June 27, 2017


 June 27, 2017
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, 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 staff and Councilmembers related to:
• Article 5 – Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas
• Article 8 – Conservation Program on Agriculture Lands
• Article 9 – Definitions

Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu  
11 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (meeting scheduled to adjourn by 12:30 p.m.)
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Ordinance amending the Whatcom County Budget, sixth request, in the amount of $572,516 (AB2017-197)

2. Ordinance closing the 2015 Central Plaza Improvement Fund 360 (AB2017-198)

3. Resolution amending the 2017 Flood Control Zone District and Subzones budget, third request, in the amount of $15,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-199)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Whatcom Conservation District to support the Pollution Identification and Correction Program, in the amount of $353,366 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-205)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Work Opportunities to provide “Pathways to Employment” and “Community Access” services to eligible individuals with developmental disabilities (AB2017-206)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Kulshan Supported Employment to provide “Pathways to Employment” and “Community Access” services to eligible individuals with developmental disabilities (AB2017-207)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Cascade Connections to provide “Pathways to Employment” and “Community Access” services to eligible individuals with developmental disabilities (AB2017-208)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the Opportunity Council to fund one full-time professional on the Opportunity Council’s Homeless Outreach Team to contact and act as care coordinator for individuals who are ready to engage in treatment and provide support services to people with opiate and substance use disorders who require a lengthier engagement process, in the amount of $51,000 (AB2017-209)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Whatcom Conservation District for the Lake Whatcom Homeowner Incentive Program to modify the scope of work and extend the term of the agreement, in the amount of $221,794, for a total amended contract amount of $271,794 (AB2017-210)

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham to coordinate the design and cost sharing of the West Horton Road Extension, in the amount of $156,070 (AB2017-211)

Committee Discussion  Agenda Revision: Moved to Special Committee of the Whole

1. Discussion of a letter received from the City of Bellingham regarding the proposed new Whatcom County jail (AB2017-185B)

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

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion 

1. Discussion with Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor Daniel Gibson regarding two cases involving potential exercise of eminent domain (AB2017-018)-No Paper
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (1)(i)]

Other Business
PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE 
Members: Todd Donovan, Ken Mann, Barbara Brenner   - THIS MEETING WAS CANCELLED
Immediately following Committee of the Whole
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Quarterly report from Whatcom County Public Works Director Jon Hutchings (AB2017-068)

Other Business
AGENDA REVISION: SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE NDA REVISION: SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately Following Public Works, Health, and Safety (approximate start time between 2:30 and 3 p.m.) - Agenda Revision
June 27, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion 

1. Discussion of a letter received from the City of Bellingham regarding the proposed new Whatcom County jail (AB2017-185B

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, June 27, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
CALL TO ORDER  (Video Link)
Councilmembers Present: Weimer, Buchanan, Mann, Browne, Brenner, Sidhu, Donovan
Absent: None

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 May 30, 2017
Approved Consent 7-0

2. Regular County Council for May 30, 2017
Approved Consent 7-0

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 establishing the speed limit on a portion of North Shore Road (AB2017-196)   (Video Link)
Revised version will be submitted at a later date

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 contract between Whatcom County and Work Opportunities to provide “Pathways to Employment” and “Community Access” services to eligible individuals with developmental disabilities (AB2017-206)
Approved Consent 7-0

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Kulshan Supported Employment to provide “Pathways to Employment” and “Community Access” services to eligible individuals with developmental disabilities (AB2017-207)
Approved Consent 7-0

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Cascade Connections to provide “Pathways to Employment” and “Community Access” services to eligible individuals with developmental disabilities (AB2017-208)
Approved Consent 7-0

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the Opportunity Council to fund one full-time professional on the Opportunity Council’s Homeless Outreach Team to contact and act as care coordinator for individuals who are ready to engage in treatment and provide support services to people with opiate and substance use disorders who require a lengthier engagement process, in the amount of $51,000 (AB2017-209)
Approved Consent 7-0

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Whatcom Conservation District for the Lake Whatcom Homeowner Incentive Program to modify the scope of work and extend the term of the agreement, in the amount of $221,794, for a total amended contract amount of $271,794 (AB2017-210)   (Video Link)
Approved 6-1, Brenner opposed

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham to coordinate the design and cost sharing of the West Horton Road Extension, in the amount of $156,070 (AB2017-211)  (Video Link)
Approved 6-0-1, Browne abstained

OTHER ITEMS

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee

1. Ordinance amending the Whatcom County Budget, sixth request, in the amount of $572,516 (AB2017-197)   (Video Link)
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2017-034

2. Ordinance closing the 2015 Central Plaza Improvement Fund 360 (AB2017-198)   (Video Link)
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2017-035

3. Resolution amending the 2017 Flood Control Zone District and Subzones budget, third request, in the amount of $15,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-199)   (Video Link) and (Video Link)
Failed 2-5, Mann and Sidhu in favor

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Whatcom Conservation District to support the Pollution Identification and Correction Program, in the amount of $353,366 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-205)   (Video Link)
Approved 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 re-appointments of Jana Finkbonner and Jodi Sipes to the Northwest Senior Services Board (AB2017-212)   (Video Link)
Confirmed 7-0

2. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of Shari Robinson to the Whatcom County Public Health Advisory Board (AB2017-213)   (Video Link)
Confirmed 7-0

3. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of Ramona Abbott to the Whatcom County Ethics Commission (AB2017-214)   (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 vacating a portion of Chets Road (AB2017-215)
Introduced 7-0

2. Ordinance granting Mobilitie, LLC, a non-exclusive franchise for the provision of telecommunications services (AB2017-216)
Introduced 7-0

3. Ordinance providing for the submission to the qualified voters of the County a proposition authorizing a local sales and use tax of two-tenths of one percent for the purpose of providing funds for costs associated with financing, construction, maintenance and operation of jail facilities, and for adult corrections programs, including medical and behavioral health facilities and programs, and for other public safety purposes, all pursuant to RCW 82.14.450 (AB2017-194)
3. An ordinance of the County Council of Whatcom County, Washington, providing for submission to the qualified voters of the County a proposition authorizing a local sales and use tax of two tenths of one percent for public safety purposes, including the costs associated with financing, construction, maintenance, and operation of jail facilities, and incarceration prevention programs, including medical and behavioral health facilities and programs, all pursuant to RCW 82.14.450  (AB2017-194 alternate)   (Video Link)
Substitute Amended and Introduced 4-3, with Mann, Donovan, and Buchanan opposed

4. Receipt of applications for the Whatcom County Planning Commission, partial term ending 1/31/2019, representing District 3, applicants: John Campbell and Kelly Krieger (the Planning Commission assists the Planning and Development Services Department in carrying out its duties, which include helping to prepare and execute the comprehensive plan and make recommendations for adoption of official controls and/or amendments) (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. on June 30, 2017) (AB2017-204)
Introduced 7-0

5. Ordinance amending the Whatcom County budget, request number seven, in the amount of $15,000 (AB2017-199A)
Introduced 7-0

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES  (Video Link)
Motion carried 6-0-1, Brenner abstained, to request the that the Prosecutor’s Office provide the Council with an update in executive session on pending and potential jail-related litigation.

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 11, 2017, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.