Members of the Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee compared notes on the various projects the group is working on when they met on November 9. Arthur Reber reported that he had made a presentation to the Port of Bellingham commissioners November 2, hoping for their support in funding a new dock at Lighthouse Marine Park, and run into skepticism from port legal staff. “He said he doesn’t think they can use port budget for non-port projects,” Reber said.
Committee member Louise Mugar pointed out the port had frequently used their funds to support economic development and tourism related studies in a number of Whatcom County communities, including Point Roberts, where there are no “port projects.” Reber said Kelli Linville had asked her staff members to get a legal opinion about what would be appropriate use of port funds. “I don’t think the wall is brick but there is certainly no definitive answer yet,” he said.
Reber said county public works had confirmed they would be repaving the northern section of Tyee Drive and using the old asphalt they remove to improve the shoulders on Benson Road and make them more pedestrian and bike friendly. Reber said he hadn’t gotten a commitment from the county yet about how far the improvements to Benson Road would go. “Wouldn’t it be nice to go all the way to Boundary Bay Road?” he said.