RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, January 10, 2011, 07:00 PM
Book: 65, Page: 1
Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Stan Snapp with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Marty Mulholland.
Jack Weiss, Council Member, First Ward
Gene Knutson, Council Member, Second Ward
Barry Buchanan, Council Member, Third Ward
Stan Snapp, Council Member, Fourth Ward
Terry Bornemann, Council Member, Fifth Ward
Michael Lilliquist, Council Member, Sixth Ward
Seth Fleetwood, Council Member, At Large
· On Monday, January 24, at 10:15 a.m. in the Mayor’s Board Room there will be a City Council Lake Whatcom Reservoir and Natural Resources Committee Meeting regarding Lake Whatcom Initiatives.
· On Monday, January 24, 7:00 p.m. at City Council Chambers in there will be a Public Hearing regarding 2011 Comprehensive Plan Amendment docketing.
Bellingham City Council meets all requirements of the State of Washington Open Meetings Act.
TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT NO. 1
· On Monday, January 10, 1:00 p.m. in Council Chambers there will be a meeting of the Transportation Benefit District No. 1 Board to discuss transit service, transportation projects and budget.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
KNUTSON / BUCHANAN moved approval of the December 6, 2010, December 13, 2010 and January 3, 2011 minutes of the regular Council Meetings as submitted. MOTION CARRIED 6-0, BORNEMANN late arrival.
15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
Council Member Bornemann arrived at the meeting
Yoshé Revelle referenced the recent shooting of an Arizona Congresswoman and several others. He shared his thoughts with regard to political parties and how, though there may be differing opinions, they should not divide people. Once people are divided they can lose connections with others and tragedy’s such as this one can happen.
Johnny Grames shared his thoughts on Sunday bus service, the need for a public forum with regard to traffic cameras and concerns about the executive sessions.
Leonard Lindstrom discussed social issues.
AB19071 1. MAYOR’S STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS
Mayor Pike presented his 2010 State of the City Address to the council and citizens of Bellingham. Mayor Pike reviewed the events of 2010 and many citizens and staff who have contributed so greatly to the City of Bellingham.
Mayor Pike said, “the interdepartmental efforts of the staff pay off big time, saving us dollars and enhancing our customers’ experiences.”
He assessed the year ahead and said there would be particular emphasis on: Economic Development, Lake Whatcom, Government Efficiency and Advances in Stewardship & Sustainability. He concluded that revenues are looking slightly better but [the city] must avoid the temptation to stretch beyond its' means.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
COUNCIL STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS:
LAKE WHATCOM RESERVOIR & NATURAL RESOURCES
MEMBERS: CHAIR, SETH FLEETWOOD; MICHAEL LILLIQUIST; BARRY BUCHANAN; GENE KNUTSON
AB19072 1. LAKE WHATCOM UPDATE
Mayor Pike introduced a resolution during committee.
“A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON TO DIRECT THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY TO ISSUE AN EMERGENCY RULE CLOSING THE LAKE WHATCOM RESERVOIR WATERSHED TO NEW GROUNDWATER WITHDRAWALS.”
FLEETWOOD / KNUTSON moved final approval of Resolution #2011-01. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
PARKS AND RECREATION
MEMBERS: CHAIR, GENE KNUTSON; TERRY BORNEMANN; SETH FLEETWOOD;
AB19073 1. BOULEVARD OVER WATER WALKWAY
Information was provided to Council during committee on the City's request for a De minimis (4f) exemption.
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
CHAIR, STAN SNAPP
None submitted at evening meeting.
Council Member Bornemann announced that the 20th Martin Luther King celebration will be held January 17, 2011 at the Bellingham Municipal Court at noon.
Council Member Lilliquist announced that direction was given to staff to prepare an ordinance for council consideration that would more clearly reflect language in Bellingham Municipal Code 20.20.060 Comprehensive Plan and Neighborhood Plan Amendment Decision Criteria “D”.
EXECUTIVE SESSION - Report and action only.
1. POTENTIAL LITIGATION: Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter. Information only. No action taken.
2. POTENTIAL LITIGATION: Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter.
WEISS / BORNEMANN moved to approve the hiring of outside counsel to represent the City regarding potential water rights claims. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
3. LITIGATION: Lind Bros. v. City of Bellingham: Staff provided an update on a litigation matter. Direction was given. No action taken.
4. LITIGATION: Janke v. City of Bellingham: Staff provided an update on a litigation matter. Direction was given. No action taken
1. APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE AND/OR SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
AB19074 2. MAYOR’S APPOINTMENT OF GREG WINTER AND REAPPOINTMENT OF REBECCA JOHNSON AND SHERI EMERSON TO THE COMMISSION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
AB19075 3. MAYOR’S APPOINTMENT OF DIANA MCKINNEY AS THE PUGET NEIGHBORHOOD REPRESENTATIVE AND MIKE ROBINSON AS THE SILVER BEACH NEIGHBORHOOD REPRESENTATIVE TO THE MAYOR’S NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMISSION
All matters listed on the Consent Agenda are considered routine and/or non-controversial items and may be approved in a single motion. A member of the Council may ask that an item be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered separately.
AB19076 1. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FROM NOVEMBER 19, 2010 TO DECEMBER 3, 2010
AB19077 2. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FROM DECEMBER 3, 2010 TO DECEMBER 10, 2010
AB19078 3. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FROM DECEMBER 10, 2010 TO DECEMBER 17, 2010
AB19079 4. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR PAYROLL FROM NOVEMBER 16, 2010 TO NOVEMBER 30, 2010
AB19080 5. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR PAYROLL FROM DECEMBER 1, 2010 TO DECEMBER 15, 2010
KNUTSON / BORNEMANN moved to approve the Consent Agenda in its entirety. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES
AB18995 1. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE SUBSECTION 15.42.050 D AND ADDING BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE SUBSECTION 15.42.050 E TO ADD REQUIREMENTS THAT RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS SELLING FERTILIZERS, MULCHES, AND SOIL AMENDMENTS CONTAINING PHOSPHORUS PROVIDE SIGNAGE AND LITERATURE NOTIFYING CUSTOMERS OF PROHIBITED USES OF PHOSPHOROUS FERTILIZERS, MULCHES, AND SOIL AMENDMENTS IN THE LAKE WHATCOM WATERSHED, EXTENDING THE PROHIBITION FROM LAWNS AND TURF TO INCLUDE ALL GARDENING AND HORTICULTURAL APPLICATIONS, EXTENDING PHOSPHORUS FERTILIZER PROHIBITIONS TO COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES IN THE WATERSHED, AND REPEALING THE EXEMPTION FOR LAWNS IN THE FIRST GROWING SEASON.
LILLIQUIST / BORNEMANN moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:
AYES: BORNEMANN, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-01-001
AB19055 2. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON, AMENDING SECTION 15.08.250 OF THE BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE TO MODIFY WATER UTILITY RATES FOR UNTREATED INDUSTRIAL WATER.
KNUTSON / BUCHANAN moved approval for third and final reading. Upon motion, said bill was placed on final passage and approved by the following roll call vote:
AYES: BORNEMANN, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-01-002
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.
Stan Snapp, Council President
ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
1. Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.
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