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Weekly Watchdog: July 6 – 12, 2023

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

By CDN Staff

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Bellingham City Council, Monday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., July 10, City Hall, 210 Lottie St., or via Zoom
The council will discuss a resolution declaring affordable housing and homelessness public health crises. The resolution, introduced by council member Kristina Michele Martens, would allow the city council to temporarily pause evictions on cost-burdened tenants. For council discussion only.

Bellingham City Council, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, July 10, 210 Lottie St. 
At 1 p.m., council will discuss two initiatives that qualified for the Nov. 7 ballot: a minimum wage increase for workers in the city and relocation assistance landlords must pay to renters. At the 7 p.m. meeting, council may decide whether to adopt the proposals immediately or place them on the ballot, to let city voters decide. 

Bellingham City Council, Monday, 7 p.m., July 10, City Hall, 210 Lottie St., or via Zoom 
Bellingham City Council will host a public hearing regarding the Greenways Program property tax ($.41/$1,000 valuation), which may appear to voters during the November election. The program, launched in 1990, has been approved by voters four times, and brought in more than $102 million for property acquisition, trail development and environmental remediation. 

Whatcom County Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham 
Council will hold a public hearing on an ordinance to place a 0.2% sales tax on the ballot for a new jail and behavioral health services. This might be your last chance to comment on a massive $137 million (or more) project that has been in the works ever since voters rejected a similar measure in 2017. 

Whatcom County Council, Tuesday, 6 p.m., July 11, Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Avenue, Suite 105 or via Zoom

The county council will host a public hearing regarding flotation devices on the South Fork of the Nooksack River to protect endangered chinook salmon. If approved, the ordinance would make most flotation devices off-limits from June 1 until Oct. 31 in the popular tubing area until significant recovery goals have been met. The council narrowly rejected a similar ordinance last summer.


FULL CALENDAR

THURSDAY, July 6

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

Agenda online.

WDFW Timber/Fish/Wildlife Policy Committee meeting, 8:30 a.m., 300 Desmond Drive SE, Lacey, virtual meeting

Agenda online.

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


Agenda online.

Bellingham Greenways Advisory Committee meeting, 6 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Bellingham Planning Commission meeting, 7 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

THURSDAY, July 7

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force Pretrial Processes Workgroup meeting, 12:30 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

MONDAY, July 10

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

Agendas online.

Council committees meet at 10 a.m. (Public Works and Natural Resources); 11 a.m. (Public Health, Safety, Justice, and Equity ); 1 p.m. (Committee Of The Whole); 7 p.m. (Council).

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.

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

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Forestry Advisory Committee meeting, 4 p.m., 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

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

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.

TUESDAY, July 11

Whatcom County PUD Commission meeting, 8:15 a.m., 1705 Trigg Road, 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. (Committee of the Whole-Executive Session); 10:20 a.m. (Climate Action and Natural Resources); 11:25 a.m. (Finance and Administrative Services); 1:30 p.m. (Public Works and Health); 2:05 p.m. (Criminal Justice and Public Safety); 2:30 p.m. (Planning and Development); 3:05 p.m. (Committee of the Whole); 6 p.m. (Council).

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Food System Committee meeting, 4:30 p.m., 509 Girard St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Bellingham Arts Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 210 Lottie 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, July 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.

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.

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

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.

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.


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

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