The R Avenue roundabout opened to traffic today in time for the 5 p.m. drive home for many commuters.
Project manager Steven Lange reported there are a few miscellaneous items to be completed, which will be done next week.
Taylor’s Excavation began work on the single-lane roundabout at R Avenue and 22nd Street in October. It was scheduled to open before Thanksgiving but because of a design problem, the opening was delayed.
The Anacortes Police Department is holding a pet food drive Dec. 9-16 to benefit three local organizations: The Anacortes Animal Relief Fund (AARF), Saving Pets One at A Time (SPOT) and The Cat’s Meow.
Stainless steel sails standing almost 20 feet tall will be the dominate feature of a new welcome sign the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce plans to install at the new International Gateway near the state ferry terminal.
The area has already undergone plenty of improvements, including a flag pavilion and landscaping, as the chamber worked in partnership with the City of Anacortes, Anacortes Sister Cities Association and Simply Yards Landscape and Design.
Now the chamber’s Beautification Committee is working to install a sign that will brand Anacortes as an artistic, vibrant community with a marine heritage and recreation opportunities.
“I love the design,” said committee member Marilee Maricich, who was on the sign selection jury. “It’s a timeless piece, which is what we were going for. It makes a statement for Anacortes.”
The Anacortes School District recently selected local resident and architect Marc Estvold as a consultant to help lead a review of existing facilities and develop a plan to remodel Anacortes High School. The district received 10 proposals for the project manager position and interviewed three candidates. Estvold prevailed with unanimous committee support.
Estvold brings 40 years of industry experience to the position, including a number of projects within the Anacortes School District. His architectural firm was selected as part of the team to renovate and add onto three district schools from 1992 to 2000.
Six businesses have applied for state licenses to produce, process or sell marijuana in Anacortes, according to permitting records released last week by the state Liquor Control Board.
Applications will be accepted through Dec. 19.
Four businesses have applied to be producers and processors — Dewey Beach proposes to locate in the 6700 block of Gibralter Drive, JJS Productions proposes to locate in the 12700 block of Quantum Lane, FBR South Bay proposes to locate in the 11900 block of Fidalgo Bay Road and Emerald Evolution proposes to locate in three suites in the 9000 block of Molly Lane.
Sailone has only applied for a producer license and proposes to locate in the 6100 block of Spradley Road.
NW Healing Gardens applied for a retailer license and proposes to locate in the 15000 block of Gibralter Road.
With the first forecast of winter weather coming this week, the city of Anacortes is prepared for what may come with 200 tons of sand/salt mixture and 2,600 gallons of de-icer stockpiled at its operation center.
The city also an agreement with the Washington State Department of Transportation to purchase more sand/salt mixture or de-icer if it needs more mid-year, Public Works Director Fred Buckenmeyer explained to the City Council at its Nov. 12 meeting.
Equipment available to battle snow and ice on city streets includes two single-axle dump trucks with plows and 5-yard sanders, a 1-ton truck with a plow and 3-yard sander, a front-end loader, grader and sweeper.