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Dog poop, and the City code | Letters to the Editor

 

January 9, 2019



Don’t dawdle on doo-doo: First dog poop missive for 2019

I've been out a lot walking as my exercise three days a week. No matter what the weather is, picking up after your furry is your job.

I came home with poop on my shoes, and I was feeling very angry and put off. I have picked up the crap on the sidewalks and avenues.

Enough of your lack of responsibility.

The pooches belong to you, and plenty of bags are located along the pathways.

I have a New Year’s resolution for you: “I will be diligent and pick up after my dog.”

Frannie Cohen Edmonds

When will Edmonds’ development code be updated?

A recent Beacon included a letter from Mayor Earling that concluded: “And as your mayor and chief executive of this city, together with my staff, I will diligently execute the council’s adopted 2019 budget. That’s my job, and I take it seriously” (“Mayor Earling: Council president not correct on his figures,” Letters to the Editor, Dec. 20).

What happens when a budgeted item is not executed? Is there accountability? Is it budgeted for again?

Mayor Earling’s 2015 budget message stated: “We will also continue updating our city code.” The 2015 budget included $85,000 for the development code update.

On March 5, 2015, a City press release announced an open house to “Kick Off Major Update of City’s Development Code.” The release stated, “The City Council directed that the code get a major update.”

It was called a “kick off” but the code rewrite had been budgeted for before:

• City Council meeting minutes for January 24, 2006, included: “Development Services Director Duane Bowman recalled the Council allocated $140,000 in the 2006 budget for a rewrite of the Edmonds Community Development Code (ECDC), which staff projected would be a two -year process. The original code was adopted in 1981, had been amended piecemeal over time and needed to be updated.”

• The 2009-2010 Budget included the following: “Completion of the City’s Shoreline Master Plan update and the Edmonds Community Development Code rewrite will occur in 2009-2010.”

• The 2013 Budget provided $75,000 for the beginning of a rewrite of the City’s code.

It is almost three years since anything has been added to the City’s “Edmonds Community Development Code Updates” website page. Code amendments have passed since March 2015, but it is unknown if the amendments are part of the major update directed by City Council, or if the City is back on the piecemeal amendment path.

On Dec. 10, I emailed council, copied Mayor Earling and requested they budget for the completion of the code rewrite. I requested disclosure of public funds spent on the code rewrite since 2006 and asked them to make sure all citizens know what percentage of the code rewrite has been completed.

Hopefully, information will be provided, and the execution of the code rewrite will be completed. As Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas stated in the March 5, 2015, press release:

“Edmonds is a great community. It’s really important that our code is updated to guide what happens here, and that it is written in a way that’s user friendly.”

Ken Reidy Edmonds

Thanks to all for brightening the holidays

Every year the Rotary Club of Edmonds provides gift giving trees to support the Snohomish County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and the Volunteer Guardian ad Litem Programs.

These programs provide court-appointed special advocates for children who are victims or alleged victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect. This year, we had a herculean request of 391 requests to fulfill.

Miraculously, we filled ALL requests!

A huge thanks goes to Jack Tawney, Jackie Tawney and the staff and members of Harbor Square Athletic Club, who every year maintain the main tree with about 300+ mittens.

We also wish to thank Tom and Marci Kretzler and their crew and patrons of Gallaghers Where U-Brew; Dick Mergens and Shawn Dowling and their crew and patrons of Crucible Brewing in Everett; and our fellow noon club Rotarians.

We are well aware that many individuals took more than three mittens to fulfill all these requests.

Special thanks to Sharalyn Ramm for allowing the elves to purchase over 30 mitten requests that allowed us to buy warm coats, warm clothes, toys, dollies, electronics and many more!

Also, kudos to Secret Santa Lauren Rutherford for donating over 75 educational gifts and toys of varying age groups for Thanksgiving fun.

Everyone should feel special pride in being the angel guardians for these infants, children and teens.

The generosity of everyone was overwhelming to those of us that work this program, and we cannot express how much joy and love filled our hearts when we saw the gifts.

Those 391 kids probably had glee on their faces and warmth in their hearts on Christmas Day. Everyone should feel delight in their hearts as once again, another successful year of giving.

Santa Tom Kelly and Santa's helpers: Diane Buckshnis, Sharalyn Ramm Elise Hegrat, Joelle Kelly and all the CASA elves Edmonds

 

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