RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL
CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, May 21, 2012, 07:00 PM
Book: 66, Page: 1
Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Terry Bornemann, who led the Pledge of Allegiance.
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
Michael Lilliquist, Council Member, Sixth Ward
Seth Fleetwood, Council Member, At Large
· On Saturday, May 19, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at Lairmont Manor, 405 Fieldston Rd., the City Council will hold a retreat to discuss City Departments' and City Council work plan priorities in preparation for 2013 budgeting.
· On Monday, June 4, at 7:00 PM, in City Council Chambers, there will be a public hearing regarding a Fairhaven Neighborhood Plan Amendment and Urban Village Plan.
Bellingham City Council meets all requirements of the State of Washington Open Meetings Act.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
LEHMAN / KNUTSON moved approval of the May 7, 2012 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted. MOTION CARRIED 6-0-1, SNAPP abstained.
LEHMAN / WEISS moved approval of the May 14, 2012 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted. MOTION CARRIED 5-0-2, SNAPP, KNUTSON abstained.
15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
Leonard Lindstrom discussed social issues.
Rick Hannam spoke in opposition to a low income housing levy [AB 19583]. Council President Bornemann interrupted Mr. Hannam's comments based on name-calling and personal attacks.
Joseph Carpenter [AB 19483; Padden Trails] expressed frustration that the council is reconsidering a change in density. He feels it would be negligent and cause for safety concerns with a higher density.
Johnny Grames discussed a Lake Whatcom brochure, the Sea to Ski Parade, Chamber of Commerce and politics.
Elizabeth Jennings spoke in support of a low income housing levy [AB 19583] and asked that the measure be put on the ballot in November.
Theresa Meurs, Hope House Street Outreach, spoke in support of a low income housing levy [AB 19583] and asked that the measure be put on the ballot in November.
Bonnie Breitman, Brigid Collins Family Support Center, spoke in support of a low income housing levy [AB 19583] and asked that the measure be put on the ballot in November.
Yoshé Revelle spoke to issues surrounding bullying.
Christopher Grannis [AB 19483; Padden Trails] supports the Planning Committee’s recommendation and is disappointed that the vote has been delayed. He submitted written comments for the record.
David Finet, Opportunity Council, spoke in support of a low income housing levy [AB 19583] and asked that the measure be put on the ballot in November.
Bill Rumpf, President, Mercy Housing Northwest (regional nonprofit development organization). They have five affordable housing communities in Whatcom County and spoke in support of a low income housing levy [AB 19583] and asked that the measure be put on the ballot in November.
Dean Fearing, Executive Director, Kulshan Community Land Trust, spoke in support of a low income housing levy [AB 19583] and asked that the measure be put on the ballot in November.
Greg Winter, Homeless Coalition, spoke in support of a low income housing levy [AB 19583] and asked that the measure be put on the ballot in November.
Bill Geyer, [AB 19483; Padden Trails] is looking forward to working together when this comes back the middle of June.
AB19579 1. 2013-2018 Draft Transportation Improvement Program [6-year TIP]
Chris Comeau, Transportation Planner reviewed the projects included in the TIP.
Project #1: Annual Arterial Pavement Resurfacing Program (Goal: 5%/year). Funding: Street and Transportation Benefit District (TBD)
Project #2: Transit Service Enhancements. Funding: Transit Reserves and TBD.
Project #3: Non-Motorized Transportation Improvements. Funding: Non-Motorized Reserves and TBD.
Project #4: Citywide Pedestrian Countdown Signals. 100% federal grant.
Project #5: West Bakerview Road Arterial Safety & Overpass Improvements. Fully funded via public-private partnership.
Project #6: Alabama Street corridor, Phase 2; Multimodal Safety Improvements. Fully funded; 99.7% federal grant.
Project #7: James Street Bridge Replacement. Fully funded, 78% grant.
Project #8: James Street, Phase 1 Multimodal Corridor Improvements (Woodstock to East Orchard); Fully funded, 94% grant.
Project #9: Wharf Street Roundabout Multimodal Improvements; construction ready pending federal grant.
Project #10: West Horton Road Multimodal Corridor Extension, Phase 1 (Horton terminus to Aldrich Road), mostly unfunded.
Project #11: Boulevard Park to Cornwall Avenue Overwater Pedestrian Walkway; unfunded.
Project #12: Waterfront District Multimodal Improvements (funding varies by project). $1 million 1st ¼ REET funds has been programmed for waterfront infrastructure through 2018.
Project #13: James/Bakerview Intersection Improvements (Roundabout or turn lanes with traffic signal reconstruction), unfunded.
Project #14: Orchard Street Multimodal Arterial & Bay to Baker Trail Connection beneath I-5 w/Alternative for Northern Trail Alignment on Railroad Bed, unfunded.
Mr. Comeau referenced the St. Joseph’s Hospital Institutional Master Plan (incorporated into the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan in 2006) and the St. Joseph’s Cancer Center (under construction) that will influence transportation impacts in this area over the next several years.
Project #15: James Street, Phase 2 Multimodal Corridor Improvements (E. Orchard Drive to Telegraph Road), unfunded.
Project #16: Northwest / West Bakerview Intersection Safety Improvements (North leg: West Bakerview to Aldrich), unfunded.
Project #17: Chestnut - Bay Bridge Rehabilitation (Bay Street to Roeder Avenue), unfunded - potential grant funding.
Mr. Comeau informed the council that the city has received notification of a grant award that will provide a Road Diet* Feasibility Study and Safety Improvements for the Alabama Street Corridor.
*Road Diet: taking the existing four lane configuration of Alabama and changing it to one vehicle travel lane in each direction with a center two-way left turn lane.
Council President Bornemann opened the public hearing.
Patrick McKee, Chairman, Sunnyland Neighborhood Association, expressed strong support for a Road Diet Feasibility Study on the Alabama corridor.
Steve Brooks President, Cordata Neighborhood Association brought the following topics to the city’s attention relative to the Six-Year TIP:
12a: Granary-Bloedel Avenue Phase 1 (Roeder to Commercial Street), fully funded, estimate start construction 2015;
12b: Bloedel Avenue, Phase 2 (Commercial to Cornwall Avenue, fully funded, estimate start construction 2015;
12c: South Cornwall Avenue Phase 1 Temporary Access (Wharf Street to Park Area / Overwater Walkway), unfunded;
12d: Commercial Green Loop Multimodal Improvements (Bloedel Avenue to Shoreline), unfunded;
12e: South Cornwall Avenue Phase 2, Multimodal Improvements (Wharf Street to Park Area / Overwater Walkway, unfunded.
Lou Lippman asked if there is any solid evidence that there's any benefit to the crosswalk countdown signals.
Therese McLeod appreciates the crosswalk countdown signals and shared the need for a crosswalk at the bus stop on Cordata. Additionally, she asked for a pedestrian overpass from Bellis Fair across Meridian Street.
There being no further comments, the public hearing was closed
Staff noted the following:
1) address lack of a crosswalk across Cordata Parkway at the Sea Mar and Peace Health southern office complex; has concerns about pedestrian safety exiting from transit stop,
2) June Road project - this project is 95% complete but has been barricaded at the eastern end and the unfinished western end. Please take down the barricades, and
3) supports the feasibility studies, land acquisitions and mitigation planning for the West Horton Road Corridor Extension.
· Staff does not recommend putting the extension of James Street from its terminus on King Mountain up to Van Wyck Road and over because the land use enablement process is still in progress for the King Mountain Urban Village and King Mountain rezone.
Further consideration of the Six-Year TIP (2013-2018) is scheduled for June 4. Information only
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
Finance & Personnel
Michael Lilliquist, Chair
Cathy Lehman; Stan Snapp
AB19580 1. Approval of payment of Claims for Damages in excess of $15,000 for a broken water line and a broken sewer line
LILLIQUIST / KNUTSON moved to ratify the payments of Claims #2012-07 and #2012-10. MOTION CARRIED 7-0
Public Works / Public Safety
Stan Snapp, Chair
Seth Fleetwood; Gene Knutson
AB19543 1. Proposals from Potential Parkade Tenants
SNAPP / KNUTSON moved approval of Option B: Three Month Feasibility Period as shown on pages 51/52 of agenda packet. MOTION CARRIED 6-1, LEHMAN opposed.
Lake Whatcom Reservoir & Natural Resources
Seth Fleetwood, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Cathy Lehman; Stan Snapp
AB19581 1. Briefing on implementation of 2009 Lake Whatcom Reservoir Regulatory Chapter, aka the "Silver Beach Ordinance"
Council Member Fleetwood summarized the report given during committee and noted that staff will bring proposed amendments back in the near future. Information only.
Planning & Community Development
Jack Weiss, Chair
Michael Lilliquist; Cathy Lehman; Seth Fleetwood
AB19582 1. Review of the Department of Ecology's Bellingham Field Office set of preliminary required and recommended revisions to the 2009 City of Bellingham Shoreline Master Program (SMP)
WEISS / SNAPP moved concurrence with staff recommendation to implement Department of Ecology revisions as proposed. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
AB19483 2. A Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone for approximately 113 acres in Areas 5 and 6, Samish Neighborhood. Applicant: Free Spirit Enterprises, LLC. Owner: Padden Trails, LLC
Council Member Weiss reported consensus of the council’s direction to staff during committee to amend findings to increase proposed density to 14,000 sq. ft. per unit for consideration at the June 18th meeting.
Committee Of The Whole
Terry Bornemann, Chair
Jack Weiss, Gene Knutson, Cathy Lehman, Stan Snapp, Michael Lilliquist, Seth Fleetwood
AB19583 1. Low-Income Housing Levy Ordinance
“AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM RELATING TO LOW-INCOME HOUSING; REQUESTING THAT A SPECIAL ELECTION BE HELD CONCURRENT WITH THE NOVEMBER 6, 2012 GENERAL ELECTION FOR SUBMISSION TO THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF THE CITY OF A PROPOSITION TO LIFT THE LIMIT ON REGULAR PROPERTY TAXES UNDER CHAPTER 84.55 RCW IN ORDER TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY TO LEVY ADDITIONAL TAXES FOR LOW-INCOME HOUSING FOR UP TO SEVEN (7) YEARS; SETTING FORTH THE BALLOT PROPOSITION; AND PROVIDING FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMS WITH FUNDS DERIVED FROM THE TAXES AUTHORIZED.”
Council Member Fleetwood explained that since the ordinance was drafted, the administration had submitted a memorandum relating to property tax levy capacity that had three options:
1) Housing Fund Council Packet Proposal: (36¢/thousand, low-income housing);
2) Split Levy into two housing funds: (24¢/thousand, very-low income housing and 12¢ low-income housing), and
3) Lower levy and assign to very-low income housing: (24¢/thousand, very-low income housing).
Mr. Fleetwood explained that during committee council recommended that the draft ordinance be amended to include these changes:
1. Option 2, which will be less of an impact on the city’s levy capacity,
2. an advisory committee with non-binding oversight, and
3. include a better definition in the ballot title of who would be eligible.
FLEETWOOD / KNUTSON moved to direct staff to 1) redraft the ordinance to reflect Option 2, as presented to council during committee (to split the levy into two Housing Funds $.24/thousand very-low income; $.12 low-income); 2) add intent as to use of funds; and 3) to add an advisory board provision.
Peter Ruffatto, Interim City Attorney advised, based on this direction, that staff would redraft the ballot title and ordinance showing a bifurcated levy creating two funds: funds that would have a restricted use (very-low income housing) and one which would be a general levy lid lift.
[Editor’s Note: Current city levy capacity is $3.60/thousand.]
John Carter, Finance Director explained that the city currently has used $2.35 of its levy capacity. The Fire Pension Fund levy is rate specific. The remainder are amount specific. The 12¢ would increase the levy rate and would be subject to increases annually for the seven year period. Historically the city has allocated increases to each of the elements within the property tax levy on a pro rata basis.
MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
Staff will return the redrafted ordinance for further consideration on June 4th.
Executive Session – Report and action only.
· The TIP can be amended.
· Crosswalk countdown signals are 100% grant funded and do provide more information to pedestrians. They have been shown to provide increased safety. It was noted that when the signals are converted crossing time is being added for the benefit of pedestrians.
· June Road: a private subdivision is being constructed but development was slowed by the economy. The developer is finishing up Phase 1. Completion of June Road is the responsibility of the developer. This land was annexed to the city from the county. June Road is scheduled to open during Phase 2 of the development along with improvements on Aldrich. Future growth and development and the Whatcom Community College Master Planning process will dramatically impact traffic in this area.
· Staff is aware of pedestrian safety (Cordata) and will be working with Whatcom Transit Authority and doing further studies of pedestrian safety and transportation improvement needs in the Cordata area.
1. Potential Litigation: Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter. Direction given. No action taken.
2. Potential Litigation: Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter. Direction given. No action taken.
3. Potential Litigation: Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter. Direction given. No action taken.
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.
AB19584 1. Consideration for application for Bureau of Justice Grant in the amount of $22,069
AB19585 2. McLeod/Northwest Drive Roundabout Phase II - State and Federal Funding Swap
“AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2012 BUDGET RECOGNIZING AWARD OF A $750,000.00 FEDERAL INDIRECT GRANT THROUGH THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE NORTHWEST / MCLEOD ROUNDABOUT, AND INCREASING RESERVES IN THE SECOND QUARTER REAL ESTATE EXCISE FUND. (STATE & FEDERAL FUNDING SWAP).”
AB19586 3. Bid Award for air compressor at Post Point Waste Water Treatment Plant; Bid #29B-2012
AB19587 4. Authorization of checks issued for pay period May 4, 2012 through May 10, 2012
KNUTSON / SNAPP moved to approve the Consent Agenda in its entirety. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.
FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES
AB19576 1. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM TO ACCEPT DONATIONS FOR PURPOSES OF RECOGNIZING BOARD AND COMMISSION VOLUNTEERS
KNUTSON / SNAPP 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, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2012-05-031
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:22 p.m.
Terry Bornemann, Council President
ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
1. Standing time for briefings, updates and reports to Council by the Mayor, if needed. Information only.
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