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 November 21, 2017
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE  
Members: Todd Donovan, Satpal Sidhu, Carl Weimer 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Presentation by Northwest Clean Air Agency regarding air quality in the Columbia Valley (AB2017-310)

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Resolution approving recommendations for Open Space Current Use Assessment applications (AB2017-336)

2. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 2.118, reactivating the Whatcom County Wildlife Advisory Committee (AB2017-318)

Committee Discussion

1. Discussion regarding proposed ordinance establishing the Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility District (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening) (AB2017-251C)

2. Discussion regarding proposed ordinance establishing Whatcom County Code 2.126, Climate Impact Advisory Committee (one of two versions will be recommended for introduction this evening) (AB2017-351)

Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu  
11 a.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report

Special Presentations
 
1. Quarterly report from Whatcom County Finance Manager Bennett (AB2017-068)

2. Semi-annual report from Whatcom County Facilities (AB2017-068)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2012-050 (establishment of the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility project fund and establishing a project based budget for CRP No. 907001) for the fourth time to increase the project based budget for the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility project by $7,850,000, for a total project budget amount of $11,450,000 (AB2017-320)

2. Resolution amending the 2017 Flood Control Zone District and Subzones Budgets, fourth request, in the amount of $83,765 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-324)

3. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, thirteenth request, in the amount of $4,330,977 (AB2017-325)

4. Ordinance amending the 2018 Whatcom County Budget, first request, in the amount of $20,456,067 (AB2017-326)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Watershed Science & Engineering to provide Full EQuations (FEQ) hydraulic modeling services and assistance to River and Flood staff in revising and running the hydraulic model developed for the Lower Nooksack River to evaluate integrated flood hazard management alternatives, in the amount of $75,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-337)

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and LandC, etc., LLC to provide Full EQuations (FEQ) hydraulic modeling services and assistance to River and Flood staff in revising and running the hydraulic model developed for the Lower Nooksack River to evaluated integrated flood hazard management alternatives, in the amount of $75,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-338)

7. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a joint funding agreement between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, to provide for collection and publication of surface water data at eight USGS stream gages in the Nooksack River Basin for the 2018 Water Year (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018), in the amount of $83,765 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-339)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Resolution approving the 2018 recommended Convention Center allocations for tourism-related facilities and activities as defined through RCW 67.28.18.16 (AB2017-340)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation for elevator maintenance, in the amount of $60,576.20 (AB2017-341)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contact amendment between Whatcom County and Shearer Design, LLC to provide for on-call structural engineering support to the Whatcom County Bridge Program during 2018, in the amount of $45,000 for a total amended contract amount of $85,000 (AB2017-342)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Sargent Engineers, Inc. to provide for on-call structural engineering support to the Whatcom County Bridge Program during 2018, in the amount of $45,000 for a total amended contract amount of $85,000 (AB2017-343)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a lease agreement between Whatcom County and Pioneer Human Services for the Behavioral Health Triage Center at 2030 Division Street, in the amount of $838 per month, for a two year total contract amount of $20,112 (AB2017-344)

Committee Discussion

1. Discussion regarding proposed ordinance amending (second amendment) Ordinance 2016-049, 2017 Whatcom County Unified Fee Schedule (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening) (AB2017-347)

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 - AGENDA REVISION 
1:15 p.m., Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1.       Update on negotiations and strategy planning discussion regarding collective bargaining (AB2017-018)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.140 (4)(a)]

Other Business
PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE 
Members: Todd Donovan, Ken Mann, Barbara Brenner 
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion regarding proposed ordinance adopting a secure medicine return regulation (ordinance schedule for introduction this evening) (AB2017-348)

2. Discussion regarding a proposal to establish a golf cart zone in Birch Bay (AB2017-354)

Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately following the Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee Meeting (no later than 2:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion regarding proposed resolution adopting the 2018 budget for the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and subzones (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (proposed resolution was introduced on November 8; if amended, Council will introduce a new version this evening) (AB2017-321)

2. Discussion regarding proposed resolution authorizing the levy of taxes for the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District for 2018 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (proposed resolution was introduced on November 8; if amended, Council will introduce a new version this evening) (AB2017-331)

3. Discussion regarding a proposed ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Chapter 16.16 (Critical Areas) and Whatcom County Code Chapter 23.10 (Shoreline Management Program – Purpose and Intent) pertaining to the protection and regulation of environmentally critical areas (AB2016-276L)

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 21, 2017
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.
MINUTES CONSENT

1. Committee of the Whole for September 12, 2017
2. Special Committee of the Whole for September 12, 2017
3. Regular County Council for September 12, 2017
4. Surface Water Work Session for September 19, 2017
5. Committee of the Whole for September 26, 2017
6. Special Committee of the Whole for September 26, 2017
7. Regular County Council for September 26, 2017
8. Board of Health for October 3, 2017
9. Committee of the Whole for October 10, 2017
10. Surface Water Work Session for October 17, 2017
11. Special Committee of the Whole for October 17, 2017
12. Committee of the Whole for October 24, 2017

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 Whatcom County Zoning Code amendments relating to the Resort Commercial District, Planned Unit Development Chapter, and a new Density Credits Chapter (AB2017-319)

2. Resolution to sell county tax title property by negotiation - Request No. 2017-04 (AB2017-311A)

3. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Chapter 10.04, establishing the speed limit on a portion of Lake Whatcom Boulevard (AB2017-323)

4. Ordinance authorizing the levy of taxes for county and state purposes in Whatcom County, Washington, for the year of 2018 (AB2017-327)

5. Ordinance limiting the 2018 General Fund property tax levy (AB2017-328)

6. Ordinance authorizing the levy of taxes for conservation futures purposes for 2018 (AB2017-329)

7. Ordinance authorizing the levy of 2018 property taxes for county road purposes (AB2017-330)

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. Resolution approving the 2018 recommended Convention Center allocations for tourism-related facilities and activities as defined through RCW 67.28.18.16 (AB2017-340)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation for elevator maintenance, in the amount of $60,576.20 (AB2017-341)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contact amendment between Whatcom County and Shearer Design, LLC to provide for on-call structural engineering support to the Whatcom County Bridge Program during 2018, in the amount of $45,000 for a total amended contract amount of $85,000 (AB2017-342)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Sargent Engineers, Inc. to provide for on-call structural engineering support to the Whatcom County Bridge Program during 2018, in the amount of $45,000 for a total amended contract amount of $85,000 (AB2017-343)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a lease agreement between Whatcom County and Pioneer Human Services for the Behavioral Health Triage Center at 2030 Division Street, in the amount of $838 per month, for a two year total contract amount of $20,112 (AB2017-344)

OTHER ITEMS

From Natural Resources Committee

1. Resolution approving recommendations for Open Space Current Use Assessment applications (AB2017-336)

2. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 2.118, reactivating the Whatcom County Wildlife Advisory Committee (AB2017-318)

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee


1. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2012-050 (establishment of the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility project fund and establishing a project based budget for CRP No. 907001) for the fourth time to increase the project based budget for the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility project by $7,850,000, for a total project budget amount of $11,450,000 (AB2017-320)

2. Resolution amending the 2017 Flood Control Zone District and Subzones Budgets, fourth request, in the amount of $83,765 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-324)

3. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, thirteenth request, in the amount of $4,330,977 (AB2017-325)

4. Ordinance amending the 2018 Whatcom County Budget, first request, in the amount of $20,456,067 (AB2017-326)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Watershed Science & Engineering to provide Full EQuations (FEQ) hydraulic modeling services and assistance to River and Flood staff in revising and running the hydraulic model developed for the Lower Nooksack River to evaluate integrated flood hazard management alternatives, in the amount of $75,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-337)

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and LandC, etc., LLC to provide Full EQuations (FEQ) hydraulic modeling services and assistance to River and Flood staff in revising and running the hydraulic model developed for the Lower Nooksack River to evaluated integrated flood hazard management alternatives, in the amount of $75,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-338)

7. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a joint funding agreement between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, to provide for collection and publication of surface water data at eight USGS stream gages in the Nooksack River Basin for the 2018 Water Year (October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018), in the amount of $83,765 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-339)

No Committee Assignment

Resolution updating the capital project section of the Lake Whatcom Comprehensive Stormwater Plan (AB2017-322)
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 the Whatcom County Planning Commission, partial term ending January 31, 2021, representing District 2, applicant: Stephen Jackson (the Planning Commission assists the Planning and Development Services Department in carrying out its duties, which include helping to prepare and execute the Comprehensive Plan and making recommendations for adoption of official controls and/or amendments) (AB2017-309)

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(s) for the Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee, applicant: Scott Aspman (committee provides review and recommendations to the County Council and Executive on issues that affect the ongoing operations and infrastructure of the ferry service) (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. November 28, 2017) (AB2017-334)

2. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, fourteenth request, in the amount of $165,948 (AB2017-345)

3. Ordinance amending the 2018 Whatcom County Budget, second request, in the amount of $290,000 (AB2017-346)

4. Ordinance amending (second amendment) Ordinance 2016-049, Whatcom County’s 2017 Unified Fee Schedule (AB2017-347)

5. Ordinance adopting a secure medicine return regulation (AB2017-348)

6. Ordinance establishing the Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility District (AB2017-251C)

7. Ordinance repealing Whatcom County Code 3.26, Solid Waste Disposal District Tax, in its entirety (AB2017-349)

8. Ordinance establishing Whatcom County Code 2.126, Climate Impact Advisory Committee (AB2017-351)

9. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 2.02, County Council (AB2017-352)

10.     Ordinance forwarding Charter Amendment 1 to the County Auditor, for inclusion on the 2018 General Election ballot, to require a supermajority of the County Council to propose any Charter amendment pertaining to the method of nominating and electing Council members (AB2017-356)  - AGENDA REVISION

11.     Ordinance forwarding Charter Amendment 2 to the County Auditor, for inclusion on the 2018 General Election ballot, to provide that each member of the Whatcom County Council be elected by majority vote of the registered voters of Whatcom County at general elections (AB2017-357 - AGENDA REVISION


COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. December 5, 2017, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.