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Weekly Watchdog: Sept. 14 – 20, 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. 14

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.

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

Agenda online.

Bellingham Public Schools Board of Directors meeting, 6 p.m., 2015 Franklin St., or virtual meeting
Agenda online.

City of Bellingham Community Development Advisory Board meeting, 6 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.


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

Agenda online.

MONDAY, Sept. 18

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force 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.
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, 7 p.m., 205 Fourth St.
Agenda may be posted in advance.

TUESDAY, Sept. 19

Washington State Department of Natural Resources Forest Health Advisory meeting, 9 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Department of Fish and Wildlife Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board meeting, 9 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Water Work Session meeting, 10:30 a.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force Behavioral Health and Legal & Justice System joint meeting, 11:30 a.m., 311 Grand Ave. Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

City of Bellingham Design Review Board meeting, 3 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

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., Suite 146, Bellingham, or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20

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

City of Bellingham Immigration Advisory Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., 2221 Pacific 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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