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Civic Agenda: April 6 – 12, 2023

This week's meetings, hearings and opportunities for public input

THURSDAY, April 6

Whatcom County Public Health Advisory Board meeting, 7 a.m., 509 Girard St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Whatcom Transportation Authority meeting, 8 a.m., 4011 Bakerview Spur, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Public Health Advisory Board special meeting, 8:30 a.m., 509 Girard St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Blaine Downtown Advisory Committee meeting, 9 a.m., 435 Martin St., Suite 4000

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting, 10:30 a.m., 904 6th St., Anacortes, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force Steering Subcommittee meeting, 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, 11 a.m., virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Anacortes Forest Advisory Board meeting, 6 p.m., 904 6th St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.


Bellingham Greenways Advisory Committee meeting, 7 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

FRIDAY, April 7

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting, 8 a.m., 904 6th St., Anacortes, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

SATURDAY, April 8

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting, 8 a.m., 904 6th St., Anacortes, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

MONDAY, April 10

Anacortes Library Board of Trustees meeting, 10 a.m., 1220 10th St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Veterans Advisory Board meeting, 10 a.m., 509 Girard St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Bellingham City Council (multiple meetings), 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting 

Agendas online.

Council committees meet at 10:30 a.m. (Public Works and Natural Resources); 10:40 a.m. (Community and Economic Development); 1 p.m. (Parks and Recreation); 1:15 p.m. (Public Health, Safety, and Justice); 2 p.m. (Committee of the Whole); 7 p.m. (Council).

Whatcom County Behavioral Health Advisory Committee meeting, 3 p.m., 800 E. Chestnut St., Suite 1B, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Child and Family Well-Being Task Force meeting, 4 p.m., 509 Girard St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Anacortes City Council meeting, 6 p.m., 904 6th St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Blaine City Council meeting, 6 p.m., 435 Martin St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

TUESDAY, April 11

Bellingham Public Schools Board of Directors meeting, 7:30 a.m., 4420 Aldrich Rd.

Agenda online.

Whatcom County PUD Commission meeting, 8:15 a.m., 1705 Trigg Rd., Ferndale, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Council (multiple meetings), 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting 

Agendas online. Council committees meet at 9:30 a.m. (Climate Action and Natural Resources); 10:40 a.m. (Finance and Administrative Services); 12:45 p.m. (Public Works & Health); 3:05 p.m. (Committee of the Whole); 6 p.m. (Council).

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force Legal & Justice System Subcommittee meeting, 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, 11 a.m., or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Blaine Hearing Examiner for Variance and Site Plan Permit for Lil Sprouts Facility Expansion meeting, 1:30 p.m., 435 Martin St., Suite 4000, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Port of Bellingham Board of Commissioners special meeting, 4 p.m., 1801 Roeder Ave., Suite 146, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Bellingham Historic Preservation Commission meeting, 4 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Ferndale Equity Advisory Committee meeting, 5 p.m., 2095 Main St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Bellingham Transportation Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

WEDNESDAY, April 12

Bellingham Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, 7:30 a.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Ferndale City Council meeting, 8 a.m., 2095 Main St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Washington Community Forestry Council meeting, 10:30 a.m., 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force special meeting, 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, 1 p.m., or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Hearing Examiner meeting, 1:30 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham

Agenda online.

Bellingham Civil Service Commission meeting, 2 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom Council of Governments meeting, 4 p.m., 314 East Champion St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Ferndale Arts Commission meeting, 5 p.m., 2095 Main St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Ferndale Planning Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 2095 Main St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Anacortes Planning Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 904 6th St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

COMMENT AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Bellingham Consolidated Plan. Deadline: April 2023 

Bellingham has approximately $9 million each year to spend addressing problems such as homelessness, affordable housing and rising food costs. However, these funds are restricted — they can only be spent on services and housing projects for our lowest-income residents, and those with special needs (such as elderly or disabled persons).

Every five years, the city must create a plan to prioritize how it will spend this funding to best address these issues. Before making this plan, the city would like to hear from the community. Survey online.

Bike lanes, bicycle parking, other improvements. Deadline: May 31, 2023

The City of Bellingham is seeking public input on ways to improve amenities for bicyclists throughout Bellingham. The feedback will guide future planning for new or improved bicycle lanes, intersection improvements and possible vehicle lane removal in an update to the 2014 Bicycle Master Plan. Survey online.

Parking removal for bike and pedestrian upgrades. Deadline: 2023

To make space for pedestrian and bicycle upgrades, some on-street parking will need to be removed for a few of the 2023 transportation projects recently approved by the Bellingham City Council in the six-year Transportation Improvement Program. The project areas being considered for parking removal include: West Illinois Street (Sunset to Lynn); Meridian Street (East Victor to West Illinois); Girard Street (Broadway to Young); Eldridge Avenue (Broadway to Nequalicum); Cornwall Avenue (Laurel to Pine). Survey online.

Opinions and experiences around immunization. Deadline: 2023

The survey is about experiences and feelings around all recommended vaccines, including for diseases like tetanus, whooping cough, flu, and yes, even COVID-19. The link lets you take the survey in English or Spanish. Survey online.

YOUR PROPERTY TAXES

How much do I pay, and where does the money go? Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties report how much each jurisdiction collects in property taxes, and how much each individual pays, depending on where they live and the value of their property.

Civic Agenda is published weekly on Thursdays. Send items to EricTrent@cascadiadaily.com.

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