Bellingham mayor calls for group negotiations for jail plan

Mayor Kelli Linville will propose forming a task force of city and county representatives to hash out plans to pay for a new jail, following City Council’s rejection of the county’s current proposal. In response to what she called “saber-rattling,” Linville announced to reporters Wednesday afternoon, June 17, that she would suggest forming a negotiating group made up of two County Council members, two Bellingham council members, one of the mayors from the small cities, herself and Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws, who crafted the funding plan Bellingham rejected Monday evening.