Citizen Journalist: Report on the July 24, 2018 Council Meeting

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Tuesday was full!

PUD: Mostly ordinary business; they are working on their ‘Strategic Plan’ update, held in Lynden, we did not attend; supposed to be ‘white paper’ explaining.

They also retained RH2 Engineering, no purpose discussed.  RH2, has also hired, via Gary Stoyka WC Public Works and via WC Council; which may help explain PUD retaining RH2?

Whatcom County Council meeting:

Tiny Homes and Tents, emergency action passed by WC Council at urging of 20-30 homeless and advocates to provide County land to use for their proposal. The property being considered is the County property nearby the NW Soccer Fields, located on the corner of Northwest and Smith Road’s. The WC Exec and Planning Dept. tasked to work out details and the County’s liability.

WC Council work with Whatcom Planning on continued efforts to revise the Cherry Point Comprehensive Plan. The Council has placed this agenda item on hold because they seek additional help (and need to appropriate the funds to) retain additional hours from Cascadia Law, the enviro-attorneys from Seattle.  They want to restrict development of the 4th Pier, stop all coal exports from Cherry Point, and limit hazardous materials and future expansion by Cherry Point Industries. Some union folks addressed the Council during open session to speak about the need of family wage jobs.  Many others  also spoke against the WC Council’s continual focus to change and choke-off productivity with Cherry Point Industries and jobs.

Audio File of July 24th, 2018 7:00 PM Whatcom County Council Meeting: 

The Watershed Management Team met Wed morning, July 25th, 2018. The group used up two hours updating themselves on activities and actions taken by the Planning Unit and Watershed Management Board. Continued discussion on funding for planned actions through the Puget Sound Partnership.  A lot of time and taxpayer funds spent for little, or no measurable progress.

Planning Unit met on July 25th, 2018, Wed. evening. The PU worked to narrow 95 ideas/projects to 44, then down to 3 per sub-basin in the WIRA1 watershed. Off stream storage was endorsed with majority Caucus support.  Also, with unanimous Caucus support, was sending a PU delegation to the next Watershed Management Board meeting to inform them of the PU’s concern with their 5 Year Plan and the flaws the PU see with it. The group agreed to continued PU meetings every two weeks. Department of Ecology were informed that Whatcom PU was far ahead of Nisqually Planning, which both are to be completed by Feb. 2nd, 2019.