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
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.
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
· 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.
AB19090 1. PRESENTATION OF EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARDS
PRESENTATION OF EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION AWARDS - Continued
|30 Years||25 Years||20 Years|
|Craig Bruner||Andrew Day||Jay Comfort|
|Don Paton||James Morell||Scott R. Farlow|
|Jerry Stougard||Steven W. James|
|Kahni Tuson||Angela Ratayczak|
|INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES|
|JUDICIAL & SUPPORT SERVICES|
|35 Years||20 Years|
|Catherine Coldren||Deborah Brewer|
|25 Years||20 Years|
|John Lindh||Thomas Laughlin|
|William Paulson||Leon Sinclair|
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.
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.
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
|30 Years||25 Years||20 Years|
|Craige Ambrose||Robert VanderYacht||Shawn Aiumu|
|Mark Gill||Richard Baker|
|Michael de Ruiter|
|40 Years||35 Years||30 Years||25 Years||20 Years|
|Merlin “Burt” Ecker||Dale Kreider||Frank Jackson||Tom Samuelson||Michael Corcoran|
|Bryan Morse||Robert Newell||Edward Saunders|
|William Prichard||Clark Williams|
None submitted at evening meeting.
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.
3. APPROVAL OF CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE AND/OR SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES
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
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
MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2011-02-004
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:27 p.m.
Stan Snapp, 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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