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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

Monday, September 13, 2010, 01:00 PM
Book: 64, Page: 1

Committee Meeting
Council Chambers



Called To Order The meeting was called to order by President Gene Knutson

Roll Call
Present:
Excused:
PURPOSE


DISCUSSION


PUBLIC WORKS / PUBLIC SAFETY
MEMBERS: CHAIR, BARRY BUCHANAN; STAN SNAPP; JACK WEISS

AB18835 1. APPROVAL OF SALE OF SURPLUS RESCUE VEHICLE #471

Presented by: Joan Cady, Public Works Purchasing Superintendent

SS/JW MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL

AB18952 2. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2010 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $235,720.19 FROM ESTIMATED ENDING UNDESIGNATED RESERVES IN THE FLEET FUND TO PURCHASE POLICE PATROL VEHICLES

Presented by: Joan Cady, Public Works Purchasing Superintendent

SS/JW MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL




LAKE WHATCOM RESERVOIR & NATURAL RESOURCES
MEMBERS: CHAIR, MICHAEL LILLIQUIST; BARRY BUCHANAN; STAN SNAPP; SETH FLEETWOOD

AB18953 1. BRIEFING ON CITY’S RESPONSE TO THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE BIOLOGICAL OPINION REGARDING SALMON HABITAT PROTECTION STANDARDS WITHIN REGULATORY FLOODPLAINS

Presented by: Jeff Thomas, Interim Planning Director

INFORMATION ONLY

PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
MEMBERS: CHAIR, TERRY BORNEMANN; SETH FLEETWOOD; MICHAEL LILLIQUIST; JACK WEISS

AB18946 1. WORKSESSION REGARDING CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO INITIATE REVIEW PROCESS FOR THE YEW STREET ROAD EAST ANNEXATION

Presented by: Jeff Thomas, Interim Planning Director
Greg Aucutt, AICP Senior Planner

JW/SF MOVED TO RECOMMEND THE FULL COUNCIL DENT INITIATION OF THE PETITION. Motion to recommend carried 4-0

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
CHAIR, GENE KNUTSON

Minutes of August 16, 2010 Committee Minutes were submitted for approval.

TB/BB MOVED TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS SUBMITTED. The motion carried 7-0

Initiatives 1100 & 1105

Terry Bornemann presented a draft resolution in opposition of Initiatives 1100 and 1105, which support the privatization of liquor sales. These initiatives would directly affect the sales revenue of the state and city, as well as alcohol distribution. Mr. Bornemann asked Council to consider discussing this issue at a future council meeting. A public hearing to discuss the resolution is scheduled for Monday, October 4, 2010.




New Museum Exihibition

Terry Bornemann presented information about the new museum exhibition opening, featuring 1934: A New Deal for Artists; on loan from the Smithsonian. Mayor Pike added that this is the only showing of this exhibit in the scope of the Western U.S. Great appreciation is given to Patricia Leach for coordinating this event.

Political Signage & Placement

Jack Weiss expressed concerns regarding political signage located on public property. They are being placed on street right-of-ways, park property, etc. What are the laws that govern political sign placement? Can the administration do anything about it?

Mayor Pike stated that this is a challenging issue, but if the signs are placed on park property or City-owned property, for instance in front of the Library, then the City will remove the signage. Home owners and property owners can chose to remove or maintain signage on their property, as it is an issue of free-speech. He is aware that this has become a problem. He will look into the situation in further detail and report at the Regular Meeting.

Terry Bornemann responded by explaining there needs to be a clear and defined detailed criteria as to where political signage is appropriate.

Jack Weiss believes that there should be a warning and confiscation system for offenders and repeat offenders, respectively.

Michael Lilliquist asked if it would be possible to set a rule in order to distinguish between arterial right-of-ways and residential street right-of-ways, allowing signs in residential areas only.

Mayor Pike replied by stating that it is important to distinguish between arterial versus residential street right-of-way. But also notes that it is problematic for homeowners on an arterial right-of-way who feel very strongly about a political situation where they aren’t afforded the same free-speech rights as their neighbors. A bigger issues is involved with people placing signs on medians, in parks, and in front of property they don’t own nor have permission to.

Review of current Fire Code

Gene Knutson reported that council has received negative comments and calls from citizens regarding the International Fire Code. He requested that Council review changes to the new fire codes passed in June. He recommends that Jason Napier and Bill Boyd to brief Council on the major changes.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:43 PM to Executive Session to hear the following items:








EXECUTIVE SESSION

1. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION

2. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION

3. CONTRACT RATIFICATION 4. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION The meeting was called back to order and adjourned at 4:06 PM



ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was called back to order and adjourned at 4:06 PM



Gene Knutson, Council President
ATTEST: J. Lynne Walker, Legislative Coordinator
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