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Weekly Watchdog: Feb. 1 – 7, 2024

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

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Anacortes City Council
6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 904 6th St.

Council will consider a resolution changing the language on an April 23 ballot measure that proposes a metropolitan park district to manage the Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center and other parks facilities.

Whatcom County Council
3:05 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham

Council will discuss a resolution about countywide approaches to the fentanyl emergency.

Whatcom County Council
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham

Council will introduce an ordinance creating a budget for a 23-hour crisis relief center. The projected cost of the center has gone up, and the county is asking the state Legislature for $2.3 million.


FULL CALENDAR

THURSDAY, Feb. 1

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

Agenda online.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources Timber, Fish and Wildlife Policy Committee meeting
9 a.m., virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Access and Responsible Recreation Strategic Plan
1 p.m., virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force Information Needs & Data Exchange Subcommittee meeting
2:15 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

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 online.

FRIDAY, Feb. 2

Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force Pretrial Processes Workgroup meeting
12:30 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

MONDAY, Feb. 5

Sehome Hill Arboretum Board of Governors special meeting
1 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Ferndale City Council meeting
5 p.m., 5694 Second Ave., 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.

Lynden City Council meeting
7 p.m., 205 4th St.

Agenda may be posted in advance.

TUESDAY, Feb. 6

Washington State Board of Natural Resources meeting
9 a.m., virtual meeting

Agenda online.

Whatcom County Council (multiple meetings)
11:10 a.m. – 6 p.m., 311 Grand Ave., Suite 105, Bellingham, or virtual meeting 

Agendas online. Council committees meet at 11:10 a.m. (Climate Action and Natural Resources); 12:15 p.m. (Finance and Administrative Services); 1:50 p.m. (Criminal Justice and Public Safety);  3:05 p.m. (Committee of the Whole) 7 p.m. (Council).


Bellingham Design Review Board meeting
3 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.

Bellingham Arts Commission meeting
3 p.m., 210 Lottie St., or virtual meeting

Agenda online.

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

Agenda 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.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7

Washington State Department of Natural Resources Washington Community Forestry Council
10:30 a.m., virtual meeting

Agenda may be posted in advance.


OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMENT

Community Broadband Internet. Deadline: Feb. 6, 2024

The City of Bellingham is currently conducting an analysis of internet resources for residents. Your responses will help contribute to a five-year comprehensive plan to better assess the community’s needs and obtain additional funding to expand our broadband network. Survey online.

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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