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 September 12, 2017
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE  
Members: Todd Donovan, Satpal Sidhu, Carl Weimer 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Presentation of the Wildlife Advisory Committee’s Ecosystem Report (AB2017-274)

Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu  
10:45 a.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Special Presentations

1. Presentation by Design2Last of findings included in the Building Assessment Studies and Cost Estimates Phase 1-B Report for capital improvements at the jail (AB2017-047A)

2. Whatcom County Finance Department to present quarterly report (AB2017-068)

3. Whatcom County Human Resources Department to present semiannual report (AB2017-068)
  
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Ordinance establishing the Triage Center Expansion Fund and establishing a project based budget for the Triage Center Expansion Project (AB2017-246)

2. Ordinance amending the Whatcom County Budget, tenth request, in the amount of $197,253 (AB2017-247)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Cramer Fish Sciences to conduct a Lower Mainstem Nooksack River Salmon Habitat Assessment, in the amount of $225,238 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-258)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism in support of the proposed Wayfinding Project as recommended by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, in the amount of $50,000 (AB2017-253)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and Yakima County to provide housing, care, and custody to Whatcom County for offender housing when space at the downtown jail is restricted due to significant infrastructure renovation, maintenance or repairs that necessitate closing housing units, sustained high offender population, and/or emergencies that result in the need for offender housing off-site (AB2017-254)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a five-year lease agreement between Whatcom County and John von Krusenstiern for warehouse space to store countywide records, in the annual amount of $24,338.04 (AB2017-255)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to provide funding for housing case management and shelter operations services to homeless individuals living with mental illness, in the amount of $50,000, for a total amended contract amount of $208,854 (AB2017-256)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to provide funding for access to treatment and recovery for opioid and intravenous drug use dependency, in the amount of $111,727 (AB2017-257)

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Washington State County Road Administration Board in order to receive additional Rural Arterial Program (RAP) grant funding for the East Smith Road Pavement Rehabilitation Project, in the amount of $294,300, for a total contract amended amount of $843,730 (AB2017-259)

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 
1:15 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion with Public Works staff regarding a potential property acquisition for the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District (AB2017-018)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (b)]

2. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Karen Frakes regarding pending litigation, Hirst et al v. Whatcom County, GMHB Case No. 12-2-0013 (AB2017-018)
[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, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE 
Members: Todd Donovan, Ken Mann, Barbara Brenner 
2 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Whatcom County Public Works to present quarterly report (AB2017-068)

Committee Discussion

1. Discussion regarding timing of behavioral health integration with medical care for the Medicaid population in the county/region and presentation of information related to the pros and cons of becoming a mid-adopter region (AB2017-260)

2. Discussion of a proposed resolution approving the Whatcom County Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program for the years 2018 through 2023 (resolution scheduled for introduction this evening) (AB2017-261)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Ordinance establishing the speed limit on a portion of North Shore Road (AB2017-196A) (from 8/8)

2. Resolution authorizing preparation of a reassessment roll for property within the boundaries of Whatcom County Road Improvement District No. 7 (Emerald Lake Lighting District) (AB2017-262)

4. Resolution authorizing preparation of a reassessment roll for property within the boundaries of Whatcom County Road Improvement District No. 1 (Birch Bay Lighting District) (AB2017-263)

Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately following the Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee (meeting to begin no later than 3:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, September 12, 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 Council members related to:
    • Article 2, Administrative Provisions
    • Article 6, Wetlands
    • Article 7, Habitat Conservation Areas
    • Article 8, Conservation Program on Agriculture Lands
    • Article 9, Definitions
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, September 12, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
CALL TO ORDER (Video Link)
Councilmembers Present: Buchanan, Mann, Browne, Brenner, Sidhu, Donovan
Absent: Weimer

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. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 8.13, Solid Waste Disposal District, regarding the Solid Waste Excise Privilege Tax (AB2017-244)  (Video Link)
Adopted 6-0, Ordinance 2017-043 and Ordinance 2017-043strike

2. Ordinance repealing Whatcom County Code 8.14, Garbage Pass-Through Fee, in its entirety (AB2017-245) (Video Link)
Adopted 6-0, Ordinance 2017-044

3. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Title 20 Zoning and the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan relating to cumulative impervious surface coverage standards (AB2017-195) (Video Link)
Adopted 5-1, Donovan opposed, Ordinance 2017-045 and  Ordinance 2017-045strike

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 enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism in support of the proposed Wayfinding Project as recommended by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, in the amount of $50,000 (AB2017-253)
Approved Consent 5-0 (Donovan out of the room)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and Yakima County to provide housing, care, and custody to Whatcom County for offender housing when space at the downtown jail is restricted due to significant infrastructure renovation, maintenance or repairs that necessitate closing housing units, sustained high offender population, and/or emergencies that result in the need for offender housing off-site (AB2017-254)
Approved Consent 5-0 (Donovan out of the room)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a five-year lease agreement between Whatcom County and John von Krusenstiern for warehouse space to store countywide records, in the annual amount of $24,338.04 (AB2017-255)
Approved Consent 5-0 (Donovan out of the room)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to provide funding for housing case management and shelter operations services to homeless individuals living with mental illness, in the amount of $50,000, for a total amended contract amount of $208,854 (AB2017-256)
Approved Consent 5-0 (Donovan out of the room)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to provide funding for access to treatment and recovery for opioid and intravenous drug use dependency, in the amount of $111,727 (AB2017-257)
Approved Consent 5-0 (Donovan out of the room)

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Washington State County Road Administration Board in order to receive additional Rural Arterial Program (RAP) grant funding for the East Smith Road Pavement Rehabilitation Project, in the amount of $294,300, for a total contract amended amount of $843,730 (AB2017-259)
Approved Consent 5-0 (Donovan out of the room)

OTHER ITEMS

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee

1. Ordinance establishing the Triage Center Expansion Fund and establishing a project based budget for the Triage Center Expansion Project (AB2017-246) (Video Link)
Adopted 5-0 (Donovan out of the room), Ordinance 2017-046

2. Ordinance amending the Whatcom County Budget, tenth request, in the amount of $197,253 (AB2017-247) (Video Link)
Adopted 5-0 (Donovan out of the room), Ordinance 2017-047

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Cramer Fish Sciences to conduct a Lower Mainstem Nooksack River Salmon Habitat Assessment, in the amount of $225,238 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-258) (Video Link)
Approved 5-0 (Donovan out of the room)

From Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee

4. Ordinance establishing the speed limit on a portion of North Shore Road (AB2017-196A) (from 8/8)  (Video Link)
Held in committee

5. Resolution authorizing preparation of a reassessment roll for property within the boundaries of Whatcom County Road Improvement District No. 7 (Emerald Lake Lighting District) (AB2017-262) (Video Link)
Approved 5-0 (Donovan out of the room), Resolution 2017-038

6. Resolution authorizing preparation of a reassessment roll for property within the boundaries of Whatcom County Road Improvement District No. 1 (Birch Bay Lighting District) (AB2017-263) (Video Link)
Approved 5-0 (Donovan out of the room), Resolution 2017-039

No Committee Assignment

7. Nomination and appointment of one County Council member to serve on the Whatcom Transportation Authority Board of Directors Composition Review Committee (per RCW 36.57A.055) (AB2017-276) (Video Link)
Appointed: Councilmember Satpal Sidhu

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 Council to appoint a County elected official to serve with the County Executive as Whatcom County representatives on the Finance and Operations Advisory Board established by the Jail Facility Finance and Use Agreement (AB2017-264) (Video Link)
Appointed: Councilmember Todd Donovan

2. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of Ryan McLauglin and Kristin Murray to the Whatcom County Marine Resource Committee (AB2017-265) (Video Link)
Confirmed 6-0

3. Request confirmation of County Executive appointment of Chad Perrin to fill the District 4 position on the Parks and Recreation Commission (AB2017-266) (Video Link)
Confirmed 6-0

4. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of MegAnne Offredi to the Whatcom County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (AB2017-275) (Video Link)
Confirmed 6-0 to appoint Molly Pike and Meganne Offredi

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. Receipt of application(s) for the Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee, applicant: Beth Walukas Louis (committee provides review and recommendations to the County Council and Executive on issues that affect the ongoing operations and infrastructure of the ferry service) (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. September 19, 2017) (AB2017-252)
Introduced 6-0

2. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2016-049 (amendment No. 1) to modify the 2017 Whatcom County Unified Fee Schedule (AB2017-267)
Introduced 6-0

3. Ordinance amending the Whatcom County Budget, eleventh request, in the amount of $34,028 (AB2017-268)
Introduced 6-0

4. Resolution in the matter of the Whatcom County Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program for the years 2018 through 2023 (AB2017-261)
Introduced 6-0

5. Ordinance closing the South Pass Road/Saar Creek Bridge No. 212 Project Fund 370 (AB2017-269)
Introduced 6-0

6. Ordinance closing the Slater Intersections, Imhoff and Ferndale Roads Project Fund 349 (AB2017-270)
Introduced 6-0

7. Ordinance closing the Birch Bay-Lynden Road/Portal Way Signalization Improvements Project Fund 341 (AB2017-271)
Introduced 6-0

8. Ordinance closing the Dakota Creek Bridge No. 500 Project Fund 350 (AB2017-272)
Introduced 6-0

9. Ordinance closing the Hannegan Road/Nooksack River Bridge No. 252 Project Fund 353 (AB2017-273)
Introduced 6-0

10. 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 (AB2016-256C) (Video Link)
Introduced 5-1, Brenner opposed

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES   (Video Link)

From Committee of the Whole

Discussion with Public Works staff regarding a potential property acquisition for the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District (AB2017-018)
Motion carried 6-0 to authorize the County Executive, acting on behalf of the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors, to move forward with and complete acquisition of the property as long as the purchase price of the property does not exceed the amount discussed in executive session.

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. September 26, 2017, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.