November 9, 2016


 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2016
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m., WEDNESDAY, November 9, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Karen Frakes regarding pending litigation, Hirst et al v. Whatcom County, GMHB Case No. 12-2-0013 (AB2016-018)  [Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)]

2. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jeffrey Sawyer regarding pending litigation, Ringe v. Whatcom County, filed in Skagit County Superior Court (AB2016-018)  [Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)]

Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
10:15 a.m., WEDNESDAY, November 9, 2016
Note: Council will take a lunch break approximately at noon
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Resolution ordering the cancellation of accounts receivable more than one year old (AB2016-322)

2. Resolution ordering the cancellation of checks (warrants) more than one year old (AB2016-323)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the Whatcom Conservation District for the Lake Whatcom Homeowner Incentive Program, in the amount of $50,000 (AB2016-324)

4. Resolution authorizing the County Executive to make application and enter into a grant agreement with the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for funding through the Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities Program, in the amount of $200,000 for the development of non-motorized recreational trails at Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve and Lake Whatcom Park, and $200,000 for the development of non-motorized recreational trails at South Fork Park (AB2016-091C)

Special Order of Business

1. Discussion and formulation of recommendations related to a proposed ordinance adopting the 2017-2018 Whatcom County Budget (AB2016-198C) (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening)

Other Business
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Todd Donovan, Carl Weimer
3:00 p.m., WEDNESDAY, November 9, 2016
 THIS MEETING IS CANCELLED
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

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

2. Discussion regarding proposed ordinance adopting amendments to Whatcom County Code Title 20, Zoning, related to permitting kennels in the Agricultural Zone as a conditional use (AB2016-338) (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening)


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. WEDNESDAY, November 9, 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.
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. 
OTHER ITEMS

From Special Committee of the Whole

1. Resolution ordering the cancellation of accounts receivable more than one year old (AB2016-322)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2016-042

2. Resolution ordering the cancellation of checks (warrants) more than one year old (AB2016-323)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2016-043

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the Whatcom Conservation District for the Lake Whatcom Homeowner Incentive Program, in the amount of $50,000 (AB2016-324)
Approved 6-0, Browne abstained

4. Resolution authorizing the County Executive to make application and enter into a grant agreement with the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for funding through the Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities Program, in the amount of $200,000 for the development of non-motorized recreational trails at Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve and Lake Whatcom Park, and $200,000 for the development of non-motorized recreational trails at South Fork Park (AB2016-091C)
Approved 6-1, Brenner opposed, Resolution 2016-044

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 four vacancies on the Horticulture Pest and Disease Board, applicants: Melissa Bedlington, Allen Brown, Mike Hawley, Matthew McDermott (AB2016-319) (the Horticulture Pest and Disease Board assists Whatcom County in its efforts to more effectively control and prevent the spread of horticultural pests and diseases) 
Appointed 7-0

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 Robert Seaman to the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee (AB2016-325) (the Marine Resources Committee assists Whatcom County in its efforts to address local marine issues and recommends remedial action to local authorities)
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. Ordinance establishing the Sudden Valley Stormwater Improvements Fund and establishing a project-based budget for the Sudden Valley Stormwater Improvements Project (AB2016-326)
Introduced 7-0

2. Ordinance establishing the Hovander Park Building Improvements Fund and establishing a project- based budget for the Hovander Park Building Improvements Project (AB2016-327)
Introduced 7-0

3. Ordinance establishing the Lake Whatcom Trail Development Fund and establishing a project-based budget for the Lake Whatcom Park Trail Development Project (AB2016-328)
Introduced 7-0

4. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2014-080 (establishment of the Academy Road Stormwater Improvements Fund and Academy Road Stormwater Improvements Project-Based Budget) to request additional appropriation authority, in the amount of $98,000 (AB2016-329)
Introduced 7-0

5. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2014-081 (establishment of the Agate Heights/Estate Bay Line Stormwater Improvements Fund and Agate Heights Estate/Bay Lane Stormwater Improvements Project-Based Budget) to request additional appropriation authority, in the amount of $170,000 (AB2016-330)
Introduced 7-0

6. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2014-083 (establishment of the Cedar Hills/Euclid Stormwater Improvements Fund and Cedar Hills/Euclid Stormwater Improvements Project Based Budget) to request additional appropriation authority, in the amount of $200,000 (AB2016-275A)
Introduced 7-0

7. Ordinance amending the 2016 Whatcom County Budget, seventeenth request, in the amount of $2,336,646 (AB2016-331)
Introduced 7-0

8. Ordinance closing the Superior Court Fourth Judge Courtroom Renovation Project Fund 346 (AB2016-332)  Second Agenda Revision: Withdrawn from the agenda

9. Ordinance closing the Rural Road Safety Program Fund 343 (AB2016-333)
Introduced 7-0

10. Ordinance closing the Lake Whatcom Boulevard Re-Surfacing Fund 352 (AB2016-334)
Introduced 7-0

11. Ordinance closing the Slater Rd/Nooksack River Bridge Fund 354 (AB2016-335)
Introduced 7-0

12. Ordinance closing the Hannegan Rd Structural Overlay Project Fund 356 (AB2016-336)
Introduced 7-0

13. Ordinance closing the Beaver Creek Stormwater Improvements Fund 366 (AB2016-337)
Introduced 7-0

14. Ordinance adopting amendments to Whatcom County Code Title 20, Zoning, related to permitting kennels in the Agricultural Zone as a conditional use (AB2016-338) Agenda Revision: Withdrawn from the agenda

15. Ordinance authorizing the 2017 Whatcom County Unified Fee Schedule (AB2016-339)
Introduced 7-0

16. Ordinance adopting the final budget of Whatcom County for the biennium 2017-2018 (AB2016-198C)
Introduced 7-0

17. Ordinance limiting the 2017 General Fund Property Tax Levy (AB2016-340)
Introduced 7-0

18. Ordinance authorizing the levy of taxes for Conservation Futures purposes for 2017 (AB2016-341)
Introduced 7-0

19. Ordinance authorizing the levy of 2017 property taxes for county road purposes (AB2016-342)
Introduced 7-0

20. Ordinance authorizing the levy of taxes for county and state purposes in Whatcom County, Washington, for the year of 2017 (AB2016-343)
Introduced 7-0

21. Resolution vacating an unnamed alley within the Whispering Pines Plat (AB2016-210A) Agenda Revision: Withdrawn from the agenda

22. Resolution adopting the final 2017 budget of the Point Roberts Transportation Benefit District (AB2016-344) (Council acting as the Point Roberts Transportation Benefit District Governing Body)
Introduced 7-0

23. Resolution adopting the 2017 budget for the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Subzones (AB2016-345) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
Introduced 7-0

24. Resolution of the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Six-Year Water Resources Improvement Program for the years 2017 through 2022 (AB2016-346) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
Introduced 7-0

25. Resolution authorizing the levy of taxes for the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District for 2017 (AB2016-347) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
Introduced 7-0

Agenda Revision:
26. Resolution requesting that the Executive prepare alternative financing options for selected water resource services (AB2016-351)
Introduced 7-0

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UDPATES
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.