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]

R Avenue Roundabout

February 7, 2013 10:47 by Ryan
Have you seen the proposed R Avenue roundabout? The City Council recently approved a $65,000 contract for 30% design work on the project. The City’s webpage for the roundabout notes: This is a high accident location due to: the width of R Avenue; traffic volumes; and limited sight distance. A roundabout will decrease accidents and allow for sa... [More]

Why I voted no on the Water System Plan

March 8, 2012 00:30 by Ryan
On Monday, the Anacortes City Council approved an update to the city's Water System Plan, the document that charts the course for the City's largest utility. I voted against it. Here's why. We didn't have time to read the document. Although the document is 200 pages long, the Mayor didn't provide the City Council notice that it would be comin... [More]

Garbage Pickup This Morning

January 2, 2012 08:30 by Ryan
Although usually Ward 1 doesn’t get garbage pickup on Mondays following holidays (and yes I’ve heard your complaints about that), today we do because we’ve had two such Mondays in a row. Although I’d forgotten to put out my trash can, I watched city workers retrieve it from its hiding place to dump it for me. Good job, guys. Remember you can also p... [More]

Pedestrian Safety Downtown

December 29, 2011 02:15 by Ryan
Pedestrian safety is a frequent concern of both the public and the downtown merchants I hear from. Drivers on Commercial Avenue routinely fail to stop at intersections to allow pedestrians to cross and exceed the 20 mph speed limit north of 12th Street. The Chamber of Commerce conducted a survey downtown in July 2010 that revealed this is also a to... [More]