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COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2014

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UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS


COUNCIL COMMITTEE SCHEDULES

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

Committee Discussion

  1. Discussion of proposed ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Title 20 and the Comprehensive Plan regarding surface mine permitting, the mineral resource lands designation process, and mineral resource lands designation criteria (AB2014-344) (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening)
  2. Discussion of proposal to send a letter to the Army Corp of Engineers regarding the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP) (AB2014-428)

Other Business


FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members: Sam Crawford-Chair, Barry Buchanan, Rud Browne
11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Executive Reports

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council
Please note: Committee will begin discussion of these items prior to the 11 a.m. business presentations and conclude discussion after the presentations.

  1. Resolution requesting that the Whatcom County Auditor include the question of annexation of the City of Everson into Fire District #1 on the ballot at the next special election (AB2014-385)
  2. Resolution requesting that the Whatcom County Auditor include the question of annexation of the City of Nooksack into Fire District #1 on the ballot at the next special election (AB2014-386)
  3. Resolution requesting that the Whatcom County Auditor include the question of annexation of the City of Ferndale into Fire District #7 on the ballot at the next special election (AB2014-395)
  4. Ordinance amending the 2014 Whatcom County Budget, nineteenth request, in the amount of $141,223 (AB2014-382)
  5. Resolution approving a salary schedule and policies for unrepresented Whatcom County employees, effective January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2016 (AB2014-388)
  6. Request Council approval for the Council Chair to sign a joint letter with the County Executive that will be sent to landowners as part of the Pollution Identification and Correction Program (PIC) community outreach to introduce the program and explain available resources (AB2014-394)
  7. Request Council approval of proposed Lodging Tax funding for 2015 as recommended by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (AB2014-427)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council
(Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

  1. Ordinance RESOLUTION amending the 2014 Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Subzones Budget, fifth request, in the amount of $70,000 (AB2014-383) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
  2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Larry Steele and Associates, Inc. for on-call professional land surveying services, in the amount of $150,000 (AB2014-389) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors and as the County Council)
  3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Washington State Department of Ecology for Washington Conservation Corps crew sponsorship, in the amount of $60,000 (AB2014-390) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
  4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Washington State Department of Ecology for design and construction of the Deming Levee Upstream Improvement Plan, in the amount of $1,440,000 (AB2014-391) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
  5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the Whatcom Conservation District for non-dairy livestock technical assistance as a component of the Whatcom County Pollution Identification and Correction Program (AB2014-392) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
  6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the Whatcom Conservation District for livestock best management practices outreach and financial assistance as part of the Pollution Identification and Correction Program (AB2014-393) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
  7. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a grant agreement between Whatcom County and the State of Washington Department of Health to support the Pollution Identification and Correction Program, in the amount of $300,000 (AB2014-396) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
  8. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Kulshan Services, LLC, for consulting services to implement a stakeholder involvement process and facilitate stakeholder meetings for the development of a system-wide improvement framework for the Nooksack River levee system, in the amount of $33,000, for a total amended contract in the amount of $74,460 (AB2014-397) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control District Board of Supervisors)

Council Consent Agenda Items

  1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism for tourism promotion, in the amount of $250,000 (AB2014-407)
  2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Mt. Baker Foothills Chamber of Commerce for tourism promotion, in the amount of $61,167 (AB2014-408)
  3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce for tourism promotion, in the amount of $40,000 (AB2014-409)
  4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Whatcom Events for tourism promotion, in the amount of $35,000 (AB2014-406)
  5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Sustainable Connections for tourism promotion, in the amount of $25,000 (AB2014-405)
  6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a master agreement for products and services between Whatcom County and Norstan Communications, Inc. d/b/a Black Box Network Services (AB2014-398)
  7. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Norstan Communications, Inc. d/b/a/ Black Box Network Services for the acquisition, implementation and maintenance of a replacement telecommunications system, in the amount of $843,759.29 (AB2014-399)
  8. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and COMgroup, Inc. for services to assist with implementation preparation steps for a new telecommunications system, in the amount of $19,770 (AB2014-400)
  9. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Northwest Youth Services for operation of the emergency shelter program, in the amount of $65,000 (AB2014-401)
  10. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the Opportunity Council for operation of transitional housing and essential needs assistance, in the amount of $77,951 (AB2014-402)
  11. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the Opportunity Council for leasing specialist services, in the amount of $70,025 (AB2014-403)
  12. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and CompuCom Systems, Inc. for renewal of three year software maintenance agreement, in the amount of $134,444.49 per year (AB2014-404)
  13. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Michael Bobbink Land Use Services for Hearing Examiner services, in the amount of $88,783.40, for a total amended contract in the amount of $336,551.60 (AB2014-381)
  14. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of ER&R replacement vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department – six marked patrol 2015 Ford Police Interceptor PUV’s, in the amount of $204,505.06 (AB2014-410)
  15. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of ER&R replacement vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department – three unmarked 2015 Ford Police Interceptor PUV’s, in the amount of $103,084.27 (AB2014-411)
  16. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of ER&R replacement vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department – two 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPVB’s, in the amount of $72,000.01 (AB2014-412)
  17. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of ER&R replacement vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department – two 2014 Ford Police Interceptor Sedans, in the amount of $62,335.31 (AB2014-413)
  18. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an amendment to a memorandum of agreement between Whatcom County and Washington State University to provide salary and support to provide an extension program, in the amount of $127,745, for a total amended agreement in the amount of $1,266,287.90 (AB2014-414)
  19. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a two year contract between Whatcom County and the Bellingham Food Bank to provide food to low income people in need, in the amount of $276,000 (AB2014-415)
  20. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contact between Whatcom County and Bennett Engineering for landfill monitoring services, in the amount of $33,304 (AB2014-416)
  21. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an intergovernmental agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham to fund operations of a mental health court program in Bellingham Municipal Court, in the amount of $32,000 (AB2014-417)
  22. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a residential lease agreement between Whatcom County and Javier Lozano for the apartment at the Tenant Lake Interpretive Center, in the amount of $725 per month (AB2014-418)
  23. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham for the joint usage of the Vactor Waste Site Facility, in the amount of $50,000 (AB2014-419)
  24. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Whatcom Humane Society for animal control services beginning January 1, 2015, and ending December 31, 2016, in the amount of $360,707.52 per year (AB2014-420)
  25. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of ER&R replacement front loader, in the amount of $147,978.79 (AB2014-421)
  26. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Northwest Regional Council for the provision of nursing services for jail inmates, in the amount of $1,082,800 (AB2014-422)
  27. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Northwest Regional Council for the provision of Meals on Wheels program beginning January 1, 2015, and ending December 31, 2016, in the amount of $40,000 per year (AB2014-423)
  28. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County to provide support services to volunteer coordinators and volunteers beginning January 1, 2015, and ending December 31, 2016, in the amount of $30,000 per year (AB2014-424)
  29. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contact amendment between Whatcom County and Dr. Stewart Andrews, MD, for physician service at the Whatcom County Jail and Whatcom County Interim Work Center (AB2014-429) - Agenda Revision

Other Business


PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Members: Barbara Brenner - Chair, Pete Kremen, Ken Mann
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

  1. Discussion regarding proposed recommendations of the Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee to modify select ferry rates (AB2014-426)

Other Business


PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Members: Ken Mann-Chair, Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne
3:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

  1. Discussion of proposed ordinance approving a rezone request for five acres at the intersection of Slater Road and Elder Road from Neighborhood Commercial (NC) to Rural General Commercial (RGC) (AB2014-331) (this item is scheduled for public hearing this evening)

Other Business


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Council Conference room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

  1. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Elizabeth Gallery regarding pending litigation – Gomez v. Whatcom County (AB2014-018)
    [Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)]
  2. Discussion with Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor Daniel Gibson regarding legal issues related to proposed Lake Whatcom TMDL (AB2014-018)
    [Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)]

Other Business


COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA and ACTION TAKEN

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

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

ROLL CALL

FLAG SALUTE

ANNOUNCEMENTS


From Committee of the Whole

  1. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Elizabeth Gallery regarding pending litigation – Gomez v. Whatcom County (AB2014-018)
    The following motion carried 7-0: “In Executive Session, the County Council Members have reviewed the facts of the filed civil complaint in Lawsuit Gabriel Gomez v. named County Defendants under Federal Cause Number 2:14-cv-01829-JLR. Pursuant to Whatcom County Code 2.56, section 2.56.030, the County Council does authorize the defense and indemnification of the officers, officials, agents or employees, and do make the following Findings: 1. The named defendants were acting in a matter in which the County had an interest. 2. Each defendant was acting in the discharge of a duty imposed or authorized by law. 3. Each defendant acting in good faith.”
  2. Discussion with Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor Daniel Gibson regarding legal issues related to proposed Lake Whatcom TMDL (AB2014-018)
    Motion carried 7-0 that Whatcom County continue with the planned commitments to cleaning up Lake Whatcom and the implementation of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II requirements, and to enter into a dispute resolution process with the Department of Ecology to provide clarity on issues regarding the total maximum daily load (TMDL) report.

CITIZEN BOARD AND COMMITTEE VACANCIES
Each agenda features 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.

Annual Council- and Executive-appointed board and commission vacancies
The annual list of all citizen board and commission vacancies with terms ending January 31, 2015, is now available. All appointees must live in and be registered to vote in Whatcom County and, if applicable, meet the residency, employment, and/or affiliation requirements of the positions they are applying for. Application deadlines vary. For more information, please see the annual vacancy list (attached) or contact the Council Office, the Executive’s Office, and visit the County website.

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 approving a rezone request for five acres at the intersection of Slater Road and Elder Road from Neighborhood Commercial (NC) to Rural General Commercial (RGC) (AB2014-331)
    Public Hearing held open to January 13, 2015

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 Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism for tourism promotion, in the amount of $250,000 (AB2014-407)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Mt. Baker Foothills Chamber of Commerce for tourism promotion, in the amount of $61,167 (AB2014-408)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce for tourism promotion, in the amount of $40,000 (AB2014-409)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Whatcom Events for tourism promotion, in the amount of $35,000 (AB2014-406)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Sustainable Connections for tourism promotion, in the amount of $25,000 (AB2014-405)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a master agreement for products and services between Whatcom County and Norstan Communications, Inc. d/b/a Black Box Network Services (AB2014-398)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  7. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Norstan Communications, Inc. d/b/a/ Black Box Network Services for the acquisition, implementation and maintenance of a replacement telecommunications system, in the amount of $843,759.29 (AB2014-399)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  8. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and COMgroup, Inc. for services to assist with implementation preparation steps for a new telecommunications system, in the amount of $19,770 (AB2014-400)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  9. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Northwest Youth Services for operation of the emergency shelter program, in the amount of $65,000 (AB2014-401)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  10. . Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the Opportunity Council for operation of transitional housing and essential needs assistance, in the amount of $77,951 (AB2014-402)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  11. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the Opportunity Council for leasing specialist services, in the amount of $70,025 (AB2014-403)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  12. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and CompuCom Systems, Inc. for renewal of three year software maintenance agreement, in the amount of $134,444.49 per year (AB2014-404)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  13. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Michael Bobbink Land Use Services for Hearing Examiner services, in the amount of $88,783.40, for a total amended contract in the amount of $336,551.60 (AB2014-381)
    Amended and approved 7-0
  14. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of ER&R replacement vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department – six marked patrol 2015 Ford Police Interceptor PUV’s, in the amount of $204,505.06 (AB2014-410)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  15. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of ER&R replacement vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department – three unmarked 2015 Ford Police Interceptor PUV’s, in the amount of $103,084.27 (AB2014-411)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  16. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of ER&R replacement vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department – two 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPVB’s, in the amount of $72,000.01 (AB2014-412)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  17. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of ER&R replacement vehicles for the Sheriff’s Department – two 2014 Ford Police Interceptor Sedans, in the amount of $62,335.31 (AB2014-413)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  18. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an amendment to a memorandum of agreement between Whatcom County and Washington State University to provide salary and support to provide an extension program, in the amount of $127,745, for a total amended agreement in the amount of $1,266,287.90 (AB2014-414)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  19. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a two year contract between Whatcom County and the Bellingham Food Bank to provide food to low income people in need, in the amount of $276,000 (AB2014-415)
    Approved
  20. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contact between Whatcom County and Bennett Engineering for landfill monitoring services, in the amount of $33,304 (AB2014-416)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  21. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an intergovernmental agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham to fund operations of a mental health court program in Bellingham Municipal Court, in the amount of $32,000 (AB2014-417)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  22. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a residential lease agreement between Whatcom County and Javier Lozano for the apartment at the Tenant Lake Interpretive Center, in the amount of $725 per month (AB2014-418)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  23. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham for the joint usage of the Vactor Waste Site Facility, in the amount of $50,000 (AB2014-419)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  24. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Whatcom Humane Society for animal control services beginning January 1, 2015, and ending December 31, 2016, in the amount of $360,707.52 per year (AB2014-420)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  25. Request authorization for the County Executive to approve the purchase of ER&R replacement front loader, in the amount of $147,978.79 (AB2014-421)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  26. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Northwest Regional Council for the provision of nursing services for jail inmates, in the amount of $1,082,800 (AB2014-422)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  27. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Northwest Regional Council for the provision of Meals on Wheels program beginning January 1, 2015, and ending December 31, 2016, in the amount of $40,000 per year (AB2014-423)
    Approved 7-0
  28. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County to provide support services to volunteer coordinators and volunteers beginning January 1, 2015, and ending December 31, 2016, in the amount of $30,000 per year (AB2014-424)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  29. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contact amendment between Whatcom County and Dr. Stewart Andrews, MD, for physician service at the Whatcom County Jail and Whatcom County Interim Work Center (AB2014-429) - Agenda Revision
    Approved Consent 7-0

OTHER ITEMS

From Finance and Administrative Services Committee

  1. Resolution requesting that the Whatcom County Auditor include the question of annexation of the City of Everson into Fire District #1 on the ballot at the next special election (AB2014-385)
    Approved 7-0, Resolution 2014-064
  2. Resolution requesting that the Whatcom County Auditor include the question of annexation of the City of Nooksack into Fire District #1 on the ballot at the next special election (AB2014-386)
    Approved 7-0, Resolution 2014-065
  3. Resolution requesting that the Whatcom County Auditor include the question of annexation of the City of Ferndale into Fire District #7 on the ballot at the next special election (AB2014-395)
    Approved 7-0, Resolution 2014-066
  4. Ordinance amending the 2014 Whatcom County Budget, nineteenth request, in the amount of $141,223 (AB2014-382)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-086
  5. Resolution approving a salary schedule and policies for unrepresented Whatcom County employees, effective January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2016 (AB2014-388)
    Approved 7-0, Resolution 2014-067
  6. Request Council approval for the Council Chair to sign a joint letter with the County Executive that will be sent to landowners as part of the Pollution Identification and Correction Program (PIC) community outreach to introduce the program and explain available resources (AB2014-394)
    Amended and approved 7-0
  7. Request Council approval of proposed Lodging Tax funding for 2015 as recommended by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (AB2014-427)
    Approved 7-0

From Finance and Administrative Services Committee - Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors

  1. Ordinance RESOLUTION amending the 2014 Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Subzones Budget, fifth request, in the amount of $70,000 (AB2014-383) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Approved 7-0, Resolution 2014-068
  2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Larry Steele and Associates, Inc. for on-call professional land surveying services, in the amount of $150,000 (AB2014-389) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors and as the County Council)
    FCZDAC Board of Supervisors Approved 7-0. County Council Approved 7-0
  3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Washington State Department of Ecology for Washington Conservation Corps crew sponsorship, in the amount of $60,000 (AB2014-390) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Approved 7-0
  4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Washington State Department of Ecology for design and construction of the Deming Levee Upstream Improvement Plan, in the amount of $1,440,000 (AB2014-391) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Approved 7-0
  5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the Whatcom Conservation District for non-dairy livestock technical assistance as a component of the Whatcom County Pollution Identification and Correction Program (AB2014-392) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Approved with substitute page 2 of 10, 7-0
  6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the Whatcom Conservation District for livestock best management practices outreach and financial assistance as part of the Pollution Identification and Correction Program (AB2014-393) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Approved 7-0
  7. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a grant agreement between Whatcom County and the State of Washington Department of Health to support the Pollution Identification and Correction Program, in the amount of $300,000 (AB2014-396) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Approved 7-0
  8. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Kulshan Services, LLC, for consulting services to implement a stakeholder involvement process and facilitate stakeholder meetings for the development of a system-wide improvement framework for the Nooksack River levee system, in the amount of $33,000, for a total amended contract in the amount of $74,460 (AB2014-397) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control District Board of Supervisors)
    Approved 7-0

No Committee Assignment

  1. Ordinance granting Public Utility District No. 1 of Whatcom County, a Washington Municipal Corporation, a franchise and the right, privilege, and authority thereunder to locate, set, erect, lay, construct, extend, support, attach, connect, maintain, repair, replace, enlarge, operate and use facilities in, upon, over, under, along, across and through the franchise area to allow for the provision of water services (AB2014-180)
    Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2014-087
  2. Approval of special “standing” Council meeting dates for 2015 (AB2015-430) - Agenda Revision
    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 appointment of Lori Jump to the Whatcom County Library System Board (AB2014-425)
    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 amending Whatcom County Code Title 20 and the Comprehensive Plan regarding surface mine permitting, the mineral resource lands designation process, and mineral resource lands designation criteria (AB2014-344)
    Held in committee
  2. Receipt of an appeal of the Hearing Examiner’s decision on APL 2012-0019 and APL 2012-0020, filed by David Cottingham regarding Planning & Development Services Determination to grant Final Occupancy to the Building Permit, SFR2006-00683 (AB2014-387)
    Withdrawn from the agenda

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES

From Natural Resources Committee

Discussion of proposal to send a letter to the Army Corp of Engineers regarding the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP) (AB2014-428)
Substitute letter amended and approved 7-0

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.