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COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 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, October 28, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Joint Granting Authority Public Hearing and Official Action
(
Per RCW 84.34.037, this Joint Granting Authority is composed of three members of the Whatcom County Council and three members of the Bellingham City Council)

  1. Resolution approving Whatcom County/City of Bellingham joint granting authority recommendations on six applications for open space current use assessment on lands located within City of Bellingham as authorized by the Open Space Taxation Act, Chapter 84.34 RCW (AB2014-319)

Other Business


FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members: Sam Crawford - Chair, Barry Buchanan, Rud Browne
11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Executive Reports

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

  1. Ordinance amending the 2014 Whatcom County Budget, sixteenth request, in the amount of $2,755,000 (AB2014-334)
  2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a real estate purchase agreement between Whatcom County and Mt. Baker School District for the acquisition of approximately 4.2 acres for park purposes in Maple Falls, in the amount of $235,000 (AB2014-335)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

  1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Flex-Plan Services for administrative and claims processing services for the direct reimbursement dental program effective January 1, 2015, in the amount of $3 per participant per month, or $27,540/year maximum at current enrollment (AB2014-336)
  2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Shearer Design LLC for design of the South Pass Road/Saar Creek Bridge 212 Replacement Project, in the amount of $55,868 (AB2014-337)
  3. Resolution ordering the cancellation of warrants more than a year old (AB2014-338)
  4. Resolution ordering the cancellation of accounts receivable more than a year old (AB2014-339)
  5. Resolution ordering the cancellation of employee accounts receivable more than a year old (AB2014-340)

Other Business


PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Members: Barbara Brenner - Chair, Ken Mann, Pete Kremen
1:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussions

  1. Discussion regarding Lakeway Drive crosswalk request (AB2014-203)

Other Business


SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
Immediately following Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

  1. Discussion and formulation of recommendations for the proposed 2015-2016 Whatcom County Budget (AB2014-205C)

Other Business


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

  1. Discussion regarding potential property acquisition for the Flood Control Zone District (AB2014-018)
    [Discussion of this item will take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110(1)(b)]

Other Business


COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

CALL TO ORDER

ROLL CALL

FLAG SALUTE

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Surface Mining Advisory Committee: (2 Vacancies)
Applicants must represent either a surface mining material user or potable domestic groundwater supply. Term of office is two years. For more information or an application, please visit the Council website, or you may call, email, or visit the Council Office.

MINUTES CONSENT

  1. Surface Water Work Session for September 23, 2014
  2. Committee of the Whole for September 30, 2014
  3. Committee of the Whole for October 14, 2014

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 Whatcom County 2015 Annual Construction Program (AB2014-329)
  2. 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)

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 contract between Whatcom County and Flex-Plan Services for administrative and claims processing services for the direct reimbursement dental program effective January 1, 2015, in the amount of $3 per participant per month, or $27,540/year maximum at current enrollment (AB2014-336)
  2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Shearer Design LLC for design of the South Pass Road/Saar Creek Bridge 212 Replacement Project, in the amount of $55,868 (AB2014-337)
  3. Resolution ordering the cancellation of warrants more than a year old (AB2014-338)
  4. Resolution ordering the cancellation of accounts receivable more than a year old (AB2014-339)
  5. Resolution ordering the cancellation of employee accounts receivable more than a year old (AB2014-340)

OTHER ITEMS

(From Finance and Administrative Services Committee)

  1. Ordinance amending the 2014 Whatcom County Budget, sixteenth request, in the amount of $2,755,000 (AB2014-334)
  2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a real estate purchase agreement between Whatcom County and Mt. Baker School District for the acquisition of approximately 4.2 acres for park purposes in Maple Falls, in the amount of $235,000 (AB2014-335)

(No Committee Assignment)

  1. Resolution declaring the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District’s intention to lease property on River Road (AB2014-298) (from 9/30 and 10/14) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

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.

  1. Nomination and appointment to fill a vacancy on the Whatcom County Planning Commission, District 3 - applicant(s): Sam Taylor, Dean Prather, and Michael Bersch (AB2014-318)

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 amending the 2014 Whatcom County Budget, seventeenth request, in the amount of $77,912 (AB2014-341)

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2014, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.