Lynnwood City Council to discuss golf course, smoking ban in parks and potential changes to fireworks ordinance

Monday’s Lynnwood City Council work session will be addressing at a number of important issues.

The city council is scheduled to talk about the future of the Lynnwood Golf Course, a new ordinance that would ban smoking in public parks and the ordinance that permits fireworks in the city. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers.

Based on a consultant’s report (Pro Forma), the administration will be moving forward with a request for proposals to contract out various management functions of the golf course. The council is expected to address these issues:

1. Reaffirm the Council’s commitment to ensure the continuation of Golf Course operations as contained in Resolution 2013-08 dated May 28, 2013.

2. It is the administration’s intention to solicit, negotiate, and bring to the Council for approval a contract that provides for:

a.) A five year period during which a third party will conduct: point of sale operations (Pro Shop), marketing, and overall management functions

b.) Operations consistent with achieving a revised Golf Course operations and business plan based upon the Pro Forma report

c.) The City’s commitment to making capital improvements that invest in the Golf Course, thereby creating a better and more marketable product and golfing experience for the public.

3. The City Council authorized the department to begin the work necessary for the initial design and preparation of the following capital investment projects as identified in the Pro Forma consultant report, and to commit to appropriating funds from the General Fund during the next mid-biennial budget amendments process:

a.) Warm-Up/Hitting Area Stations: $50,000

b.) Golfer Grill/Pro Shop Renovations: $200,000

c.) Cart Path Maintenance: $100,000

d.) Irrigation Controls: $100,000

e.) Cart Storage: $150,000

f.) Create a Design/Management Project Reserve: $90,000

4. In addition, the city will work with Edmonds Community College to resolve parking and entry/access regarding the Golf Course.

In a February 2013 retreat, the council discussed a revised ordinance banning smoking in city parks. Following two or three work sessions, the consensus was that a Marysville (Wash.) ordinance was a good model for Lynnwood to follow and the city attorney was directed to draft an ordinance after that model.

The council will consider the draft model prepared by the city attorney. The proposed ordinance can be found here.

Another of the goals of the council for 2013 was a review of the fireworks ordinance. The council receives numerous complaints about fireworks across the city. The last survey on the issue was in 2008 so the council decided it was time to review the ordinance. The 2008 survey found that 63 percent of those surveyed thought the law was fine as it was and 22 percent felt the law was not restrictive enough. As far as banning fireworks, 55 percent would not support a ban, while 40 percent would.

The council will consider maintaining the status quo, revising the ordinance, repealing the use of all fireworks in the city or other ideas.

A memo from Police Chief Steven Jensen detailed that the police department received 64 calls related to the use of legal and illegal fireworks compared to 49 in 2012 during the July 4th season (July 1-4). Total call volume for the period increased by 20 percent from 2012.

“We attempted to staff officers on overtime to handle the calls but were generally overwhelmed with regular calls combined with the fireworks related calls,” Jensen wrote. “While responding to these complaints, officers found that there were many more people using fireworks in the area that needed to be contacted and we simply were not able to spend a great deal of time on each call.”





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