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FACTS ABOUT SEDRO-WOOLLEY

Location:

Sedro-Woolley is known as the "Gateway to the North Cascades" because it is located on the western edge of the majestic Cascade Mountain Range in northwest Washington State. It is situated north of Seattle, Washington and south of Bellingham, Washington on Highway 20, along the banks of the Skagit River.

Statistics:

  • The amount of land area in Sedro-Woolley is about 9.8 sq. kilometers
  • The amount of surface water is 0.034 sq kilometers
  • The distance from Sedro-Woolley to Washington DC is 2480 miles
  • The distance to the Washington state capital is 106 miles (as the crow flies)
  • Sedro-Woolley is positioned 48.50 degrees north of the equator and 122.23 degrees west of the prime meridian

Population as of April 1, 2012:

10,610

History:

Sedro-Woolley celebrated its 100th year, honoring the city's incorporation on December 19, 1898, which officially merged the neighboring towns of Sedro and Woolley.

In 1884, Mortimer Cook brought his family to the Skagit Valley from California. He bought and cleared 34 acres along the Skagit River, near what is now Riverfront Park. He ran a general store there, opened a shingle mill and was the town's first postmaster.

Cook wanted to name the town after himself, but learned that Washington Territory already had a town named "Cook." He then proposed the name "Bug," in honor of the large mosquito population, but his wife didn't care for it, nor did fellow settlers. He settled on the name "Cedra," the Spanish word for cedar; somehow, the name became distorted into "Sedro," which stuck.

In 1890, Philip A. Woolley purchased 84 acres just north of Sedro, where he founded the town of Woolley; he died there and is buried in Sedro-Woolley's Union Cemetery. The two towns developed a rivalry and did not merge until 1898. The town of Woolley was flourishing, with a growing population and many businesses, including a coal processing plant employing approximately 2000 people.

Key to the development of the area were the three railroads serving the towns of Sedro and Woolley. The Northern Pacific, originally the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern, ran north to south; the Great Northern ran east to west, connecting downriver towns with the wooded areas along the upper Skagit; and the Fairhaven and Southern had its terminus in Sedro, at Cook's Wharf.

P.A. Woolley made a fortune supplying ties for the GN; he also prevailed against his rival, Cook, to have the NP depot built in his town. The railroads contributed to the area's prosperity as local merchants catered to the needs of travelers visiting the area on the trains.

In 1891 and 1893, Woolley suffered two major fires, which severely curtailed its growth. Both towns were also struggling through the economic woes of the time, and it became clear that both of their interests would best be served by a merger. However, neither town was willing to give up its name. After much spirited debate, "Sedro-Woolley" became the official name of the newly-merged town, which was incorporated December 19, 1898.

The town is deeply connected to its history through the descendants of its founding families and through many historical buildings, such as the Bingham mansion, which was owned by one of the original residents of Woolley in 1890. C.E. Bingham founded a bank and served as mayor for 17 years.

From the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce

City of Sedro-Woolley

Terms of Use

The City of Sedro-Woolley attempts to adhere to the highest of Internet standards, protecting its users' privacy, observing and championing Internet etiquette, linking externally without endorsements, and aiming for factual information throughout. To that end, here's a look at what we expect from users of our site.

AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND THE CITY OF SEDRO-WOOLLEY

The City of Sedro-Woolley Web site is operated by the City of Sedro-Woolley, Webmaster, 325 Metcalf Street , Sedro-Woolley , WA 98284 . The terms of use and notices apply to the City of Sedro-Woolley Web site and does not apply to the content of third party links.

The City of Sedro-Woolley Web site is offered to you conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein. Your use of the City of Sedro-Woolley Web site constitutes your agreement to all such terms, conditions and notices.

This agreement covers the following topics:

MODIFICATION OF THESE TERMS OF USE

The City of Sedro-Woolley reserves the right to change the terms, conditions, and notices under which the City of Sedro-Woolley Web Sites/Services are offered, including but not limited to the charges associated with the use of the City of Sedro-Woolley Web Sites/Services. You are responsible for regularly reviewing these terms and conditions. Your continued use of the City of Sedro-Woolley Web Sites/Services constitutes your agreement to all such terms, conditions, and notices.

CREATING LISTS OF INDIVIDUALS FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES

By use of this site, you agree to the prohibitions listed in RCW 42.17.260(9) against releasing and/or using lists of individuals for commercial purposes. RCW 42.17.260(9) prohibits the release of lists of individuals requested for commercial purposes, and requester expressly represents that no such use of any such list will be made by user or its transferee(s) or vendee(s). "Commercial purposes" means contacting or in some way personally affecting the individuals identified on the list with the purpose of facilitating one’s commercial activities.

 PUBLIC DISCLOSURE

In the State Of Washington , laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various needs including the privacy of individuals. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.

All information collected at this site becomes public records that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists. RCW 42.17. 260(1) states that

Each agency, in accordance with published rules, shall make available for public inspection and copying all public records, unless the record falls within the specific exemptions of subsection (6) of this section [RCW 42.17.260(6)], RCW 42.17.310, 42.17.315, or other statute which exempts or prohibits disclosure of specific information or records. To the extent required to prevent an unreasonable invasion of personal privacy interests protected by RCW 42.17.310 and 42.17.315, an agency shall delete identifying details in a manner consistent with RCW 42.17.310 and 42.17.315 when it makes available or publishes any public record; however, in each case, the justification for the deletion shall be explained fully in writing.

In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the Public Records Act or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.

AVAILABILITY OF THE CITY OF SEDRO-WOOLLEY WEB SITE AND SERVICES

From time-to-time the City of Sedro-Woolley site may need to repair, upgrade, or replace hardware or software required to operate the City of Sedro-Woolley web site.  In order to accomplish this, the City of Sedro-Woolley reserves the right to discontinue or temporarily remove the City of Sedro-Woolley Site/Services at any time.

THE CITY OF SEDRO-WOOLLEY MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT ANY CITY OF SEDRO-WOOLLEY WEB SITE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR ERROR-FREE.

MAPS AND MAP SERVICES

All maps or map applications on the City of Sedro-Woolley web site were created from available public records and existing map sources, not from field surveys. Map features from all sources have been adjusted to achieve the "best fit ". While great care was taken in this process, maps from different sources rarely agree as to the precise location of geographic features. This is not a substitute for a field survey. Although we will try to keep map information as current as possible, map features change on a daily basis and may not be immediately reflected on the City of Sedro-Woolley Site.

INFORMATION PROVIDED

The City of Sedro-Woolley does NOT warrant the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information in this system, and shall not be held liable for losses caused by using this information. Portions of this information may not be current or accurate. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his or her own risk. It is recommended that all information be independently verified.

THIRD PARTY SOFTWARE RECOMMENDED FOR USE WITH THE CITY OF SEDRO-WOOLLEY WEB SITE

The City of Sedro-Woolley web site has provided links to software products that aid in the use of the City of Sedro-Woolley web site/services. These software products are not supported by the City of Sedro-Woolley and the City of Sedro-Woolley assumes no liability for their use. All support questions relating to any software products will be directed to the appropriate vendor of the software product.

LINKS TO OTHER SITES

The City of Sedro-Woolley web site links to external third party web sites (“Linked Sites”) in the hope that users will find reference material on city-related subjects. The Linked Sites are not under the control of the City of Sedro-Woolley and the City of Sedro-Woolley is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained on a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. The City of Sedro-Woolley is not responsible for web-casting or any other form of transmission received from any Linked Site nor is the City of Sedro-Woolley responsible if the Linked Site is not working appropriately. The City of Sedro-Woolley provides links to Linked Sites as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply an endorsement by the City of Sedro-Woolley of the site or any association with its operators. You are responsible for viewing and abiding by the privacy statements and terms of use posted at the Linked Site.

You have left the City of Sedro-Woolley site, if the City of Sedro-Woolley logo is not displayed in the top right corner of your Internet Browser.

NO UNLAWFUL OR PROHIBITED USE

As a condition of your use of the City of Sedro-Woolley Site, you will not use the City of Sedro-Woolley Site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. You may not use the City of Sedro-Woolley site in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any City of Sedro-Woolley Site/Service(s) or the networks connected to any City of Sedro-Woolley Site/Service(s). You may not interfere with any other party’s use of the City of Sedro-Woolley Site/Service(s). You may not attempt to gain unauthorized access to any City of Sedro-Woolley Site/Service, other accounts, computer systems or network connected to any City of Sedro-Woolley Site/Service through hacking, password mining or any other means. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made through the City of Sedro-Woolley Sites/Service(s).

GOVERNANCE AND VENUE

This web site is governed and construed by the laws of the State of Washington . Any use of the web site shall comply with all City of Sedro-Woolley, Skagit County, Washington and State of Washington laws and regulations as well as with all federal laws and regulations. Any lawsuit or claim arising from this web site shall be brought in the Skagit County Superior Court, Mount Vernon, Washington .

ACCESSIBILITY

The City of Sedro-Woolley web site strives to conform to Section 508 accessibility standards of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its amendments signed in 1998. As this site is continually being modified and updated we appreciate being notified of any issues regarding accessibility to this site and documents contained herein.
Adobe Acrobat Pdf accessibility information can be found here.

Please contact the City of Sedro-Woolley webmaster with any accessibility questions or comments.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE

The City of Sedro-Woolley reasonably believes that making this information available for your inspection on this web site is not an infringement or other violation of any intellectual property rights. To the extent copyright in said information is held by the City of Sedro-Woolley, you are hereby permitted by the City of Sedro-Woolley to copy, distribute, and otherwise use the information with one exception. No one is permitted to sell this information except in accordance with a written agreement with the City of Sedro-Woolley.
The City of Sedro-Woolley and its officials and employees make no warranty or guarantee as to the ownership of any intellectual property or other property interest contained in the information. Furthermore, the City of Sedro-Woolley expressly disclaims any responsibility to defend or indemnify you against claims which others may assert based on your copying, distribution, or other use of any of the information.

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City of Sedro-Woolley

Privacy

Privacy Notice Information

Thank you for visiting Sedro-Woolley and reviewing our Privacy Notice. This notice addresses collection, use and security of and access to information that may be obtained through use of the City of Sedro-Woolley web site .

This notice covers the following topics:

We can be reached via–e-mail at eberg@ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us, or by writing:

City of Sedro-Woolley
Attn: City Attorney
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley , WA 98284


Information Collected and How it is Used

Even if you do nothing during your visit to the City of Sedro-Woolley web site but browse or download information, we automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  1. The Internet Protocol Address and domain name used but not the email address. The Internet Protocol address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer. We use the Internet Protocol Address to direct Internet traffic to you;
  2. The type of browser and operating system you used;
  3. The date and time you visited this site; The web pages or services you accessed at this site; and
  4. The web site you visited prior to coming to this web site.

The information we automatically collect or store is used to improve the content of our web services and to help us understand how people are using our services. We at the City of Sedro-Woolley analyze our web site logs to continually improve the value of the materials available on our site. Online visitors are not personally identifiable; we make no attempt to link information collected from online visitors with any individual’s personal information.

If during your visit to the City of Sedro-Woolley web site you participate in a survey or send an email, the following additional information will be collected:

  1. The sender’s email address and contents of the submitted email; and
  2. Information volunteered in response to a survey.

The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include any audio, video, and graphic information formats you submit to us. The information is retained in accordance with Chapter 40.14 RCW, Preservation and Destruction of Public Records.

We may use your email address to respond appropriately. This may be to address issues you identify, to further improve our web site, or to forward the email to another agency for appropriate action. Survey information is used for the purpose designated.


Personal Information and Choice

"Personal information" is information about a natural person that is readily identifiable to that specific individual. Personal information includes such things as an individual's name, address, and phone number. A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered personal information.

We collect no personal information about you unless you voluntarily participate in an activity that asks for information (i.e. sending an email or participating in a survey). If you choose not to participate in these activities, your choice will in no way affect your ability to use any other feature of the City of Sedro-Woolley web site.

If personal information is requested on the web site or volunteered by the user, state law and the federal Privacy Act of 1974 may protect it. However, this information is a public record once you provide it, and may be subject to public inspection and copying if not protected by federal or state law.

Users are cautioned that the collection of personal information requested from or volunteered by children on-line or by email will be treated the same as information given by an adult, and may be subject to public access.


 Public Disclosure

See Terms and Conditions Statement   


Cookies

To better serve our users we use "cookies" to customize your browsing experience with the City of Sedro-Woolley web site. Cookies are simple text files stored on your computer by your web browser. They provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to the City of Sedro-Woolley web site.

Cookies created on your computer by using this web site do not contain personally identifying information and do not compromise your privacy or security. Utilizing standard internet technology, we use the cookie feature only to store a randomly generated identifying tag on your computer. You can refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file from your computer by using any of the widely available methods.


Security

The City of Sedro-Woolley, as developer and manager of the City of Sedro-Woolley web site, has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its telecommunications and computing infrastructure, including but not limited to authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day practices of the entire operating environment as part of its continuing commitment to risk management.

This information should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided via, through or to, the City of Sedro-Woolley web site.


 Disclaimer

The City of Sedro-Woolley web site has hyper-links to other web sites. These include hyper-links to web sites operated by other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses. When you follow a hyper-link to another internet site, you are no longer on the City of Sedro-Woolley web site and this Privacy Notice will not apply. When you follow a hyper-link to another internet site, you are subject to the privacy policy of that new site. The City of Sedro-Woolley web site is not responsible for any content contained on sites outside the City of Sedro-Woolley web site domain (www.ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us or www.s-wcity.net).

Neither the City of Sedro-Woolley Government, nor any agency, officer, or employee of the City of Sedro-Woolley Government warrants the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of any information published by this system, nor endorses any content, viewpoints, products, or services linked from this system, and shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this system does so at his or her own risk.


City of Sedro-Woolley web site Contact Information

To offer comments, submit questions or suggestions in regards to the City of Sedro-Woolley web site, or about the information presented in this Privacy Notice, contact: swly.webmaster@ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

City of Sedro-Woolley

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DEPARTMENTS AND OFFICES

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N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Building
John Coleman, AICP, Planning Director
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Phone: (360) 855-0771
Direct: (360) 855-9930
Inspections: (360) 855-0139

Cemetery
Jeff Moody, Operator
1450 Wicker Road
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Phone: (360) 856-1751
Records and Business Office: 325 Metcalf St., (360) 855-1661

City Supervisor/City Attorney
Eron M. Berg, City Supervisor/City Attorney
Sedro-Woolley City Hall
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Phone: (360) 855-1661 x1014
eberg@ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

Code Enforcement
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Phone: (360) 855-3211

City Council
Council Meets at:
Sedro-Woolley City Hall
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Engineering
Mark A. Freiberger, PE
Director of Public Works/City Engineer
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Phone: (360) 855-0771
Direct: (360) 855-9933

Fire Department
Emergency: 911
Dean Klinger, Chief
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Phone: (360) 855-2252

Finance
Patsy Nelson, Finance Director
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Phone: (360) 855-1661

Information Technology
Bill Chambers, IT Director
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Phone: (360) 855-9924
bchambers@ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

Library
Debra Peterson, Librarian
Sedro-Woolley Library
802 Ball Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Phone: (360) 855-1166

Mayor
Mike Anderson, Mayor
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley WA 98284
Phone: (360) 855-1661 x1012
swmayor@ci.sedro-woolley.wa.us

Municipal Court
Brian Stiles, Judge
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley WA 98284
Phone: (360) 855-0366
SedroWolleyMuni@mail.courts.wa.gov

Parks and Recreation
Nathan Salseina, Parks and Recreation Supervisor
409 Alexander Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Phone: (360) 856-5167
Business Office and Reservations: 325 Metcalf St., (360) 855-1661

Planning
John Coleman, AICP, Planning Director
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Phone: (360) 855-0771
Direct: (360) 855-9930

Police
Doug S. Wood, Chief
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
For any emergency or officer dispatch please call: 911
Non Emergency - Office number is: 360-855-0111

Public Works - Streets
Nathan Salseina, Operations Supervisor
409 Alexander
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Phone: (360) 856-0151

Public Works
Mark A. Freiberger, PE
Director of Public Works/City Engineer
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Phone: (360) 855-0771
Direct: (360) 855-9933

Public Works - Stormwater
Mailing address:
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Sewer - Wastewater Treatment Plant
Debbie Allen, Wastewater Treatment Division Supervisor
401 Alexander
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Phone: (360) 856-1100

Solid Waste
Leo Jacobs, Solid Waste & Fleet Division Supervisor
315 Sterling
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Phone: (360) 855-1884