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COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014

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UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS


COUNCIL COMMITTEE SCHEDULES

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members: Sam Crawford-Chair, Barry Buchanan, Rud Browne
10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Executive Reports

Special Presentations - Whatcom County Businesses (11:00 a.m.)
Presentations are being hosted quarterly to gain greater awareness and understanding of a variety of Whatcom County businesses and their impact on our local economy. Each presentation 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 Whatcom County businesses, featuring: Ted Mischaikov of Healthy Pet, Doug Blaschuk of Hertco Cabinets, and Mike Stobbart of Lister Chain and Forge (AB2014-132)

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. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2014-011 (amendment No. 1), establishing the Dakota Creek Bridge No. 500 project fund and related capital budget appropriation (AB2014-352)
  2. Ordinance amending the 2014 Whatcom County Budget, eighteenth request, in the amount of $665,276 (AB2014-353)
  3. Ordinance establishing the Lake Whatcom Boulevard Re-surfacing Fund and establishing a project based budget for Lake Whatcom Boulevard Re-surfacing CPR #913002 Project (AB2014-354)
  4. Ordinance establishing the Hannegan Road/Nooksack River Bridge No. 252 Fund and establishing a project based budget for Hannegan Road/Nooksack River Bridge No. 252 Scour Mitigation Project (AB2014-355)
  5. Ordinance establishing the Slater Road/Nooksack River Bridge fund and establishing a project based budget for Slater Road/Nooksack River Bridge Painting Project (AB2014-356)
  6. Ordinance establishing the 2015 County Roadway Safety Program Fund and establishing a project based budget for the 2015 County Roadway Safety Program – CRP #915015 (AB2014-357)
  7. Ordinance establishing the Hannegan Road Structural Overlay Fund and establishing a project based budget for Hannegan Road Structural Overlay CRP #915010 Project (AB2014-358)
  8. Ordinance establishing the 2015 Courthouse Improvement Fund and establishing a project based budget for Courthouse improvements (AB2014-359)
  9. Ordinance establishing the 2015 Girard Street Building Improvement Fund and establishing a project based budget for Girard Street building improvements (AB2014-361)
  10. Ordinance establishing the Courthouse Building Envelope Project Fund and establishing a project based budget for the Courthouse Building Envelope Project (AB2014-362)
  11. Ordinance establishing the 2015 Central Plaza Improvement Fund and establishing a project based budget for Central Plaza building improvements
    (AB2014-363)
  12. Ordinance establishing the 2015 Silver Lake Park Improvement Fund and establishing a project based budget for Silver Lake Park improvements (AB2014-364)
  13. Ordinance establishing the 2015 Lighthouse Marine Park Improvement Fund and establishing a project based budget for Lighthouse Marine Park improvements (AB2014-365)
  14. Ordinance establishing the South Fork Park Improvement Fund and establishing a project based budget for South Fork Park improvements (AB2014-366)
  15. Ordinance establishing the Academy Road Storm Water Improvements Fund and establishing a project based budget for Academy Road storm water improvements (AB2014-367)
  16. Ordinance establishing the Agate Heights Estate/Bay Lane Storm Water Improvements Fund and establishing a project based budget for Agate Heights Estate/Bay Lane storm water improvements (AB2014-368)
  17. Ordinance establishing the Beaver Creek Storm Water Improvements Fund and establishing a project based budget for Beaver Creek storm water improvements (AB2014-369)
  18. Ordinance establishing the Cedar Hills/Euclid Storm Water Improvements Fund and establishing a project based budget for Cedar Hills/Euclid storm water improvements (AB2014-370)
  19. Ordinance establishing the Criminal Justice Integrated Case Management Systems fund and establishing a project based budget for criminal justice integrated case management system projects (AB2014-374)
  20. Ordinance establishing the Integrated Land Records and Permit Management System Fund and establishing a project based budget for integrated land records and permit management system projects (AB2014-375)

Other Business


PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Members: Ken Mann-Chair, Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne
3:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

  1. Update from Planning and Development staff regarding the County-wide Population Growth Monitoring Report (AB2014-349)
  2. Discussion with Planning and Development staff regarding the Land Capacity Analysis Methodology (AB2014-350)

Other Business


COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA and ACTION TAKEN

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 25, 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

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.

Sumas/Everson/Nooksack Flood Control Subzone Advisory Committee (3 vacancies)
Applicants must live within the subzone boundary. The Committee reviews the Comprehensive Plan for flood control, discusses and recommends budget appropriation, and is a liaison with the public. The Committee meets throughout the year as needed. Term of office is four years.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

  1. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 16.20, Whatcom County Shellfish Protection District (AB2014-351)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-058
  2. Resolution authorizing the levy of taxes for Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District for 2015 (AB2014-377) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Approved 7-0, Resolution 2014-062
  3. Resolution adopting the 2015 budget for the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Subzones (AB2014-378) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
    Approved 6-1, Brenner opposed, Resolution 2014-063
  4. Ordinance authorizing the levy of taxes for County and State purposes in Whatcom County, Washington, for the year of 2015 (AB2014-371)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-059
  5. Ordinance authorizing the levy of 2015 property taxes for County road purposes (AB2014-360)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-060
  6. Ordinance limiting the 2015 general fund property tax levy (AB2014-372)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-061
  7. Ordinance authorizing the levy of taxes for Conservation Futures purposes for 2015 (AB2014-373)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-062
  8. Ordinance adopting the 2015 Whatcom County Unified Fee Schedule (AB2014-376)
    Amended and adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2014-063
  9. Ordinance adopting the Six-Year Capital Improvement Program for Whatcom County facilities (2015-2020) and amending level of service standards (AB2014-330)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-064
  10. Ordinance adopting the 2015-2016 Whatcom County Budget (AB2014-205C)
    Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2014-065

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.

OTHER ITEMS

(From Finance and Administrative Services Committee)

  1. Ordinance amending Ordinance 2014-011 (amendment No. 1), establishing the Dakota Creek Bridge No. 500 project fund and related capital budget appropriation (AB2014-352)
    Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2014-066
  2. Ordinance amending the 2014 Whatcom County Budget, eighteenth request, in the amount of $665,276 (AB2014-353)
    Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2014-067
  3. Ordinance establishing the Lake Whatcom Boulevard Re-surfacing Fund and establishing a project based budget for Lake Whatcom Boulevard Re-surfacing CPR #913002 Project (AB2014-354)
    Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2014-068
  4. Ordinance establishing the Hannegan Road/Nooksack River Bridge No. 252 Fund and establishing a project based budget for Hannegan Road/Nooksack River Bridge No. 252 Scour Mitigation Project (AB2014-355)
    Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2014-069
  5. Ordinance establishing the Slater Road/Nooksack River Bridge fund and establishing a project based budget for Slater Road/Nooksack River Bridge Painting Project (AB2014-356)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-070
  6. Ordinance establishing the 2015 County Roadway Safety Program Fund and establishing a project based budget for the 2015 County Roadway Safety Program – CRP #915015 (AB2014-357)
    Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2014-071
  7. Ordinance establishing the Hannegan Road Structural Overlay Fund and establishing a project based budget for Hannegan Road Structural Overlay CRP #915010 Project (AB2014-358)
    Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2014-072
  8. Ordinance establishing the 2015 Courthouse Improvement Fund and establishing a project based budget for Courthouse improvements (AB2014-359)
    Amended and adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-073
  9. Ordinance establishing the 2015 Girard Street Building Improvement Fund and establishing a project based budget for Girard Street building improvements (AB2014-361)
    Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2014-074
  10. Ordinance establishing the Courthouse Building Envelope Project Fund and establishing a project based budget for the Courthouse Building Envelope Project (AB2014-362)
    Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2014-075
  11. Ordinance establishing the 2015 Central Plaza Improvement Fund and establishing a project based budget for Central Plaza building improvements
    (AB2014-363)
    Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2014-076
  12. Ordinance establishing the 2015 Silver Lake Park Improvement Fund and establishing a project based budget for Silver Lake Park improvements (AB2014-364)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-077
  13. Ordinance establishing the 2015 Lighthouse Marine Park Improvement Fund and establishing a project based budget for Lighthouse Marine Park improvements (AB2014-365)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-078
  14. Ordinance establishing the South Fork Park Improvement Fund and establishing a project based budget for South Fork Park improvements (AB2014-366)
    Adopted 6-1, Brenner opposed, Ordinance 2014-079
  15. Ordinance establishing the Academy Road Storm Water Improvements Fund and establishing a project based budget for Academy Road storm water improvements (AB2014-367)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-080
  16. Ordinance establishing the Agate Heights Estate/Bay Lane Storm Water Improvements Fund and establishing a project based budget for Agate Heights Estate/Bay Lane storm water improvements (AB2014-368)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-081
  17. Ordinance establishing the Beaver Creek Storm Water Improvements Fund and establishing a project based budget for Beaver Creek storm water improvements (AB2014-369)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-082
  18. Ordinance establishing the Cedar Hills/Euclid Storm Water Improvements Fund and establishing a project based budget for Cedar Hills/Euclid storm water improvements (AB2014-370)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-083
  19. Ordinance establishing the Criminal Justice Integrated Case Management Systems fund and establishing a project based budget for criminal justice integrated case management system projects (AB2014-374)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-084
  20. Ordinance establishing the Integrated Land Records and Permit Management System Fund and establishing a project based budget for integrated land records and permit management system projects (AB2014-375)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2014-085

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. Receipt of appeal of Hearing Examiner’s decision on CUP 2013-0004, SEP 2013-0032 & APL 2014-0011, filed by BBC Broadcasting, Inc., regarding a request for Zoning Conditional Use Approval to install a radio communication facility in Point Roberts (AB2014-343)
    Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule to be announced)
  2. Ordinance amending the 2014 Whatcom County Budget, nineteenth request, in the amount of $15,987 $141,223 (AB2014-382)
    Substitute Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – December 9 Finance and Administrative Services Committee and Council)
  3. Ordinance amending the 2014 Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Subzones Budget, fifth request, in the amount of $70,000 (AB2014-383)
    Introduced 7-0 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (proposed schedule – December 9 Finance and Administrative Services Committee and Council)

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, 2014, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.