Thanks to John Whetten, FAC rep for Lopez Island, for sharing his notes from this week’s FAC meeting. I am posting them below in their entirety. Several important topics were discussed during this meeting–at least one of which may be appropriate to bring up during the FCP meeting that will be held on the morning of Saturday, November 5 at the public library in Anacortes. Reps. Morris, Seaquist, and Lytton have said they plan to attend. More information will be posted next week. In the meantime, here are John’s notes.
Much of the meeting was spent discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly related to last week’s unprecedented double whammy with casualties to both the Yakima and Hiyu. WSF was given much credit for delaying dry docking of the Chetzemoka and putting it into service as the interisand boat. WSF was criticized for poor communication with the dock agents and the public in the early stages of the problem
(occurring on Tuesday, October 11). A new Emergency Plan will be devised.
The state-wide Super Committee to come up with ways to finance the State’s transportation needs by Thanksgiving has so far not come up with anything. Only two more meetings are scheduled.
Much of the federal grant received by WSF to improve access to the Friday Harbor dock will be spent on an ADA-compliant sidewalk. (The money comes from ADA funds). See lead story in this morning’s Sanjuanislander.com. for more details.
Still no Orcas person to replace Ed Sutton on the FAC. An applicant will be interviewed in the next week or two.
Melissa Johnson, from WSF, continues to provide superb coordination between the FAC, WSF, and our dock agents.
The scheduling subcommittee (Corenman, Rosenfeld, Brantigan, and I) will have our first meeting with WSF schedulers this afternoon on the Winter 2012 schedule.
The next meeting of the FAC, originally scheduled for Lopez, will be held on Orcas on November 9, 2011 in the morning at a time and place to be designated.