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South Whidbey firefighters fought what they called the largest brushfire on the South End since the 1990s today. According to Mike Cotton, deputy chief for South Whidbey Fire/EMS, it scorched about 15 acres of grassland, damaged power lines and power poles, and threatened a number of buildings. Multiple island and state agencies responded to the emergency, it caused heavy traffic delays along Highway 525 and even resulted in some residents leaving their homes as a precautionary measure.
Community Events, July 2015
The Langley City Council will hold a public hearing over a public right of way vacation in the alley between First and Second streets behind the Star Store next week. The hearing is scheduled to take place at the council’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
Langley’s still unformed ethics board is on its way with the scheduled appointment of two additional members Monday, July 6. The Langley City Council is expected to hear and confirm a pair of appointments to the ethics board. The two candidates are Sharon Betcher and Monica Guzman.
A one-car accident shut down East Harbor Road for more than an hour early Wednesday and knocked out power to a nearby home. The driver was identified by the Island County Sheriff’s Office as Freeland resident Newton Kellogg, 18. He was southbound in a 2003 Mazda MPV at about 5 a.m. when his vehicle veered off the road and struck a power pole. The vehicle also rolled and destroyed a fence.
Councilwoman Robin Black is willing to give up her seat if a particular mayoral candidate wins. That candidate is Tim Callison, her husband. Black announced her decision to submit a contingent resignation earlier this month after speaking about the issue with Callison. They checked the state’s laws and found no rule prohibiting a husband and wife from holding positions in government together, and Black said she did not believe there was an issue after reviewing the state’s Appearance of Fairness Doctrine.