Welcome to Concrete

Welcome to Concrete


NOTICE - UTILITY PAYMENTS


During its March 23 meeting Concrete Town Council discussed Gov. Inslee's order 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 in effect until May 31, 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, and to possibly revisit this item at a later date.

NOTICE


Washington State is still seeing an increased number of cases of COVID-19. We currently do not know what the impact will be statewide.

NOTICE OF TOWN HALL CLOSURE


Concrete Town Hall will be closed to the general public beginning Monday, March 23 until further notice but will operate regular office hours Monday through Thursday and Fridays, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Utility payments can 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. Appointments can be made for cash payments of utility bills, notary service needs or to meet with a specific staff member regarding a specific issue, by calling 360.853.8401 during regular business hours.

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 and windows will remain open during such meetings or events to increase ventilation and so attendees can avoid any unnecessary touching.
- 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 or event
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 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. Due to Veteran's Day falling on the second Monday in November this year, the regularly scheduled Council meeting for that evening will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

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: 745 (OFM April 1, 2019 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