Mayor, council take on more responsibilities with committee assignments

Friday Harbor's mayor and Town Council have responsibilities that go beyond meetings in Town Hall the first and third Thursday of the month.

Jan. 7, the mayor and council made their selections for committees that deal with emergency management, the environment, housing, public health and 13 other areas of public importance.

Some of the boards, committees and commissions are regulated, meaning they are established by law and require town representation. Others are non-regulated but provide important input on such issues as economic development, utilities and watershed planning.

Here are the assignments for 2010.

Regulated Boards, Committees and Commissions
— San Juan County Board of Health: Councilwoman Anna Maria de Freitas.

— San Juan County Emergency Management Council: Mayor Carrie Lacher, Town Administrator King Fitch, Fire Chief Vern Long.

— San Juan County Housing Bank Commission: Councilman Noel Monin.

— San Juan County Law and Justice Council: Councilman Felix Menjivar.

— San Juan County Marine Resources Committee: Johannes Krieger, citizen.

— San Juan County Solid Waste Advisory Committee: Mayor Carrie Lacher.

— San Juan County Water Resource Management Committee: Town Administrator King Fitch.

— Town of Friday Harbor Local Board of Trustees (Fire Board): Mayor Carrie Lacher and Councilwoman Anna Maria de Freitas.

— Town of Friday Harbor Lodging Tax Advisory Committee: Councilwoman Carrie Brooks, Councilman Steve Hushebeck.

Ex-Officio and Non-Regulated Boards, Committees and Commissions
— Economic Development Council: Councilman Steve Hushebeck.

— Intermodal Transportation Commission: Land Use Administrator Mike Bertrand.

— Joint Planning Policy Committee: Councilman Steve Hushebeck, Town Administrator King Fitch.

— San Juan Island Trails Committee: Land Use Administrator Mike Bertrand.

— Scenic Byways Committee: Land Use Administrator Mike Bertrand.

— Utilities Committee: Building Official Gary Hanson.

— Visitors Bureau: Councilwoman Anna Maria de Freitas, LTAC Member Laura Saccio.

— Watershed Planning Committee: Councilwoman Carrie Brooks, Councilman Noel Monin.

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