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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 :
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMudOqoqD8tHNVrwNOYZjD48piNi6suiUNk
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.

Edmonds Housing Commission Listens as it Moves Toward Next Steps

Edmonds residents are asked to weigh in on concepts big and small

(Edmonds, WA) 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 ECHCOpenHouse.com. To read the complete media release click here.

Walkable Main Street Returns!

walkable main3After a hiatus over the holiday weekend, and in response to great community support, Main Street will again be closed to vehicles from 3rd to 6th Avenues on Saturday 10am to 10pm and Sunday 10am to 9pm to allow for:

  • a larger, safer area for pedestrian flow, allowing for social distancing while strolling
  • seating for restaurants and cafés, allowing for safer outdoor dining
  • outdoor sales or display for retailers
  • members of the public to return to Downtown Edmonds in a more welcoming and safer manner and to re-engage with shops, services, and restaurants

 

Please view the map attached to this post for a diagram of the street closure and availability of nearby parking. map

Walkable Main Street will continue on Saturdays and Sundays for the foreseeable future.

Please patronize all our wonderful retail shops and services while enjoying Walkable Main Street!

Edmonds Offers Grants for Local Small Businesses

Second Round of Grants for City’s Most Vulnerable Residents Also Opens

(Edmonds, WA) - After City Council approval on June 23rd, grants of up to $10,000 are now available to small businesses in Edmonds to help provide relief to the economic blow created by the COVID-19 economic crisis. As part of the “Edmonds Cares Fund,” Business Support Grants will provide individual businesses up to $10,000. The total grant pool is $700,000.

The City Council also approved increased funding for a second round of grants to local lower-income residents who are often the most hard-hit by loss of employment and increased expenses brought on by the crisis. To read the complete media release click here

Public Notice for Wastewater Treatment Incinerator Replacement Project

public hearing 300x275The Edmonds City Council will hold an optional public hearing to receive residents’ comments on the proposed Wastewater Treatment Incinerator Replacement project on July 7 at 7 pm.

The $26 million project replaces the existing 30-year old mechanical incinerator which is nearly a decade beyond the end of its useful life and has become increasingly expensive to maintain due to more stringent air quality standards. The replacement project complies with all current standards and aligns with state and local climate action targets.

The City has fully researched available options, has developed a recommended solution. We are now seeking Council approval to move forward with this recommended option.

The City Council meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. via the Zoom Platform. Residents may connect with a computer or smart phone at: https://zoom.us/s/4257752525 or join the meeting by phone at: 888 475 4499 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5257 (Toll Free) Meeting ID 425 775 2525.  

Written comments are welcomed prior to the public hearing. Please submit to Maureen.Judge@edmondswa.gov.

Dayton Street Construction Update: 8th Ave Intersection Closure

Dayton Street construction update: upcoming 8th Ave intersection closure:

Crews plan to close the 8th Ave and Dayton Street intersection from Monday, July 6 to Thursday, July 9.  During the closure, crews will finish the intersection, build a new center island and complete the paving work in that same area.  This is part of the larger multi-phase Dayton Project to upgrade utilities. 

During this closure:
• The intersection of 8th Avenue and Dayton will be closed to all vehicle traffic daily from Monday, July 6 through Thursday, July 9 between 7 am and 5 pm. 
• The intersection will be open during evening hours.
• Access to businesses, driveways, and parking lots will be maintained
• The sidewalks at the 8th Ave intersection will be open; pedestrian detours crossing the intersection will be in place.
 
Community Transit rerouted during Phase 2 construction Community Transit Route 116 has been rerouted between 3rd and 9th avenues for Phase 2 construction. Several stops along Dayton Street have been relocated for the duration of construction. For up-to-date details about bus routes, please visit Community Transit’s rider alerts page.
 
How to stay informed - COVID-19: For updates on what the City of Edmonds is doing to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit: http://www.edmondswa.gov/coronavirus.html
• Website: Please stay tuned to our website for regular updates: http://www.edmondswa.gov/dayton-street-utility-improvements.html
• Email: If you have questions or comments, email us at daytonproject@edmondswa.gov
• Twitter: You can also follow project progress on Twitter at @DaytonStProject

The City of Edmonds is working to manage our community’s needs for support and safety as COVID-19 continues to impact us all. Please note the construction schedule is subject change as we receive new information. For more information about actions the City of Edmonds is taking, please visit http://www.edmondswa.gov/coronavirus.html.

The City Helps Businesses with Phase 2 Compliance

Scheduled site visits offer support and direction, not penalties

(Edmonds, WA) -   COVID-19 restrictions have been tough on local businesses. To help businesses adapt to the new rules and changing requirements, Development Services staff will delay some current work to go to local businesses for site visits.

“Business owners have a lot on their mind with scheduling and managing the financial impact of COVID and closures,” said Shane Hope, Development Services Director. “We want to connect them to accurate information and where to get supplies like masks and other protective things they might need so they can reopen and customers can feel good about going inside and doing business with them.”

These visits aren’t punitive and the city isn’t handing out tickets. Staff will inform workers and owners on the guidelines.

Last week, the City sent all 2200 business owners a postcard with links to useful information about grants, loans, and additional support. Last Friday, staff began the site visits. Teams will focus on restaurants, bars, retail and personal services like salons.

Business can set up a time with Development Services team members by calling 425.771.0220. The team will also make spot visits around town. Business owners can also check the City’s business support page at www.edmondswa.gov/covid-business. It is updated frequently.

Edmonds Parks and Recreation Re-opens Summer Camp Registration

prcsFrom acting to robotics to football to outdoor adventures, Edmonds Parks has it all  

(Edmonds, WA) It has been a very tough year for both kids and parents. That’s why the City of Edmonds is happy to share information about the 50+summer camp opportunities available as soon as Edmonds moves into COVID-19 Safe Start Phase 3. continue reading

Back by Popular Demand: Pedestrian-Friendly Main Street Returns and Expands June 27-28

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Area around Fountain will close in addition to Main Street for more pleasant pedestrian experience

(Edmonds, WA) -   Last weekend’s Walkable Main Street Pilot Project was so popular that Edmonds City Mayor Mike Nelson announced the City will do it again this weekend, June 27 and 28. Based on feedback, more street sections will close for outdoor dining and walking, and the timeframe will expand. continue reading

Pedestrian-Friendly Weekend Coming to Main Street June 20-21

Main street 2Road closed between 3rd and 6th Avenues for outdoor dining and walking

(Edmonds, WA) - Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson announced the dates for the first pedestrian-friendly weekend along Main Street. The weekend of June 20-21, which is Father’s Day weekend and the first official weekend of summer, the City will close Main Street to vehicle traffic between Third and Sixth Avenues, opening the street to pedestrians and local businesses who want to move outdoors. He encourages businesses in other areas, like Westgate, Five Corners, and in the Highway 99 Corridor to also move tables outside. continue reading

Photo courtesy of Edmonds Downtown Alliance

City Council Resumes Live Public Comment at Council Meetings via Zoom

EDMONDS CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS ARE HELD EVERY TUESDAY EVENING AT 7 PM, EXCEPT FOR THE FIFTH TUESDAY OF A MONTH UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTICED. DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, MEETINGS ARE CURRENTLY BEING HELD VIRTUALLY.

OIPTo provide Public Comment at an Edmonds City Council Meeting, at the beginning of the meeting click on the link below or call one of the listed toll free numbers. You will be connected to the meeting waiting room. When it is your turn to speak you will be admitted to the meeting for your 3-minute public comment. When admitted, please state your name and city of residence before providing your comments. You can also submit your written comments (450 word maximum) via email to publiccomment@edmondswa.gov. PLEASE NOTE:
                                                               the meeting cannot be viewed at the Public Comment link.

                                                               https://zoom.us/s/4257752525

or call toll free: 888-475-4499 or 877-853-5257 | Meeting ID: 425 775 2525

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To VIEW the Edmonds City Council Meeting:

Click on the following link ~ http://edmondswa.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx

View on one of the following cable channels: Comcast channel 21 | Ziply channel 39

Listen on your telephone by calling 712-775-7270 ~ access code 583224

Wastewater Treatment Plant Incinerator Project and Recommendations

(Edmonds, WA) - 3rd-party independent reviewer, Dr. David Parry, supports staff recommendations for The City of Edmonds Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Incinerator Replacement Project 

The June 16, 2020 City Council presentation by Public Works Director, Phil Williams, will offer recommendations after study of pyrolises and gasification with biosolids management as options for the Regional Wastewater Incinerator Replacement project. Dr. David Parry, the City's 3rd-Party Independent Reviewer has offered insight and his recommendation on biochar and the choice between biosolids management with gasification and the use of pyrolises.  


Edmonds Takes Major Step Forward to Help Community's Most Vulnuerable Residents

Application for Grants Available Now as well as Fundraising Platform

(Edmonds, WA) - The City of Edmonds moves forward with an effort to help our most vulnerable residents. Today, the City named the two organizations tapped to help disburse the $100,000 Housing and Supplementary Relief Fund approved by the Edmonds City Council in April.

“I am grateful the Council supported this important effort early on in this pandemic. It has allowed us to move forward quickly,” said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson. “I am pleased we’re announcing that you can apply for assistance right now.” continue reading

Edmonds Mayor Nelson Seeks Applicants for Equity and Justice Advisory Task Force

Racial diversity and geographic diversity are highly valued

(Edmonds, WA) - Last week, Edmonds 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 would be a set of recommended policies and procedures for the Police Department and City Hall that would address bias and inequities perpetrated on African-American residents, people of color and other minorities within our community. continue reading

Edmonds Mayor Nelson Proposes $800,000 to Help Our Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis

Outlines proposals from Federal CARES Act funding

(Edmonds, WA) - Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson announced today his proposal for allocating the funds to be received by Edmonds from the Federal CARES Act.

The main focus of Nelson’s proposal is a new Business Support Grant program that would allocate up to $800,000 of the federal funds to support qualifying local small businesses through grants of up to $10,000. This program will address the heart of the economic crisis and help the most vulnerable businesses and their employees, many of whom live in our community.

“While most businesses have suffered during this economic crisis, storefront businesses that typically rely on walk-in customers and foot traffic, including those owned by people of color and women, have felt the pain the worst. Business revenue has dropped – in some cases by up to 90%,” said Nelson. continue reading

Hours and Locations

City Hall

121 5th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020
425-775-2525
Hours: M-F, 8am-4:30pm
City Clerk
Business Licenses
Public Records Request
First Floor City Hall
121 5th Ave N
425-775-2525
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
425-775-2525 

Mayor's Office
Community Services
Economic Development
Human Resources
Third Floor City Hall
121 5th Ave N
425-775-2525
Hours: M-F, 8am-4:30pm

Municipal Court
250 5th Ave N
425-771-0210
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
      1:00pm-2:30pm


Parks, Recreation
& Cultural Services
700 Main St
425-771-0230
Hours: M-F, 8:30am-8:30pm
Sat 9am-2pm
Police Services
250 5th Ave N
425-771-0200
Hours: M-F, 9am-4pm
Public Works & Utilities Department
7110 210th St SW
425-771-0235
Hours: M-F, 8am-4:30pm
Wastewater Treatment Plant
200 2nd Ave S
425-771-0237