Civic Agenda

Civic agenda: March 24 – March 30, 2022

This week's meetings and opportunities for public input
March 24, 2022 at 5:00 a.m.
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Updated March 25, 2022 at 9:25 a.m.

By CDN Staff

THURSDAY, March 24

Ferndale School Board, 6 p.m., Horizon Middle School or virtual meeting

Community forum to meet superintendent candidate Karin “Kristi” Dominguez. Participants can submit feedback on the candidate to the school board.

Whatcom County Planning Commission, 6:30 p.m., virtual meeting

Agenda and meeting materials online include two public hearings: (1) adding Hovander Park flood repairs to the six-year Capital Improvement Program and (2) amending the zoning code to receive sole regulatory jurisdiction from DNR over certain forest practices.

Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board, 6:30 p.m., virtual meeting

Agenda and meeting materials online.

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

FRIDAY, March 25

Conservation Easement Program Oversight Committee, 8:30 a.m., virtual meeting 

Agenda and meeting materials online.

SATURDAY, March 26

Lynden School Board, 9 a.m., 516 Main St. or virtual meeting 

Board members will interview Bruce Kelley, Tavis Peterson, Lisa Riggs, Mike Snow and David VanderYacht for superintendent. Participants can submit feedback on the candidate to the school board.

MONDAY, March 28

Bellingham City Council (multiple meetings), 10 a.m. –  7 p.m., virtual meetings

Agenda and meeting materials online. No public comment will be taken during meetings; submit comments for this meeting online. 7 p.m. full council meeting. Council committees meet at 1 p.m. (Public Works and Natural Resources), 1:30 p.m. (Parks and Recreation), 1:45 p.m. (Climate Action) and 2:15 p.m. (Committee of the Whole).

Whatcom County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board, 4:30 p.m., virtual meeting 

Agenda online.

Anacortes City Council, 5:30 p.m., 904 6th St. or virtual meeting

Agenda online. Note the early start.

Lynden School Board, 6:15 p.m., Lynden Middle School

Community forum to meet one of three superintendent candidates. Participants can submit feedback on the candidate to the school board.

Blaine School Board, 7 p.m., 765 H St.

Agenda to be posted before meeting.

TUESDAY, March 29

Whatcom County Council as the Health Board, 10 a.m., virtual meeting

Agenda and meeting materials online.

Skagit County Commissioners public hearing, 11:15 a.m., 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon or virtual meeting

Testimony sought on amendments to the 2022 Skagit County budget.

Ferndale School Board, 6 p.m., 5780 Hendrickson Ave. or virtual meeting

Agenda to be posted before meeting.

Lynden School Board, 6:15 p.m., Lynden Middle School

Community forum to meet one of three superintendent candidates. Participants can submit feedback about the candidate to the school board.

WEDNESDAY, March 30

Ferndale City Council Committee, 8 a.m., virtual meeting

Agenda and instructions on how to join remotely will be posted online.

Whatcom County Justice Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee, 3 p.m., virtual meeting
Stakeholder Advisory Committee to meet with chairs of the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force subcommittees to learn more about their work.

Lynden School Board, 6:15 p.m., Lynden Middle School

Community forum to meet one of three superintendent candidates. Participants can submit feedback on the candidate to the school board.

Semiahmoo Highlands community meeting, 7 p.m., Blakely Room, Semiahmoo Resort, 9565 Semiahmoo Pkwy.

Opportunity to learn about developer's plans for a 353-acre property at Semiahmoo. Planned in several phases, anticipated full buildout includes 480 residences plus commercial and retail.


COMMENT AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Opt out of Whatcom County road shoulder herbicide program

For property owners along county rights of way. Call Public Works Maintenance and Operations, 360-778-6400 to request a copy of the required maintenance agreement and arrange pickup of “Owner Will Maintain” signs.

Department of Natural Resources land exchange in Skagit County. Deadline: March 28

DNR proposes adding a net 1,300 acres to the common school trust, to generate revenue for public schools from timber sales. A portion of the proposed trust land is in Skagit County. To comment, email exchanges@dnr.wa.gov. Find more information online.

Apply for funding for affordable housing in Skagit County. Deadline: March 31

Money for planning or construction comes from real estate excise taxes collected in Skagit County. Details and application online.

Fairhaven Park entrance sign. Deadline: March 31

View design proposals for a new sign at the entrance of Fairhaven Park and provide your comments. The city of Bellingham takes comments on various projects at engagebellingham.org.

Phillips 66 Integrated Oil Spill Contingency Plan. Deadline: April 7

The state Department of Ecology provides more information and a comment form online.

Bellingham Recreation Needs Assessment Survey. Deadline: April 8

The assessment covers facilities and programs. Fill out the survey online

BP Cherry Point — Proposed Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit Amendment. Deadline: April 11

The state Department of Ecology provides more information and a comment form online.

Permits for Port of Bellingham shipping terminal maintenance dredging. Deadline: April 15

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Ecology seek comment on maintenance dredging at the Port's shipping terminal to restore navigable depths.

Name the future Bellingham park at Cornwall Landfill. Deadline: April 29

Cleanup of the site is scheduled for 2023 with park construction expected to begin in September 2024. Enter your suggestion for the new park's name at the Engage Bellingham website.

Climate Action Fund. Deadline: April 30

Bellingham city officials seek feedback on a proposed property tax to fund carbon reduction and climate change adaptation projects.

Jail planning. Deadline: Late 2022

The Whatcom County Justice Project's Stakeholder Advisory Committee is accepting comments at SAC@co.whatcom.wa.us on a new jail and associated behavioral health services, as long as the committee continues to meet.


YOUR PROPERTY TAXES

How much do I pay, and where does the money go? Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan counties report how much each jurisdiction collects in property taxes, and how much each individual pays, depending on where they live and the value of their property.


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