How encouraging it was to read, on last Wednesday’s front page, that Langley’s administration and its City Council are now pulling together to bring about a new “street cafe” ordinance that will allow sidewalk dining. Although Councilman Seligson finds the idea “sensational,” and “one of the best ideas to come down in a long time,” I hope that neither side intends to rest on its laurels.
In my 31-year career in law enforcement, I’ve observed and worked closely with many locally elected officials. Often during those years I voted for Republicans of the Dan Evans ilk, appreciating their practicality and fiscal prudence.
I’m happy and relieved to see that the number of folks concerned about the use of personal fireworks is growing. There are a number of reasons why they are dangerous and toxic to us, our pets, wildlife and the environment.
For the first time in 23 years your fire department is submitting a special levy to the voters asking for support and approval to raise the current levy rate of $.61 assessed value to $.76 per thousand.
The Freeland community should be very proud to hear what the Freeland Water and Sewer District has accomplished since January 2012 with Marilynn Abrahamson and Lou Malzone as new commissioners and Eric Hansen (incumbent commissioner). What it means to residents of Freeland is significant cost savings and common sense decision making.
On Aug. 7, the date of our primary election, voters will select two candidates for Island County Commissioner, District 1, to move on to the Nov. 6 general election. My choice in both the primary and the general election is clear: Helen Price Johnson.