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Posted on: April 29, 2023

County Corner - April

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Council Takes Next Step in Argyle Lots Housing Project by Selecting San Juan Community Home Trust 

During the April 18 meeting, Council members voted to accept the Housing Advisory Committee’s recommendation of selecting the San Juan Community Home Trust as the chosen applicant from the RFQ submittals received and further directed staff to begin negotiating a developer agreement with the Home Trust. The culmination of several months of public meetings, presentations, and questions, the Council is now directing County staff to enter into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) to negotiate a Developer Agreement with the San Juan Community Home Trust for the Argyle Lots Affordable Housing Project. 


‘How should San Juan County prioritize Public Works projects?’ Asks New Survey 

San Juan County's Public Works wants to hear from YOU! How often do you use marine facilities? Do you feel safe driving, biking, or walking on County roads? How should funding be prioritized into the future? These questions and more will guide the County in planning for future road and infrastructure projects. San Juan County residents are invited to complete the survey by May 15th on the County’s Engage platform:   


San Juan County Seeks Summer Interns     

San Juan County is investing in the next generation of workers! Open positions include Digital Content Intern, Emergency Preparedness Intern, Assessor’s Office Intern, and more. The new internship program is designed to give paid, on-the-job work experience to those entering the workforce or a new field. Full descriptions and application instructions are available at:   


Mental Health Awareness Month  

Mental Health Awareness Month (May) is just around the corner! Health & Community Services would like to remind the public you of a few resources. In a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. Mental Health Crisis Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the 24-Hour Mental Health Care Crisis Line (toll-free) - 1-800-584-3578. Skagit County Crisis Center 360-757-7738 provides mental health crisis triage and subacute detoxification services. Dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Washington State and you will reach a highly-trained information and referral specialist who will assess your needs and provide a list of referrals to available resources in your community. 


Honoring County Volunteers!    

April is designated as National Volunteer Month, and the County Council signed a proclamation recognizing and celebrating all County volunteers who participate in caring for fellow islanders, natural resources, and the County at large. Over 400 community members invested over 11,500 reported volunteer hours in the last year, providing a profound impact on the quality of our services, the health of our environment, and the well-being of our community. Thank you!  


Marie Boe Building Renovation Begins at Fairgrounds    

Thanks in part to a grant from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), the Parks and Fair Department is adding restroom and shower facilities onto the Marie Boe Building and providing a separated space for the County’s Emergency Operations Center. Other new building features include demonstration plazas, a new roof, acoustic paneling, and more. Substantial completion is scheduled for early August – in time for the annual County Fair. For more information about this project, visit:  


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