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February 27, 2018
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Tyler Byrd, Satpal Sidhu  
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Special Presentation

1. Presentation from Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (AB2018-086)

2. Quarterly report from Finance Manager Brad Bennett (AB2018-066)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Ordinance amending the 2018 Whatcom County Budget, fourth request, in the amount of $1,443,449 (AB2018-069)

2. Ordinance approving the second amendment to Project Budget No. 2 (Jail Improvement Fund) of the 2011 Budget (as established through Ordinance 2011-031) to add $311,000  of expenditure authority, for a total amended project budget amount of $3,778,700 (AB2018-070)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Design2Last, Inc. for building assessment studies and cost estimates for capital improvements at the Jail (Public Safety Building) and Work Center, in the amount of $310,332, for a total amended contract amount of $1,223,619.20 (AB2018-080)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Allied Universal Security Services for Courthouse security services, security screenings, x-ray, and parking services, in the amount of $160,000 (AB2018-081)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a three-year contract between Whatcom County and Bayside Pathology for medical examiners services, in the amount of $572,056 for 2018, with an annual CPI-U inflation adjustment increase each subsequent year (AB2018-082)

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

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE 
Members: Barry Buchanan, Tyler Byrd, Satpal Sidhu
12:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Annual report from Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo (AB2018-066)

Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee’s work plan for 2018 (AB2018-087)

Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately following the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Meeting 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Resolution initiating Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments (AB2018-084)

Committee Discussion 

1. Ordinance adopting amendments to the Urban Fringe Subarea Plan, Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan, and Whatcom County Zoning Code (ordinance scheduled for public hearing this evening) (AB2018-055) (This is a very large document that may take time to open or download.)

2. Ordinance adopting amendments to Whatcom County Code Title 2, Administration and Personnel; Title 9, Public Peace, Morals and Welfare; Title 15, Building and Construction; Title 16, Environment; Title 20, Zoning; Title 21, Land Division Regulations; Title 23, Shoreline Management Program; Title 24, Health; and creating a new Title 22, Land Use and Development Procedures, to relocate and revise procedures for land use and development related project permits and legislative actions code (AB2018-056(This is a very large document that may take time to open or download.)  (continued from 2/13/18)

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 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
The regular evening Council meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.
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 for November 14, 2017

2. Special Committee of the Whole for November 21, 2017

3. County Council for November 21, 2017

4. Special Committee of the Whole for December 5, 2017

5. County Council for December 5, 2017

6. Special County Council for January 4, 2018

7. Special County Council for January 9, 2018

8. Special Committee of the Whole for January 16, 2018

9. County Council for January 16, 2018

10. Surface Water Work Session for January 23, 2018

SPECIAL PRESENTATION 

1. Attorney Rodney Brown, Cascadia Law Group, to present findings from report entitled Reducing Impacts from Fossil Fuel Projects (full report, with appendices) (AB2018-076

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. Ordinance adopting amendments to the Urban Fringe Subarea Plan, Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan, and Whatcom County Zoning Code (AB2018-055(This is a very large document that may take time to open or download.)

2. Ordinance  imposing an interim 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 (AB2018-077)

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 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 Design2Last, Inc. for building assessment studies and cost estimates for capital improvements at the Jail (Public Safety Building) and Work Center, in the amount of $310,332, for a total amended contract amount of $1,223,619.20 (AB2018-080)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Allied Universal Security Services for Courthouse security services, security screenings, x-ray, and parking services, in the amount of $160,000 (AB2018-081)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a three-year contract between Whatcom County and Bayside Pathology for medical examiners services, in the amount of $572,056 for 2018, with an annual CPI-U inflation adjustment increase each subsequent year (AB2018-082)

OTHER ITEMS

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee

1. Ordinance amending the 2018 Whatcom County Budget, fourth request, in the amount of $1,443,449 (AB2018-069)

2. Ordinance approving the second amendment to Project Budget No. 2 (Jail Improvement Fund) of the 2011 Budget (as established through Ordinance 2011-031) to add $311,000  of expenditure authority, for a total amended project budget amount of $3,778,700 (AB2018-070)

From Special Committee of the Whole

3. Resolution initiating Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments (AB2018-084)

No Committee Assignment


4. Resolution amending Resolution 2017-055 to add one representative from the Port of Bellingham to the Homeless Strategies Workgroup (AB2018-088)

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 Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee, one year term representing impacted cities, applicant:  John Perry (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors (AB2018-059

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. 

1. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of Keith Willnauer, County Assessor to serve in one of the elected official positions on the Americans With Disabilities Act Compliance Committee (AB2018-085)

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 9.44.030, Public Peace, Morals, and Welfare (AB2017-078)

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 13, 2018, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.