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 MAY 3, 2016
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 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 Changes and additional information)

Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members:  Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu
11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Special Presentation

1. Annual report from the Commission Against Domestic Violence (AB2016-159)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a local agency agreement between Whatcom County and the Washington State Department of Transportation for the Lummi Island Dolphin and Breakwater replacement, in the amount of $50,000 (AB2016-160)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a local agency agreement between Whatcom County and the Washington State Department of Transportation for design and permitting fees for the replacement of the Ten Mile Creek Bridge No. 236 on Hannegan Road, in the amount of $130,000 (AB2016-161)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an amended local agency agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham for joint usage of the Vactor Waste Site Facility, in an amount not to exceed $50,000
(AB2016-094A)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract for services between Whatcom County and Wilson Engineering, LLC for Cedar Hills-Euclid Stormwater Improvements, in the amount of $99,367 (AB2016-146A)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Environmental Science Associates, Inc. related to further archaeological field investigation required by permitting agencies, right-of-way plan modifications due to property ownership changes, and associated project management for the Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility in the amount of $48,666 (AB2016-162)

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to award Bid #16-17 for rental rates for maintenance and construction equipment, to all bidders, with selection from the list based on equipment availability and suitability, with preference to low bidders, in an amount not to exceed $100,000 per vendor (AB2016-163)

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

SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Comprehensive Plan Chapter 9

1. Audience members are invited to comment specifically on Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan Chapter 9, Recreation (AB2016-047I) (time limited to 15 minutes)

2. Discussion and preliminary Council direction on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 9, Recreation (AB2016-047I) (
Council Proposed Changes and additional information)

Comprehensive Plan Chapter 2
1. Audience members are invited to comment specifically on Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan Chapter 2, Land Use (AB2016-047B) (time limited to 15 minutes)

2. Discussion and preliminary Council direction on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 2, Land Use (AB2016-047B(Council Proposed Changes and additional information)

Comprehensive Plan Chapter 3
1.      Audience members are invited to comment specifically on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 3, Housing (AB2016-047C) (time limited to 15 minutes)

2.     Discussion and preliminary Council direction on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 3, Housing (AB2016-047C(Council Proposed Changes and additional information)

Other Business
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
6:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion
1. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Karen Frakes regarding a motion to dismiss an appeal of the Hearing Examiner’s decision on APL2015-0006 filed by Robert La Rocco for Daniel Brocker (AB2016-121)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)]

2. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Karen Frakes regarding pending litigation, Yew Street Associates et al. v. Whatcom County, GMHB Case No. 10-2-0009c (AB2016-018)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)]

Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, DATE, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation
Committee Discussion
Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council
Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, DATE, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation
Committee Discussion
Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council
Other Business

COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA

 
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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, May 3, 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.

(From Committee of the Whole)

1.  
Consideration of a motion to dismiss the appeal of Hearing Examiner’s decision on APL2015-0006, filed by Robert La Rocco on behalf of Daniel Brocker (AB2016-121)

SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS

1. Discussion with Bellingham Fire Chief Bill Newbold regarding EMS Funding Work Group recommendations (AB2016-017)

MINUTES CONSENT

1. Special Committee of the Whole for March 29, 2016

2. Special Committee of the Whole (9:30 A.M.) for April 5, 2016

3. Special Committee of the Whole (3:40 P.M.) for April 5, 2016

4. Committee of the Whole for April 5, 2016

5. Surface Water Work Session for April 12, 2016

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 approving a vacation for the realignment of an unnamed alley within the Birch Bay West End Estates Plat
(AB2015-304A)

2. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 12.60, Road Naming System, to include honorary road naming (AB2016-157A)

3. Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan, Chapter 2, Land Use (AB2016-047B)
(Council Proposed Changes and additional information)

4. Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan, Chapter 6, Transportation (AB2016-047F) (Council Proposed Changes and additional information)

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 enter into a local agency agreement between Whatcom County and the Washington State Department of Transportation for the Lummi Island Dolphin and Breakwater replacement, in the amount of $50,000
(
AB2016-160)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a local agency agreement between Whatcom County and the Washington State Department of Transportation for design and permitting fees for the replacement of the Ten Mile Creek Bridge No. 236 on Hannegan Road, in the amount of $130,000 (AB2016-161)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an amended local agency agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham for joint usage of the Vactor Waste Site Facility, in an amount not to exceed $50,000 
(AB2016-094A)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract for services between Whatcom County and Wilson Engineering, LLC for Cedar Hills-Euclid Stormwater Improvements, in the amount of $99,367 (AB2016-146A)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Environmental Science Associates, Inc. related to further archaeological field investigation required by permitting agencies, right-of-way plan modifications due to property ownership changes, and associated project management for the Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility in the amount of $48,666 (AB2016-162)

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to award Bid #16-17 for rental rates for maintenance and construction equipment, to all bidders, with selection from the list based on equipment availability and suitability, with preference to low bidders, in an amount not to exceed $100,000 per vendor (AB2016-163)

OTHER ITEMS

(No Committee Assignment)

1. Nomination and appointment to fill a vacancy on the Law and Justice Council- applicant(s): Robert Hines and James Hulbert
(AB2016-151)  

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 2016 Whatcom County Budget, ninth request, in the amount of $162,263 (AB2016-164)

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UDPATES
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 17, 2016, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.