Topic: Government

Town Seeks LTAC Proposals

Written on May 31, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Town seeks proposals for allocation of Lodging Tax grant funds to promote 2018 tourism The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion. The promotions must be for events and activities specifically intended to promote tourism within the Town in 2018.   Preference will be given  Continue Reading

Voting Equipment Testing

Written on May 30, 2017 at 5:38 am, by

Vote counting equipment testing on June 8th at 10:00 a.m. The upcoming August 1, 2017 primary election will have voters in the San Juan Island School District deciding on school board directors. There are four candidates for SJI School Board Director #1, and three candidates for SJI School Board Director #2. The top two vote  Continue Reading

Grand Opening U.S. Customs Office at the Friday Harbor Airport

Written on May 26, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 1st at 2:30pm to officially open the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office space at the Friday Harbor Airport. The celebration will be at the Roy Franklin Terminal, 800 Franklin Drive. This new office will provide the general aviation community and commercial airlines  Continue Reading

Town Has Successful Spring Clean Up Week

Written on May 23, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor had its first Spring Clean Up event during the week of May 15th through May 19th. The program was designed to help regular refuse customers get rid of larger items that would not fit in their garbage cans. This was a free program approved by the Mayor and Council to  Continue Reading

Road Striping Today

Written on May 22, 2017 at 9:57 am, by

This notice just in from the Town… Town streets are being re-striped with fresh paint on May 22, 2017. Work will include centerlines, lane/edge lines and curb markings. The goal is to complete re-striping of most major streets, as well as some of the secondary streets on Monday. Motorists should use caution when they encounter  Continue Reading

Special Three-day Candidate Filing Period

Written on May 22, 2017 at 8:17 am, by

Whew! You almost missed your chance to run for office. Fortunately, you’ll get a second chance. During this past week’s filing period, several of the offices open for filing had no candidates file. When no one files for an open office, it’s called a “void in candidacy.” When a void in candidacy occurs after a  Continue Reading

Spring Cleaning

Written on May 19, 2017 at 10:04 am, by

Did you see a lot of garbage trucks in town this week? The Town of Friday Harbor offered a free oversize garbage pickup event. Duncan Wilson summed it up like this – “We offered all the town refuse customers a special free “spring clean up” where they could put out their larger items. We picked  Continue Reading

Garden Club Donates for Hanging Baskets

Written on May 19, 2017 at 10:03 am, by

The Town Council of Friday Harbor once again received a check in the amount of $500 from the San Juan Island Garden Club in support of the hanging basket project that beautifies the Town and the Port each year.   The San Juan Island Garden Club provides many community and educational activities throughout the year.   Their  Continue Reading

Harbor Life Ring Program Raises Funds for Hospice of San Juan

Written on May 19, 2017 at 10:02 am, by

The Town would like to thank all of the residents who donated to the Harbor Life Ring Program for the month of April. Your generous donations of $1,550 and the Town’s contribution of $1,000 was presented to Hospice San Juan during Thursday’s Town Council meeting. “We are thrilled to be able to make this donation,”  Continue Reading

Farhad to Run for Mayor

Written on May 17, 2017 at 5:56 am, by

Councilmember Farhad Ghatan announces candidacy for Mayor, Town of Friday Harbor After learning that current mayor Carrie Lacher would not be seeking another term, Town Councilmember Farhad Ghatan has decided to run for the office of Mayor of Friday Harbor. “Since joining the Council four years ago I have been privileged to serve under such  Continue Reading

Breezeway Park is Officially Open

Written on May 11, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

With all the the major construction finished and the plantings completed last week, the final large piece of art, Tom Small’s “love seat” was installed on Monday of this week. The park is now complete, and the town commemorated it with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday. It’s called Breezeway Park because it sits  Continue Reading

National Travel & Tourism Week

Written on May 10, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor and the SJ County Council have proclaimed this to be National Travel & Tourism Week May 7 – 13, 2017. Barbara Marrett of the SJI Visitor’s Bureau adds: Hello All, Here is the text of the Tourism Week Proclamation adopted by the County this morning and by the Town on  Continue Reading

Participate in “Natural Hazard Mitigation” Planning

Written on May 8, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

The San Juan County/Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is currently developing a “Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan”. DEM is seeking input from members of the island community about potential ways to reduce the risk of injuries and damage from natural hazards. One example of a mitigation activity is a wildland fuels reduction project to  Continue Reading

AmeriCorps VISTA project coming to the San Juan Islands

Written on May 8, 2017 at 5:36 am, by

This summer the San Juan County Health & Community Services Department in collaboration with the Family Resource Centers on Lopez, Orcas, and the San Juan Islands and the Opportunity Council will launch a three-year AmeriCorps VISTA poverty alleviation project specifically aimed at increasing economic opportunities for Island residents through housing and financial stability efforts. The  Continue Reading

Park Street Construction Update

Written on May 6, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Park Street Sewer & Water Main Replacement Project Construction Update Week of May 8th The Town would like to thank all local residents for their patience and cooperation during this upgrade. The Contractor has implemented additional safety measures to ensure the safety of local pedestrians and vehicular traffic. Please obey traffic regulations. Project task(s): The  Continue Reading

Town and its utility customers contribute $2550 to Hospice of San Juan

Written on May 5, 2017 at 5:39 am, by

A fundraising effort by the Town of Friday Harbor and its customers resulted in a $2550 donation to Hospice of San Juan. Town utility customers were encouraged to support this local charity through the Town’s Harbor Life Ring program which collects charitable donations included with customer’s utility payments. Hospice of San Juan received all donations  Continue Reading

New HIN Requirements

Written on May 5, 2017 at 5:34 am, by

SJ County Auditor Milene Henley writes to let you know about this new federal change for boats… Hello members of the press! Attached is some important information for the boaters in your audiences.  The Federal Government is requiring the Hull Identification Numbers (HIN’s) – similar to VIN’s for vehicles – be changed, for some vessels.  Continue Reading

Business License Renewal

Written on May 4, 2017 at 5:32 am, by

Business License Renewal Avoid a Citation! The Town of Friday Harbor wants to thank all businesses that were prompt in renewing their business licenses for year 2017/2018. We are now a month into the new business license year and the Town is auditing its records to determine who is no longer doing business in Town  Continue Reading

Construction Update

Written on May 3, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Park Street Sewer & Water Main Replacement Project  Week of May 1st The Town would like to thank all local residents for their patience and cooperation during this upgrade. The Contractor has implemented additional safety measures to ensure the safety of local pedestrians and vehicular traffic. Please obey traffic regulations. Traffic ticket fines double in Construction  Continue Reading

Town Utility Rate Increases

Written on May 3, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor maintains four different utility businesses: Water, Sanitary Sewer, Storm Sewer and Refuse Collection. In 2016, the Town approved tiered rate increase for water, sewer and storm sewer services for the year 2017. The current billing will reflect the most recent rate changes. The connection fees for water, sewer and stormwater  Continue Reading

Spring Cleanup

Written on May 2, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Town will host Spring Cleanup May 15 through 19 The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to offer its residential refuse customers a one-time-only curbside pickup of items that are too large or too heavy for their refuse cans the week of May 15-19. “The Town saw an opportunity to encourage neighborhood cleanups and to  Continue Reading

Design a License Plate

Written on April 24, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Call for Artists: Design a License Plate for the San Juan Islands! The Terrestrial Managers Group and the Madrona Institute are kicking off their San Juan Islands Specialty License Plate Design Initiative with a contest! The initiative encourages the public to help create and select a specialty license plate that will generate funds for the  Continue Reading