Current Agenda

For Regular Council and Committee meetings on February 9, 2016

Agenda.pdf
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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.

Please note that the Public Works, Health and Safety Committee will start at 12:30 on February 9, 2016



COUNCIL COMMITTEE SCHEDULES

NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Members:  Todd Donovan, Satpal Sidhu, Carl Weimer
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion 

1. Briefing and discussion on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 8, Resource Lands (focus on the Forestry and Mineral Resource Lands sections) (AB2016-047H)

Other Business
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FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE
Members:  Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu
11 a.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

County Executive’s Report

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council


1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an amended lease agreement between Whatcom County and Whatcom Sports and Recreation for the use of Northwest Soccer Park to include naming rights to recognize a major donor and assumption of the adjoining improvements and area leased to the Boys and Girls Club (AB2016-055) (from 1/26)

2. Ordinance amending the 2016 Whatcom County Budget, fourth request, in the amount of $700,000 (AB2016-065)

3. Ordinance amending the initial East Whatcom Regional Resource Center Project Budget (Amendment No. 7 to Ordinance 2008-025), in the amount of $1,050,000 (AB2016-066)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Resolution setting hearing and notice of hearing on the sale of county tax title property by negotiation - Request No. TR2016-01 (AB2016-073)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Shearer Design, LLC, for professional engineering support during the bidding and construction phase for the South Pass Road / Saar Creek Bridge No. 212 replacement and updating the hourly rates to 2016 rates, in the amount of $29,944.80 (AB2016-074)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract for services agreement between Whatcom County and Whatcom Family & Community Network for providing evidence-based programming to reduce risk for substance use and poor mental health, in the amount of $65,000 (AB2016-075)

Other Business

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PUBLIC WORKS, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
Members:  Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne, Ken Mann
1:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue

Committee Discussion

1. Discussion regarding small unmanned aircraft (AB2016-087)

2. Presentation by Public Works to go over the alternatives analysis recently completed for the Slater Road/Jordan Creek Fish Passage project (AB2016-077)

3. Presentation of Whatcom County Courthouse Exterior Envelope Assessment completed by HKP Architects and presented by HKP Architects (AB2016-078)

4. Discussion with the County Executive on the preliminary Jail Capital Improvement Plan (AB2016-079)

5. Discussion with the County Executive on the preliminary Capital Improvement Plan (AB2016-080)

6. Briefing and discussion on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 5, Utilities (AB2016-047E)

Other Business
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
3:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

Committee Discussion 

1. Briefing, discussion, and preliminary Council direction on urban growth areas, which are addressed in Comprehensive Plan Chapter 2, Land Use (including discussion on Sudden Valley) (AB2016-047B)

Other Business

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COUNCIL AGENDA

REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
7 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham

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.

MINUTES CONSENT

1. Surface Water Work Session for September 22, 2015

2. Regular County Council for September 29, 2015

3. Board of Health for October 6, 2015

4. Surface Water Work Session for October 20, 2015

5. Special Committee of the Whole for October 27, 2015

6. Regular County Council for October 27, 2015

7. Regular County Council for November 24, 2015

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 adopting the 2016 Comprehensive Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan (AB2016-062A) (approval of this item is scheduled for February 23)

2. Ordinance regarding temporary installation of stop signs on North Lake Samish Road No. 107 (AB2016-064)

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. Resolution setting hearing and notice of hearing on the sale of county tax title property by negotiation - Request No. TR2016-01
(AB2016-073)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Shearer Design, LLC, for professional engineering support during the bidding and construction phase for the South Pass Road / Saar Creek Bridge No. 212 replacement and updating the hourly rates to 2016 rates, in the amount of $29,944.80 (AB2016-074)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract for services agreement between Whatcom County and Whatcom Family & Community Network for providing evidence-based programming to reduce risk for substance use and poor mental health, in the amount of $65,000 (AB2016-075)

OTHER ITEMS

(From Finance and Administrative Services Committee)

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into an amended lease agreement between Whatcom County and Whatcom Sports and Recreation for the use of Northwest Soccer Park to include naming rights to recognize a major donor and assumption of the adjoining improvements and area leased to the Boys and Girls Club (AB2016-055) (from 1/26)

2. Ordinance amending the 2016 Whatcom County Budget, fourth request, in the amount of $700,000 (AB2016-065)

3. Ordinance amending the initial East Whatcom Regional Resource Center Project Budget (Amendment No. 7 to Ordinance 2008-025), in the amount of $1,050,000 (AB2016-066)

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. Annual appointments to various boards and commissions (AB2015-367)

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 Linda Hughes to the Point Roberts Community Advisory Committee (AB2016-081)

2. Request confirmation of the County Executive’s appointment of Ken Larson and Aaron Perzigian to the Developmental Disabilities Board (AB2016-082)

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. Resolution adopting a Statement of Incarceration Prevention, Criminal Justice, and Jail Planning Principles for Whatcom County’s criminal justice and behavioral health systems (AB2016-072)

2. Ordinance amending the 2016 Whatcom County Budget, fifth request, in the amount of $5,241,772 (AB2016-083)

3. Ordinance authorizing the installation of stop signs on roads within the Whatcom County (AB2016-084)

4. Ordinance establishing speed limits on certain county roads (AB2016-085)

5. Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2010-040 to authorize additional capital projects for which unexpended bond proceeds may be used by the county (AB2016-086)

6. Resolution to sell tax title property by negotiation – Requests No. TR2016-01 (AB2016-073A)

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES

ADJOURN

The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. February 23, 2016, 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.

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.