Beacon banned, 10.4 sales tax begins Monday | City Briefs


Last updated 3/28/2019 at Noon

No Beacon at the post office

You may have noticed that both of the Edmonds Beacon boxes in front of the post office on Second Avenue South have gone missing. That’s more than 300 newspapers no longer there.

It wasn’t our decision.

It wasn’t the post office’s either, but instead the manager of the new apartment complex going in at the location.

She told us that the Beacon is no longer wanted there because “they look trashy and we never ordered them.” She also complained about dirt on the ground behind the boxes (The Seattle Times, The Daily Herald and The Stranger also have boxes there.)

Meanwhile, we are working on a solution or for a close-by location. We recommend Claire's Pantry, on Main Street just up from Third Avenue South.

We will keep you updated of any developments.

Sales tax increasing April 1

Edmonds and Woodway residents will pay a little bit more on sales tax beginning Monday, April 1. It’s going to 10.4 percent from 10.3 percent. Both trail only Lynnwood, Mill Creek and Mukiteo, whose sales tax rises from 10.4 to 10.5 percent (3.9 cents for the local rate and 6.5 for the state rate).


Voters approved the increase to pay for SERS, the emergency radio system replacement in Snohomish County.

The current radio system was put in place 20 years ago, said Finance Director Scott James, and it has been showing signs of its age the past few years.

Creative District committee seeks 2 at-large members

On the heels of Edmonds’ successful selection as Washington state’s first certified Creative District late last year, the City is now establishing a Creative District Advisory Committee to provide insights, advice and recommendations on implementing the Creative District five-year work program.

Up to 19 members of the community will comprise the committee, representing arts, cultural, business, civic, educational and governmental organizations, seven of who will be directly appointed by City Councilmembers.

Two of the members will be at-large, representing residential interests and business interests, respectively. The two at-large members must be Edmonds residents and will be appointed by Mayor Dave Earling through an application process.

The committee is expected to meet monthly for the first four to six months, then bimonthly. Second Thursday evenings from 5-6 p.m. are the anticipated meeting times. .

Those interested in applying for either at-large residential or at-large business position can submit a brief cover letter explaining your interest in serving and specify in which at-large capacity you wish to serve, along with your résumé.

Submit your letter and résumé by 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, to Edmonds City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave. N, Edmonds, WA 98020, or via email to

Planning Board seeking new alternate member

The City of Edmonds is seeking a resident interested in participating on the Edmonds Planning Board. The Planning Board serves as an advisory board to the City Council on rezones, comprehensive planning, Community Development Code amendments, and other land use issues.

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The Planning Board meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7 p.m. in the Public Safety Complex. Volunteer board members serve for a four-year term and are eligible for re-appointment to a second four-year term.

The alternate member attends all Board meetings, taking part in discussions and serving as a regular voting member when one of the regular seven members is absent.

Interested residents within the City of Edmonds may pick up an application at the reception desk in the lobby of City Hall located at 121 Fifth Ave. N., or call 425-771-0247 to receive an application by mail or email. Applications also available at

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Qualified candidates will be interviewed by the mayor, who will make the appointment with City Council confirmation. Application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 12.

Earth Day work party April 20 at City Park

Looking for a way to make a difference in your community on Earth Day?

Join your friends and neighbors to help remove English ivy in City Park, one of the most popular parks in Edmonds. The event will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, with tools and refreshments provided. All ages are welcome.

Parks Department staff have been working for several years to remove English ivy and other invasive weeds that have taken hold throughout forested areas of the park. They’re nearly done, and are inviting the public to join them to help remove the last remaining patches on Earth Day.

Participants must sign in at the pavilion near the entrance to the park, where they will be directed to a work area.

Dress for the weather, as this event will happen rain or shine.

City Park is located at 600 Third Ave. S., Edmonds. Parking is available inside the park or along Third Avenue. This event is free and no registration is required.

For more information, call 425-771-0227.


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