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 July 26, 2016
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members:  Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu
11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 3.08, Purchasing System (AB2016-191) (from 6/14, 6/28, and 7/12)

2. Ordinance amending the 2016 Whatcom County Budget, twelfth request, in the amount of $190,003 (AB2016-230)

3. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Title 2, Administration and Personnel, to add language related to an increase in the number of Whatcom County Council districts (AB2016-220)

4. Resolution related to the sale of surplus property and setting a date for public hearing pursuant to Whatcom County Code 1.10 (AB2016-231)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and FLO Analytics for GIS and data management assistance with the 2016 and 2017 Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resource Management District Annual Fee Roll, in the amount of $49,950 (AB2016-233) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to award Bid #16-28 and enter into a contract for the Marietta Structures Removal Project to the lowest bidder, JT Muenscher, in the amount of $72,695 (AB2016-234) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to award Bid #16-36 and enter into a contract for the construction of the South Fork Park parking lot and trailhead improvements to lowest bidder, Dirt Works Bellingham, Inc., in the amount of $314,809.50 (AB2016-235)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Fire Protection District #7 for the purpose of increasing the annual service fee in 2017 should the EMS Levy not pass (AB2016-236)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and the Opportunity Council for the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, in the amount of $105,412 annually (AB2016-237)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to award Bid #16-41 and enter into a contract for the South Pass Road Failure Project to the lowest bidder, Granite Construction Company, in the amount of $429,651.25 (AB2016-238)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and SAZON Group for design and construction services for Plantation Indoor Range HVAC replacement, in the amount of $64,993 (AB2016-239)

Other Business

SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11 and Appendix G

1. Audience members are invited to comment specifically on Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11, Environment, and Appendix G, Water Resources Program and Salmon Recovery Program (AB2016-047K(time limited to 15 minutes)

2. Discussion and preliminary Council direction on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11, Environment, and Appendix G, Water Resources Program and Salmon Recovery Program (AB2016-047K(Council proposed amendments and additional information)
 Other Business

SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11 and Appendix G

1. Audience members are invited to comment specifically on Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11, Environment, and Appendix G, Water Resources Program and Salmon Recovery Program (AB2016-047K(time limited to 15 minutes)

2. Discussion and preliminary Council direction on Comprehensive Plan Chapter 11, Environment, and Appendix G, Water Resources Program and Salmon Recovery Program (AB2016-047K(Council proposed amendments and additional information)
 Other Business

SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
1:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of the Land Capacity Analysis Report prepared by Planning and Development Services (AB2016-047N)

2. Discussion of proposed ordinance adopting development regulations and Comprehensive Plan amendments relating to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update (AB2016-047M) (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening)

3. Discussion of  proposed ordinance adopting Whatcom County Comp Plan amendments relating to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan update and Urban Growth Area review, including discussion of proposed findings (AB2016-047O) (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening - please see “Introduction” section of the Council meeting agenda for location of related documents.)

4. Discussion of proposed ordinance amending the Comprehensive Plan designation in the Smith Road/Guide Meridian area from Rural to Rural Community and amending the official Whatcom County Zoning Map from R5A to RIM (Specified Fittings) (AB2016-242) (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening)

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Resolution initiating Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments by amending Resolution 2016-009 (AB2016-232)

2. Resolution accepting the Whatcom County Coordinated Water System Plan 2016 Update (AB2016-192)

Other Business

COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA

 
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
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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

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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.
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING 
 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 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. Special Committee of the Whole for May 31, 2016

2. Special County Council for June 14, 2016

3. Regular County Council for June 14, 2016

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. Petition to create the Columbia Valley Park and Recreation District (AB2016-218)

SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS

1. Ordinance ordering an election to determine the formation of the Columbia Valley Park and Recreation District (AB2016-218A)

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 award Bid #16-36 and enter into a contract for the construction of the South Fork Park parking lot and trailhead improvements to lowest bidder, Dirt Works Bellingham, Inc., in the amount of $314,809.50 (AB2016-235)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Fire Protection District #7 for the purpose of increasing the annual service fee in 2017 should the EMS Levy not pass (AB2016-236)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and the Opportunity Council for the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, in the amount of $105,412 annually (AB2016-237)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to award Bid #16-41 and enter into a contract for the South Pass Road Failure Project to the lowest bidder, Granite Construction Company, in the amount of $429,651.25 (AB2016-238)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and SAZON Group for design and construction services for Plantation Indoor Range HVAC replacement, in the amount of $64,993 (AB2016-239)

OTHER ITEMS

From Finance and Administrative Services Committee

1. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 3.08, Purchasing System (AB2016-191) (from 6/14, 6/28, and 7/12)

2. Ordinance amending the 2016 Whatcom County Budget, twelfth request, in the amount of $190,003 (AB2016-230)

3. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Title 2, Administration and Personnel, to add language related to an increase in the number of Whatcom County Council districts (AB2016-220)

4. Resolution related to the sale of surplus property and setting a date for public hearing pursuant to Whatcom County Code 1.10 (AB2016-231)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and FLO Analytics for GIS and data management assistance with the 2016 and 2017 Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resource Management District Annual Fee Roll, in the amount of $49,950 (AB2016-233) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to award Bid #16-28 and enter into a contract for the Marietta Structures Removal Project to the lowest bidder, JT Muenscher, in the amount of $72,695 (AB2016-234) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

From Special Committee of the Whole

1. Resolution initiating Comprehensive Plan and zoning amendments by amending Resolution 2016-009 (AB2016-232)

2. Resolution accepting the Whatcom County Coordinated Water System Plan 2016 Update (AB2016-192)

COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, AND COMMITTEES 
Per Whatcom County Code 2.03.060 and 100.02.080, applications for council-appointed and Flood Control Zone District 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. Appointment to the Sumas/Everson/Nooksack Flood Subzone Advisory Committee, applicant: Ed Bosscher (AB2016-221) (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors)

2. Appointments to the Jail Stakeholder Workgroup: One county or small city resident living outside the City of Bellingham (applicant - Howard Hill Cummings) and one resident from the City of Bellingham  (applicant - Kelli Carroll) (AB2016-179A)

3. Confirmation of all members appointed to the Jail Stakeholder Workgroup (AB2016-179C)

4. Appointment of members to serve on the pro and con statement committees for the EMS levy measure (AB2016-167A)

5. Appointment of members to serve on the pro and con statement committees for the proposal to form the Columbia Valley Park and Recreation District (AB2016-218B)

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 Lindsey Karas and Chi-Na (Kim) Stoane to the Whatcom County Public Health Advisory Board (AB2016-240)

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 the 2016 Whatcom County Budget, thirteenth request, in the amount of $161,200 (AB2016-241)

2. Ordinance amending the Comprehensive Plan designation in the Smith Road/Guide Meridian area from Rural to Rural Community and amending the official Whatcom County Zoning Map from R5A to RIM (Specified Fittings) (AB2016-242)

3. Ordinance adopting development regulations and Comprehensive Plan amendments relating to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Periodic Update (AB2016-047M)

4. Ordinance adopting Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan amendments relating to the 2016 Comprehensive Plan update and Urban Growth Area review (AB2016-047O) (agenda bill sheet only) 

Related documents are available online, please click links below:
5. Resolution authorizing the sale of Whatcom County surplus property pursuant to Whatcom County Code 1.10 (AB2016-231A)

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UDPATES
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. August 9, 2016, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.

2016 Comprehensive Plan Chapters and Appendices 
CHAPTERS                                                                 APPENDICES 
Chapter 1, Growth Projections  Appendix A, Glossary
Chapter 2, Land Use  Appendix B, Acronyms
Chapter 3, Housing Appendix C, Countywide Planning Policies
Chapter 4, Captial Facilities Appendix D, Bibliography
Chapter 5, Utilities  Appendix E, 20-Year CIP / Appendix E (Strike)
Chapter 6, Transportation  Appendix F, 6-Year CIP / Appendix F (Strike)
Chapter 7, Economics  Appendix G, Transportation Impact Fee Background Information (Strike)
Chapter 8, Resource Lands  Appendix H, Airport Overlay
Chapter 9, Recreation Appendix I, Airport Imaginary Surfaces 
Chapter 10, Design Title Page 
Chapter 11, Environment Table of Contents