Edmonds City Council, which meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, will consider a proposal from Mayor Mike Nelson to rent 1,309 square feet of office space on Highway 99’s Aurora Marketplace for a neighborhood city office and provide staff for $ 130,396 2022.
Also on Tuesday evening, the council will hold a public hearing and conduct further deliberations on the city budget for 2022.
The location of the proposed Neighborhood City Office is three doors east of the Safeway business at 23632 Highway 99. According to the council’s agenda, the room is currently equipped with an entry lobby / reception area, a large office / conference room, and a second office, a small one Office / meeting area and a rear workstation as well as a bathroom and a rear emergency exit.
The room would be staffed four hours a day with a new half-time front desk / administrative position (total cost of $ 30,000 including benefits) to answer city government questions – including those related to permits, parks, and employment. There would also be shelves with information sheets, according to the Council’s agenda. The Edmonds Police Department’s new civic engagement officer would work primarily from this location, and police officers in the Highway 99 area could use office workstations to write reports, access email, take breaks, and meet with members of the public.
In addition, according to the city’s proposal, Edmonds City Court would hold a community court two to four times a month in the larger conference room. An electronic court kiosk would be available in the lobby / reception area for individuals to file documents or access information online. The conference room could also be used for community meetings and staff meetings, the city said.
The monthly rent plus triple the net (common room / maintenance plus property tax plus insurance) would be $ 4,452.78 for a total of $ 53,433.38 per year. Owners have offered up to $ 26,180 to cover the cost of the initial tenant improvements. In addition to the rental terms, the city estimates additional expenses of up to $ 1,500 per month to cover utility, security, IT, depot and other ancillary and maintenance costs
If the lease is signed before the end of 2021, a down payment of the first month’s rent of $ 3,490.67 will be due upon completion of the contract and would be part of a budget change for the fourth quarter of 2021 proposed 2022 budget.
|Tenant Improvements (TI)||$ 43,000|
|Equipment, furnishings, equipment||$ 12,000|
|Contribution from the court||($ 10,000)|
|TI grant for the owner||($ 26,180)|
|ONE TIME TOTAL COST||$ 18,820|
|Rent + NNN||$ 4,453||$ 53,433|
|Util / IT / Secret / Cust||$ 1,500||$ 18,000|
|.5 RTD staff||$ 30,000|
|Contingency @ 10%||$ 10,143|
|Total running costs||$ 111,576|
Total net cost estimate 2022: $ 130,396
Prior to the 6:30 p.m. special session, the council will sit in two of its three committees: Public Safety, Personnel and Planning at 5:00 p.m. and Parks and Public Works at 5:30 p.m. There will be no finance committee meeting this month Committee chair Diane Buckshnis said it was unfortunate as it prevented committee members from discussing more detailed budget background outside of council meetings.
In a Saturday email copied to Edmonds media, Buckshnis accused Council President Susan Paine – who sets the agendas for council meetings – of “marginalizing the Finance Committee” and added that she was disappointed with Paine’s leadership “As you still do not support the finance committee or the expertise of the people you have appointed to this committee.”
Paine emailed Sunday that she hadn’t scheduled a meeting of the finance committee “because our full council meeting is mostly about city finances and budget.”
The council will also hold an executive meeting – closed to the public – starting at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss tariff strategy.
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