Report on Feb. 2, 2016 LIFAC Meeting

Below is a concise report on what happened last night’s Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee (LIFAC) meeting. It’s just a quick report, not approved  minutes. Stu Clark sent it out by email today (Feb. 3). Stu is the newly elected LIFAC chairperson. Other newly elected officers and members are listed in the report. The report provides a quick look- ahead to topics for the March 1 meeting.  My sincere thanks to LIFAC for getting these out so quickly! (Thanks, too, to LICA’s incomparable Paul Davis for rapidly sending out this report to all paid Tome subscribers who ask for Brown Betty email service.)

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From
​Stu Clark, Chairman

​Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee (LIFAC) held its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, at 6:30 PM and adjourned on schedule at 7:40 PM.

New members Heidi Forbes and Rhayma Blake, returning member Nancy Ging, and current members Chuck Antholt, Cris Colburn and Stu Clark attended. New member Charles Bailey was called out of town at the last minute.

New officers were elected for a six-month term: Chair: Stu Clark, Vice-Chair: Nancy Ging, and Secretary: Rhayma Blake.

The Lummi Island Volunteer Fire Department was thanked for providing a monthly meeting site for LIFAC at no cost. This has allowed LIFAC to provide the Islanders the continuity and convenience of a monthly open forum addressing a vital part of island living.

The Islanders greatly appreciate the willingness of our mainland members to come here to meet and to Rob Ney, Whatcom County Public Works Special Programs Manager for the Ferry, for his regular attendance and reporting.

Because of this cooperative effort, meetings are scheduled for the 70 minutes between the 6:20 and 7:50 ferries for Committee action and public input. Efficient use of this time points to getting, as much as possible, applicable information distributed by E-MAILS (and attachments) during the month prior to meeting. We can then focus on action items at the scheduled meeting.

We invite the public to submit written copies of their “Open Session” comments as early as possible in the month so that we can incorporate them into our thinking prior to our meeting.

Public attendees at our meetings are invited to speak during the “Open Session” held prior to “Old Business”. 70 minutes do not allow for two “Open Sessions” at each meeting. Unless we receive very strong support for moving the “Open Session” to the end of the meeting, it will continue to be held prior to “Old Business”.

At the request of several members and the public, here is the link to the Collective Bargaining agreement for the Ferry Crew:

http://documents.whatcomcounty.us/weblink8/0/doc/3448966/Page1.aspx?searchid=72341cf2-4907-43ce-920e-3e46740c9b9e

The planned meeting agenda is attached. We did not cover the “Feasibility of Fairhaven Route”. This will be on next month’s agenda.

The major item for and focus of our meeting next month will be adding the “Level of Service” (LOS) paragraph(s) to the Whatcom County Comp Plan. Nancy Ging will be contacting the Whatcom County Council on how best to incorporate references to a Ferry LOS in that document in a timely fashion.

Attached is the original Agenda for this meeting.

Thank you for your interest in this report,

Chair: Stu Clark

2 thoughts on “Report on Feb. 2, 2016 LIFAC Meeting

  1. I think the LIFAC is doing great work. Thanks for putting in so much time and work. I can’t seem to find an email for the Committee so I’ll leaver my suggestion here since you are working on LOS. Please consider expanding the ferry begin time on weekends to 6 or 6:30 am, at least for the summer months if not year round. Many people work a 7 am to 3 pm shift weekends (nurses and healthcare workers) and in the summer the daylight get people out and going earlier for business (outdoor workers and recreationalists)
    Thanks

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