Chair Mckenzie announced today LIFAC is creating a new Subcommittee to look into Long Range Planning issues for future ferry service to Lummi Island . Chuck Antholt and Byron Moye will be the two LIFAC members required to form Subcommittees in WC Ordinance 2012-005. This is expected to be a focused study of past, present, and future demographics, service trends, and alternatives available, resulting in recommendations to the full LIFAC and then the Whatcom County Council. Both ferry Capital Plans and Comp Plans are up for reviewal around 2016, so it’s good to get started ‘clearing our throats’ on these issues.
Here’s the text of the message Mike McKenzie sent out this morning.
The inaugural, formational meeting of the Long-Range Planning Subcommittee for the County-appointed Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee (LIFAC)will take place Tuesday evening, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lummi Island Library.
The library is located just off the Whatcom Chief ferry landing, 2144 So. Nugent Road. (Park in the Public Lot directly across the road from the ferry landing, and enter through a large wooden gate to the Library.)
LIFAC members Charles Antholt and Byron Moye serve as committee liaisons to the subcommittee. They will oversee adding community volunteers to the subcommittee, and the selection of a chairperson after receiving either a written or oral statement from interested persons.
The subcommittee will make recommendations to the LIFAC from research and public input about ferry operations — costs, revenues, accounting, fare structure, dry dock, and any other matters affecting ferry transportation to and from Lummi Island. The subcommittee will coordinate communications with the LIFAC’s other subcommittee studying alternatives to the Whatcom Chief ferry.
An open period for public comments is on the agenda, with a limit of 3 minutes for each speaker.
Other agenda items: adopt a scope of work, and add new business.
The committee will meet monthly, and meetings will adjourn by 7:40 p.m. sharp (in time for any departures on the 7:50 ferry).
Mike Skehan, for the Ferry Forum