Councilman files appeal,

seeks city’s return to lawsuit

Anacortes City Councilman Anthony Young and his spouse, Dr. Joseph Mulcahy, filed an appeal May 31 in state Court of Appeals Division 1 seeking to reinstate the City of Anacortes as a defendant in a property damages lawsuit.

They are suing the city and a neighboring couple, alleging grading and filling performed by the neighbors on an adjacent lot caused an increase in stormwater flow onto their property, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage to their home. They allege the city planning department allowed the earthwork and use of a public right of way without a permit, and therefore the city is culpable.

The city has denied that permits were required, and the neighbors claim subsurface water flow is responsible for the damage to the Young-Mulcahy house. Skagit County Superior Court Judge Dave Needy initially dropped city from the lawsuit, saying a governmental entity is liable for damages only if it knew or should have known that its acts were unlawful.

Capital campaign kickoff

coming up for aquatic center

An invitation-only campaign kickoff event for the proposed new Fidalgo Aquatic and Fitness Center is scheduled for June 27 at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed.

Capital campaign coordinator Renata Maybruck declined to comment on how many people have been invited or how the invitees were selected. She also would not say how much has been raised so far.

“Fundraising is going very well, and we will have some exciting commitments to announce at the event,” she said.

After a presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to financially support the campaign.

The goal of the campaign is to raise at least half of the estimated $28.4 million needed to replace the current center with a two-pool aquatic and fitness center. The Fidalgo Park and Recreation District’s board of commissioners has said it will ask voters to support the remainder with a bond measure in May 2020. If approved, the new center could open by 2022.

When completed on property adjacent to the existing pool and fitness center, the current pool (built in 1975) and gym building (added in 2014) will be torn down and the site converted into a parking lot. The commission voted in January in favor of building a new gym instead of incorporating the existing gym into the new center, saying it would complicate construction plans with minimal savings.

— Richard Walker

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