3 councilmembers schedule town hall March 22

Mar 10, 2017

Edmonds City Councilmembers Dave Teitzel, Adrienne Fraley-Monillas and Neil Tibbott will host a City Council town hall 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Swedish Edmonds Hospital, fourth floor auditorium B.

The town hall is presented as an informal opportunity to get to know councilmembers and chat with them about important issues facing Edmonds, such as affordable housing (including for seniors and low-income residents); homelessness; managing growth; Edmonds Marsh preservation; traffic and pedestrian safety; Sunset Avenue; Highway 99 revitalization; city government inclusiveness; Edmonds as a safe city; downtown parking; and any other issues of interest to attendees.

Although Mayor Dave Earling frequently hosts town halls, the last council town hall was held in late 2015, Teitzel said, adding it’s the council’s goal to hold such forums more regularly throughout the city.

“The Edmonds City Council is committed to serving its Edmonds constituents well,” Teitzel said. “One way to do that is to expand the number of opportunities for citizens to interact directly with their local elected officials, and have a dialog in an informal setting about current issues and concerns.

Although there has been recent news coverage about elected officials at the state and national level choosing not to hold town halls, Teitzel said he hopes to hold more of them in Edmonds so citizens can have their concerns heard.

“We are currently moving through uncertain times and a period of shifting policies at the national level, and that uncertainty is creating discomfort at the local level as national policies begin to influence issues such as immigration, environmental protection, availability of federal funding,” he said.

“We are clearly hearing from our constituents that they want Edmonds to be a safe place for all residents and visitors, they expect Edmonds to be a champion for the environment, and they want Edmonds to embrace diversity. We hope to discuss these issues and more at the town hall.”

For more information, call Teitzel at 425-967-5925 or email dave.teitzel@edmondswa.gov.

 

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