January 24, 2017


 January 24, 2017
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE  
Members: Todd Donovan, Satpal Sidhu, Carl Weimer 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Order of Business

1. Nomination and appointment of committee chair (AB2017-021)
Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:35 a.m., Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
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
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu  
11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Order of Business

1. Nomination and appointment of committee chair (AB2017-021)
County Executive’s Report
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion regarding amendments to Contract #201205028 (CH2M Hill) and Contract #201205029 (Pacific International Inc. and BNSF) (AB2017-054)

2. Public Works to report on the Federal Railroad Administration’s response to a proposed quiet zone design for the Yacht Club Road at grade railroad crossing (AB2017-043)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

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

2. 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)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Applied Geomorphology for the preparation of a detailed geomorphic assessment of the Lower Nooksack River in support of an update to the Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan, in the amount of $150,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-044)
Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the Whatcom Conservation District for non-dairy agriculture technical assistance, in the amount of $100,000 (AB2017-045)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Northwest Regional Council to provide nursing services to offenders at the downtown jail, the work center and juvenile detention, in the amount of $33,045, for a total amended amount of $1,247,947 (AB2017-046)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Design2Last, Inc. to provide building assessment studies and cost estimates for capital improvements at the jail and work center, in the amount of $218,404.26, for a total amended amount of $370,287.20 (AB2017-047)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Washington State University to continue the share agent costs for the WSU Whatcom County Extension for 2017, in the amount of $161,437, for a total amended amount of $1,570,535.90 (AB2017-048)

5. Request approval for the County Executive to award Bid #16-53 and authorize the Executive to enter into a contract with Jensen Lee Construction for the Health Department Creekside Offices Project, in an amount not to exceed $54,094.55 (AB2017-049)

6. Request approval for the County Executive to authorize the purchase of auto body repair services from vendors CEI Group and Gitt’s Autobody, using Washington State Contract #05015, in an amount not to exceed $70,000 (AB2017-050)
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

PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE 
Members: Barbara Brenner, Todd Donovan, Ken Mann
1:00 p.m.Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Order of Business

1. Nomination and appointment of committee chair (AB2017-021)
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion to clarify the intent of specific language in Whatcom County Code Section 20.80.970, Home Occupation (AB2017-055)

2. Discussion of a proposed ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 24.05, On-Site Sewage System Regulations (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening) (AB2017-053

3.   Discussion with the Health Department regarding a proposal to combine the Behavioral Health Advisory Board and Behavioral Health Revenue Advisory Committee and create a new membership profile (AB2017-056)
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Resolution adopting an update to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan (AB2016-302)

2. Resolution in the matter of considering a vacation of a portion of Chets Road (AB2017-051)
Other Business
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE  
Members: Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne, Carl Weimer 
3:00 p.m.Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Order of Business

1. Nomination and appointment of committee chair (AB2017-021)
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of proposed ordinance adopting amendments to Whatcom County Code Title 20 Zoning, permitting kennels in the agriculture zone as a conditional use (ordinance scheduled for public hearing this evening) (AB2017-038

2. Discussion of proposed ordinance providing local procedures to process development permit applications efficiently and to promote finality of decisions (ordinance scheduled for public hearing this evening) (AB2017-041)
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 24, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
CALL TO ORDER (Video Link)
ROLL CALL
Councilmembers Present: Weimer, Buchanan, Mann, Browne, Brenner, Sidhu, Donovan
Absent: None
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.
MINUTES CONSENT  (Video Link)

1. Special Committee of the Whole for July 5, 2016
Approved Consent 7-0

2. Special Committee of the Whole for July 12, 2016
Approved Consent 7-0

3. Special Committee of the Whole for July 14, 2016
Approved Consent 7-0

4. Surface Water Work Session for July 19, 2016
Approved Consent 7-0

5. Special Committee of the Whole for July 26, 2016
Approved Consent 7-0

6. Special Committee of the Whole (p.m.) for November 22, 2016
Approved Consent 7-0

7. Special Committee of the Whole (executive session) for December 6, 2016
Approved Consent 7-0

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 adopting amendments to Whatcom County Code Title 20 Zoning, permitting kennels in the agriculture zone as a conditional use (AB2017-038)  (Video Link)
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2017-001

2. Ordinance providing local procedures to process development permit applications efficiently and to promote finality of decisions (AB2017-041)  (Video Link)
Held in Council

3. Ordinance adopting the current state building code and repealing the existing Title 15 of the Whatcom County Code (AB2016-289) (Video Link)
Adopted 5-2, Brenner and Mann opposed, Ordinance 2017-002

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 an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the Whatcom Conservation District for non-dairy agriculture technical assistance, in the amount of $100,000 (AB2017-045)
Approved 6-0, Browne abstained

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Northwest Regional Council to provide nursing services to offenders at the downtown jail, the work center and juvenile detention, in the amount of $33,045, for a total amended amount of $1,247,947 (AB2017-046)
Approved Consent 7-0

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Design2Last, Inc. to provide building assessment studies and cost estimates for capital improvements at the jail and work center, in the amount of $218,404.26, for a total amended amount of $370,287.20 (AB2017-047)
Approved Consent 7-0

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Washington State University to continue the share agent costs for the WSU Whatcom County Extension for 2017, in the amount of $161,437, for a total amended amount of $1,570,535.90 (AB2017-048)
Approved Consent 7-0

5. Request approval for the County Executive to award Bid #16-53 and authorize the Executive to enter into a contract with Jensen Lee Construction for the Health Department Creekside Offices Project, in an amount not to exceed $54,094.55 (AB2017-049)
Approved 7-0

6. Request approval for the County Executive to authorize the purchase of auto body repair services from vendors CEI Group and Gitt’s Autobody, using Washington State Contract #05015, in an amount not to exceed $70,000 (AB2017-050)
Approved Consent 7-0

OTHER ITEMS   (Video Link)

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee

1. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, first request, in the amount of $170,302 (AB2017-039)
Amended and adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2017-003

2. 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)
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2017-004

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Applied Geomorphology for the preparation of a detailed geomorphic assessment of the Lower Nooksack River in support of an update to the Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan, in the amount of $150,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-044)
Approved 7-0

From Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee

4. Resolution adopting an update to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan (AB2016-302)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-002

5. Resolution in the matter of considering a vacation of a portion of Chets Road (AB2017-051)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-003

No Committee Assignment

6. Resolution declaring formation of the Columbia Valley Park and Recreation District (AB2016-218C)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-004

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. Annual appointments to Council-appointed positions on citizen boards, commissions, and committees (AB2017-031)
Appointed:
  • Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District:  Charles Hawkins 
  • Forestry Advisory Committee: Sharon Westergreen, Scott Thompson, Greg Zender
  • Planning Commission: Kate Blystone
  • Solid Waste Advisory Committee: Riley Grant
2. Annual appointments to Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors–appointed positions on citizen advisory committees (AB2017-032) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-032)
Appointed to Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee: John Perry
EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES   (Video Link)
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. Annual appointments to Executive-appointed positions on boards, commissions, and committees (AB2017-052)
Confirmed 7-0, except Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board 
INTRODUCTION ITEMS   (Video Link)

1. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 24.05 On-Site Sewage System Regulations (AB2017-053)
Held in Committee

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

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