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February 3, 2013 19:11 by Ryan
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City Council Resolutions Now Online

February 3, 2013 17:24 by Ryan
Thanks to a grant from the State Archives, the City was able to have all City Council resolutions back to 1901 scanned into TIFF format. No council resolutions appear on the city’s website—not even current resolutions—but I’ve made them all available in an easily-browsable (although unfortunately not searchable) format at th... [More]

Improving City Council Meetings

January 13, 2013 12:22 by Ryan
At a couple of recent meetings, the City Council has plodded through a set of summary procedural rules that we’ve spent a great deal of money having our city attorney draft. This has been a pointless exercise for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that we’re not learning anything about the very point of parliamentary procedure (to enabl... [More]

Ward 1 Meeting: January 24

January 13, 2013 10:50 by Ryan
At our Ward 1 meeting last fall, attendees asked for additional meetings on a quarterly schedule to discuss new topics of interest or get updates on topics we’ve covered before. To that end, I’ll be hosting another Ward 1 public meeting on January 24 at 6pm in the public library’s main meeting room. I’ll be there to hear your questions, suggestions... [More]

A Year’s Worth of City Council Paper

January 1, 2013 15:44 by Ryan
It’s recycling day at my house. The photo above represents about 12 months worth of unnecessary paper associated with my first year on the City Council—my attempts to reject it notwithstanding. The piles would stack higher if I’d rifled through it all, but most of it goes unread or untouched, because almost everything in City Council packets is... [More]

Charging for Records Retrievals will Curb Access

September 20, 2012 22:54 by Ryan
Also published in the Anacortes American on September 12, 2012: A recent letter to the editor (“Public records ‘witch hunt’ cost city a bundle,” September 5) claims that requests for public records are excessively burdening the City of Anacortes and argues the Legislature should amend the Public Records Act so that requestors can be billed for res... [More]

Will there be public comment tonight?

August 13, 2012 14:26 by Ryan
According to this article on Anacortes Now, many people may be mobilizing to attend tonight’s City Council meeting where the Council will discuss, for the first time, the mayor’s request to add 11 acres to the Anacortes Urban Growth Area to accommodate the Tethys water bottling plant. If the public would like to speak to the issue, when... [More]

Benchmarking Anacortes Governance

March 10, 2012 13:43 by Ryan
Although the Mayor rarely provides the City Council much notice of upcoming agenda items, last week was especially egregious when we received the City’s 200-page Water System Plan just four days before the vote. Although other councilmembers have complained about the lack of time we have to review agenda items, the Mayor has brushed off those... [More]

Council Committees

January 19, 2012 11:24 by Ryan
Councilmember Erica Pickett, who the Council elected Mayor Pro-Tem at our first meeting of the year, has assigned each councilmember to four council committees, based on our requests. My committee assignments are: Finance Parks and Rec Personnel Planning Port/City Liaison (as an alternate) Although it has improved with Councilmember Adams's effor... [More]