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Weekly Watchdog: Jan. 11 – 17, 2024

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

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Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force, Behavioral Health Subcommittee, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or via Zoom

The subcommittee will discuss programs intended to reduce incarceration rates for people with mental illness or substance use disorder.

Whatcom Council of Governments, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 314 E. Champion St., Bellingham, or via Zoom

The WCOG board will hold a public hearing on changes to its Title VI plan, which outlines how the agency will comply with federal nondiscrimination laws. State officials requested the changes after reviewing the plan.

Bellingham Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 210 Lottie St., or via Zoom
In her first-ever MNAC meeting as mayor, Kim Lund will receive updates from representatives of Bellingham’s neighborhoods


FULL CALENDAR

THURSDAY, Jan. 11

Whatcom County Public Health Advisory Board meeting, 7 a.m., 509 Girard St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting 
Agenda online.

Whatcom County Civil Service Commission meeting, 10:30 a.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 107, Bellingham, or virtual meeting 
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force Steering Subcommittee meeting, 11 a.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting 
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District meeting, 7 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham, or virtual meeting 
Agenda online.


FRIDAY, Jan. 12

Whatcom County Wildlife Advisory Committee meeting, 9:30 a.m., 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, or virtual meeting
Agenda 
online.

TUESDAY, Jan. 16

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention & Reduction Task Force Behavioral Health Subcommittee meeting, 9 a.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting 
Agenda may be posted in advance.

WDFW Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board meeting, 9 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda 
may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Council Water Work Session meeting, 10:30 a.m., 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham, 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.

Whatcom County Forest Advisory Committee meeting, 4 p.m., 5280 Northwest Drive, 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.

Bellingham Sister Cities Advisory Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Port of Bellingham Marine Advisory Committee meeting, 6 p.m., 1801 Roeder Ave., Suite 146, Bellingham
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.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17

Whatcom Council of Governments Board meeting, 3 p.m., 314 E. Champion St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting 
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom Transportation Policy Board meeting, 3:30 p.m., 314 E. Champion St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting 
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Ferndale Planning Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 5694 Second Ave., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Island County Planning Commission meeting, 6 p.m., 1 6th St. NE, Coupeville, or virtual meeting 
Agenda online.

Bellingham Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission meeting, 6:30 p.m., 210 Lottie 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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