Published on Thu, May 5, 2005
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Blaine public works staff has started the process of rebidding boardwalk construction following council direction to get the project rolling even if legal issues continue to hold it up.

The city will start this summer with the street end parklets at G and H streets, said public works director Steve Banham. “There's a lot of soil removal work,” he told city council at their April 18 meeting. “Construction could extend into early winter. We'll at least be out of the ground this summer.” Banham expects council will approve a design amendment for the project, including additive items such as a performance pavilion, at their May 9 meeting which could lead to bid openings in July to kick off an estimated 180 days of construction.

The city will guarantee funding for the Plover ferry’s operating season this year, but will be asking that ferry riders start paying their way.
City manager Gary Tomsic reported on a meeting with Drayton Harbor Maritime representatives looking for solutions to meet the ferry's funding shortfall. “We arrived at some solutions,” Tomsic told Blaine city council April 18. “I think they will allow the Plover to come to a funding level to meet their needs this year.” He said ferry managers had agreed to more actively seek donations, starting with setting a minimum recommended donation to ride the Plover between Semiahmoo and Blaine Harbor marina. However, the donation is not a required fare to ride the Plover. “One of their goals is to make the experience available to local people, especially the children,” Tomsic said.