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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, August 13, 2012, 07:00 PM
Book: 66, Page: 1


REGULAR MEETING


Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Terry Bornemann who led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call
Present:
    Jack Weiss, Council Member, First Ward
    Gene Knutson, Council Member, Second Ward
    Cathy Lehman, Council Member, Third Ward
    Stan Snapp, Council Member, Fourth Ward
    Terry Bornemann, Council Member, Fifth Ward
    Seth Fleetwood, Council Member, At Large

Excused:
    Michael Lilliquist
    Council Member
    Sixth Ward

ANNOUNCEMENT(S)

    There are no additional meetings or worksessions scheduled for the next three weeks.

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


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

None submitted.


15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Leonard Lindstrom discussed compassion and social advice.

Therese McLeod spoke in opposition to additional coal trains in Bellingham.

Johnny Grames addressed suffrage, the Bill of Rights, his experience with Trans Alaska Pipeline and tankers coming out of Valdez. He feels that Stoney Bird [Coal-Free Bellingham Initiative] will win in court.

Karen Steen supports a policy of not allowing public comment by video, the use of cameras or private video-taping during council meetings.

Josselyn Winslow expressed her appreciation of the Fairhaven Neighborhood and Urban Village Plan process.

Wendy Harris addressed the Interim SEPA Levels [AB 19667]. New interim rules reduce environmental review, public notice and mitigation requirements for private and municipal development pending permanent changes under a public rule making process that will conclude at the end of the year. By the end of the year, the city is going to have to make a decision about whether it wants to keep the SEPA provisions currently in the municipal code, accept the interim provisions or accept whatever will be the new provisions that will be determined under the rule-making process. The City staff will be independently deciding the city’s position and policy and engaging in the rule-making process without input from the public or the council. This is a matter that involves the public’s interest and she request’s the opportunity for public input. SEPA creates the right to public comment and in many cases the right to a public hearing. Reducing the scope of SEPA reduces these public rights. Bellingham residents have a right to be informed of and weigh in on future changes that are likely to reduce their rights. They need to have this opportunity now to ensure that staff policy will be guided and informed by the public’s opinion.

Catherine Chambers is very concerned about jobs in the community. She would like to see vision and leadership from the Mayor’s Office and the Council. She would like the city to look at forming a committee that's going to focus on jobs made up of small, medium and large businesses and people from the community. A committee that will focus on jobs and develop a plan and vision that will leave a legacy for our children and grandchildren and provide a vibrant, healthy community.


PRESENTATION(S)

AB19665 1. Department of Ecology presentation to the City for Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award for 2011

Information only.


REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

Finance & Personnel
Michael Lilliquist, Chair
Cathy Lehman; Stan Snapp

AB19666 1. 2013 Budget process update

Mayor Linville gave a brief summary of her presentation from the afternoon committee worksession and looks forward to a vigorous council and public discussion. Information only.


Planning & Community Development
Jack Weiss, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Cathy Lehman; Seth Fleetwood

AB19667 1. Interim State Environmental Policy Act [SEPA] Categorical Exemption Levels

Council Member Weiss explained that the State Legislature passed SB 6406 adopting interim SEPA Categorical Exemption Levels effective July 11, 2012. These interim levels are slightly different than those established by BMC 16.20.090.A.

Council Member Weiss reported on the presentation from committee and noted that the three primary exemption levels being relaxed are: having to do with construction and number of new dwelling units, size of new buildings and the size of parking lots. The new regulations will be presented to the City Council early next year. Information only.


Public Works / Public Safety
Stan Snapp, Chair
Seth Fleetwood; Gene Knutson

AB19668 1. Number 3 Meter Boxes Bid Award, Bid #49B-2012

SNAPP / KNUTSON moved to award Bid No. 49B-2012 for Number 3 Meter Boxes to Lynden Precast of Lynden, Washington as the lowest responsive, responsible bidder and to authorize the Mayor to enter into a contract with them for the amount of their bid which is $390,015.60, which includes WSST. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.


AB19669 2. Informational briefing on Marina Fire Code ordinance

Information only. An ordinance will be presented at a later date.


Waterfront Development Committee
Gene Knutson, Chair
Cathy Lehman; Michael Lilliquist; Jack Weiss

AB19670 1. Amendment to Central Waterfront Agreed Order to Perform Interim Action

KNUTSON / FLEETWOOD moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an amendment to the Central Waterfront Agreed Order No. DE 3441 with the Department of Ecology and the Port of Bellingham, to perform interim action. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.


AB19671 2. Granary Access Transportation Alternatives

Information only.


Committee Of The Whole
Terry Bornemann, Chair
Jack Weiss, Gene Knutson, Cathy Lehman, Stan Snapp, Michael Lilliquist, Seth Fleetwood
          1. Approval of City Council Committee and/or Special Meeting minutes

None submitted at evening meeting.

          2. Old/New business

None presented.


Executive Session - Report and action only.
    1. Potential Litigation and Potential Property Acquisition: Staff provided information on a potential litigation and potential property acquisition matter. Direction given. No action taken.
    2. Potential Property Acquisition: Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition.
WEISS / SNAPP moved to authorize the purchase of 1.71 acres of property in the Lake Whatcom watershed, located within the 3000 block of North Shore Drive and according to City Contract No. 2012-0535, from Alice Crabtree in the amount of $350,000.00. Closing is expected to be on or before August 27, 2012. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.
    3. Potential Property Sale: Removed from Executive Session.


MAYOR'S REPORT
          1. Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.

Mayor Linville announced that she has directed Jeff Thomas, Planning and Community Development Director and Ted Carlson, Public Works Director to assess all city owned properties (minus parks properties) and is proposing establishing a Business Development position at the city.

Mayor Linville explained that she has provided a media statement regarding the value we place on anyone who comes to shop in Bellingham.


AB19672 2. Mayor's reappointment of Dawn Sturwold as the Hearing Examiner for the City of Bellingham for Council's approval

KNUTSON / SNAPP moved to approve the Mayor’s reappointment of Dawn Sturwold as Hearing Examiner, term ending August 24, 2014. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.


AB19673 3. Mayor's appointment of Cindy Burman-Woods to the Museum Foundation Board for Council's approval

SNAPP / WEISS moved to approve the appointment of Cindy Burman-Woods to the Museum Foundation Board, term ending March 1, 2013. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.


CONSENT AGENDA
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.

AB19674 1. An Ordinance relating to the 2012 budget appropriating $45,000.00 from Estimated Ending Designated Reserves in the Tourism Fund to be used for additional contractual services

"AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $45,000.00 FROM ESTIMATED ENDING DESIGNATED RESERVES IN THE T0URISM FUND TO BE USED FOR ADDITIONAL CONTRACTUAL SERVICES."

AB19675 2. Bid Award for College Way reservoir relining, Bid #50B-2012

AB19676 3. Authorization of checks issued for pay period July 27, 2012 through August 2, 2012

KNUTSON / SNAPP moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety. MOTION CARRIED 6-0.


FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES

AB19574 1. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO ADD THE ENVIRONMENT ELEMENT AS A NEW CHAPTER.

KNUTSON / WEISS 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, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:
EXCUSED: LILLIQUIST

MOTION CARRIED 6-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2012-08-040


AB19590 2. AN ORDINANCE RELATED TO LAND USE PLANNING AND ZONING, REPEALING THE FAIRHAVEN NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN AND REPLACING IT WITH THE FAIRHAVEN NEIGHBORHOOD AND URBAN VILLAGE PLAN; AMENDING THE LAND USE DEVELOPMENT CODE (TITLE 20) AND THE PROCEDURES AND ADMINISTRATION CODE (TITLE 21) FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADOPTING THE FAIRHAVEN NEIGHBORHOOD AND URBAN VILLAGE PLAN AND ASSOCIATED DESIGN STANDARDS AND DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS

FLEETWOOD / KNUTSON 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, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:
EXCUSED: LILLIQUIST

MOTION CARRIED 6-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2012-08-041



AB19656 3. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET RECOGNIZING AN $800.00 FEDERAL ALCOHOL TRAFFIC SAFETY INCENTIVE GRANT TO THE BELLINGHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT AND APPROPRIATING A RELATED EXPENDITURE IN THE GENERAL FUND

SNAPP / WEISS 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, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:
EXCUSED: LILLIQUIST

MOTION CARRIED 6-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2012-08-042



AB19657 4. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET RECOGNIZING A $35,172 BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT TO THE BELLINGHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT AND APPROPRIATING RELATED EXPENDITURES IN THE GENERAL FUND

SNAPP / WEISS 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, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:
EXCUSED: LILLIQUIST

MOTION CARRIED 6-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2012-08-043




ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.

Terry Bornemann, Council President

ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
APPROVED: 09/10/2012



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