Northwest NEWS

May 24, 1999

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Carnation voters favoring council/manager

by Lisa Allen, Valley View editor

   CARNATION--As of late last week, King County Records and Elections showed 71 percent of Carnation voters favored switching from a mayor/council to a council/manager type of government.

   Mayor David Hunter said King County Elections anticipated 60 percent of ballots would be returned.

   Hunter said if approved, the change would become effective Jan. 1, 2000. The change would also mean the five-member council would be up for election this November, with filing at the end of July and primaries in September.

   The mayor would be elected from the council and would act as liaison between the council and Woody Edvalson, the city manager. The mayor's job would also become more of a ceremonial one, but Hunter said it wouldn't be that much different than the way he has been running things.

   "I have tried to operate under that format," he said. "It works better that way." He added that city government is "going well, since Woody's come on board. There are a lot of things on the plate and challenges ahead but we are working with a stable environment."

   The move will make Carnation one of the smallest cities with this type of government.

   "Most of the new cities, that are already larger, are going to this form," said Hunter. "The smaller cities that were formed years ago tend to run with the traditional mayor."