City goes tocourt against airport petition

Published on Thu, Sep 22, 2005 by ara Nelson

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City goes to court against airport petition

By Tara Nelson

The city of Blaine has obtained a temporary restraining order with the Whatcom County Superior Court barring Whatcom County Auditor Shirley Forslof from issuing a determination of sufficiency regarding a petition submitted by the anti-airport citizen group, Revitalize Blaine Now.

The group, headed by real estate agent Dennis Hill, presented more than 500 signatures to the city council during a council meeting on September 12. The petition requested a question to be added to the November election ballot asking Blaine citizens if the city should permanently abolish the Blaine Municipal Airport as a municipal function.

Blaine city attorney Jon Sitkin advised the council that he believed the petition to be insufficient because it does not identify any existing city ordinance or propose any new ordinances that would accomplish the action in question, as required by law.

Sitkin also said that because the proposed action would be an administrative process of the city council, it is not subject to the initiative process.

A hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30 at the Whatcom County Courthouse.