Current Agenda

For Regular Council and Committee meetings on August 4, 2015

Agenda.pdf
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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, Satpal Sidhu, Carl Weimer
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Special Presentation

1. Presentation of the Upper Nooksack River Recreation Plan (AB2015-238)

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Resolution approving recommendations on applications for open space current use assessment (AB2015-233) (this item is scheduled for public hearing this evening)

Other Business
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COUNCIL FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members:  Rud Browne, Barry Buchanan, Satpal SIdhu
11 a.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Executive Reports

Committee Discussion


1. Annual presentation to Council from the Washington State Counties Risk Pool (2015-017)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Ordinance amending the 2015 Whatcom County Budget, ninth request, in the amount of $67,710 (AB2015-232)

2. Ordinance amending the initial East Whatcom Regional Resource Center Project Budget (amendment No. 6 to Ordinance 2008-025) to add $62,098.52 of expenditure authority, for a total amended project budget amount of $5,047,571 (AB2015-234)

3. Resolution authorizing the sale of surplus property and setting of a date for public hearing thereon pursuant to Whatcom County Code 1.10 (AB2015-237)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Rubb, Inc. to replace the cover of the salt and sand bunker at the Central Shop, in the amount of $56,306.60 (AB2015-239)

2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Meridian School District for provision of behavioral health services, in an amount not to exceed $90,000 (AB2015-240)

3. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Nooksack Valley School District for provision of behavioral health services, in an amount not to exceed $100,000 (AB2015-241)

4. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Blaine School District for provision of behavioral health services, in an amount not to exceed $90,000 (AB2015-242)

5. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Mt. Baker School District for provision of behavioral health services, in an amount not to exceed $90,000 (AB2015-243)

6. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Bellingham School District for provision of behavioral health services, in an amount not to exceed $115,000 (AB2015-244)

7. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Ferndale School District for provision of behavioral health services, in an amount not to exceed $100,000 (AB2015-245)

8. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Lynden School District for provision of behavioral health services, in an amount not to exceed $92,500 (AB2015-246)

9. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a two year contract between Whatcom County and US Imaging, Inc. for the conversion of microfilm to digital format for the Auditor’s recording system, in an amount not to exceed $48,000 (AB2015-247)

Other Business
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PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Pete Kremen, Ken Mann
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council 

1. Request consideration of two citizen appeals to Whatcom County Code 12.60.050, Road Naming System, Requirement for Road Name, regarding the Clemensen Short Plat Subdivision (AB2015-248)

2. Resolution adopting the updated Whatcom County Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (AB2015-235) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

3. Resolution approving the updated Whatcom County Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (AB2015-235A)

Other Business
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SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
3 p.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Special Order of Business

1. Appointment of Pro and Con Statement Committees to write statements for the local voter’s pamphlet on Charter amendments proposed by the Whatcom County Charter Review Commission (AB2015-219A)

Other Business
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SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Immediately following the Special Council Meeting
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2015-025, which created a Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force intended to provide recommendations, oversight, and specific timeframes on the development of new, or enhancement of existing, programs designed along a continuum that effectively reduces incarceration of individuals struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency, and minimizes jail utilization by pretrial defendants who can safely be released
(AB2015-047P)

Other Business
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COUNCIL AGENDA

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7 p.m. Tuesday, August 4, 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.

MINUTES CONSENT

1. Special Committee of the Whole for April 28, 2015
Approved Consent 6-0

2. Regular County Council for April 28, 2015
Approved Consent 6-0

3. Committee of the Whole for July 7, 2015
Approved Consent 6-0

4. Committee of the Whole for July 21, 2015
Approved Consent 6-0

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. Resolution approving recommendations on applications for open space current use assessment (AB2015-233)
Amended and approved 6-0, Resolution 2015-026

2. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Chapter 10.34, Ferry Rates, and the Whatcom County Unified Fee Schedule (AB2014-426B (Clean) and AB2014-426B (Strikethrough))
Adopted 6-0, Ordinance 2015-034

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 between Whatcom County and Rubb, Inc. to replace the cover of the salt and sand bunker at the Central Shop, in the amount of $56,306.60 (AB2015-239)
Approved Consent 6-0

2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Meridian School District for provision of behavioral health services, in an amount not to exceed $90,000 (AB2015-240)
Approved Consent 6-0

3. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Nooksack Valley School District for provision of behavioral health services, in an amount not to exceed $100,000 (AB2015-241)
Approved Consent 6-0

4. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Blaine School District for provision of behavioral health services, in an amount not to exceed $90,000 (AB2015-242)
Approved Consent 6-0

5. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Mt. Baker School District for provision of behavioral health services, in an amount not to exceed $90,000 (AB2015-243)
Approved Consent 6-0

6. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Bellingham School District for provision of behavioral health services, in an amount not to exceed $115,000 (AB2015-244)
Approved Consent 6-0

7. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Ferndale School District for provision of behavioral health services, in an amount not to exceed $100,000 (AB2015-245)
Approved Consent 6-0

8. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Lynden School District for provision of behavioral health services, in an amount not to exceed $92,500 (AB2015-246)
Approved Consent 6-0

9. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a two year contract between Whatcom County and US Imaging, Inc. for the conversion of microfilm to digital format for the Auditor’s recording system, in an amount not to exceed $48,000 (AB2015-247)
Approved Consent 6-0

OTHER ITEMS

(From Finance and Administrative Services Committee)

1. Ordinance amending the 2015 Whatcom County Budget, ninth request, in the amount of $67,710 (AB2015-232)
Adopted 6-0, Ordinance 2015-035

2. Ordinance amending the initial East Whatcom Regional Resource Center Project Budget (amendment No. 6 to Ordinance 2008-025) to add $62,098.52 of expenditure authority, for a total amended project budget amount of $5,047,571 (AB2015-234)
Adopted 6-0, Ordinance 2015-036

3. Resolution authorizing the sale of surplus property and setting of a date for public hearing thereon pursuant to WCC 1.10 (AB2015-237)
Approved with substitute list 6-0, Resolution 2015-027

(From Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee)

4. Request consideration of two citizen appeals to Whatcom County Code 12.60.050, Road Naming System, Requirement for Road Name, regarding the Clemensen Short Plat Subdivision (AB2015-248)
Citizen appeal approved 6-0

5. Resolution adopting the updated Whatcom County Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (AB2015-235) (Council will act on this item as both the Council and as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
Approved 6-0, Resolution 2015-028

6. Resolution approving the updated Whatcom County Multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (AB2015-235A
Approved 6-0, Resolution 2015-029

(From Special Committee of the Whole)

7. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2015-025, which created a Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force intended to provide recommendations, oversight, and specific timeframes on the development of new, or enhancement of existing, programs designed along a continuum that effectively reduces incarceration of individuals struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency, and minimizes jail utilization by pretrial defendants who can safely be released
(AB2015-047P)
Amended and adopted 6-0, Ordinance 2015-037

(No Committee Assignment)

8. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of David Scattum to the Whatcom County Veterans Advisory Board (AB2015-249)
Confirmed 6-0

9. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of Sean D’Agnolo to the Purchase of Development Rights Oversight Committee (AB2015-250)
Confirmed 6-0

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. 

1. Appointments to the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force, applicants: various 
(AB2015-047 O
Appointed: Stephen Gockley, Chris Phillips, Heidi Robbins, Dave Finet, Byron Manering, Moonwater, Jack Hovenier, Susan Gribbon, Jill Bernstein, Irene Morgan

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. Resolution authorizing the sale of Whatcom County surplus property pursuant to Whatcom County Code 1.10 (AB2015-237A)
Introduced with substitute list 6-0 (proposed schedule – September 15 public hearing)

2. Ordinance establishing Whatcom County Code Section 5.20.105, Fireworks – Special Circumstances, to allow the County to prohibit the discharge of private fireworks during emergency conditions
(AB2015-218)
Introduced 6-0 (proposed schedule – September 15 public hearing)

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2015, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue.


Community members who require special assistance to participate in our meetings are asked to contact our office at least 96 hours in advance.

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
___________________________________________________________________________________

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

___________________________________________________________________________________

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
___________________________________________________________________________________

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
___________________________________________________________________________________

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.

Community members who require special assistance to participate in our meetings are asked to contact our office at least 96 hours in advance.

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
___________________________________________________________________________________

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

___________________________________________________________________________________

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
___________________________________________________________________________________

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
___________________________________________________________________________________

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.