RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON
City Council Chambers
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 06:30 PM
Book: 66, Page: 1
Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District [LWWSD] Commissioner’s Chair, Leslie McRoberts.
Jack Weiss, Council Member, First Ward
Gene Knutson, Council Member, Second Ward
Cathy Lehman, Council Member, Third Ward
Terry Bornemann, Council Member, Fifth Ward
Michael Lilliquist, Council Member, Sixth Ward
Seth Fleetwood, Council Member, At Large
Also in attendance:
LWWSD: Leslie McRoberts, Chair; Debra Lambert; Todd Citron; and Laura Weide
Whatcom County Council: Kathy Kershner, Chair; Barbara Brenner; Bill Knutzen; Pete Kremen; Ken Mann; and Carl Weimer
AB19504 1. Lake Whatcom Cooperative Management Program Joint Councils and Commission Spring meeting
Presented by: Clare Fogelsong, Environmental Resources Manager
Bill Reilly, Storm and Surface Water Utility Manager
Jon Hutchings, Assistant Director, Whatcom County Public Works Administration/Accounting
Presentation and discussions covered the following topics:
INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION TAKEN.
Niki Thane, Watershed Advisory Board member, read a letter from the Board recommending the city close Bloedel Donovan boat ramp until a comprehensive aquatic invasive species program to prevent zebra and quagga mussels from entering the Lake is developed and fully implemented.
Wendy Harris, read a statement requesting a halt to reductions in residential development standards and to place a greater emphasis on prohibiting further loss of forest cover. The property acquisition program should be supported and increased. Land use regulations should reduce impervious surface in the watershed and increase vegetation retention requirements with increase buffers and impose on-site filtration requirement. Both the County and City need to apply SEPA mitigation requirements more rigorously.
Larry Mansfield, Watershed Advisory Board member, noted the Lake is already infested with Asian clams and that it is unknown how close the destructive zebra mussels and quagga mussels might be. Clams usually exist long before they are detected. He appealed to the elected officials to consider closing the boat launch for one year in order to understand the danger and plan for it.
C. J. Hucksford, private contractor, spoke of rain gardens being a good solution to stormwater run-off and stated that the Homeowner Incentive Program is very effective. He suggested staff work with contractors in the private sector to help.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:38 PM.
Terry Bornemann, Council President
ATTEST: J. Lynne Walker, Executive Assistant to the Bellingham City Council
2011 Work Plan accomplishments
2012 planned Stormwater projects
Projections through 2014
Funding issues and barriers
Aquatic Invasive Species proposal
Funding issues and barriers
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