Winter is coming… And grading!

Danny expanding our drainage knowledge.

Recently, members of the MCRA Board and several property owners met with Danny – a consulting engineer with DCG – to discuss the challenges and possible solutions for drainage on the north end of Crawford Road.

We learned a lot, and we’re creating a plan incorporating what we’ve learned into the upcoming fall grading and maintenance of the gravel section of Crawford Road.

The grading will begin as soon as the rains return… We apologize for the delay caused by this glorious fall sunshine. 😉

Watch this space for our maintenance plan, soon to follow!

Bus Stop Rejuvenation!

So much more inviting!

Thanks so much to Mary, Craig, and all who assisted in rejuvenating our Forest Lane bus stop!

Mary’s added a fresh new coat of paint with an awesome new color scheme, we’ve pushed back the brush and brambles, and soon we’ll be adding signage, repairing the light, adding new gravel, and striping a brand new crosswalk!

Final Draft: Whidbey Airport Access Economic Study

After three quarters of a year, the final draft of the FCS report on the economic effects of the new county road is almost ready. This draft will have minor typos and revisions still to correct, but it’s largely the content that will be presented to CERB and the Commissioners.

The report is extremely positive about the economic effects of the proposed county road, and we’re looking forward to the next steps!

Check it out, and leave us your comments!

Whidbey Airport Access Economic Study & Funding Options.

(If you’ve momentarily forgotten our email address, you can always leave a comment here.)

Early Burn Ban this year!

The Island County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the burn ban is coming early this year.

Check their Facebook page for more details, or see below:

OUTDOOR BURN BAN IN ISLAND COUNTY

TYPE I BURN BAN IN EFFECT AS OF 
12:00 PM, June 15, 2019

NO OUTDOOR BURNING OF NATURAL DEBRIS – EVEN WITH A PERMIT. RECREATIONAL FIRES ARE ALLOWED IN APPROVED FIRE PIT*

*The use of barbeque grills using propane or briquettes, or self-contained camp stoves are also allowed

PROCLAMATION and PUBLIC NOTICE

WHEREAS, by June 15, 2019, atmospheric conditions of reduced moisture levels, low humidity, and warmer weather have increased the risk of fire within the confines of Island County,

THEREFORE, in concurrence with the Fire Protection Districts of Whidbey and Camano Islands and the Northwest Clean Air Agency, I, Sheriff Rick Felici, serving as the Island County Fire Marshal, do hereby proclaim a BAN on ALL outdoor burning (except for recreational fires) within the entirety of Island County

REPORT VIOLATIONS TO 911

This Ban will remain in effect until further notice.

SHERIFF RICK FELICI Island County Fire Marshal

OUTDOOR BURNING INFORMATION
FOR ISLAND COUNTY CALL THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AT: 360-679-7350 
FOR NORTHWEST CLEAN AIR AGENCY CALL 360-428-1617

Economic Development Study : Funding

Yesterday, representatives of FCS, the county, and the Middle Crawford Road Association met at the Porter Public House to discuss the funding options available to assist in building the proposed new county road.

The Island County Economic Development Study and Infrastructure Funding Options for Whidbey Airpark Access handout has a wealth of information about ways that the new road might be funded, including loans, grants, various improvement districts, public and private partnerships, and other options.

Our final meeting with FCS is scheduled for August. Watch this space for dates and times!

Please contact us with any questions or comments. We want your voice to be heard!

Scotch Broom update.

We’ve killed as much Scotch Broom along Crawford Road from 525 to the county road at the north end as we were able to. If you notice a patch or a broom we missed, this is the time to strike.

Be merciless. This is a 30 year battle!

In other news, members of the association and the Board met with Keith Lay , Island County’s new Engineering Manager, yesterday. He had a lot of good information to impart, and we’re excited to share some of the things we’ve learned. We also learned that Keith enjoys mountain biking, moved here from Colorado, and loves the idea of our proposed bike path.

Watch this space for an update soon about the Road Design Committee. We’ll be having a meeting to bring you up to speed on the options we’ve learned about and gather your input!