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MAY 2, 2017
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE  
Members: Todd Donovan, Satpal Sidhu, Carl Weimer 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday,May 2, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion regarding water resources level of service and funding options (AB2017-156)
Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Resolution approving the Purchase of Development Rights Oversight Committee’s current ranked list of properties and authorizing the application for matching funds through Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office under the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program Forestland Category for qualifying applications (AB2017-141)
Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu  
11 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Resolution authorizing an interlocal cooperation agreement with other municipalities in Skagit County, Whatcom County, and Island County, agreeing to participate as a member of a regional consortium that will qualify the area for additional funding to address homelessness and the shortage of homes affordable to lower-wage workers and others (AB2017-142)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham for management and operation of the joint City-County Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Inspection Program for Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish, in the amount of $246,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-148)
Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Northwest Youth Services to provide funding for personnel costs essential to facility operations at Northwest Youth Service’s Positive Adolescent Development Facility, in the amount of $50,000, for a total amended amount of $255,000 (AB2017-143)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham for maintenance and operation of the Crisis Triage Facility, in the amount of $59,900 (AB2017-144)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to specify the procedure by which DSHS will assess and adjust the Long-Term Payable that is provided to the county (AB2017-145)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the collective bargaining agreement between Whatcom County and General Teamsters’ Local Union No. 231 for the period of May 2, 2017, through December 31, 2018 (AB2017-146)


5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization LLC to ensure that revenue from the sale of marijuana and cannabis products is used for substance use disorder treatment and prevention services for middle school and high school aged youth, in the amount of $288,000 (AB2017-147)
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 
Immediately following the Finance and Administrative Services Committee
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion (Council Conference Room)

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, May 2, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Public Defender’s Office to present its annual report (AB2017-068)
Committee Discussion

1. Update on requirements for home occupation approval (AB2017-055)
Other Business
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE  
Members: Rud Browne, Carl Weimer, Barbara Brenner 
3 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of proposed ordinance amending the Comprehensive Plan by amending the Point Roberts Character Plan, and amend Whatcom County Code 20.72, Point Roberts Special District, to adopt the Point Roberts Design Guidelines (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening) (AB2017-152)
Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately following the Planning and Development Committee 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Continuation of Council’s review of the 2016 Critical Areas Ordinance Update (AB2016-276K)
Review of certain questions, comments, and suggestions by staff and Councilmembers related to:
• Article 2 – Administrative Provisions
• Article 3 - Geologically Hazardous Areas
• Article 4 – Frequently Flooded Areas
• Article 5 – Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas
• Article 6 – Wetlands
• Article 7 – Habitat Conservation Areas
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, May 2, 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.
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 to sell tax-title property by public auction, Req. #TR2017-02 (AB2017-131A)

2. Resolution to sell tax-title property by public auction, Req. #TR2017-03 (AB2017-132A)
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 Northwest Youth Services to provide funding for personnel costs essential to facility operations at Northwest Youth Service’s Positive Adolescent Development Facility, in the amount of $50,000, for a total amended amount of $255,000 (AB2017-143)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham for maintenance and operation of the Crisis Triage Facility, in the amount of $59,900 (AB2017-144)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to specify the procedure by which DSHS will assess and adjust the Long-Term Payable that is provided to the county (AB2017-145)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the collective bargaining agreement between Whatcom County and General Teamsters’ Local Union No. 231 for the period of May 2, 2017, through December 31, 2018 (AB2017-146)


5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization LLC to ensure that revenue from the sale of marijuana and cannabis products is used for substance use disorder treatment and prevention services for middle school and high school aged youth, in the amount of $288,000 (AB2017-147)
OTHER ITEMS

From the Natural Resources Committee

1. Resolution approving the Purchase of Development Rights Oversight Committee’s current ranked list of properties and authorizing the application for matching funds through Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office under the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program Forestland Category for qualifying applications (AB2017-141)

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee


1. Resolution authorizing an interlocal cooperation agreement with other municipalities in Skagit County, Whatcom County, and Island County, agreeing to participate as a member of a regional consortium that will qualify the area for additional funding to address homelessness and the shortage of homes affordable to lower-wage workers and others (AB2017-142)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham for management and operation of the joint City-County Aquatic Invasive Species Watercraft Inspection Program for Lake Whatcom and Lake Samish, in the amount of $246,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-148)
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 Noxious Weed Control Board, District 3, applicant: April Bader (AB2017-140)
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 Melodie Kirk to the Whatcom County Agricultural Advisory Committee (AB2017-149)

2. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of Glen Alexander to the Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee (AB2017-150)
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 for the Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee, applicant: George Kaas (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. on May 9, 2017) (AB2017-139)

2. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Chapter 3.02.040 and repealing Chapter 3.09, regarding Auditor duties (AB2017-151)

3. Ordinance amending the Comprehensive Plan by amending the Point Roberts Character Plan, and amend Whatcom County Code 20.72, Point Roberts Special District, to adopt the Point Roberts Design Guidelines (AB2017-152)

4. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2014-075 (establishment of the Courthouse Building Envelope Fund and a project based budget for the Courthouse Building Envelope Project) for a second time, to include funding provided through the EDI Fund in the amount of $752,621, for a total amended project budget of $2,677,809 (AB2017-153)

5. Resolution amending the 2017 Flood Control Zone District and Subzone Budgets, second request, in the amount of $17,850 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-154)

6. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, fifth request, in the amount of $251,050 (AB2017-155)
COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 16, 2017, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.