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60 Second Street
PO Box 219
98250

 

 

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"The obscure we see eventually.  The completely apparent takes a little longer." - Edward R. Murrow

Trout Lake Level: -19.0" (top of spillway) - 12/15/14

 

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Preliminary plans for development of Sunshine Alley now available for review.

The Town has unveiled preliminary plans for urban improvements to the Sunshine Alley area.  This is the result of months of research and collaboration by Town staff, the Public, Sunshine Alley stakeholders, and the Beckwith Consulting Group.  The process included interviews with property and business owners, focus group sessions, public design charrettes, surveys, and open houses to determine the best uses and improvements for the area.

The preliminary plans include a concept summary displaying possible improvements for the alleyway.  In addition to expanding the Brickworks area with a performance stage and seating, an outdoor dining area, and conversion of existing private cottages to retail, the potential improvements suggest adding an outdoor dining deck off of Haley’s, a clock tower on the public restrooms, walls of greenery, freestanding kinetic art, and light standards throughout.  The three major gateways to the alley - First Street, Nichols Street, and the walkway from Spring Street - would be highlighted with pavement accents, overhead lighting, murals, and plantings.

The public and private cost for the proposed improvements is estimated at $2,903,918, including property acquisition.  Funding could come from the Town, private property owners, and the San Juan Island Agricultural Guild. Suggested funding sources include historic tax credits, hotel/motel tax funds, the Main Street program and grants as outlined in the proposal.

"While the plan is still in its infancy, we have narrowed options and provided guidance to creating a vibrant and useful centerpiece for the community," said Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator.  "An attractive and comfortable outdoor facility creates a sense of place.  Because of the Ag Guild’s success in creating Brickworks, Sunshine Alley has real potential to fill this need."

The urban design company Beckwith Consulting Group out of La Conner was selected to assist with development plans for Sunshine Alley.

The Sunshine Alley Urban Design Project preliminary plan and concept summary are available HERE.

Contact: Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator, (360) 378-2810, ext 226, duncanw@fridayharbor.org

 

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From:   Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator

Date:    November 21, 2014

State Transportation Improvement Board Awards New Grant to Friday Harbor

The Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) announced their annual grant awards today and the Town of Friday Harbor will be the recipient of $800,000 for the reconstruction of the first phase of Tucker Avenue.  The TIB is a state organization funded by a portion of the gas tax charged on each gallon of gasoline sold within Washington. Tucker Avenue is an arterial street and is one of the highest ranked projects on the Town Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan.

Town staff worked with the Engineering firm of Gray and Osborne to secure the funding.  This is the third year in a row that the Town has received road construction monies, having previously been awarded grants in 2012 and 2013 that funded over 80% of the Blair Avenue project and Mullis sidewalk project.

The project plan submitted for Tucker includes improvements from the intersection with Guard Street down the hill to Harbor Avenue, just past the Town wastewater treatment facility.  The total project cost for this phase is estimated at $1.1 million dollars of which $800,000 would come from the TIB.  The Town anticipates paying their portion of project expenses from the recently adopted Transportation Benefit District sales tax of two-tenths of one-percent that will start in April of 2015. Annual revenues from this new tax are anticipated to be $240,000.

The Town will be awarding a contract for the engineering of this project in 2015 and anticipates construction will be completed in 2016.  “This is very exciting news” said Mayor Carrie Lacher.  “To receive such a significant grant three years in a row is a wonderful vote of confidence from the TIB.  I really appreciate the hard work of our staff and engineers in making this happen.”

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Town Council forms Arts Commission to advise on public art in the Town of Friday Harbor

The Town Council expressed their commitment to promoting and fostering visual, performing, and literary arts in the community with last week’s creation of a Friday Harbor Arts Commission.

Mayor Carrie Lacher will appoint a seven-member volunteer commission of San Juan Island residents to advise the Town Council on the cultivation, selection, acquisition and placement of public art. "I am thrilled to be implementing this long overdue advisory committee that will help to ensure the arts have an active and prominent role in our town," said the Mayor, adding, "Local artwork helps to bring meaning to public spaces, and art of all kinds can invigorate a community while reflecting our quality of life."

The commission will include at least one council member, two representatives of the visual arts and one representative of the performing arts. Initial appointments will be for one to three years, commencing on January 1, 2015. In addition, a non-voting member age 16 to 19 will be appointed for a one year term to be served October to September each year. Town Administrator Duncan Wilson noted, "This is an excellent opportunity for a college-bound student to demonstrate their commitment to community service."

Applicants should provide a letter of interest to include experience, background, or involvement with the arts as well as their ability to represent the interests of the Town, the community and local artists and to interact positively in a public forum. Applicants may choose to include examples of their art or experience. Application review will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. For specifics on the responsibilities of the commission, applicants are advised to review the ordinance and policies posted HERE.

Questions and application letter should be directed to: Duncan Wilson, Town of Friday Harbor, 60 Second Street, PO Box 219, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 (360) 378-2810

 

From:  Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator

Re:  Trespassing at Trout Lake

Date:  July 2014

Trout Lake is an environmentally sensitive area consisting of approximately 600 acres that supplies the drinking water for the Town of Friday Harbor.  The Town has recently installed security cameras to monitor activity at the Trout Lake Dam and to regulate access to the Town’s water shed.

Town officials were greatly disturbed to find evidence of significant trespassing activity at the lake which was detected with these security cameras.  People have been photographed with their horses, dogs and apparently have been swimming in the lake; all in violation of posted NO TRESPASSING signs at the locked gate.

"We understand that Trout Lake is a very beautiful and pristine area, but has remained so because it is a protected watershed where access is restricted" said Duncan Wilson, Town Administrator.  "The State Department of Health and the Town are extremely concerned about this unauthorized intrusion into the watershed, especially during the summer months when the fire risk is so great."

Because of the limited access points, the Fire District has restricted ability to combat a wild land blaze in this area.  A fire in the watershed has the potential to significantly impair the water system for years and could contaminate the lake with slurry that would jeopardize the provision of clean water to the entire community, according to Steve Deem from the Washington State Department of Health.

The Town will be requesting that the County Prosecutor bring charges against all individuals who enter the premises without official business subsequent to this notice.  Trespass in the Second Degree is a misdemeanor and carries a potential penalty of up to 90 days in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.

New, larger warning signs are being posted near the restricted access points and Town personnel will be doing inspections throughout the week to ensure compliance.  The Town appreciates everyone’s cooperation in keeping this area free of unregulated human contact.  For those interested in finding appropriate and beautiful areas of the islands that are open to the public for hiking please visit sanjuanislandtrails.org.
 

 

Town Parks Map (.pdf)      Town Time Limit Parking Map (.pdf)

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION TO STORMWATER POLLUTION

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?  The next time it rains, look at a street gutter or roadside ditch. The rain, rather than seeping into the soil, flows quickly off roads and roofs. It picks up detergents, oil, grease, heavy metals, and trash from roads, sediment from construction sites and pesticides and fertilizers from lawns. It rushes through storm drains and, when discharged to the local waterways, erodes the natural eco-system. Contrary to popular belief, most storm drains are not connected to treatment systems. Whatever enters the drain is discharged directly, untreated into local waterways. What started as a friendly rain, is now a serious polluter.

Stormwater pollution is also known as "nonpoint source pollution," as it comes from many locations that, while each may be very small, cumulatively have a large impact. Stormwater pollution can make monitoring and treatment of our drinking water more difficult and costly. In addition, it can hinder the health of the aquatic ecosystem and eventually result in the loss of our waterways for recreational purposes.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?  Businesses, residents and visitors can promote the protection of water quality by taking action to reduce those activities that lead to non-point source water pollution. You can help by using the following tips below to prevent pollution. More information is available by contacting the San Juan County Public Works Department or the Town of Friday Harbor.

Additionally, the Town is in the process of marking storm drain inlets in private parking areas with decals and distributing informational handouts to businesses.

TOP TEN THINGS YOU CAN DO TO BE A "SOLUTION TO STORMWATER POLLUTION" 

  1. Never dump anything down a storm drain or into a drainage ditch.

  2. Recycle motor oil and other vehicle fluids.

  3. Throw litter in its place.

  4. Clean up after your pet.

  5. Check and repair your vehicles for leaks.

  6. Dispose of household hazardous wastes at designated locations.

  7. Compost yard clippings.

  8. Use fertilizer and pesticide only when needed (Read the label!).

  9. If you wash your vehicle at home, do so on the lawn rather than the pavement.

  10. Tell a friend or neighbor about how to prevent stormwater pollution and get involved in your community.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Downtown Friday Harbor - early 1950's    link to (much) larger version - 638kb

photo courtesy Bob Low

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