The good of it all | Mayor's Corner

By Dave Earling, mayor of Edmonds | Dec 17, 2015

As we enter the holiday season, I hope we can all pause, take a deep breath and reflect on the good, which is all around us.

Many of you have heard me say, perhaps too often, "It's always sunny and 82 degrees in Edmonds!"

True, perhaps that's not the exact temperature at the time, but it is a state of mind I always work toward.

We are all bombarded daily with external influences – phone calls, emails, new or contrary information, media, grumpy people, having to make decisions or change decisions ... you get the idea.

Add to that, distressing news on the international, national or even local scene. As a consequence, many of us find ourselves in a fast-paced, seemingly mad house world, so it's good to pause, stand back, take a deep breath and strive to get back to our "sunny and 82 degrees" state of mind.

But, back to the holiday season ... a time of year I so look forward to. For me, it is a time of joy, celebration, beauty, reflection, rest and giving. A time to get grounded.

Whether it is the Christmas concert, the beautiful tree in our family room, the outside lights, social gatherings with friends, listening to carolers, or simply family time, the focus begins to change.

This year, after the budget was passed, I had the good fortune to be able to head out of town for a few days. A little sunshine, fabulous clear nighttime skies, stunning views, real peace and quiet, and a seemingly endless supply of beautifully prepared fish dinners help put things back in perspective.

It is with this renewed perspective that I look forward to a New Year that offers great promise. With the help of staff and the City Council, we have put in place a strong budget that will bring welcome improvements to the city – a wayside horn system to finally lessen the noise as trains come through town, a long-awaited downtown rest room, and the continuation of our much-needed road resurfacing program.

In addition, we are able to hire a few new staff members to better serve and protect the public. With key additions, we will be bring back the Street Crimes Unit and be able to keep the Planning, Permitting and Engineering Departments open five days a week.

By the end of this year, we will close the purchase of Civic Field from the Edmonds School District, as well as begin a thorough study of our important two-mile stretch of Highway 99.

We must always try to look to the future, as well as preserve and maintain what we have.

I certainly look forward to working with the new City Council. The voters have put in place a strong team of current and new members. The addition of Dave Teitzel and Neil Tibbott will bring new ideas and positive energy to the council and city.

Our economy has been strong the past two years, and by all appearances, 2016 will be equally vibrant. The retail sales tax and improving housing market should remain strong and continue to help keep our city's financial picture healthy in 2016.

So while we always have challenges swirling around us, I see our city holds an upbeat, vibrant attitude – a community that is proud of itself and its reputation, looking to the future while treasuring its past.

In closing, I look forward to serving the community another four years, and I wish you all a merry Christmas, happy holidays and a healthy and prosperous New Year!



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