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 FEBRUARY 21, 2017
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COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDAS

   
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
9:15 a.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Continuation of Council’s review of the 2016 Critical Areas Ordinance Update – topic scheduled for discussion:
                 Article 3 – Geohazards (AB2016-276C)
Other Business
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COMMITTEE 
Members: Rud Browne, Ken Mann, Satpal Sidhu  
12:45 p.mTuesday, February 21, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
County Executive’s Report
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Resolution amending the 2017 Flood Control Zone District and Subzone Budgets, first request, in the amount of $143,676 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-065)

2. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, second request, in the amount of $888,464 (AB2017-066)

3. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 2.03, 2.22, and 2.104 to prohibit the appointment of declared political candidates to boards, committees, and commissions and requiring resignation from the Ethics Commission and Salary Commission for members seeking an elected position within the County (AB2017-057)

4. Resolution to set hearing to sell tax-title property by public auction Req. #TR2017-01 (AB2017-087)
Council "Consent Agenda" Items

1. Resolution canceling uncollectible personal property taxes (AB2017-073)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the Council on Aging for staffing and operations of the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, in the amount of $120,144 (AB2017-074)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Jet Oldsters Association of Ferndale to provide scheduling and oversight of public rentals at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center, for a reimbursement amount of 75% of all receipts, minus County expenses (AB2017-075)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Jet Oldsters Association of Ferndale for staffing and operations of the Ferndale Senior Activity Center, in the amount of $120,144 (AB2017-076)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the City of Lynden to provide staffing and operational support at the Lynden Senior Activity Center, in the amount of $120,144 (AB2017-077)

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the City of Blaine to provide staffing and operational support at the Blaine Senior Activity Center, in the amount of $120,144 (AB2017-078)
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, HEALTH, AND SAFETY COMMITTEE 
Members: Todd Donovan, Ken Mann, Barbara Brenner 
2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Special Presentations

1. Public Works Director Hutchings’ report to Council on public works activities (AB2017-068)

2. Project update on the design and construction of the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility (AB2017-079)
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion of proposed ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 24.05, On-Site Sewage System Regulations (from 1/24 and 2/7) (AB2017-053)

2. Presentation and discussion regarding traffic patterns and posted speed limits in the Marine Drive/Marietta area (from 2/7)         (AB2017-062)
Committee Discussion and Recommendations to Council

1. Resolution authorizing the use of Parks property for road purposes (AB2017-080)

2. Discussion and recommendations for approval of funding priorities for the Criminal Justice Treatment Account established under RCW 71.24.580 (AB2017-082)

3. Resolution establishing a new level of service for the Lummi Island Ferry System (AB2017-081)
Other Business
SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
Immediately Following Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee
(meeting scheduled to begin no later than 4 p.m.)
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham
Committee Discussion

1. Discussion with Public Works staff regarding potential property acquisition (AB2017-018)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (b) (i)]

2. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Karen Frakes regarding pending litigation, Whatcom County Association of Realtors, et al v. Whatcom County, Growth Management Hearing Board Case No. 16-2-0007 (AB2017-018)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)]

3. Discussion with Senior Deputy Prosecutor Karen Frakes regarding pending and potential litigation, Hirst et al v. Whatcom County, GMHB Case No. 12-2-0013 (AB2017-018)
[Discussion of this item may take place in executive session (closed to the public) pursuant to RCW42.30.110 (1) (i)]
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,February 21, 2017
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 (9:30 a.m.) for January 10, 2017
2. Special Committee of the Whole for January 24, 2017
3. County Council Meeting for January 24, 201
4. Surface Water Work Session for February 14, 2017
SPECIAL PRESENTATION 

1. Portage Bay Partnership: A historic agreement to improve water quality in the Nooksack Basin (AB2017-089)
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. Resolution canceling uncollectible personal property taxes (AB2017-073)

2. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the Council on Aging for staffing and operations of the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, in the amount of $120,144 (AB2017-074)

3. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Jet Oldsters Association of Ferndale to provide scheduling and oversight of public rentals at the Ferndale Senior Activity Center, for a reimbursement amount of 75% of all receipts, minus County expenses (AB2017-075)

4. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and Jet Oldsters Association of Ferndale for staffing and operations of the Ferndale Senior Activity Center, in the amount of $120,144 (AB2017-076)

5. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the City of Lynden to provide staffing and operational support at the Lynden Senior Activity Center, in the amount of $120,144 (AB2017-077)

6. Request authorization for the County Executive to enter into a contract between Whatcom County and the City of Blaine to provide staffing and operational support at the Blaine Senior Activity Center, in the amount of $120,144 (AB2017-078)
OTHER ITEMS

From the Finance and Administrative Services Committee

1. Resolution amending the 2017 Flood Control Zone District and Subzone Budgets, first request, in the amount of $143,676 (Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood Control Zone District Board of Supervisors) (AB2017-065

2. Ordinance amending the 2017 Whatcom County Budget, second request, in the amount of $888,464 (AB2017-066

3. Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 2.03, 2.22, and 2.104 to prohibit the appointment of declared political candidates to boards, committees, and commissions and requiring resignation from the Ethics Commission and Salary Commission for members seeking an elected position within the County (AB2017-057)

4. Resolution to set hearing to sell tax-title property by public auction Req. #TR2017-01 (AB2017-087)

From Public Works, Health, and Safety Committee

1. Resolution authorizing the use of Parks property for road purposes (AB2017-080)

2. Approval of funding priorities for the Criminal Justice Treatment Account established under RCW 71.24.580 (AB2017-082)

3. Resolution establishing a new level of service for the Lummi Island Ferry System (AB2017-081)

No Committee Assignment

8. Appointment to the Noxious Weed Control Board - applicant: Dale Yoder (per RCW17.10.050(2) the county legislative authority, within ten days of receiving name(s) of nominee(s), shall appoint nominee(s) to the county noxious weed control board) (AB2017-071)
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 establishing charges/fees for providing Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance Transport Services in Whatcom County (AB2017-086)

2. Resolution to sell Tax-Title property by public auction Req. #TR2017-01 (AB2017-087A)

3. Receipt of application(s) for the Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee, applicant: Michael Shepard (application deadline for any other applicants to this vacancy is 10 a.m. on February 28, 2017) (AB2017-072)

4. Ordinance adopting interim 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
(AB2016-309D)
COMMITTEE REPORTS, OTHER ITEMS, AND COUNCILMEMBER UPDATES
ADJOURN
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 7, 2017, in the Council Chambers, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham.