Work of Tiger Construction will likely be done in the fall 

LYNDEN ­— The old city water treatment plant on Judson alley will be removed sometime this year.

The City Council Monday awarded a $536,444 bid for demolition to Tiger Construction out of four companies that offered for the work. Public Works Director Steve Banham said it may not happen until this fall, however.

The area behind the downtown has been talked about being converted to parking for business employees.

The heavy concrete water containment structures built in 1924, and upgraded with growth, served the city for more than 90 years until today’s $30 million-plus facility came on line in 2015.

  • In open session, a pair of North 17th Street residents had comments and questions about the eventual extension of 17th to Main Street, the lack of sidewalks in some places on 17th, and safety where a biking and walking trail ends on the street.

After close to 30 years in planning, with legal and funding detours, the intended connection of streets is now in final stages of design, said city councilor Gary Bode. “This is the completion of something that should have been done literally decades ago,” he said.

It works best to shift the right-of-way about eight feet west to get farther away from streambank, and a public hearing on steps toward that will be at the July 15 council meeting. City leaders offered to help any citizen understand complex language, if necessary, in notices that have been sent out.

Also, a Public Works Committee meeting in City Hall at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, could be helpful in sorting out the complexities. “Nobody understands what this was all about,” said a citizen.

  • The two representatives of the 42nd Legislative District, Luanne Van Werven and Sharon Shewmake, were present to give brief reports on the 105-day session in Olympia, and the city’s paid lobbyist, Briana Taylor, also spoke briefly. 

They were thanked by Mayor Scott Korthuis for their effort put in representing Lynden interests, in particular for securing funding that will help to deal with Fishtrap Creek streambank erosion along Glenning Street. One property owner lost land and value from the effects of a new bridge installed at Main Street years ago.

  • Citizen Alyce Werkema asked if there can be a public gathering of both the incumbent councilors and their election challengers, so that Lynden voters can get to know and interact with them all a bit. For four positions, there are 11 candidates in all, seven of them for two positions on the Aug. 6 primary election ballot.

A forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters in October will pertain only to the general election finalists.

  • Councilor Mark Wohlrab spoke of the successes that a new Lynden Watch group has had, especially using social media to help the Lynden Police Department in being proactive against crime and leading to suspects.