News from the Blaine City Council meeting on October 8 at city hall, 435 Martin Street.

Blaine Economic Development Advisory Committee dissolved

Due in part to lack of quorum, Blaine City Council voted 4-0 (in the absence of councilmembers Meg Olson, Steve Lawrenson and Mary Lou Steward) to dissolve the Blaine Economic Development Advisory Committee.

The committee was comprised of city staff and community members and formed in 2008 to promote economic vitality, including the sale and development of the city’s former airport property, also known as the Gateway Parcel.

“Although there was routinely interesting and dynamic conversations, little output was created and direct action by the committee was limited,” read a staff report from the city. “Work was significantly hampered by irregular and infrequent attendance by most committee members.”

In September, Blaine City Council voted to form a six-member ad hoc committee responsible for creating plans to redevelop downtown properties that are owned by the city, including the old city hall building as well as the skate park and library sites.

City council appoints new planning commissioner

Blaine City Council voted 3-1, with councilmember Eric Davidson voting against, to appoint Thomas Hanrahan to the Blaine Planning Commission.

He will fill Larry Wonnacott’s seat, who recently resigned from the position.

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