Port invites public for coffee

Published on Thu, Jul 8, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

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Those with questions or comments for Port of Bellingham commissioners can ask them in person over a cup of coffee next week.

The Port of Bellingham has scheduled four “Coffee With A Commissioner” sessions around the county to hear directly from the people they represent.

A meeting in Blaine is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 13 at the Blaine Harbor boathouse with commission president Jim Jorgensen, of Blaine, who has served since 2004.

Three other meetings are scheduled for the same time Monday, July 12 at Fairway Café in Lynden with commissioner Michael McAuley; Wednesday, July 14 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven with commissioner Scott Walker; and Thursday, July 22 at Squalicum boathouse in Bellingham with Michael McAuley.

 “We have a regular time in our meetings for public comment, but we thought we could reach more people if we invited them to join us for coffee,” Jorgensen said. “We want to answer people’s questions and hear their ideas.”

Jorgensen said that it the first four sessions get a good turnout, they’ll schedule more in other parts of Whatcom County. Each of the sessions will be hosted by one commissioner and a staff person and will include coffee, tea and breakfast pastries.

The Port of Bellingham generally meets at 3 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month and begins each meeting with public comment. Residents are also invited to email their comments at info@portofbellingham.com.

For more information, contact Carolyn Casey at 360/676-2500.