Year in review: City of Blaine

By Dave Wilbrecht

The city supported several community events including the annual Fourth of July celebration, the G’ana’k’w Canoe Journey Celebration and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony sponsored by the chamber.

The city coordinated with Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District to develop the Marine Park Playground.

There were some changes along the shoreline, where a $50,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology was leveraged with city funds, equipment and labor to enhance hundreds of feet of waterfront.

The Parks and Cemetery Board finalized a recommendation to the city council to improve parks and public facilities that will be followed up in 2016.

The community center pavilion was constructed and is waiting for the floor to be completed. The grand opening will be scheduled the first of the year. Development activity in Semiahmoo has increased notably this year with 10 units constructed.

Development of single and multi-family homes in the central part of Blaine continues to roll along, with more than 15 new units this year.

We were excited to put together Splash Days, a great example of a small and inexpensive event that can help activate energy downtown and area. We were very happy about the community response and large turnout.

We’d like to highlight the opening of the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company. This is another new business added to our downtown, which continues to become more vibrant each year.

City council approved a code enforcement ordinance to begin cleaning up the city’s abandoned structures, yard waste and unsightly properties.

The police department continues to provide excellent services with the help from our ACS volunteers who have assisted with communications, traffic control and other support activities throughout the year.

A major volunteer effort was initiated this fall to clean up overgrown plants on the north and southbound ramps of I-5 at exit 275.

The economic development committee explored options for recruiting national, regional and local retail businesses to the city as well as a medical facility. This work will continue in 2016.

The Blaine Public Works Department contracted to install wastewater piping in the Vista Terrace subdivision.

The Lighthouse Wastewater Treatment Facility achieved a 100 percent compliance award by the Washington Department of Ecology.

Energy use reduction technology was installed in the Lighthouse Wastewater Treatment Facility and city hall to reduce energy consumption and reduce the city’s electric bills.

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