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Weekly Watchdog: Jan. 18 – 24, 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, Jan. 22, 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or via Zoom
The task force will discuss oversight and planning for a new sales tax that will be collected beginning in mid-2024 for a new Whatcom County jail and behavioral health services.

Whatcom County Council, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham, or via Zoom
Discussion of oversight and planning for a new jail and behavioral health services will be taken up by a council committee.

Port of Bellingham Board of Commissioners, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1801 Roeder Ave., Suite 146, Bellingham, or via Zoom
Commissioners will hear an update on the waterfront district.

Whatcom County Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham, or via Zoom
Council will hold a public hearing on the 2024 Comprehensive Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan.


FULL CALENDAR

THURSDAY, Jan. 18

Whatcom Transportation Authority meeting, 8 a.m., 4011 Bakerview Spur, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Washington State DNR Wildland Fire Advisory Committee meeting, 1 p.m., virtual meeting
Agenda 
may be posted in advance.

Sehome Hill Arboretum Board of Governors meeting, 4 p.m., 915 26th St., room PP-309, or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Bellingham International Airport Advisory Committee, 4 p.m., 2005 W. Bakerview Road, or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Ferndale Parks, Recreation & Trails Advisory Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., 2095 Main St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.


Whatcom County Climate Impact Advisory Committee meeting, 5:30 p.m., 322 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting 
Agenda online.

Bellingham Public Schools Board of Directors meeting, 6 p.m., 2015 Franklin St.
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, 6 p.m., virtual meeting 
Agenda online.

Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee meeting, 7 p.m., or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

MONDAY, Jan. 22

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

Skagit Board of County Commissioners EMS levy renewal hearing, 2 p.m., 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, or virtual meeting 
Agenda online.

Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board meeting, 4:30 p.m., 322 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting 
Agenda may be posted in advance.

Blaine City Council meeting, 6 p.m., 435 Martin St., Suite 4000, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Anacortes City Council meeting, 6 p.m., 904 6th St., or virtual meeting
Agenda may be posted in advance.

TUESDAY, Jan. 23

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

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Washington State DNR Cooperative Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Committee meeting, 8:30 a.m., virtual meeting
Agenda 
may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Council (multiple meetings), 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting 

Agendas online. 

Council committees meet at 11:30 a.m. (Finance and Administrative Services); 1:30 p.m. (Criminal Justice and Public Safety); 1:55 p.m. (Planning and Development); 2:30 p.m. (Committee of the Whole); 6 p.m. (Council).

Washington State DNR Small Forest Landowner Advisory Committee meeting, 1 p.m., virtual meeting
Agenda 
online.

Whatcom County Child & Family Well-Being Task Force meeting, 3:30 p.m., 322 N. Commercial St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting 
Agenda may be posted in advance.

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

Whatcom County Climate Impact Advisory Committee meeting, 4:30 p.m., 509 Girard St., Bellingham, or virtual meeting 
Agenda online.

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

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24

Washington State DNR Natural Heritage Advisory Council meeting, 9:30 a.m., 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.

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