"Pipeline, highway, park, taxes"

"If you like public meetings, you'll love Wedensday, Aug. 16, on South Whidbey. Here's what's on tap tonight.WEST COAST ENERGY representatives will be at the Bayview Senior Center from 3-8 p.m. to provide citizens with information about the proposed Orca Natural Gas Pipeline from Canada. As envisioned, part of the pipeline would cross Satatoga Passage, emerge on Whidbey Island in the Sandy Point area, cross the island to Maxwelton, and go back underwater to serve areas in Jefferson and Kitsap counties.FREELAND'S HIGHWAY CORRIDORwill be the subject of a meeting with state Department of Transporation officials at 7 p.m. in the new sanctuary meeting room at Trinity Lutheran Church. The special meeting of the Freeland Subarea Planning Committee will include reports from members of the Freeland Volunteers subcommittee. Attendees will hear a brief history of the planning effort, introduction of subcommittee members, and questions to the DOT presented by volunteers Geoff and Kathey Hornsby and Mitch and Karen Streicher, followed by a general question and answer session. Attendees will break up into small groups to share ideas about highway-related planning issues. Pictures and maps will be available.WALK IN THE PARKat 6 p.m., as the South Whidbey Park & Recreation District commissioners conduct their annual walk through park facilities, including the 30-acre addition that will be home to new soccer fields. Parks Director Jerry Cole will lead the commissioners and interested members of the public on the tour. The walk will last until 7:30; after a 30 minute break the regular monthly meeting will begin in the Parks office. A skateboard park is included in the agenda.LANGEY CITY COUNCIL holds its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Among the agenda items is a report from Island County Assessor Tom Baenen on the memorandum of understanding that will make up for a error in which Langley property owners paid Fire District 3 taxes in 2000. That tax was not scheduled to begin until 2001. Motions will also be made to adopt the updated six-year street plan and the county's solid waste plan. "

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