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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


City Council Chambers
Monday, January 03, 2011, 07:00 PM
Book: 65, Page: 1


Organizational Meeting


Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Gene Knutson with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Dan Pike.

Roll Call
Present:
    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

Excused:

ANNOUNCEMENT(S)

Bellingham City Council meets all requirements of the State of Washington Open Meetings Act.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

None submitted.


15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Bruce Deile clarified a quote by Reinhold Niebuhr that he had made at a previous meeting as he did not want it taken out of context.

Charles Law noted the recent accident on Alabama Street and the dangers because of the speed limit and no crossings. He recommended that there by some type of crossing designated between Pacific and Woburn and possibly a traffic light at St. Paul along with a reduction in the speed limit on Alabama.

John McGarrity referenced the draft Comprehensive Plan/Transportation Element presented to Council on November 9, 2005 that included a request for four-lanes on every arterial downtown. Staff said that putting them in the Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan was a placeholder and was not a commitment. He said there has been no public process, and there must be, as it is mandated, with regard to this element, which would take off all parking and change all traffic for the west side of the city.


REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

AB19070 1. 2011 CITY COUNCIL REORGANIZATION

A. ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2010

COUNCIL PRESIDENT: STAN SNAPP

BUCHANAN / LILLIQUIST moved to approve Stan Snapp as Council President for 2011. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

MAYOR PRO TEMPORE: MICHAEL LILLIQUIST

KNUTSON / WEISS moved to approve Michael Lilliquist as Mayor Pro Tempore for 2011. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE: TERRY BORNEMANN

BUCHANAN / KNUTSON moved to approve Terry Bornemann as Council President Pro Tempore for 2011. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Council Member Snapp chaired the remainder of the meeting as Council President.
              B. DISCUSSION REGARDING COMMITTEES; OTHER ASSIGNMENTS
Discussion held during afternoon meeting. Council President Snapp reported that the following appointments had been made during the organizational meeting in the afternoon.
              C. APPOINTMENTS TO COMMITTEES; OTHER ASSIGNMENTS

COMMITTEES:

FINANCE & PERSONNEL (Elect 3)
1. Michael Lilliquist, Chair
2. Barry Buchanan
3. Seth Fleetwood

LAKE WHATCOM RESERVOIR (Elect 4)
1. Seth Fleetwood, Chair
2. Michael Lilliquist
3. Barry Buchanan
4. Gene Knutson

PARKS & RECREATION (Elect 3)
1. Gene Knutson, Chair
2. Terry Bornemann
3. Seth Fleetwood

PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (Elect 4)
1. Jack Weiss, Chair
2. Michael Lilliquist
3. Seth Fleetwood
4. Gene Knutson

PUBLIC WORKS / PUBLIC SAFETY (Elect 3)
1. Barry Buchanan, Chair
2. Jack Weiss
3. Gene Knutson

TRANSPORTATION (Elect 3)
1. Terry Bornemann, Chair
2. Michael Lilliquist
3. Jack Weiss

WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT (Elect 3)
1. Terry Bornemann, Chair
2. Jack Weiss
3. Barry Buchanan
Extra: Gene Knutson


EX-OFFICIO AND OTHER COUNCIL ASSIGNMENTS:

Bellingham/Whatcom Tourism Bureau (Elect 1)
Stan Snapp

Council of Governments (COG) (Elect 2)
Jack Weiss, Executive Committee
Barry Buchanan, Board Appointee

Downtown Bellingham Partnership (Elect 2)
Barry Buchanan
Michael Lilliquist, Alternate

Emergency Medical and Ambulance Advisory Board (Joint City/County)
Michael Lilliquist, Finance Committee Chair
Barry Buchanan, Public Works/Public Safety Committee Chair

Fire Pension Board
Michael Lilliquist, Finance Committee Chair

Library Board (Elect 1)
Stan Snapp

Mount Baker Theatre Board (Elect 1)
Seth Fleetwood

Museum Foundation
President Pro Tempore Terry Bornemann or delegate

Northwest Economic Council (Elect 1)
Barry Buchanan

Open Space Committee (Same as Planning Committee)
Jack Weiss
Michael Lilliquist
Seth Fleetwood
Gene Knutson

Opportunity Council (Elect 1)
Stan Snapp

Parks and Recreation Board (Same as Parks & Recreation Committee)
Gene Knutson, Chair
Terry Bornemann, Member
Seth Fleetwood, Member

Police Pension Board
Stan Snapp, Council President
Terry Bornemann, Council President Pro Tempore

Port Marina Advisory Committee (Elect 1)
Gene Knutson

Sister Cities Advisory Board (Elect 1)
Seth Fleetwood

Sustainable Connections (Elect 1)
Terry Bornemann

Tourism Commission – Allocation Sub-committee Chair
Michael Lilliquist, Finance Committee Chair or other designee

WHAT-COMM Communications Administrative Board – 911
Barry Buchanan, Public Works/Public Safety Chair

Whatcom Transportation Authority (Elect 2)
Stan Snapp
Jack Weiss

2011 Legacy & Strategic Commitments Metrics Task Force (Elect 2)
Stan Snapp
Terry Bornemann

2011 Comcast Franchise & Public Access Review Committee (Elect 1)
Stan Snapp
Michael Lilliquist

Bellingham School District (Elect 1)
Michael Lilliquist

WEISS / BORNEMANN moved approval of all Ex Officio and other committee assignments. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

          2. APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE AND/OR SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

None presented at evening meeting.

          3. OLD/NEW BUSINESS

The following items were discussed during committee. Council President Snapp reported as follows:
    Issues of filming and broadcasting Council Meetings on BTV10. Information only.
    Discussion of Committee function. Special committee worksessions will not be filmed.
    Assignment of Council Representative for EMS Services negotiation: Council President Snapp and Council Member Buchanan will act as Council Representatives.
    Consideration of MRSC opinion re Council Member attendance by speakerphone. Direction was given to staff to prepare a proposal that would only allow use of speakerphone in the event that the Mayor has declared an emergency meeting and a quorum of the council is not available.
    Consideration of setting rules for public comment. No change to public comment.
    Discussion of council roles and relationships with Executive, Department Staff and Citizen Boards. To be discussed at retreat.
    Council technology issues. Council/staff will work with ITSD Staff.
    Proposed work plan adjustments for council office staff. HR will review. Information only.
    Council Retreat: January 22, 2011, 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; location to be determined.
    Transportation Committee: will be addressed in regular committee worksession January 24, 2011.
    Lake Whatcom Initiative special worksession: January 24, 2011; 10:15 a.m. - Noon; Mayor’s Board Room.
    Transportation Benefit District meeting: January 10, 2011, 1:00 p.m. with council committees starting at 2:00 p.m.
      LILLIQUIST / WEISS moved to direct staff to look at developing regulations on the use of public spaces, specifically medians, for temporary signs.
        WEISS made a friendly amendment to ask the Policy Analyst to do the preliminary research. MOTION CARRIED 6-1, BORNEMANN opposed.

      Ideas were discussed for ways that the Agenda can be made available to the public during televised meetings. Options include: reading the order of business from the agenda at the beginning of the meeting or posting the agenda for the few minutes prior to the televised meeting. Mayor Pike will work with BTV10 staff to see if posting the agenda prior to the televised start of the meeting is a possibility.


    EXECUTIVE SESSION - Report and action.
    1. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION: Stricken
    2. POTENTIAL LITIGATION: Stricken

    3. LITIGATION: Hofstetter v. City of Bellingham: Staff provided an update on a litigation matter. No action taken.



    ADJOURNMENT
    There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:44 p.m.


    Stan Snapp, Council President

    ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
    APPROVED: 01/10/2011



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