Edmonds City Council is due to meet in committees on Tuesday, followed by the vote on budget amendments

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City government watchers, rejoice. You can immerse yourself in several hours of Edmonds City Council business on a range of issues on Tuesday, February 8. The action begins at 4 p.m. with three committee meetings, followed by a business meeting at 8 p.m., during which council members will consider numerous amendments to the approved 2022 municipal budget.

Numerous budget amendments had been proposed by Council members Diane Buckshnis and Kristiana Johnson for discussion during the 2022 budget deliberation process in November. The council held a public hearing on the proposals last week and began discussing them, although due to time constraints it failed to pass many amendments.

Any changes to the existing budget would require a 5-to-2 supermajority vote of the board.

Prior to the 8 p.m. meeting, council will meet in commissions, which are working sessions for council and city staff. Committee meeting agendas do not include public comments. Note that some agenda items appear in more than one committee, depending on the topic.

Here are the agendas:

Public Safety, Personnel and Planning – 4 p.m.
1. Ordinance amending the City Code regarding requests for public records, to reflect that the Public Records Officer rather than the City Clerk is responsible for all requests for public records.
2. Job Description Revisions for Parks and Recreation Day Camp Leader
3. Application by the Edmonds Police Department to adopt Extreme Hazard Protection Ordinance status in the Edmonds Municipal Code (read draft ordinance here).
4. Payment of COVID and vacation bonuses for essential workers
5. General Job Description for Administrative Assistant
6. Office of the Public Defender 2021 Annual Report
7. Renewal of the public defense contract
8. Update on the state’s current law enforcement policy and the potential impact of the current session’s legislation on that policy, as well as the work of law enforcement in Edmonds.

Finance Committee – 5:00 p.m.
1. Preliminary quarterly financial report for December 2021
2. Discussion of the Business Improvement District’s financial policy related to the resolution of the $75,000 in unpaid dues.
3. Discussion of Leakage Adjustment Policy (this agenda item was not explained).
4. Payment of Covid and holiday bonuses for essential workers
5. Public Defender’s Office 2021 Annual Report
6. Renewal of the Public Defense contract
7. Washington Department of Commerce Energy Retrofit Grant Presentation for Public Safety Solar Power Plant

Parks & Public Works – 6:30 p.m.
1. Extension of the sewage treatment, disposal and transport contract
2. Washington Department of Commerce Energy Retrofit Grant Presentation for Public Safety Solar Power Plant
3. Right of Way Acquisition Documents for the Highway 99 Overpass Project
4. Civic Center Playfield Project – Order Change Notification
5. Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces (PROS) Plan Capital Program 2022
6. Request for funds from Sherwood Elementary School for a playground renovation project for the benefit of the community.

All of Tuesday’s meetings are being held virtually using the Zoom meeting platform. To view or listen to a meeting, paste the following 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.

People attending the business meeting who wish to provide feedback to the audience using a computer or smart phone are invited to raise a virtual hand to be acknowledged. Those wishing to provide comments to the audience by dial-up, please press *9 to raise their hand. When prompted, press *6 to unmute.

You can view all meeting agendas here.

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