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Weekly Watchdog: Nov. 2 – 8, 2023

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

GET INVOLVED

Bellingham City Council, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, 210 Lottie St.
Council will hold a public hearing on changes to the city’s 2023-24 budget for 2024. Participate in person, or register in advance to testify online at cob.org/ccsignup.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7
This close to Election Day, the auditor’s office recommends using drop boxes to turn in your ballots, due by 8 p.m. Find drop box locations at whatcomcounty.us/1863/Ballot-Drop-Box-Locations.

Whatcom County Council, 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 311 Grand Ave.
Council will hear an update on the Healthy Children’s Fund, a child care program voters approved in 2022.


FULL CALENDAR

THURSDAY, Nov. 2

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 Solid Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force Steering Subcommittee meeting, 11 a.m., 311 Grand Ave, Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting
Agenda online.

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

FRIDAY, Nov. 3

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

MONDAY, Nov. 6

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. (Public Works and Natural Resources); 2 p.m. (Committee Of The Whole); 7 p.m. (Council).

Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board meeting, 4:30 p.m., 322 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting
Agenda online.

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., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance

Lynden City Council meeting, 7 p.m., 205 4th St.
Agenda may be posted in advance.

TUESDAY, Nov. 7

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

Bellingham Design Review Board meeting, 3 p.m., 201 Lottie St., or virtual meeting
Agenda online.

Port of Bellingham Board of Commissioners meeting, 4 p.m., 1801 Roeder Ave., Bellingham, or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

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

Bellingham Arts Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 201 Lottie St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Anacortes Forest Plan Public Comment, 6 p.m., 904 6th St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8

Bellingham Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, 7:30 a.m., 201 Lottie St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Washington State DNR Forest Practices Board meeting, 9 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Council (multiple meetings), 9:45 a.m. – 6 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting 

Agendas online. 

Council committees meet at 9:45 a.m. (Climate Action and Natural Resources); 10:50 a.m. (Finance and Administrative Services); 11:50 a.m. (Criminal Justice and Public Safety); 1:15 p.m. (Committee of the Whole); 6 p.m. (Council).

Bellingham Civil Service Commission meeting,  2 p.m., 201 Lottie St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Agricultural Advisory Committee meeting, 3 p.m., 5280 NW Drive, Bellingham, or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Ferndale Arts Commission meeting, 5 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

Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District meeting, 6:30 p.m., 1220 Lakeway Drive, or virtual meeting
Agenda online.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMENT

Lake Padden Park Recreational Assessment. Deadline: Nov. 8, 2023

Bellingham is asking for feedback on recreation opportunities at Lake Padden as part of an assessment for future recreation development at the park. The city wants to understand how you use the park now and how you’d like to use it in the future, so it can plan for uses that are compatible with both the ecological setting and the community’s recreational needs. 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 newstips@cascadiadaily.com. 

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