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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Weariness of Governing

I put in about 90 minutes tonight at the Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee Meeting.  The Gas Tax fund is now creeping up to a half million (Thanks, Canadians!), but the Committee is still churning around with what will be done with the funds.  It is possible that as a result of tonight's meeting, the Committee members will come up with a half dozen, more or less, actual, possible, fitting-the-guidelines projects that the funds could be used for.  Then, they'll go to the community to see which of these they are most interested in pursuing.  Better than the vague, 'what do you want?' kinds of surveys, but it is hard to know whether Point Roberts residents are actually reachable for opinions on such things.  Apathy?  Or just, 'who knows?  who cares?'  Or is that apathy?

The other useful piece of information was that the County Planning Office is informally continuing to accept comments regarding citizen views on the Lily Point Beach Club plans, including the widening of APA Road and the accompanying tree cutting along APA Road.  Make your views known to: akeenan@co.whatcom.wa.us

No news on possible grant funds to replace the dock/pier in Lighthouse Park.  No news on the zoning issues that render Point Roberts, temporarily at least, a place where decisions about zoning are to be made as they have been historically made,  whatever that phrase might encompass.

And, finally, Lily Point State Park is going to get a parking lot, whether Point Roberts residents want it or not: approximately 30 cars worth.  I love how disputes with the County often get resolved by the County announcing that there are State and County Regulations that require it be done their way.  I'm sure there are.  It's like Groucho Marx saying, "Those are my principles; if you don't like them, I have others."  The County too seems to have lots of 'other' regulations when there is need for them.

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