NEWS

WSDOT report focuses on asset management

(OLYMPIA)– Washington State Department of Transportation’s quarterly performance report, the Gray Notebook, takes a closer look at how well its methods of maintaining and preserving statewide assets are working. ­Gray Notebook 71 (5.1mb), which covers the quarter ending Sept. 30, 2018, focuses on the conditions of WSDOT’s aviation network, capital facilities and ferries vessels and terminals, analyzing where progress is being made and where backlogs are growing. Key asset management findings from this edition include: WSDOT’s Airport Aid Grant Program leveraged federal funding to make $42.9 million available for airport investments in fiscal year 2019. WSDOT completed a $5.1 million pavement rehabilitation project     (read more)

State commission to adopt long-range transportation plan, discuss autonomous vehicle recommendations

(OLYMPIA)– An updated statewide transportation policy plan, Washington Transportation Plan 2040 and Beyond, ongoing transportation technology work and the first round of findings and recommendations on autonomous vehicle policy needs are on the Washington State Transportation Commission’s agenda next week in Olympia. The meeting starts 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, and at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Transportation Building, 310 Maple Park Ave. SE, on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. The commission meeting is open to the public and persons wishing to speak to the commission may do so during several public comment periods throughout the two-day meeting. For more information     (read more)

New Solid Waste rates proposed: Public Hearing set for Jan. 15

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Rates for Skagit County Solid Waste services could rise in 2019. That’s the recommendation from a rate study presented Monday, Dec. 3, to the Board of Commissioners. A public hearing to gather feedback from county residents is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in the Commissioners Hearing Room, 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon. Under the new proposed rate structure, per-ton rates would rise incrementally each year beginning in June of 2019 and ending in 2023. Residents who self-haul to the County’s transfer stations would see an increase to their minimum charges, and residential customers with curbside garbage service would likely     (read more)

NWCAA cancels Columbia Valley air quality burn ban

(KENDALL)- Effective immediately, the Northwest Clean Air Agency is canceling a Stage 1 air quality burn ban in the Columbia Valley urban growth area in the Kendall area of Whatcom County. NWCAA urges residents to limit burning as much as possible to avoid another burn ban in the near future. During a Stage 1 burn ban, all burning in fireplaces or uncertified woodstoves is prohibited unless you qualify for an exemption from NWCAA. (See http://nwcleanairwa.gov/wood-heating-exemption-forms/ for more information.) No outdoor burning is allowed, including residential, agricultural and forest burning. Burn ban violators could face fines and other enforcement     (read more)

Annual filers: get ready for a new system

(OLYMPIA)- Small businesses that file their taxes once a year will use a new online system when filing their tax return, due Jan. 31. The Washington State Department of Revenue is doing its part to help businesses get prepared. Revenue is offering a series of free training webinars to teach the basics of the new My DOR portal. Topics include how to set up your online tax account, file and pay your taxes, and print your reseller permit. For the complete webinar schedule, visit www.dor.wa.gov/mydor. Webinars begin Thursday, Dec. 6. Because January is the busiest time of     (read more)

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