Central Skagit Sedro-Woolley Library

The Central Skagit Sedro-Woolley Library is to be built in the 100 block of West State Street.

Several projects in Skagit County are set to receive additional funding through the state’s two-year capital budget.

The budget was passed by the Legislature on Sunday, and now awaits the approval of Gov. Jay Inslee.

The largest appropriation, at $6.6 million, is for the construction of a mental health evaluation and treatment facility in Sedro-Woolley.

Skagit County Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt said the 16-bed inpatient facility will serve those who have been involuntarily committed and would stay temporarily for mental health evaluations.

Three library projects in the county are also set to receive additional state funding.

Jeanne Williams, director of the Central Skagit Sedro-Woolley Library, said new library would likely expand as a result of a $1 million appropriation from the state.

While the final cost of the library isn’t known, she said the new funding would probably let the library add back about 800 square feet that was cut from the scope of the project.

Statewide, 11 library projects were given funding, she said.

“It really shows their support of libraries (and) that they understand the importance of libraries,” Williams said.

In Mount Vernon, the city is set to receive $1 million for its combined library, community center and parking garage project.

Mayor Jill Boudreau said the money will be used for pre-construction work.

“It’s wonderful to have other people see the need of this project, and support it,” said Isaac Huffman, Mount Vernon library director.

Depending on the size and scope of the final project, Boudreau said it should cost between $30 million and $44 million.

The budget also appropriates $720,000 for the La Conner Regional Library, getting it closer to funding construction on a new library.

The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office is set to get new communications equipment with a $1 million appropriation.

Chief of Patrol Chris Baldwin said the money would be used to build new signal repeaters throughout the county, which he said will drastically improve the department’s ability to communicate.

Right now, he said, deputies have dead spots in places such as parts of Alger, Lake Cavanaugh and several areas east of Concrete.

This upgrade should ensure coverage for 95 percent of the county, he said.

“It’s long overdue,” Baldwin said. “We owe it to our deputies to give them the tools they need.”

The budget allocates $1.3 million to the Skagit Public Utility District to be used for an expansion of the utility’s water network.

This pipeline extension would bring water to 68 properties on Little Mountain Road.

The budget also allocates $3.8 million to Skagit Valley College for facility repairs, according to the state budget website.

— Reporter Brandon Stone: bstone@skagitpublishing.com, 360-416-2112, Twitter: @Brandon_SVH

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