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Civic Agenda: March 16 – 22, 2023

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

THURSDAY, March 16

Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting, 8 a.m., 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

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

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials meeting, 4 p.m., virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Sehome Hill Arboretum Board of Governors meeting, 4 p.m., 915 26th St., virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Bellingham Public Schools informational special meeting, 5 p.m., 2015 Franklin St.

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Climate Impact Advisory Committee meeting, 5:30 p.m., 322 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Bellingham Public Schools regular school board meeting, 6 p.m., 2015 Franklin St.

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 673 North Lake Samish Drive, Bellingham


Agenda online.

Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee meeting, 7 p.m., 1437 Gulf Rd., or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

FRIDAY, March 17

Department of Fish and Wildlife regular meeting, 8 a.m., 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force special meeting, 9 a.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

SATURDAY, March 18

Department of Fish and Wildlife regular meeting, 8 a.m., 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

MONDAY, March 20

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force regular meeting, 9 a.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Ferndale City Council meeting, 5 p.m., 5694 Second Ave., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

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

Agenda online.

Lynden City Council meeting, 7 p.m., 205 4th St.

Agenda may be posted in advance.

TUESDAY, March 21

Whatcom County Council (multiple meetings), 10:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting 

Agendas online. Council committees meet at 10:45 a.m. (Finance and Administrative Service); 1:15 p.m. (Public Works & Health); 2:05 p.m. (Planning and Development); 2:30 p.m. (Committee of the Whole); 6 p.m. (Council).

Bellingham Design Review Board meeting, 3 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 3:30 p.m., 210 Central Ave., 

Agenda may be posted in advance.

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Bellingham Immigration Advisory Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., 625 Halleck St., or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

WEDNESDAY, March 22

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

Agenda online.

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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