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April 24, 2018
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 a.m.Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of a proposed ordinance repealing Ordinance Nos. 2018-001 and 2018-005 and adopting amendments to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan and the Whatcom County Code Title 15 Buildings and Construction, Title 20 Zoning, Title 21 Land Division Regulations, and Title 24 Health Code, relating to water resources and implementing ESSB 6091 (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening) (AB2018-129)

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Resolution recognizing the roles and duties of Whatcom County, the WRIA 1 Planning Unit, and the WRIA 1 initiating governments regarding water resources planning under RCW 90.82 and ESSB 6091 (AB2018-114)

Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Tyler Byrd, Satpal Sidhu  
11 a.m. Tuesday,  April 24, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Special Presentations 

1. Update from Whatcom Events on the Ski to Sea Race (AB2018-017)

2. Presentation of Bellingham Whatcom Tourism results for 2017 by President and CEO Sandy Ward (AB2018-017)

3. Semiannual report from Human Resources (AB2018-066)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2014-081 (establishment of the Agate Heights/Estate Bay Lane Storm Water Improvement Fund and establishment of a project based budget for Agate Heights Estate/Bay Lane Storm Water Improvements), for a second time to add $528,219 of expenditure authority, for a total amended project budget amount of $1,308,219 (AB2018-126)

2. Ordinance amending the Whatcom County Budget, sixth request, in the amount of $2,836,591 (AB2018-127)

3. Resolution amending the 2018 Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Subzones Budget, second request, in the amount of $750,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2018-128)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request approval for the County Executive to have the Sheriff’s Office purchase a satellite communication system for the communications van as a result of RFP#18-21 from vendor TacSat Networks Inc., in the amount of $54,999 (AB2018-135)

2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter in to an interlocal cooperative purchasing agreement with Jefferson County to utilize Jefferson County’s competitively bid contracts for purchases of supplies, goods, services, and equipment, per RCW Chapter 39.34 (AB2018-136)

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

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
1:15 P.M. Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Council Office Conference Room, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion with Public Works staff regarding a potential property acquisition (AB2018-018)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (1)(b)]

Other Business
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE 
Members: Barry Buchanan, Tyler Byrd, Satpal Sidhu
1:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Annual report from District Court Probation (AB2018-066)

Other Business
PUBLIC WORKS AND HEALTH COMMITTEE 
Members: Barry Buchanan, Barbara Brenner, Timothy Ballew 
2:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Presentation from Safe Storage PNW (AB2018-139)

Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of proposed ordinance establishing a 25 mph speed limit on certain Birch Bay area roads (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening) (AB2018-137)
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2. Discussion of proposed ordinance creating a “Golf Cart Zone” on certain roads in the Birch Bay area (ordinance scheduled for introduction this evening) (AB2018-125)

Other Business
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE  
Members: Todd Donovan, Tyler Byrd, Barbara Brenner 
3 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. County Executive and Deputy Executive to provide an update on homeless issues (AB2018-072A)

Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately following Planning and Development Committee Meeting 
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of specific sections of the proposed ordinance adopting amendments to Whatcom County Code Title 2, Administration and Personnel; Title 9, Public Peace, Morals and Welfare; Title 15, Building and Construction; Title 16, Environment; Title 20, Zoning; Title 21, Land Division Regulations; Title 23, Shoreline Management Program; Title 24, Health; and creating a new Title 22, Land Use and Development Procedures, to relocate and revise procedures for land use and development related project permits and legislative actions code (AB2018-056)
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For today:

A. Audience members are invited to comment on sections of proposed Chapter 22.10, Legislative Procedures; Chapter 22.15, Code Compliance Procedures; Chapter 22.20, Land Use and Development Code Interpretation Procedures; and Chapter 22.25 Land Use and Development Fees (see staff memo for specifics)

B. Council discussion and preliminary direction on sections of proposed Chapter 22.10, Legislative Procedures; Chapter 22.15, Code Compliance Procedures; Chapter 22.20, Land Use and Development Code Interpretation Procedures; and Chapter 22.25 Land Use and Development Fees (see staff memo for specifics)

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. Resolution requesting the County Executive direct staff to draft proposed legislation relating to processing and approval of major project permits in the Cherry Point urban growth area (AB2018-076B)

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 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
CALL TO ORDER
ROLL CALL
FLAG SALUTE
ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you plan to hand out paperwork to councilmembers, please provide one copy to council staff for our files. Thank you.
MINUTES CONSENT

1. Committee of the Whole for April 10, 2018
2. Special Committee of the Whole for April 10, 2018
3. Regular County Council for April 10, 2018

SPECIAL PRESENTATION 

1. County Executive Jack Louws to present the “State of the County” address (AB2018-138)

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 authorizing the sale of Whatcom County surplus property pursuant to Whatcom County Code 1.10 (AB2018-118A)

OPEN SESSION (20 MINUTES)
During open session, audience members can speak to the council on any issue not scheduled for public hearing this evening.  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 have the Sheriff’s Office purchase a satellite communication system for the communications van as a result of RFP#18-21 from vendor TacSat Networks Inc., in the amount of $54,999 (AB2018-135)

2. Request approval for the County Executive to enter in to an interlocal cooperative purchasing agreement with Jefferson County to utilize Jefferson County’s competitively bid contracts for purchases of supplies, goods, services, and equipment, per RCW Chapter 39.34 (AB2018-136)

OTHER ITEMS

From Special Committee of the Whole - A.M.

1. Resolution recognizing the roles and duties of Whatcom County, the WRIA 1 Planning Unit, and the WRIA 1 initiating governments regarding water resources planning under RCW 90.82 and ESSB 6091 (AB2018-114)

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee


2. Ordinance amending Ordinance No. 2014-081 (establishment of the Agate Heights/Estate Bay Lane Storm Water Improvement Fund and establishment of a project based budget for Agate Heights Estate/Bay Lane Storm Water Improvements), for a second time to add $528,219 of expenditure authority, for a total amended project budget amount of $1,308,219 (AB2018-126)

3. Ordinance amending the Whatcom County Budget, sixth request, in the amount of $2,836,591 (AB2018-127)

4. Resolution amending the 2018 Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and Subzones Budget, second request, in the amount of $750,000 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2018-128)

From Special Committee of the Whole - P.M.

5. Resolution requesting the County Executive direct staff to draft proposed legislation relating to processing and approval of major project permits in the Cherry Point urban growth area (AB2018-076B)

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 Whatcom County Wildlife Advisory Committee, term ending December 31, 2022, applicant: Shannon Crossen (AB2018-115)

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(s) for the Whatcom County Planning Commission (one vacancy, partial term ending 1/31/2021, applicants must reside in Council District 1) - applicant: Tony Freeland (the Planning Commission assists the Planning & Development Services Department in carrying out its duties, including assistance in the preparation and execution the comprehensive plan and recommendations to the department for the adoption of official controls and/or amendments) (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. May 1, 2018) (AB2018-133)

2. Ordinance establishing a 25 mph speed limit on certain Birch Bay area roads (AB2018-137)

3. Ordinance creating a “Golf Cart Zone” on certain roads in the Birch Bay area (AB2018-125)

4. Ordinance repealing Ordinance Nos. 2018-001 and 2018-005 and adopting amendments to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan and the Whatcom County Code Title 15 Buildings and Construction, Title 20 Zoning, Title 21 Land Division Regulations, and Title 24 Health Code, relating to water resources and implementing ESSB 6091 (AB2018-129)

5. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 1.08, Initiatives, Referendum, and Recall, to reflect changes approved by the voters (AB2018-134)

6.       Receipt of application(s) for the Whatcom County Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility Advisory Committee,
applicants: Laurence Brown, Joseph Baldwin, Chris Keller, Peter Dobey (committee will represent rate payers in the Lake Whatcom Stormwater Utility Service Area and advise Whatcom County Public Works staff and the Whatcom County Council on recommended rate structure options and a fund mechanism) (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. May 1, 2018) (AB2018-140) - AGENDA REVISION

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 8, 2018, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.