Chamber, dogs, parking, Police Chief kudos | Letters to the Editor

Sep 21, 2018

Chamber: Changes for more supportive environment coming

On behalf of the Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, the board of directors would like to let the Chamber membership and greater Edmonds community know that we recently accepted the resignations of two Edmonds Chamber of Commerce employees.

We appreciate and thank them for their service to the community.

The Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce mission is to promote the economic vitality of Edmonds through advocacy, leadership, education and community building events.

Our town would not be the same without events like the Clam Chowder Cook-off, 4th of July parade and fireworks display, the Taste of Edmonds, the car show, Halloween Trick or Treat, and Christmas Tree Lighting.

Many do not know it is the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce that sponsors all of these events. The Chamber employees are fundamental to their success.

Moving forward, the board of directors is implementing several operational and strategic improvements to create a more open and supportive work environment.

Please address any questions you may have to the Board Chair Marilla Sargent, or to any member of our executive committee, which includes Nancy Ekrem, first vice chair/treasurer; Ralph Sanders, secretary; and Sarah Zabel, past chair.

You may contact them via the Chamber website at www.edmondswa.com.

Marilla Sargent
Chair, Edmonds Chamber of Commerce

 

Editor’s note: As the Edmonds Beacon reported Sept. 6, resigning were Community Engagement Manager Jan Nicholas and Operations and Finance Manager Stephanie Johnstone. Chamber President Greg Urban has sent out job postings to replace both positions.

Why so many ‘No dogs in park’ notices in Edmonds?

We love, love, LOVE Edmonds, and visit often from not far away (Brier). A couple of days ago, I took our puppy on a walk on the waterfront and was surprised to see “No dogs in park” stencils all over, every few feet it seemed.

Honestly, I felt a bit sad. Here I was walking my dog on a leash, on an asphalted walkway, far away from the beach, wildlife, playgrounds, flowerbeds, etc.

What could he possibly do to hurt anything or anyone? Before that, I noticed the same thing at Edmonds City Park. Are dogs only allowed in designated areas in Edmonds now? It surprises me because, in general, the city seems so dog-friendly.

For example, many businesses put water bowls out, and most people on the streets seem quite happy to be greeted by a pooch. So who is responsible for this diligent banning of leashed dogs in the parks?

I am curious if this was a decision the voters made or if this was put forward by city officials – and why? I guess I don't understand what the difference is of walking your leashed dog along the marina boardwalk (where they are allowed) versus walking them on leash on paths in the parks or the fishing pier (where they are now not allowed)?

I fully understand that people get upset when irresponsible dog owners let their dogs run loose or don't pick up after them. But I can't imagine that there are that many of those people to warrant this kind of restriction.

Well, if anyone knows why I would appreciate to learn more about it because – as I said – we love Edmonds and would like to enjoy it with our pup. (Oh, and we are fully aware of the dog off-leash area south of the Marina Beach Park. Unfortunately, we can't utilize it since it consists solely of rocks and 5-months-old Merlin just had major surgery after ingesting and not passing a stone.

But even dog owners who just want to make their way from the boardwalk to the dog park might be feeling a bit of hostility when constantly being reminded that their dogs are not wanted.

Friederike Armstrong
Brier

 

From Parks and Recreation Director Carrie Hite: The City of Edmonds has dog areas defined within the City by city code, at the following link: codepublishing.com/WA/Edmonds (5.05.060 – Dogs on public grounds).

There are no dogs allowed on the waterfront walkway or beaches, with the exception of the Off-Leash Area Edmonds dog park south of Marina Beach. This code has been in effect for a long time. We often get complaints about dogs, and we re-stencil our walkways every few years.

We also have signs along the walkway. It probably surprises people when they are newly stenciled, because it may seem like a new rule. As you may know, we don't have park enforcement officers in this city. So, if people do walk their dogs along the waterfront, the only way it is enforced is if animal control is onsite, or if there is a complaint call, and animal control responds.

Kudos to Police Chief Compaan on 40 years of service

On Sept. 1, Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan celebrated 40 years of distinguished service on the Edmonds Police force, rising in 1978 from patrol duty to chief of police since 2007.

Several years ago, I served on a City of Edmonds budget committee that Chief Compaan chaired, and was impressed with his transparency, knowledge and competence about the city and its budget process, allocations and expenditures.

In 2015, Compaan was nominated and accepted to the prestigious National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College, and represented our state of Washington with distinction.

After 40 years of distinguished service, and more than a decade as Edmonds’ chief of police, Al Compaan deserves our sincere “thank you” for his commitment and effective leadership in ensuring the safety and security of our fair city.

William “Bill” J. Keppler, PhD
Edmonds
Civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, Emeritus

 

No parking to be found

Have we not city restrictions for building permits?

Coming from Sunset Avenue and driving by the new construction at Third Avenue North and Edmonds Street, I was amazed at such a large construction on such a small city lot. Edmonds has many restrictions on parking, tree cutting and speed zones, but it seems it missed the mark on this building permit.

It was mentioned in previous letter that the building has no parking provision. It’s becoming more a concern to all here in Edmonds, the parking problems in town.

It’s quite a challenge trying to find a spot to park to help our Edmonds merchants. Maybe it’s just a nudge to all of us to get more exercise and walk to downtown Edmonds from home.

Linda Danielson
Edmonds

 

Editor’s note: The Edmonds City Council on Aug. 14 unanimously approved a six-month emergency moratorium on the development of residential units without on-site vehicle parking in the downtown business district.

 

 

 

 

 

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