City to hold public hearing on final assessment roll for Gateway project

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Blaine City Council will hold a virtual public hearing on the final assessment of the Gateway stormwater improvements at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 8.

The Gateway stormwater project is under construction near the Gateway parcel, formerly the old municipal airport site. A public trail and wetland mitigation are two of the major projects underway for stormwater improvements at the site, south of H Street, east of State Route 543 and north of Pipeline Road, according to city documents.

It is recommended city councilmembers adopt the final assessment roll for the project’s Local Improvement District (LID) and Ordinance No. 21-2954 that establishes conditions and prohibitions on the stormwater improvements, according to city documents.

During their November 12, 2019 meeting, councilmembers voted 5-0 to pass the ordinance  requiring Gateway property owners within the project’s LID No. 36 to help pay for a collective stormwater pond, instead of individual ponds.

Under the final assessment roll, property owners in LID NO. 36 are listed as the city of Blaine, Boblett Properties LLC, Chinook Holdings LLC, Chuckanut Bay Properties LLC and Blaine Fortune Holdings LLC. 

Many of the businesses with property in LID No. 36 were hesitant about the costs of the project during the November 12, 2019 meeting, The Northern Light previously reported.

The hearing is pursuant of Resolution No. 1839-21, which was adopted January 11, 2021.

Ordinance No. 21-2954 can be viewed on the city of Blaine’s website, ci.blaine.wa.us.

To participate in the public hearing that will be conducted remotely, visit ci.blaine.wa.us/327/city-council to find the meeting agenda with the link. The meeting agenda will be posted on the city’s website on Friday, February 5.

Anyone with objections to the final assessment must do so in writing before 6 p.m. on Monday, February 8. Objections need to identify the property by something like the lot, block or tax number. Testimony can be emailed to citycouncil@cityofblaine.com or mailed to Blaine City Council at 435 Martin Street, Suite 3000, Blaine, 98230.

For more information, call city clerk Samuel Crawford at 360/332-8311.

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