UPDATED link: Public Works, sometime in 2009 (after this story broke) added links to study on the Whatcom County Ferry website.
Prior to 2006, someone in the County (minimally the County Executive, and Jeff Munson, then head of the Dept. Public Works) must have learned of the Lummi Nation’s disinterest in renewing the Gooseberry Pt lease in 2010 and moving the dock elsewhere.
By 2006 or 2007 at the latest, the County decided to undertake a feasibility study of alternative mainland dock locations. ~$300,000 of County Funds were allocated to this project. (I don’t know and haven’t tried to check whether this allocation of funds was approved by the County Council or whether it was an Executive decision.)
By 2007 (see p. 53, above section 4.8 in Lummi Nation 2007 Transportation Plan), a scope of work for the project was developed and apparently a consulting firm was hired. (discovered when Wynne Lee read that report online on 12/28/2009)
Date the report was completed: unknown. The date on the official final report now available is December 21, 2009.
December 12/28/2009. I emailed Barbara Brenner, Sam Crawford, Carl Weimer, Pete Kremen, Frank Abart (cc’d to firstname.lastname@example.org; Art Thomas; email@example.com; Colleen O. McCrory) an email asking what happened to that report. Later that day, Barbara Brenner forwarded that email to several people in the County Executive Office, DPW and others asking for a response to my email.
December 29, 2009. Abart sent an email to all involved parties saying the report had been found, copies would be made and distributed to County Councilors, the Executive Office, etc. no later than Dec. 31, 2009, with the document posted sometime the first week of January, in all likelihood. I asked Abart for a CD, he agreed and it was picked up 12/29/31.
January 3, 2009. The Report has been posted on this site (site to be launched today, January 4, 2009) and I emailed the report to Barbara Brenner and Carl Weimer, expressing concerns about how the process has been handled.
Click here for the County’s pdf version of the report (Warning: Very large file – will be slow or impossible for some people to download).
Some materials haven’t yet been posted here (e.g., Report Appendices) but are on the CD. Hopefully the site will include them soon, but we only have so much time and energy. Please be patient with us.