December 13, 2021 | News
Port of Anacortes public hearing on redistricting scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 16
Commission holding public hearing to receive public comments, consider vote on new district boundaries
ANACORTES, WA – The Port of Anacortes Board of Commissioners will receive public comment and consider a vote on new district boundaries during a public hearing Thursday, Dec. 16. The hearing begins at 7 p.m. and may be attended in person or virtually.
What: Port of Anacortes Board of Commissioners Special Meeting
When: Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, 7 p.m.
Where: Port of Anacortes Board Room, 100 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221
Virtual option: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/342557453
Audio only: 786-535-3211 (Access code: 342 557 453)
Other information: Masks required, if attending in person
The Commission has discussed and received public comment about boundary adjustments during its regular meeting on Nov. 18 and a special meeting on Dec. 9. At the Commission’s direction, Port staff prepared and posted for public review a draft redistricting plan that provides options for adjusting Port district boundaries to help rebalance population for elected representation. Read background information and review the redistricting plan at www.portofanacortes.com/redistricting.
The Commission wishes to hear community members’ thoughts and comments. Comments are encouraged during the Dec. 16 Commission meeting. You can also submit public comments via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Emailed public comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. Dec. 16 so they may be considered by the Commission.
Every 10 years following the U.S. Census, municipalities and special-purpose districts in Washington state are required to review their voting districts to help ensure fair and equitable elected representation. Population growth and shifts within the Port’s five commissioner districts means that population in some districts has changed and boundaries may need to be shifted to rebalance population for elected representation.
For more information about the Port of Anacortes, including news, projects, public meetings, and community events, visit www.portofanacortes.com.
The Port of Anacortes was formed in 1926 to promote economic development for Anacortes and the surrounding area. The Port district is led by a board of five elected commissioners: Bonnie Bowers, Ken Goodwin, Jon Petrich, Kathy Pittis and Joe Verdoes. Public meetings are held the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room of the Port Transit Shed, 100 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA. For more information, visit www.portofanacortes.com.