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COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA
TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS


COUNCIL COMMITTEE SCHEDULES

NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Members: Barry Buchanan, Sam Crawford, Carl Weimer
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Special Order of Business

  1. Nomination and appointment of committee chair (AB2015-021)

Committee Discussion

  1. Status briefing on the 2016 Critical Areas Regulations Update process and schedule (AB2015-045)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

  1. Ordinance amending the Whatcom County Code to properly designate the Director of Whatcom County Public Works as the Administrator of the Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit (AB2015-036)
  2. Presentation of Water Resources Inventory Area (WRIA) 1 Planning Unit work plan and budget, and discussion of County staff’s request for guidance on how to proceed with Planning Unit work (AB2015-046)

Other Business


FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members: Sam Crawford, Barry Buchanan, Rud Browne
11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Special Order of Business

  1. Nomination and appointment of committee chair (AB2015-021)

Executive Reports

Committee Discussion

  1. Presentation on the new jail construction project (AB2015-047)
  2. Presentation on the Courthouse building envelope project (AB2015-048)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

  1. Ordinance amending the 2015 Whatcom County Budget, first request, in the amount of $868,662 (AB2015-040)
  2. Resolution recognizing that LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) “Silver” certification for the new jail and Sheriff’s headquarters is not feasible (AB2015-047A)

Council Consent Agenda Items

  1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract with CompuCom Systems, Inc., pursuant to Washington State Contract T11-MST-579, for the renewal of the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, in the annual amount of $154,146.53 (AB2015-049)
  2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract for services agreement between Whatcom County and Public Financial Management, Inc., to provide assistance in developing a financing plan for the construction of a new jail and Sheriff’s headquarters, in the amount of $60,000 (AB2015-047B)
  3. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into amendment #2 to the Signal Maintenance Interlocal Agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham to add several lights from recent County construction projects to the existing signal list (AB2015-050)
  4. Request approval for the County Executive to renew the Public Use Scheduling Agreement between Whatcom County and the Jet Oldsters Association of Ferndale for the Ferndale Senior Activity Center (AB2015-051)
  5. Request approval for the County Executive to renew the contract for services between Whatcom County and the Jet Oldsters Association of Ferndale to provide staffing and operational support at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center, in the annual amount of $58,750 (AB2015-052)
  6. Request approval for the County Executive to renew the contract for services between Whatcom County and the Council on Aging to provide staffing and operational support at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, in the annual amount of $58,750 (AB2015-053)
  7. Request approval for the County Executive to renew the interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Lynden to provide staffing and operational support including minor custodial supplies for the Lynden Senior Center, in the annual amount of $58,750 (AB2015-054)
  8. Request approval for the County Executive to renew the interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Blaine to provide staffing and operational support at the Blaine Senior Activity Center, in the annual amount of $58,750 (AB2015-055)
  9. Request approval for the County Executive to enter in to a contract for services agreement between Whatcom County and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services to support their efforts to reduce and prevent domestic violence in Whatcom County, in the amount of $70,000 (AB2015-056)

Other Business


PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Members: Barbara Brenner, Ken Mann, and Pete Kremen
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Special Order of Business

  1. Nomination and appointment of committee chair (AB2015-021)

Other Business


PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Members: Ken Mann, Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Special Order of Business

  1. Nomination and appointment of committee chair (AB2015-021)

Other Business


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Council Conference room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion

  1. Consideration 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)
    [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, January 27, 2015
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

From Committee of the Whole

  1. Consideration 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)
    Hearing Examiner Upheld 7-0


    MINUTES CONSENT
  2. Committee of the Whole for October 28, 2014 - Approved Consent 7-0
  3. Regular County Council for October 28, 2014 - Approved Consent 7-0
  4. Committee of the Whole for November 12, 2014 - Approved Consent 7-0
  5. Regular County Council for November 12, 2014 - Approved Consent 7-0
  6. Regular County Council for November 25, 2014 - Approved Consent with revised pages 7-0
  7. Committee of the Whole for December 9, 2014 - Approved Consent 7-0
  8. Regular County Council for December 9, 2014 - Approved Consent 7-0

CITIZEN BOARD AND COMMITTEE VACANCIES

Surface Mining Advisory Committee (3 Vacancies)
Applicant must be a surface mining material user, a geologist, or a well owner or representative of a public water system. The Committee will advise the Planning Department and Council on implementing a surface mining regulatory program consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. Term of office is two years.

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 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)
    Amended and held for inroduction on February 10, 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

From Finance and Administrative Servicese Committee

  1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract with CompuCom Systems, Inc., pursuant to Washington State Contract T11-MST-579, for the renewal of the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, in the annual amount of $154,146.53 (AB2015-049)
    Approved 5-2 with Brenner and Kremen opposed
  2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract for services agreement between Whatcom County and Public Financial Management, Inc., to provide assistance in developing a financing plan for the construction of a new jail and Sheriff’s headquarters, in the amount of $60,000 (AB2015-047B)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  3. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into amendment #2 to the Signal Maintenance Interlocal Agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham to add several lights from recent County construction projects to the existing signal list (AB2015-050)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  4. Request approval for the County Executive to renew the Public Use Scheduling Agreement between Whatcom County and the Jet Oldsters Association of Ferndale for the Ferndale Senior Activity Center (AB2015-051)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  5. Request approval for the County Executive to renew the contract for services between Whatcom County and the Jet Oldsters Association of Ferndale to provide staffing and operational support at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center, in the annual amount of $58,750 (AB2015-052)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  6. Request approval for the County Executive to renew the contract for services between Whatcom County and the Council on Aging to provide staffing and operational support at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, in the annual amount of $58,750 (AB2015-053)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  7. Request approval for the County Executive to renew the interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Lynden to provide staffing and operational support including minor custodial supplies for the Lynden Senior Center, in the annual amount of $58,750 (AB2015-054)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  8. Request approval for the County Executive to renew the interlocal agreement between Whatcom County and the City of Blaine to provide staffing and operational support at the Blaine Senior Activity Center, in the annual amount of $58,750 (AB2015-055)
    Approved Consent 7-0
  9. Request approval for the County Executive to enter in to a contract for services agreement between Whatcom County and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services to support their efforts to reduce and prevent domestic violence in Whatcom County, in the amount of $70,000 (AB2015-056)
    Approved Consent 7-0

OTHER ITEMS

From Natural Resources Committee

  1. Ordinance amending the Whatcom County Code to properly designate the Director of Whatcom County Public Works as the Administrator of the Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit (AB2015-036)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2015-002
  2. Presentation of Water Resources Inventory Area (WRIA) 1 Planning Unit work plan and budget, and discussion of County staff’s request for guidance on how to proceed with Planning Unit work (AB2015-046)
    Motion to affirm budget allocation of $40,000 carried 7-0

From Finance and Administrative Services Committee

  1. Ordinance amending the 2015 Whatcom County Budget, first request, in the amount of $868,662 (AB2015-040)
    Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2015-003
  2. Resolution recognizing that LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) “Silver” certification for the new jail and Sheriff’s headquarters is not feasible (AB2015-047A)
    Held in committee

No Committee Assignment

  1. Confirmation of County Executive’s list of remaining 2015 appointments to fill vacancies on various boards, commissions, and committees (AB2015-039A)
    Confirmed 7-0
  2. Annual County Council appointments to fill vacancies on various boards, commissions, and committees: Planning Commission, various applicants (AB2015-035) (from 1/13/2015)
    Appointed: Michael Knapp and Nicole Oliver

APPROVAL OF COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS

  1. Ordinance repealing the 1994 Eliza Island Plan and amending provisions in the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code relating to the plan (AB2014-196) (forwarded June 3, 2014)
    Held to a later date
  2. Ordinance repealing the 1991 South Fork Valley Subarea Plan and amending provisions in the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan relating to subarea plans (AB2014-197) (forwarded June 3, 2014)
    Held to a later date
  3. Ordinance repealing the 1982 Lake Whatcom Subarea Plan and amending provisions in the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan relating to subarea plans (AB2014-198) (forwarded June 3, 2014)
    Held to a later date
  4. 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) (forwarded this evening)
    Revised version to be Introduced on February 10, 2015

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 application for the Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee-Resident/Property Owner vacancy, applicant: Stu Clark (AB2015-044) (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. on February 3, 2015)
    Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule –February 10 Council)
  2. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 3.08, Purchasing System (AB2015-042)
    Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – February 10 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, February 10, 2015, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.