Seattle suburb, fire ladders, Dayton Street | City Briefs

Mar 30, 2018

Is Snohomish County north Seattle?


At Tuesday council meeting, Councilmember Mike Nelson mentioned that the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau is thinking of changing its name to something like "Seattle's Backcountry."

Nelson and Mayor Dave Earling said they've had, um, discussions with them about this.

We’ll have an update next week.

Clarification from fire department on firefighting equipment

During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, South Snohomish County Fire and Rescue Chief Bruce Stedman implied that the department does not have the proper equipment to reach the taller heights that are coming to some areas of Edmonds.

Councilmember Dave Teitzel had mentioned that apartments being built by Bartell Drugs in Westgate will be 50 feet high, and some future buildings on Highway 99 may stretch to 70 feet.

Stedman said his department is looking into standard operating guidelines on the matter.

Fire spokeswoman Lesley Hynes clarified on Wednesday that, although Edmonds does not have a ladder truck, Station 20 – based in Esperance – does. It can reach heights of 100 feet and six stories, she said.

Dayton Street design overhaul begins; open house set

The city of Edmonds has begun the design phase of the overhaul of Dayton Street between Third and Ninth avenues south. Construction will begin in 2019, at the earliest, said Mike De Lilla, senior utilities engineer.

The project will upgrade the street and upsize the sanitary sewer, potable water and storm drain pipes generally from Third to Ninth. The goal is to replace old sewer and water pipes while adding capacity to the city’s drainage system.

Increasing drainage capacity will help to alleviate flooding in downtown Edmonds during periods of intense rain, the city says.

A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Edmonds Plaza Room, 650 Main St.

“We will discuss the project, design and expected impacts in further detail,” De Lilla said. “We want to get input on the construction and its scheduling with a focus on the residents and businesses within the project limits.

“We want feedback on anything, especially what concerns them, with an emphasis on the overall construction timing of the project and what can be done during the project to minimize negative impacts on the businesses and residents.”

For more information, call De Lilla at 425-771-0220 or e-mail

Earth Day work party at Yost Park April 21

Looking for a way to make a difference in your community on Earth Day? Join your friends and neighbors 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21, to help remove invasive ivy and blackberry in Yost Park, one of the most diverse and popular forested parks in town.

Invasive plants have taken hold in the forest surrounding the parking lot, which could threaten the long-term health of this forested gem. Removing these weeds is the first step towards restoring the park’s native ecosystem by clearing space for native plantings.

Bring work gloves and dress for the weather, as this event will happen rain or shine. Some tools and refreshments will be provided, but please bring cutting and digging tools if you have them. All ages are welcome. This event is free, and no registration is required.

Yost Park is at 9535 Bowdoin Way, Edmonds. Some parking is available in the parking lot, with overflow parking available in the neighborhood surrounding the south side of the park. Participants must sign in upon arrival, where they will be directed to a work area.

The event is sponsored by the city of Edmonds Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture, the Edmonds Citizens’ Tree Board, and EarthCorps Puget Sound Stewards.

For more information, call 425-771-0227.

Floretum Garden Club offers $1,500 scholarship

Floretum Garden Club of Edmonds offers an annual scholarship to high school graduates, community college students or individuals planning a career in a horticultural field. Funds come from the club’s annual plant sale.

The scholarship recipients may attend any community college, college, technical school or university in Washington state during the year following the award.

Selection is based on interest in horticulture, floral design, landscape design, botany forestry or a related field; financial need; legal resident status; and activities and achievements in school and community.

A $1,500 scholarship will be awarded this year. Funds will be deposited in the financial office of the institution selected by the award recipient and may be applied toward tuition, books and other class fees.

Scholarship application forms are available from school scholarship offices, the horticulture department, or by contacting the Floretum Garden Club’s Scholarship Committee chairperson Joyce Johnson at

The deadline for all applications is May 7.

Senior volunteer group has a number of opportunities

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), sponsored by Catholic Community Services, is looking for people age 55 and over for a variety of volunteer opportunities.

“If you have a few hours a week to assist in making Snohomish County a better place to live, we want to speak with you,” said program recruiter John McAlpine.

Boys and Girls Club mentors, volunteer drivers, food bank workers, and tax preparation help are just a few of the needs.

For more information, email McAlpine at or call 425-374-6374 or toll free at 888- 240-8572.




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