January 10, 2017


 JANUARY 10, 2017
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
Second Agenda Revision: SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Council Committee Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion
1. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Elizabeth Gallery regarding pending litigation (AB2017-018) [Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW 42.20.110(2)(a)(i)(ii)(iii)]

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 Items
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Council Committee Room/Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion - Council Committee Room
1. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jeffrey Sawyer regarding pending litigation, King v. Stach, et al (AB2017-018) [Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)]

2. Introduction to new labor negotiator and discussion of strategy planning and positions to be taken regarding collective bargaining (AB2017-037 [Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW 42.30.140 (4) (a)]

Committee Discussion - Council Chambers

3. Discussion regarding proposed ordinance adopting the current state building code and repealing the existing Title 15 of the Whatcom County Code (AB2016-289)

Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
1:00 1:30 p.m., (Third Agenda Revision) Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Order of Business

1. Annual Reorganization of the Whatcom County Council (AB2017-021)  Third Agenda Revision: This item is moved to the evening Council meeting.
Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Resolution for Washington State Legislature support of funding for core public health services (AB2017-033)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Pacific Northwest Guardian Ad Litem, LLC for the provision of guardian ad litem services for youth subject to dependencies in Whatcom County Superior Court in the amount of $40 per hour, up to 4,000 billable hours for 2017 (AB2017-034)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interagency agreement between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to support the County’s behavioral health program and to support regional behavioral health activities in the amount of $498,867 (AB2017-035)


Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council - Agenda Revision/Correction Third Agenda Revision: These three items will not be discussed during Committee

1. Resolution for Washington State Legislature support of funding for core public health services (AB2017-035)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Pacific Northwest Guardian Ad Litem, LLC for the provision of guardian ad litem services for youth subject to dependencies in Whatcom County Superior Court in the amount of $40 per hour, up to 4,000 billable hours for 2017 (AB2017-033)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interagency agreement between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to support the County’s behavioral health program and to support regional behavioral health activities in the amount of $498,867 (AB2017-034
)

Committee Discussion - Critical Areas Ordinance Update

1. Continuation of Council’s review of the 2016 Critical Areas Ordinance Update – topics scheduled for discussion:
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, January 10, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
CALL TO ORDER (Video Link)
ROLL CALL
Councilmembers Present: Weimer, Buchanan, Mann, Browne, Brenner, Donovan
Absent: Sidhu
FLAG SALUTE
ANNOUNCEMENTS (Video Link)
If you will be handing out paperwork to councilmembers, please give one copy to the clerk for our office files. Thank you.

From Special Committee of the Whole:
Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jeffrey Sawyer regarding pending litigation, King v. Stach, et al (AB2017-018)
Motion carried 6-0 to authorizes the County to provide legal services and indemnification to the officers, officials, agents or employees that are named defendants in this matter, pursuant WCC 2.56

SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS (Video Link)

1.  Annual Reorganization of the Whatcom County Council (AB2017-021)
See attached 2017 Committee Assignments

MINUTES CONSENT  (Video Link)

1. Regular County Council for July 26, 2016
Approved Consent 6-0

2. Surface Water Work Session for November 15, 2016
Approved Consent 6-0

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. 
OTHER ITEMS (Video Link)

From Special Committee of the Whole

1. Resolution for Washington State Legislature support of funding for core public health services (AB2017-033)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Pacific Northwest Guardian Ad Litem, LLC for the provision of guardian ad litem services for youth subject to dependencies in Whatcom County Superior Court in the amount of $40 per hour, up to 4,000 billable hours for 2017 (AB2017-034)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interagency agreement between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to support the County’s behavioral health program and to support regional behavioral health activities in the amount of $498,867 (AB2017-035)


From Special Committee of the Whole - Agenda Revision/Correction

1. Resolution for Washington State Legislature support of funding for core public health services (AB2017-035)
Approved 6-0, Resolution 2017-001

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Pacific Northwest Guardian Ad Litem, LLC for the provision of guardian ad litem services for youth subject to dependencies in Whatcom County Superior Court in the amount of $40 per hour, up to 4,000 billable hours for 2017 (AB2017-033)
Approved 6-0

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interagency agreement between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to support the County’s behavioral health program and to support regional behavioral health activities in the amount of $498,867 (AB2017-034)
Approved 6-0

COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES (Video Link)
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, per RCW 85.38.070(5), to fill vacancy on Drainage District #3 Board of Supervisors, Position 1 - applicant(s): Roger Blok (duties include field review of drainage needs, attending an annual meeting to determine the next year’s work schedule and assessment levy, elect internal officers, and review, discus, or act on any other official and district business) (AB2017-042)
Roger Blok Appointed

2. Annual appointments to Council-appointed positions on citizen boards, commissions, and committees (AB2017-031)
Various positions appointed
Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee, Resident/Property Owner: Michael Skehan
Planning Commission, County Council District 2: Andrew Rowlson
Planning Commission, County Council District 3: Atul Deshmane
Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee: Christine Woodward, Lee First, and Dorie Belisle
Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Business/Industry Representative: Amber Jones
Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Solid Waste Disposal Facility Representative: Larry McCarter


3. Annual appointments to Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors–appointed positions on citizen advisory committees (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-032)
Various positions appointed
Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee, Special Districts: Ron Bronsema and Scott Hulse
Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee, Impacted Cities: Robert Bromley
Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resource Management Advisory Committee: Scott Hulse


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 amendments to Whatcom County Code Title 20 Zoning, permitting kennels in the agriculture zone as a conditional use (AB2017-038)
Introduced 6-0

2. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, first request, in the amount of $170,302 (AB2017-039)
Introduced 6-0

3. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2015-037, which amended Ordinance 2015-025 (establishment of the Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force) to extend due dates for delivery of the initial and final Phase III reports (AB2017-040)
Introduced 6-0

4. Ordinance providing local procedures to process development permit applications efficiently and to promote finality of decisions (AB2017-041)
Amended and Introduced 6-0

5. Ordinance adopting interim amendments to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan and Whatcom County Code Title 24, Health Code, relating to water resources (AB2016-309C)
Withdrawn

6. Ordinance adopting the current state building code and repealing the existing Title 15 of the Whatcom County Code (AB2016-289) - Fourth Agenda Revision Introduced 6-0

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES (Video Link)
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. January 24, 2017, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.