The formation of a citizens advisory committee has been proposed by the Whatcom Ferry Task Force, as well as many islanders, as a way to deal with on-going issues connected with the Lummi Island ferry. Councilmember Carl Weimer is getting the ball rolling with an example of what a typical county advisory committee looks like, and is soliciting feedback from us on this subject. Take a minute and email your thoughts on the subject…..
from Carl Weimer firstname.lastname@example.org
to Carl Weimer <email@example.com>
date Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 10:54 PM
subject Ferry Advisory Committee
As you may know I think some form of citizen advisory committee regarding Lummi Island ferry service would be a good idea. This was also a recommendation of the Ferry Task Force. To get discussion of that idea starting I have drafted what a typical county advisory committee would look like. I am sending this out to as many people on the Island as possible for review and comments to help improve this basic idea, and decide whether this is really something people on Lummi Island think will be of value to both the County Council and the residents of the island. Please feel free to share this far and wide.
Attached and below is the basic template for a Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee. This borrows from the County code to create a committee that is similar to most of the other advisory committees. This should serve as a starting point to decide whether such an advisory committee is worth doing, and what specifics need to be added to make it effective for advising the Council, and representative of ferry user needs.
Here is a list of questions that need to be considered:
1. Is such an ongoing advisory committee an effective way to provide good information to the Council for decisions, or would more time limited task forces charged with specific topics (like the recent ferry task force) be more effective?
2. Who should the committee advise? The Council, Public Works, both?
3. Who should appoint the committee? The Council, the executive?
4. What number of members would be optimal – 7,9,11, more?
5. Should representation from certain groups or areas of expertise be specifically called out? Should there be a County Council member member?
6. Can the committee tend to its own operations (scheduling, minutes, info requests from county departments, etc) or would it need ongoing staff support most likely from Public Works?
7. If county staffing and other resources are needed where should those resources come from and how would they be paid for? Should funding/staff time spent supporting the committee be considered a ferry operation expense and thus potentially add to the fare burden? From Ferry District revenue if created as recommended by Task Force?
Please feel free to provide me comments, concerns, and opinions about whether this form of an advisory committee would be of value, and what you believe would be the best answers to the questions above. If possible please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org