19790417 City Council Minutes
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19790417 City Council Minutes
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MOTION: <br />1 <br />MOTION: <br />40 <br />0 <br />April 10, 1979 - continued <br />REPORT FROM COMMITTEE STUDYING POLICY ON PROFESSIONAL SERVICES <br />Public Works Director Leif Larson submitted a report.which.was comprised of.a recommended policy to cover <br />the procurement of all consulting services for th6City except those which, in the judgment of the <br />program manager, are minor in nature or are of such a scope that they can reasonably be assigned to <br />an obviously well-qualified professional who possesses particular background or experience to perform <br />the work. The Professional Services Policy Review Committee consisted of Councilmen Carns and <br />Gould, and Mr. LaTourelle, Mr. Larson, and Mr. Herzberg. COUNCILMAN CARNS MOVED, SECONDED BY <br />COUNCILMAN GOULD, TO ACCEPT THE REPORT OF THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE, AND TO <br />ADOPT THE PROPOSED POLICY. There was.a brief discussion.. Councilman Herb asked for assurance that <br />the Reid -Middleton contract would be reviewed prior to its renewal. THE MOTION THEN CARRIED. <br />REVIEW.APPEAL PROCESS ON DECISIONS MADE BY CITY EMPLOYEES <br />City Attorney Wayne Tanaka said there were two categories of appeals involved: (1) Decisions of the <br />responsible official under SEPA, and (2) Those decisions made by officials that are not subject to <br />review of the Planning Commission or Board of Adjustment, such.as building permits. The discussion <br />began, but Councilman Herb commented that Felix Reisner will.be discussing the whole regulatory <br />system and this should be brought to his attention. Councilman Clement agreed, but he commented <br />that going to court is an expensive way to appeal a decision and should be a kind*of last resort way <br />of,appea.ling a decision for the average citizen. Mr. LaTourelle said he had met with Mr. Reisner <br />and in discussion they determined .that. they will try to internalize as many appeals as. they can, but <br />he noted that.some are specified by State law. Councilman.Clement said another thing that bothered <br />him was that it appeared it was more difficult to get a favorable ruling on an appeal if it was to <br />undo something on which somebody has already spent money. He felt if there was going to be an <br />appeal process there should be some finite period and if that period has elapsed work does not <br />start--that.would.be almost an automatic injunction. Mr.'LaTourel-le responded that in most cases <br />the work does stop when an appeal.is filed and any progression of work is at the developer's risk. <br />There was no further discussion on this item. <br />Mayor Harrison, at this time, introduced Don Drew, the owner.of Pacific Fast Mail. Mr. Drew's company <br />had published a book, "The Great Northern Railway," a pictorial study about the prototype railroad <br />from Minneapolis to the west coast, a copy of which he presented to.Kathy Turner for the Edmonds <br />Library. <br />DISCUSSION..OF..HOME OCCUPATIONS <br />Community Development Director John LaTourelle said there are thousands of home occupations in the <br />City of Edmonds.but they have not.presented an administrative problem. He said that when they do go <br />wrong itisusually because the applicant has given inadquate information or has withheld information <br />at the beginning, or the business becomes too successful and outgrows the. intent of the home occupation. <br />He said there.also are some people who.just do not adhere to established conditions, but they are <br />the minority. The bulk of home occupations consist of a desk, a telephone, and a filing cabinet. <br />Councilman Nordquist added that home occupations have been a problem in years past when people <br />cannot afford to.go into business in a commercial area. He then provided photographs he had taken <br />o.f.,two current homes that house home occupations which he felt presented problems, and he said <br />,residential neighborhoods should be..kept.res.idential and not..look commercial. Councilwoman Allen <br />noted.that,there are many obvious home occupations. Councilman Gould suggested that the Council may <br />want to state thei-r philosophy.more definitely in the home occupation criteria. He commented on one <br />hearing he..had.observed when the.app.l.icant did automotive repairs.in his home, and in that case <br />Councilman...Gould.felt the Board.of.Adjustment did not have enough guidance and criteria to deny that <br />for cause. Councilman Carns suggested a work meeting with the Board of Adjustment to go over the <br />criteria and he noted that evenif the City should go to a hearing examiner process there will still <br />have to be criteria established.. COUNCILMAN CARNS THEN MOVED, SECONDED BY COUNCILMAN NORDQUIST, TO <br />INVITE THE BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT TO.MEET..WITH THE COUNCIL TO DISCUSS HOME OCCUPATION CRITERIA ON MAY <br />8, 1979. MOTION CARRIED. <br />There was no,fur.ther business to come before the Council and the meeting adjourned to Executive <br />Session.at 9.:35 p.m. <br />IRENE VARNEY MORAN, Cig Clerk <br />April 17, 1979 <br />The regular -meeting of the Edmonds City Council was called to order at 7:35 p.m. by Mayor Harve <br />Harrison in the Council Chambers of the,Edmonds Civic Center.. All present joined in the flag salute. <br />'PRESENT <br />Harve Harrison, Mayor <br />Mike Herb <br />Katherine Allen <br />Phil Clement* <br />John Nordquist <br />Ray Gould <br />Tom Carns <br />Larry Naughten <br />STAFF PRESENT <br />Charles Dibble, M.A.A. <br />John LaTourelle, Community Development Director <br />Fred Herzberg, City Engineer <br />Jim Jessel, Parks.& Recreation Manager <br />Irene Varney Moran,.City Clerk <br />Mary Lou Block, Assistant City Planner <br />Wayne Tanaka, City Attorney <br />Jo Ann Fischer, Recording Secretary <br />
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