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Weekly Watchdog: Aug. 31 – Sept. 6, 2023

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


Whatcom County Council, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 311 Grand Ave.
Council will consider whether to override Executive Satpal Sidhu’s veto of an ordinance regarding calculation of Lummi Island ferry fares.

Whatcom County Council, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 311 Grand Ave.
At the same meeting, council will consider approving modifications to the council office’s 2023–24 budget.

Birchwood Neighborhood Association, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, 3400 Hollywood Ave.
The Birchwood Neighborhood Association will host a discussion about the proposed ABC Recycling industrial metal shredding plant along Marine Drive. Neighbors in the Birchwood and Alderwood neighborhoods worry about air, noise, land and water quality if a metal shredder is built, and will discuss concerns at the Alderwood Elementary School.


FRIDAY, Sept. 1

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force pretrial processes workgroup meeting, 12:30 p.m., 311 Grand Ave. Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting
Agenda online.

TUESDAY, Sept. 5

Washington State Department of Natural Resources board meeting, 9 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda online.

Whatcom County Council special meeting, 10 a.m., 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham, or virtual meeting
Agenda online.

City of Bellingham Design Review Board meeting, 3 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Ferndale City Council meeting, 5 p.m., 5694 Second Ave.
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Anacortes City Council meeting, 6 p.m., 904 6th St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Lynden City Council, 7 p.m., 205 Fourth St.
Agenda may be posted in advance.


Birchwood Neighborhood Association, 6 p.m., 3400 Hollywood Ave.
Agenda online.


Criteria for outdoor grants. Deadline: Sept. 11, 2023

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is asking for public comments on proposed changes to the way grant applications for parks, trails and other outdoor spaces are evaluated. The changes would affect grants in the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Youth Athletic Facilities and the state’s largest grant program for parks and trails — the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s Local Parks, Trails, and Water Access categories. Survey online.

Bellingham waterfront cleanup sites. Deadline: Sept. 26, 2023

The Department of Ecology invites seeks public comment on two legal agreements for the cleanup of the I & J Waterway Site on the Bellingham waterfront. The agreements address each of the two sediment cleanup units that comprise the site. Survey online.

The Bellingham Plan. Deadline: 2023

Bellingham is updating its Comprehensive Plan, the document it uses to guide growth toward a 20-year vision for the future. This update is due in 2025 and will guide development, capital investments, city programs and other actions across the city as it works toward its vision for 2045. Survey online.

Proposed expansion of Bellingham’s transit station. Deadline: 2023

Whatcom Transportation Authority is accepting written comment through its Engage WTA website on a proposal to expand Bellingham Station, to allow room for more buses and additional public uses. Survey online.

Weekly Watchdog is published online Thursdays and in print Fridays. To submit a meeting for consideration, email 

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