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both power and water. Thank you to our partnering electrical contractor VECA as well, who is always a pleasure to work <br />with. We will be opening the loop back to camping by April 1st. <br /> <br />A 10% increase in our fee structure at Washington Park was approved by City Council. This will go into effect May 1. <br /> <br />Parks staff is working with Puget Way park neighbors on a wind damaged fence that separates a driveway from public <br />trail access. Brian Tottenham is working on an estimate. <br /> <br />City staff from across a variety of departments continue work on the requests for and concepts surrounding the <br />embedded social worker. We believe we have an efficient and effective working model with the Anacortes Police <br />Department and the Anacortes Family Center, along with Parks, Planning and Legal. Council has heard a presentation on <br />same, and has approved a one-year contract with the Family Center. <br /> <br />Parks Manager Nicole Johnston and I have reached out to the local disc golf community, hoping to work more closely <br />with them as they care for the Cap Sante course, which is growing in popularity. At the present time we are focusing on <br />getting the golfers’ dogs leashed up, as well as working together on vegetation management decisions. <br /> <br />Planning Department staff presented the Planning Commission with the compiled and categorized Shoreline Master <br />Program public comments at March 10 Commission meeting. Discussion of these will take place at a future meeting. <br /> <br />We are planning for maintenance on the privately-owned section of the Guemes Channel Trail. The land owner has <br />granted permission, and Fish and Wildlife has approved this much needed work. We are now working with City staff to <br />firm up our plan. <br /> <br />I have joined Eric Shjarback from Public Works as City liaison to the Anacortes Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee <br />(ABPAC). This group has done a great job over the years advocating for non-motorized transportation, including the <br />necessary planning and safety factors. Their highest profile event has been the Open Streets celebration in August. We <br />are hopeful we might just be able to pull off some version of this in the near future. <br /> <br />I represented the City at the annual Friends of the Forest membership meeting. I really appreciated all the positive <br />feedback on our parks’ crews’ efforts to get the ACFL trails open after the mid-January westerly winds. <br /> <br />Updated Parks Impact Fees were unanimously passed by City Council at the March 1st meeting. These are scheduled to <br />take effect Sept. 1st of this year. <br /> <br />Planning activities continue with the Cap Sante trail/viewpoint Rotary project team. We are looking forward to the Parks <br />Commission feedback at the April 13 meeting. <br /> <br />It is great to see local stone mason Bryan Elliott working on the Causland Memorial project. <br /> <br />ACFL Steve, Nicole Johnston and I were able to remove the downtown corridor street tree Christmas lights. We are <br />hoping to begin a phased pruning program next fall. <br /> <br />Thank you again to the Samish Nation for our continued partnership with Denise Crowe. Our monthly hikes in the ACFL <br />are an educational and inspirational highlight. <br /> <br />Faithfully Submitted, <br />Bob Vaux, Assistant Director <br />March 24, 2021