Hope that those expecting visitors or customers from Canada will let them know about this temporary problem.
Lummi Island medical or fire emergencies can require sudden use of the ferry for transport. That doesn’t happen by magic. Rather, it has required well-planned and continually supported radio links between two county agencies, the Whacom County Fire District 11 (WCFD11, Lummi island) and Whatcom County Public Works (WCPW ferry operations).
In 2011, District 11 Fire Department (Duncan McLane, Chief and elected Fire Commissioners Bob Busch, Ed Scott & Wendell Terry) purchased and arranged for the installation of compatible communications equipment needed for these essential communications. This was done by a formal agreement between Fire District 11 and Public works (alternative link here). Initial funding was provided by a grant obtained by the Fire District. Presumably on-going maintenance of this system is funded by Fire District property taxes paid by Lummi Island property owners. Effective operation is made possible by the fact that some ferry crew members are also volunteers in the Fire Department.
Positive interactions like this between two of Whatcom County’s government agencies are essential to handling emergencies effectively for the isolated Lummi Island community.
UPDATE May 17,2016: Nancy Ging, LIFAC member, clarified the origins of this draft document on NextDoor Lummi Island (private site). The draft report is not part of LIFAC-County current long-range planning for any future changes to the ferry system. (re-posted with her permission).
“There is NO Fairhaven proposal currently under discussion, or even hinted. This report, initiated at the request of a County Councilmember, is intended only to summarize some of the major obstacles encountered by the County, LIFAC, and other citizen groups in the past when the recurring idea of a Fairhaven route was fully explored and rejected. It is not intended to be comprehensive or complete. The report is in draft form and is being submitted for public input, which will be attached to the report before storing it in the archives at the Library.”
Original post May 14, 2016. The Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee (LIFAC) has produced a detailed draft report on the feasibility of docking at Fairhaven (DRAFT–Ferry Service Lummi Island to Fairhaven, April 30, 2016). Chuck Antholt, who researched and authored the report, presented it at the May 3, 2016 meeting. The report makes two key assumptions: 1) use of the Whatcom Chief; and 2) no restrictions on docking at Fairhaven (unlikely, given recent input from the Port of Bellingham). LIFAC requests citizen input on the report (written preferred) at or before their June 7 meeting (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or comment at the meeting).
Quite a bit is happening tomorrow night at the Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee meeting (6:30-7:40, District 11 Firehall, Lummi Island). Here’s the agenda: LIFAC agenda 2016-05-03
Here is last year’s County’s request for proposals for temporary ferry service. This service is the County’s (our) backup plan for temporary, including emergency and dry dock service when the Chief is unavailable. My understanding is that the County’s award of the contract was challenged legally by a few islanders, a challenge that failed.
Some islanders see no need Read More »
Here’s Stu Clark’s (chair) report on the LIFAC March 1, 2016 meeting (not included: Agenda; brief bios of members Bailey, Blake and Forbes). A key action was the vote to ensure that the County’s 20 yr Comprehensive (Comp) Plan recogizes the Lummi Island Ferry system as an essential ‘arterial’ road that requires ‘concurrency’ of future transportation and growth/development. Read More »
Isaac Colgen posted a brief history (with great photos) of ferries to Lummi Island on the site he manages, Lummi-island.com. All of his stories there have been interesting, highlighting a range of island activities and people.
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! Read More »
Much is happening with LIFAC right now: progress on long term planning for a replacement ferry, 3 new committee members, election of officers at Tuesday’s meeting. So far, Nancy Ging is the only person I’ve heard of who’s thrown her hat in the ring for chairperson, Read More »
The Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee (LIFAC) has made public its draft report on ferry level of service LIFAC LOS Project Part 1 Report – DRAFT 12-01-2015. This report is part of their co-operative planning with Public Works re: replacement of the Whatcom Chief. Included are definitions, history and more about what ‘ferry level of service’ is and how it is defined by Whatcom County. This is a substantive document with considerable detail and comparisons to other WA ferry systems. Public comments on the document and issues are welcome, and can be submitted in writing to email@example.com or at the next LIFAC meeting in January (tentatively, January 5). Read More »