City schedules annual clean-up day for May 17
By Tara Nelson
The City of Blaine has scheduled its annual clean-up day from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 at City Hall. Services will include appliance refurbishing, yard waste as well as conventional recycling.
City clerk Sheri Sanchez said the city has contracted with Appliance Depot, formerly ReUse Works to collect unused freezers, refrigerators, washers and dryers. Sanchez said the city had initially contracted with the Bellingham RE Store to collect new and used materials for resale but that the store backed out at the last minute because of other projects.
City looks to charge Plover ridership
Blaine City Council member Jason Overstreet Monday announced he would look into the possibility of creating a fee schedule for rides on the Plover ferry.
“The tourism plan of 2001 calls for a $2 ride,” Overstreet said. “As it is now, the Plover is strictly run by donations.”
Overstreet said he would like to work with the Blaine Tourism Advisory Committee to create a fee structure that works for the city and the riders, noting the city charges $5 for a ride when it rents the Plover during the city’s annual Wings Over Water festival.
Myers, Wolf receive awards
The council also awarded former council member Bruce Wolf for his service on the council’s ward 2 position from January 2002 to August 2007. Wolf resigned in early 2007 when he learned he had cancer.
The council also recognized Mike Myers who served on the council’s ward 3 position from April 2001 to January 2008 and was mayor from January 2006 to January 2008. Myers resigned earlier this year for an undisclosed medical condition.
Wings Over Water
Blaine resident Elle Tracy said she recently attended the Wings Over Water festival and noticed several of the event vendors were from out-of-town.
“It seems to me the Blaine vendors who purchase a business license should be able to take advantage of that before the city imports vendors,” she said.
Blaine mayor Bonnie Onyon agreed there were Blaine vendors at the event but that many were also from out-of-town.
She also said that would be a question to follow up with Blaine Community Development Specialist Debbie Harger who is in charge of promoting the event through the Blaine Tourism Advisory Commmission’s budget.
City recognizes boating safety week
Bob Jacobson and Mary Richter, of Bellingham Power Squadron were also presented with a honorary plaque recognizing National Safe Boating Week May 18 through 24.
“On average 700 people are injured in boating accidents each year in the U.S. more than 70 percent of those are fatalities,” Blaine mayor Bonnie Onyon said.
Jacobson said many people mistakenly think that mariners simply refer to people with yachts, but it also includes kayakers, canoeists and those on dinghies. “The vast majority of people who die aren’t wearing life jackets,” he said.
City schedules Lighthouse Point groundbreaking
The City of Blaine has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for May 29 for its Lighthouse Point water reclamation facility. U.S. representative Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.
Water conservation program
Blaine public works officials want residents to cut back on their water.
In a regular meeting of Blaine City Council Monday, Blaine public works director Steve Banham introduced voluntary water guidelines between June 15 and September 15 to encourage residents to water on alternating days, before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m. and only in 30 minute intervals.
Banham said the city would make exceptions for potted plants, hanging baskets, new lawns, flower and vegetable gardens, golf courses and turf farms, as well as properly operating drip irrigation systems or hand-held watering methods.
In addition, Banham said the city would impose voluntary restrictions in which residents of odd addresses water their lawns on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday and residents of even address water their lawns on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Banham said although the city passed a resolution, the rules were voluntary and are designed to help increase efficiency and regulate municipal water flows.
“We’re not going to be out patrolling the neighborhoods but if we see someone watering excessively, we will say something,” Banham said.
The council voted 7-0 to approve the resolution.
City grants $25 million sewer contract to Stellar J Corporation
The city of Blaine is moving ahead with plans for a $30 million water reclamation facility and treatment plant.
In their regular meeting April 28, Blaine City Council voted to award the bid for construction of the 23,000 square foot Lighthouse Point Water Reclamation Facility to Stellar J Corporation, the low bidder from the March 27 opening with a bid of $24.9 million.
This new treatment facility will be located on approximately one acre of city-owned waterfront property on Marine Drive at the western end of Marine Park and will replace the existing 28-year old facility located on the Semiahmoo Spit.
Blaine public works director Steve Banham said work on the project is expected to begin in early June, with completion anticipated by spring 2010.
Council also voted to extend contracts with Harris and Associates to provide construction management and inspection for this project, and with Brown & Caldwell, the engineering designer, for technical services.