Being a legislator is about much more than passing bills during the legislative session. Sometimes it involves constituent casework which allows me to be your advocate when you face challenges with state agencies or local governments. Other times it involves listening to needs of the local communities and then advocating for projects in our Capital budget. In any capacity, it’s an honor serving you.
A few of the Whatcom County projects we accomplished in recent capital and transportation budgets:
$1.2 million for a utility expansion project in East Blaine. This will go toward water, sewer and electrical infrastructure to assist with the construction of much needed mixed-use housing in the East Blaine area.
I successfully included funding in the transportation budget to pave the way for a bike and pedestrian trail along a busy highway in Kendall. In recent years, this route has been rocked by tragedy and the Kendall Trail is needed to provide safe passage for students.
There was also $772,500 in the budget for a new facility for Unity Care NW in Ferndale. This space will provide needed medical, behavioral health, dental and pharmacy services for north Whatcom County residents.
Other important projects include:
- Whatcom Community College Learning Commons
- Lynden’s Pepin Creek realignment project
- Ferndale Pioneer Park ADA walkway
- Agricultural Center at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds
- Funding for Kulshan Community Land Trust to assist with housing for low income families
- Funding for toxic cleanups at Whatcom Waterways in Bellingham
- Bellingham Mental Health Triage Center
- Bellingham Acute Detox Center
- The North Sound Behavioral Health Organization