County executive recaps 2007

Published on Thu, Jan 3, 2008 by Pete Kremen

Read More News

County executive recaps 2007

By Pete Kremen

As your Whatcom County Executive I am pleased to report some key accomplishments this past year.

Public Works

Public works projects were a priority for Whatcom County government in 2007. Reconstruction of Drayton Harbor Road will be completed in the spring. Planning, design and permitting for a new Lincoln Road is under way. Also, in response to citizen feedback, a small, but significant, drainage project on Lee Lane was completed. The Birch Bay Transportation Plan process has started.

Shoreline Projects
The Whatcom Marine Resource Committee (MRC) coordinated two tidal flat tours in September, implemented a pilot clam-seeding project on two public tidelands in Birch Bay and funded a prioritization study of potential near-shore habitat restoration projects in Birch Bay and Point Roberts.

Parks Department
In 2007 Whatcom County Parks completed the remodel of the Semiahmoo Cannery Lodge, now available for public rental. The Sunset Equestrian Center received needed improvements. Whatcom County Parks presented 31 outdoor recreation and interpretive programs to local residents. The 51-acre, Point Whitehorn Park, will open in the summer of 2008. The acquisition of Lily Point, a 90-acre marine shoreline property with 40 acres of tidelands in Point Roberts, is yet another example of saving a pristine and unique area for future generations. The latter two projects were made possible in partnership and collaboration with the Whatcom Land Trust.

Deputy Program – Whatcom County Sheriff deputy Cliff Langley was assigned to Birch Bay as part of Sheriff Elfo’s neighborhood deputy program.

Approximately two years from now, we’ll become the gateway to the 2010 Winter Olympics. We’re moving forward with plans for an appropriate level of security and easier access through the border.

I am honored to be able to serve you for another four years and look forward with anticipation to 2008.