City Council Wrap-Up 2/7

The City Council approved the following items at this weeks’ meeting. Stay in touch with what’s happening in your area by tuning into the city’s online public meetings.

Approval of Public Defender Contract – Mountlake Terrace’s previous public defender contracts paid a flat annual fee for an estimated 750 cases per year and expired at the end of 2010. The new contract addresses the new regulations adopted by the Washington Supreme Court, which go into effect in 2013, and require a standard of each public defender handling no more than 400 misdemeanor/gross misdemeanor cases per year, and requiries compensation that reasonably covers the cost of each case.

Adoption of Ordinance to Establish Parking Restrictions – To accomodate the expansionn of the Interurban Trail new parking restrictions will be enforced along 228th street and new lanes will be configured by the City of Edmonds before October 1, 2011.

Approval of Interlocal Agreement with SNOCOM for Financial Services – The city’s 14 month partnership with SNOCOM, which provided financial services at a rate of $40 per hours recently expired. Both parties have seen finacial benifit and have agreed to renew their contract until either party decides to terminate the relationship.

Cancellation of February 17, 2011 Work/Study Session – Due to scheduling conflicts while attending  the AWC City Legislative Action Conference in Olympia.

Approval of Resolution to Establish a Planning Committee for a Regional Fire Protection Service Authority – With the hopes of better service to Mountlake Terrace and the surrounding areas, the city will be pursing the creation of a Regional Fire Protection Service Authority and has appointed the following council members to lead the planning committee, Mayor Jerry Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Laura Sonmore, and Councilmember Doug McCardle.

Approval of City Council Subcommittee’s Recommendation to Appoint Interim Board and Commission Members – The following board volunteers will serve the city until 6/30/2011.

  • Logan Galyan – Recreations and Parks Advisory Commission (RPAC)
  • Kim Michel – Community Policy Advisory
  • Andrew Morrison – Arts Advisory Commision
  • Rene Shrewsbury – Community Policing Advisory Board.

Adoption of Resolution Opposing Frontier’s Cable TV Rate Increase – The city will send a letter to Frontier Cable stating their displeasure at the rate increase and abondanment of their previous committment to provide FIOS services.

Review 2010 Comprehensive Plan Performanc and Planning Commission’s 2011 Workplan – Significant progress was made in 2010 on Comprehensive Plan performance measures and action steps. In 2011, a key action step will be to begin preparing tree protection policies for Council consideration. The planning commission is focused on inpacting the local Environment, Economic Vitality, Housing, Land Use, Transportation, Utilities, and Administration.

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