Kari Ulatoski has distributed the agenda for Saturday’s meeting. Click here to access the 3-page document. Also, please read this article published today by KOMO. WSF is proposing $5 million in cuts that will impact the San Juan Islands.
Pleas print a copy to bring with you. Even if you cannot attend, please take a look at the topics that will be covered.
When we met with members of the FCP and Reps. Seaquist and Morris in early November, one action item we agreed on was to contact individual members of the Connecting WA Task Force to express our concern about the importance of identifying ongoing, sustainable funding sources for the statewide transportation system. Now is the time to do this.
The Nov. 15 task force meeting was canceled, but the task force will be meeting this coming Tuesday in Olympia. Based on the revised agenda linked below, it appears that a great deal of time will be spent discussing revenue streams.
While it may not be possible for readers to get to Olympia to speak during the public input portion of the meeting, you can review the agenda and notes from the Oct. 4 meeting (also linked below) and send an email to one or more members of the task force. A partial list of members and their email addresses is linked here.
Oct. 4 notes
Directions to meeting
Please take a few minutes to express your concerns to members of the task force (by Monday, Nov. 28). Thanks!
This month’s FAC meeting (San Juan County) is being held from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the County meeting room at Orcas Landing, which is located just west of the ferry dock. To walk to the meeting room from the ferry dock, go west and down the driveway to the lower building at the county dock. The door to the meeting room is on the west side.
The agenda is posted here. Topics include an update from the WA Transportation Commission, a report on the recent FCP meeting in Anacortes, and discussion of the proposed Winter schedule. Island residents are encouraged to attend.
This is a final reminder about tomorrow’s meeting in Anacortes. Reps. Seaquist, Lytton, and Morris have confirmed that they plan to be there.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Meeting room, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street
Please download and bring a copy of these documents: agenda and FCP Draft Goals
A couple of us are coming over from Lopez on the 6:35 a.m. boat to get the meeting room set up. I need to pick up the key, but should be at the library by 8:00 a.m. If anyone wants to come by to help set up tables, we’d appreciate the extra hands.
We seem to be in good shape for rides for Saturday. A number of people have contacted me directly to say they are coming and have their transportation covered and I’ve contacted anyone who posted online to ask for or offer a ride. Thanks Tom, Mac, and Gordon for offering space. I think we’re good to go.
I’ve worked with FCP members to develop a brief agenda, just to give us some direction for Saturday. The agenda is not carved in stone and participants are welcome to suggest changes or additions in the form of a comment added to this post. I am linking it here along with a draft of the revised FCP goals. If you’d like hard copies of these, please download the files, print them, and bring them with you on Saturday.
Agenda Nov. 5, 2011
FCP Goals Draft
If you’ve ridden the ferry this month, you’ve certainly been impacted by the recent mechanical breakdowns of the Yakima and Hiyu and the resulting slow downs in service. As discussed in yesterday’s post, our experiences this fall are clear indicators of how tenuous our ferry service is. As we prepare the agenda for the Nov. 5 meeting, this issue is one at the top of the list.
If you are unclear about what’s been happening with the ferries recently, the document linked here spells it out very well. This is a letter sent to Sen. Ranker, Rep. Morris, Rep. Lytton, Sen. Haugen and Rep. Clibborn, with copies to Governor Gregiore, as Task Force Chair, David Moseley and Tom Cowan by the San Juan County Council. Please take a few minutes to read it, particularly if you plan to attend the FCP meeting in Anacortes.
As mentioned earlier, we are working on the agenda now. There’s still time to make additions/changes. If there is a topic you want to be sure we include, please add it today as a comment to this post. Thanks!
As of Sunday afternoon, the Yakima is back in service. In addition to a return to the current vehicle quotas, this means that the Evergreen State is once again the boat on the interisland run. When we meet with local legislators in Anacortes on Saturday morning, November 5, the recent breakdowns may be something we want to discuss with them. Over the next couple of weeks, more information will be posted about this public meeting.
In the meantime, our local Ferry Advisory Committee meets tomorrow morning in Friday Harbor. The time is 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The location is the Large Conference Room, Legislative Bldg, 55 Second St., Friday Harbor. The agenda can be accessed using this link. Feedback on the current ferry schedule and proposed Winter schedule are on the agenda as are future plans for public outreach.