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Weekly Watchdog: Feb. 22 – 28, 2024

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

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Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force
9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 311 Grand Ave. Suite 105, Bellingham, or via Zoom

This Whatcom County task force, which plays a key role in planning for the new jail, will discuss the spending plan for the jail sales tax and a proposed county council resolution on the fentanyl emergency.

Bellingham City Council
1:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 210 Lottie St., or via YouTube

Council will hear an update on a plan to convert one of the two remaining tennis courts at Cornwall Memorial Park to pickleball courts.

Bellingham City Council
1:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 210 Lottie St., or via YouTube

Council will discuss in the afternoon, for potential approval in the evening, a proposal to allow electric bicycles on Galbraith Mountain.

Bellingham City Council
7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 210 Lottie St., Bellingham, or written testimony

Council will hold a public hearing on a Bellingham Police Department application for a $440,000 grant to purchase a Rapid DNA machine, for DNA identification.


FULL CALENDAR

THURSDAY, Feb. 22

Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel meeting
9:30 a.m., virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Bellingham Public Schools Board of Directors meeting
6 p.m., 2015 Franklin St.

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Ferry Advisory Committee meeting
6 p.m., 3913 Legoe Bay Road, Lummi Island, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Planning Commission meeting
6:30 p.m., 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Friday, Feb. 23

Whatcom County Conservation Easement Program Oversight Committee meeting
8:30 a.m., 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Monday, Feb. 26

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.

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); 1:45 p.m. (Parks and Recreation); 2:25 p.m. (Committee of the Whole); 7 p.m. (Council).

Whatcom County Child and Family Well-Being Task Force meeting
3:30 p.m., 509 Girard St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Blaine City Council meeting
6 p.m., 435 Martin St., Suite 3000, 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, Feb. 27

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.


Washington State Department of Natural Resources Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research meeting
8:30 a.m., virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Bellingham Tourism Commission meeting
3:30 p.m., 210 Lottie St., virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Blaine Civil Service Commission meeting
3:30 p.m., 435 Martin St., Suite 3000, or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28

Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Board of Commissioners meeting
8 a.m., 1220 Drive, Bellingham

Agenda online.

Ferndale City Council meeting
8 a.m., 2095 Main St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

WDFW European Green Crab Public Update Webinar
1 p.m., virtual meeting

Agenda online.

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMENT

Water Adjudication Assistance survey. Deadline: Spring 2024

The Washington State Legislature is providing funding to Whatcom County to develop and implement outreach and provide filing assistance to water users. Survey online.

The Bellingham Plan: “Ways the City Could Grow.” Deadline: 2024

Bellingham could grow in a variety of ways. Let the City of Bellingham know the pros and cons of each of the listed approaches on its individual comment boards. Add pros and cons (or up-vote someone else’s comment). Go to this webpage and scroll halfway down to see the comment boards.

Proposed expansion of Bellingham’s transit station. Deadline: 2024

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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