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 August 9, 2016
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

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

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion regarding the outcomes of the County’s Agriculture-Watershed Project, as authorized by Council through grant contract agreement between Whatcom County and the WA Department of Commerce, for a planning-only land use grant for watershed protection and restoration (AB2016-244)

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Resolution affirming the PDR Oversight Committee ranking and authorizing Whatcom County Purchase of Development Rights Administrator and Whatcom County Executive to proceed with the acquisition process for 2016 applications (AB2016-245)

Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members:  Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu
11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of a proposed ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Title 2, Administration and Personnel, to add language related to an increase in the number of Whatcom County Council districts (AB2016-220) (from 7/12 and 7/26)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 3.08, Purchasing System (AB2016-191) (from 6/14, 6/28, 7/12, and 7/26)

2. Ordinance amending the 2016 Whatcom County Budget, thirteenth request, in the amount of $161,200 (AB2016-241)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the City of Lynden for the City’s Pepin Creek Project and design of bank stabilization measures along Double Ditch Creek, in the amount of $210,000 (AB2016-246) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) 

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Anchor QEA, LLC for engineering design assistance for the Harborview Road Drainage Improvement Project, in the amount of $105,440 (AB2016-247) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to award Bid #16-42 and enter into a contract for the Lakeway Drive Crosswalk – Safety and Multimodal Improvements to lowest bidder, Larry Brown Construction, Inc., in the amount of $296,252.65 (AB2016-248)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Razz Construction, Inc., for modification of the flow distribution system for the Academy Road Stormwater Improvements Project, in the amount of $50,641 (AB2015-347A)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to award Bid #16-43 and enter into a contract for necessary repairs to two structures at the Nesset Farm, located at South Fork Park, to the lowest bidder South Fork Construction Company, in the amount of $183,365 (AB2016-249)

4. Request approval for the County Executive to authorize the purchase of fleet vehicle parts from multiple local vendors, using Washington State Contract #01809, selecting the appropriate vendor as dictated by availability, total cost, and performance of parts, in an amount not to exceed $180,000 (AB2016-250)

5. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Covenant Consultants, Inc., for continuation of consulting services related to the research and valuation defense of the recent property appraisal appeals filed by BP Oil Refinery, in the amount of $65,000, for a total amended contract amount of $130,000 (AB2016-254

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract with Alvares & Marsal Valuation Services, LLC, for the purpose of consultation associated with the valuation of BP West Coast Products, LLC  (AB2015-255

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, August 9, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion regarding jail booking restrictions at the Whatcom County Jail (AB2016-243)

2. Discussion of a proposed ordinance adopting regulations related to smoking and vaping in public places (AB2016-253)

3. Discussion of a proposed resolution approving the Whatcom County Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program for the years 2017 through 2022 (AB2016-251) (resolution scheduled for introduction this evening)

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council
Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately following the Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee 
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council – Comprehensive Plan 

1. Ordinance amending the Comprehensive Plan designation in the Smith Road/Guide Meridian area from Rural to Rural Community and amending the official Whatcom County Zoning Map from R5A to RIM (Specified Fittings) (AB2016-242) (recommended motion: forward for concurrent review, scheduled this evening)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Resolution accepting the Whatcom County Coordinated Water System Plan 2016 Update (AB2016-192)

2. Resolution amending Resolution 2016-027, regarding Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments (AB2016-232A) (Additional Information: Strike through version of Attachment 2 to Exhibit A)

Other Business

COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA

 
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, August 9, 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. Resolution authorizing the sale of Whatcom County surplus property pursuant to Whatcom County Code 1.10 (AB2016-231A)
Approved 6-1, Brenner opposed, Resolution 2016-028

2. Ordinance adopting Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan amendments relating to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan update and Urban Growth Area review (AB2016-047O, agenda bill sheet, memo, and ordinance only) (recommended motion:  forward for concurrent review with other Comprehensive Plan amendment proposals - scheduled later this evening)
Forwarded for concurrent review 6-1, Brenner opposed   
 
The proposed Comprehensive Plan is available online.  Each section has been scanned separately for ease of downloading.  Please click links below to review:

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 authorization for the County Executive to award Bid #16-42 and enter into a contract for the Lakeway Drive Crosswalk – Safety and Multimodal Improvements to lowest bidder, Larry Brown Construction, Inc., in the amount of $296,252.65 (AB2016-248)
Approved 5-1-1, Mann opposed and Browne abstained

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Razz Construction, Inc., for modification of the flow distribution system for the Academy Road Stormwater Improvements Project, in the amount of $50,641 (AB2015-347A)
Approved Consent 7-0

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to award Bid #16-43 and enter into a contract for necessary repairs to two structures at the Nesset Farm, located at South Fork Park, to the lowest bidder South Fork Construction Company, in the amount of $183,365 (AB2016-249)
Approved Consent 7-0

4. Request approval for the County Executive to authorize the purchase of fleet vehicle parts from multiple local vendors, using Washington State Contract #01809, selecting the appropriate vendor as dictated by availability, total cost, and performance of parts, in an amount not to exceed $180,000 (AB2016-250)
Approved Consent 7-0

5. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Covenant Consultants, Inc., for continuation of consulting services related to the research and valuation defense of the recent property appraisal appeals filed by BP Oil Refinery, in the amount of $65,000, for a total amended contract amount of $130,000 (
AB2016-254
Approved Consent 7-0

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract with Alvares & Marsal Valuation Services, LLC, for the purpose of consultation associated with the valuation of BP West Coast Products, LLC  (AB2015-255

Approved Consent 7-0

OTHER ITEMS

From Natural Resources Committee

1.    Resolution affirming the PDR Oversight Committee ranking and authorizing Whatcom County Purchase of Development Rights Administrator and Whatcom County Executive to proceed with the acquisition process for 2016 applications (AB2016-245)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2016-029

From Finance and Administrative Services Committee

2. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 3.08, Purchasing System (AB2016-191) (from 6/14, 6/28, 7/12, and 7/26)
Substitute amended and adopted 5-2, Mann and Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2016-032

3. Ordinance amending the 2016 Whatcom County Budget, thirteenth request, in the amount of $161,200 (AB2016-241)
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2016-033

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the City of Lynden for the City’s Pepin Creek Project and design of bank stabilization measures along Double Ditch Creek, in the amount of $210,000 (AB2016-246) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) 
Approved 7-0

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Anchor QEA, LLC for engineering design assistance for the Harborview Road Drainage Improvement Project, in the amount of $105,440 (AB2016-247) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
Approved 7-0

From Special Committee of the Whole

6. Ordinance amending the Comprehensive Plan designation in the Smith Road/Guide Meridian area from Rural to Rural Community and amending the official Whatcom County Zoning Map from R5A to RIM (Specified Fittings) (AB2016-242)
Forwarded for concurrent review 7-0

7. Resolution accepting the Whatcom County Coordinated Water System Plan 2016 Update (AB2016-192)
Amended and approved 7-0, Resolution 2016-030

8. Resolution amending Resolution 2016-027, regarding Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments (AB2016-232A(Additional Information: Strike through version of Attachment 2 to Exhibit A)
Failed 1-6, Brenner in favor

No Committee Assignment

9. Ordinance adopting development regulations and Comprehensive Plan amendments relating to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update (AB2016-047M
Forwarded for concurrent review 7-0

10. Confirmation of Jail Stakeholder Workgroup members (AB2016-179C)
Updated list confirmed 6-1, Brenner opposed

APPROVAL OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS
These items have been reviewed by Council and are ready to be considered concurrently so the cumulative effect of the proposals can be evaluated.  Each ordinance will be voted on separately, followed by a vote to approve the ordinances as a group.

1. Ordinance adopting Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan amendments relating to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan update and Urban Growth Area review (AB2016-047O) (please see public hearing item #2 above for all related documents)
Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2016-034

2. Ordinance adopting development regulations and Comprehensive Plan amendments relating to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update (AB2016-047M
Adopted 7-0,  Ordinance 2016-035

3. Ordinance amending the Comprehensive Plan designation in the Smith Road/Guide Meridian area from Rural to Rural Community and amending the official Whatcom County Zoning Map from R5A to RIM (Specified Fittings) (AB2016-242)
Adopted 7-0,  Ordinance 2016-036

4. Motion and vote to approve all the above-adopted Comprehensive Plan amendments concurrently 
Motion carried 6-1, Brenner opposed

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 approving the Whatcom County Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program for the years 2017 through 2022
(AB2016-251)
Introduced 7-0

2. Ordinance amending the 2016 Whatcom County Budget, fourteenth request, in the amount of $295,000 (AB2016-252)
Introduced 7-0

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UDPATES

Emergency ordinance imposing a moratorium on the acceptance and processing of applications and permits for new or expanded facilities in the Cherry Point urban growth area, the primary purpose of which would be the shipment of unrefined fossil fuels not to be processed at Cherry Point (AB2016-256)
Amended and adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2016-031

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. September 13, 2016, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.