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Anacortes City Council Minutes - June 7, 2021 <br /> Call to Order <br /> Mayor Laurie Gere called to order the Anacortes City Council meeting of June 7,2021 at 6:00 p.m. <br /> Councilmembers Anthony Young,Ryan Walters, Christine Cleland-McGrath,Bruce McDougall and Matt <br /> Miller all participated in the meeting in absentia via video conference. Councilmembers Jeremy Carter and <br /> Carolyn Moulton were absent. <br /> Councilmember Jeremy Carter had been excused in advance at the May 24,2021 regular City Council meeting. <br /> RYAN WALTERS moved, seconded by MATT MILLER,to excuse the absence of Carolyn Moulton.Vote: <br /> Ayes-ANTHONY YOUNG,RYAN WALTERS, CHRISTINE CLELAND-MCGRATH,BRUCE <br /> MCDOUGALL, MATT MILLER.Nays -None. Result: Passed <br /> Announcements and Committee Reports <br /> City of Anacortes Town Crier Introduction: Mayor Gere introduced Town Crier Richard Riddell who announced <br /> that he was retiring on July 4,2021 after 14 years in the position and that he would be replaced by incoming <br /> Town Crier August Wolff. The mayor welcomed Mr. Wolff.Mr.Wolff performed an introductory cry. Mayor <br /> Gere read a proclamation naming Mr. Riddell Honorary Town Crier. <br /> 4th of July Update: Mayor Gere announced that Independence Day would be celebrated beginning with a town <br /> photo at 10 a.m. at 5th and Commercial,then a patriotic program,then the parade at 11 a.m. starting at 3rd and <br /> Commercial and ending at Causland Park, all observing social distancing. She advised that parade participants <br /> should sign up on line and must not throw or distribute anything during the parade. The Mayor added that the <br /> traditional fireworks display would occur at dusk over the bay. <br /> COVID-19 Update: Mayor Gere announced that City Hall would reopen to the public on Monday,June 14 for <br /> half days from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday,with full opening beginning on July 6 if the State <br /> reopens on June 30 as anticipated. She advised that unvaccinated citizens would need to wear masks while <br /> inside City Hall. Mayor Gere then shared current case statistics and vaccination progress for Anacortes, Skagit <br /> County,Washington State,and the nation. <br /> Museum Committee: Ms. Cleland-McGrath reported from the Committee meeting held the previous week. The <br /> topics discussed included reopening of the Carnegie Gallery,the Maritime Heritage Center, and the W.T. <br /> Preston,the new roof at the Carnegie Building,the Anacortes photographers exhibit,the Bill Mitchell murals, <br /> the upcoming cannery exhibit, and public research opportunities at the museum. Mayor Gere advised that the <br /> Tommy Thompson train would come back before full Council on June 21. <br /> Fiber Committee: Mr. McDougall reported from the Committee meeting held on May 27. The topics discussed <br /> included the EDA grant,pursuit of other funding opportunities,AWC inviting fiber staff Emily Schuh and Jim <br /> Lemberg to participate in a panel, and updated customer statistics. <br /> Port/City Liaison Committee: Ms. Cleland-McGrath reported from the Committee meeting held the previous <br /> week. The topics discussed included COVID re-opening schedules,the new Chamber of Commerce Executive <br /> Director Jessica Stickles,updating the Maritime Strategic Plan, and the Whale of a Sale event planned for June. <br /> Public Safety Committee: Mr.Miller reported from the Committee meeting held the previous week. The topics <br /> discussed included the community paramedic program which would be addressed later on the agenda,the <br /> Anacortes City Council Minutes-June 7,2021 <br /> 1 <br /> Page 2 of 152 <br />