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*Wednesday* August 8, 2018
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE  
Members: Todd Donovan, Satpal Sidhu, Timothy Ballew
9:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Resolution declaring County Council support for the 2018 Whatcom County Agricultural Strategic Plan (from July 24) (AB2018-217)

2. Resolution affirming the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Oversight Committee ranking and authorizing Whatcom County PDR Administrator and Whatcom County Executive to proceed with the acquisition of an agricultural conservation easement on the Sidhu application (AB2018-223)

Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Tyler Byrd, Satpal Sidhu  
11 a.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Special Presentation 

1. Quarterly report from Whatcom County’s Finance Department (AB2018-066)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Resolution updating the appendix of the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) (AB2018-224)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and United States Geological Survey to fund the ongoing operation and maintenance of the County’s six stream gages within the Nooksack River early flood warning system, plus stream gages at the Nooksack River Everson Overflow and Jones Creek in Acme, for early flood warning and flood response, in the amount of $116,937 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2018-225)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Ferndale School District to provide behavioral health services within the Ferndale School District, in the amount of $120,000, for a total amended contract amount of $420,000 (AB2018-226)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Nooksack Valley School District to provide behavioral health services within the Nooksack Valley School District, in the amount of $120,000, for a total amended contract amount of $420,000 (AB2018-227)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Blaine School District to provide behavioral health services within the Blaine School District, in the amount of $131,400, for a total amended contract amount of $424,800 (AB2018-228)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Lynden School District to provide behavioral health services within the Lynden School District, in the amount of $111,000, for a total amended contract amount of $388,500 (AB2018-229)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to provide funding to support evidence-based services in the schools and in the community that have been shown to reduce elevated risk factors for substance use disorders and behavioral health issues, in the amount of $115,506 (AB2018-230)

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Wave Business Solutions, LLC for a six year lease for fiber optic connectivity from the Courthouse to the Facilities Management building on Williamson Way, in the amount of $66,520 (AB2018-231)

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

PUBLIC WORKS AND HEALTH COMMITTEE 
Members: Barry Buchanan, Barbara Brenner, Timothy Ballew 
1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Quarterly report from Whatcom County Public Works (AB2018-066)

Other Business
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE 
Members: Barry Buchanan, Tyler Byrd, Satpal Sidhu
2 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentation

1. Report on the Whatcom County Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee’s Listening Tour (AB2018-087A)

Other Business
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE  
Members: Todd Donovan, Tyler Byrd, Barbara Brenner 
3 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Request direction on proposed amendments to Whatcom County Code Title 20, Zoning, and Title 23, Shoreline Management, regarding bed and breakfast and vacation rental units (AB2018-232)

2. Request direction on proposed amendments to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan, Chapter 8, designating Marine Resource Lands and providing goals and policies thereof (AB2018-233)

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. *Wednesday*, August 8, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
CALL TO ORDER (Video Link)
ROLL CALL
Councilmembers Present: Brenner, Browne, Buchanan, Byrd, Sidhu, Donovan
Absent: Ballew
FLAG SALUTE
ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you plan to hand out paperwork to councilmembers, please provide one copy to council staff for our 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. Ordinance imposing an interim moratorium on the acceptance and processing of applications and permits for new or expanded facilities in the Cherry Point urban growth area, the primary purpose of which would be the shipment of unrefined fossil fuels not to be processed at Cherry Point (AB2018-077B) (Video Link to Public Hearing and Council Discussion)
Adopted 4-2, Brenner and Byrd opposed, Ordinance 2018-044

OPEN SESSION (20 MINUTES) (Video Link)
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 (Video Link)
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 enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Ferndale School District to provide behavioral health services within the Ferndale School District, in the amount of $120,000, for a total amended contract amount of $420,000 (AB2018-226)
Approved Consent 6-0

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Nooksack Valley School District to provide behavioral health services within the Nooksack Valley School District, in the amount of $120,000, for a total amended contract amount of $420,000 (AB2018-227)
Approved Consent 6-0

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Blaine School District to provide behavioral health services within the Blaine School District, in the amount of $131,400, for a total amended contract amount of $424,800 (AB2018-228)
Approved Consent 6-0

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and Lynden School District to provide behavioral health services within the Lynden School District, in the amount of $111,000, for a total amended contract amount of $388,500 (AB2018-229)
Approved Consent 6-0

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to provide funding to support evidence-based services in the schools and in the community that have been shown to reduce elevated risk factors for substance use disorders and behavioral health issues, in the amount of $115,506 (AB2018-230)
Approved Consent 6-0

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Wave Business Solutions, LLC for a six year lease for fiber optic connectivity from the Courthouse to the Facilities Management building on Williamson Way, in the amount of $66,520 (AB2018-231)
Approved Consent 6-0

OTHER ITEMS

From Natural Resources Committee 

1. Resolution declaring County Council support for the 2018 Whatcom County Agricultural Strategic Plan (from July 24) (AB2018-217) (Video Link)
Approved 6-0, Resolution 2018-027

2. Resolution affirming the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Oversight Committee ranking and authorizing Whatcom County PDR Administrator and Whatcom County Executive to proceed with the acquisition of an agricultural conservation easement on the Sidhu application (AB2018-223) (Video Link)
Approved 6-0, Resolution 2018-028

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee


3. Resolution updating the appendix of the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) (AB2018-224) (Video Link)
Approved 6-0, Resolution 2018-029

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District and United States Geological Survey to fund the ongoing operation and maintenance of the County’s six stream gages within the Nooksack River early flood warning system, plus stream gages at the Nooksack River Everson Overflow and Jones Creek in Acme, for early flood warning and flood response, in the amount of $116,937 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2018-225) (Video Link)
Approved 6-0

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 (technical expertise in wildlife and habitat management representative), term ending December 31, 2022 - applicant: Robert Waddell (AB2018-214) (Video Link)
Held in Council

INTRODUCTION ITEMS (Video Link)
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 adopting amendments to the purchase of development rights program (AB2018-235)
Introduced 6-0

2. Ordinance amending the Whatcom County budget, tenth request, in the amount of $485,339 (AB2018-236)
Introduced 6-0

3. Ordinance amendment No. 2 to Ordinance No. 2014-078 establishing the 2015 Lighthouse Marine Park Improvement Fund and establishing a project based budget for Lighthouse Marine Park improvements (AB2018-237)
Introduced 6-0

4. Receipt of application to fill vacancy on the Whatcom County Surface Mining Advisory Board, applicant: Dustin Gleaves (committee advises the Whatcom County Planning and Development Services Department and the Whatcom County Council on implementing a surface mining regulatory program consistent with the Comprehensive Plan) (application deadline for any other applicants is 10 a.m. September 4, 2018) (AB2018-222)
Introduced 6-0

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES (Video Link)
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. September 11, 2018, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.