Edmonds Transportation Projects Get Help from Olympia
Governor’s Signature Now Needed to Finalize State Funding for Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector and Highway 99 Projects(Edmonds, WA) - Early positive signs for Edmonds from the State Capitol became reality after the House and Senate voted last Thursday and Friday, respectively, to approve a Transportation Budget that includes funding for the next steps on two important projects: the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector and Highway 99 corridor enhancements. The Transportation Budget is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature. read more
2016 Waterline Replacement Project - Completed Under Budget
This project was part of the City’s annual program to replace and upgrade existing waterlines at various locations around the City that were reaching the end of their useful service lives, were undersized or were unable to meet current fireflow requirements. Many of the water and sewer pipes being replaced today in Edmonds have been providing service to city residents for over 60 years. The 2016 Waterline Replacement Project replaced approximately 7,500 feet of watermains along with their associated meters, services, and fire hydrants in 7 locations within the City.
On April 21, 2016, the City received four (4) bids for the 2016 Waterline Replacement Project. The bids ranged from a low of $1,147,401.86 to a high of $1,575,310.48. D&G Backhoe was awarded the project as the low responsive bidder in the amount of $1,147,401.86. This project was funded solely by Utility funds.
The project was completed on time and under budget. The project cost the City $32,426 less than the contractor initially bid. The City was able to save funding by having detailed plans, attentive management, and an experienced and capable contractor. We want to thank D&G Backhoe for their partnership on this project.
The City tries to replace aging utilities instead of waiting for something to break. Doing so avoids the hazards and hassles of costly emergency repairs and improves public health by maintaining a clean and functioning infrastructure system.
Student Exchange Program Opportunity
Fostering Global Citizenship ~ Students gain international understanding with exchange program
(Edmonds, WA) There is no better way to build international understanding than immersion in another culture. The Edmonds Sister City Commission provides students with a unique opportunity to experience the day to day life, language, and traditions of Japan through their annual exchange program. For 15 students each summer, it is the adventure of a lifetime. While in Japan, students live with a Japanese family and travel to see the sights and sounds around Hekinan, Japan. Upon their return, they and their families offer the same consideration to the Japanese students. Introducing these kids to each other’s culture opens their world and encourages a global view.
The City of Edmonds Sister City Commission invites students 14-18 years of age to participate in the annual student exchange to Hekinan. Students will travel to Hekinan for the last two weeks in July 2017 and then host a Japanese student during their stay in Edmonds during the first two weeks of August 2017. Student cost for the trip will range between $1,600 and $2,200 depending on the cost of airfare. Hekinan and Edmonds have been Sister Cities since 1988 and the exchange program has been a central component of that relationship.
There are still open positions for the 2017 Delegation – don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity! Deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 9, 2017 @ 4:30 pm.
For applications and more information please visit http://www.edmondswa.gov/sister-city-exchange-programs.html.
Positive Signs from Olympia for Edmonds Projects
Among Billions in Competing Priorities, Legislators Propose Funding for Edmonds Projects (Edmonds, WA) - While State Legislators propose and consider billions in State spending on issues ranging from school funding to major transportation projects to affordable housing, several projects of great importance to the Edmonds community are also being favorably considered. read more
City Council Adopts New Amendments to Pedestrian Sign Code
Amendments to pedestrian sign requirements were adopted by the City Council at an
April 4 public meeting. These recent changes updated the amendments approved by the Council in
August 2016. The April 4th changes included:
• Each ground floor storefront is allowed six (6) additional square feet of sign area to
accommodate a pedestrian sign or some other type of permanent signage, at their choice. This means
that street front businesses can continue to use pedestrian signs even if their wall signs max-out
their allowed sign area. For those ground floor businesses not choosing to use a pedestrian sign
they now have six more square feet of permanent sign area available to them. For more information click here.
Low Income Housing Panel To Be Held
A forum on local low-income housing needs will be held at 6:30 pm, April 24, at the Edmonds Library Plaza Room, 650 Main Street. It is sponsored by the Edmonds Housing Instability Coalition in cooperation with the City of Edmonds.
The event is free and open to the public. It will feature a panel discussion about needs and trends in housing for low-income households. The moderator will be Mark Smith, executive director of Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County. For more information click here.
Free Recycling Drop-Off Event - March 18th, 10am-3pm EDCC
"Your Voice Matters" Youth Forum on Diversity
Edmonds Diversity Commission to host "Your Voice Matters" - a Youth Forum on Diversity. Middler-Schoolers and High-Schoolers are invited to participate on Friday, March 17th 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Plaza Room above the Edmonds Library. For more information click here
Public Hearing on Highway 99 Plan...
Edmonds Sister City Commission Student Exchange Program
Fostering Global Citizenship ~ Students gain international understanding with exchange program
(Edmonds, WA) There is no better way to build international understanding than immersion in another culture. The Edmonds Sister City Commission provides students with a unique opportunity to experience the day to day life, language, and traditions of Japan through their annual exchange program. press release application packet
Entrenamiento Gratuito sobre los Desperdicios Sólidos - FREE Waste Diversion Training in Spanish
Entrenamiento Gratuito sobre los Desperdicios Sólidos
FREE Waste Diversion Training in Spanish
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¿Ha escuchado sobre la composta, pero no sabe para qué sirve o cómo se hace?
¿Le preocupan los químicos de limpieza que emanan olores fuertes?
¿Le interesa conocer alternativas de limpieza más seguras para la salud?
¿Le interesa compartir esta información con otras personas?
Si contestó que sí a las preguntas de arriba, entonces ¡conviértase en un Promotordel Medio Ambiente! Entrenaremos a personas interesadas en conocer sobre estos temas los sábados entre el 4 de marzo y el 1 de abril, de 9:30 AM a 12:30 PM cada día. El entrenamiento es gratis; no habrá cuidado de niños. Nos reuniremos en Everett, dos sábados en WSU Extension, McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE Everett, WA, y tres sábados en la estación de bomberos Mariner, 12310 Meridian Ave. Everett, WA.
Luego del entrenamiento, comparta lo que aprendió en 3 eventos con las comunidades Latinas. Para participar, entregue la solicitud que se encuentra en http://extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/naturalresources/latino-engagement/ en o antes del 22 de febrero. Para preguntas o más información, contacte a Yolimar Rivera, email@example.com o (425) 357-6029.
¡No pierda la oportunidad de educarse y ayudar a proteger el ambiente para todos y para las generaciones futuras! Recuerde que: El Medio Ambiente: Es Tuyo, Es Mío, Es Nuestro
Edmonds Cemetery Board Seeks New Member to Fill Vacancy
Edmonds Cemetery Board Seeks New Member to Fill Vacancy - Applications Accepted until February 24, 2017
The Edmonds Cemetery Board is seeking a new member to fill a vacancy. Do you have an interest in local history or genealogy? Do you appreciate the appearance of the Cemetery? Are you interested in helping, planning and participating in the annual Memorial Day Program, “Walk Back in Time” Cemetery Tour in July and the “Walk About” Veteran’s site tour in November? Would you like to help set policy and develop goals? If so, please consider becoming a member of the Cemetery Board. For more information, please see the Media Release or call Cynthia Cruz at 425.771.0231.
State Responds on Shoreline Master Program
State Responds on Shoreline Master Program
The state Department of Ecology has responded by letter to the City Council about
proposed changes for updating its Shoreline Master Program. The response agrees with most of the
Council’s proposed changes but calls for a site-specific assessment to establish marsh buffers
prior to any future development in the Harbor Square area.
The City’s existing Shoreline Master Program (SMP), adopted in 2000, does not include any part of
the Harbor Square area, but the proposed SMP update does. Ecology had required the City to include
this change as part of the SMP update. However, as the update was being drafted, controversy arose
about the specific width of buffers to be required for the area when development occurs.
Until an updated SMP is approved and adopted, the 2000 shoreline plan applies. Ecology has asked
the City to respond by March 30 to its new letter.
The City Council is scheduled to discuss this issue at its January 24 meeting. In Ecology’s
letter, two options are offered for providing a more site-specific approach and a scientific study
for the Urban IV Mixed Use Area, which includes Harbor Square. Agency staff have noted that the
City could choose either of these options or some combination that achieves similar results.
The proposed SMP addresses shoreline areas in Edmonds that extend 5.2 miles along the Puget Sound
and also adjacent to Lake Ballinger. It uses updated scientific information to set requirements for
future shoreline activities. Development in all shoreline areas would be subject to newer
regulations, including for shorelines, environment, and stormwater. A copy of Ecology's letter is at this link.
WWU Students Pitch Year-Round Seasonal Events Campaign To Promote Fourth Avenue Arts Corridor
WWU Students pitch year-round seasonal events campaign to promote fourth avenue arts corridor: Student Public Relations Project Part of Sustainable Cities Partnership Between Edmonds, Western Washington University, and Association of Washington Cities
(Edmonds, WA) – The 4th Avenue Arts Corridor in downtown Edmonds has the potential to become a year-round hub of cultural events and festivities that highlight the Edmonds arts community, according to a plan created by Public Relations students at Western Washington University. Those students presented a winning proposal to City staff to help promote the downtown Arts Corridor through a series of seasonal events and festivities on 4th Avenue North under the theme of “Art for Everyone.”
For the full Media Release, click here
Mayor Earling to Highlight City Accomplishments, Challenges and New Year's Goals at 2017 State of the City Address
Public Invited to Annual Event at 8:30am Thursday, February 9th, at Edmonds Theater
(Edmonds, WA) - Mayor Dave Earling invites the public to join him in reflecting on both the accomplishments and challenges of 2016 and looking ahead to the City’s hopes and plans for 2017 during his annual State of the City Address at 8:30 am on Thursday, February 9th at the Edmonds Theater at 415 Main Street. Mayor Earling will discuss the successes and challenges of the past year, projects and goals for the new year, and long-term strategies for 2017 and beyond. Opening remarks will be provided by Janelle Milodragovich, of Ten Gun Design and Greg Hoff, Windermere Real Estate/Edmonds. read more | view flier
WWU Students to Present Recommendations on Edmonds Marsh Restoration Efforts at Public Meeting on Friday, January 13th
Student Research Project Part of Sustainable Cities Partnership Between Edmonds, Western Washington University, and Association of Washington Cities (Edmonds, WA) – The public is invited to attend a presentation from Western Washington University students who have been studying restoration efforts and issues at Edmonds Marsh as part of the 2016-2017 Sustainable Cities Partnership (SCP) between the City of Edmonds, WWU and the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). Students from WWU’s Restoration Ecology course will present their research on Friday, January 13th, from 2-4pm in the Brackett Room at City Hall and make recommendations to address current challenges affecting Edmonds Marsh. read more
Local Edmonds Student Selected as Assistant Language Teacher in Hekinan Japan
– Edmonds resident and UW graduate, Michelle Rockstead, has been appointed Assistant Language Teacher
(ALT) by the Hekinan Board of Education in association with the Edmonds Sister City Commission. As an ALT, Michelle will be responsible for teaching English to students at five middle schools in Hekinan, Japan. She wants to use this opportunity to “cultivate the kids’ interest in building strong relationships with people from different parts of the world”. read more
Mayor Earling Visits Congressional Delegation and USDOT Staff in DC on Waterfront Connector Project
Days before an Important Federal Grant Deadline, Mayor’s In-Person Visits Intended to Help Pave the Way for Potential Federal Funding (Edmonds, WA) -
Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, together with Public Works Director Phil Williams and Economic Development Director Patrick Doherty, traveled to Washington, DC, last week to meet in person with members of the region’s Congressional delegation, as well as key staff from the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). read more
Senior Parks Maintenance Worker Debra Dill is City's Employee of the Year!
Horticulturist is Credited with Beautifying City by Overseeing Downtown Flower Baskets (Edmonds, WA)
– Senior Parks Maintenance Worker Debra Dill has been voted the City of Edmonds 2016 Employee of the Year by her colleagues. The award was announced by Mayor Dave Earling at the City’s annual Holiday Brunch at City Hall on Tuesday. Debra Dill works as a Senior Parks Maintenance Worker/Horticulturist in the City’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Department. She recently obtained her arborist certification and is credited with beautifying our community by maintaining and overseeing the flower baskets around Edmonds. read more
Edmonds City Council Unanimously Approves 2017 Budget
City Budget Addresses Community, School and Pedestrian Safety Needs, Homelessness, and Pressing Infrastructure Demands (Edmonds, WA)
– The Edmonds City Council unanimously approved the City of Edmonds 2017 Budget at the December 6th
city council meeting, which emphasizes public safety and community health and well-being. The $97,603,398 budget includes funding for a part-time parking enforcement officer, a school resource officer at Edmonds-Woodway High School, lighting at Pine Street and Highway 104, pedestrian safety training, and funding for critical infrastructure projects. read more
Fishing Pier to Close for Final Repairs
(Edmonds - WA) The Edmonds Fishing Pier will be closed for final repairs from November 28th to December 2nd 2016 from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm. read more
Bob Drewel to Headline 11/29 Event Intended to Attract New Business to Edmonds
City Partners with Chamber, Port and Owners of Local Office Properties to Showcase Edmonds to Prospective Businesses
(Edmonds, WA) - The City of Edmonds, together with the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, Port of Edmonds and the owners of several office properties are hosting a Get-To-Know Edmonds event on Tuesday, November 29th from 2:00 to 3:30 pm intended to showcase Edmonds to prospective businesses, and regional commercial real estate brokers. Hopes are more office-based businesses, of all types, will see the benefits of locating in the charming seaside town due to its high quality of life and relaxed atmosphere, while still within the strategic Seattle metropolitan area. read more
Get-To-Know Edmonds | Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | 2 - 3:30 pm | Plaza Room above Edmonds Library - 650 Main Street, Edmonds
Flags at Half Staff - State Senator Andy Hill
Monday, November 14, 2016 until close of business ~ By direction of Governor Jay Inslee, Flags are to be flown at half-staff in memory of State Senator Andy Hill who passed away on October 31, 2016.
Mayor Earling Supports Advisory Task Force Recommendations on Solutions to At-Grade Rail Crossings
After a Year of Study and Public Engagement, Task Force’s Top Recommendation Is Single-Lane Emergency Access/Pedestrian-Bicycle Connector from Edmonds Street to Waterfront (Edmonds, WA) - Last night, Tuesday, November 7th, at the Edmonds City Council meeting, Mayor Dave Earling unveiled his recommendations for alternatives to the at-grade rail crossings at Main and Dayton Streets on the heels of a set of findings and recommendations issued by his appointed Advisory Task Force upon the culmination of their 13-month process. read more
Fostering Global Citizenship
(Edmonds, WA) There is no better way to build international understanding than immersion in another culture. Edmonds students have a unique opportunity to experience the day to day life, language, and traditions of Japan through an exchange program coordinated by the Edmonds Sister City Commission. read more
Highway 99 Area Plan to Be Featured at Open House
Highway 99 Area Plan to Be Featured at Open House
Highlights of a new draft Highway 99 Area plan will be presented during an open house November 10, at the Swedish Edmonds hospital, 21601 76th
Ave W., 4th
floor conference room. The public is welcome to drop by the open house anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 pm. A slideshow about the plan will be given at 6:30 pm.
Developing a plan for both land use and transportation issues has been underway for nearly a year. The first view of the plan will take place at the open house. After hearing discussion, City staff and the consultant team will make any revisions and invite more public input.
The draft Highway 99 Area plan will be presented to the Planning Board next month. The Planning Board will then hold a public hearing and make a recommendation to the City Council. The City Council will likely discuss the draft plan in early 2017. Click here for the event flyer.
City Partners with Snohomish County PUD to Convert the Remaining 1700 Edmonds Streetlights to LED
New Lights Expected to Improve Safety and Save Energy (Edmonds, WA) - New LED street lights to improve safety and save energy will soon adorn the streets of Edmonds, thanks to a project being conducted by Snohomish County PUD (SnoPUD). SnoPUD started the project in 2013 to convert street lights throughout its service area – including 2600 PUD-owned street lights in Edmonds - to LED (Lighted Electric Diode) lighting, which are more reliable, offer up to 70 percent energy savings, and improve driver and pedestrian safety through better color lighting. Conversion of the last 1700 lights in Edmonds is expected to begin shortly after the New Year. read more
Sand Bag Station at 7110 210th St SW
The City has made a sand bag station available for residents in the north parking lot of the Public Works facility at 7110 210th St SW in Edmonds. The U-Fill station will be available through Sunday the 16th, 2016.
Mayor to Present City of Edmonds 2017 Preliminary Budget
- At the October 11th City Council meeting Mayor Dave Earling will present the City of Edmonds 2017 Preliminary Budget to the Council and community. Mayor Earling will outline city priorities and discuss economic conditions. read more
Chaperone Opportunity for 2017 Student Delegation to Hekinan, Japan
Mayor Announces Mary Ann Hardie is City's New Human Resources Director
– After nearly five years without the dedicated position of a Human Resources Director, Mayor Dave Earling announced today he has chosen Mary Ann Hardie to fill the position. The announcement follows a months-long process to fill the position after the Edmonds City Council agreed with Mayor Earling it was time to bring the position back. read more
Open House Scheduled to Share Results of Recent Community Livability Survey
Public Invited 6:00pm, Wednesday, September 28th(Edmonds, WA)
– Conducted earlier this Summer, the National Citizen Survey generated over 900 responses from Edmonds residents, expressing their opinions on a wide range of issues related to community livability. As reported last month, the National Citizen Survey’s “Community Livability Report” states that almost all residents rated the quality of life in Edmonds as excellent or good. While a summary presentation was made by the Community Services Department to City Council in August, the Department has now scheduled an Open House to share the results with the public in a less formal manner. read more
New Drive-Up Mailbox Opens at Edmonds Library
Edmonds City Councilmember and Postmaster Respond to Public Outcry After Removal of Only Downtown Drive-up Mailbox (Edmonds, WA)
– Downtown Edmonds again has a drive-up U.S. Post Office mail drop box, thanks largely to the efforts of Edmonds City Councilmember Dave Teitzel, Edmonds Postmaster Todd Merriman and Edmonds Head Librarian Richard Suico. The three worked together to find a new location for a drive-up mailbox after residents voiced concerns about the removal of the drive-up mailbox at the Second Avenue post office. The new drive-up mailbox is located next to the book-drop bins at the south side of the Edmonds Library in the 600 block of Dayton Street. read more
City of Edmonds Seeks to Fill Available Position on Diversity Commission
(Edmonds, WA) –
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 an open position on the City’s Diversity Commission. read more
Public Invited to Weigh-in on Narrowed List of Alternatives to At-Grade Rail Crossings along Edmonds Waterfront at Open House Sept. 14th
Final Open House Before Advisory Task Force Makes Recommendations to Mayor; Attend Online or In Person at Edmonds Library next Wednesday, 6-8pm (Edmonds, WA)
– City of Edmonds representatives and the Edmonds Waterfront Access Study team are inviting the public to weigh in about a narrowed list of potential alternatives for at-grade rail crossings along the Edmonds waterfront at an Open House on Wednesday, September 14th, from 6-8pm
. The Open House will be held in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room at 650 Main Street and is the final open house to be hosted by the Mayor’s Advisory Task Force before members present their recommendations to the Mayor. read more
Bike2Health Project Update
The project is currently at 90% design and improvements are scheduled for next summer. In the meantime, bicycle counts continue on a quarterly basis to help us understand how many people currently ride bikes in the streets where the improvements will be located.
The next round of bicycle counts is scheduled for August 23-25th at the following locations in Edmonds:
- 76th Ave W & Olympic View Drive
- 9th Ave S & Walnut Street
- 76th Ave W & 212th St SW
- 80th Ave W & 224th St SW
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CLICK HERE for more on the August 2016 Program Update
Edmonds National Citizens Survey
Find out more about the Edmonds National Citizens Survey here
Community Invited to Mayor’s Town Hall at Faith Community Church
August 25th Community Discussion Includes Updates on Shoreline Master Program, Highway 99 Neighborhood Plans, and Waterfront Access Study(Edmonds, WA)
– Mark your calendars for your next opportunity to hear and respond to the latest updates from Mayor Dave Earling and City Directors at the next Town Hall meeting on Thursday, August 25th, from 6:30-8:30pm
at Faith Community Church, 10220 238th
St SW, Edmonds. Mayor Earling and his staff will host the community discussion that will include a question and answer session. read more
Draft Stormwater Code Now Available
A draft version of ECDC 18.30 - Stormwater Management is now available
Please direct any comments or feedback to Rob English, City Engineer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeanie McConnell, Engineering Program Manager, (email@example.com).
A public meeting will be held before City Council on August 2, 2016.
In addition, a copy of the presentation from the public meetings on July 20, 2016 can be found HERE.
9th & Walnut - Expect Traffic Delays July 25th & 27th
As part of the City's overlay program, the intersection of 9th & Walnut will receive a grind and overlay next week. Our contractor will be working through this area as quickly as possible. Expect heavy congestion and traffic delays. Be patient, be safe, and if at all possible avoid the intersection.
Monday, July 25th - Pavement Grind
Wednesday, July 27th - Pavement Overlay
Check the overlay website for additional updates: www.overlays.edmondswa.gov
Edmonds First Washington City to Sign On to Sustainable Cities Partnership
Joint Endeavor of Edmonds, Western Washington University and Association of Washington Cities Will Help Edmonds with Wide Array of Projects (Edmonds, WA)
- The City of Edmonds will receive a helping hand from Western Washington University students and faculty on a range of projects over the next academic year – from developing a mobile app for downtown visitors to helping reduce storm water impacts to the Edmonds Marsh – thanks to the first interlocal agreement of its kind in our state between Edmonds, Western, and the Association of Washington Cities (AWC). read more
How Are We Doing? City asks Residents to Respond to Survey.
City asks residents to respond to survey about government services and state of City. For more information click here
FREE ~ Water Saver Kits
The City of Edmonds Public Works is providing a limited number of free water-saver kits to its water customers. There are two types of water-saver kits available on a first-come-first-serve basis, while supplies last.
The OUTDOOR KIT includes:
¨ One heavy-duty garden hose nozzle featuring seven different types of sprays.
¨ Two garden hose repair ends and hose washers.
The INDOOR KIT includes:
¨ One reduced-flow showerhead (rated at 1.75 gallons per minute maximum) which features an adjustable spray.
¨ Two fixed faucet aerators (each rated at 1.0 gallon per minute) for bathroom or utility sinks.
¨ One small roll of Teflon tape.
ALSO at this time there is a very limited supply of the following:
¨ Automatic shut-off watering timer devices for use with lawn sprinklers or drip irrigation hoses.
¨ Moisture meters that indicate the level of soil moisture and help prevent over or under watering.
These extra items are one each to a household only until supplies last.
City of Edmonds water customers can pick up their free kit at the main reception counter at:
Edmonds Public Works office, 7110 210th St. SW, during the business hours of 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Flags at Half Staff -- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Monday, July 18, 2016 until Sunset Friday, July 22, 2016 ~
By Presidential Proclamation Flags are to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the attack in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Flags at Half Staff -- Shimon Peres
Thursday, September 29, 2016 until close of business Friday, September 30, 2016 ~
By Presidential Proclamation Flags are to be flown at half-staff to honor the memory of former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres.