Skip to page contents
Contact Us Site Map
You are here: Home) Government) Council) Meeting Materials) July 23, 2012


RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, July 23, 2012, 07:00 PM
Book: 66, Page: 1


REGULAR MEETING


Called To Order The meeting was called to order by Council President Terry Bornemann who led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call
Present:
    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

Excused:

ANNOUNCEMENT(S)
    On Monday, July 23, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, in City Council Chambers, there will be a worksession of the Council's Planning and Community Development Committee regarding the King Mountain Neighborhood Comprehensive Plan Amendment and rezone request. This item will be heard again during the afternoon and evening sessions.

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


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

WEISS / KNUTSON moved approval of the June 18, 2012 minutes of the regular City Council meetings as clarified and re-presented. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

SNAPP / KNUTSON moved approval of the July 2, 2012 minutes of the regular City Council meetings as submitted. MOTION CARRIED 7-0


15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Joe Ritzman supports Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) and urged the City Council to move forward with a project specific Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Terry Finn, representing BNSF Railway, emphasized the importance of a site specific EIS. He feels that a programmatic EIS would destroy the project and have haunting implications for the future whenever someone would try to build a rail or truck serve facility.

Mark Lowry, Ferndale, supports a cumulative impact analysis. We’ve never asked for this project to go without a full measure of analysis, he said. If this is to be done, it needs to be done right. On the other hand, how many times are we going to have the opportunity for a billion dollar project to invest in our community right when we need it the most. It has always been labor's overwhelming interest to see that fair process is undertaken.

Dr. Warren Howe has studied this [GPT]proposal and is in favor of it. It brings benefits to the city that are going to be in excess of the potential detriments; but there are potential detriments. Therefore, he is also in favor of this being carefully evaluated by existing procedures and efforts to identify and minimize any affects that are adverse to the environment and there is a very good process set up to do just that. The proposer of this project is a private institution and has the basic right to develop their property so long as they follow the law and don't injure other people. He believes the procedures that have been set up for EIS are satisfactory with ways to deal with environmental impacts should they be identified. He thinks that the company is very interested in being a good neighbor to Bellingham and has shown good faith in developing their project.

Brad Owens Business Representative, International Brotherhood of Electric Workers, Local 191 and President of the Northwest Washington Building & Construction Trades Council, spoke in opposition to placing an advisory vote on the ballot prior to the completion of the GPT EIS and said the EIS needs to occur in a timely manner. He does not believe the resolution, with the amendments, should be adopted tonight. The document is off to a great start but it needs some significant wordsmithing. He believes that this project will be a state of the art, world class, environmentally friendly shipping terminal providing that the EIS goes forward, there's good science involved and the proper decisions are made.

Ralph Davis shared his experience of a recent trip to Seward, Alaska where in the center of town, where the cruise ship docks, there is a coal loading terminal that was built in 1984. There is very little evidence of negative environmental damage. He talked to some of the employees of the terminal who said they have had no signs of ill health. Seward is a clean, beautiful town. The facility is primitive compared to the proposed GPT project at Cherry Point which is state of the art with leading edge technology and will address environmental protection. He advised the council to let the process take its course. If there are issues that develop, then this process will take care of them.


PRESENTATION(S)

AB19631 1. Presentation of Environmental Protection Agency's "Excellence in Future Planning Award"

Information only.


AB19632 2. Bellingham Pedestrian Master Plan

Kim Brown, Transportation Options Coordinator and Dana Dickman, Senior Planner, Alta Planning and Design presented a Power Point summarizing the Bellingham Pedestrian Master Plan. The full plan is available on the city’s web site. They reviewed the process, which involved community workshops, online survey, steering committee and plan review. The key plan elements include:
    Policy recommendations.
    Pedestrian network recommendations.
    Design guidance and best practices for pedestrian facility design.
    Recommended programs to support walking.
    Implementation strategies, including funding options, maintenance recommendations and performance measures.

They reviewed the process for prioritizing projects which will be based on nine evaluation criteria: safety, posted speed, traffic volume, economic equity, safe route to school, pedestrian access to community destinations, transit connectivity, improved crossings, neighborhood plan or project list.

The annual project selection process includes:

Public Works Staff:
          Start with Pedestrian Master Plan prioritized project list.
          Check on upcoming sewer, water and overlay projects.
          Consider grant funding opportunities.

Transportation Commission:
          Review staff recommendation, provide recommendation to Transportation Benefit District Board.

►Transportation Benefit District Board selects projects.

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plans will be incorporated into the Bellingham Comprehensive Plan Transportation Element during the Comprehensive Plan update.

KNUTSON / SNAPP moved to approve the Bellingham Pedestrian Master Plan.
Council members asked for more time to review the plan.
KNUTSON withdrew the motion.
Council President Bornemann stated that it was the consensus of the Council to postpone action to the August 6, 2012 meeting.


AB19641 3. A presentation related to the adaptive reuse of the Granary Building located in the Waterfront District; requesting that the Port of Bellingham issue a request for proposals for the Granary prior to submitting a demolition permit.
    Dave Christensen, Architect, presented a Power Point concerning the possibilities for adaptive reuse of the Granary Building. Mr. Christensen noted other properties that have had successful reuse including Pike Place Market and Granville Island. He emphasized support from the public and professional community. He asked that the Port of Bellingham and the city do further analysis of the building and site.

    Chris Moore, Field Director, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding and preserving historic places and resources across Washington. In 2008 the Granary was included in their most endangered historical properties list. On behalf of the Trust, Mr. Moore, implored the council to not act hastily and work with the Port of Bellingham and seek proposals for development.

    Michael Sullivan spoke in support of the proposed resolution.

    Information only. See Committee of the Whole for action.


    PUBLIC HEARING(S)

    AB19633 1. Consideration of eight requests to docket Comprehensive Plan amendments for review in the next plan amendment cycle: one each in the Cornwall Park, Edgemoor, King Mountain, South, and Whatcom Falls Neighborhoods, and three in the Sunnyland Neighborhood

    A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING THE DOCKET OF PROPOSED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENTS TO BE REVIEWED IN 2012-2013.”

    Greg Aucutt, Senior Planner reviewed the criteria, proposals and the staff and Planning and Development Commission recommendations for each proposal:
          NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN PROPOSALS
          STAFF RECOMMENDATION
          PC RECOMMENDATION
          1.ZON2012-00001 Edgemoor
          No
          No
          2.ZON2012-00002 Whatcom Falls
          Yes
          Yes
          3.*ZON2012-00003 Sunnyland #1 (Areas 1, 1A and 8
          No
          Yes
          4.*ZON2012-00008 Sunnyland #2, Area 8
          No
          No
          5.*ZON2012-00006 Sunnyland #3, Area 8
          Yes
          No
          6.ZON2012-00004 Cornwall Park
          Yes
          No
          7.ZON2012-00005 King Mountain/Irongate
          Yes
          Yes
          8.ZON2012-00007 South Neighborhood
          Yes
          Yes
          *Proposals 3, 4 and 5 pertain to the same property - the former “DOT site” on Sunset Avenue

    The proposals were represented by the following people:

    Whatcom Falls Neighborhood Plan
    Iain Davidson, President, Whatcom Falls Neighborhood Association.

    Sunnyland Neighborhood Plan, proposal #1
    Dave Edelstein, Property Owner, Sunset Commons, LLC.

    Sunnyland Neighborhood Plan, proposal #2
    Patrick McKee, Sunnyland Neighborhood Association.

    Cornwall Park Neighborhood Plan
    Don Jensen, Northwest Radiology.
    Ali Taysi, representing Mt. Baker Imaging.

    King Mountain/Irongate Neighborhood Plan
    Jack Swanson.
    Doug Campbell.

    South Neighborhood Plan (Chuckanut Ridge)
    James King, City of Bellingham Parks & Recreation Director.


    Council President Bornemann opened the public hearing.

    Scott Roberts, Pastor, Hope Christ Church, spoke in opposition to Sunnyland Proposal #2.

    Hank Bledowski spoke in support of the Sunnyland Neighborhood Rezone amendment.

    John McGarritty spoke in opposition to the Sunnyland Neighborhood amendment and the Cornwall Park site rezone.

    Emily Weiner spoke in opposition to docketing the Cornwall Park site rezone.

    Mickey McDiarmid spoke in support of docketing the Sunnyland Neighborhood plan.

    Camille Hackler spoke in opposition to docketing Cornwall Park Neighborhood site rezone.

    Michal Handy spoke in opposition to the Sunnyland Neighborhood Plan Proposal #1 by Sunset Commons, LLC. Her understanding is that there is no Environmental Impact Statement on that site. She added that she prefers 10,000 square feet, single family zoning on that site.

    Patrick McKee, Sunnyland Neighborhood Association, opposes ZON2012-0003 Sunnyland Neighborhood Plan Proposal by property owner and supports the Sunnyland Neighborhood Plan proposals ZON2012-00008 and ZON2012-00006.

    Ray Pierce, spoke in opposition to docketing the Cornwall Park Neighborhood site rezone.

    Janaki Kilgore spoke in favor of the Sunnyland Neighborhood Association proposal and asked that the land be developed in keeping with the design charette.

    Frank James spoke in opposition to the South Neighborhood Plan site specific rezone proposal.

    Jeff Thomas, Director, Planning & Community Development clarified the following:
            ZON2012-00002 Whatcom Falls Neighborhood Plan: The Neighborhood Association has proposed some minor policy updates. In addition, the Parks Department has purchased a piece of property in Area 1. The Planning and Development Commission’s recommendation is, that if Council chooses to docket the proposal, the neighborhood’s policy update and moving the [parks] property into an open space designation in the Comprehensive Plan be included.
            Sunnyland Proposals: The property owners, the neighborhood association, staff and the Planning and Development Commission agree that the interim zoning assigned to the property when it came out of public ownership to private ownership of 1:20,000 square feet (current zoning of the property) is not appropriate. The interim zoning is to only be in place until appropriate zoning is identified for the property.
    KNUTSON / FLEETWOOD moved to deny docketing of ZON2012-00001 Edgemoor Neighborhood Plan. MOTION CARRIED 7-0

    LILLIQUIST / LEHMAN moved to approve docketing of ZON2012-00002 Whatcom Falls Neighborhood Plan. MOTION CARRIED 7-0

    WEISS / KNUTSON moved to deny docketing of ZON2012-00003 Sunnyland Neighborhood Plan Proposal #1. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

    WEISS / LEHMAN moved to deny docketing of ZON2012-00008 Sunnyland Neighborhood Plan Proposal #2. MOTION CARRIED 5-2, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST opposed.

    WEISS / LEHMAN moved to deny docketing of ZON2012-00006 Sunnyland Neighborhood Plan Proposal #3. MOTION CARRIED 5-2, LILLIQUIST, BORNEMANN opposed.

    SNAPP / LEHMAN moved to reconsider vote of ZON2012-00003 Sunnyland Plan Proposal #1. MOTION FAILED 1-6, KNUTSON, LILLIQUIST, LEHMAN, BORNEMANN, FLEETWOOD, WEISS opposed.

    BORNEMANN / KNUTSON moved to reconsider vote of ZON2012-00008 Sunnyland Neighborhood Plan Proposal #2. MOTION CARRIED 4-3, LEHMAN, SNAPP, WEISS opposed.

    BORNEMANN / KNUTSON moved to approve docketing of ZON2012-00008 Sunnyland Neighborhood Plan Proposal #2. MOTION CARRIED 4-3, LEHMAN, SNAPP, WEISS opposed.

    LILLIQUIST / WEISS moved to deny docketing of ZON2012-00004 Cornwall Park Neighborhood Plan. MOTION CARRIED 6-1, LEHMAN opposed.

    WEISS / LILLIQUIST moved to deny docketing of ZON2012-00005 King Mountain/Irongate Neighborhood Plan. MOTION FAILED 2-5, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, BORNEMANN, FLEETWOOD, SNAPP opposed.

    FLEETWOOD / KNUTSON moved to approve docketing of ZON2012-00005 King Mountain/Irongate Neighborhood Plan. MOTION CARRIED 6-1, WEISS opposed.

    LILLIQUIST / KNUTSON moved to deny docketing of ZON2012-00007 South Neighborhood Plan. MOTION CARRIED 4-3, LEHMAN, SNAPP, WEISS opposed.

    The Council directed staff to prepare a resolution reflecting the council’s decisions regarding each proposal for consideration at the August 6, 2012 meeting.

    BREAK
    Council President Bornemann called the meeting back to order at 10:47 p.m.


    PUBLIC COMMENT RESUMED

    John Munson, supports changing the GPT resolution [AB 19618] from Programmatic EIS to Cumulative Impact Analysis. He is troubled at the idea of conducting an advisory ballot measure regarding the GPT project and coal shipments through Bellingham. He thinks the council made a courageous decision when they decided to let the courts adjudicate the issue of the initiative by the people. If there is a ballot measure, then it should be after the scoping process and before the EIS.

    Chris Johnson supports changing the GPT resolution [AB 19618] and striking the Programmatic EIS from the text. He does have a problem with “Cumulative Impact Analysis of all currently proposed coal export facilities and/or dry-bulk commodity terminals within Washington and Oregon”. He does not believe a shipping terminal in Oregon would have an appreciable affect on a shipping terminal in Washington. If this terminal is built, it will provide millions of man hours in the building trades community. He asked the council to reconsider language of the proposed resolution.

    Frank James. A Programmatic EIS [AB 19618] is important and is best brought home by the fact that oysters cannot form oysters because of the acidification of Puget Sound. We need to assess the broader impacts of, not just this port, but all the ports.

    Justin Gau said there needs to be an EIS [AB 19618]. He continued, we cannot figure out every nuance or the job will never get done. We need to address the problems and go forward. I’ve lived by the railroad tracks for a long time - that coal train goes by all the time. I’ve never seen a lump of coal or dust come off that car. There’s a lot more hazards on the train than coal itself, which BNSF has been mitigating.

    Bob Johnston supports a Programmatic EIS [AB 19618]. The virtue of a Programmatic EIS is to ensure that multiple projects don’t independently introduce amounts of toxic pollution that might seem acceptable but when combined would surpass toxic levels. This would be the right approach for assessing the environmental impact of multiple coal export terminals in our region.

    Dean Tuckerman opposes the proposed amendments to the resolution [AB 19618].

    Crina Hoyer, Executive Director, Resources, supports the resolution [AB 19618] as is, retaining the language calling for: 1) evaluation of the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of the proposed project, 2) request for a health impact assessment, transportation, economic impact and vessel traffic analyses, and 3) a cumulative environmental impact assessment that includes the combined impacts of all the regional coal terminals.

    Lisa McShane supports the GPT resolution [AB 19618].

    Stephan Michaels supports the amendments to the GPT resolution [AB 19618]. He is pleased that coal export facilities have been included with dry-bulk commodity terminals and projected pictures displaying the differences and to help explain why both should be included.

    Michael Lapointe [AB 19618] opposes the GPT project. He said, the community and unions need to stick together and get green jobs with livable wages. He encouraged exploration of every single environmental impact the coal trains will have on the community.

    Rick Hannam took issue with the way he was expelled from the meeting on May 21st.

    Lori Province, [AB 19618] thanked the Council for considering if a single Environmental Impact Statement with cumulative impacts will be sufficient. She noted that there are three coal exporting facilities in British Columbia, all of which are currently under permit request to expand, and who will continue to receive train loads of coal through our communities, regardless of what we do. She encouraged the council to do everything possible to require Washington’s higher environmental standard.

    Patrick Dukes said the GPT project will pollute the entire planet [AB 19618}.

    John Tuxill supports the resolution [AB 19618] and he cannot support coal ports on this scale. He said, with atmospheric science we know that what gets burned in China comes back on the winds.

    John Soine shared that the Washington Realtors Association recognize that the GPT project [AB 19618] will create jobs, not just in Whatcom County but state and region-wide as well. The 15,000 member realtor organization, the Legislative Steering Committee and the Executive Board unanimously support the GPT and bulk terminal project, which will create jobs for the entire region as well as the required exports for the balance of trade and the revenues that it would generate. They request that the City Council support the EIS process already in place and not delay the process any longer.

    Clarence Bob spoke in opposition to the resolution [AB 19618]. Everything in this resolution is going to be covered in the EIS process. Why kill a project before it even has a chance to get through that process? We are fighting for jobs that we haven’t had or seen in this county for a long time.

    Ken Lingbloom addressed the reuse of the Granary Building [AB 19641]. He worked for 20 years in that building and noted that: half of the facility was razed to make way for the Roeder Avenue/Chestnut connector. He said it must be understood that the building is built on fill and the basement takes on water during extreme high tides. He is concerned about the state of the soil supporting the building and how that situation would be remedied. He noted issues with the second and third floors and decay on the exterior of the building. How much will it cost to overcome these obvious shortcomings?

    Brooks Anderson spoke in support of the GPT resolution [AB 19618}. She is sorry that the Programmatic EIS has been removed as this project has ramifications throughout the planet.

    Jill MacIntyre-Witt [AB 19618] noted that since 1985 the Seward, Alaska terminal has shipped 16 million tons of coal while the GPT is estimated at 48 million tons per year. She is concerned about the removal of “from the source of the coal to its consumption” from the resolution. She feels that is critical and hopes that it will remain in the resolution.

    Steve Hood, agreed with Ms. MacIntyre-Witt [AB 19618]. He knows jobs are very important but, he said, “we just have to find some other way”. He believes there should be the broadest environmental impact study possible for the region and hopes that we can do everything possible to stop the coal train.

    Stoney Bird, Steering Committee, Coal-Free Bellingham, which is promoting the Bellingham Community Bill of Rights. He stated that city government has been acting as the advance guard for corporate interest against the people of the city. He said that BNSF has applied to join the case against Coal-Free Bellingham on the side of the city, trying to prevent the people of this city from being able to vote on the Bellingham Community Bill of Rights.


    REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

    Finance & Personnel
    Michael Lilliquist, Chair
    Cathy Lehman; Stan Snapp

    AB19634 1. Financial Report - 2nd Quarter

    Information only.


    AB19635 2. A Resolution directing the City to assess and outline the steps necessary to implement a Biennial Budget beginning January 1, 2015

    A RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM TO ASSESS AND OUTLINE THE STEPS NECESSARY TO IMPLEMENT A BIENNIAL BUDGET BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2015.”

    LILLIQUIST / KNUTSON moved final approval of Resolution #2012-19. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


    AB19636 3. Ordinance to implement Budget Amendment for costs associated with 2011-2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement for Firefighters, IAFF 106

    AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET APPROPRIATING AN ADDITIONAL $393,576.00 FROM THE ESTIMATED ENDING UNDESIGNATED RESERVE IN THE GENERAL FUND FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPLEMENTING THE TERMS OF A NEW LABOR AGREEMENT WITH THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIREFIGHTERS LOCAL 106.”

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


    AB19637 4. Ordinance to implement Budget Amendment for costs associated with 2012-2014 Collective Bargaining Agreement for AFSCME 114

    AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $307,058.00 IN ADDITIONAL FUNDS FROM ESTIMATED ENDING RESERVE BALANCES IN VARIOUS FUNDS FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPLEMENTING A NEW LABOR AGREEMENT WITH AFSCME LOCAL 114.”

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


    Transportation
    Cathy Lehman, Chair
    Jack Weiss; Gene Knutson

    AB19638 1. Northwest/McLeod Roundabout Bid Award, ES-0360, Bid # 28B-2012

    LEHMAN / KNUTSON moved to award Bid No. 28B-2012 for Northwest Avenue / McLeod Road Roundabout to Strider Construction Inc. of Bellingham, WA 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 $1,114,235.00. MOTION CARRIED 6-1, WEISS opposed.


    Planning & Community Development
    Jack Weiss, Chair
    Michael Lilliquist; Cathy Lehman; Seth Fleetwood

    AB19611 1. A Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Rezone for approximately 130 acres in Areas 5 and 13, King Mountain Neighborhood

    COMMITTEE CONVENED:
    FLEETWOOD / LEHMAN moved to direct staff to prepare ordinance reflecting approval with conditions. MOTION FAILED 1-3, WEISS, LEHMAN, LILLIQUIST opposed.
    Mixed recommendation to full council from committee.

    FULL COUNCIL:
    KNUTSON / BORNEMANN moved to approve the Planning and Development Commission recommendations. MOTION FAILED 3-4, LILLIQUIST, LEHMAN, FLEETWOOD, WEISS opposed.

    LILLIQUIST / LEHMAN moved to direct staff to present a resolution reflecting denial of the Comprehensive Plan amendment and rezone for Areas 5 and 13, King Mountain Neighborhood; applicant Ralph Black dba Alliance Properties 2000, LLC at the August 6, 2012 meeting. MOTION CARRIED 4-3, KNUTSON, BORNEMANN, SNAPP opposed.


    Committee Of The Whole
    Terry Bornemann, Chair
    Jack Weiss, Gene Knutson, Cathy Lehman, Stan Snapp, Michael Lilliquist, Seth Fleetwood

    AB19639 1. Resolution of the City of Bellingham Appointing a Committee to prepare Pro and Con Arguments for the Local Voters Pamphlet on Proposition No. 1; Low-Income Housing Levy

    A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO PREPARE PRO AND CON ARGUMENTS FOR THE LOCAL VOTERS PAMPHLET ON PROPOSITION NO. 1 - LOW-INCOME HOUSING LEVY.”

    KNUTSON / WEISS moved final approval of Resolution #2012-20. MOTION CARRIED 7-0


    AB19640 2. Resolution of the City of Bellingham Appointing a Committee to prepare Pro and Con Arguments for the Local Voters Pamphlet on Initiative 2012-02; Bellingham Community Bill of Rights (Coal-Free Bellingham)

    A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO PREPARE PRO AND CON ARGUMENTS FOR THE LOCAL VOTERS PAMPHLET ON INITIATIVE 2012-02 - BELLINGHAM COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS.”

    FLEETWOOD / SNAPP moved final approval of Resolution #2012-21. MOTION CARRIED 7-0


    AB19618 3. A Resolution requesting that certain potential on and off-site impacts associated with the Gateway Pacific Terminal be analyzed as part of the SEPA and NEPA processes

    A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT CERTAIN POTENTIAL ON AND OFF-SITE IMPACTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE GATEWAY PACIFIC TERMINAL BE ANALYZED AS PART OF THE SEPA AND NEPA PROCESSES.”

    Council President Bornemann read amendments into the record.
    KNUTSON / SNAPP moved final approval of Resolution #2012-22 as amended. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


    AB19641 4. Resolution related to the adaptive reuse of the Granary Building located in the Waterfront District; requesting that the Port of Bellingham issue a request for proposals for the Granary building

    “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM RELATED TO THE POTENTIAL FOR ADAPTIVE REUSE OF THE GRANARY BUILDING LOCATED IN THE WATERFRONT DISTRICT; REQUESTING THAT THE PORT OF BELLINGHAM ISSUE A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR THE GRANARY BUILDING.”

    Council Member Lilliquist read into the record the substitute resolution submitted by Council Member Weiss.
    KNUTSON / WEISS moved final approval of the substitute Resolution #2012-23. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


    AB19642 5. Possible advisory ballot measures regarding Gateway Pacific Terminal and coal shipment through Bellingham

    WEISS / LILLIQUIST moved to direct staff to prepare a resolution regarding a possible advisory ballot measure for consideration at the August 6, 2012 meeting. MOTION CARRIED 5-2, Lehman, Bornemann opposed.

            6. Approval of City Council Committee and/or Special Meeting minutes
    None submitted at evening meeting.

            7. Old/New business
    None presented.


    Executive Session - Report and action only.
      1. Potential Litigation/Potential Property Acquisition: Staff provided information on a matter involving legal risks of a proposed action as well as a potential property acquisition. Information only. No action taken.
      2. Litigation: City of Bellingham v. Whatcom County et al, an action regarding Initiative 2012-02: Staff provided information on a pending litigation matter. Information only. No action taken.
      3. Litigation: City of Bellingham and Futurewise v. Whatcom County and Caitac: Staff provided information on a pending litigation matter. Direction given. No action taken.
      4. Potential Litigation: Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter. Direction given. No action taken.
      5. Complaint against a Public Employee: Staff provided information on a complaint received regarding a public employee. 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.

    AB19643 2. Mayor's appointment of Jim Bjerke to the Transportation Commission for Council's approval

    SNAPP / LILLIQUIST moved approval of the appointment of Jim Bjerke to the Transportation Commission, term ending October 19, 2014. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


    AB19644 3. Mayors appointment of Mary Carlson and Stephen Dillon to the Community Development Advisory Board for Council's information

    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.

    AB19645 1. Ordinance relating to the 2012 Budget appropriating $34,000 from estimated ending designated reserves in the Library Gift Fund

    AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2012 BUDGET APPROPRIATING AN ADDITIONAL $34,000.00 FROM ESTIMATED ENDING DESIGNATED RESERVE IN THE LIBRARY GIFT FUND FOR THE PURCHASE OF CIRCULATION MATERIALS.

    AB19646 2. Bid Award for Yew Street Pedestrian Safety Improvement, ES-0454; Bid No. 37B-2012

    AB19647 3. Bid Award for Marietta Reservoir Renovation, EW-0197; Bid No. 26B-2012

    AB19648 4. Interlocal Agreement between City for Bellingham and Whatcom Council of Governments for the Whatcom Smart Trips Program

    AB19649 5. Final Plat approval for Phase 2B of the Birch Street Preliminary Plat

    Res. 2012-24A RESOLUTION GRANTING FINAL PLAT APPROVAL FOR PHASE 2B OF THE BIRCH STREET PRELIMINARY PLAT, CONSISTING OF 14 SINGLE FAMILY LOTS, TWO PUBLIC OPEN SPACE TRACTS, AND A STORMWATER TRACT, LOCATED IN AREA 11, WHATCOM FALLS NEIGHBORHOOD GENERALLY LOCATED ON PORTAL DRIVE OFF BIRCH FALLS WAY, SOUTH OF LAKEWAY DRIVE.”

    AB19650 6. Authorization of checks issued for pay period June 22, 2012 through June 28, 2012

    AB19651 7. Authorization of checks issued for pay period June 29, 2012 through July 5, 2012

    AB19652 8. Authorization of checks issued for pay period July 6, 2012 through July 12, 2012

    AB19653 9. Authorization of checks issued for payroll June 26, 2012 through July 10, 2012

    KNUTSON / SNAPP moved approval of the Consent Agenda in its entirety. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


    FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES

    AB19612 1. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2012 BUDGET RECOGNIZING AWARD OF A $350,000.00 GRANT FROM THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR INSTALLATION OF PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

    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, FLEETWOOD, KNUTSON, LEHMAN, LILLIQUIST, SNAPP, WEISS
    NAYS:
    ABSTENTIONS:
    EXCUSED:

    MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2012-07-035


    AB19613 2. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE 2012 BUDGET RECOGNIZING AWARD OF A $1,461,824.00 GRANT FROM THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR A FEASIBILITY STUDY AND INSTALLATION OF SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS ON ALABAMA STREET

    WEISS / 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
    NAYS:
    ABSTENTIONS:
    EXCUSED:

    MOTION CARRIED 7-0 and was thereafter named Ordinance #2012-07-036



    PUBLIC COMMENT REOPENED

    Marian Beddill adopted the testimony by Crina Hoyer and Lisa McShane and asked the City Council to protect the health and safety of all people from the dangers of the mining, transport and burning of coal.



    ADJOURNMENT
    There being no further business, the meeting adjourned on July 24, 2012 at 1:14 a.m.


    Terry Bornemann, Council President

    ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
    APPROVED: 09/10/2012



    This is a digital copy of an original document located at Bellingham's City Hall. The City of Bellingham specifically disclaims any responsibility or liability for the contents of this document. The City of Bellingham does not verify the correctness, accuracy, or validity of the information appearing in this document.

    Top of Page ^ Top of page