Bigfoot, LED, salary, cleaning up | City Briefs

Jul 31, 2017

LED streetlight upgrades in Edmonds

Snohomish PUD is working with the city of Edmonds to upgrade nearly 1,600 streetlights with energy efficient LED lighting. The PUD has shared information about lighting options with the city so that it could choose the best lighting to meet the community’s needs.

The LED lights offer better color, improved safety for emergency response and improved lighting levels for pedestrians and drivers. LED lighting also cuts energy use by up to 60 percent and lasts three to four times longer than traditional lights, in turn reducing maintenance work for light replacements.

The lighting upgrades are being made this summer and early fall by contract crews from Potelco, based in Western Washington.

The LED lighting upgrades are part of a multiyear project throughout the PUD’s service area, expected to be fully completed by early 2019.

Taming Bigfoot Edmonds seeking volunteers

If you think you saw Bigfoot at the An Edmonds Kind of 4th parade, you were right.

Big Foot was sporting a CO2 tattoo while a Nissan Leaf followed him (we just know) surrounded by green T-shirt-wearing people carrying balloons with signs such as “go solar” and “bike.”

The main sign read “Taming Bigfoot.”

It’s all part of a community-wide game coming to greater Edmonds this year aimed at involving citizens in a team-based effort to lower their Big (carbon) Foot-print. While the actual contest won’t officially start until January, the Bigfoot Steering Committee is gearing up for a campaign this fall to get hundreds of community members to join what they say will be an educational event.

Taming Bigfoot Edmonds is being launched by a steering committee made up of the Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee and Interfaith Climate Action. The steering committee has been working for several months to develop the action plan, and is now recruiting community members who want to share in the effort to make Taming Bigfoot Edmonds a success.

There are tasks large and small. Volunteers are needed in logistics, communications, community outreach, school outreach and more.

Interested? Call 425-610-6414 or go to

Edmonds cleans up with custodial services for Woodway

The city of Edmonds’ Facilities Division is now providing custodial services to the Town of Woodway at a rate of $100 an hour.

City custodial staff willl provide Woodway with twice monthly custodial/cleaning services for Woodway Town Hall. There will be a twice monthly three-hour shift to clean the City of Woodway’s City Hall, adding up to $600 a month.

The city’s custodians on average make $23.75 an hour, plus benefits and 2 percent premium (public safety eight-hour shift) which on average is $11.16 plus the eight hours at 2 percent premium, about 50 cents an hour.

The city also will supply cleaning chemicals at a monthly cost of $20. The city said it should be in the black with $360-plus per month on average, with this profit being used to supplement cleaning projects at city buildings at overtime rates.

Sound off on salary for mayor, city councilmembers

How much should members of the Edmonds City Council be paid? How much should the mayor earn? The city of Edmonds’ Salary Commission newly reformed is seeking public input on these important questions of compensation.

The commission, a citizen agency charged with setting salaries and compensation for elected officials, has scheduled a public hearing 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, in the Public Safety training room, 250 Fifth Ave. N, Edmonds.

Each person will be given up to three minutes to speak.

In addition, Edmonds residents can give online feedback by taking a brief survey at Printed copies of the survey will be available at the reception desk of City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave. N. The survey will be open until Aug. 4.

The mayor’s 2017 salary is $118,361 per year, plus benefits. Councilmembers earn $12,000 a year, plus medical insurance premium costs or the cash equivalent. The council president receives an additional $2,400 per year.

For more information, including a history of salaries for elected officials, visit

Under city ordinance, the five-member Salary Commission must make a binding recommendation on compensation by Sept. 30. The citizen panel can consider many factors, including pay for elected officials in other cities of comparable size in the region, as well as historic trends.

For more information, call 425-775-2525 or email

Mark Beatty new health officer for Snohomish Health District

Dr. Mark Beatty will serve as the Snohomish Health District’s next health officer.

“This was a long process and we interviewed a number of well qualified physicians, but our patience paid off,” said Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, current chair of the Board of Health and an Edmonds City councilmember.

“Dr. Beatty has an exceptional mix of education, global experience and passion for public health work.”

The position had previously been a combined health officer/director role, but the board approved a charter amendment in December that separated the duties into two positions effective March 31.

Jefferson Ketchel was appointed as interim administrator in April, and Gary Goldbaum retired as health officer in May. The Health District has been contracting with Chris Spitters as the interim health officer following Goldbaum’s retirement.



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