Will Chen among councilmembers wanting to cut streatery fee in half

It's not over yet


Last updated 12/22/2021 at 9:22am

Brian Soergel

The streatery at Engel's Pub on Fifth Avenue South in Edmonds.

Edmonds City Council President Susan Paine and three councilmembers – Will Chen, Laura Johnson, and Adrienne Fraley Monillas – want to amend the recently adopted ordinance extending streateries, which allows for downtown restaurants to operate in the public right of way.

Currently, 17 restaurants have streateries taking up 34 parking spaces.

The proposed changes include:

• Changing the streatery fee from $4,000 to $2,000,

• Allowing the fee to be paid in monthly installments, and

• Extending the streatery permit to expire May 31, 2022.

A special meeting will be held 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20, on Zoom.

It was on Dec. 17 that Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, Laura Johnson, Susan Paine, Kristiana Johnson, and Will Chen voted yes on the amendment to extend the streateries ordinance for four months and to charge restaurant a $4,000 one-time fee to continue using the streateries.

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Voting no were Diane Buckshnis and Vivian Olson; they wanted the streateries to end by Dec. 31, when the ordinance was originally supposed to sunset.

After hearing negative comments on his $4,000 fee, Chen later during the Dec. 17 meeting, proposed to cut the fee in half, to $2,000. But the motion died for a lack of a second.

Earlier this month, the City of Edmonds pushed for the 6-month extension, and Mayor Mike Nelson supported it as well.

On Dec. 17, that main motion – a 6-month extension – was amended by Councilmember Will Chen.

Approving Chen's amendment were Chen, Buckshnis, Kristiana Johnson, and Olson.


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