Bellingham Going Metric?
Strategic Conversion to the Metric System
Bellingham,Wa, 4/01/2011 — Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike attended a meeting of the Whatcom County Long Term Planning Committee this morning and voiced his public support for the Strategic Conversion to the Metric System in an effort to engender a sense of familiarity for the Canadian consumer.
Mayor Pike and the WCLTPC discussed at length the benefits of converting street signs and county fixtures to the metric system.
Council Member Sam Snapp stated that “Being nautically north of British Columbia’s capital Victoria and strategically located near BC’s economic hub Vancouver, we have waited long enough to acquiesce to the wisdom of the Metric System. Having a better connection with Canadian wallets will quickly equate to a net gain for our local economy. ”
“As early adapters to the Green Movement and other ecofriendly cutting edge global improvement measures Bellingham and Whatcom County are prime candidates for such a conversion. Most of the world sees the United States as aloof and independent of the global community as a whole. The WCLTPC and Mayor Pike believe that officially converting to the metric system will be a major step in the right direction of improving our relations globally.”
Mayor Pike expressed a marked interest in the potential increases in the City of Bellingham’s economy if the vote passes.
“If we are able to better mesh with Canadian Shoppers they will have an easier time visiting our local businesses and traversing our roads and highways. Bellingham is in the red, and radical thinking like this is an investment that can bring more money to our city and its businesses. ”
The floor was opened for County and City residents to voice their comments and concerns. Sanitary Service Employee Danny O’ Sullivan commented that “No need to worry about trash pick-ups and recycling. We’ve already retrofitted our scales to insure proper pricing.”
Not everyone present was happy about the proposed changes. Said Wilma Bernard, a 68 year old resident of Ferndale: “I suppose the signs being in metric might help some of those Canadian’s drive better, but I don’t like having to change our way of life for a bunch of tourists.”
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Whatcom County Long Term Planning Committee
The Strategic Conversion to the Metric System is an effort to transition Bellingham and Whatcom County to the Metric System to better fit within the global community.
The Whatcom County Long Term Planning Committee is dedicated to the advancement of the Whatcom County and Bellingham Economies. The WCLTP researches and implements economic changes that will affect a positive influx of resources to Whatcom and Bellingham small businesses.