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City seeking additional staffing for surge of Public Record Requests

LYNNWOOD, Wash., June 23, 2023— Lynnwood City Council will host a Business Meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, June 26, to hold a Public Hearing on the Capital Facilities Plan (CFP) and 6 Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) Ordinances, and vote to approve additional staffing for public record requests, and on agreements.

The mayor is also expected to be given approval to re-appoint Marcie MacQuarrie and Mikaela Shipley to Snohomish County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and appoint Robert Leutwyler to the Planning Commission.

The Lynnwood City Council Work Session will be held in-person and virtually by Zoom or Lynnwood, WA Video Archive (swagit.com).

Request for one Deputy City Clerk Position

The City Clerk’s Office is requesting approval by the city council to fund an additional Deputy City Clerk at a cost of $141,803 (includes both salary and benefits) due to an overall increase in Public Records Requests (PRR).

In 2019, the Clerk’s Office received a total of 522 PRRs which decreased during the pandemic. The Clerk’s Office staff decreased from five to four personnel during this period but has experienced a steady year-to-year increase of 11 percent. With a current year-to-date of 329 PRRs for 2023, the projected end of year is expected to be 769 PRRs — a 53% increase when compared to last year. As of June 5, 2023, the city has spent $18,865 (year-to-date) in attorney fees associated with public record requests alone, a 55% increase when compared to 2022.

If approved by the council, the Clerk’s Office aims to have a person in this position no later than September 1, 2023.

For more information and associated documentation click here.

Public Hearing: Capital Facilities Plan (CFP) and 6 Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) Ordinances

The 6-Year update for the 2024-2029 Capital Facilities Plan (CFP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) are meant to provide a look-ahead as to what projects are on the City’s agenda and to summarize the general expected costs associated with these projects.

The proposed CFP contains 122 projects with a 6-year total nearing $485 Million. The CFP projects are grouped into five categories: Police Administration, Information Technology, Economic Development, Public Works, Administration, and Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts.

For more information and associated documentation click here.

Sound Transit Multi-Jurisdictional Partnering Agreement

The council is expected to vote on authorizing the Mayor to approve the Multi-Jurisdictional Partnering Agreement involving Sound Transit’s Everett Link Extension Project.

The proposed Multi-Jurisdictional Partnering Agreement between Sound Transit, the City of Everett, the City of Lynnwood, Community Transit, and Snohomish County is an umbrella agreement for the Everett Link Extension Project. The agreement identifies roles and responsibilities for signatories, establishes a platform for reaching early and durable decisions and promptly resolving disputes, and defines general project scope, schedule, and budget.

For more information and associated documentation click here.

2023 Comprehensive Plan Annual Amendment Process Motion

On June 12, 2023, the city council held a Public Hearing on this topic. The city council is expected to take a vote on approving the 2023 Comprehensive Plan Annual Amendment Proposed Amendment List (PAL)

For more information and associated documentation click here.

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