Oak Harbor buys acreage on Koetje Street

The City of Oak Harbor is in the process of buying 5 acres for stormwater system improvements.

Oak Harbor officials are in the process of purchasing five acres on Northeast Koetje Street after the city council approved the plan following an executive session during a meeting Oct. 6.

The property will cost $40,000 and is contingent upon an inspection.

The property will be used as part of a $750,000 project to improve the storm drain system between Northeast Goldie Street and Northeast Koetje Street near Northeast Easy Street. The project includes drainage, flow control and some stormwater treatment process improvements before it enters the wetland on Koetje Street, according to the project description in the 2019-2020 budget.

It will be funded by the city’s storm drain operations fund.

The city already owns two large pieces of land adjacent to the pending purchase and bought three additional nearby properties in January and February 2019, according to a map on the city’s website.

Sabrina Combs, public information officer for the city, could not offer more details.

More in News

Coupeville Middle School students are returning to campus, but not for class

Students in grades 6-8 will return to campus on March 8 in the afternoons for two days a week.

Camano man accused of murder appears in court

The man was accused of shooting two people, killing one, at a Camano Island home on Feb. 28.

House passes ban on certain police use-of-force tactics

Chokeholds are prohibited, car are chases limited and military equipment is not allowed.

High court ruling in drug possession case has multitude of implications

Sheriff Rick Felici said an inmate at the jail on a felony drug possession case would be released.

UW professor floats idea for tunnel between Whidbey, Mukilteo

The underwater alternative to the state’s ferry system involves a tunnel 610 feet below sea level.

WhidbeyHealth EMS, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, a Navy Search and Rescue team and state parks personnel all responded to the call for help. Photo provided by NWFR.
With tide rising, girl, 10, rescued from mud Sunday

The water was up to the girl’s shoulders by the time rescuers were able to free her.

Nine deer, including these three, showed up at Coupeville Town Hall on Feb. 23. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Deer ordinance may be in the works for Coupeville

One resident said the sheer amount of deer urine is “overwhelming” and creates puddles at his door.

The Whidbey Scenic Isle Way runs through Greenbank, with water views. Photo by Sherrye Wyatt
Scenic byway earns national designation

T he Cascade Loop, including the Whidbey Scenic Isle Way, is now a National Scenic Byway.

Most Read