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COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS


COUNCIL COMMITTEE SCHEDULES

NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Members: Barry Buchanan - Chair, Carl Weimer, Sam Crawford
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

  1. Resolution approving recommendations on applications for open space current use assessment for lands located within unincorporated Whatcom County (AB2014-272) (from 8/5)
  2. Resolution affirming the PDR Oversight Committee ranking and authorizing Whatcom County Purchase of Development Rights Administration and Whatcom County Executive to proceed with the acquisition process for 2014 applications (AB2014-288)

Committee Discussion

  1. Discussion of a proposed ordinance adopting 2009 amendments to Whatcom County Code, Title 23 – Shoreline Management Program (AB2014-287) (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening)

Other Business


FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members: Sam Crawford - Chair, Barry Buchanan, Rud Browne
11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Executive Reports

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

  1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Icon Enterprises, Inc. (d/b/a CivicPlus), for professional services to redesign and migrate the main Whatcom County website to their hosted web Content Management System in the amount of $143,840 (AB2014-293)

Special Presentation - Whatcom County Business
Business presentations are hosted quarterly by the Finance and Administrative Services Committee to gain greater awareness and understanding of a variety of Whatcom County businesses and their impact on our local economy. Presentations from each business representative will be 10-15 minutes in length and have been scheduled and facilitated with the assistance of the Port of Bellingham Economic Development Division.

  1. Informational briefing from Cason VanDriel, TriVan Truck Body (AB2014-132)

Committee Discussion

  1. Discussion of outreach options for the update of the Comprehensive Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan (AB2014-266A)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

  1. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Van Ness Feldman, LLP, to provide legal assistance in Growth Management Hearings Board cases, in the amount of $10,000, for a total amended contract in the amount of $140,000 (AB2014-136A)
  2. Request approval of an insurance policy extension for the Whatcom Chief Ferry (AB2014-289)
  3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Icon Enterprises, Inc. (d/b/a CivicPlus), for professional services to redesign and migrate the main Whatcom County website to their hosted web Content Management System in the amount of $143,840 (AB2014-293) - Note: This item has been moved to the beginning of this Finance and Administrative Services Committee meeting.

Council "Consent Agenda" Item

  1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a residential lease agreement between Whatcom County and Ted Sellers for the Silver Lake apartment, in the amount of $670 per month (AB2014-290)
  2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a grant agreement between Whatcom County and Thrive by Five Washington to implement the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program, in the amount of $176,799 (AB2014-291)
  3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and ELEMENT Solutions to satisfy Mineral Resource Action Plan Item #10 of the Comprehensive Plan, which is to budget for and update the Aggregate Resource Inventory Study to document short and long range availability and location of quality mineral resources, in the amount of $25,000 (AB2014-292)

Other Business


PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Members: Barbara Brenner - Chair, Ken Mann, Pete Kremen
1:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

  1. Discussion of proposed resolution approving the Whatcom County Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program for the years 2015 through 2020 (AB2014-294) (resolution scheduled for introduction this evening or a later date)
  2. Discussion regarding the Council’s desire for additional information related to the County’s herbicide spray program (AB2014-221)

Other Business


PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Members: Ken Mann - Chair, Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne
3:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

  1. Discussion of possible options for regulation of vacation rental uses in Whatcom County (AB2014-295)

Other Business


COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA and ACTION TAKEN

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL
Councilmembers Present
: Weimer, Buchanan, Mann, Browne, Brenner, Crawford, Kremen
Absent: None

FLAG SALUTE

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MINUTES CONSENT

  1. Surface Water Work Session for June 24, 2014
    Approved Consent 7-0
  2. Regular County Council for July 8, 2014
    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 authorizing the installation of stop signs on Northwest Drive at Slater Road (AB2014-283)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-048
  2. Ordinance authorizing the installation of stop signs on Airport Drive (AB2014-284)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-049
  3. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 8.13, to transfer Solid Waste operations management from Public Works to the Health Department (AB2014-285)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-050
  4. Resolution accepting petition and poll book, establishing boundaries, officially naming, and ordering an election to determine formation of a proposed irrigation district to be known as the Drayton Watershed Improvement District (AB2014-224B)
    Held to September 30, 2014. Written record open until 4:30 p.m. on September 25, 2014
  5. Resolution accepting petition and poll book, establishing boundaries, officially naming, and ordering an election to determine formation of a proposed irrigation district to be known as the Laurel Watershed Improvement District (AB2014-225B)
    Held to September 30, 2014. Written record open until 4:30 p.m. on September 25, 2014
  6. Resolution accepting petition and poll book, establishing boundaries, officially naming, and ordering an election to determine formation of a proposed irrigation district to be known as the South Lynden Watershed Improvement District (AB2014-226B)
    Held to September 30, 2014. Written record open until 4:30 p.m. on September 25, 2014
  7. Resolution accepting petition and poll book, establishing boundaries, officially naming, and ordering an election to determine formation of a proposed irrigation district to be known as the Sumas Watershed Improvement District (AB2014-227B)
    Held to September 30, 2014. Written record open until 4:30 p.m. on September 25, 2014

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)

  1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a residential lease agreement between Whatcom County and Ted Sellers for the Silver Lake apartment, in the amount of $670 per month (AB2014-290)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a grant agreement between Whatcom County and Thrive by Five Washington to implement the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program, in the amount of $176,799 (AB2014-291)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and ELEMENT Solutions to satisfy Mineral Resource Action Plan Item #10 of the Comprehensive Plan, which is to budget for and update the Aggregate Resource Inventory Study to document short and long range availability and location of quality mineral resources, in the amount of $25,000 (AB2014-292)
    Approved Consent 7-0

OTHER ITEMS

(From Natural Resources Committee)

  1. Resolution approving recommendations on applications for open space current use assessment for lands located within unincorporated Whatcom County (AB2014-272) (from 8/5)
    Substitute Approved 7-0, Resolution 2014-038
  2. Resolution affirming the PDR Oversight Committee ranking and authorizing Whatcom County Purchase of Development Rights Administration and Whatcom County Executive to proceed with the acquisition process for 2014 applications (AB2014-288)
    Amended and approved 6-1, Crawford opposed, Resolution 2014-039

(From Finance and Administrative Services Committee)

  1. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Van Ness Feldman, LLP, to provide legal assistance in Growth Management Hearings Board cases, in the amount of $10,000, for a total amended contract in the amount of $140,000 (AB2014-136A)
    Approved 6-1, Weimer opposed
  2. Request approval of an insurance policy extension for the Whatcom Chief Ferry (AB2014-289)
    Approved 7-0
  3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Icon Enterprises, Inc. (d/b/a CivicPlus), for professional services to redesign and migrate the main Whatcom County website to their hosted web Content Management System in the amount of $143,840 (AB2014-293)
    Approved 7-0

(No Committee Assignment)

  1. Appointment of one councilmember to the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board of Directors as a liaison (AB2014-286)
    Councilmember Rud Browne 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 John Lesow to the Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee (AB2014-296)
    Confirmed 7-0
  2. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointments to the Whatcom County Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials, in accordance with WCC Chapter 2.22 (AB2014-297)
    Confirmed 7-0

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. Ordinance adopting 2009 amendments to Whatcom County Code, Title 23 – Shoreline Management Program (AB2014-287)
    Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – September 30 public hearing)
  2. Resolution adopting the Six-Year Water Resources Improvement Plan (WRIP) for the years 2015 through 2020 (AB2014-299) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – September 30 public hearing)
  3. Resolution declaring the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District’s intention to lease property on River Road (AB2014-298) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors
    Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – September 30 public hearing)
  4. Ordinance terminating open space timber land classification and consolidating timber land classification with designated forest land classification and declaring land previously classified as timber land to be designated forest land (AB2014-300)
    Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – September 30 October 14 Natural Resources Committee Discussion and Council public hearing)
  5. Ordinance amending the 2014 Whatcom County Budget, fifteenth request, in the amount of $349,100 (AB2014-301)
    Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – September 30 Finance and Administrative Services Committee and Council)
  6. Resolution approving the Whatcom County Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the years 2015 through 2020 (AB2014-294)
    Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – September 30 public hearing)

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, 2014, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.