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 September 27, 2016
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE  
Members: Todd Donovan, Satpal Sidhu, Carl Weimer
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Presentation and discussion of the second draft of the Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve and Lake Whatcom Park Recreational Trails Plan (AB2016-091A) Note: This is a very large document that may take some time to open.

2.       Discussion of a draft ordinance amending Chapters 20.51, 20.71, 20.80, 20.85, 20.97 and Title 21 of the Whatcom County Code to make low impact development (LID) a stormwater and land use strategy that strives to mimic natural hydrologic processes, the preferred approach to site development by minimizing impervious surfaces, native vegetation loss, and stormwater runoff (AB2016-257) - Agenda Revision

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County, Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe, Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, the Cities of Bellingham, Blaine, Everson, Ferndale, Lynden, Nooksack, and Sumas and Public Utility District No. 1 of Whatcom County regarding coordinated water and natural resources management (AB2016-258

Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members:  Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu
11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Special Presentation

1. Presentation from SoftResources LLC, consultant, regarding their permit and data management assessment (AB2016-060A

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interagency agreement between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the Washington Department of Ecology for the 2016-2017 Washington Conservation Corps crew to implement and maintain watershed restoration and stormwater projects and assist with water quality monitoring, in an amount not to exceed $60,000 (AB2016-278) (Council acting as Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) 

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a joint funding agreement between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the US Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey for stream gaging and data analysis and publication at seven stations in the Nooksack Watershed, in an amount not to exceed $77,650 (AB2016-279) (Council acting as Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a joint funding agreement between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the US Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, for ongoing operation and maintenance of the County’s six stream gages within the Nooksack River early flood warning system, a stream gage at the Nooksack River Everson Overflow, a stream gage on Jones Creek in Acme, and a new gage on Jordan Creek in Ferndale for early flood warning and flood response, in the amount of $127,150 (AB2016-280) (Council acting as Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

4. Ordinance amending the 2016 Whatcom County Budget, fifteenth request, in the amount of $307,428 (AB2016-274)

5. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2014-083 (amendment No. 2) to establish the Cedar Hills/Euclid Stormwater improvements fund and establish a project based budget for Cedar Hills/Euclid stormwater improvements in the amount of $260,000 (AB2016-275)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Hatfield Dawson Consulting Engineers, LLC to conduct a communication needs analysis of the Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center and update/review of the Whatcom County Public Safety Radio System Design Study, in the amount of $44,235 (AB2016-281)

2. Request approval for the County Executive to authorize the purchase, using Washington State Contract # 06913, radios and related accessories on an as-needed basis from vendor Motorola, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $150,000 (AB2016-282)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Vera Institute of Justice for technical assistance to support to the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force in developing well-researched, data-based recommendations, in the amount of $146,371 (AB2016-283)

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, September 27, 2016
Council  Committee Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion with Legislative Analyst Forrest Longman regarding budget review and work assignments (AB2016-294)

Other Business
PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE 
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne, Ken Mann
1:30 P.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of resolution approving the Whatcom County 2017 Annual Construction Program (ACP) (AB2016-284) (resolution scheduled for introduction this evening)

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Resolution requesting reimbursement for public safety costs directly associated with the May 7, 2016, Donald J. Trump Campaign visit to Whatcom County (AB2016-292)

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 
 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 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.
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.

(Public comment will apply to both items listed below)

1. Ordinance imposing an interim moratorium on the acceptance and processing of applications and permits for new or expanded facilities in the Cherry Point urban growth area, the primary purpose of which would be the shipment of unrefined fossil fuels not to be processed at Cherry Point (AB2016-256A)
Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2016-039

2. Emergency Ordinance 2016-031 imposing a moratorium on the acceptance and processing of applications and permits for new or expanded facilities in the Cherry Point Urban Growth Area the primary purpose of which would be the shipment of unrefined fossil fuels not to be processed at Cherry Point  (AB2016-256) (procedural hearing – ordinance was adopted August 9, 2016)
Testimony Received

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 between Whatcom County and Hatfield Dawson Consulting Engineers, LLC to conduct a communication needs analysis of the Whatcom Unified Emergency Coordination Center and update/review of the Whatcom County Public Safety Radio System Design Study, in the amount of $44,235 (AB2016-281)
Approved 7-0

2. Request approval for the County Executive to authorize the purchase, using Washington State Contract # 06913, radios and related accessories on an as-needed basis from vendor Motorola, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $150,000 (AB2016-282)
Approved Consent 7-0

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Vera Institute of Justice for technical assistance to support to the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force in developing well-researched, data-based recommendations, in the amount of $146,371 (AB2016-283)
Approved Consent 7-0

OTHER ITEMS

From Natural Resources Committee

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County, Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe, Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, the Cities of Bellingham, Blaine, Everson, Ferndale, Lynden, Nooksack, and Sumas and Public Utility District No. 1 of Whatcom County regarding coordinated water and natural resources management (AB2016-258
Substitute Approved 6-1, Brenner opposed

From Finance and Administrative Services Committee

2.
Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interagency agreement between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the Washington Department of Ecology for the 2016-2017 Washington Conservation Corps crew to implement and maintain watershed restoration and stormwater projects and assist with water quality monitoring, in an amount not to exceed $60,000 (AB2016-278) (Council acting as Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) 
Approved 7-0

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a joint funding agreement between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the US Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey for stream gaging and data analysis and publication at seven stations in the Nooksack Watershed, in an amount not to exceed $77,650 (AB2016-279) (Council acting as Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
Approved 7-0

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a joint funding agreement between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the US Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, for ongoing operation and maintenance of the County’s six stream gages within the Nooksack River early flood warning system, a stream gage at the Nooksack River Everson Overflow, a stream gage on Jones Creek in Acme, and a new gage on Jordan Creek in Ferndale for early flood warning and flood response, in the amount of $127,150 (AB2016-280) (Council acting as Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
Approved 7-0

5. Ordinance amending the 2016 Whatcom County Budget, fifteenth request, in the amount of $307,428 (AB2016-274)
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2016-040

6. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2014-083 (amendment No. 2) to establish the Cedar Hills/Euclid Stormwater improvements fund and establish a project based budget for Cedar Hills/Euclid stormwater improvements in the amount of $260,000 (AB2016-275)
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2016-041

From Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee

7. Resolution requesting reimbursement for public safety costs directly associated with the May 7, 2016, Donald J. Trump Campaign visit to Whatcom County (AB2016-292)
Substitute Approved, Resolution 2016-033

(No Committee Assignment)

8. Resolution establishing the Council’s regular meeting dates for 2017 (AB2016-293)
Approved 6-1, Brenner opposed, Resolution 2016-034

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 for confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of Stephen Jackson to the North Sound Mental Health Behavioral Health Organization Advisory Board (AB2016-285)
Confirmed 7-0

2. Request for confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of Barry MacHale to the Developmental Disabilities Board
(AB2016-286)
Confirmed 7-0

3. Request for confirmation of the County Executive’s appointments to the Whatcom County Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials (AB2016-287)
Confirmed 7-0

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 Acme/Van Zandt Flood Subzone Advisory Committee, applicant: Galen Smith (AB2016-277) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. on October 4, 2016) 
Received 7-0

2. Resolution approving the Whatcom County 2017 Annual Construction Program (ACP) (AB2016-284)
Introduced 7-0

3. Ordinance closing the Superior Court Fourth Judge Courtroom Renovation Project Fund (AB2016-288)
Introduced 7-0

4. Ordinance adopting the current state building code and repealing the existing Title 15 of the Whatcom County Code (AB2016-289)
Introduced 7-0

5. Resolution forwarding draft Shoreline Master Program amendments to the Department of Ecology for review (AB2016-270A)
Introduced 7-0

6. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 1.14, Electoral Precincts, and replacing the Book of Election Precinct Maps
(AB2016-291)
Introduced 7-0

7. Discussion of a draft ordinance amending Chapters 20.51, 20.71, 20.80, 20.85, 20.97 and Title 21 of the Whatcom County Code to make low impact development (LID) a stormwater and land use strategy that strives to mimic natural hydrologic processes, the preferred approach to site development by minimizing impervious surfaces, native vegetation loss, and stormwater runoff (AB2016-257) - Agenda Revision
Introduced 7-0

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UDPATES
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. October 11, 2016, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.