March 21, 2017


 MARCH 21, 2017
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE  
Members: Todd Donovan, Satpal Sidhu, Carl Weimer 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation
1. Washington State University Extension report on the Natural Resources Forestry Program (AB2017-068)

2. Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife briefing on proposed new Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) legislation (AB2017-112) Removed from the agenda
Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Council Office Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue
Committee Discussion
1. Update on negotiations and discussion of strategy planning regarding collective bargaining (AB2017-018H) [discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW 42.30.140 (4)(a)]
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu  
11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (Meeting to end no later than 12:30 p.m.)
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Special Presentations
1. Presentation by Small Business Development Center (SBDC) President CJ Seitz of the SBDC results for 2016 (AB2017-017)

2. Report from Administrative Services IT Department (AB2017-068)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council
1. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2014-075 (establishment of the courthouse building envelope fund and budget) to include additional funding of $2,427,809 to cover the cost of scheduled maintenance and repairs (AB2017-095)

2. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, third request, in the amount of $2,104,121 (AB2017-096)

3. Ordinance authorizing interfund loans to finance cash flow for stormwater capital project budgets (AB2017-098)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the Nature Conservancy to support Deming Levee setback construction and the lower Nooksack River geomorphic assessment, in the amount of $250,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-104)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a grant agreement between the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the Washington State Military Department for state and federal funding for voluntary acquisition of five flood-prone properties in Marietta and the removal of all associated structures, in the amount of $342,737 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-105)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items
1. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the collective bargaining agreement between Whatcom County and Washington State Nurses Association for the period January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2018 (AB2017-106)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interagency agreement between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to provide funding for opioid and intravenous outreach services in Whatcom County (AB2017-100)

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 
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (meeting to adjourn no later than 5 p.m.)
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation
1. County Executive to provide an update on new jail planning (AB2017-107

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council
1. Resolution initiating proposed Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments (from March 7)
(AB2017-083)

Committee Discussion
1. Continued discussion of proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments relating to the Cherry Point Urban Growth Area (discussion limited to council proposed new Policy 2CC-17) (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening) (AB2017-063)

2. Continuation of Council’s review of the 2016 Critical Areas Ordinance Update (AB2016-276K)
Review of additional staff proposed amendments (post-Planning Commission recommendation) related to:
• Article 6 - Wetlands
• Article 7 - Habitat Conservation Areas
• Article 3 - Geologically Hazardous Areas (tsunami hazard areas)
• Article 9 - Definitions
Review of certain questions, comments, and suggestions by Councilmembers related to:
• Overall (shall v. may)
• Article 1 - Purpose
• Article 2 - Administrative Provisions
• Article 7 - Habitat Conservation Areas

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, March 21, 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 October 25, 2016
Approved Consent 7 - 0

2. Board of Health for January 31, 2017
Approved Consent 7 - 0

3. Special Committee of the Whole (AM) for February 7, 2017
Approved Consent 7 - 0

4. Special Committee of the Whole (PM) for February 7, 2017
Approved Consent 7 - 0

5. Regular County Council for February 7, 2017
Approved Consent 7 - 0

6. Special Committee of the Whole (AM) for February 21, 2017
Approved Consent 7 - 0

7. Special Committee of the Whole (PM) for February 21, 2017
Approved Consent 7 - 0

8. Regular County Council for February 21, 2017
Approved Consent 7 - 0

SPECIAL PRESENTATION  (Video Link

1. County Executive to review the successful completion of the Sun House renovation and present recognition plaques to contributors (AB2017-017A)
Presented

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. Resolution and request for a public hearing regarding Community Development Block Grant funding applications (AB2017-097 
(Video Link
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-015

2. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 24.05, On-site Sewage System Regulations (AB2017-053A (Video Link
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2017-010

3. 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 (AB2016-256B)   (Video links to Public Hearing and Council Discussion
Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2017-011

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 approve the collective bargaining agreement between Whatcom County and Washington State Nurses Association for the period January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2018 (AB2017-106)
Approved Consent 7 - 0

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interagency agreement between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to provide funding for opioid and intravenous outreach services in Whatcom County (AB2017-100)
Approved Consent 7 - 0

OTHER ITEMS

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee

1. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2014-075 (establishment of the courthouse building envelope fund and budget) to include additional funding of $2,427,809 to cover the cost of scheduled maintenance and repairs (AB2017-095)   (Video Link
Substitute adopted 7 – 0, Ordinance 2017-012

2. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, third request, in the amount of $2,104,121 (AB2017-096) (Video Link)
Adopted 7 – 0, Ordinance 2017-013

3. Ordinance authorizing interfund loans to finance cash flow for stormwater capital project budgets (AB2017-098) (Video Link)
Adopted 7 – 0, Ordinance 2017-014

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the Nature Conservancy to support Deming Levee setback construction and the lower Nooksack River geomorphic assessment, in the amount of $250,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-104) (Video Link)
Approved 7 - 0

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a grant agreement between the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and the Washington State Military Department for state and federal funding for voluntary acquisition of five flood-prone properties in Marietta and the removal of all associated structures, in the amount of $342,737 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-105) (Video Link)
Approved 7 - 0

From Special Committee of the Whole

6. Resolution initiating proposed Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments (from March 7)
(AB2017-083)   (Video Link
Substitute Approved 7 – 0, Resolution 2017-016

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. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointments of Arlene Feld and Natasha Raming to the North Sound Behavioral Health Organization’s Advisory Board (AB2017-108)
Confirmed 7 - 0

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 an appeal of the Hearing Examiner’s decision on File No. SHR2015-0003, filed by Kristine Williams and Thad Anderson, regarding Deming Speedway access road (AB2016-367) No Paper
Introduced 7 - 0

2. Ordinance regarding temporary installation of stop signs on Unick Road at Elder Road during construction of the Slater Road/Jordan Creek Fish Passage Project (AB2017-109)
Introduced 7 - 0

3. Ordinance regarding temporary installation of stop signs at the Oat Coles/Swift Creek temporary bridge crossing (AB2017-110)
Introduced 7 - 0

4. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Chapter 12.60, Road Naming System (AB2017-111)
Introduced 7 - 0

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

Motion carried 6-1, Brenner opposed, to approve and send a letter to the Superintendent of the North Cascades National Park Service regarding comments on the reintroduction of grizzly bears.

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 4, 2017, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.