Civic Almanac for April 25

  • Tue Apr 24th, 2012 7:33pm

Last day to invest in SunSlices is May 4

The Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative plans an event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 27 at Edmonds City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave. N, to kick off phase two of its project.

Businesses and individuals interested in joining the co-op – which gathers solar energy from a system installed atop the Frances Anderson Center – are invited to learn more. The last day to invest in shares, called SunSlices, is May 4.

The co-op now has 62 members from across the region. Current members will get “reward” checks at the April 27 event from a $11,848 grant received for phase one of the project. Installation of phase two gets underway later this spring.

More information is at the cooperative’s Facebook page and at www.tangerine power.com/edmonds.

County drops PAWS contract

Effective May 1, Snohomish County will no longer seek animal shelter services from PAWS Inc. of Lynnwood. The county and PAWS representatives were unable to reach a new agreement.

Residents of unincorporated Snohomish County may take found stray dogs and cats directly to the Everett Animal Shelter, 333 Smith Island Road, in north Everett. The Everett Animal Shelter is open to the public 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Residents may also contact Snohomish County Animal Control Services to pick up confined strays. Pet owners looking for their lost or stray pets are encouraged to visit the shelter if their pet is missing.

BUSINESS NEWS

Cash mob a success

Around 200 people from the Edmonds community gathered at Petosa’s Family Grocer to show their support for the local store, which was closed for a week starting over the Easter weekend because of a faulty sprinkler leak.

The April 19 cash mob brought in almost 250 sales in two hours – roughly one-third of the store’s transactions in a typical day – with most of those customers spending $20 or more, according to the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce.

Old Milltown gets more tenants

Old Milltown has lined up several more business tenants for the renovated shopping area.

Edmonds Vision Center and Las Brisas Restaurant plan to relocate to the Fifth Avenue South location this summer, according to Stephen Clifton, director of Community Services and Economic Development for the city of Edmonds. Also moving in is a new artist’s supply store, ARTspot, an extension of downtown’s Cole Gallery.

The Resident Cheesemonger also plans a summer move to Milltown from its location downtown Edmonds. Owners Maria Montalvo and Strom Peterson also plan a name change, to The Cheesemonger’s Table, to reflect additional offerings of sandwiches, soups and light meals.

Business Briefs

• Karen Wilson has joined HomeStreet Bank as a mortgage loan officer. Wilson is based on the bank’s Lynnwood East lending office at 19405 44th Ave. W.

• With an improving housing market, thousands of homes throughout Washington state will open their doors April 28-29 as part of the annual Nationwide Open House sponsored by the Washington Association of Realtors.

• Premera Blue Cross and the American Heart Association celebrate the nation’s first Fit-Friendly Companies Mentor Program, developed to educate Pacific Northwest businesses on how to make their employees’ health a top priority. Companies interested in participating can contact Cherish Hart, senior community health director with the AHA, at 206-834-8638. Details: www.heart.org/ahapugetsound

CIVIC NEWS

Car tab fees net $1.2 million

Edmonds collected $589,545 in 2010 and $639,180 in 2011 through its transportation benefit district, the city recently reported. Funds were used for street maintenance — repair potholes, paint crosswalks, repair traffic signals.

In 2010, the city also tapped state gas taxes when expenses outstripped what the tab fees brought in by $80,602. In 2011, it spent less than it brought in and kept a $58,992 street fund reserve for 2012.

The special taxing district was formed in 2008 and allows the city to charge a $20 license fee.

City stalls paving to seek grant

The city of Edmonds had planned to overlay the northbound lane of Fifth Avenue this summer to improve the pavement condition over the new watermain trench. That work has now been postponed to pursue a federal grant.

The city expects to hear in June if Edmonds is awarded the grant. If successful, work would begin in spring or early summer of 2013 resurfacing both lanes. If not, work on the northbound lane only would proceed this fall.

Learn about social enterprise

HopeWorks Social Enterprises will host a series of workshops to help nonprofits understand the opportunities and challenges of social enterprise.

Workshops will be held at Housing Hope Village, 5908 Evergreen Way, Everett. First up:

• May 2: David Simienski, founding and managing director of Credit Advantage, shares experiences of creating social enterprise for banking solutions for low-income and “unbanked” customers.

Cost is $10. To register, contact Mary Jonasen at 425-347-6556, ext. 242.

Library volunteers honored

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recently was given to 49 Sno-Isle Libraries volunteers for service in 2011.

Honored volunteers from local branches: Raemona Keeling (Brier); Sasha Penco (Brier/Lynnwood); Bernadette Favis, Bonnie Gerken, Dominga Kalaw, Jessie Larson, Jean Minsky, Mashael Sajid, Daena Shigemura and Hedy Shiu (Lynnwood); and Taylor Fitzgerald, Tanis Fregin, Krishna Gurung, Linda McCann, Daniel Reeber, Dwight Stevens and Jigme Tsatultsang (Mountlake Terrace).

Civic Briefs

• Edmonds residents are invited to share views and ideas to help the city move forward at an open house about the city’s strategic plan, 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 3 at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. More info: 425-771-0251

• Edmonds-based Hazel Miller Foundation awarded the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce a $30,000 grant, supporting “An Edmonds Kind of 4th.” The grant assures that the celebration will “march” through downtown Edmonds and illuminate the skyline with fireworks on the Fourth of July for years to come.

• The Snohomish County Human Services Department will host three forums in May to get community input on fair housing. The preliminary results of a study of fair housing in the county will be discussed. A forum is scheduled for South County from noon-1:30 p.m. May 3 at the Volunteers of America Learning Center, 16300 Motor Place, Lynnwood.

• Snohomish County residents and community groups are invited to share their thoughts on what the county’s Parks and Recreation system should look like during the next six years. A public meeting is planned for 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 1 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds’ 4-H Building, 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe. More info: 425-388-6616

• Snohomish County employees and elected officials will join the YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish at noon April 27 to take a “Stand Against Racism.” The hour-long event, on the County Campus Plaza, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, is open to the public.

• The Snohomish County Public Utility District and its customers saved nearly 9.3 average-megawatts of energy in 2011 – enough to serve about 7,000 homes – reducing energy bills by more than $6 million. Weatherization projects, converting to compact fluorescent light bulbs and other efficiency measures added up.

• The Snohomish County Citizens Commission on Salaries of Elected Officials will meet again at 6 p.m. April 25 to review the salary schedule for elected officials for 2013 and 2014. Meetings are open to the public and are held in the sixth-floor Executive Board Room, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.

Opportunities

• The city of Edmonds seeks volunteers to serve on a Metropolitan Park District Exploratory Committee. Volunteers must be registered voters and city residents. The committee will meet in May and June to explore forming a special taxing district to pay for parks projects. For more information, go to www.edmondswa.gov or pick up an application at City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave. N. Deadline: 4:30 p.m. April 27

• Food Revolution Snohomish County is looking for adult volunteers to help at the Celebration of Food Festival May 20 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Volunteers are especially needed for the set-up team. To volunteer, email Chris at foodrevsnoco@edcc.edu. More info: www.edcc.edu/foodfest