Mount Vernon, Skagit County plan to partner on local projects

(MOUNT VERNON)- The city of Mount Vernon and Skagit County entered into an interlocal agreement Wednesday, March 28, that formalizes the two entities’ desire to work collaboratively on projects that benefit both their constituents. The guiding document is intended to establish a strong, trusting relationship between the two bodies.

“Our collaborative agreement with the Port of Skagit and city of Sedro-Woolley to revitalize the former Northern State property has been a tremendous success,” said Board of Commissioners Chairman Ken Dahlstedt. “Since our county seat is located in Mount Vernon, it was only logical for us to consider a similar partnership with the city. We’re excited about the possibilities, and we look forward to developing innovative projects that make our county a welcoming, vibrant place to live and work.”

The first action approved by the city and county after signing the interlocal agreement is to conduct a feasibility study of a plan for a combined public library/community center and parking facility in the historic downtown Mount Vernon area.

“This is the type of dynamic and cooperative project that continues to create a satisfying downtown Mount Vernon experience for our residents and guests,” Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau said. “We hope to have a finished product that results in a sense of community pride for this generation, and the many more that will follow.”

City and county leaders hope to reconvene in late June to review the feasibility study for adoption, and determine next steps for development.