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 November 20, 2018
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE  
Members: Todd Donovan, Satpal Sidhu, Timothy Ballew
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 3.25A, Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program (from 9/11) (AB2018-235)

Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Tyler Byrd, Satpal Sidhu  
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Special Presentations 

1. Quarterly report from Whatcom County’s Finance Department (AB2018-066)

2. Semi-annual report from Whatcom County’s Facilities Department (AB2018-066)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Ordinance amending the 2018 Whatcom County Budget, fourteenth request, in the amount of $5,501,518 (AB2018-318)

2. Ordinance establishing the Law Library/Elections Remodel Fund and establishing a project based budget to remodel the Law Library/Elections space (AB2018-319)

3. Ordinance amending the Triage Center Expansion Project budget (as established through Ordinance 2017-046), second request (AB2018-320)

4. Ordinance establishing the North Lake Samish Road Bridge No. 107 Replacement Fund and establishing a project based budget for the North Lake Samish Road Bridge No. 107 Replacement Fund, CRP #913006 (AB2018-321)

5. Ordinance establishing the Marine Drive/Locust Ave. to Alderwood Ave. Reconstruction Fund and establishing a project based budget for the Marine Drive/Locust Ave. to Alderwood Ave. Reconstruction Fund, CRP #917001 (AB2018-322)

6. Ordinance amending the Silver Lake Park Improvements Project Budget (established through Ordinance 2014-077), first request (AB2018-324)

7. Ordinance establishing the Vactor Truck Storage Building Fund and establishing a project based budget for the vactor truck and equipment storage building (AB2018-325)

8. Ordinance establishing the Public Safety Radio System Fund and establishing a project based budget to replace the current public safety radio system (AB2018-326)

9. Resolution authorizing the County Executive (through Parks Director Michael McFarlane) to make application and enter into a grant agreement with the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for funding through the Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities Program for trail development at South Fork Park, in the amount of $200,000 (AB2018-334)

10. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish and define the obligations and responsibilities related to ongoing maintenance and repair of the Marine Drive Levee and to secure a cost share for the Marine Drive Levee Repair Project, in the amount of $30,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2018-335)

11. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a grant agreement between Whatcom County and Washington State Department of Commerce for the Acute Detox Facility Project, in the amount of $1,950,000 (AB2018-340)

12. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a grant agreement between Whatcom County and Washington State Department of Commerce for the Mental Health Voluntary Triage Center construction project, in the amount of $4,950,000 (AB2018-341)

13. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Cando Recycling to implement requirements to collect a fee for service on the Point Roberts property tax bills and remit the fee for service to the service provider as invoiced on an every other month basis, in an amount not to exceed $475,000 (AB2018-344)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Lydia Place to provide funding for case management and supportive services to those individuals receiving rental subsidies through the Whatcom Homeless Service Center in order to improve housing stability and reduce homelessness in Whatcom County, in the amount of $18,700, for a total amended contract amount of $343,120 (AB2018-336)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Northwest Youth Services to provide funding for personnel costs essential to facility operations of the Northwest Youth Services Positive Adolescent Development program emergency shelter, in the amount of $115,000 (AB2018-337)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to award Bid #18-37 and enter into a contract with low bidder Blythe Plumbing & Heating for the Central Shop North End Exhaust System Upgrade Project, in the amount of $113,228.43 (AB2018-338)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham for maintenance and operations of the Crisis Triage Facility, in the amount of $59,000 (AB2018-339)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to accept Sun Life Stop-Loss Policy renewal option 1 for insurance protection for the self-insured medical program for 2019 (AB2018-342)

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a lease agreement between Whatcom County and Sanitary Service Company for access easements and the use and occupancy of the closed Cedarville and Birch Bay landfill sites to provide citizens of the County the opportunity to recycle and dispose of self-hauled waste, in the amount of $6,000 over five years plus state leasehold tax of 12.84% (AB2018-343)

7. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Skagit County to provide funding to Skagit County Public Health to support their participation in planning and implementing regional youth marijuana prevention strategies and activities, in the amount of $26,000 (AB2018-345)

8. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a lease agreement between Whatcom County and Peace Health for the provision of office space for EMS administration staff (AB2018-346)

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

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
1 P.M. Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion with Public Works staff regarding a potential property acquisition for the Flood Control Zone District (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2018-018)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (1) (b)]

Other Business
PUBLIC WORKS AND HEALTH COMMITTEE 
Members: Barry Buchanan, Barbara Brenner, Timothy Ballew 
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Regulatory update from Puget Sound Energy (AB2018-348)

Other Business
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE  
Members: Todd Donovan, Tyler Byrd, Barbara Brenner 
Immediately Following Public Works and Health Committee
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Resolution approving recommendations on applications for Open Space Current Use Assessment (AB2018-313) (from 11/7)

Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately Following Planning and Development Committee
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Budget work session – continued discussion and formulation of 2019-2020 budget recommendations (budget documents can be found at www.whatcomcounty.us/2895/2019-2020-Biennial-Budget) (AB2018-305)

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 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
FLAG SALUTE
ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you plan to hand out paperwork to councilmembers, please provide one copy to council staff for our files. Thank you.
MINUTES CONSENT

1. Special Committee of the Whole (Budget) for October 30, 2018
2. Special Committee of the Whole (Budget) for November 6, 2018
3. Committee of the Whole for November 7, 2018
4. County Council for November 7, 2018

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 prior to the meeting.  The council chair will ask those who have signed up to form a line at the podiums. Each speaker should state his or her name for the record and optionally include city of residence. Speakers 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 comments.  When a large group of individuals supports the same position on an issue, the selection of one or two representatives to speak on behalf of the entire group is encouraged.

1. Resolution authorizing the levy of taxes for the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District for 2019 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2018-315)

2. Resolution adopting the 2019 budget for the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and subzones (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2018-316)

3. Resolution adopting the final 2019 budget of the Point Roberts Transportation Benefit District (AB2018-317)

4. Ordinance authorizing the levy of taxes for conservation futures purposes for 2019 (AB2018-327)

5. Ordinance authorizing the levy of 2019 property taxes for county road purposes (AB2018-328)

6. Ordinance authorizing the levy of taxes for countywide emergency medical purposes for 2019 (AB2018-329)

7. Ordinance limiting the 2019 General Fund property tax levy (AB2018-330)

8. Ordinance authorizing the levy of taxes for county and state purposes in Whatcom County, Washington for the year 2019 (AB2018-331)

9. Ordinance authorizing the 2019 Whatcom County Unified Fee Schedule (AB2018-332)

10. Ordinance adopting of the final 2019-2020 Whatcom County Budget (AB2018-305A)

OPEN SESSION (20 MINUTES)
During open session, audience members can speak to the council on any issue not scheduled for public hearing this evening.  Each speaker should state his or her name for the record and optionally include city of residence. Speakers 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 enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Lydia Place to provide funding for case management and supportive services to those individuals receiving rental subsidies through the Whatcom Homeless Service Center in order to improve housing stability and reduce homelessness in Whatcom County, in the amount of $18,700, for a total amended contract amount of $343,120 (AB2018-336)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Northwest Youth Services to provide funding for personnel costs essential to facility operations of the Northwest Youth Services Positive Adolescent Development program emergency shelter, in the amount of $115,000 (AB2018-337)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to award Bid #18-37 and enter into a contract with low bidder Blythe Plumbing & Heating for the Central Shop North End Exhaust System Upgrade Project, in the amount of $113,228.43 (AB2018-338)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham for maintenance and operations of the Crisis Triage Facility, in the amount of $59,000 (AB2018-339)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to accept Sun Life Stop-Loss Policy renewal option 1 for insurance protection for the self-insured medical program for 2019 (AB2018-342)

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a lease agreement between Whatcom County and Sanitary Service Company for access easements and the use and occupancy of the closed Cedarville and Birch Bay landfill sites to provide citizens of the County the opportunity to recycle and dispose of self-hauled waste, in the amount of $6,000 over five years plus state leasehold tax of 12.84% (AB2018-343)

7. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Skagit County to provide funding to Skagit County Public Health to support their participation in planning and implementing regional youth marijuana prevention strategies and activities, in the amount of $26,000 (AB2018-345)

8. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a lease agreement between Whatcom County and Peace Health for the provision of office space for EMS administration staff (AB2018-346)

OTHER ITEMS

From Natural Resources Committee

1. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 3.25A, Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program (from 9/11) (AB2018-235)

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee


2. Ordinance amending the 2018 Whatcom County Budget, fourteenth request, in the amount of $5,501,518 (AB2018-318)

3. Ordinance establishing the Law Library/Elections Remodel Fund and establishing a project based budget to remodel the Law Library/Elections space (AB2018-319)

4. Ordinance amending the Triage Center Expansion Project budget (as established through Ordinance 2017-046), second request (AB2018-320

5. Ordinance establishing the North Lake Samish Road Bridge No. 107 Replacement Fund and establishing a project based budget for the North Lake Samish Road Bridge No. 107 Replacement Fund, CRP #913006 (AB2018-321

6. Ordinance establishing the Marine Drive/Locust Ave. to Alderwood Ave. Reconstruction Fund and establishing a project based budget for the Marine Drive/Locust Ave. to Alderwood Ave. Reconstruction Fund, CRP #917001 (AB2018-322

7. Ordinance amending the Silver Lake Park Improvements Project Budget (established through Ordinance 2014-077), first request (AB2018-324)

8. Ordinance establishing the Vactor Truck Storage Building Fund and establishing a project based budget for the vactor truck and equipment storage building (AB2018-325)

9. Ordinance establishing the Public Safety Radio System Fund and establishing a project based budget to replace the current public safety radio system (AB2018-326)

10. Resolution authorizing the County Executive (through Parks Director Michael McFarlane) to make application and enter into a grant agreement with the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for funding through the Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities Program for trail development at South Fork Park, in the amount of $200,000 (AB2018-334)

11. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish and define the obligations and responsibilities related to ongoing maintenance and repair of the Marine Drive Levee and to secure a cost share for the Marine Drive Levee Repair Project, in the amount of $30,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2018-335)

12. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a grant agreement between Whatcom County and Washington State Department of Commerce for the Acute Detox Facility Project, in the amount of $1,950,000 (AB2018-340)

13. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a grant agreement between Whatcom County and Washington State Department of Commerce for the Mental Health Voluntary Triage Center construction project, in the amount of $4,950,000 (AB2018-341)

14. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Cando Recycling to implement requirements to collect a fee for service on the Point Roberts property tax bills and remit the fee for service to the service provider as invoiced on an every other month basis, in an amount not to exceed $475,000 (AB2018-344)

From Planning and Development Committee

15. Resolution approving recommendations on applications for Open Space Current Use Assessment (AB2018-313) (from 11/7)

COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES 
Per Whatcom County Code 2.03.060 and 100.02.080, applications for council-appointed and Flood Control Zone District 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. Appointment to fill vacancy on the Whatcom County Planning Commission, partial term expires 1/31/2021 (applicant must reside in Whatcom County Council District 1 or 2), applicants: Stephen Jackson, Nick Moss (AB2018-306)

2. Appointment to fill vacancy on the Whatcom County Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee, vacancy is for a resident or property owner on Lummi Island or County resident who does not live or own property on Lummi Island (partial term ending 1/31/2019), applicant: Judy Olsen (AB2018-308)

APPROVAL OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT
Per Whatcom County Code 22.10.040, amendments to the capital facilities element of the Comprehensive Plan are adopted concurrently with the Whatcom County budget. 

1. Ordinance adopting amendments to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan relating to Capital Facilities (AB2018-282)

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. Receipt of application for the Whatcom County Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee, applicant: Heather Christianson (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m., November 27, 2018) (AB2018-333)

2. Ordinance amending the 2018 Whatcom County Budget, fifteenth request, in the amount of $314,598 (AB2018-347)

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. December 4, 2018, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.