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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, February 07, 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 Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Day.

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)

    · Council Members Michael Lilliquist and Stan Snapp will be attending the Association of Washington Cities, Cities Legislative Action Conference in Olympia February 15 - 17.
    · On Monday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers there will be a Public Hearing to consider surplus declarations for three properties: 2804, 2841 & 2932 East Sunset Drive.

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

TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT NO. 1
    · On Monday, February 7, 1:00 p.m. in Council Chambers there will be a meeting of the Transportation Benefit District No. 1 Board to discuss transit service negotiations, transportation projects and budget.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

LILLIQUIST / KNUTSON moved approval of the January 24, 2011 minutes of the regular Council Meeting as submitted. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


PRESENTATION


AB19090 1. PRESENTATION OF EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARDS

FIRE
30 Years25 Years20 Years
Craig BrunerAndrew DayJay Comfort
Don PatonJames MorellScott R. Farlow
Jerry StougardSteven W. James
Kahni TusonAngela Ratayczak
Randy VanderHeiden
Kenny White
HUMAN RESOURCES
20 Years
Brenda Dyrland
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES
20 Years
Stephanie Bell
JUDICIAL & SUPPORT SERVICES
25 Years
Linda Storck
LEGAL
20 Years
Kerry Messer
LIBRARY
35 Years20 Years
Catherine ColdrenDeborah Brewer
MUSEUM
25 Years
Curtis Mahle
PLANNING
25 Years20 Years
John LindhThomas Laughlin
William PaulsonLeon Sinclair
Karin Smith

PRESENTATION OF EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARDS - Continued

POLICE
30 Years25 Years20 Years
Craige AmbroseRobert VanderYachtShawn Aiumu
Mark GillRichard Baker
Ken Brown
Chad Cristelli
Michael de Ruiter
POLICE/WHAT-COMM
20 Years
Glenn Taketa
PUBLIC WORKS
40 Years35 Years30 Years25 Years20 Years
Merlin “Burt” EckerDale KreiderFrank JacksonTom SamuelsonMichael Corcoran
Bryan MorseRobert NewellEdward Saunders
William PrichardClark Williams
Sonny Williams

Information only.


BREAK
Council President Snapp called the meeting back to order at 7:33 p.m.



15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Dan Remsen encouraged the council to continue to work with Public Works to design street improvements that benefit all parties: residents, businesses, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists and to build a great city-wide biking network.

Seth Vidaņa, Western Washington University Sustainability Coordinator and bicycle commuter. He recounted bicycling statistics collected from an employee commuter survey at Western in April, 2009. A network of uninterrupted bike lanes that will take people where they want to go quickly and safely is desired. They are asking Public Works to pursue equitable modes of transportation and design a multi-mode infrastructure that works for commuters and businesses.

[Ed. Note: Over 80 bicyclists attended the meeting in support of comments made by Mr. Remsen and Mr. Vidaņa .]

Chris Chatburn spoke in support of rental licensing and inspections.

Dick Conoboy spoke in support of rental licensing and inspections.

Kirste Charlton spoke in support of rental licensing and inspections.

Judy Hopkinson spoke in support of setting standards for landlords.

Charles Law discussed his concerns with regard to [crosswalk] safety issues on Alabama Street between Pacific Street and Woburn.

Johnny Grames shared his thoughts with regard to bike paths, the county’s public hearing on the proposed jail facility and said he was pleased that the public hearing was shown on BTV10.

Christopher Grannis urged the council to not docket the Padden Creek Trails project as he feels it would dilute the market for high density housing and delay urban core development.

Bill Geyer addressed the proposal for docketing the Fairhaven Urban Village Plan. The issues around the Fairhaven process have matured. He feels it would be important for council to affirm to the administration and staff that it is council’s expectation that Fairhaven planning is compliant with the Comprehensive Plan and will meet the criteria and standards of the Growth Management Act so that when documents for the neighborhood and urban village plans are brought forward for consideration, that a quality will have been set that will last for the next thirty years. He said, “Be assured that the merchants and the commercial property owners are committed to working within the guidelines that Jeff Thomas presented [during committee}.”

Matt Christman advocated for not docketing the Haggen rezone at this time. He feels it is important to look at how to frame the area in such a way that there is a clear definition of boundaries and a cohesive plan for the overall picture of the area.

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

COUNCIL STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

FINANCE & PERSONNEL
MEMBERS: CHAIR, MICHAEL LILLIQUIST; BARRY BUCHANAN; SETH FLEETWOOD

AB19091 1. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECLASSIFYING TWO POSITIONS IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT

“AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET APPROPRIATING AN ADDITIONAL $5,120.00 FROM ESTIMATED ENDING UNDESIGNATED RESERVES IN THE GENERAL FUND, AND $1,705.00 FROM ESTIMATED ENDING DESIGNATED RESERVES IN THE CLAIMS AND LITIGATION FUND, FOR THE PURPOSE OF RECLASSIFYING TWO POSITIONS IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT.”

LILLIQUIST / BUCHANAN moved approval for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19092 2. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET CREATING THE TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT FUND (161) AND AUTHORIZING THE RECEIPT AND EXPENDITURE OF $2,100,000

AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET CREATING A SPECIAL REVENUE FUND TO ACCOUNT FOR REVENUE AND EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH THE TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT.”

LILLIQUIST / KNUTSON moved approval for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


PUBLIC WORKS / PUBLIC SAFETY
MEMBERS: CHAIR, BARRY BUCHANAN; JACK WEISS; GENE KNUTSON

AB19093 1. BID AWARD FOR JAMES STREET FIREFLOW UPGRADES PHASE I (EW-172) AND PHASE II (EW-183), BID NO. 6B-2011

BUCHANAN / KNUTSON moved to award Bid No.6B-2011 for James Street Fireflow Upgrades, Phases 1 (EW-172) and II (EW-183) to Colacurcio Brothers Construction of Blaine, 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 $790,164.27. MOTION CARRIED 6-1, WEISS opposed.


AB19094 2. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $15,000 IN THE STREET FUND TO PURCHASE SCHOOL ZONE FLASHING BEACONS FROM UNANTICIPATED GRANT REVENUE

AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET RECOGNIZING AWARD OF A WASHINGTON TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMISSION GRANT TO PROVIDE FOR SCHOOL ZONE FLASHING BEACONS FOR HAPPY VALLEY AND LARRABEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, AND APPROPRIATING $15,000.00 FOR THEIR PURCHASE.”

BUCHANAN / WEISS moved approval for first and second reading. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19095 3. COMMUNITY SOLAR PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR - REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS/REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

BUCHANAN / LILLIQUIST moved to direct staff to proceed with initiating the competitive process. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19096 4. 2010 CLEAN GREEN ANNUAL REPORT

BUCHANAN / KNUTSON moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into a two year Interlocal agreement with Whatcom County to provide up to $65,000 in annual funding to offset program expenses. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19097 5. CONSIDERATION OF THE POLICE PROTECTION 2030 TASK FORCE FINAL REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Council Member Buchanan highlighted the report given during committee. The report detailed the recommended physical assets, staffing needs, use of technology and code/law changes. Additionally, the report described public safety systemic issues and recommendations if the budget imbalance continues.

Information only.


AB19098 6. CONSIDERATION OF THE FIRE/MEDIC ONE 2030 TASK FORCE FINAL REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Council Member Buchanan highlighted the report given during committee. The report detailed the service delivery standards, code changes, recommendations pertaining to governance and service areas, facilities, equipment, personnel assets and public education. Additionally, if needed, the report described reductions that may be considered.

Information only.


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
CHAIR, STAN SNAPP

AB19099 1. RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR WASHINGTON STATE EFFORTS AIMED AT INCREASING HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND HOUSING ACCESS FOR LOW INCOME CITIZENS

RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR WASHINGTON STATE EFFORTS AIMED AT INCREASING HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND HOUSING ACCESS FOR LOW INCOME CITIZENS.”

LILLIQUIST / WEISS moved final approval of Resolution #2011-02. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19081 2. REVIEW OF FOUR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT PROPOSALS TO ESTABLISH THE DOCKET OF POTENTIAL AMENDMENTS TO BE REVIEWED IN 2011

A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE DOCKET OF PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS TO BE REVIEWED IN 2011.”

The resolution provides for docketing of:

Proposal #11-P1 Samish Neighborhood
Proposal #11-P2 Happy Valley and Fairhaven Neighborhoods
Proposal #11-S1 CBD/City Center Master Plan

and previously docketed proposals that are unfinished:

#08-N1 Fairhaven Neighborhood Plan update
#08-N2 Sehome Neighborhood Plan update
#09-S3 King Mt. Urban Village Master Plan
#10-S4 Bellingham Comprehensive Plan, periodic update

BORNEMANN / WEISS moved final approval of Resolution #2011-03. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Jeff Thomas, Interim Planning Director noted that council had provided direction to staff, during committee, regarding the Padden Trails proposal, the Haggen property rezone proposal and Fairhaven Planning efforts

          3. APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE AND/OR SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES

None submitted at evening meeting.

          4. OLD/NEW BUSINESS

Council Member Buchanan announced a public meeting to be held by the Downtown Partnership Association on February 8, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers regarding a Parking and Business Improvement District.

Council Member Weiss addressed the overlay project list presented by Public Works to be funded by the Transportation Benefit District (TBD). He related the high cost of providing and maintaining parking spaces and feels that the city needs to consider the importance of alternative transportation modes.


EXECUTIVE SESSION - Report and action only.

1. POTENTIAL LITIGATION : Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter. Information only. No action taken.


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


AB19100 2. MAYOR’S APPOINTMENT OF DAVID MARSHAK TO THE GREENWAY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

KNUTSON / BORNEMANN moved to approve the Mayor’s appointment of David Marshak to the Greenway Advisory Committee, term ending February 7, 2014. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19101 3. MAYOR’S APPOINTMENT OF DR. SHERRY MALLORY TO THE COMMISSION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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.

AB19102 1. BID AWARD FOR ASPHALT PAVEMENT REPAIRS, BID NO. 3B-2011

AB19103 2. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FROM JANUARY 7, 2011 TO JANUARY 14, 2011

AB19104 3. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FROM JANUARY 14, 2011 TO JANUARY 21, 2011

AB19105 4. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FROM JANUARY 21, 2011 TO JANUARY 28, 2011

AB19106 5. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR PAYROLL FROM JANUARY 1, 2011 TO JANUARY 15, 2011

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


FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES

AB19082 1. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET ADDING ONE NEW LIMITED TERM PROJECT ENGINEER POSITION IN THE PUBLIC WORKS ENGINEERING GROUP, THE SOURCE OF FUNDS WILL BE ESTIMATED ENDING UNDESIGNATED RESERVES IN THE STREET FUND

WEISS / 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 #2011-02-004




ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m.


Stan Snapp, Council President

ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
APPROVED: 02/28/2011



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