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Weekly Watchdog: Jan. 4 – 10, 2023

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

GET INVOLVED

Whatcom County executive swearing-in, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, Meridian High School, 194 W. Laurel Road, Bellingham

Executive Satpal Sidhu will take the oath of office and speak about his goals for his second term. Guest speakers and refreshments. RSVP to info@votesatpalsidhu.com.

Bellingham City Council, 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 210 Lottie St.

Council will discuss an $8.5 million bid to replace bridges over Whatcom Creek at James Street and Meador Avenue.

Whatcom County Behavioral Health Advisory Committee, 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 800 E. Chestnut St., Bellingham
The committee will hear about various jail diversion programs, including mental health court, the Alternative Response Team, Ground-level Response and Coordinated Engagement (GRACE) and the future 23-hour crisis center. 


FULL CALENDAR

THURSDAY, Jan. 4

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

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

FRIDAY, Jan. 5

Washington DNR Timber, Fish and Wildlife Policy Committee meeting, 9 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda 
may be posted in advance.

MONDAY, Jan. 8

Anacortes Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, 10 a.m., 1220 10th St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.


Bellingham City Council (multiple meetings), 1–7 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting 
Agendas online.

Council committees meet at 1 p.m. (Committee Of The Whole); 7 p.m. (Council).

Whatcom County Behavioral Health Advisory Committee meeting, 3 p.m., 800 E. Chestnut 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, Jan. 9

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.

WDFW Wolf Advisory Group meeting, 9:30 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda 
online.

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

Agendas online.

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.

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

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

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10

Bellingham Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, 7:30 a.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting 
Agenda may be posted in advance.

WDFW Wolf Advisory Group meeting, 8:45 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda 
online.

Washington DNR Carbon and Forest Management Work Group meeting, 9 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda 
may be posted in advance.

Bellingham Civil Service Commission meeting, 2 p.m., 210 Lottie 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

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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