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Contact the Council Office by Phone
Council Office Phone:
Whatcom County TTY:
Contact the Councilmembers by Email or Home Phone:
**IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT E-MAIL**
- Written correspondence to councilmembers, including email, are public documents possibly eligible for release.
- The Whatcom County Council Office will not open any e-mail messages that do not have a subject. Please make your subject as specific as possible to help us determine the validity of e-mails.
- The Council Office cannot guarantee that all e-mail messages received will be opened, or that all messages sent will be received. If your correspondence is urgent, please hand deliver the document to the Council Office.
- You may email Councilmembers as a group at firstname.lastname@example.org or individually at their e-mail addresses listed below. If you email your comments to the councilmembers individually, also copy the email to the Council e-mail address so your comments are included in the official record.
Speaking at Meetings:
The Whatcom County Council needs and values input from Whatcom County citizens on all issues in which county government impacts their lives. The council encourages citizens to use the "contact" options on the council website to contact the councilmembers via phone, US mail, or e-mail as the most reliable means for direct input to councilmembers. To speak directly to the entire council, citizens may attend and speak during one of the council’s regularly scheduled evening council meetings:
- Public Hearings
The County Council will hold formal public hearings on specific issues when required by law or the council wants to hear directly from citizens on an issue. The council usually schedules these hearings during a regular evening council meeting. During the hearing, each citizen is given one opportunity to speak to the council for up to three minutes. Before or during the hearing, citizens may also submit written testimony to the council.
- Open Session
In addition to public hearings on specific issues, the County Council usually schedules time at its regularly scheduled evening council meetings for public input on any topic not scheduled for public hearing. This time is called "open session."
Public Comments During Council Committee Meetings
During the day of the regular evening council meetings, council committees meet to review and discuss various topics. During committee meetings, councilmembers will receive information from County staff, discuss agenda items, and may vote on recommendations to the full council for decision at the evening meeting. Committee meetings are open to the public, however the agendas for these meetings do not include time for public comment. The committee chair may allow public comment after staff reports and committee discussion if time allows. If there isn’t time during committee for public comment, citizens may still comment at the evening meeting and contact councilmembers via phone, mail, or email as described on the council contact page.
Special Meetings and Work Sessions
The council schedules several “standing” and special meetings and work sessions throughout the year. If citizens attend one of these meetings or work sessions hoping to talk to the council, but the agenda doesn’t include time for public comment, the council encourages citizens to contact the council via phone, mail, or email, or to attend the next regular evening council meeting and speak during the open session portion of the meeting.