May 16, 2017


 MAY 16, 2017
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE  
Members: Todd Donovan, Satpal Sidhu, Carl Weimer 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Presentation by Whatcom County Public Works Natural Resources staff on current programs, level of service, and 2016 accomplishments (AB2017-160)
Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu  
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (meeting to adjourn no later than 12:30 p.m.)
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentations 

1. Annual report from the Whatcom-Bellingham Commission Against Domestic Violence (AB2017-158)

2. Quarterly report from Whatcom County Finance Manager Brad Bennett (AB2017-068)

3. Update on new jail planning from Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws (AB2017-107)

County Executive’s Report
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council
1. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2014-075 (establishment of the Courthouse Building Envelope Fund and a project based budget for the Courthouse Building Envelope Project) for a second time, to include funding provided through the EDI Fund in the amount of $752,621, for a total amended project budget of $2,677,809 (AB2017-153)

2. Resolution amending the 2017 Flood Control Zone District and Subzone Budgets, second request, in the amount of $17,850 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-154)

3. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, fifth request, in the amount of $251,050 (AB2017-155)

4. Resolution in the matter of the sale of surplus property and setting of a date for public hearing thereon pursuant to Whatcom County Code 1.10 (AB2017-162)

5. Resolution authorizing the purchase of renewable wind energy from Puget Sound Energy for a term of ten years, beginning in 2019 (AB2017-163)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items
1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the Port of Bellingham for the provision of real estate services related to the county owned building located at 3720 Williamson Way (AB2017-164)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District for the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management to provide emergency management services, in the amount of $20,000 per year for three years (AB2017-165)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center to provide for the certification of family law mediators, the conduct of mandatory parenting seminars (including language interpretation as needed) and the scheduling of and conduct of mediation sessions, in the amount of $50,000 per year for two years (AB2017-166)

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 
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (meeting to adjourn no later than 3 p.m.)
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation
1. Update on the City of Bellingham's electronic home monitoring program and other alternatives to incarceration (AB2017-159)

2. Report from District Court Probation (AB2017-068)

Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately following the Public Works, Health and Safety Committee Meeting 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (meeting to adjourn no later than 5 p.m.)
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 staff and Councilmembers related to:
• Article 2 – Administrative Provisions
• Article 3 - Geologically Hazardous Areas
• Article 4 – Frequently Flooded Areas
• Article 5 – Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas
• Article 6 – Wetlands
• 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 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 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 March 21, 2017
Approved Consent 7-0

2. Regular County Council for March 21, 2017
Approved Consent 7-0

3. Special Committee of the Whole for April 4, 2017
Approved Consent 7-0

4. Regular County Council for April 4, 2017
Approved Consent 7-0

5. Surface Water Work Session for April 11, 2017
Approved Consent 7-0

6. Special Committee of the Whole for April 11, 2017
Approved Consent 7-0

7. Board of Health for April 25, 2017
Approved 6-0, Browne abstained

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 amending Whatcom County Code Chapter 3.02.040 and repealing Chapter 3.09, regarding Auditor duties (AB2017-151)  (Video Link)
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2017-025 (Strike Version)

2. Ordinance amending the Comprehensive Plan by amending the Point Roberts Character Plan, and amend Whatcom County Code 20.72, Point Roberts Special District, to adopt the Point Roberts Design Guidelines (AB2017-152(Video Link)
(Recommended motion: Forward for concurrent review, scheduled below)
Forwarded for concurrent review 7-0

3. Ordinance adopting Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan amendments relating to the Cherry Point Urban Growth Area (AB2017-063A) (Recommended motion: Forward for concurrent review, scheduled below) (Video link to public hearing and Council discussion)
Forwarded for concurrent review 6-1, Brenner opposed

APPROVAL OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS
Items have been reviewed by Council and are ready to be considered concurrently so the cumulative effect of the proposals can be evaluated. Each ordinance will be voted on separately, followed by a vote to approve the ordinances as a group.

 1. Ordinance amending the Comprehensive Plan by amending the Point Roberts Character Plan, and amend Whatcom County Code 20.72, Point Roberts Special District, to adopt the Point Roberts Design Guidelines (AB2017-152(Video Link)
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2017-026

2. Ordinance adopting Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan amendments relating to the Cherry Point Urban Growth Area (AB2017-063A(Video Link)
Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2017-027

Motion carried 6-1, Brenner opposed, to approve all Comprehensive Plan amendments concurrently

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 Port of Bellingham for the provision of real estate services related to the county owned building located at 3720 Williamson Way (AB2017-164)
Approved Consent 7-0

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District for the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management to provide emergency management services, in the amount of $20,000 per year for three years (AB2017-165)
Approved Consent 7-0

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center to provide for the certification of family law mediators, the conduct of mandatory parenting seminars (including language interpretation as needed) and the scheduling of and conduct of mediation sessions, in the amount of $50,000 per year for two years (AB2017-166)
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 a project based budget for the Courthouse Building Envelope Project) for a second time, to include funding provided through the EDI Fund in the amount of $752,621, for a total amended project budget of $2,677,809 (AB2017-153)  (Video Link)
Adopted 6-1, Mann opposed, Ordinance 2017-028

2. Resolution amending the 2017 Flood Control Zone District and Subzone Budgets, second request, in the amount of $17,850 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-154)  (Video Link)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-026

3. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, fifth request, in the amount of $251,050 (AB2017-155(Video Link)
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2017-029

4. Resolution in the matter of the sale of surplus property and setting of a date for public hearing thereon pursuant to Whatcom County Code 1.10 (AB2017-162)  (Video Link)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-027

5. Resolution authorizing the purchase of renewable wind energy from Puget Sound Energy for a term of ten years, beginning in 2019 (AB2017-163)  (Video Link)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-028

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 the Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee, applicant: George Kaas (the Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District advises the County Council on proposed actions and operations relating to the restoration of water quality in the district) (AB2017-139)  (Video Link)
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 Jeffery Hart and Joshua McIntyre to the Developmental Disabilities Board (AB2017-168)  (Video Link)
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. Resolution granting a quit claim deed to the City of Bellingham (AB2017-167)
Introduced 7-0

2. Ordinance adopting various minor amendments to Whatcom County Code Title 20 Zoning, making corrections, updates, and clarifications (AB2017-169)
Introduced 7-0

3. Resolution authorizing the sale of Whatcom County surplus property pursuant to Whatcom County Code 1.10 (2017-162A)
Introduced 7-0

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES  (Video Link)
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 30, 2017, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.