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Civic Agenda: March 9 – 15, 2023

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

THURSDAY, March 9

Blaine Parks and Cemetary Board meeting, 9 a.m., 435 Martin St., Suite 4000, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Civil Service Commission meeting, 10:30 a.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 107, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Mount Vernon City Library Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., 315 Snoqualmie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Bellingham Community Development Advisory Board meeting, 6 p.m., 210 Lottie St., virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Blaine Planning Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 435 Martin St., Suite 4000, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

FRIDAY, March 10

Whatcom County Public Works stakeholder reception, 1:30 p.m., 322 N. Commercial St., Garden Level Conference Room, Bellingham

Agenda online.

MONDAY, March 13

Bellingham City Council (multiple meetings), 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting 


Agendas online.

Council committees meet at 1 p.m. (Community and Economic Development); 1:30 p.m. (Parks and Recreation); 2:15 p.m. (Planning Committee) 2:50 p.m. (Committee of the Whole); 7 p.m. (Council).

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

Agenda online.

Blaine City Council meeting, 6 p.m., 10801 Town Square Drive NE., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

TUESDAY, March 14

Whatcom County PUD Commission meeting, 8:15 a.m., 2007 Cherry St., Ferndale, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Council Water Work Session meeting, 10:30 a.m., 322 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Bellingham Historic Preservation Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 210 Lottie St., virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Bellingham Transportation Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 210 Lottie St., Mayor’s Board Room, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Port of Bellingham Marina Advisory Committee meeting, 6 p.m., 1801 Roeder Ave.

Agenda may be posted in advance.

WEDNESDAY, March 15

Ferndale City Council meeting, 8 a.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.

Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission meeting, 6:30 p.m., 210 Lottie St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

COMMENT AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

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.

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.

Pedestrian and bicycle master plans. Deadline: Spring 2023

The pedestrian and bicycle master plans are each city-wide plans that identify future projects to create a more walkable and rideable community.

Public engagement is an integral part of both plan updates and will be used to inform projects, programs and priorities for further building out Bellingham’s pedestrian and bicycle networks for people of all ages and abilities to safely and conveniently walk, bike and roll. 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.

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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