Current Agenda


 May 31, 2016
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE  
Members: Todd Donovan, Satpal Sidhu, Carl Weimer
9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Whatcom County Administration and Public Works Department seek guidance on a proposed interlocal agreement combining the functions of the WRIA 1 Watershed Management Joint Board and WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery Board (AB2016-180)

Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members:  Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu
11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Special Presentations

1. Update on the Cascadia Rising 2016 event (AB2016-017)

2. Annual presentation from the Washington State Risk Pool (AB2016-017)

3. Quarterly finance report and project budget update from Finance Manager Brad Bennett (AB2016-122A)

4. Update from Whatcom County Public Works Department on the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility, CRP No. 907001 (AB2016-181)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Request approval of the City of Bellingham’s request for Economic Development Investment program grant funding in support of the Waterfront - Granary/Laurel Street project, in the amount of $1.1 million (AB2016-182)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to grant a utility easement to Puget Sound Energy for the purpose of providing electricity for athletic field lighting for the new fields at the Phillips 66 Soccer Park (AB2016-183)

3. Confirmation of Council’s May 17, 2016, approval of Resolution 2016-018, a resolution authorizing the County Executive to make application and enter into a grant agreement with the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for funding through the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program for trail development at South Fork Park, in the amount of $209,000 (AB2016-168

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Covenant Consultants, Inc. for the provision of continuing consultant services regarding the research and valuation defense of the recent property appraisal appeals by BP Oil Refinery, in the amount of $45,000 (AB2016-184)

2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Robert W. Droll, Landscape Architect, PS for professional design services for Birch Bay Community Park, in the amount of $50,000 (AB2016-185)

3. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Reichhardt and Ebe Engineering, Inc. for the design and preparation of a construction bid package associated with the West Badger Road/Bertrand Creek Bridge No. 50 Replacement Project, in the amount of $252,077.50 (AB2016-186)

4. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into an agreement between Whatcom County and Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) for preliminary consulting services to assist with a design and methodology to migrate the Assessor’s Office current land records geographic information system (GIS) into the ESRI Local Government Informational Data Model, in the amount of $24,988 (AB2016-187)

5. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and the Communities in Schools Program to supply support services for students, in an amount not to exceed $71,000 (AB2016-108A)

Other Business

SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11 and Appendix G

1. Audience members are invited to comment specifically on Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11, Environment, and Appendix G, Water Resources Program and Salmon Recovery Program (AB2016-047K(time limited to 15 minutes)

2. Discussion and preliminary Council direction on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11, Environment, and Appendix G, Water Resources Program and Salmon Recovery Program (AB2016-047K(Council proposed amendments and additional information)
 Other Business

SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11 and Appendix G

1. Audience members are invited to comment specifically on Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11, Environment, and Appendix G, Water Resources Program and Salmon Recovery Program (AB2016-047K(time limited to 15 minutes)

2. Discussion and preliminary Council direction on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11, Environment, and Appendix G, Water Resources Program and Salmon Recovery Program (AB2016-047K(Council proposed amendments and additional information)
 Other Business

PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE 
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne, Ken Mann
1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion regarding electronic home monitoring (AB2016-178)

2. Resolution establishing a Jail Stakeholder Workgroup (AB2016-179)

Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately following the Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee (begins no later than 3 p.m.)
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Comprehensive Plan Chapters 3 and 7

1. Audience members are invited to comment specifically on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 3, Housing (AB2016-047C) and Chapter 7, Economics (AB2016-047G) (total time limited to 15 minutes)

2. Discussion and preliminary Council direction on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 3, Housing (AB2016-047C) (Council Proposed Changes and additional information)

3. Discussion and preliminary Council direction on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 7, Economics (AB2016-047G) (Council Proposed Changes and additional information)

Comprehensive Plan Chapter 10, Design

1. Briefing and discussion on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 10, Design (AB2016-047J)

Comprehensive Plan - General

1. Discussion and preliminary Council direction on outstanding amendment proposals (various chapters): Chapter 2, Land Use (AB2016-047B); Chapter 5, Utilities (AB2016-047E); Chapter 6, Transportation (AB2016-047F); Chapter 8, Land Use (AB2016-047H); Chapter 11, Environment (AB2016-047K); Appendix G, Water Resources and Salmon Recovery (AB2016-047R) (Council Proposed Changes and additional information)

Other Business
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Karen Frakes regarding potential litigation, Comprehensive Plan review process (AB2016-018)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)]

Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, DATE, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation
Committee Discussion
Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council
Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, DATE, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation
Committee Discussion
Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council
Other Business

COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA


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As a courtesy to all meeting attendees, cellular phone use is prohibited in the council chambers,

Accessible parking is available near the Courthouse south entrance.

Our regular council meetings are broadcast on BTV10, Comcast channel 10, at 7:00 p.m. on the two Wednesdays following each Tuesday evening county council meeting.

COUNCIL COMMITTEE SCHEDULES

COUNCIL NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Members:  Barry Buchanan, Rud Browne, Carl Weimer
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 



Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council



Other Business
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COUNCIL FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members:  Rud Browne, Barry Buchanan, Ken Mann
11 a.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Executive Reports



Committee Discussion



Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council



Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council 


(Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items



Other Business

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PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Pete Kremen, Ken Mann
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 



Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council



Other Business
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PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne, Ken Mann
3 p.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 



Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council



Other Business
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
--- p.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion


Other Business


 
COUNCIL AGENDA

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7 p.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
FLAG SALUTE
ANNOUNCEMENTS


If you will be handing out paperwork to councilmembers, please give one copy to the clerk for our office files.  Thank you.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION



CITIZEN BOARD AND COMMITTEE VACANCIES
Each agenda features at least one council-appointed citizen board, commission, or committee that currently has unfilled positions.  Council encourages qualified Whatcom county registered voters who are interested in participating in county government to submit an application for this or any committee vacancy. For more information or an application, please visit the Council website, or call, email, or visit the Council Office.



PUBLIC HEARINGS
Audience members who wish to address the council during a public hearing are asked to sign up at the back of the room before the meeting begins.  The council chair will ask those who have signed up to form a line at the podium.   Each speaker should state his or her name for the record and will be given three minutes to address the council. Council staff will keep track of time limits and inform speakers when they have thirty seconds left to conclude their comments.  When a large group of individuals supports the same position on an issue, we encourage the selection of one or two representatives to speak on behalf of the entire group.

OPEN SESSION (20 MINUTES)
During open session, audience members can speak to the council on any issue not scheduled for public hearing or related to the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal project (GPT).  Each speaker should state his or her name for the record and will be given three minutes to address the council.  Council staff will keep track of time limits and inform speakers when they have thirty seconds left to conclude their comments. 



CONSENT AGENDA
Items under this section of the agenda may be considered in a single motion.  Councilmembers have received and studied background material on all items.  Committee review has taken place on these items, as indicated.  Any member of the public, administrative staff, or council may ask that an item be considered separately.

From Finance and Administrative Services Committee

OTHER ITEMS

From Natural Resources Committee



From Finance and Administrative Services Committee



From Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee



From Planning and Development Committee



No Committee Assignment



COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES 
Per Whatcom County Code 2.03.060 and 100.02.080, applications for council-appointed and FCZD board of supervisor-appointed citizen boards, commissions, and committees may be accepted until 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday of the week prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting at which nominations and possible vote to appoint are scheduled to occur. 



EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES
Per Whatcom County Code 2.03.070(B), the council must confirm or reject executive appointments within 30 days of submission to the council. County code deems the appointee confirmed if council does not take action within this time. 

INTRODUCTION ITEMS 
Council action will not be taken.  The council may accept these items for introduction (no action) in a single motion.  Changes, in terms of committee assignment for example, may be made at this time.

COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS

OTHER COUNCIL BUSINESS

COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES

ADJOURN

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, , 2015, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue.
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING 
 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
FLAG SALUTE
ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you will be handing out paperwork to councilmembers, please give one copy to the clerk for our office files. Thank you.
PUBLIC HEARINGS
Audience members who wish to address the council during a public hearing are asked to sign up at the back of the room before the meeting begins. The council chair will ask those who have signed up to form a line at the podium. Each speaker should state his or her name for the record and will be given three minutes to address the council. Council staff will keep track of time limits and inform speakers when they have thirty seconds left to conclude their comments. When a large group of individuals supports the same position on an issue, we encourage the selection of one or two representatives to speak on behalf of the entire group.

1. Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan, Chapter 9, Recreation (AB2016-047I) (Council Proposed Changes and additional information)

OPEN SESSION (20 MINUTES)
During open session, audience members can speak to the council on any issue not scheduled for public hearing or related to the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal project (GPT). Each speaker should state his or her name for the record and will be given three minutes to address the council. Council staff will keep track of time limits and inform speakers when they have thirty seconds left to conclude their comments.
CONSENT AGENDA
Items under this section of the agenda may be considered in a single motion. Councilmembers have received and studied background material on all items. Committee review has taken place on these items, as indicated. Any member of the public, administrative staff, or council may ask that an item be considered separately.

(From Finance and Administrative Services Committee

1. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Covenant Consultants, Inc. for the provision of continuing consultant services regarding the research and valuation defense of the recent property appraisal appeals by BP Oil Refinery, in the amount of $45,000 (AB2016-184)

2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Robert W. Droll, Landscape Architect, PS for professional design services for Birch Bay Community Park, in the amount of $50,000 (AB2016-185)

3. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Reichhardt and Ebe Engineering, Inc. for the design and preparation of a construction bid package associated with the West Badger Road/Bertrand Creek Bridge No. 50 Replacement Project, in the amount of $252,077.50 (AB2016-186)

4. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into an agreement between Whatcom County and Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) for preliminary consulting services to assist with a design and methodology to migrate the Assessor’s Office current land records geographic information system (GIS) into the ESRI Local Government Informational Data Model, in the amount of $24,988 (AB2016-187)

5. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and the Communities in Schools Program to supply support services for students, in an amount not to exceed $71,000 (AB2016-108A)


OTHER ITEMS

(From Finance and Administrative Services Committee

1. Request approval of the City of Bellingham’s request for Economic Development Investment program grant funding in support of the Waterfront - Granary/Laurel Street project, in the amount of $1.1 million (AB2016-182)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to grant a utility easement to Puget Sound Energy for the purpose of providing electricity for athletic field lighting for the new fields at the Phillips 66 Soccer Park (AB2016-183)

3. Confirmation of Council’s May 17, 2016, approval of Resolution 2016-018, a resolution authorizing the County Executive to make application and enter into a grant agreement with the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for funding through the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program for trail development at South Fork Park, in the amount of $209,000 (AB2016-168

(No Committee Assignment)

4. Ordinance providing for submission to the qualified voters of Whatcom County a proposition imposing the levy of a regular property tax each year for six years, collection beginning in 2017 at a rate of $.295 or less per $1000 of assessed valuation to continue to provide emergency medical services, in the general election to be held on November 8, 2016 (AB2016-167)

INTRODUCTION ITEMS 
Council action will not be taken. The council may accept these items for introduction (no action) in a single motion. Changes, in terms of committee assignment for example, may be made at this time.

1. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Chapter 2.06.090 to revise Medical Examiner Advisory Council membership designation (AB2016-188)

2. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2011-049 (establishment of the Lummi Nation Ferry Lease Fund) to establish a project based budget and approve project budget (AB2016-189)

3. Ordinance authorizing the Public Works Director and the County Engineer to close or restrict use of county roads on a temporary basis (AB2016-190)

4. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 3.08, Purchasing System (AB2016-191)

5. Resolution relating to the Whatcom County Coordinated Water System Plan Update (AB2016-192)

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UDPATES
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 14, 2016, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.