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Nov. 15 & 16: State Transportation Commission meets in Anacortes

The Washington State Transportation Commission will hold their November Meeting in Anacortes on November 15 and 16, 2022 in the Council Chambers, Anacortes Municipal Building, 904 6th Street. One of the presentations will be by Brian Tyhuis, Community Planning & Liaison Officer, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Challenges and opportunities including recent sound monitoring studies will be discussed.

The two-day in-person meeting will also be conducted using Zoom Webinar and requires registration to attend. You will need to register for each day separately:

Tuesday, November 15, 2022: 1 – 5 p.m. Register

Wednesday, November 16, 2022: 9 a.m. – 12 noon Register

Public Notice

The Commission reserves the right to take action on any item on the agenda, make adjustments to the order of agenda items, and adjust the time of adjournment as needed.

Those wishing to offer comments can do so during the public comment period either in-person or virtually, after registering online. To sign up for virtual comment, using the Q&A box found on-screen during the meeting, indicate your name and that you would like to provide comments. Written comments can also be submitted via email at: transc@wstc.wa.gov.

If you plan to engage in this meeting from your car, we encourage you to do so while parked.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2022 - AGENDA

Item 1: 1:00 p.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Roy Jennings, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 2: 1:05

Mayor’s Welcome

Presenter: Matt Miller, Mayor, City of Anacortes

Item 3: 1:30

Transportation 101

Presenters: Reema Griffith, Executive Director, Washington State Transportation Commission

Carl See, Deputy Director, Washington State Transportation Commission

Paula Reeves, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission

Aaron Halbert, Financial Analyst, Washington State Transportation Commission

An overview will be provided on the fiscal and policy framework of the statewide transportation system.

Item 4: 2:00

Regional Transportation Issues: The Big Picture

Presenter: Kevin Murphy, Executive Director, Skagit Council of Governments

The Skagit region includes rural and urban areas with varied transportation needs, but safety, preservation, community, and economic viability are common interests and priorities. An overview of key issues and successes will be provided.

Item 5: 2:30

Skagit County: Transportation Challenges and Successes

Presenter: Grace K. Kane, P.E, Public Works Director and County Engineer Skagit County

Information and perspectives will be shared on Skagit County’s growth, transportation needs and recent successes.

Item 6: 2:50

Cities Panel: Transportation Challenges and Successes

Presenters: Mayor Miller, Mayor, City of Anacortes

Henry Hash, Public Works Director, City of Anacortes

Chris Phillips, Public Works Director, City of Mount Vernon

Mark Freiberger, Public Works Director, City of Sedro Woolley

The Cities of Anacortes, Mount Vernon, and Sedro Woolley will discuss their transportation challenges and recent successes.

Break: 3:15

Item 7: 3:30

Regional Partnerships in Public Transit

Presenters: Brad Windler, Planning and Outreach Supervisor, Skagit Transit Melissa Fanucci, Principal Planner, Whatcom Council of Governments

Public transportation is critical to mobility in Skagit County. Planning efforts and recent successes and regional coordination efforts with North Sound Transportation Alliance will be discussed.

Item 8: 4:00

Economic Development in the Skagit Region

Presenters: Anneliese Vance-Sherman, Regional Economist, Washington Department of Employment Security

John Sternlicht, President & Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Council Sara Young, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Skagit Dan Worra, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Anacortes Discussions will focus on the role transportation plays in supporting business and growing the economy of the regional area.

Item 9: 4:40

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

Presenter: Brian Tyhuis, Community Planning & Liaison Officer, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

Ferry and state highway access is critical to naval operations. Challenges and opportunities including recent sound monitoring studies will be discussed.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (pdf 789kb)

Closing and Recess: 5:00

Commissioner Dinner – 6:00 p.m. – The Majestic Inn


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER  16, 2022 – Reconvene Day 2 - AGENDA

Item 10: 9:00 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Presenter: Roy Jennings, Chair, Washington State Transportation Commission

Item 11: 9:05

Commission Business

October Meeting Summary

Annual Report Update

Break: 10:00

Item 12: 10:15

Tribal Transportation Challenges and Successes

Presenter: Tom Wooten, Tribal Council Chairman and Chair of the Skagit Council of Governments, Samish Indian Nation

The Samish Indian Nation’s traditional territory stretches over a wide region of the Salish Sea in Northwest Washington, from the tops of the Cascades Mountains to the far western shores of the San Juan Islands. Tribal Chairman Wooten will discuss some recent transportation successes as well as challenges.

Item 13: 10:45

Washington State Department of Transportation Regional Overview

Presenters: Robin Mayhew, Deputy Regional Administrator, Washington State Department of Transportation

Chris Damitio, Assistant Regional Administrator, Mt. Baker, Washington State Department of Transportation

An overview will be provided of WSDOT’s Northwest Region’s Mt. Baker Area including planned and active projects, and maintenance in the area.

Item 14: 11:15

Public Comment

To comment in-person, please place your name on the sign-up sheet in the meeting room. To sign-up for virtual public comment, please put your name and interest in the Q&A box found on-screen during the meeting.

Item 15: 11:30

Commission Business

Commission Reflections and Reports

Adjourn: 12 noon

Next Meeting: December 13 & 14, 2022 – Virtual


SPECIAL NEEDS

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information: Individuals requiring reasonable accommodations may request written materials in alternate formats, sign language interpreters, physical accessibility accommodations, or other reasonable accommodations by the Commission Office at 360-705-7070 or Transc@wstc.wa.gov. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact the event sponsor through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.

Title VI Notice to Public

It is the Washington State Transportation Commission’s (WSTC) policy to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its programs and activities. Any person who believes his/her Title VI protection has been violated, may file a complaint with WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). For additional information regarding Title VI complaint procedures and/or information regarding our non-discrimination obligations, please contact OEO’s Title VI Coordinator 360-705-7090.