Merger of Historical Commission and Heritage Park Partners Advisory Board approved by City Council

The Lynnwood City Council approved some changes to the City’s boards and commissions, one of which included the merging of the Historical Commission with the Heritage Park Partners Advisory Board, during Monday’s business meeting.

The merger will result in a new History and Heritage Board. The structure of the board is as follows: Four positions would be termed at-large members and would be appointed through the normal process. Two could be Community Stakeholders (non-residents) and the terms would be for three years. Community Stakeholders must have a Lynnwood mailing address and live in the City’s Municipal Urban Growth Area.

Three positions would be one-year terms and would be appointed from among the following organizations: Alderwood Manor Heritage Association, Sno-Isle Genealogical Society, Heritage Park Docents and Snohomish County Tourism Bureau.

Other changes included changing the terms of the Planning Commission members from six years to four years. If a Planning Commission member misses six meetings in a 12-month period, the position would be vacated.

Councilmember Van AuBuchon, a former member of the Planning Commission, was the only councilmember to vote against the boards and commissions ordinance. AuBuchon opposed changing the term from six to four years. He said that it takes a period of time to become knowledgeable on issues and that having staggered six year terms would help mitigate any political influences on the commission.

City staff said that six years was a long period of time to ask someone to volunteer and that it also was inconsistent with other cities in the area. There is no prohibition on a Planning Commission member being appointed for a second or even third term. The Planning Commission also no longer makes final decisions but rather is asked for their opinions, City staff added.

The Council unanimously passed a budget ordinance that streamlines the process and adjusts the dates of the preliminary budget presentation by the mayor, hearings and work sessions, and the consideration of the budget by the Council. The changes would allow for the Biennial Budget to be adopted on or before the fourth Monday in November.

The Council also unanimously approved the Community Development Department’s reorganizational plans to reestablish the Planning Manager and Permit Center Supervisor positions. The reorganization is being undertaken with no increase in funding for the department. The elimination of the “Deputy Director” position in Community Development yields sufficient funding to cover the cost of the re-organization.

The Council unanimously approved the adoption a new state law – that establishes the offense of permitting or allowing the unlicensed practice of massage therapy or reflexology – by reference in the City Code that would allow the City to enforce the law by issuing citations, which would be prosecuted through the Lynnwood Municipal Court.

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