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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, December 12, 2011, 07:00 PM
Book: 65, Page: 1


REGULAR MEETING


Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Stan Snapp 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)
    There will be a Transportation Benefit District #1, Board of Directors Meeting at 1:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers to discuss transit options and the TBD 2012 Budget.
    The City Council’s Reorganization meeting will take place at 1:00 p.m. on January 9, 2012. Swearing in of elected officials will be held on that date at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

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

Council President Snapp requested a moment of silence for three citizens who have been very involved with the community: Chris Morgan, Sharon Crozier and Dean Martin.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

KNUTSON / BUCHANAN moved approval of the November 21, 2011 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as submitted. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

KNUTSON / BORNEMANN moved approval of the December 5, 2100 minutes of the regular City Council meeting as corrected. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Patrick McKee spoke to AB 19418 regarding monitoring on-site septic systems in the Lake Whatcom watershed. He took issue with the proposal because all Bellingham residents would be paying monthly sewer fees for the Whatcom County Health Department to regulate septic systems in the Lake Whatcom watershed. He feels this is a misuse of the fee and asked council to reject the Interlocal agreement.

Johnny Grames expressed concerns about the cost of police presence at council meetings and the Police Guild’s involvement in the mayoral election process.


PRESENTATION(S)

AB19431 1. Resolution honoring Dan Pike for his service.

A RESOLUTION HONORING DAN PIKE FOR HIS SERVICE.”

KNUTSON/ LILLIQUIST moved final approval of Resolution #2011-30. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19414 2. Resolution honoring Barry Buchanan for his service.

A RESOLUTION HONORING BARRY BUCHANAN FOR HIS SERVICE.”

KNUTSON / FLEETWOOD moved final approval of Resolution #2011-31. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19415 3. Climate Action Plan progress report including receipt of Milestone #5 from International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) - Local Governments for Sustainability

Ryan Nelson, Resource Conservation Management Specialist briefly reviewed the comprehensive presentation made during committee. Information only.


REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

Council Standing Committee Meetings:

Parks & Recreation
Members: Chair, Gene Knutson; Terry Bornemann; Seth Fleetwood

AB19416 1. Authorization to enter into a grant agreement with WA Department of Ecology for partial funding for remedial action of the South State Street Manufactured Gas Plant at Boulevard Park

KNUTSON / BORNEMANN moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology for partial funding for remedial action of the South State Street Manufactured Gas Plant at Boulevard Park. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


Public Works / Public Safety
Members: Chair, Barry Buchanan; Jack Weiss; Gene Knutson

AB19417 1. Bid Award for 2011 water main replacement - Monroe Street project; Bid #62B-2011

BUCHANAN / KNUTSON moved to award Bid No. 62B-2011 for 2011 Water Main Replacements – Monroe EW-0182 to Ram Construction of Bellingham, 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 $1,620,643.21. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


Lake Whatcom Reservoir & Natural Resources
Members: Chair, Seth Fleetwood; Michael Lilliquist; Barry Buchanan; Gene Knutson

AB19418 1. Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County Health Department for monitoring of on-site septic systems in the Lake Whatcom watershed

FLEETWOOD / BUCHANAN moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with Whatcom County Health Department for monitoring of on-site septic systems in the Lake Whatcom Watershed.
FLEETWOOD / LILLIQUIST moved to postpone to a worksession of the committee on January 23, 2012. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19419 2. Climate Action Plan update

Information only.


Planning & Community Development
Members: Chair, Jack Weiss; Michael Lilliquist; Seth Fleetwood; Gene Knutson

AB19376 1. Continued discussion re: new City/County interlocal agreement concerning planning, annexation and development review in Bellingham’s urban growth area

Discussion continued to January 23, 2012.


Committee Of The Whole
Chair, Stan Snapp

AB19420 1. Proposed Legislative Agenda for 2012

Council President Snapp reported on the presentation made during committee.

KNUTSON / BORNEMANN moved to approve the Legislative Agenda for 2012 as presented. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19421 2. Hearing Examiner Annual Report to Council

Council President Snapp reported on the presentation made during committee. Information only.


          3. Approval of City Council Committee and/or Special Meeting minutes

None submitted at evening meeting.

          4. Old/New business

None presented.


Executive Session – Report and action only.


1. Potential Litigation: Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter.

WEISS / BORNEMANN moved to authorize the City to preserve its right to contest Whatcom County’s approval of the Caitac rezones by appealing the rezones to the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board and/or Superior Court. MOTION CARRIED 7-0

2. Labor Negotiations: Staff provided an update on the ratification of the IAFF Local 106 bargaining agreement for 2011 – 2013.

BORNEMANN / LILLIQUIST moved to approve the agreement with IAFF Local 106 with the following terms:

Term of Agreement: 3 years
Wages: COLA 2011 – 0%
2012 – 3%
2013 – 2% January / 1% July

MOTION CARRIED 7-0.



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


AB19422 2. Mayor’s appointment of Robin Williams to the Civil Service Commission

KNUTSON/ LILLIQUIST moved to approve appointment of Robin Williams to the Civil Service Commission, term expiring January 1, 2017. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

AB19423 3. Mayor’s reappointment of Christopher Morrison, Marisa Papetti and Denise Snyder to the Bellingham Arts Commission

BORNEMANN / BUCHANAN moved to approve the reappointment of Christopher Morrison, Denise Snyder and appointment of Marisa Papetti to the Bellingham Arts Commission, terms expiring on January 1, 2015. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19424 4. Mayor’s reappointment of Marilyn Mastor to the Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees

WEISS / KNUTSON moved to approve the reappointment of Marilyn Mastor to the Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees, term ending January 1, 2017. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19425 5. Mayor’s reappointment of Rod Burton and Curt Carpenter to the Historic Preservation Commission

BORNEMANN / WEISS moved to approve the reappointments of Rob Burton and Curt Carpenter to the Historic Preservation Commission, terms expiring on January 1, 2015. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19426 6. Mayor’s appointment of Connie Shannon and reappointments of Brad Burdick, Ed Crasper, Todd Elsworth and Drew Schmidt to the Tourism Commission

Information only.


AB19427 7. Mayor’s appointment of Bolor Smith as the Tsetserleg, Mongolia, Chair and reappointment of Ross Grier as the Tateyama, Japan, Chair of the Bellingham Sister Cities Advisory Board

Information only.


AB19428 8. Mayor’s reappointments of Dan Burwell and Wes Frysztacki to the Public Works Advisory Board

Information only.


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.

AB19429 1. Ordinance for budget amendment for 2012 to allow for receipt and spending of grant funds from the Department of Homeland Security

AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET RECOGNIZING AWARD OF A $55,000.00 GRANT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO THE BELLINGHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT TO ENHANCE LAW ENFORCEMENT PREPAREDNESS AND OPERATION READINESS ALONG THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER OF THE UNITED STATES AND APPROPRIATING RELATED EXPENDITURES IN THE GENERAL FUND.”

AB19430 2. Authorization of check issue for accounts payable from November 18, 2011 to December 1, 2011

KNUTSON / LILLIQUIST moved to approve the Consent Agenda in its’ entirety. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES

AB19332 1. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM RELATING TO BELLINGHAM’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, UPDATING THE SEHOME NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN WITH CORRESPONDING TEXT AMENDMENTS TO BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE 20.00.160 SEHOME TABLE OF ZONING REGULATIONS AND A REZONE TO CORRECT A ZONING BOUNDARY BETWEEN AREA 9 AND 12

BORNEMANN / LILLIQUIST 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, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-12-066


AB19342 2. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM, PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF SUCH BUDGET PURSUANT TO THE TERMS OF RCW 35.33.075, AND SETTING THE EFFECTIVE DATE

KNUTSON / BUCHANAN 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:BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, WEISS
NAYS: BORNEMANN, SNAPP
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 5-2 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-12-067


AB19400 3. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM , WASHINGTON, APPROVING AND CONFIRMING THE ASSESSMENT ROLL FOR LOCAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT #1109 WHICH WAS CREATED TO FINANCE THE COSTS OF SEWER IMPROVEMENTS ALONG 34TH STREET BETWEEN TAYLOR STREET AND DONOVAN AVENUE, AND LEVYING AND ASSESSING THE AMOUNTS STATED IN THE ASSESSMENT ROLL AGAINST THE LOTS, TRACTS, AND PARCELS OF LAND AND OTHER PROPERTY SHOWN ON THE ASSESSMENT ROLL; PROVIDING FOR THE COLLECTION OF THE ASSESSMENTS; DETERMINING THE INTEREST RATE; AND PROVIDING FOR DELINQUENCY PENALTIES

LILLIQUIST / 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, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-12-068


AB19402 4. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET APPROPRIATING AN ADDITIONAL $18,600.00 FROM THE ESTIMATED ENDING DESIGNATED RESERVE IN THE LIBRARY GIFT FUND FOR THE PURCHASE OF CIRCULATION MATERIALS

BUCHANAN / 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, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-12-069



AB19403 5. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET APPROPRIATING AN ADDITIONAL $15,000.00 FROM ESTIMATED ENDING DESIGNATED RESERVES IN THE TOURISM FUND FOR SALARIES AND BENEFITS

LILLIQUIST / BORNEMANN 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, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-12-070


AB19404 6. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET RECOGNIZING AWARD OF A $10,000.00 GRANT FROM THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY FOR BELLINGHAM BAY HABITAT RESTORATION AND APPROPRIATING $10,000.00 EXPENDITURES FOR A FEASIBILITY STUDY AND DESIGN SERVICES IN THE WATER FUND

BORNEMANN / 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, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-12-071


AB19405 7. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET APPROPRIATING AN ADDITIONAL $75,000.00 FROM ESTIMATED ENDING DESIGNATED RESERVES IN THE CLAIMS AND LITIGATION FUND FOR SPECIAL LEGAL SERVICES AND UNANTICIPATED CLAIMS PAYMENTS

KNUTSON / BORNEMANN 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, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-12-072


AB19406 8. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLOSING THE 2001 FIRE UNLIMITED TAX GENERAL OBLIGATION (UTGO) BOND FUND

WEISS / BORNEMANN 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, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-12-073


AB19407 9. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET CLOSING THE CAPITAL MAINTENANCE FUND AND APPROPRIATING THE TRANSFER OF THE BALANCE IN THE FUND TO THE FACILITIES FUND

KNUTSON / BORNEMANN 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, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-12-074


AB19408 10. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET CLOSING THE TECHNOLOGY REPLACEMENT AND RESERVE FUND, APPROPRIATING THE TRANSFER OF THE BALANCE IN THE TECHNOLOGY REPLACEMENT AND RESERVE FUND TO THE TELECOMMUNICATION FUND AND RENAMING AND EXPANDING THE PURPOSE OF THE TELECOMMUNICATION FUND

BORNEMANN / 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, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-12-075


AB19409 11. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET CREATING A SPECIAL REVENUE FUND TO ACCOUNT FOR A PORTION OF THE REVENUE RECEIVED FROM A CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE AGREEMENT THAT IS BEING SET ASIDE TO FUND THE OPERATION OF PUBLIC, EDUCATION AND GOVERNMENT ACCESS TELEVISION

KNUTSON / BORNEMANN 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, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-12-076


AB19410 12. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET CREATING A DEBT SERVICE FUND TO ACCOUNT FOR REVENUE AND EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE QUALIFIED ENERGY CONSERVATION BOND

BUCHANAN / 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, BUCHANAN, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
NAYS:
ABSTENTIONS:

MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-12-077





ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:01 p.m.


Stan Snapp, Council President

ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
APPROVED: 01/09/2012



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