Whatcom County Council asks Gov. to allow counties “to determine their own future”
By Whatcom News on May 20, 2020 5:38pm
Business closed reader board message during COVID-19 closures (April 17, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News
FERNDALE, Wash. — The Whatcom County Council approved by a vote of 6-0 to send a letter to Governor Jay Inslee asking for more self-determination over when and how Whatcom County reopens after most businesses were shut down due to the governor’s emergency orders resulting from concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initial version was drafted and submitted to the council by Councilmember Ben Elenbaas yesterday, May 19th, before a regular meeting conducted online. Councilmember Rud Browne submitted a revision that was approved by a vote of 6 to 0. Councilmember Todd Donovan’s connection to the online meeting was lost after he spoke against the proposed letter, so he did not vote.
Councilmember Ben Elenbaas posted the following graphic of the letter on social media today. A text version is provided below.