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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

Monday, December 14, 2009, 01:00 PM
Book: 63, Page: 1

Committee Meeting
Council Chambers



Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Barry Buchanan

Roll Call
Present:
Excused:
PURPOSE


DISCUSSION

PARKS AND RECREATION
MEMBERS: BARBARA RYAN, CHAIR; LOUISE BJORNSON, TERRY BORNEMANN

AB18702 1. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2009 BUDGET AUTHORIZING USE OF $110,000 FROM CEMETERY FUND RESERVES AND DECREASING BUDGET REVENUES IN THE CEMETERY FUND TO REFLECT REVENUE SHORTFALLS IN 2009 AND COVER BUDGETED CEMETERY 2009 OPERATING EXPENDITURES.

Presented by: Marvin Harris, Parks & Recreation Operations Manager

LB/TB MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL


AB18703 2. APPROVE MASTER SITE PLAN FOR THE FAIRHAVEN PARK – CENTER FOR LOCAL SELF RELIANCE

Presented by: Paul Leuthold, Parks & Recreation Director
Steve Wilson, Center for Local Self Reliance

TB/LB MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL


PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
MEMBERS: TERRY BORNEMANN, CHAIR; BARBARA RYAN; JACK WEISS; LOUISE BJORNSON

Jack Weiss excused. Gene Knutson appointed to the Committee.

AB18704 1. COUNCIL BRIEFING ON THE “5/12” GREEN BUILDING INITIATIVE AND INTRODUCTION TO THE 2010 INITIATIVE, “10 IN ‘10”.

Presented by: Alex Ramel, Sustainable Connections
Kim Weil, Planning and Community Development
Mayor Dan Pike

INFORMATION ONLY

PUBLIC WORKS / PUBLIC SAFETY
MEMBERS: LOUISE BJORNSON, CHAIR; GENE KNUTSON; STAN SNAPP

AB18705 1. A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM SEGREGATING A LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT ASSESSMENT, IN THE TELEGRAPH ROAD AREA SEWER LID NO. 1107 FOR THE PLAT OF EMERALD COTTAGES.

Presented by: Lance Rexroat, Public Works

SS/GK MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL

AB18706 2. A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM DECLARING THAT AN EMERGENCY EXISTED JUSTIFYING AN EXEMPTION FROM THE FORMAL BID PROCESS WITH REGARD TO AN EMERGENCY ROAD REPAIR AND HILLSIDE STABILIZATION AT CHUCKANUT DRIVE.

Presented by: Ted Carlson, Public Works Director

GK/SS MOVED TO RECOMMEND APPROVAL


WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
MEMBERS: JACK WEISS, CHAIR; BARBARA RYAN; TERRY BORNEMANN

AB18707 1. WATERFRONT UPDATE REGARDING THE ADAPTIVE REUSE ASSESSMENT OF THE STRUCTURES ON THE GP MILL SITE

Presented by: Les Reardanz, Senior City Attorney
Mayor Dan Pike
Michael Sullivan, Artifacts Architectural Consulting

INFORMATION ONLY

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
MEMBERS: BARRY BUCHANAN, CHAIR

None submitted


Haxton Road Overlay project

Barbara Ryan reported the Council of Governments would be meeting to review a road plan for Federal Stimulus funding. Sam Crawford of the County Council intends to remove the Haxton Way project which would include non-motorized and pedestrian amenities from the list. There have been many deaths on that road. Ms. Ryan represents the Council’s interests on that committee and asked what position the City Council would like her to take on the matter.

Mayor Pike pointed out that it is a County project and that absent the County Council’s support, the project will not happen. He suggested requesting the full County Council state its position before COG takes its vote on the project list. He noted that the City has no stake in the outcome of that project so it has no jurisdictional authority to influence the County Council on the project. He agreed that the concerns are still valid.

There was discussion regarding this and the other projects under consideration and the political considerations related to the Haxton Way project. Mayor Pike, Council Member Ryan and Council Member Louise Bjornson agreed to raise the safety issues at the next COG meeting for the group to consider.

Police Officer Positions

Barry Buchanan stated his unwavering support of the Police Guild position in opposition to the Mayor’s plan to freeze three police officer’s positions. He acknowledged that it is very late in the budget process and that Council cannot be expected to take action on the issue at the Council meetings today. He announced that he will look toward making a budget amendment early in 2010.

Gene Knutson reminded everyone that public safety is the #1 goal for the City. He referred to an article in Sunday’s paper. He pointed out that the Herald failed to contact either him or Terry Bornemann for the position attributed to them in the paper. He participated in FAST committee so he understands the tough conditions under which the City has had to build the budget. He acknowledged that there needs to be more police officers and stated his support for reviewing a budget amendment to fund the additional positions early in 2010.

Louise Bjornson cautioned against Council adding any new programs to the budget.

Stan Snapp clarified his statement in the Herald and expressed his appreciation for all those in uniform. His objection to adding them immediately is about budget process only. He stated his support for addressing the issue in the next year. Terry Bornemann agreed that process is important. There needs to be an orderly process, considering all the information, to address government issues.

The meeting was adjourned to Executive Session at 2:32

EXECUTIVE SESSION


1. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION

2. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION

3. LITIGATION (CITY OF BELLINGHAM VS. PORT OF BELLINGHAM)

This item was deleted:

4. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION

This item was added:

4. POTENTIAL LITIGATION (PORT OF BELLINGHAM VS. CITY OF BELLINGHAM.



ADJOURNMENT
The Committee Meeting was called back to order and adjourned at 3:17 PM






Barry Buchanan, Council President
ATTEST: J. Lynne Walker, Legislative Coordinator
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