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Weekly Watchdog: Sept. 7 – 13, 2023

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

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Bellingham City Council, 11:10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 210 Lottie St.
Council will consider extending the city’s lease with the property owner at 1530 Cornwall Ave. and Lighthouse Mission Ministries, to continue operating Base Camp at the site for five more months due to a longer-than-expected construction schedule for Lighthouse Mission’s new homeless shelter on West Holly Street. The extension would keep Base Camp open into fall 2024. 

Bellingham City Council, 1:40 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 210 Lottie St.
Council will consider an ordinance that would prohibit possession of firearms at city stadiums and convention centers, and city hall.

Whatcom County Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 311 Grand Ave.
Council will host three public hearings related to proposed parking restrictions along Euclid Avenue, Samish Way and Aldrich Road. The proposed restrictions on Euclid and Aldrich are due to complaints from residents, while the Samish Way proposal is related to recreation on Galbraith Mountain. 

Whatcom County Council Climate Action and Natural Resources Committee, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 311 Grand Ave.
Members of the council climate action committee will discuss a proposed ordinance to establish a Forestry Task Force to help advise county leadership on issues related to the timber industry and environmentally sensitive forests


FULL CALENDAR

THURSDAY, Sept. 7

Whatcom County Public Health Advisory Board special 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.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources Timber/Fish/Wildlife Policy Committee meeting, 8:30 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda online.

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force Steering Committee 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.


City of Bellingham Greenways Advisory Committee meeting, 7 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

FRIDAY, Sept. 8

Whatcom County Wildlife Advisory Committee meeting, 9 a.m., 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, or virtual meeting
Agenda online.

MONDAY, Sept. 11

Anacortes City Council meeting, 10 a.m., 1220 10th St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Bellingham City Council (multiple meetings), 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting 
Agendas online.

Council committees meet at 11 a.m. (Parks and Recreation Committee); 11:10 a.m. (Community and Economic Development Committee); 1 p.m. (Council Special Meeting); 1:40 p.m. (Committee Of The Whole); 7 p.m. (Council).

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

Blaine City Council meeting, 6 p.m., 435 Martin St., Suite 4000, 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, Sept. 12

Whatcom County PUD Commission meeting, 8:15 a.m., 1705 Trigg Rd., Ferndale, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

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

Agendas online. 

Council committees meet at 9 a.m. (Climate Action and Natural Resources); 10:20 a.m. (Finance and Administrative Services); 11:55 a.m. (Public Works & Health Committee); 2 p.m. (Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee); 2:20 p.m. (Planning and Development Committee); 2:40 p.m. (Committee of the Whole); 6 p.m. (Council).

City of Bellingham Historic Preservation Commission meeting, 4 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

City of Bellingham Arts Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

City of Bellingham Transportation Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 2221 Pacific St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Port of Bellingham Marine Advisory Committee meeting, 6 p.m., 1801 Roeder Ave., Bellingham 
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Anacortes Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 904 6th St., or virtual meeting
Agenda online.

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13

City of 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.
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources Community Forestry Council meeting, 10:30 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Fish Passage Rules meeting, 1:30 p.m., virtual meeting
Agenda online.

City of 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.

Ferndale Planning Commission meeting, 6 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.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMENT

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.


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