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Edmonds: Longtime cop to retire

Longtime Edmonds police officer Bill Nelson plans to retire this month after more than 37 years as a cop.

Nelson started at the Edmonds Police Department in June 1996. He previously worked as a police officer and captain in Fort Wayne, Ind.

He and his wife, Molly, live in the Edmonds area.

A ceremony to honor Nelson and retiring Edmonds police Sgt. Mike Blackburn is planned for 3:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at the police station, 250 Fifth Avenue N.

Camano Island: Elger Bay Preserve walk planned

Join Friends of Camano Island Parks members on a guided community walk at Elger Bay Preserve on Jan 5. Meet at 9:50 a.m. at the junction of Dry Lake Road and Elger Bay Road, just north of Elger Bay Elementary School. The two-hour walk is about 2.5 miles long on a fairly level trail. Wear appropriate clothes and sturdy shoes or boots. Trail booklets and maps will be available at the walk for a suggested $1 donation.

More info: 360-387-0889 or 360-387-4000;

Marysville: City offers sandbag materials

Marysville residents can pick up free materials at the city’s public works building to make sandbags to prepare for severe rain and potential flood conditions.

Sand and bags are available during regular business hours between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at 80 Columbia Ave. People who want the materials should bring a shovel to fill the bags themselves.

More info: 360-363-8100.

Terrace: Report issued for freeway-tourist district

A final environmental impact statement has been issued for a Mountlake Terrace commercial area, the freeway-tourist zoning district. The district encompasses existing commercial property along the east side of I-5, north of 244th Street SW and south of 236th Street SW.

The report analyzes impacts of future development that could occur under special regulations.

About two years ago, the city’s code was amended to set a cap on building height and to require a tree buffer between the commercial zone and single-family zone; until then, height had been virtually unlimited in most parts of the district and no tree buffer was required.

The newer code caps height but allows more stories under certain conditions.

The report is available at Copies also are available at the City Hall front counter, 6100 219th Street SW, Suite 200, for reference and/or purchase.

More info: call Community and Economic Development at 425-744-6266.

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