Via Mike Skehan, Barbara Brenner shares what she heard from Roland Middleton (‘special projects manager’) about the Lummi Nation / Gooseberry Pt Pedestrian Project that the County agreed to as part of the Gooseberry Pt ferry docking lease.
My guess is that if we islanders and other county citizens don’t keep asking, we’ll hear zip until the ‘dozers & cement trucks show up. I personally doubt that the Lummi Nation or Public Works seriously think of islanders and other county citizens as “key stakeholders” in this project — even though we’re going to pay for at least a good part of this via road property taxes (from owners and, indirectly, renters, of properties in unincorporated Whatcom County).
We can stay informed, but only if islanders take the initiative as Mike Skehan did with this. I can’t help wondering whether non-LN residents of Gooseberry Pt know that this is all in the works. If anyone has connections with Gooseberry Pt property owners, please be sure to pass on this information (or the Ferry Forum link) to them.
Thanks, Mike, for asking for this information and sharing it with the rest of us. Hope you’ll continue with updates as you get them. (Ditto to anyone else who asks the County for information and gets a response that can be shared via the Ferry Forum.)
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Date: Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 4:42 PM
Subject: Re: Gooseberry Point Pedestrian project
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, NHanson@co.whatcom.wa.us
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:49:17 -0700
From: “Roland Middleton” <email@example.com>
Cc: “Barbara Brenner” <BBrenner@co.whatcom.wa.us>,
“Doug Burghart” <DBurghar@co.whatcom.wa.us>,
“Frank Abart” <FAbart@co.whatcom.wa.us>,
“Joe Rutan” <JRutan@co.whatcom.wa.us>
Subject: Gooseberry Point Pedestrian project
Thank you for your interest in the Gooseberry Point Pedestrian Project.
Whatcom County Public Works is negotiating a contract with the consulting firm of Grey and Osborne to perform an alternatives analysis for the Gooseberry Point Pedestrian Project. Although the project is a Lummi Nation project, Whatcom County committed to paying for the preliminary analysis.
Public outreach and stakeholder discussion is an element in the analysis.
I have forwarded your contact information to Doug Burghart, project engineer in charge of the contract, to pass it on to Grey and Osborne so that you may be notified of any public meetings regarding this project.
Roland Middleton, LEG,
Whatcom County Public Works
Special Projects Manager
In a message dated 6/28/2012 2:49:30 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, BBrenner@co.whatcom.wa.us writes: