Meeting Agenda – November 15-16, 2022

Meeting Agenda – Anacortes, Washington


Anacortes Municipal Building
Council Chambers
904 6th Street
Anacortes, WA


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.

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Tuesday,  November 15, 2022

TVW Meeting Recording

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

City of Anacortes  (pdf 1mb)

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.

Transportation 101  (pdf 1.2mb)

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.

Regional Transportation Issues  (pdf 677kb)

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.

Skagit County (pdf 6mb)

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.

City of Sedro Woolley (pdf 237kb)

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.

Regional Partnerships in Public Transit  (pdf 442kb)

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.

Skagit County – Labor Market Conditions  (pdf 237kb)
Economic Development Alliance – Skagit County (1.7mb)
Port of Anacortes  (pdf 1mb)
Port of Skagit (pdf 538kb)

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

TVW Meeting Recording

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.

Tribal Transportation Challenges and Successes  (pdf 1.5mb)

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.

Northwest Region Overview  (pdf 1.5mb)

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: 12:00 p.m.


Next Meeting:

December 13 & 14, 2022 – Virtual



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