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OTHER BUSINESS <br /> Request from Thompson Family to Return the Donated Tommy Thompson Train <br /> City Attorney Darcy Swetnam introduced this topic,referring to the materials included in the packet materials <br /> for the meeting. Mayor Gere invited Lisa Carney,legal counsel for the Thompson family,to address the <br /> Council. Ms. Carney presented the Thompson family's request that the train be returned to them,rescinding the <br /> 2012 donation agreement. Ms. Carney referred to her letters included in the packet materials for the meeting. <br /> Mayor Gere invited members of the audience to comment on this agenda item. <br /> • Dennis Clark urged Council to return the train to the Thompson family and elaborated on the reasons for <br /> doing so. <br /> • Dave Sem reported on progress of the Anacortes Railway Group,referring to his letter and the group's <br /> letter which had been included in the packet materials for the meeting.Mr. Sem urged Council to keep <br /> the train in town. <br /> • William Campbell said he had helped rescue the train from storage in Seattle. He shared his <br /> recollections of the transfer and said he would love to see the train stay in town and run again. <br /> • Lloyd Watson shared his recollection of bringing the train back to Anacortes from Seattle. He said his <br /> assumption had been that the train would run again in Anacortes. <br /> Councilmembers discussed the Thompson family request and Council's prior direction to staff at the October 26, <br /> 2020 regular City Council meeting to reject any current proposals to purchase the Thompson train, stop any <br /> current efforts to sell the Thompson train, and that the mayor report to Council in six months on a plan for a <br /> static display of the train. Councilmembers largely agreed that the plan should not involve expenditure of scarce <br /> City funds for the display. <br /> John Bowman, a member of the Anacortes Railway Group, said the group offered the Council four options for <br /> accomplishing the objective of keeping the train in Anacortes, either for display or for operation or both. <br /> Mayor Gere summarized that Council wanted a staff presentation by the end of March with location and funding <br /> for a static display,consistent with Council's October 26, 2020 direction,before taking any action in response to <br /> the Thompson family's request for return of the train. <br /> Dave Sem expressed some frustration on the part of the Anacortes Railway Group regarding a moving target for <br /> what the non-profit group needed to provide. <br /> Mr.Young moved, seconded by Mr. Carter,to take no action on the Thompson family request. After further <br /> discussion,Mr. Young withdrew his motion and Mr. Carter withdrew his second. <br /> RYAN WALTERS moved, seconded by ANTHONY YOUNG,to postpone indefinitely consideration of the <br /> Thompson family's request to return the donated Tommy Thompson train. Vote: Ayes-JEREMY CARTER, <br /> ANTHONY YOUNG,RYAN WALTERS, CHRISTINE CLELAND-MCGRATH, CAROLYN MOULTON, <br /> MATT MILLER.Nays-None. Result: Passed <br /> Commercial Avenue Complete Streets Project Phase 1 - 11th Street to 13th Street Alternatives <br /> Public Works Director Fred Buckenmeyer introduced Project Manager Tim Hohmann to report back on <br /> questions raised by Council at its February 1,2021 meeting. Mr. Buckenmeyer requested Council direction to <br /> staff regarding which preferred alternative to pursue.Mr. Hohmann referenced the history of the South <br /> Commercial project and the extensive public input over a number of years. He introduced Andrew Bratlien of <br /> consultant TSI. Mr. Bratlien referenced his memo in the packet materials for the meeting which analyzed the <br /> Anacortes City Council Minutes-February 22,2021 <br /> 2 <br /> Page 4 of 154 <br />
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