The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation gave one of four “Landmark Deeds” awards to 27th District Rep. Dennis Flannigan. His deed? Stopping the demolition of the Murray Morgan Bridge across the Foss Waterway in Tacoma and working to get money to refurbish it.
Here’s what the trust said about Flannigan: “As Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee … Representative Flannigan effectively negotiated terms permitting state funds to be used for bridge rehabilitation. In addition, during the 2008 legislative session Representative Flannigan introduced a bill that would enable the City of Tacoma to create a transportation improvement district with sales tax revenue going toward maintenance and operation of the bridge.”
Also honored was State Sen. Craig Pridemore of Clark County for passage of a bill to set aside some money from the fee charged for recording documents to historic preservation promotion and projects.
King County Councilmen Bob Ferguson and Larry Phillips were honored for an ordinance that “includes historic preservation action plans for improving stewardship of county-owned historic resources and streamlining the permitting process for privately owned historic and archaeological properties. In addition, major maintenance reserve funds may now be utilized for historic preservation projects.”
The awards were presented at a ceremony Tuesday.