2016 Year in Review: Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee

By Joel Lantz

PRCAC welcomed new at-large board member Linda Hughes in February. Linda graciously volunteered to assume the secretary position on the board. Linda replaced John Lesow. Many thanks to John for his community service and hard work.

PRCAC asked the Whatcom County Public Works department (WCPW) to provide an evaluation of four different “traffic-calming” suggestions for the intersections at Tyee and Benson and Marine Drive and Gulf Road. WCPW delivered an alternatives analysis to us in May. The four options are being considered by PRCAC for possible expenditure of a portion of the Transportation Benefit District funds.

PRCAC was contacted by Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) in May to see if we would be interested in participating in a county solid waste pilot program to evaluate Point Roberts’ current solid waste program and possible improvements to better serve our community. We accepted the opportunity and, after input from the public at a well-attended PRCAC meeting in July, WCHD posted an online survey published in the APB and Point Interface to solicit feedback from the community. PRCAC will be bringing WCHD back to our January meeting to discuss survey results and next steps.

PRCAC has actively been pursuing next steps regarding the draft character plan. There have been several developments this past year, regarding signage, etc., that have delayed closure on this very important community concern. We are looking forward to working with Whatcom County Planning and Development Services in 2017 to bring closure to the proposed draft character plan.

PRCAC’s goals for 2017 are to continue to provide advice and recommendations to the county executive and the county council regarding needs and issues specific to Point Roberts.

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