City Council to consider condemnation action

Stanwood City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the School District Administration Building, 26920 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood.

Council is expected to adopt the city’s emergency response plan for the water system, approve the final plat for the Cedarhome Square housing development and take final condemnation action to acquire property for public use in the Viking Way project.

Council will discuss the scope and reason for potential final action to authorize condemnation of property needed for the project before deciding whether to approve one or more ordinances, such as proposed Ordinance 1471, that would authorize the city the use of condemnation.

Portions of Tax Parcel 32041900309300, occupied by Stanwood Hardware at 27008 90th Ave. NW in downtown, are subject to the condemnation action. The condemned property will become part of the 90th Avenue Extension Project for extension of 90th Avenue and Viking Way as a public road. Planned improvements include a two-lane street with sidewalk, curb and gutter.

During the meeting, Council will convene an executive session to discuss potential litigation. No details were announced.

School board to meet

Stanwood-Camano School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Administration Boardroom, 26920 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood. See stanwood.wednet.edu, School Board, or call 360-629-1222 to inquire.

IslCo commissioners to meet

Island County Commissioners meet at 10 a.m. Tuesdays in Coupeville, with a videoconferencing link to the Camano Annex office, 121 N. East Camano Drive. A public comment period is scheduled the first four Tuesdays each month. See islandcountywa.gov or call 360-387-3443 to inquire.

Lovelett picked to replace Sen. Ranker

The state’s 40th Legislative District has a new senator. Anacortes City Councilwoman Liz Lovelett was appointed Tuesday to the state Senate, filling the seat vacated by former Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island. Ranker resigned Jan. 11 amid a sexual harassment investigation, according to the Associated Press.

The state Democratic Party approved in January several candidates, Lovelett, former state Rep. Kristine Lytton and local labor leader Trevor Smith. At a joint meeting on Feb. 5 of the governing boards of Skagit, Whatcom and San Juan counties, the members selected the two-term councilwoman to represent the district. The 40th District encompasses northwest Skagit County — including Anacortes — southwest Whatcom County and all of San Juan County.

Join conservation district board

Snohomish Conservation District is taking applications to fill two positions — one appointed and one elected — on its board of directors to support agriculture and conservation efforts. The three-year positions begin in May 2019.

Registered voters living in the district, which includes Camano Island, are eligible to apply by Feb. 19 for the elected position and by March 31 for the appointed position. Find information at scc.wa.gov/elections-and-appointments or call 425-377-7020.

SCD will hold an election from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in the district office, 528 91st Ave. NE, Lake Stevens. For an absentee or mail-in ballot, call 425-377-7020 or see election information at snohomishcd.org.

Island Co. boards, commissions have openings

Island County Commissioners are accepting applications for two committees. Send to Pam Dill, by email pamd@co.island.wa.us, by fax 360-679-7381 or mail: PO Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239. To inquire, contact Pam at 360-679-7353 or by email.

• The Law & Justice Council has openings for residents of Districts 2 and 3 (Camano and north Whidbey) to serve a volunteer two-year renewable term. Meetings are at noon the second Wednesday each month. Send a letter of interest with list of qualifications by Feb. 18 to Pam Dill, Attn: Law & Justice Council, addresses above.

• Applicants of all ages and backgrounds from Island County are needed to complete a term that runs until June 30, 2020, on the Northwest Senior Services Advisory Board,

Board members plan services for seniors and people with disabilities who need assistance caring for themselves. They generally meet on the third Thursday of most months in Anacortes or Bellingham. Contact Pam Dill, 360-679-7353 or pamd@co.island.wa.us, for an application. To inquire, contact Pat Elwell at 360-676-6749, ext. 1024, or elwelpf@dshs.wa.gov.

Comment on human services transit plan

The Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization seeks public comment by Feb. 20 on its draft plan for coordinated transit, focusing on public transportation needs and recommending improvements that will benefit people with disabilities, seniors, young people, individuals with lower incomes, and others who depend on transportation services or experience transportation difficulties.

Using public feedback, the IRTPO can apply for state Department of Transportation grant funding by proposing projects that address strategies identified in the plan. The Coordinated Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan can be read online at Tinyurl.com/IslandHSTP. The IRTPO Executive Board will consider it for final approval on Feb. 27.

This plan will be considered for final approval by on February 27, 2019. Submit comments by Feb. 20 to Brian Wood at b.wood@co.island.wa.us, or PO Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239. To inquire, call 360-678-7959.

Conservation Futures application is open

Island County is accepting applications until Feb. 28 for grants from the 2019 Conservation Futures Fund program. A local property tax funds the program and is used for land protection and stewardship to preserve the character of unique, distinctive lands and to protect habitat.

Application and funding information are available online at islandcountywa.gov or from Island County General Service Administration, 1 NE Seventh St. Room 200 or PO Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239-5000.

Applications for the 2019 funding cycle must be received by 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb, 28, in the GSA office. To inquire, contact Don Mason at 360-679-7378.

Transportation Fair to offer commuter options

Island Transit will host a Transportation Fair 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 2, at the Stanwood Community and Senior Center, 7430 276th St. NW, Stanwood. Learn about Island Transit’s commuter options, buses and bike services, and such programs as County Connections, Vanpool and RideLink. Pick up a new schedule showing extended Saturday routes. Island Transit offers fare-free bus service on Camano and Whidbey Islands, Stanwood, Mount Vernon and Everett. Call 360-678-9536 to inquire.

Correction

A story titled “Hidden Stars help raise $42,000” on Page A3 in the Feb. 5 edition misstated several details. The gala event on Jan. 12 raised $42,000 before expenses, leaving $30,000 to use for community grants. In the photo caption, Bob Schempp and wife Suzanne bid on an original painting by Michael Schopf. Steve and Karla Hopkins won the bid and the painting.

We regret the errors.

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