Ferry Tales: Between A Rock And A Parking Space
Public Works: “We are aware of the boulders that were placed along South Shore Road by the [Guemes Island Store] property owners and are working with them to have them removed [t
he boulders are sitting on Skagit County's right of way]." [Read more]

Remembering Rose Fraley
Rose's Funeral Service will be held on June 29 at 11:45 am at Guemes Community Church with interment following in Guemes Cemetery. A reception with food and drink will follow at Rose's beach house (Guemes Island) where family and friends can continue celebrating and toasting Rose's life. [Read more]

Consultants To Study Ferry Operations
BERK Consulting and KPFF will analyze  current and future ferry operations and service. The study will address staffing, ticketing, loading/unloading, vehicle queuing, parking and more. BERK and KPFF will work with the County ferry staff, the Guemes Island Ferry Committee and island residents. Two meetings with BERK and KPFF to discuss your ideas for ferry service improvement:

Public Works, Guemes Island Ferry Committee, BERK and KPFF
Meeting Agenda
  •  Ferry Operations and Service Analysis  • Appendix
Community Meeting With Commissioners, BERK and KPFF
Wednesday, July 17, 6 pm, Community Center

$1.5M Towards Electric Ferry Shore Power
"Washington State legislature approves $1.5M for Guemes Ferry shoreside charging infrastructure...Skagit County expects to spend a total of $3.8 million on construction of shoreside infrastructure to provide electric charging capacity for the new Guemes Island Ferry." [Read more]

Skagit County Announces Ferry Dock Repairs
"Phase 2, is expected to go to bid in June 2019, with construction anticipated to start in September 2019. This project will address a number of items on both docks, including the repair of the apron gusset plates, and replacement of the counterweight cables and sheaves, apron hinge pins, and headframe handrails, among other items." [Read more]

Again At The Bottom Of The Bridge Report
Skagit County Public Works recently released the 2019 Bridge Report. Despite assurances last year that repairs would be made, once again the Guemes Ferry Docks (both sides) are the lowest rated structures ("structurally deficient") in the County. Both have a rating of 24.1 out of 100.
The Baker Creek Bridge is the only lower rated structure at 20.9 and the next lowest is at 48.6. The concern for the dock on Guemes is the apron gusset plate which is badly worn and designated "failure critical", that is "a steel load path member in tension...whose failure would probably cause a portion or the entire bridge to collapse." -Bridge Report. Mr. Randall-Grutter explained that Skagit County has allowed both ferry docks to deteriorate due to "insufficient funds". Public Works says "hopefully next year." [2018]2019 Bridge Report

Guemes Island Property Sales  LAST SALE: 6.6.19

From Our Island Organizations

Guemes Island Historical Society

Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee

Monday, July 1, 2019
6:30 PM