The Mukilteo City Council meeting on Monday had to be adjourned early because of technical difficulties.
While those in the council chambers could hear Mayor Joe Marine and council members, those watching the meeting via Zoom or Facebook Live were unable to hear anything said by the city officials in the meeting room.
The city administrator, Steve Powers, said the city would have to cancel the rest of the meeting because it couldn’t provide the level of community engagement the public and the council deserved.
Powers stated, “Obviously, we have people attending on Zoom this evening.” Powers.
Councilmembers Louis Harris and Richard Emery began the meeting by discussing the recent deaths of an Everett police officer in the line of duty and an Edmonds police officer who was shot and killed in Las Vegas while off duty.
At this time, “I wanted to just call for a momentary silence in support of our neighboring jurisdictions and the entire police community,” Harris said.
According to Emery, law enforcement officers have been killed in recent weeks and months all across the country.
When it comes to keeping our communities safe, “we should all want to think carefully about how we can all be grateful for the sacrifices people make and the risks they take every day to help keep our community safe, not just here, but everywhere in the country,” Emery said, per NBC News.
Jason Moon, the city’s newest councilmember, said he recently met with members of the Korean American community and wanted to emphasize the importance of treating each other with respect during meetings.
Whatever our opinions may be, I believe we have a variety of viewpoints. The respect for dialogue that Moon spoke of was crucial to the effort, as the group’s belief in collaboration was a shared one.
That’s all I’m concerned about: “I just want to ensure that we all focus on our city, and just make sure that we present ourselves in a way that our children, our family, and our constituents will be proud of having us here.”
During the meeting’s public comment period, officials discovered the technical difficulties. There will be a rescheduled meeting, Marine said.
The contract for the 2024 stormwater comprehensive plan was on the agenda, as was a resolution supporting religious freedom, and a list of surplus city equipment.