Letters to the Editor -- July 05, 2001

Published on Thu, Jul 5, 2001
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Letters to the Editor


The Editor:
The citizens for a new Blaine fire station would like to encourage the city council to approve ordinance 01-2497, calling for a fire facility bond special election at their next scheduled meeting.
This ordinance would call for a special election to be held on September 18, 2001 for the purpose of allowing eligible voters in the city to vote on a special levy for a new fire facility to be located in the city of Blaine.
The city is presently leasing a warehouse to provide a fire station, as the downtown fire facility is structurally unsound.
This warehouse is a temporary solution only and cannot be counted upon as a long-term situation. We must do all we can to provide the people who protect our homes, businesses and lives with an adequate facility from which to do their job.
Ann L. Walter
Blaine


The Editor & Friends of Blaine:
As you probably know by now, Blaine has reached an agreement with the Lummis over the issue of the wastewater treatment plant site.
From the original lawsuit of $40 million, to a final outcome of $1.25 million (paid for by the city’s insurer), it is obvious that the many rounds of careful negotiations have paid off. Much of the successful outcome is due to the efforts of city manager Gary Tomsic.
He worked very hard to protect Blaine’s interests (yours and mine) during a long and arduous process, while still being sensitive to the Lummi’s needs. This is one huge hurdle we have crossed, and now it is time to focus onward and upward.
The present city council and manager are driven to build Blaine’s economy, with emphasis on all pieces of the economic pie, the major ones being downtown retail, industrial development, and tourism. While challenges lie ahead, obstacles are clearing one by one, and there are some exciting plans and projects on the horizon. To that end, we are building relationships and partnerships with the Port of Bellingham, Resort Semiahmoo, and others, to economically benefit Blaine and our unique region.
Blaine has always been known for its friendliness and people helping people, and now the city council is asking for your help in planning our future. Join us at one of the upcoming neighborhood meetings and give us your ideas, dreams, suggestions, and concerns. This is about you and your future. Please come and share!
Bonnie Onyon, councilmember
Blaine

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The Northern Light welcomes letters to the editor; however, the opinions expressed are not those of the editor. Letters must include name, address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters must not exceed 350 words and may be edited or rejected for reasons of legality, length and good taste. Thank you letters are limited to five individuals or groups. A fresh viewpoint on matters of general interest to local readers will increase the likelihood of publication. Writers should avoid personal invective. Unsigned letters will not be accepted for publication. Requests for withholding names will be considered on an individual basis. Only one letter per month from an individual correspondent will be published.

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