October 24, 2017


 October 24, 2017
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE  
Members: Todd Donovan, Satpal Sidhu, Carl Weimer 
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Report from Whatcom County Parks & Recreation (AB2017-068)

Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu  
11 a.m. Tuesday October 24, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, twelfth request, in the amount of $1,229,376 (AB2017-296)

2. Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2014-085 (establishment of the Integrated Land Records and Permit Management System Fund and establishing a project based budget for integrated land records and permit management system projects) to appropriate funding for a new permit system project (AB2017-298)

3. Resolution adopting a salary schedule and policies for unrepresented Whatcom County employees, effective January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018 (AB2017-302)

4. Resolution ordering the cancellation of accounts receivable more than three years old (AB2017-303)

5. Resolution ordering the cancellation of checks (warrants) more than a year old (AB2017-304)

6. Ordinance repealing Ordinance No. 96-008, Accident Prevention Program (AB2017-297)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a grant agreement between Whatcom County and Washington State Military Department to sustain and enhance the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management program, in the amount of $72,508 (AB2017-305)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and ReSources to implement a countywide waste reduction and recycling education program for youth at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, in the amount of $50,000, for a total amended contract amount of $170,000 (AB2017-306)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Cascadia Law Group PLLC to conduct the study and make recommendations required by Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan Policy 2CC-16, in the amount of $25,000, for a total amended contract amount of $65,000 (AB2017-301)

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, October 24, 2017
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Quinn regarding pending litigation involving claims against elected officials acting within their official duties: Prosecuting Attorney, County Executive, and Sheriff (Whatcom County Cause No. 17-2-01983-2) (AB2017-018)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1)(i)]
No Paper
Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately following the Committee of the Whole Meeting 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion 

1. Discussion regarding a proposed ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Chapter 16.16 (Critical Areas) and Whatcom County Code Chapter 23.10 (Shoreline Management Program – Purpose and Intent) pertaining to the protection and regulation of environmentally critical areas (AB2016-276L)

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Resolution establishing a Homeless Strategies Workgroup (AB2017-300)

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, October 24, 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. Resolution confirming the assessment roll for property within the boundaries of Whatcom County Road Improvement District No. 7 (Emerald Lake Lighting District) and remanding roll to the County Treasurer for collection (Council acting as the Board of Equalization) (AB2017-262B)  (Video Link)
Approved 6-1, Brenner opposed, Resolution 2017-047

2. Resolution confirming the assessment roll for property within the boundaries of Whatcom County Road Improvement District No. 1 (Birch Bay Lighting District) and remanding roll to the County Treasurer for collection (Council acting as the Board of Equalization) (AB2017-263B) (Video Link)
Approved 6-1, Brenner opposed, Resolution 2017-048

3. Resolution approving the sale of a portion of surplus real property (AB2017-285)  (Video Link)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-049

4. Resolution approving the Whatcom County 2018 Annual Construction Program (AB2017-294)  (Video Link)
Approved 7-0 (Browne abstained from voting on project item R3), Resolution 2017-050

5. Resolution adopting the Six-Year Water Resources Improvement Program for 2018-2023 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-295)  (Video Link)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-051

6. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Chapter 10.04, Speed Limits, to establish the speed limit for a portion of North Shore Road (AB2017-196A)  (Video Link)
Adopted 6-1, Donovan opposed, Ordinance 2017-058  and  Strike Version

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
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 Military Department to sustain and enhance the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management program, in the amount of $72,508 (AB2017-305)   (Video Link)
Approved 7-0

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and ReSources to implement a countywide waste reduction and recycling education program for youth at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, in the amount of $50,000, for a total amended contract amount of $170,000 (AB2017-306)   (Video Link)
Approved 6-1, Brenner opposed

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Cascadia Law Group PLLC to conduct the study and make recommendations required by Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan Policy 2CC-16, in the amount of $25,000, for a total amended contract amount of $65,000 (AB2017-301) (Video Link)
Substitute contract approved 6-1, Brenner opposed

OTHER ITEMS

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee

1. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, twelfth request, in the amount of $1,229,376 (AB2017-296)  (Video Link)
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2017-059

2. Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2014-085 (establishment of the Integrated Land Records and Permit Management System Fund and establishing a project based budget for integrated land records and permit management system projects) to appropriate funding for a new permit system project (AB2017-298)  (Video Link)
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2017-060

3. Resolution adopting a salary schedule and policies for unrepresented Whatcom County employees, effective January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018 (AB2017-302)  (Video Link)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-052

4. Resolution ordering the cancellation of accounts receivable more than three years old (AB2017-303) (Video Link)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-053

5. Resolution ordering the cancellation of checks (warrants) more than a year old (AB2017-304)  (Video Link)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-054

6. Ordinance repealing Ordinance No. 96-008, Accident Prevention Program (AB2017-297)  (Video Link)
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2017-061

From Special Committee of the Whole

7. Resolution establishing a Homeless Strategies Workgroup (AB2017-300)  (Video Link to resolution and appointment)
Substitute approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-055. Councilmembers Browne and Buchanan appointed to the workgroup

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 David Kincheloe to the Whatcom County Behavioral Health Advisory Committee (AB2017-307)  (Video Link)
Confirmed 6-0 (Browne out of the room)

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.

1. Resolution approving the sale of an easement (AB2017-308) (Video Link)
Introduced 7-0

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

1.  Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Quinn regarding pending litigation involving claims against elected officials acting within their official duties: Prosecuting Attorney, County Executive, And Sheriff (Whatcom County cause no. 17-2-01983-2) (AB2017-018) (Video Link)
Motion carried 5-2, Mann and Buchanan opposed, to find that the actions of each County official named in the suit meets the criteria set out in WCC 2.56.030

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, 2017, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.