Summer 2020
Newsletter for Summer 2020

CHC Banner ltEdmonds residents are asked to weigh-in on concepts big and small

The City of Edmonds has launched an online open house and community survey about 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 building design.

The open house will feature videos that highlight ideas for many housing policy topics including accessory dwellings and housing funds and future engagement opportunities. It can all be found at

The commission is scheduled to deliver policy recommendation to the Edmonds City Council in late December. The Council will then decide what actions to take on the recommendations.

The City Council created and staffed the commission in 2019, with the first commission meeting last September, to develop diverse housing policy options designed to expand the range of housing available in Edmonds. The mission statement of the Commission says options will be irrespective of age, gender, race, religious affiliation, physical disability or sexual orientation.

The commission has met 13 times, including several times via zoom during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, and has arrived at concepts for six policy topics:
• City resources
• City processes and programs
• Accessory dwelling units
• Duplex or two-unit townhome option
• Zoning transition areas
• Design guidelines

The Housing Commission’s current (“Round 1”) policy ideas are still preliminary. After hearing more from the community, the commissioners will decide whether to keep, revise, or drop the ideas. They will deliver another preliminary set of ideas (“Round 2”) for public input by this fall.

Commission members, working with a public outreach consultant, have a series of survey questions for the public about the Round 1 issues. Answers range from strongly agree to strongly disagree. The survey will be sent to 500 randomly selected residents. It will also be available via the web and social media. The survey is open until August 16.

Results will be available for anyone to review via the Housing Commission webpage. Recommendations could lead to new programs, investments, or code changes. Any al all final action is up to the City Council.

Commission members emphasize there are no right or wrong answers and the survey is ‘blind’. No one sees personal information. The commission wants to arrive at policy recommendations that reflect the entire community. Learn more about the Commission.

Below is a short summary and highlights of our three annual replacement projects (water, storm, and sewer utility). The main goal for these projects is to repair or replace existing pipes and associated infrastructure for each respective utility. The replacements/repairs are driven by various factors such as age, material, condition, need to add capacity and resiliency. The monies used to fund each of these respective projects comes from each utility’s respective charges in the City’s bimonthly utility billing, to Edmonds residents and businesses, which it serves.


Site Locations

  • Swedish Hospital
  • 215th St from 76th Ave W to 73rd Pl W
  • 73rd from 215th to 216th St SW
  • 2nd Ave S at theoretical crossing with SR 104

Construction continues to progress near Swedish Hospital site and under SR-104 at the theoretical intersection with 2nd Ave. The pipes at the Swedish site have been installed and brought online and the aging 6” water meter supplying water to the hospital has been replaced. A big thank you to all Swedish staff for the support and coordination to ensure that the water supply to the hospital was not interrupted during this work. The replaced system provides additional resiliency and redundancies needed for fire emergencies for both the hospital complex and the commercial businesses in that part of the City. The improvements will also allow City maintenance staff the ability to service the hospital’s water meter vault without needing to shut down the water supply to the hospital. In addition, the meter relocation is such that the hospital’s loading dock and access road used for large supply shipments to and from the hospital does not need to be shut down if the City needs to maintain the water meter or maintain the nearby City owned water mains. 

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 2nd SR104


The 2020 replacement project will install new 18-inch and 24-inch diameter storm water conveyance pipes in 88th Ave W from Olympic View Drive to 185th St. W. Construction is scheduled to start at the beginning of August and end in October. The pipes for this project are being replaced because they are heavily corroded and holes in the pipe have started to develop. These holes would eventually lead to sinkholes in the roadway at this location, in the near future, if the pipes are not replaced.


Site Locations
10 separate locations across the city (see map)

The contractor is expected to be mobilizing at the first site at the intersection of Alder St and 11th Ave S for a spot repair the week of July 20th. The majority of the projects will address pipes that have an adverse slope. The adverse slope increases blockages in the pipe and requires City Maintenance crews to visit these sites multiple times a year for cleaning and unclogging purposes. The two remaining sites are a pipe run that is made out of concrete and is heavily damaged due to corrosive sewer gases (near the intersection of 195th and 76th) and a spot modification to improve the resiliency of our largest sewer lift station (Lift Station 1) during high flow events (located at 2nd and Edmonds).   The repairs and replacements will address these issues by fixing the slope issues and replacing the corroded pipe using PVC pipes which are not affected by that corrosive nature of sewer gas and are more easily installed and maintained. The resiliency modification will remove an interconnection that could divert sewage toward Lift Station 1 during high flow events, instead of flowing directly by gravity to our Wastewater Treatment Plant. Project completion is expected late December.


waterfront 2waterfront 1Construction for the Waterfront Redevelopment Project has been proceeding since February 6th 2020. In late March the project was suspended for seven weeks due to COVID-19. Construction activities have been focused upon a new seawall that will create a beach cove in place of the existing timber bulkhead. Steel sheet piles have been driven and concrete has been poured for the pile caps, seawall and beach ramp. The project has overcome several unforeseen challenges including the discovery of low level contaminated soil and sizeable underground pockets of sawdust, reminding us that the Edmonds waterfront was once home to numerous shingle mills during the early 1900’s. The soil was hauled off to a waste disposal facility in Seattle and the sawdust was over-excavated and replaced with a rock base and concrete blocks. Work has also begun on frontage improvements along Railroad Avenue, including the construction of bioretention planters, storm drainage and gravel base for new sidewalks. The Waterfront Redevelopment contractor, W.G. Clark Construction Company, has also been building the new Waterfront Center building since June 2019. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by mid-Autumn 2020.


Dayton Street Utility copyPhase 2 of Dayton Street Utility Replacement is wrapping up! With paving of Dayton Street between 5th Ave and 9th Ave coming to an end, Phase 2 of the Dayton Street Utility Replacement Project is wrapping up! We’d like to thank the community around Dayton Street for their patience during this important project.

Dayton Pump Project Capitalizes on Low Commuter Traffic

A majority of the underground infrastructures has been completed for the Dayton Street Strom Water Pump Station project. The project installed a dual alternating pump system to work against rising tidal elevations and manage the flooding conditions that can sometimes occur around SR-104 and Dayton Street.  The pump system is not fully on-line yet as electrical and control components were impacted by COVID-19 and have been delayed.  However, the contractor was able to make use of the slow commuter traffic and minimal park pedestrian traffic to get a majority of the infrastructure installed, including the intercepting manholes out in Dayton Street which impacted access to the commuter parking lots. Work still remains to actually energize the pump and program the control mechanisms, but the physical pieces of the pump system are ready to be turned on once the control system is in place.  Some disruption to the parking lot area will be needed when the transformer and associated control panels are installed in the area currently protected by construction fencing, but further closures of park areas or Dayton Street are not anticipated.  The project also includes a rigorous start-up and testing procedure that will have to be completed before the City accepts the pump system, but we anticipate the pump being fully operation before the next wet-season.


This summer has seen a continuation of the City of Edmonds’ annual overlay program! Crews from Central Paving, LLC in Ellensburg moved into Edmonds at the end of May and got to work applying new pavement to various streets in the Talbot, Maplewood Park, and Meadowdale neighborhoods.

This year’s program includes the application of Kevlar fibers and a paving mat. Each of these tools is expected to decrease the lifecycle cost of our streets by adding strength and durability to the asphalt.

The contractor has a few remaining streets to complete in the vicinity of the Swedish campus, but the project is currently on hold pending arrival of a piece of equipment that’s experiencing COVID-related delays. This equipment will arrive in time to complete the last few streets in July and wrap up another successful year of protecting our City’s investment in roadway infrastructure.



The City and the Council worked together to create a new Community Resource Guide that provides information on organizations that provide food, shelter, financial support, mental health support and more. Check it out on the City's Human Services webpage.

Committee to focus on clean air, clean water, clean land

conservationOn Earth Day, April 22, 2020, Mayor Mike Nelson announced the formation of the Mayor's Conservation Advisory Committee to help fulfill his commitment to preserving our environment and enhancing the quality of life in Edmonds.

The all-volunteer committee, made up of local residents, will advise the Mayor on community stewardship actions in Edmonds that conserve and enhance healthy air, land and water resources, as well as wildlife habitat, for the benefit of the environment, residents, visitors, and future generations.

"It's viewing what we do as a city and what we do as residents through a green lens to make Edmonds a healthier place now and in the future," said Mayor Mike Nelson.

Conservation Advisory Committee members are: Marjie Fields, Lora Hein, Deborah Hopkins, Alan Mearns, Denise Miller, Joe Scordino, Kathleen Sears, Mike Shaw, Erin Zackey, Councilmember Susan Paine, and staff member Angie Feser, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director.

Mayor Nelson wants the group to advise the City and residents on a wide-range of work, actions and activities from sustainable gardening to sustainable practices for City projects to increase wildlife habitat, protect open spaces, wetlands and streams.



Mindy WoodsAfter an extensive hiring process and regional search, the City of Edmonds hired Mindy Woods as the City’s first Human Services Program Manager. This new half-time position was the result of a proposal by City Councilmembers last year which led to its inclusion in the 2020 budget to support Edmonds residents in need and get them connected to public and private services.

Mindy is no stranger to Edmonds. A local resident, she currently serves on the City’s Diversity Commission and, in some ways, has functioned as a volunteer, go-to connector for many groups and organizations. In addition, Mindy serves on numerous human services-related boards and volunteer organizations locally, regionally and even nationally. She is very well connected in the greater Edmonds community, all of which made her a natural choice for this position.

“Her appointment couldn’t come at a better time,” said Economic Development and Community Services Director Patrick Doherty. “The COVID-19 impacts are disproportionally affecting those who need our help the most. Mindy will have her work cut out for her, but we trust her vast network of connections will serve her well in this position.”

Mindy’s first task will be connecting with local social services agencies to choose which are best suited to implement the recently Council-approved Housing Relief Program, a program of $100,000 that will go to families earning less than 60 percent of the Snohomish County median income to assist with housing, medical, food and other household bills in order to prevent housing instability.

Moving beyond this first task, this new position’s principal focus will be to create and manage a sustainable, comprehensive human services program to connect the wide array of people and households in Edmonds who may need different kinds of services, including low-income households, seniors, veterans, disabled individuals, domestic violence victims, immigrants and refugees, at-risk youth, and others. In addition, it will be important to seek and apply for grant funding on an ongoing basis, tapping into a wide assortment of potential granting agencies oriented to various populations.

Mindy Woods is a Navy veteran who served during the Persian Gulf War, a housing and homeless advocate, and a single mother with an adult son. She has lived in Edmonds and the local area for 20 years. Mindy has been a care-giver for children with special needs and has worked with a variety of organizations that serve low-income people, including senior citizens, veterans and unsheltered people in our community.

“I have experienced homelessness twice,” Mindy shared. “I quickly learned that navigating the system and finding resources was challenging. I want to help solve that problem for other Edmonds residents. I look forward to calling upon my experiences and my connections to help better serve our community.”

Mindy can be reached at

summer camps copyIn-person and virtual camps with Edmonds Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services

The Parks, Recreation & Cultural Service department has been working hard to coordinate and offer an exciting variety of in-person and virtual Summer Camps and programs. We have a camp in almost any topic you can think of: writing, STEM, gymnastics, sports, nature, art, and much more! In-person camps will run at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St and City Park, 600 3rd Ave for our Naturalist camps once we reach Phase 3. We also have an extensive offering of virtual camps. Our friends at Skyhawks, Mad Science Sno-King, and Incrediflix have virtual camps that combine on-screen learning and at-home projects and activities. Check out our website for more information on our camps:

preschoolMeadowdale Preschool enrolling for upcoming 2020-2021 school year

Meadowdale Preschool, located at 6801 N. Meadowdale Road, Edmonds is enrolling for the upcoming school year. With a morning 8:45am-11:45am or afternoon 12:30-3:30pm option, we have a class that is sure to fit your schedule. With small class sizes, 16 maximum, and expanded cleaning and safety standards, we are excited and hopeful that the Preschool will be running in-person for the 2020-2021 school year, beginning in September. Reserve a spot for the upcoming year for just $50. There are limited spots remaining, sign up today! For more information, go to: Facebook



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BF logoCelebrate the 16th annual event online with speakers, photo exhibit, and virtual birding tours

Renowned crow and raven specialist Kaeli Swift has been selected as the Keynote Speaker for the 2020 Puget Sound Bird Fest, which will be held online September 12-13. Dr. Swift will kick off the festivities on Saturday at 10:30am with a live interactive webinar ‘Something to Crow About’. Other online presentations and activities will follow throughout the weekend.

Kaeli Swift HeadshotCrows and ravens are found on nearly every continent where they infiltrate the hearts and minds of the humans who live among them. Dr. Swift will discuss some of the general aspects of crows that contribute to our affinity (and sometimes hatred) for them, with a particular emphasis on the most frequent questions people have about these birds including play, tool use, communal roosting, and
funerals. Webinar guests will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Swift questions following her presentation.

Interactive webinars on bird photography, beginning birding, and local bird research projects will also be held on Saturday, as well as final voting for the annual Bird Fest Photo Exhibition and Contest. Other festival favorites such as the Kids Corner and a Birders’ HelpDesk will also be available online. Videobased virtual birding tours featuring some of our local hotspots will be available for viewing, and the Pilchuck Audubon Society plans to host a native plant sale at the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat and Demonstration Garden on Sunday.

The Bird Fest Planning Committee is hard at work planning the 2020 event, and will continue to update the Bird Fest website as the festival schedule develops. For the latest information, please visit or email Be sure to follow us on Facebook.

 related article in this newsletter Bird Fest Poster Art Contest Winner

J HolterIn March the City of Edmonds hired Jamie Holter for the new half-time Public Information Officer/Communications Strategist position. Jamie started on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and quickly was immersed in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

Jamie has worked in state and county communications for more than 15 years and is thrilled to bring her wealth of experience to our City.

"My family and I have been long-time regulars here in Edmonds – visiting local shops and restaurants, biking to take the train to sporting events, and creating art projects for friends and family, so it seemed like a perfect fit."

Jamie so far has spent much of her time getting information out to the public, community organizations, local media and to local businesses through press releases, the City website, and through social media.

In addition to these duties, Jamie works with staff across City departments to strategize comprehensively about meaningful and effective public engagement on the City’s key issues, initiatives and/or projects – a key priority for the Mayor and City Council, which led to the creation and funding of this position in the 2020 Budget.

Jamie can be reached at

Bird Fest PosterOn March 9, 2020 the call went out to Puget Sound area artists inviting them to submit their original artwork representative of Puget Sound bird life for the 2020 Puget Sound Bird Fest Poster Art Contest. The winner receives a $375.00 cash prize and their artwork is featured on the poster promoting the event. This year Puget Sound Bird Fest will take place virtually from September 11 -13, 2020 and the theme is Crows and Ravens.

Congratulations go out to Jill Erickson, winner of the 2020 Bird Fest Poster Art Contest! You can see more of Jill's work here.

related article in this newsletter 2020 Puget Sound Bird Fest

The Diversity Commission is excited and fortunate to welcome its newest members, Sekou Koné and Nikki Okimoto Glaros, who earlier this year joined this nine-member volunteer, advisory body. They are a valuable addition to the Commission’s mission of supporting the City of Edmonds and community in all areas of equity and diversity. Here is a little about them in their own words:

Sekou2018Sekou Koné is a first-generation immigrant from Côte dIvoire (Ivory Coast), in West Africa. He immigrated to New York City in 1994 and moved to Seattle in 1997 where he met and married Alicia. Sekou became a U.S. citizen in 2003. He is a licensed nurse, and in the U.S. his career focus has been in healthcare.

Sekou maintains strong ties to Abidjan, CI, where many of his family members still reside. Over the years, as an expatriate, he has invested in the development of affordable housing and micro-enterprising lending to try to help improve the poorer neighborhoods where he grew up.

Sekou is fluent in French, English, and Mandingo. In his free time, he enjoys running and traveling with his beautiful wife and sons.

Sekous life is particularly impacted by COVID-19 because his full-time job is working as a nurse in a skilled care facility. He is on the front lines taking care of the elderly and people rehabilitating from the hospital. He is working extra hard to take care of his patients and getting used to having his own temperature taken throughout the day.

“I am looking forward to serving on the Edmonds Diversity Commission to help bring a more diverse perspective to our community. I want my children and future grandchildren to be a part of this community."

nikkiheadshotNikki Okimoto Glaros is a mom to two children in the Edmonds School District. She has served on the board of Pacific Little League as the VP of Softball for five years and is a volunteer Producer with Madrona Children's Theater. Nikki also serves on the Edmonds Center for the Arts’ Inclusion & Accessibility Committee.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her family, knitting, and shopping local in Edmonds. She is excited to serve her adopted hometown of Edmonds as a member of the Diversity Commission. 

"I've seen Edmonds grow and change quite a bit in the 10 years that I've lived here. We are at an important juncture in the history of Edmonds, as well as the history of our country. I think we have a unique opportunity as community members to help shape the future of Edmonds as a vibrant, diverse and welcoming place for all."

Photo credit: Megan Hooks Photography

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When I started my term as Mayor at the beginning of the year I could never have imagined the situation we find ourselves in now.

In January I spent time connecting and visiting staff at each department and even spent time out in the field with some of our staff members. February brought so much snow that we closed City buildings for half a day, we hired new Parks Director Angie Feser, and I held my first neighborhood meeting. By early March I was activating a COVID-19 Response Group, declaring an emergency due to the outbreak, closing public access to city facilities, and issuing a stay-at-home order, to protect the health and safety of our residents.

The past seven months we have been navigating our way through this worldwide pandemic. During that time we have continued to provide the essential services our community relies on: police, sewer, water, permitting, and street overlays, along with other services that help keep up our town’s spirit up during these challenging times, like our beautiful corner gardens and hanging flower baskets.

Besides the essentials, several other important things have happened during this time.

We hired new Communications/PIO Manager Jamie Holter in March and she went right to work disseminating information about the City’s response to COVID-19. You can read more about Jamie here.

In April, I made it our priority to help local businesses and community members affected by the pandemic through a Community Economic Relief Fund which included local small business-to-business grants administered through the Edmonds Chamber Foundation WISH Fund. Up to fifty Edmonds businesses will have received grants for up to $1,000 to use for Marketing and Advertising, Legal Services, Financial Planning, Web Design and eCommerce, Media Services, Graphic Design and Signage, and Professional Development and Leadership. Those businesses are then matched with service provider businesses in that field allowing the City’s initial investment to go twice as far.

On Earth Day, April 22, I announced the formation of the Mayor’s Conservation Advisory Committee. I formed this group to help me fulfill my goal of protecting and preserving our environment. Due to the pandemic the committee hasn’t met as much as they would like to but they are diligently working behind the scenes on issues. For more information and a list of members click here.

New Human Services Manager Mindy Woods came onboard in May and hit the ground running assisting those most in need impacted by COVID-19. This new position was proposed by City Councilmembers and was included in the 2020 budget. For more on Mindy please see the related article in this newsletter.

In early June I announced the formation of the Equity and Justice Advisory Task Force and asked community members to apply. We were fortunate to receive applications from many interested individuals. The Task Force has met a couple of times and have more meetings scheduled throughout the summer. Please see this related article for more information.

That same month I also announced the creation of a pedestrian friendly Main Street to provide more safe places for our pedestrians to walk, shop, and dine while maintaining their social distancing. It has received strong support from our residents and will continue through the summer. See related article in this newsletter.

As we move forward, I am greatly interested in resuming my “Neighborhood Meeting” program virtually. If you are interested in scheduling a meeting for your neighborhood please contact Carolyn LaFave in my office.

I want to leave you with one important call to action. We may be done with this virus, but it is not done with us. Unfortunately, the Snohomish Health District is now seeing COVID-19 cases significantly increase again throughout Snohomish County. The good news is your actions can have a dramatic impact on the spread of this virus. Yakima County, which had been leading the state in cases, has now reversed this trend thanks to 95% of their population wearing masks. You can directly help keep all of our community-members safe by continuing to mask up, practice socially distancing, and wash your hands.

With your help, our community will pull through these extraordinary times.

Mayor Mike Nelson


9780325092140In early June, Mayor Mike Nelson shared his intention to create an Equity and Justice Task Force to help identify and correct systemic and implicit bias, and barriers to inclusion and equity within city operations. The desired outcome, a set of recommended policies and procedures for the Police Department and City Hall which address bias and inequities perpetrated on African-American residents, people of color and other minorities within the community.

With help from community leaders the framework for the Task Force was created and interested community members were asked to apply.

The group met via zoom for the first time in early July and have more meetings scheduled throughout the summer.

KJ2019photographKristiana Johnson Council Position #1
Contact Phone:  425.533.6105  •  email:
Term Expires: 12/31/2021
2020 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS: 1) Public Safety and Personnel Committee 2) Historic Preservation Advisory Commission 3) Lodging tax Advisory Committee 4) SNOCOM 911




Luke Distelhorst Council Position #2
Contact Phone: 425.361.3856  •  email:

Term Expires: 12/31/2021
2020 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS: 1) Affordable Housing Alliance 2) Housing Commission (alt) 3) Snohomish County Tomorrow


Adrienne Fraley Monillas2

Adrienne Fraley-Monillas Council Position #3 ~ 2020 Council President
Contact Phone: 206.890-4562  •  email:
Term Expires: 12/31/21
2020 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS: 1) Finance Committee 2) Affordable Housing Alliance (alt) 3) Diversity Commission 4) PFD Oversight Committee 5) Snohomish Health District


D buckshnis councilBannerDiane Buckshnis Council Position #4
Contact Phone: 206.228.3462  •  email:
Term Expires: 12/31/2023
2020 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS: 1) Parks, Planning and Public Works Committee 2) Lake Ballinger Work Group 3) SeaShore Transportation Forum 4) Salmon Recovery - WRIA 8 5) Tree Board


CM Vivian Olson Web

Vivian Olson Council Position #5
Contact Phone:  425.361.8176  •  email:

Term Expires: 12/31/23
2020 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS: 1) Finance Committee 2) Disability Board 3) Economic Development Commission 4) Housing Commission


Susan PaineSusan Paine Council Position #6 ~ 2020 Council President Pro Tem
Contact Phone:  206.361.8844  •  email:
Term Expires:  12/31/23
 1) Parks, Planning and Public Works Committee 2) Disability Board 3) Port of Edmonds 4) Salmon Recovery - WRIA 8 (alt) 


CM Laura Johnson Web

Laura Johnson Council Position #7
Contact Phone:  425.361.8229  •  email:
Term Expires:  12/31/23
2020 COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS: 1) Public Safety and Personnel Committee 2) Community Transit 3) Mayor's Climate Protection Committee 4) Youth Commission

Main streetThe City of Edmonds and the community agree... Walkable Main Street is a success and will continue through August.

Since June 17, the City has closed Main Street between 3rd Avenue and 6th Avenue to vehicles, leaving Fifth Avenue at the Fountain open to vehicle traffic as a turnaround option - although drivers are encouraged by signage to choose Dayton Street as a detour route.The streets are closed from 10 am to 10 pm on Saturdays and 10 am to 9 pm on Sundays.

Sunny skies certainly increase turnout, but even cloudy and slightly drizzly days don't stop residents from visiting. Our local restaurants are doing well and some retailers have seen a bump in business. Many, many residents are thrilled with the opportunity to walk the area and combining the Summer Market and Walkable Main Street on Saturdays has created an enjoyable day-long, open air feeling.

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