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July 10, 2018
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Council and Committee Meeting Rules of Procedure 

COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of preliminary draft Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments – Cherry Point (AB2018-076D)

2. Discussion of proposed interim ordinance relating to zoning regulations for siting, establishment, and operation of temporary homeless facilities (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening) (AB2018-182A)

Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Tyler Byrd, Satpal Sidhu  
11 a.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Resolution authorizing the allocation of REET I funding to support the construction of a multi-use building expansion at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (from May 8) (AB2018-131)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to award Bid #18-36 and enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Foss Maritime Company for the annual drydocking, repair, and maintenance of the Whatcom Chief Ferry, in the amount of $581,511.80 (AB2018-203)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and PUD #1 of Whatcom County to provide funding through the EDI Program for the Grandview/I-5/Northgate/Delta Tech Fire System supply pipeline project as a loan in the amount of $800,000 and a grant in the amount of $800,000, for a total contract amount of $1,600,000 (AB2018-204)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Opportunity Council to support the 22 North Housing Development construction project’s expanded scope which supports the critical features designed to enhance and sustain the housing construction (such as improved security camera coverage, enhanced site access features and more durable solid surfaces), in the amount of $100,000 (AB2018-205)

Committee Discussion

1. Update on the recent raspberry price crash and its impact on local farmers, followed by discussion of ideas for how Whatcom County government can provide support to local farmers (AB2018-213) - Agenda Revision

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 
1:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Karen Frakes regarding pending litigation, Hirst et al v. Whatcom County, GMHB Case No. 12-2-0013 (AB2018-018) No paper
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)]

Other Business
PUBLIC WORKS AND HEALTH COMMITTEE 
Members: Barry Buchanan, Barbara Brenner, Timothy Ballew 
1:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentations

1. Presentation by Whatcom Conservation District on Firewise Program (AB2018-089)

2. Presentation on Whatcom County’s Syringe Services Program (AB2018-212)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Discussion and selection of one County-owned site for Safe Storage Now PNW storage locker pilot project (AB2018-139)

Other Business
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE 
Members: Barry Buchanan, Tyler Byrd, Satpal Sidhu
Immediately following Public Works and Health Committee (no later than 2:45 p.m.) 
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Report from Juvenile Court (AB2018-066)

Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately following the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee (no later than 3:15 p.m.)  
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Presentation of Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force 2018 Annual Report (AB2018-181)

Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of meeting procedures and techniques for improving meeting efficiencies and productivity (AB2018-163A)

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, July 10, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
CALL TO ORDER (Video Link)
ROLL CALL
Present: Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne, Barry Buchanan, Tyler Byrd, Todd Donovan, and Satpal Sidhu.
Absent: Tim Ballew.
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  (Video Link)

1. Surface Water Work Session for May 15, 2018 - Approved Consent 6-0
2. Special Committee of the Whole for May 22, 2018 - Approved Consent 6-0
3. Special County Council Meeting for May 29, 2018 - Approved Consent 6-0
4. Special Committee of the Whole (AM) for June 19, 2018 - Approved Consent 6-0
5. Committee of the Whole for June 19, 2018 - Approved Consent 6-0
6. Special Committee of the Whole (PM) for June 19, 2018 - Approved Consent 6-0
7. Regular County Council for June 19, 2018 - Approved Consent 6-0
8. Board of Health for June 26, 2018 - Approved Consent 6-0

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 establishing parking restrictions within ten feet of U.S. mailboxes on all county roads (AB2018-200)  (Video Link)
Adopted 6-0, Ordinance 2018-040

OPEN SESSION (20 MINUTES)  (Video Link)
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  (Video Link)
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 award Bid #18-36 and enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Foss Maritime Company for the annual drydocking, repair, and maintenance of the Whatcom Chief Ferry, in the amount of $581,511.80 (AB2018-203)
Approved Consent 6-0

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and PUD #1 of Whatcom County to provide funding through the EDI Program for the Grandview/I-5/Northgate/Delta Tech Fire System supply pipeline project as a loan in the amount of $800,000 and a grant in the amount of $800,000, for a total contract amount of $1,600,000 (AB2018-204)
Approved Consent 6-0

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Opportunity Council to support the 22 North Housing Development construction project’s expanded scope which supports the critical features designed to enhance and sustain the housing construction (such as improved security camera coverage, enhanced site access features and more durable solid surfaces), in the amount of $100,000 (AB2018-205)
Approved Consent 6-0

OTHER ITEMS

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee

1. Resolution authorizing the allocation of REET I funding to support the construction of a multi-use building expansion at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (from May 8) (AB2018-131) (Video Link)
Substitute Approved 6-0, Resolution 2018-025

From Public Works and Health Committee

2. Discussion and selection of one County-owned site for Safe Storage Now PNW storage locker pilot project (AB2018-139) (Video Link)
Motion Approved 6-0 to recommend locations B (Lottie St. Parking Lot) or D (Courthouse Parking Lot)

No Committee Assignment


3. Request to appoint a Law Library Trustee for the Whatcom County Law Library Board (AB2018-207) (Video Link)
Approved 6-0 to appoint the Council Chair

4. Request to authorize the County Executive to sign the Class Action Opt-In Notice Form in Kane County, Utah, v. United States (AB2018-202) (Video Link)
Approved 6-0

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. Appointments to the Whatcom County Business and Commerce Advisory Committee, 13 vacancies (committee advises the Whatcom County Council on issues, including regulations and policies that could impact local businesses, industry, or economic development) (AB2018-132B)  (Video Link)
Appointed: Bob Pritchett (Information Technology), Drew Zogby (Manufacturing), Doug Thomas (Food Processing), Casey Diggs (Retail), Paul Burill (Marine Trades), Pete Dawson (Commercial Real Estate), Brad Rader (Agriculture), Andrew Gamble (Energy), Ryan Allsop and Troy Muljat (Other), and Susan Cole and Jeff Callender (Higher Education).  Recreation position remains vacant.
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 Dana Weber to the Whatcom County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (AB2018-206)  (Video Link)
Confirmed 6-0

INTRODUCTION ITEMS  (Video Link)
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 adopting interim zoning regulations for siting, establishment, and operation of temporary homeless facilities (AB2018-182A)
Substitute Introduced 6-0

2. Ordinance establishing the Swift Creek Sediment Management Fund and establishing a budget for the Swift Creek Sediment Management Fund (AB2018-208)
Introduced 6-0

3. Ordinance amending the Whatcom County Budget, ninth request, in the amount of $2,014,284 (AB2018-209)
Introduced 6-0

4. Receipt of application for the Whatcom County Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee, applicant: Nancy Ging (committee provides review and recommendations to the Whatcom County Council and Executive on issues that affect the ongoing operations and infrastructure of ferry service to Lummi Island) (application deadline for any other applicants is 10 a.m. July 17, 2018) (AB2018-210)
Introduced 6-0

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES  (Video Link)
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 24, 2018, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.