February 7, 2017


 FEBRUARY 7, 2017
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 7, 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, February 7, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Resolution accepting the Treasurer’s list of petitions for tax refunds (AB2017-058)

2. Resolution amending Resolution 2016-051 in the matter of adopting a salary schedule and policies for Whatcom County unrepresented employees, effective January 1 through December 31, 2017 (AB2017-059)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Edge Analytical, Inc. to provide laboratory analysis of surface water samples for bacteria analysis, in the amount of $85,600 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-060)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Kimberly Geariety, Attorney, for professional labor negotiator services, in the amount of $46,377, for a total amended amount of $86,376 (AB2017-061)

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 
12:45 p.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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 (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 
1:45 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Resolution amending CRP No. 916008 and authorizing Public Works to: 1) Proceed with petitioning the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission for improvements to the Yacht Club Road at-grade railroad crossing; and 2) Construct improvements using Public Works Department’s “county forces” (AB2017-043A)
Committee Discussion

1. Presentation and discussion regarding traffic patterns and posted speed limits in the Marine Drive/Marietta area (AB2017-062)

2. Discussion of proposed ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 24.05, On-Site Sewage System Regulations (AB2017-053) (from 1/24) 
Other Business
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE  
Members: Rud Browne, Carl Weimer, Barbara Brenner 
3:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments relating to the Cherry Point Urban Growth Area (AB2017-063)

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Request appointment of one County Council member to the Transfer of Development Rights and Purchase of Development Rights multi-stakeholder work group (AB2017-064)

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, February 7, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
CALL TO ORDER (Video Link)
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.
MINUTES CONSENT   (Video Link)

1. Special Committee of the Whole for September 13, 2016
    Approved Consent 7-0

2. Regular County Council for September 13, 2016
    Approved Consent 7-0

3. Special Committee of the Whole for September 20, 2016
    Approved Consent 7-0

4. Regular County Council for September 27, 2016
    Approved Consent 7-0

5. Special Committee of the Whole for October 11, 2016
    Approved Consent 7-0

6. Committee of the Whole for October 11, 2016
    Approved Consent 7-0

7. Regular County Council for October 11, 2016
    Approved Consent 7-0

8. Special Committee of the Whole for November 9, 2016 (9:30 a.m.)
    Approved Consent 7-0

9. Special Committee of the Whole for November 9, 2016 (10:30 a.m.)
    Approved Consent 7-0

10. Regular County Council for November 9, 2016 
    Approved Consent 7-0

11. Special Committee of the Whole (9:30 a.m.) for November 22, 2016
    Approved Consent 7-0

12. Regular County Council for November 22, 2016
    Approved Consent 7-0

13. Special Committee of the Whole (1:50 p.m.) for December 6, 2016
    Approved Consent 7-0

14. Regular County Council for December 6, 2016
    Approved Consent 7-0
 
15. Special Committee of the Whole (11 a.m.) for January 10, 2017
    Approved Consent 7-0

16. Special Committee of the Whole (1:30 p.m.) for January 10, 2017
    Approved Consent 7-0

17. Regular County Council for January 10, 2017 
    Approved Consent 7-0

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   

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee     (Video Link)

1. Resolution accepting the Treasurer’s list of petitions for tax refunds (AB2017-058)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-005
    
2. Resolution amending Resolution 2016-051 in the matter of adopting a salary schedule and policies for Whatcom County unrepresented employees, effective January 1 through December 31, 2017 (AB2017-059)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-006

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Edge Analytical, Inc. to provide laboratory analysis of surface water samples for bacteria analysis, in the amount of $85,600 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-060)
Approved 7-0    

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Kimberly Geariety, Attorney, for professional labor negotiator services, in the amount of $46,377, for a total amended amount of $86,376 (AB2017-061)
Approved 7-0

From Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee (Video Link)

5.  Resolution amending CRP No. 916008 and authorizing Public Works to: 1) Proceed with petitioning the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission for improvements to the Yacht Club Road at-grade railroad crossing; and 2) Construct improvements using Public Works Department’s “county forces” (AB2017-043A)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-007

From Planning and Development Committee (Video Link)

6. Request appointment of one County Council member to the Transfer of Development Rights and Purchase of Development Rights multi-stakeholder work group (AB2017-064)
Approved 7-0, Appointed Rud Browne

No Committee Assignment (Video Link)

7.  Ordinance providing local procedures to process development permit applications efficiently and to promote finality of decisions (AB2017-041) (from 1/24)
Amended and approved 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2017-005

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 to fill Jail Stakeholder Workgroup vacancy (Whatcom County resident who resides outside the city of Bellingham) – applicant:  Irene Morgan (AB2017-067)
Appointed: Mathew Babick

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 boards and commissions (AB2017-052A)
Confirmed 7-0

INTRODUCTION ITEMS  (Video Link)

1.  Resolution amending the 2017 Flood Control Zone District and Subzone Budgets, first request, in the amount of $143,676 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-065
Introduced 7-0

2.  Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, second request, in the amount of $2,518,464 (AB2017-066)
Introduced 7-0

3.  Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 2.03, 2.22, and 2.104 to prohibit the appointment of declared political candidates to boards, committees, and commissions and requiring resignation from the Ethics Commission and Salary Commission for members seeking an elected position within the County (AB2017-057)
Introduced 7-0

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES   (Video Link)
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. February 21, 2017, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.