Welcome to Concrete

Welcome to Concrete


NOTICE - UTILITY PAYMENTS


During several recent council meetings, Concrete Town Council has discussed Gov. Inslee's orders not to charge late fees or disconnect services for delinquent accounts. Council voted to suspend delinquent fees and termination of services for all delinquent accounts in accordance with the Governor's order, which is now in effect until September 1, 2020.

After considering several options for utility billing and delinquent accounts, it was the consensus of the council to proceed with billing and delinquent procedures as normal with the exceptions of charging late fees and termination of services for non-payment. At this time, all charges for water and sewer utility services are due as charged and will continue to accrue and if not paid once the Governor's order is lifted, will result in termination of services. COVID-19 payment arrangement agreements were developed and approved by the Town Council. If you are currently delinquent on your water and/or sewer utilities, please contact the Concrete Town Hall to discuss options.

NOTICE OF TOWN HALL REOPENING


Concrete Town Hall will be open to the general public beginning Monday,June 8 at regular office hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Utility payments can still be paid over the phone using a debit or credit card or checks can be left in the black drop box in the parking lot. Cash payments are discouraged at this time, but will be accepted.

Town of Concrete will implement the following for any and all meetings for staff and the public, immediately until further notice. The Concrete Town Hall will make every effort to sanitize all surfaces daily.

- Wash your hands often.
- Hand sanitizer will be available.
- Social distancing will be implemented.
- Doors will remain open during such meetings so attendees can avoid any unnecessary touching.
- Attendees are encouraged to wear face masks or coverings, and all employees, other staff, mayor and council are required to wear masks.
- Attendees are encouraged to review the posted information from the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, and follow their instructions.

- Meeting attendees are encouraged:
to wash hands prior to attendance at any such meeting
to remian at least 6 feet away from other attendees
to use the provided hand sanitizer
to refrain from shaking hands with others

- Tissues and masks will be available for use in covering any cough or sneeze.

If you are showing symptoms, please stay home!



Town of Concrete Town is utilizing FreeConfereneCall.com for access to Town Council meetings. The options are listed below:

Call In: Dial-in Number 1(720)740-9752 Access Code: 6372507 followed by pound sign.
Oniine: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/townofconcrete
International Call In: https://fccdl.in/i/townofconcrete
Or you can text "Call Me: to the Dial-in 1(720)740-9752 and you will be called into the meeting. Message and data rates may apply.


Town Hall Regular Office Hours are Monday through Friday with the exception of recognized holidays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed for lunch between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

The Concrete Town Council meets every second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Concrete Town Hall located at 45672 Main Street.

Location: The Town of Concrete is located in the northeastern region of Skagit County, Washington.

Form of Government: Mayor-Council
Incorporation Date: May 8, 1909
Population: 760 (OFM April 1, 2020 Estimate)
Area: Approximately 1.2 square miles

We have Town Flags on sale now at Town Hall at a cost of $34.00 each.

The Town of Concrete now accepts credit and debit cards, in person or over the phone!



The Town of Concrete recently passed a policy regarding the application of pesticides by town employees or town representatives in public places owned by the town and located within town limits. If you would like to be notified when spraying occurs, please contact Town Hall for further information and to complete an application to be added to the notification list.

Public Records


The Town of Concrete's Public Records Officer is also the Clerk-Treasurer. Please direct inquiries on public information request to the Clerk-Treasurer, you can go to the Forms link on the left-hand side of this page to download a Public Records Request Form. You may fax, mail, drop-off or e-mail this form to the Clerk Treasurer. Public records are available for viewing and/or copying during regular Town Hall office hours.

Town of Concrete Clerk Treasurer and Public Records Officer Andrea Fichter can be reached at:
Phone: (360)853-8401
Fax: (360)853-8002
Mail: P.O. Box 39, Concrete WA 98237
Email: andreaf@concretewa.gov

Town of Concrete business license will now be issued and renewed through the Department of Revenue at https://dor.wa.gov/manage-business/city-license-endorsements. For questions please call 360.705.6741

Current Contracts:


The Town of Concrete currently contracts with the following firms for certain services:

Legal Services - North Cascade Legal
On-Call Engineering Services - CRH Engineering
Towing Services - Carl's Towing
Law Enforcement Services - Skagit County Sheriff
Land Use and Planning Services - Skagit Surveyors and Engineers

For further information on these or other services please contact the Concrete Town Hall at 360.853.8401.

Helpful Phone Numbers:


Upper Skagit County Resource Center: (360)853-7009
Upper Skagit County Library: (360)853-7939
Skagit County Flood Hotline: (360)419-3425
Puget Sound Energy: (888)225-5773
Concrete Post Office: (360)853-8311
Sauk Transfer Station: (360)853-8810
Waste Management: (800)592-9995

General Information Requests can be sent to info@concretewa.gov.

Energy-saving Tips for Your Home:



Saving energy doesn't have to be a challenge—you can take simple steps every day to manage your home's energy use!

Heating


• Set the thermostat to 68°F or lower when you're at home and awake, and lower 7°F to 10°F when you're asleep or away. Install and properly set a programmable thermostat to make this happen automatically.
• If you have baseboard heaters, turn the thermostat down or off in unoccupied rooms and close the door. Do not do this if you have a furnace or heat pump.
• Have your heating system inspected regularly by a professional to ensure it's not only operating efficiently, but safely, too.
• Clean or replace your furnace or heat pump filters regularly throughout the heating season— about every two months.
• Keep areas in front of baseboard and wall heaters, room registers and return air grills clean and clear of furnishings, curtains or other objects that block air flow.

Water heating


• Set the water heater thermostat to 120°F or the "low" setting.
• Find and fix leaks in fixtures and pipes. If your water heater is leaking, replace it.
• Install inexpensive pipe insulation on all exposed hot water pipes and on the first three feet of exposed cold water pipe that is connected to the water heater.
• Wash clothes in cold water and take shorter showers.
• Use the dishwasher rather than hand-washing dishes and don't pre-rinse dishes.
• Install low-flow, high-performance showerheads and faucet aerators.

Lighting


• Replace incandescent lighting with ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and fixtures, particularly in areas you use most. They use up to 75 percent less energy while lasting 10 times longer.
• Choose the right bulb for each room. CFL bulbs come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit nearly every household fixture.
• When they do finally burn out, properly recycle CFL bulbs for free at participating retail locations, household hazardous waste facilities and select PSE offices.

Appliances and electronics


• Avoid over-drying laundry and clean the lint filter every time you use it to decrease drying time.
• Think about whether you need that second fridge or freezer in the garage or basement. Older units can cost more than $100 a year to power.
• When cooking, match pots and pans to the right-sized burner. Use a microwave oven, rather than your stove, to heat food whenever possible.
• Many electronics draw power even when turned off. Plug items like TVs, DVD players and game consuls into power strips that you can switch off when not in use. Special "smart" power strips do this automatically.

Weatherization


• Use inexpensive weather-stripping and door sweeps to reduce air leaks around entry doors. For a no-cost fix, roll up a bath towel and hold it against the bottom of the door with a weight.
• Fill, patch or caulk holes in floors and ceilings connected to unheated spaces. Often, large holes can be found in closets. Weather strip or temporarily seal access doors or hatches leading to unheated upper floors or attics.
• Check that your floors, walls, duct system and attic ceiling are properly insulated

**Helpful websites to visit for further Energy Saving Tips or Conservation Measures.

- Puget Sound Energy: pse.com
- Washington State Department of Commerce: www.commerce.wa.gov
- Washington State Department of Ecology: www.ecy.wa.gov/green.html







Photos for this page submitted courtesy of the Concrete Herald