 60 percent of the Snohomish County Median Income. (Read more)

Latest Housing Survey Results Are In. . . . . .

Among findings, residents like backyard cottages. The results of nearly 700 responses to the second community survey of the Edmonds Housing Commission have been released. In this survey, community members were asked to share their thoughts on six areas related to housing and 16 policy ideas. For more information click here

Flags at Half Staff for National Patriot Day 9/11

flag half staffFriday, September 11, 2020 ~ Flags are at half-staff for national Patriot Day, the annual memorial to the victims of the 2001 tragedy.

Face Coverings are REQUIRED on Edmonds Fishing Pier

The City begins outreach campaign to increase compliance

Concerned residents continue to contact the Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services team about the Edmonds Fishing Pier. They report that few people are wearing face coverings and it is putting pier visitors at risk. Residents have turned to the City to help.

The City has determined that unless more people mask up, the City will have no choice but to close the fishing pier to all visitors to meet state standards to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Today, the City begins a week-long outreach campaign to increase the number of masked visitors. (Read more)

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 18 FOR Edmonds City Council Student Representative

PLEASE NOTE ** DEADLINE CITY COUNCIL STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 9/18**  The School year is just around the corner and while classes remain virtual this fall, there are ways for students to be actively involved in their community. The City of Edmonds is looking for energetic and committed student volunteers to participate as student representatives for the 2020-2021 academic year. To read the complete news release click here

Councilmember Laura Johnson serves as Council liaison to the Youth Commission and said: “Student Representatives provide an important voice in our community; we look forward to reviewing a diverse and enthusiastic set of candidates for these positions.”

Deadlines for each position are included on each application. If students have questions regarding the application process, please contact: Maureen Judge, City Council Legislative Aide at Maureen.judge@edmondswa.gov or call 425-771-0248.

For Council Student Representative Application click here
For Youth Commission Application click here
For Arts Commission Student Representative Application click here

Edmonds LEAPs into Action to Help Families with School-Age Kids


The City pivots to provide daytime programs so parents can work

(Edmonds, WA) When the Edmonds School District announced distance learning for fall 2020, many parents sat down to do some hard thinking: how would they work and manage kids at home simultaneously.

The City of Edmonds Parks Department heard them and spent the last several weeks developing ideas. Today, the City introduces LEAP – Learning Enhancement & Activity Program. LEAP will provide a safe and affordable, on-site recreation program that supports academic efforts for local, school-aged youth as long as practically possible and while Edmonds School District maintains distance learning.

The program repurposes the Frances Anderson Center (FAC) to support children entering second through sixth grade.

“The City can be a steward of our community and we saw this as an innovative way to redirect our community-owned facilities and staff to support our families including those most in need during this very challenging time,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson. “Plus, I know our parks staff really misses that daily community engagement as much as our community does.”

LEAP Program details

The program will operate Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and provide day camp activities while supporting ESD distance learning. The program will group similar grade-level kids and staff into weekly pods in the FAC classrooms.

Children can be dropped off/picked up any time of the day with emphasis on pod room scheduling 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Room capacity varies from 10 to 24 and each room will have at least two staff members to provide a 1:10 staff/child ratio minimum. This ratio allows better safety practices, facilitation of distance learning support and will provide the ability to keep pods isolated from one another as much as possible to reduce potential COVID exposure. It also helps contain any potential outbreak to just one pod.

Supplemental programming comes from Environmental Education and Cultural Arts divisions as well as community partners like Sno-King sports to provide additional day camp programming.

Weekly registration is $300 and $345 for non-resident with need-based full scholarships availability for a minimum of 20% of the participants. Program capacity is 100 participants.

On Tuesday, Aug. 25, the City will ask the Council to approve two new positions that will allow the City to move forward with recruiting, hiring and training staff. The program is revenue neutral.

City Seeks Two New Economic Development Commission Members

There are currently two open positions on the Citizens Economic Development Commission (CEDC) for which the City seeks interested applicants.

“Promoting economic activity in Edmonds enhances our quality of life and creates jobs,” commented Mayor Mike Nelson. “Our Economic Development Commissioners provide valuable advice on many issues before the City Council, staff, and the Mayor.” For more information click here

Edmonds Wraps up Second Community Housing Survey

Info to be used for Housing Commission policy discussions

(Edmonds, WA) – The Edmonds Housing Commission’s recent Community Housing Survey closed this weekend. Commission members now have more good information from residents as they move forward with ‘Round One’ policy concepts about the future of housing in Edmonds. The data will be reviewed, refined, then brought again to the public later this year for additional input.

The Housing Commission, created by the City Council in 2019 to identify policies that expand the availability of housing in Edmonds, is scheduled to deliver policy recommendations to the Council in December.

This housing survey, the second of three planned, had 689 responses - 601 online responses and 88 paper responses. Postcards were sent to more than three thousand randomly selected residents, inviting them to attend the online open house and take the survey. Additional outreach was conducted via social media. Another 600 paper copies of the survey were sent to randomized residents in all parts of Edmonds.

In all, the online open house had 1731 visits. Although the actual survey is closed, resident can still see the short presentations about housing concepts online at https://www.echcopenhouse.com/policyideas.  When tallying is complete, the survey results will be released for all to see.

The Commission met Thursday, Aug. 13 for its monthly meeting to begin discussing policy ideas for ‘Round Two’ consideration. Each of five committees briefly described what they are working on for the ‘Round Two’ policy ideas. The efforts included new ideas for multi-family design standards, cluster housing, neighborhood villages, barriers to housing access (with focus on equity), the multi-family tax exemption program, homelessness prevention, childcare, and more.

Round 2 ideas will be further discussed in September and prepared for community input soon afterward. The Commission’s recommendations will go to the Council for more consideration and public input in 2021.  Any action will then be up to the City Council.

To learn more about the Housing Commission and their work, check out our blog or their website. We also posted a housing Q and A that answers your questions that we pulled from social media and Council comments.

Waterfront Redevelopment Project - Temporary Beach Closure

The City of Edmonds will temporarily close the beach in front of the Waterfront Center starting in late August to enhance beach habitat along the new Waterfront Center. Work is scheduled to begin Aug. 24. The beach is scheduled to reopen to the public Sept. 14.

During the closure, pedestrians may not walk on the beach between Brackett’s Landing South and Olympic Beach. The pedestrian easement in front of the Ebb tide Condominiums will also be temporarily closed.

While the beach is closed, crews working for W.G. Clark, the new Waterfront Center contractor, will remove the existing timber bulkhead, three existing pilings and two partially buried concrete structures, remnants of an old boat launch. Large construction equipment will operate on the beach creating a hazardous environment for all public beach activities in this area.

Warning and detour signage will be posted on the beach north and south of the Waterfront Center site. The closure duration is dependent upon construction progress; the beach may reopen for a day or two during the closure and the date for final reopening could change. Signage on beach will be adjusted accordingly.

The timing of the beach habitat enhancement is based upon the Hydraulic Project Approval permit requirements determined by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The permit did not allow construction to start on the beach until July 15th.

Questions? Contact Henry Schroder, Engineering, 425-771-0220 | henry.schroder@edmondswa.gov

Edmonds Allows Curbside Dining and Maintains Walkable Main Street until October

Residents enjoy it. Restaurants and retailers enjoy it. So today, the City of Edmonds announces more opportunities for outdoor dining and shopping. “Walkable Main Street,” opening up Main Street to pedestrians only on Saturdays and Sundays, will continue until the weekend of October 10th-11th. And new as of today – restaurants throughout Downtown may also use adjacent parking spaces during the week to provide more outdoor dining options.

Curbside Dining
Like many cities in the greater Puget Sound including Snohomish, Enumclaw and Bellevue, Edmonds restaurants will now be able to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in curbside areas so long as they provide a highly visible and protected space. Each curbside dining area will be bracketed by water-filled Jersey barriers, with protective fencing parallel to the travel lane, per City guidelines.

This designation is open to all restaurants, not just restaurants on Main Street. The new option goes into effect immediately and will continue through the weekend of October 10th-11th.

“This temporary program is intended to help address this particularly challenging time for our city’s restaurants as they struggle with the new restrictions that reduce indoor dining options,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson. “Also we have learned people prefer the safer option of dining outdoors when given the choice.”

Walkable Main Street
The City also announces that Walkable Main Street will extend through the weekend of October 10th-11th, which coincides with the seasonal end of the Edmonds Summer Market.

As for business-owner feedback, a recent poll, conducted by the Edmonds Downtown Alliance, showed that 59 percent of downtown retailers and restaurant owners support Walkable Main Street.

The City has heard from business owners who asked for more improvements, including enhanced signage about masking and social distancing, as well as aesthetic enhancements. The City will work to incorporate these suggestions as the program moves through the end of summer into fall.

“First and foremost, our Walkable Main Street program has been, and continues to be, intended to provide a safe, expanded area for people to come Downtown on the weekends and stroll Main Street, maintaining appropriate distancing, which is not possible on our narrow sidewalks on these busier days,” said Mayor Nelson.

“The added benefit of closing down Main Street is that retailers and restaurants can offer outside shopping and dining to willing patrons.  We’ve seen from the many comments, emails and even survey data that Edmonds folks overwhelmingly enjoy Walkable Main Street.”

City Hosts Virtual Open House on 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor

TOPIC: Reinvention of Key Downtown Street

(Edmonds, WA) For more than a decade, the City, residents, and business and property owners along Fourth Avenue North between Main Street and the Edmonds Center for the Arts have been discussing a reinvention of that important corridor to create a more pleasant, safer and more attractive pedestrian experience and a unique destination within Downtown Edmonds.

The community has been very supportive of creating a special, arts-infused experience. More recently, they’ve worked together more to develop overarching goals and design objectives.

Now it’s time to share concepts with the public. 

Join your neighbors and other community members Monday. Aug. 24 at 6 pm for an update and discussion about concepts that could shape the future of the 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor. Your public input will help identify a preferred concept and define most-preferred elements.

All residents, businesses, and property owners along 4th Avenue are invited to this virtual community open house which will include a presentation and Q & A led by City representatives and urban design consultant CREA Affiliates.

Monday, August 24, 2020
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Register in advance for the open house :
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, contact Economic Development and Community Services Director Patrick Doherty at patrick.doherty@edmondswa.gov or 425-771-0251

City Newsletter ~ Update on Edmonds Summer 2020

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Flags at Half Staff ~ July 2020

flag half staffTuesday, August 4, 2020 ~ Flags are at Half-Staff in memory of Bothell Police Officer Jonathan Shoop who died in the line of duty on Monday, July 13, 2020

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 ~ Flags are at Half-Staff in memory of Washington State Trooper Justin Schaffer who died in the line of duty on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Edmonds Releases Grants for Local Small Businesses

(Edmonds, WA) – As part of its Edmonds Cares Fund, the City of Edmonds has offered 91 local small businesses grants of up to $8,000 to help defray the extra costs and lost revenue associated with the COVID-19 economic crisis. All grant recipients have now been contacted. The City is pleased to be able to offer grants to well over half of the 162 businesses that sent in applications. 

According to the City, all of the recipients are small businesses, most are minority- or women-owned, a large number have lost more than 70 percent of their business compared with last year, and many received little to no other grant funding. To read the complete media release click here.

Hours and Locations

City Hall

121 5th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020
Hours: M-F, 8am-4:30pm
City Clerk
Business Licenses
Public Records Request
First Floor City Hall
121 5th Ave N
Hours: M-F, 8am-4:30pm

Development Services
Building Division
Planning Division
Engineering Division 
Second Floor City Hall 
121 5th Ave N
Phone: 425-771-0220 daily
Hours: M,T,Th,F 8am-4:30pm; 
Wednesday by appt. only

Finance Department
Information Services
Utility Payments
First Floor City Hall
121 5th Ave N
425-775-2525 or 425-771-0240
Hours: M-F, 8am-4:30pm
Fire Prevention Division
Third Floor City Hall
121 5th Ave N

Mayor's Office
Community Services
Economic Development
Human Resources
Third Floor City Hall
121 5th Ave N
Hours: M-F, 8am-4:30pm

Municipal Court
250 5th Ave N
Hours: M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm
Closed: Noon-1pm for Lunch
Passport Service
Hours: M 9:30am-11:45am 
T,Th,F 9:30am-11:45am and

Parks, Recreation
& Cultural Services
700 Main St
Hours: M-F, 8:30am-8:30pm
Sat 9am-2pm
Police Services
250 5th Ave N
Hours: M-F, 9am-4pm
Public Works & Utilities Department
7110 210th St SW
Hours: M-F, 8am-4:30pm
Wastewater Treatment Plant
200 2nd Ave S