How the City should update water rates

August 2, 2015 12:01 by Ryan
As the sunlight has streamed into City Hall during the last two years, one thing has become extraordinarily clear: we’ve been substantially underfunding our infrastructure. One of our largest problems right now is that we need to refurbish the City’s 3-million-gallon water tank on Whistle Lake Road, and we have essentially no reserves i... [More]

City Forum on Oil Train Safety

May 11, 2015 21:19 by Ryan
Councilmember Liz Lovelett and I hosted a community forum on oil by rail—safety, preparedness, and response—last Wednesday in the City Council chambers. Councilmembers Adams, Pickett, and Johnson also attended and assisted with the event. As promised, here are some resources mentioned at the event. Video of the event is available on the... [More]

All-Wards Community Meeting March 31

March 23, 2015 11:07 by Ryan
It's that time again... Councilmembers Eric Johnson, Brad Adams, and I are holding a community meeting on Tuesday, March 31, at 6:30 pm at the public library's main meeting room. Come chat with us about the city issues that matter to you! We'll be available to answer questions, hear complaints, and discuss policy. There may even be refreshments! Ho... [More]

Community Budget Open House

March 8, 2015 11:37 by Ryan
As the kickoff to our enhanced budget process this year, the City of Anacortes is holding an open house this Tuesday from 4:30-6pm in the council chambers at city hall. Department heads will host tables about their departments and take your comments and answer questions about the services they provide. (They'll be taking notes!) City Councilme... [More]

We’re Ready for a Full-Time City Attorney

November 1, 2014 23:17 by Ryan
Anacortes is the only city in Skagit County without a full-time employee city attorney. Each of our neighboring cities (including Bellingham, Burlington, Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, and Sedro-Woolley) has a full-time employee serving as their city attorney. Bellingham and Oak Harbor have multiple employees in that role, and Sedro-Woolley has a combin... [More]

Dealing with the Dangers of Oil Trains

May 14, 2014 00:17 by Ryan
With the recent emphasis on the dangers of transporting volatile Bakken crude oil by train, it’s important to point out that we on the City Council are cognizant of some of these dangers, and have been working to educate ourselves and look for opportunities to protect our community. We already have one refinery, Tesoro, receiving a 100-car oi... [More]

Council Visit to Quimper Mercantile

April 12, 2014 14:58 by Ryan
At Monday night’s City Council meeting (April 14) Eric Johnson, Liz Lovelett, and I will report on our March 10 visit to the Quimper Mercantile in Port Townsend. Inspired by our recent Council debate on the proposal to bring a Fred Meyer to the MJB property east of R Ave, our visit included interviews with the store management. I’ll update this p... [More]

Speak Up, Speak Out

February 17, 2014 13:17 by Ryan
I was interviewed a couple of weeks ago on KSVR's Speak Up, Speak Out about work I'm doing at both the County and City of Anacortes. It’s 28 minutes, and more about procedure than policy. Download the mp3 at Speak Up, Speak Out

All-Wards City Councilmember Meeting

November 29, 2013 19:58 by Ryan
Councilmembers Brad Adams and Eric Johnson (who represent Wards 2 and 3) and I are hosting a community meeting at 6:30 pm on Thursday, December 5 in the library’s main meeting room. Everyone’s invited to come and share their thoughts, concerns, and ideas for the new year. See you then!

How much should our mayor be paid?

July 31, 2013 07:03 by Ryan
As the Skagit Valley Herald reported a while back, the City Council recently discussed a proposal to increase the mayor’s base salary from $103,663 to $110,000. I can’t imagine why we’re considering this during the “toughest budget year in 19 years,” but since the mayor has proposed it, let’s talk about it. The M... [More]