Current Agenda

For Regular Council and Committee meetings on July 7, 2015

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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 FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members:  Rud Browne, Barry Buchanan, Satpal Sidhu
11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Executive Reports

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Title 3 to change the expiration date of the sales and use tax for public facilities in rural counties (AB2015-204)

2. Approval of a revised Jail Facility Use Agreement resulting from previous Council action through Resolution 2015-024 (AB2015-047N)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the collective bargaining agreement between Whatcom County and Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17, for the period July 7, 2015, through December 31, 2016 (AB2015-210)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the collective bargaining agreement between Whatcom County and Whatcom County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild Bargaining Unit for the period July 7, 2015, through December 31, 2016 (AB2015-211)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Geraldine Coleman, Scott Mawson and Margaret Mawson to provide children’s legal representation in dependency actions, in the amount of $1,589.75 per month, for a total amended contract in the amount of $7,968.75 per month (AB2015-212)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and AHBL, Inc. for consultant services for the integration of low impact development components into the Whatcom County Code and Development Standards to meet NPDES Phase II requirements, in the amount of $75,000 (AB2015-213)

5. Request approval for the County Executive to award Bid #15-40 for the supply of two 4WD small sport utility vehicles to the lowest bidder, Blade Chevrolet, in the amount of $53,481.82 (AB2015-214)

Other Business
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PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Pete Kremen, Ken Mann
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Special Presentation

1. Orthomolecular Medicine:  Effective Treatment for Mentally Ill Inmates (AB2015-209)

Other Business
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COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

1. Strategy planning discussion and positions to be taken regarding collective bargaining (AB2015-018)  [Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.140 (4) (a)]

Other Business
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COUNCIL AGENDA

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 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.

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.

Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force (11 Vacancies with 2-year or 4-year terms)
Applicants must be a representative of one of the following: Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access (WAHA), Peace Health St. Joseph, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)/Community Health Center, emergency medical services, community action agency, mental health or substance abuse treatment provider, consumer or family member of behavioral health services, or concerned citizen.

MINUTES CONSENT

1. Regular County Council for March 17, 2015

2. Special Committee of the Whole for March 31, 2015 (9:30 a.m.)

3. Committee of the Whole for March 31, 2015 

4. Committee of the Whole for April 14, 2015

5. Regular County Council for May 12, 2015


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 ordering the closure of a portion of Manley Road to motorized vehicular traffic (AB2015-203)

2. Ordinance proposing an amendment to the Whatcom County Charter to respect communities and provide for fair election in five equal Council districts (AB2015-205

3. Ordinance proposing an amendment to the Whatcom County Charter to affirm the legislative authority granted to the County Council by the Washington State Constitution (AB2015-206

4. Ordinance proposing an amendment to the Whatcom County Charter to elect Charter Review Commission members by countywide vote 
  (AB2015-207

5. Ordinance proposing an amendment to the Whatcom County Charter to align requirements for amending the Whatcom County Charter by citizen initiative with Washington State Law (AB2015-208)

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 approve the collective bargaining agreement between Whatcom County and Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17, for the period July 7, 2015, through December 31, 2016 (AB2015-210)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the collective bargaining agreement between Whatcom County and Whatcom County Deputy Sheriff’s Guild Bargaining Unit for the period July 7, 2015, through December 31, 2016 (AB2015-211)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Geraldine Coleman, Scott Mawson and Margaret Mawson to provide children’s legal representation in dependency actions, in the amount of $1,589.75 per month, for a total amended contract in the amount of $7,968.75 per month (AB2015-212)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and AHBL, Inc. for consultant services for the integration of low impact development components into the Whatcom County Code and Development Standards to meet NPDES Phase II requirements, in the amount of $75,000 (AB2015-213)

5. Request approval for the County Executive to award Bid #15-40 for the supply of two 4WD small sport utility vehicles to the lowest bidder, Blade Chevrolet, in the amount of $53,481.82 (AB2015-214)

OTHER ITEMS

(From Finance and Administrative Services Committee)

1. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Title 3 to change the expiration date of the sales and use tax for public facilities in rural counties (AB2015-204)

2. Approval of a revised Jail Facility Use Agreement resulting from previous Council action through Resolution 2015-024 (AB2015-047N)

(No Committee Assignment)

3. Ordinance establishing Whatcom County Code 2.118, creating a Wildlife Advisory Committee (AB2015-175)

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 the 2015 Whatcom County Budget, eighth request, in the amount of $137,713 (AB2015-215)   

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 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 me*eting.

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.