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Public Comment <br /> June Steen said she wished to speak in response to the notice she had received in the mail about the petition to <br /> vacate a portion of 11th Street. Mayor Gere invited Ms. Steen to address that topic when it occurred later on the <br /> agenda. <br /> No one else present wished to address the Council on any topic not already on the agenda. <br /> Consent Agenda <br /> Mr. Young removed Item 4b,Approval of Claims, from the Consent Agenda. <br /> Mr. Young moved, seconded by Mr. Miller,to approve Consent Agenda Item 4a,Minutes of March 22,2021. <br /> The motion carried unanimously by voice vote. <br /> Mr. Young reminded staff how important it is,when possible,to make local purchases,particularly given the <br /> economic impacts of the pandemic. <br /> Mr. Young moved, seconded by Mr. Miller,to approve Consent Agenda Item 4b,Approval of Claims in the <br /> amount of$533,725.57. The motion carried unanimously by voice vote. <br /> The following vouchers/checks were approved for payment: <br /> EFT numbers: 99692 through 99745,total$287,427.17 <br /> Check numbers: 99746 through 99770,total$201,550.07 <br /> Wire transfer numbers: 212191 through 282526,total $44,748.33 <br /> PUBLIC HEARINGS <br /> Ordinance 3087: Vacating right-of-way of a portion of 11th Street adjacent to blocks 242 and 243, "Map <br /> of the City of Anacortes" together with the West 10 feet of B Avenue adjacent to Lot 1 of block 243 <br /> City Attorney Darcy Swetnam advised that staff had received a reque+287427.15+201550.07+44748.33 <br /> st from approximately 30 neighborhood residents asking that this advertised public hearing be continued to <br /> April 19 to allow time for responses to the group's questions. She said that staff and Mayor Gere had determined <br /> that continuing the hearing would be the best course of action. <br /> Mayor Gere said the public was invited to comment on April 19, and was also welcome to contact the Mayor's <br /> office or the City Attorney prior to that time. Mr. Walters encouraged allowing public comment at the present <br /> meeting. Ms. Moulton concurred. Mr. Young said having staffs introductory presentation prior to public <br /> comment would be more useful. Mr. Miller encouraged all speakers to submit written comments as well. <br /> At approximately 6:41 p.m. Mayor Gere opened the advertised public hearing. <br /> Ms. Swetnam explained the context of the proposed vacation in exchange for easements for the Guemes <br /> Channel Trail. She said staff was recommending granting the vacation. <br /> Mayor Gere invited members of the audience to comment on this agenda item. <br /> June Steen said she lives on the alley behind the Ortman property. Ms. Steen said she was in favor of the <br /> Guemes Channel Trail and thus of the trade. Ms. Steen said she could understand vacating the 11th Street strip, <br /> but said the B Avenue strip was overkill and that curbs and sidewalks would be desirable there. Ms. Steen said <br /> she was also concerned that the Ortman family would build closer to the bank if it were to acquire the Wynn <br /> property. <br /> Anacortes City Council Minutes-April 5,2021 2 <br /> Page 4 of 61 <br />
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