Current Agenda

For Regular Council and Committee meetings on May 26, 2015

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Community members who require special assistance to participate in our meetings are asked to contact our office at least 96 hours in advance.

As a courtesy to all meeting attendees, cellular phone use is prohibited in the council chambers,

Accessible parking is available near the Courthouse south entrance.

Our regular council meetings are broadcast on BTV10, Comcast channel 10, at 7:00 p.m. on the two Wednesdays following each Tuesday evening county council meeting.

COUNCIL COMMITTEE SCHEDULES

COUNCIL NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Members:  Barry Buchanan, Satpal Sidhu, Carl Weimer
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 

1. Discussion regarding a proposed ordinance establishing Whatcom County Code 2.118, creating a Wildlife Advisory Committee (AB2015-175) (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening)


Other Business
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COUNCIL FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members:  Rud Browne, Barry Buchanan, Satpal Sidhu
11 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Executive Reports

Whatcom County Business Presentation
The Council’s Finance and Administrative Services Committee will host business presentations throughout the year to gain greater awareness and understanding of a variety of Whatcom County businesses and their impact on our local economy.  Presentations 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. Presentation by Roger Janssen, 3DX Industries (AB2015-134C)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Ordinance amending the 2015 Whatcom County Budget, sixth request, in the amount of $35,783 (AB2015-163

2. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 2.02 to revise County Council meeting rules (AB2015-082A

3. Request approval of the Master Collective Bargaining Agreement Teamsters’ Local Union No. 231 effective May 26, 2015 (AB2015-169)


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

1. Ordinance amending the 2015 Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Budget, second request, in the amount of $400,000 (AB2015-164

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract for between Whatcom County and Siemens Industry, Inc. for the purpose of providing multiple field panel controller upgrades in the amount of $73,655.12 (AB2015-170)

2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and San Juan Cruises for passenger-only ferry service to Lummi Island during annual dry dock, or on-call as needed for emergencies, in the amount of $61,943.00 (AB2015-171)

Other Business
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PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Pete Kremen, Ken Mann
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 

1. Presentation of Public Works analysis of the Washington State Ferry HIYU (AB2015-156A)

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 24.13, Illegal Drug Manufacturing or Storage Sites (AB2015-069)

Other Business
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SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
3 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 

1. Discussion of a proposed ordinance establishing Whatcom County Code 2.46, creating a Whatcom County  Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force intended to provide recommendations, oversight, and specific timeframes on the development of new, or enhancement of existing programs designed along a continuum that effectively reduces incarceration of individuals struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency and minimizes jail utilization by pretrial defendants who can safely be released (AB2015-047K) (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening)

Other Business
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion

1. Update on the Lummi Island Ferry Lease relating to the Lummi Nation Marina proposal (AB2015-018)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)]

Other Business

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COUNCIL AGENDA

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
FLAG SALUTE
ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you will be handing out paperwork to councilmembers, please give one copy to the clerk for our office files.  Thank you.

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 in support of an application for a Washington Department of Commerce Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for funds to be used for construction of the additional multi-purpose building at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (AB2015-165)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2015-019

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 approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract for between Whatcom County and Siemens Industry, Inc. for the purpose of providing multiple field panel controller upgrades in the amount of $73,655.12 (AB2015-170)
Approved Consent 7-0

2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and San Juan Cruises for passenger-only ferry service to Lummi Island during annual dry dock, or on-call as needed for emergencies, in the amount of $61,943.00 (AB2015-171)
Approved Consent 7-0

OTHER ITEMS

(From Finance and Administrative Services Committee)

1. Ordinance amending the 2015 Whatcom County Budget, sixth request, in the amount of $35,783 (AB2015-163
Adopted 7-0, Ordinance 2015-020

2. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 2.02 to revise County Council meeting rules (AB2015-082A
Adopted 4-3, Brenner, Mann, and Sidhu opposed, Ordinance 2015-021

3. Request approval of the Master Collective Bargaining Agreement Teamsters’ Local Union No. 231 effective May 26, 2015 (AB2015-169)
Approved 7-0

4.
Ordinance RESOLUTION amending the 2015 Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Budget, second request, in the amount of $400,000 (AB2015-164) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2015-020

(From Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee)

5. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 24.13, Illegal Drug Manufacturing or Storage Sites (AB2015-069)
Substitute Approved 7-0, Ordinance 2015-022

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 Planning Commission-District 3 Representative, applicant: Michael Bersch (AB2015-168) (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. on June 2, 2015)
Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – June 9 Council)


2.   Receipt of application for the Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee, applicant: Charles R. Bailey (AB2015-044B) (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. on June 2, 2015) 
Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – June 9 Council)

3. Ordinance authorizing an interfund loan to continue financing of Central Plaza Building (AB2015-173
Introduced 7-0 
(proposed schedule – June 9 Finance and Administrative Services Committee and Council)

4. Ordinance authorizing an interfund loan to continue financing of Assessor Treasurer System (AB2015-174)
Introduced 7-0 (proposed schedule – June 9 Finance and Administrative Services Committee and Council)

5. Request for a major adjustment, a major amendment and a one-year extension for final approval for the Lincoln Road Long Subdivision (AB2015-172) (proposed schedule – June 9 Planning and Development Committee and Council public hearing)
Introduced 7-0

6. Ordinance establishing Whatcom County Code 2.46, creating a Whatcom County  Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force intended to provide recommendations, oversight, and specific timeframes on the development of new, or enhancement of existing programs designed along a continuum that effectively reduces incarceration of individuals struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency and minimizes jail utilization by pretrial defendants who can safely be released (AB2015-047K)
Substitute Introduced (proposed schedule to be announced)

7. Ordinance establishing Whatcom County Code 2.118, creating a Wildlife Advisory Committee (AB2015-175)
Held in committee (proposed schedule - June 9 Natural Resources Committee and Council Introduction)

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER  ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue.

Community members who require special assistance to participate in our meetings are asked to contact our office at least 96 hours in advance.

As a courtesy to all meeting attendees, cellular phone use is prohibited in the council chambers,

Accessible parking is available near the Courthouse south entrance.

Our regular council meetings are broadcast on BTV10, Comcast channel 10, at 7:00 p.m. on the two Wednesdays following each Tuesday evening county council me*eting.

COUNCIL COMMITTEE SCHEDULES

COUNCIL NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Members:  Barry Buchanan, Rud Browne, Carl Weimer
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 



Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council



Other Business
___________________________________________________________________________________

COUNCIL FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members:  Rud Browne, Barry Buchanan, Ken Mann
11 a.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Executive Reports



Committee Discussion



Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council



Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council 


(Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items



Other Business

___________________________________________________________________________________

PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Pete Kremen, Ken Mann
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 



Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council



Other Business
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PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne, Ken Mann
3 p.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 



Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council



Other Business
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
--- p.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion


Other Business


 
COUNCIL AGENDA

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7 p.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
FLAG SALUTE
ANNOUNCEMENTS


If you will be handing out paperwork to councilmembers, please give one copy to the clerk for our office files.  Thank you.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION



CITIZEN BOARD AND COMMITTEE VACANCIES
Each agenda features at least 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.



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.

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

OTHER ITEMS

From Natural Resources Committee



From Finance and Administrative Services Committee



From Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee



From Planning and Development Committee



No Committee Assignment



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. 



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. 

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.

COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS

OTHER COUNCIL BUSINESS

COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES

ADJOURN

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

Community members who require special assistance to participate in our meetings are asked to contact our office at least 96 hours in advance.

As a courtesy to all meeting attendees, cellular phone use is prohibited in the council chambers,

Accessible parking is available near the Courthouse south entrance.

Our regular council meetings are broadcast on BTV10, Comcast channel 10, at 7:00 p.m. on the two Wednesdays following each Tuesday evening county council meeting.

COUNCIL COMMITTEE SCHEDULES

COUNCIL NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Members:  Barry Buchanan, Rud Browne, Carl Weimer
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 



Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council



Other Business
___________________________________________________________________________________

COUNCIL FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members:  Rud Browne, Barry Buchanan, Ken Mann
11 a.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Executive Reports



Committee Discussion



Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council



Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council 


(Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items



Other Business

___________________________________________________________________________________

PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Pete Kremen, Ken Mann
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 



Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council



Other Business
___________________________________________________________________________________

PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne, Ken Mann
3 p.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 



Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council



Other Business
___________________________________________________________________________________

COUNCIL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
--- p.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Council Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion


Other Business


 
COUNCIL AGENDA

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7 p.m. Tuesday, , 2015
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
FLAG SALUTE
ANNOUNCEMENTS


If you will be handing out paperwork to councilmembers, please give one copy to the clerk for our office files.  Thank you.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION



CITIZEN BOARD AND COMMITTEE VACANCIES
Each agenda features at least 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.



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.

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

OTHER ITEMS

From Natural Resources Committee



From Finance and Administrative Services Committee



From Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee



From Planning and Development Committee



No Committee Assignment



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. 



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. 

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.

COMMITTEE CHAIR REPORTS

OTHER COUNCIL BUSINESS

COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES

ADJOURN

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