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 February 13, 2018
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:30 A.M. Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Ordinance (interim) repealing Ordinance 2017-057 and adopting amendments to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan and 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 (ordinance scheduled for public hearing and council action this evening)
(AB2018-057A)

Committee Discussion and Recommendation to Council

1. 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)

Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Tyler Byrd, Satpal Sidhu  
11 a.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Resolution cancelling uncollectible personal property taxes (AB2018-060)

2. Executive Louws requests approval of the Economic Development Investment (EDI) Board recommendations for funding as presented in the attached EDI Fund applications and approval of the Housing Affordable for the Workforce guidelines (AB2018-061)

3. Presentation and approval of request to authorize the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and ImageTrend, Inc. for software licenses, professional services, and annual fees to implement a regional Electronic Patient Care Reporting software system for Emergency Medical Services, in the amount of $143,134.20 (AB2018-064)

Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract amendment between Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham to provide for joint usage of the Vactor Waste Site Facility from January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, due to the rate increase from $54.36/ton to $147.56/ton (AB2018-062)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to support the County’s behavioral health program and to support regional behavioral health activities, in the amount of $957,459 (AB2018-063)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a lease agreement amendment between Whatcom County and Cornwall Center for the purpose of extending the expiration date to December 31, 2018, for leasing raw land at the Civic Center Building Site, in the amount of $8,778.96, for a total amended lease amount of $41,411.25 (AB2018-065)

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: Timothy Ballew, Barbara Brenner, Barry Buchanan 
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentations 

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

2. Update from HomesNOW on volunteer efforts to provide homes and shelter for the homeless in Whatcom County (AB2018-072)

3. Update on the Whatcom County Veterans Program (AB2018-067)

Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Resolution setting Whatcom County Veterans Assistance Program eligibility income standards (AB2018-067A)

Other Business
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE  - Agenda Revision
Members: Todd Donovan, Tyler Byrd, Barbara Brenner 
3:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Ordinance adopting amendments to the Urban Fringe Subarea Plan, Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan, and Whatcom County Zoning Code (AB2018-055 Note: This is a very large document that will take time to open) (ordinance scheduled for public hearing on February 27)

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, February 13, 2018
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
CALL TO ORDER   (Video Link)
ROLL CALL
Timothy Ballew, Barbara Brenner, Rud Browne, Barry Buchanan, Tyler Byrd, Todd Donovan, Satpal Sidhu
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.

(Public comment applies to both items listed below)   (Video Link to public hearing testimony)

1. Ordinance (interim) repealing Ordinance 2017-057 and adopting amendments to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan and 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 (AB2018-057A)  (Video Link to Council discussion)
Adopted 6-1, Donovan opposed, Ordinance 2018-005

2. Emergency ordinance (interim) (2018-001) repealing Ordinance 2017-057 and adopting amendments to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan and 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 (AB2018-057) (procedural hearing – ordinance was adopted January 30, 2018)
Public Hearing held

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 the City of Bellingham to provide for joint usage of the Vactor Waste Site Facility from January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, due to the rate increase from $54.36/ton to $147.56/ton (AB2018-062)
Approved Consent 7-0

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and North Sound Behavioral Health Organization to support the County’s behavioral health program and to support regional behavioral health activities, in the amount of $957,459 (AB2018-063)
Approved Consent 7-0

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a lease agreement amendment between Whatcom County and Cornwall Center for the purpose of extending the expiration date to December 31, 2018, for leasing raw land at the Civic Center Building Site, in the amount of $8,778.96, for a total amended lease amount of $41,411.25 (AB2018-065)
Approved Consent 7-0

OTHER ITEMS

From Special Committee of the Whole

1. 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)
Held in Committee

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee


2. Resolution cancelling uncollectible personal property taxes (AB2018-060)  (Video Link)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2018-003

3. Executive Louws requests approval of the Economic Development Investment (EDI) Board recommendations for funding as presented in the attached EDI Fund applications and approval of the Housing Affordable for the Workforce guidelines (AB2018-061)  (Video Link)
Approved 7-0

4. Presentation and approval of request to authorize the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and ImageTrend, Inc. for software licenses, professional services, and annual fees to implement a regional Electronic Patient Care Reporting software system for Emergency Medical Services, in the amount of $143,134.20 (AB2018-064)  (Video Link)
Approved 7-0

From Public Works and Health Committee

5. Resolution setting Whatcom County Veterans Assistance Program eligibility income standards (AB2018-067A)  (Video Link)
Approved 7-0, Resolution 2018-004

No Committee Assignment

6. Executive Louws requests appointment of one councilmembers to serve on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Committee (AB2018-071)  (Video Link)
Councilmember Brenner appointed

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 fill vacancy on the Whatcom County Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee, partial term ending 1/31/2019, or two partial terms ending 1/31/2021, applicant: Eleanor Hines (AB2018-058)  (Video Link)
Eleanor Hines appointed 7-0 to partial term ending 1/31/2021

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 Executive appointments to boards, committees, and commissions for the year 2018 (AB2018-068)  (Video Link)
Confirmed 7-0

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. Receipt of application to fill vacancy on the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee, one year term representing impacted cities, applicant: John Perry (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. on February 20, 2018) (committee assists and makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in performing flood damage repairs, maintenance and improvements, and minimizing future flood damage through prevention and management on the Nooksack River, its watershed, and the other watersheds within Whatcom County) (AB2018-059)
Introduced 7-0

2. Ordinance amending the 2018 Whatcom County Budget, fourth request, in the amount of $1,443,449 (AB2018-069)
Introduced 7-0

3. Ordinance approving the second amendment to Project Budget No. 2 (Jail Improvement Fund) of the 2011 Budget (as established through Ordinance 2011-031) to add $311,000 of expenditure authority, for a total amended project budget amount of $3,778,700 (AB2018-070)
Introduced 7-0

4. 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 (AB2018-077) - Second Agenda Revision  (Video Link)
 Introduced 5-2, Brenner and Byrd opposed

COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES  (Video Link)

(From Public Works and Health Committee)

Update from HomesNOW on volunteer efforts to provide homes and shelter for the homeless in Whatcom County (AB2018-072)
Motion carried 7-0 to request that the administration work with HomesNOW at the Homeless Solutions Work Group to move forward with their requests.

ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. 7 p.m. February 27, 2018, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.