Council committee agendas this week include more discussion of downtown BID, future work on Highway 99

Edmonds City Council is meeting in committees this week, with two scheduled for Tuesday, October 11 (Finance Committee at 5 p.m. and Parks and Public Works at 7:30 p.m.) followed by a third (Public Safety, Urbanism, Human Resources). Services and Personnel Committee) at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 14.

That Friday meeting will be followed later in the day by a special board meeting, starting at 3 p.m., to interview five candidates for the vacant seat in position 7 on the board.

Note that all committee meetings are working sessions for staff and council with no public commentary. Staff and Board members are attending Committee meetings virtually, and members of the public are encouraged to attend in the same way. Click or paste the following Zoom meeting link into a web browser using a computer or smartphone: https://zoom.us/j/95798484261. Or join us by phone: US: +1 253 215 8782 Webinar ID: 957 9848 4261.

If you cannot access virtual committee meetings with a personal device, a monitor is provided in the City Council Conference Room at 121 5th Ave. N., Edmonds.

The Oct. 11 finance committee at 5 p.m. (agenda here) is due again to review policies related to the Downtown Business Improvement District, which was formed by City Council in early 2013. The BID operates on an annual budget of approximately $80,000 per year, and all revenue comes from membership dues—currently $30 to $90 per quarter.

According to a presentation attached to the committee’s agenda, IDB dues are legally imposed on companies, and companies are legally required to pay them, “but neither the IDB nor the city currently have a good means of imposing payment”.

While a task force was formed in January to develop policy around BID, some questions remain, including how to handle the more than $38,000 in late payments owed by companies. Additionally, the presentation suggests that the city’s Department of Administrative Services begin billing the BID for services provided by the department, at a cost of approximately $6,000 to $8,000 per year. This would cover the cost of paperwork to add new businesses, invoicing, receiving and filing dues, sending overdue accounts to collections and correspondence with collection agency, approval and payment of all their invoices and responding to requests for public records.

Other items on the Finance Committee agenda include a review of the fund balance policy and the August 2022 monthly financial report.

Among the items before the Parks and Public Works Committee, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (agenda here), are discussions relating to professional services agreements for the design/right-of-way phases of the next two stages of the revitalization project. of Highway 99. Plans to renovate Highway 99 have been underway since Edmonds City Council approved a sub-area plan for the highway and surrounding neighborhoods in 2017. The changes are intended to address traffic and pedestrian safety and livability issues for the portion of the highway that runs through Edmonds. .

The city is currently working on Phase 2, which includes construction of a landscaped median strip and dedicated left-turn lanes from 244th to 210th Streets SW, slated for completion early in the year. ‘next year. Stage 3 will involve the segment from 244th to 238th Street Southwest and Stage 4 will focus on 224th to 220th Street Southwest. Both stages will include capacity upgrades, as well as the addition of a strip of planters on both sides of the street, new sidewalk, new street/pedestrian lighting, better stormwater management, targeted replacements utilities (water/sewer), potential burial of overhead utilities, and softscape treatments.

The committee’s agenda notes that the city has issued a request for qualifications to select the design consultant for Stages 3 and 4 and has received a response, from SCJ Alliance. SJC, which also worked on the Stage 2 design phase of the Highway 99 project, was selected for the work.

Other items on the Parks and Public Works Committee agenda include:

– A distribution easement at the Snohomish County PUD for the Civic Center Playfield project

– 10-foot dedication for the 240th Street right-of-way adjacent to 7901 240th Street SW

– An additional agreement with HBB for stage 2 of the revitalization of the Highway 99 overpass. This agreement
extend the contract date from December 31, 2022 to June 30, 2023 so that HBB can perform any construction support tasks that may arise during installation.

– An additional agreement with KPG Psomas for construction management services for the city-wide crosswalk improvement project. This would extend the contract completion date from December 31, 2022 to June 30, 2023 so that KPG Psomas can complete the remaining construction support tasks.

– A Beach Place parking agreement between the Port of Edmonds and the City of Edmonds to account for the installation of the tsunami warning siren.

– Presentation of the Snohomish County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan

– Consideration of a contract amendment for the Driftwood Players lease at the Wade James Theatre.

– Public easements for pedestrians and utilities along Pine Street adjacent to the Point Edwards development

– A third quarter update from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services

At the Public Safety, Planning, Social Services and Personnel Committee meeting at 11 a.m. on October 14 (agenda here), the committee will consider the following:

– A change in job description from Associated Planner to Associated Transportation Planner

– A proposal to change the name of the Development Services Department to Planning and Development Department.

– A professional services agreement with Compass Health for a two-year agreement through December 2024 to cover ongoing behavioral health outreach services.

– A job description for the new position of police commander

– An update on the city’s comprehensive emergency management plan and related code update in Chapter 6.60 ECC Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Coordination and Civil Emergencies.

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