Searchable Minutes

Two years worth of Whatcom County Council regular meeting minutes (2021 and 2022) and one year of Bellingham City Council regular meeting minutes (2022), along with one year of the City Council’s meeting summaries (2021) have been posted here on Noisy Waters Northwest. Work in progress posts for 2023 Whatcom County Council and Bellingham City Council meeting minutes that have been approved, so far, are also available. In addition, there is one year (2022) of meeting minutes posted for Bellingham City Council’s Committee of the Whole.

My goal is to continue to build on a project of assembling local government meeting minutes into year-long batches that can be searched for material like a topic, presentation, person in attendance, or actions of the members of the body that is meeting.

I recently was made aware that both the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County websites offer a function that will search the content for all meetings, including documents attached to the meetings. When I tried those options out, I found that there were advantages (the links to documents and other meeting materials that you might not have thought to look for) and drawbacks (slower result response times and maybe more info/distractions than you want, or the opposite: missed info that searches on my posts might manage to catch.) So if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, go there, and vice versa.

Here are the links for those options on government websites:

City of Bellingham:

Whatcom County:

Here are links to the different years of minutes I have put together so far:

Bellingham City Council searchable 2021 meeting summaries

Bellingham City Council searchable 2022 meeting minutes

Work in progress: Bellingham City Council 2023 searchable meeting minutes

Bellingham City Council Committee of the Whole 2022 searchable meeting minutes

Whatcom County Council 2021 searchable meeting minutes

Whatcom County Council 2022 searchable meeting minutes

Work in progress: Whatcom County Council 2023 searchable meeting minutes

Whatcom County Council Committee of the Whole 2022 searchable meeting minutes