November 8, 2017


 Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu  
11 a.m. WEDNESDAY, November 8, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Resolution setting hearing and notice of hearing on the sale of county tax title property by negotiation, Request No. TR2017-04 (AB2017-311)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Geneva Consulting Services for coordination of the Whatcom County Local Integrating Organization, in the amount of $68,970 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-312)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to provide funding to promote recovery and resilience to homeless individuals through the provision of housing case management and shelter operations services, in the amount of $168,339 (AB2017-313)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County, City of Bellingham, and Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District for Lake Whatcom tributary monitoring for water years 2018-2020, in the amount of $279,779 (AB2017-314)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Tyler Technologies, Inc. for one-time software licenses and professional services to implement a new permit system, in the amount of $1,080,239.08 (AB2017-315)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and design2LAST, Inc. for capital improvements at the Jail (Public Safety Building and Work Center), in the amount of $543,000, for a total amended contract amount of $913,287.20 (AB2017-316)

Committee Discussion

1. Discussion regarding a proposed ordinance amending the 2018 Whatcom County Budget, first request, in the amount of $20,456,067 (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening (AB2017-326)

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. WEDNESDAY, November 8, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion with Public Works staff regarding a potential property acquisition (AB2017-018)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (1)(b)]

Other Business
PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE 
Members: Todd Donovan, Ken Mann, Barbara Brenner 
1:45 p.m. WEDNESDAY, November 8, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

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

Committee Discussion

1. Update from Public Works staff on quiet zone proposal for Cliffside Drive (AB2017-332)

2. Update from Public Works staff on the status of establishing a stormwater district in the Lake Whatcom Watershed to fund implementation of the Lake Whatcom Management Program (AB2017-251B)

Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately following the Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee Meeting
(meeting to begin by 3 p.m.) 
WEDNESDAY, November 8, 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 (ordinance may be introduced this evening) (AB2016-276L)

2. Discussion of a proposed ordinance adopting Whatcom County Zoning Code amendments relating to the Resort Commercial District, Planned Unit Development Chapter, and a new Density Credits Chapter (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening) (AB2017-319)

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. WEDNESDAY, November 8, 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.
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 approving the sale of an easement over Whatcom County-owned property (AB2017-308)  (Video Link)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-056

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 North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to provide funding to promote recovery and resilience to homeless individuals through the provision of housing case management and shelter operations services, in the amount of $168,339 (AB2017-313)
Approved Consent 7-0

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County, City of Bellingham, and Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District for Lake Whatcom tributary monitoring for water years 2018-2020, in the amount of $279,779 (AB2017-314)
Approved Consent 7-0

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Tyler Technologies, Inc. for one-time software licenses and professional services to implement a new permit system, in the amount of $1,080,239.08 (AB2017-315)
Approved Consent 7-0

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and design2LAST, Inc. for capital improvements at the Jail (Public Safety Building and Work Center), in the amount of $543,000, for a total amended contract amount of $913,287.20 (AB2017-316)  
Approved Consent 7-0

OTHER ITEMS

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee

1. Resolution setting hearing and notice of hearing on the sale of county tax title property by negotiation, Request No. TR2017-04 (AB2017-311)   (Video Link)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2017-057

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Geneva Consulting Services for coordination of the Whatcom County Local Integrating Organization, in the amount of $68,970 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-312)   (Video Link)
Approved 6-1, Brenner opposed

No Committee Assignment

3. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of Starck Follis for Public Defender, effective January 1, 2018, pursuant to Whatcom County Code section 2.09.100 (AB2017-317)   (Video Link
Confirmed 7-0

4. Resolution requesting the County Executive make minor changes to improve service to the public and eliminate the need for staff to perform certain repetitive tasks (AB2017-333  (Video Link) - Agenda Revision
Approved 6-0, Brenner abstained, Resolution 2017-058

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 amending Whatcom County Code 2.118, reactivating the Whatcom County Wildlife Advisory Committee (AB2017-318)
Introduced 7-0

2. Ordinance adopting Whatcom County Zoning Code amendments relating to the Resort Commercial District, Planned Unit Development Chapter, and a new Density Credits Chapter (AB2017-319)
Introduced 7-0

3. Resolution to sell county tax title property by negotiation - Request No. 2017-04 (AB2017-311A)
Introduced 7-0

4. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2012-050 (establishment of the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility project fund and establishing a project based budget for CRP No. 907001) for the fourth time to increase the project based budget for the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility project by $7,850,000, for a total project budget amount of $11,450,000 (AB2017-320)
Introduced 7-0

5. Resolution adopting the 2018 budget for the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and subzones (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-321)
Introduced 7-0

6. Resolution updating the capital project section of the Lake Whatcom Comprehensive Stormwater Plan (AB2017-322)
Introduced 7-0

7. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Chapter 10.04, establishing the speed limit on a portion of Lake Whatcom Boulevard (AB2017-323)
Introduced 7-0

8. Resolution amending the 2017 Flood Control Zone District and Subzones Budgets, fourth request, in the amount of $83,765 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-324)
Introduced 7-0

9. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, thirteenth request, in the amount of $4,330,977 (AB2017-325)
Introduced 7-0

10. Ordinance amending the 2018 Whatcom County Budget, first request, in the amount of $20,456,067 (AB2017-326)
Introduced 7-0

11. Ordinance authorizing the levy of taxes for county and state purposes in Whatcom County, Washington, for the year of 2018 (AB2017-327)
Introduced 7-0

12. Ordinance limiting the 2018 General Fund property tax levy (AB2017-328)
Introduced 7-0

13. Ordinance authorizing the levy of taxes for conservation futures purposes for 2018 (AB2017-329)
Introduced 7-0

14. Ordinance authorizing the levy of 2018 property taxes for county road purposes (AB2017-330)
Introduced 7-0

15. Resolution authorizing the levy of taxes for the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District for 2018 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-331)
Introduced 7-0

16. 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)
Withdrawn

17. Receipt of application for the Whatcom County Planning Commission, partial term ending January 31, 2021, representing District 2, applicant: Stephen Jackson (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 making recommendations for adoption of official controls and/or amendments) (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. on November 14, 2017) (AB2017-309)
Introduced 7-0

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES   (Video Link)
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. November 21, 2017, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.