Langley looks likely to get grant for sewer project

Langley’s ambitious infrastructure improvement plans are likely to get a $3-million boost from Island County.

County commissioners Wednesday discussed applications for the Rural County Economic Development Infrastructure grant program and spoke positively about Langley’s request. The final decision is expected to be made during a regular board of commissioners meeting Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Commissioners Helen Price Johnson and Janet St. Clair spoke in favor of the proposal to extend sewer services to east Langley as a method to increase density and facilitate affordable housing development. Commissioner Jill Johnson was not present Wednesday.

Price Johnson said she was glad to have a “municipal partner” in addressing the county’s housing needs.

The city is also going to ask voters to approve a bond to pay for other costs associated with the infrastructure improvement project.

Commissioners expressed support for the Port of Coupeville’s request for funding to repair the Coupeville Wharf.

The Port of Coupeville asked for $870,804 to fix the caps and piles supporting the historic structure.

“I really think it’s in the public’s best interest to repair this pier,” said Price Johnson. “It’s iconic.”

Price Johnson and St. Clair also approved the port’s $5,000 request for a broadband infrastructure feasibility study, which will research the possibility of installing high-speed fiber-optic cables across the island.

n Regular meetings for the Board of Island County Commissioners are held 10 a.m. Tuesdays at 1 NE 6th St., Coupeville.

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