Among the items on the agenda for Edmonds City Council on Tuesday, July 26: to discuss steps to fill the position 1 seat left vacant with the July 18 death of Councilor Kristiana Johnson and to repeal the ordinance on the city gun storage, which was struck down by the state Supreme Court.
The July 26 agenda suggests considering adding two additional questions to the board vacancy application form approved 2019:
1. Tell us about your experience as an Edmonds resident.
2. How have you included others in important conversations with underserved or hard-to-reach populations in the past?
The proposed timeline for the nomination process is as follows:
– Deadline for submitting applications: Friday, July 29
– Application deadline: Friday, August 19
– Interview dates: To be determined, depending on staff availability
– Date of nominations/votes/nominations: established once interview dates are determined.
City Ordinance on Storage and Unauthorized Use of Firearms, was proposed in July 2018 by then City Council President Mike Nelson and was later signed into law by a 5-to-1 council vote. The passage of the ordinance paved the way for a wave lawsuits, decisions and appeals between gun rights advocates and the city. Opponents argued that the order was illegal, in that it violated the Washington State Preemption Statute (RCW 9.41.290), which gives the state exclusive authority over firearm regulation throughout the state.
In a unanimous decision in April 2022, the Washington State Supreme Court denied the city’s motion to overturn last year’s Court of Appeals decision that effectively struck down the order.
The council’s public safety, planning, social services and staff committee, which includes council members Laura Johnson and Susan Paine, at a special meeting on July 18, discussed options that might arise. offer to council before revoking the ordinance. The committee agreed to bring the matter to the full board for further discussion.
Other items on the board’s agenda include:
– An update on development activities in the city.
– A report on construction bids for the Seaview Park Infiltration Facility Phase 2 project.
– Award of a construction contract for the 76th Overlay project.
– Consideration of staff requests to add new employees or to change certain jobs from part-time to full-time. Among the positions involved: a domestic violence coordinator, a public disclosure specialist and a public records associate.
In addition, the board is set to continue Part 2 of its Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) training, a follow-up to the board’s retreat earlier this year.
The business meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the council chambers, Public Safety Complex, 250 5th Avenue N. Prior to this meeting, the board will hold an executive session at 6:15 p.m., closed to the public, to discuss the collective bargaining.
Those wishing to join the 7 p.m. meeting virtually instead of attending in person can click or paste the following Zoom meeting link into a web browser using a computer or smartphone: https://zoom.us/j/95798484261. Or comment by phone: US: +1 253 215 8782 Webinar ID: 957 9848 4261.
Regular council meetings beginning at 7:00 p.m. are broadcast live on the board meeting webpageComcast channel 21 and Ziply channel 39.