Town forum unleashes flood of ideas for communicating

A local exercise in democracy


January 25, 2023

Ken Stern

TALKING ABOUT COMMUNICATING BETTER – Saturday's Town Talk forum gathered over 50 people in the Retirement Inn. Gretchan McCauley, seated at the right end, led Table 2 as it contributed to the mission of helping the town council's communications committee gather information for a communication plan. Marna Hanneman, standing, was a recorder.

Public safety in emergency situations was the talk of the town at the La Conner Retirement Inn Saturday morning.

The latest in a series of quarterly public forums coordinated by La Conner Town Council communications committee members MaryLee Chamberlain and Rick Dole focused on December's flood and proposed measures to mitigate future episodes.

The Dec. 27 flooding, a combination of factors – seasonal king tides, low barometric pressure, strong westerly winds and steady rainfall – struck rapidly that morning and resulted in nearly $2 million in damages here.

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