No waterfront connector, yes waterfront connector cookie | Letters to the Editor

May 25, 2019
Courtesy of: Janice Gear A new cookie from the Edmonds Bakery makes a point.

Waterfront Connector: Something to chew on

I recently had some conversations with Ken Bellingham, the owner and chief baker at Edmonds Bakery. We were discussing his "Build the Wall" cookie, and he said he was open to new cookie ideas, so I gave him the "No Sunset Connector" idea.

I am a longtime Edmonds resident, and I am very much against the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector for the following reasons:

  • Environmental impacts;
  • Aesthetics;
  • It doesn't flow with the beach and is extremely invasive;
  • I don't support it as a citizen of Edmonds, and wonder where the citizen representation; is/was in regards to this major of a decision; and
  • It is not necessary, and is indeed “superfluous.”
Janice Gear
Edmonds

 

We are Americans, period

I am reading about the City of Edmonds not doing enough to welcome LGTBQ visitors (“Reaching LGBTQ visitors,” May 16), as well as a person wanting the council to acknowledge Indian heritage before meetings, etc.

I think our world has totally lost what the goal of our country is – that is, to be one community.

That means we do not spend our lives trying to label everyone into separate groups. America is a melting pot. That is why people came here to make a new community.

Quit dividing people into groups it is what is tearing our nation apart.

We are Americans, period.

Shelli Critchlow
Woodway

 

Honored to attend annual Police Department awards ceremony

I am writing to say what an honor it was to attend the Edmonds Police Department 2019 Awards Ceremony May 15 as a representative of Edmonds American Legion Post 66, along with our Post Commander Les Abel.

Les and I had the distinct privilege of recognizing Officer of the Year Sierra Swartz and Non-commissioned Employee of the Year Jill Schick with plaques from Post 66.

We were also on hand to witness the awarding of Citizen Service Citations to six area residents, and also Letters of Commendation given to nine other members of the Edmonds Police Department, all presented by Chief Al Compaan and his staff.

This deserved recognition demonstrates the high caliber of public servants at work every day in our city and their unwavering commitment to public safety and improving the quality of life for our community.

Well done, ladies and gentlemen; you deserve the recognition you have so justifiably received!

Dan Mullene
American Legion Post 66 Adjutant
Edmonds

 

Please stop taking extra bags from dog park

Good morning and WOOF!

Well, it is a sad day today, as we have been wondering why we are going through 5,000 bags a month (a 1,000% increase). If you see someone tampering or pulling off more than a few bags, take a picture, and we will send it in to the police and file a complaint.

Doesn’t this sound bad? And it makes us all look bad, even though our directors all believe that we are all honest people (well most of us, considering the subject matter).

We are all volunteers, and lifestyles makes us all very busy, and to deal with this extra increase has created havoc and stress among our volunteers.

The board decided to go biodegradable last year as it was good for the environment. We had tried to go biodegradable back in 2007-2008, but theft made it too expensive, and at that time we did not have the kiosk – only the pull-down bag holders like you see in the parks system.

With a leap of faith and many woofs, the board decided to go bio again last year. Unfortunately, the rate at which we were going through bags in the winter months began to show a terrible trend, and the board is back at that very critical decision – again.

So, if folks stop taking the bags, we should be OK.

So please keep an eye out for those that maybe taking more bags than needed for a dog park visit.

Also, we are a volunteer park. If you see poop, scoop it up. A clean dog park is a healthy dog park.

Cheers and woofs.

Ann, Alicia, Lori, Glenda, Diane, Julie, Kristie and retired BB, Coco, Ted, Shay, Lorraine, and Chris
Off-Leash Area Edmonds

 

Waterfront Connector: Safety is the underlying concern

We live in a society where freedom of speech exists. Letters to the editor are printed with little review by the press, so let me again share with you some of the misconceptions which were presented as facts.

The underlying concern was safety for those on the west side of the tracks if road access was blocked. It had nothing to do with the ferries. But when you develop something, you also look at what additional uses might be made.

It was decided that pedestrians and bicycles should be able to use it when it is not needed for emergence vehicles. Usage by the ferry traffic was also discussed, so you will find the sentence, “Provide emergency ferry off-loading during extended track shutdowns.”

The sentence is poorly constructed. My understanding is that if a loaded ferry is inbound to Edmonds when the roads are blocked, that it would be allowed to off-load cars in Edmonds if it didn’t interfere with emergency vehicles.

The committee recognized that ferry traffic should not be repeatedly imposed on a residential area. One trip inbound and only if they had departed Kingston. That sentence is found in the city’s website: waterfrontconnector.participate.online/library.

Several commenters have recommended that it would be better to place the crossing at Dayton. There were five or six different types of crossings reviewed at that location by the Mayor’s first committee, both over and under the railroad.

First consider that a crossing over the tracks at Dayton needed to be built from grade level up and over the railroad and then back to the same grade level.

The recommended connector at Edmonds Street needs only to go down from there, because at that point the grade is higher than at the south end. Therefore, the length of the connector is shorter and the cost is undoubtedly much less at Edmonds Street.

The fire station is four blocks away, giving faster access to the west side. At Dayton, we ran into a lack of property on which to build the bridge. Also, the configuration of the streets makes it almost impossible.

If it were made shorter by increasing the inclination, we would have to put in elevators for compliance with the American Disability Act.

It is easy to make a recommendation as if it hadn’t been considered, but where experts have reviewed 51 different scenarios, including several at Dayton, a recommendation at this late date presented as if it were feasible misleads the reader.

Hopefully, that is not what was intended.

Kirk Greiner
Edmonds

 

Waterfront Connector would destroy our seaside town

The Edmonds City Government’s decision to build a $27 million eyesore is wrongheaded. This will truly be Edmonds’ viaduct; no one seems to have considered what this project’s impact will be on Edmonds.

It’s really about the location.

This is a connector that runs through a residential neighborhood via Edmonds Street and across Sunset. The area will be changed forever because it creates a new traffic route; build it and they will come. It will also be an eyesore, and will destroy the beach north of the ferry terminal.

When people think of Lynnwood, people think of the mall and traffic. When they think about Shoreline, they think about Highway 99 and maybe the freeway.

However, when people, citizens and noncitizens think about Edmonds, the think about the ferry and the water, which includes the marina, the beach and the view, and what a great place to visit. The City Council is ignoring what this all means to visitors and residents.

Or, perhaps, the council and mayor, by ignoring what this beach means to the people of Edmonds, are sure people will drive here to see this concrete monster and marvel at its beauty and location.

Who thinks these things up? There are railroad crossings all over this country that block all kinds of vehicles while a train passes. Why does Edmonds have to sacrifice part of its identity?

Finally, yes, the arrogance. Members of city government claim positive online surveys and broad citizen support. I don’t believe it.

A few years ago, when I first heard about a connector, it was going to be on Dayton, a commercial district; now it pops back as a full project in a residential area. A letter, or probably two, should have gone to each household in the city to inform us of this proposal.

The City Council has lost sight of what Edmonds is – a small seaside town with limited access to the water. Now they have decided to take away a significant portion.

Sad.

Barry Sahul
Edmonds

 

 

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