Lummi Business Council Passes Lease

From KOMO news (Seattle) yesterday and the Bellingham Herald today today, a press release from the Lummi Nation about the Lummi Indian Business Council approving the lease.

The Herald article said that County Council would introduce the agreement on August 9, presumably to have a public hearing (and vote?) at their next meeting on September 13.  There was no indication whether the agreement signed by the Lummis still includes the very worrisome clause granting “unlimited rides for all Lummi members and employees for 35 years”.  The County Executive requested that be changed to a reasonable specified number of punch cards a couple of weeks ago.

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  1. Here’s an email from Sam Crawford in response to a query sent earlier this week about the status of the negotiations (query email follows his). Note that Sam encourages people to comment on what’s in the proposed agreement.
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    >From: Sam Crawford
    >Sent: Aug 1, 2011 4:14 PM
    >To: Pete Kremen , wynnelee@earthlink.net
    >Cc: john.stark@bellinghamherald.com, editor@cascadiaweekly.com, mcwritermm@gmail.com, ajb@lummi-nsn.gov
    >Subject: Re: could you please clarify what LIBC approved?
    >
    >Hi Wynne,
    >
    >To my understanding, the LIBC passed the lease agreement with the awareness that our attorneys, working collaboratively and with the advice of their respective councils, would continue to iron out some language where there may still be concerns by either party. These matters were the topic of our last executive session with Deputy Prosecutor Dan Gibson on July 26th. As a result of that meeting, he is preparing a revised lease agreement for council and public review.
    >
    >Dan Gibson anticipates having a draft of the lease based on these recent refinements ready for distribution by the end of the week. Hopefully the draft can be included in the upcoming (Aug.9) county council ‘packet’, although the hearing will not be held on this lease agreement next week.
    >
    >(Note: the lease draft may not make the deadline for next week’s ‘packet’ – normally distributed on Wednesday prior to a council meeting – but the council clerk will distribute it as a ‘packet revision’ as soon as it is available.)
    >
    >As time will be needed for all to continue review and comment based on the latest version, the council anticipates holding the public hearing on the lease agreement sometime in September.
    >
    >As always, please encourage all concerned to respond with comments regarding any portion of this agreement.
    >
    >
    >Sam Crawford
    >Whatcom County Council Member
    >360 676-6690
    >
    >NOTE: In nearly all cases, email communications with any county council member are subject to public disclosure, and are considered public documents.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >>>> “wynnelee@earthlink.net” 08/01/11 8:56 AM >>>
    >The Bellingham Herald and KOMO articles this week were confusing. (for links, see https://lummiislandferryforum.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/lummi-business-council-passes-lease/were.) Both reported the LIBC press release. But then, in John Stark’s Herald article, the statement was made that the county and tribal leaders are ‘still working out details’.
    >
    >Did the LIBC approve the published lease agreement — the one with the ‘unlimited free rides to all LN members and employees (~6000 people currently) for 35 years’ clause? Something else?
    >
    >This LIBC media release sure makes it look like the gag rule (I mean,the executive behind-closed-doors process rule/agreement) applies only to the County government. Seems to me that this is another of those not-so-good ideas for County residents, taxpayers and government, just like the ‘unlimited free rides for unknown numbers of people for 35 years’ commitment in Section 5 of the originally published lease agreement.
    >
    >I’d appreciate clarification and know others would, too.
    >
    >Thanks,
    >
    >Wynne
    >
    >Wynne Lee
    >2171 Tuttle Lane
    >Lummi Island, WA 98262
    >360-778-0271
    >https://lummiislandferryforum.wordpress.com

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