Saturday, Jan 17, 1998
A quick overview of the issues.
Tip Johnson, former member of the Bellingham City Council and the driving force behind the referendum signature drive, concisely explains the main issues. This is being posted late Saturday evening, January 17 - only 4 days before the dealine for turning in petitions.
What is Hoag's Pond About?
The referendum seeks to review City Ordinance # 10910. The ordinance, and its companion resolution, strike a land deal which closes street access to Hoag's Pond and trades a beautiful overlook for a thin strip of poor ground.
The trade effectively transfers city property away from the pond and prepares for the consolidation of private property around the pond. This is a bad deal for the citizens because we lose some nice city property, the ways to it, and access to the pond.
These extreme measures seem unnecessary considering that the City is also discussing the possibility of buying the whole property. In this light, the trade gives away what's being bought while clearing the way for a price hike. In return we get the pre-trade rate on just a thin strip of the property's margin. The trade is not only lop-sided, it is categorically inappropriate in view of the possible acquisition.
However, supporting the referendum dos not require accepting these opinions. Signing the petition helps assure that everyone has the information and time to form their own opinion - and the opportunity to register it. This deal is done unless 1,487 valid signatures of registered City of Bellingham voters are delivered to the Finance Director on January 22nd. (See Deadline - below)
Who dreamed up this Deal?
Why who did what is always an intriguing and natural line of inquiry. However, it's extremely unimportant to the referendum process. These are investigative matters that take time which will only be available if the referendum is qualified. What is important is filing the valid signatures of 1,487 registered City of Bellingham voters with the Finance Director by January 22nd. (See Deadline - below)
Petitions that are not mailed to Tip Johnson, PO Box 4307, Bellingham 98227 on or before Jan 20, can be dropped off at Harris Music across from the Herald Building, or call 733-9211 for pickup. Jan 22nd is the filing deadline and all petitions must be received by the Finance Director at City Hall.
We have a printable Petition for you.
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