April 4, 2017


APRIL 4, 2017
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu  
10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2017 (meeting to adjourn no later than noon)
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council
1. Resolution updating the appendix of the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (AB2017-115)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items
1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a grant agreement between Whatcom County and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to conduct water patrols during the peak boating period, in the amount of $18,374.57 (AB2017-116)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to specify general terms and conditions for all contracts between Whatcom County and DSHS (AB2017-117)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the collective bargaining agreement between Whatcom County and General Teamsters’ Local Union No. 231, Corrections Deputies and Sergeants, for the period of April 4, 2017, through December 31, 2018 (AB2017-118)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the collective bargaining agreement between Whatcom County and the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, and the Inlandboatsmen’s Union, for the period of April 4, 2017, through December 31, 2018 (AB2017-119)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the collective bargaining agreement between Whatcom County and the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 17, for the period of April 4, 2017, through December 31, 2018 (AB2017-120)

6. Request approval for the County Executive to award bid #17-07 and enter into a contract for 2017 for hot mix asphalt prelevel at various locations to low bidder, Granite Construction, in the amount of $1,545,861 (AB2017-121)

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: Todd Donovan, Ken Mann, Barbara Brenner 
1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion
1. Discussion with Dan McShane regarding Critical Areas Ordinance Article 3, Geohazards (AB2017-090A)

2. Discussion with Don Easterbrook regarding Critical Areas Ordinance Article 3, Geohazards (AB2017-090)

Other Business
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE  
Members: Rud Browne, Carl Weimer, Barbara Brenner 
2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation
1. Planning and Development Services Department semiannual report to Council (AB2017-068)

Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately Following Planning and Development Committee (meeting to adjourn no later than 5 p.m.)
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion
1. Continuation of Council’s review of the 2016 Critical Areas Ordinance Update (AB2016-276K)

Review of certain questions, comments, and suggestions by Councilmembers related to:
• Article 3 - Geologically Hazardous Areas (tsunami hazard areas)
• Article 2 - Administrative Provisions
• Article 7 - Habitat Conservation Areas

2. Discussion with Legislative Analyst Forrest Longman regarding work assignments (AB2017-127)

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, April 4, 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.
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 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) (Video Link)
Adopted 6-0, Weimer absent, Ordinance 2017-015

2. Ordinance regarding temporary installation of stop signs at the Oat Coles/Swift Creek temporary bridge crossing (AB2017-110 (Video link)
Adopted 6-0, Weimer absent, Ordinance 2017-016

3. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Chapter 12.60, Road Naming System (AB2017-111 (Video link)
Adopted 6-0, Weimer absent, Ordinance 2017-017
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 a grant agreement between Whatcom County and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to conduct water patrols during the peak boating period, in the amount of $18,374.57 (AB2017-116)
Approved Consent 6-0, Weimer absent

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to specify general terms and conditions for all contracts between Whatcom County and DSHS (AB2017-117)
Approved Consent 6-0, Weimer absent

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the collective bargaining agreement between Whatcom County and General Teamsters’ Local Union No. 231, Corrections Deputies and Sergeants, for the period of April 4, 2017, through December 31, 2018 (AB2017-118)
Approved Consent 6-0, Weimer absent

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the collective bargaining agreement between Whatcom County and the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, and the Inlandboatsmen’s Union, for the period of April 4, 2017, through December 31, 2018 (AB2017-119)
Approved Consent 6-0, Weimer absent

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the collective bargaining agreement between Whatcom County and the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 17, for the period of April 4, 2017, through December 31, 2018 (AB2017-120)
Approved Consent 6-0, Weimer absent

6. Request approval for the County Executive to award bid #17-07 and enter into a contract for 2017 for hot mix asphalt prelevel at various locations to low bidder, Granite Construction, in the amount of $1,545,861 (AB2017-121)
Approved Consent 6-0, Weimer absent
OTHER ITEMS

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee

1. Resolution updating the appendix of the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (AB2017-115)  (Video Link)
Substitute as approved in Committee
Substitute corrected and approved 5-1, Brenner opposed and Weimer absent (Browne abstained on West Horton Road project), Resolution 2017-017
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 reappointment of Dave Buys to the Whatcom County Agricultural Advisory Committee (AB2017-122)  (Video Link)
Confirmed 6-0, Weimer absent

2. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of Lorayne Dennis to the Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence (AB2017-123)  (Video Link)
Confirmed 6-0, Weimer absent

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 repealing and replacing Whatcom County Code Chapter 2.44 and amending Whatcom County Code Chapter 3.37 to integrate the Behavioral Health Advisory Board and Chemical Dependency/Mental Health Program Fund Oversight Advisory Committee into a single Behavioral Health Advisory Committee (AB2017-124)
Introduced 6-0, Weimer absent

2. Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2014-073 (establishment of the 2015 Courthouse Fire Alarm System and Juvenile Roof Improvement Fund and establishment of a project based budget for Courthouse Fire Alarm System and Juvenile Roof Improvements) to add additional expenditure authority and change the title of the fund to “Courthouse Improvement Fund” (AB2017-125)
Introduced 6-0, Weimer absent

3. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, fourth request, in the amount of $382,327 (AB2017-126)
Introduced 6-0, Weimer absent

4. Ordinance adopting interim amendments to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan and the Whatcom County Code Title 15, Buildings and Construction, Title 20 Zoning, Title 21 Land Division Regulations, and Title 24 Health Code, relating to water resources (AB2016-309F)
Introduced 6-0, Weimer absent

5. Ordinance amendment No. 4 to Ordinance No. 2014-083 establishing the Cedar Hills/Euclid Storm Water Improvements Fund and establishing a project based budget for Cedar Hills/Euclid Storm Water Improvements (AB2016-275B)
Introduced 6-0, Weimer absent

6. Ordinance amendment No. 3 to Ordinance No. 2012-050 establishing the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility Project Fund and establishing a project based budget for the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility (AB2017-079A)
Introduced 6-0, Weimer absent

7. Receipt of application for the Wildlife Advisory Committee, applicant: Caanan Cowles (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. on April 11, 2017) (AB2017-113)
Introduced 6-0, Weimer absent

8. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 20.92.645, Time Limits, related to appeals to County Council (AB2017-114)
Introduced 6-0, Weimer absent
COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES  (Video Link)
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 18, 2017, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.