This proposal for lands reconveyance has just appeared on the major public screen.
We need more information to either approve, disapprove, or modify such a proposal.
This two=page handout was distributed at the meeting of the Committee of the Whole of the Whatcom County Council, about 6:30PM on September 25th 2007. (note: the below text was distributed by County Employees, on plain paper, not attributed to any agency, office or person. OCR scanned by Beddill)
(note: the above text was distributed by County Employees, on plain paper, not attributed to any agency, office or person. OCR scanned by Beddill)
I asked for official attribution of this strange anonymous document, and I did get an answer from Michael McFarlane (forwarded by Pete Kremen).
To: (Pete Kremen) PKremen@co.whatcom.wa.us,firstname.lastname@example.orgThe answer:
Cc: (WC Council) email@example.com
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 09:52:07 -0700
Whatcom County Executive
Regarding the possible reconveyance of forest land in the Lake Whatcom Reservoir watershed, recently in the news:........
Please give us some simple facts. At Council meeting on Sept 25th, I publicly asked several questions about this plan, which was quickly re-characterized as a "non-plan", only "discussions". These questions are now posted on the website: http://lakewhatcom.org/ .
I now have two key questions directly to you, Mr. Kremen:
1) Who prepared the paper which was distributed at the Committee of the Whole meeting? It is a single page, printed two-sided, with about 15 numbered statements about this "non-plan". It is anonymous, not attributed to any person or any agency. I called this anonymous circumstance to the attention of you and the Director of the County Parks Department, during and just after the presentation. Who developed that handout?
2) Who has been involved in these discussions about reconveyance, during the last six months? Please name all the elected officials, all the government staffers, all the persons or groups who own or control land within the watershed, and all the citizens who have attended meetings or conversed with the principals in these discussions.
Some of them, we know or can reasonably assume (pending your reply):
Pete Kremen, Whatcom County Executive;
Doug Sutherland, WA State Lands Commissioner;
Dan McShane, Whatcom County Councilmember;
Dewey Dessler, your executive assistant;.........
Regards, and in the spirit of sunshine and disclosure;
cc: County Council
LakeWhatcom discussion list
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2007 11:13:30 -0700
From: "Pete Kremen"
To: Marian Beddill
Subject: Fwd: Who has been involved?- response
>>> Michael McFarlane 10/1/2007 8:43 PM >>>
Marian: I'm responding to your questions at the request of and on behalf of the County Executive.
1) Regarding your first question pertaining to who developed the handout: The handout illustrating the items that would be required to form a framework for an agreement between the DNR and Whatcom County was crafted by DNR staff in Olympia and further refined by County Executive Kremen and Public Lands Commissioner Sutherland. The attached 2006 watershed map was from the Parks & Recreation Department and created from the County's own GIS data base.
2) Regarding your second question on who has been involved in the initial discussions: I have initiated most of the discussions over the past year that have included County Executive Kremen, Deputy Administrator Dewey Desler and our consultants Kaleen Cottingham and Miguel Perez-Gibson located in Olympia. Our most recent conversation with DNR staff in Olympia was with Bonnie Bunning and Craig Partridge. Pete Kremen, Dewey Desler, Doug Sutherland, Craig Partridge, Bruce Macky, along with myself and Bill Wallace (by phone) met on September 21st to discuss the above framework, timing and next steps. After that meeting we met briefly in Olympia with staff from the Washington State Association of Counties on the general direction we were pursuing to draft an agreement. Council Member McShane was not involved in the meeting with the DNR or WSAC. There were no other meetings besides our discussions with the County Council during development of the budget, nor have we facilitated talks with any local group, landowner or organization regarding a proposal.
Marion [sic], I hope this response is helpful. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Director Parks & Recreation
This still does not explain WHY this page was "anonymous"!
A map was also handed out.
click map for larger image -