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RECORD OF PROCEEDING OF CITY COUNCIL

CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON


COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL
Monday, March 14, 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 Collin Quinn and Joseph Adams, Bellingham Boy Scout Troop 3.

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 are no additional Committee Meetings or Special Meetings of the City Council scheduled in the next two weeks.

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

TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT NO. 1:
    On Monday, March 14, 1:00 - 1:55 p.m. in Council Chambers there will be a meeting of the Transportation Benefit District No. 1 Board to consider interlocal agreements with the WTA and with the City of Bellingham. There will be a presentation of the Transportation Commission recommendations for non-motorized transportation project funding by the TBD.

Council Member Fleetwood read a letter sent to the Mayor of Sister City Tateyama, Japan expressing condolences in the wake of the massive earthquake. Mr. Fleetwood led a moment of silence.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

KNUTSON / BUCHANAN moved approval of the February 28, 2011 minutes of the regular Council Meeting as submitted. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


15 - MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Charles Law reiterated his concerns about pedestrian safety on Alabama Street.

Dietmar Schwarz spoke in support of rental housing licensing and mandatory
inspections.

Johnny Grames spoke in support of rental housing licensing and mandatory inspections; expressed concern about the hours being cut back at the Library and noted that there would be a Move-On Rally at the Library on March 15.

Bruce Deile spoke in opposition to the legalization of marijuana. and his concerns that Social Security will be requiring recipients to have a debit card.

David Dopps asked council to ensure that cross walks on Alabama Street are made a priority. Additionally, he noted his support of landlord licensing.

Dorthann Cloud appreciates the installation of the traffic light at Bill McDonald Parkway; added her support of a crosswalk on Alabama for pedestrian safety as well as traffic safety cameras.


PUBLIC HEARING(S)

AB19129 1. APPLICATION FOR AGREEMENT FOR UTILITY SERVICE ZONE EXTENSION FOR MUNICIPAL SEWER SERVICE TO 3660 HAGGIN ROAD IN THE URBAN GROWTH AREA

Brent Baldwin, Development Manager reviewed the history of the service along with maps and location of the proposed Utility Service Zone Extension to allow municipal sewer service to an existing lot located at 3660 Haggin Road. Staff recommends approval of the application.

Mr. Baldwin explained that the owner would be required to pay monthly sewer rates back to June 2009. [BMC 15.08.250.7.G.] water rates and charges for services outside the city limits are 150% of the city’s rates. Staff explained that in some cases an 80% discount is offered as an incentive to those hooking up to the city’s sewer system. He asked for council direction.

Council President Snapp opened the public hearing.

No citizen’s spoke and the public hearing was closed.

KNUTSON / BUCHANAN moved approval for first and second reading with an amendment to provide for an 80% reduction in fees.

Council Member Bornemann will not support 80% reduction in fees as he does not feel that a reward is merited in this case.

Mr. Baldwin explained that staff does not support an 80% reduction as the residence was hooked up without a permit. The ordinance, as proposed, does not include any reduction in fees.

MOTION FAILED 3-4, BORNEMANN , LILLIQUIST , FLEETWOOD , WEISS OPPOSED.

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


REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

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

AB19130 1. REVIEW 2010 FISCAL YEAR-END FINANCIAL REPORT

Council Member Lilliquist summarized the report made during committee. Information only.


AB19131 2. ORDINANCE REGARDING THE SALE OF UP TO $6.5 MILLION OF QUALIFIED ENERGY CONSERVATION BONDS

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON, PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF LIMITED TAX GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE CITY IN THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF NOT TO EXCEED $6,500,000 TO FINANCE CAPITAL ADDITIONS, BETTERMENTS, AND IMPROVEMENTS TO CITY FACILITIES; PROVIDING THE FORM AND TERMS OF THE BONDS; AND DELEGATING THE AUTHORITY TO APPROVE THE FINAL TERMS OF THE BONDS.”

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


AB19132 3. ORDINANCE TO ADJUST ESTIMATED 2011 BUDGETED BEGINNING RESERVE BALANCE BY $40,090,547.36 TO EQUAL ACTUAL BEGINNING RESERVE BALANCES

AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET RECONCILING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BUDGETED ESTIMATED 2011 BEGINNING RESERVE BALANCES AND ACTUAL 2011 BEGINNING RESERVE BALANCES, AND PLACING THE DIFFERENCES IN THE ENDING RESERVE BALANCES FOR A NET RESERVE INCREASE OF $40,090,547.36.”

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


AB19133 4. ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE $10,350,169.13 IN REAPPROPRIATIONS FOR GOODS AND SERVICES ORDERED IN 2010 BUT UNPAID AT YEAR-END CLOSING

AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $10,350,169.13 IN ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO PAY FOR GOODS AND SERVICES ORDERED IN 2010 BUT UNPAID AT YEAR END CLOSING, FROM UNANTICIPATED REVENUE AND ESTIMATED ENDING RESERVE BALANCES.”

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


AB19134 5. ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE $45,787,069.27 OF REAPPROPRIATIONS FOR GOODS AND SERVICES BUDGETED IN 2010 BUT UNENCUMBERED AT YEAR END

AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET APPROPRIATING $45,787,069.27 IN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO PAY FOR GOODS AND SERVICES THAT WERE AUTHORIZED IN 2010 BUT WERE NOT OBLIGATED BY PURCHASE ORDER OR CONTRACT BY YEAR END, FROM ESTIMATED RESERVES AND UNANTICIPATED REVENUE, AND PLACING $259,532.60 IN ESTIMATED ENDING UNDESIGNATED RESERVES.”

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


PARKS AND RECREATION
MEMBERS: CHAIR, GENE KNUTSON; TERRY BORNEMANN, SETH FLEETWOOD

AB19135 1. PRESENTATION BY WHATCOM ROWING ASSOCIATION

Information only.


LAKE WHATCOM RESERVOIR & NATURAL RESOURCES
MEMBERS: CHAIR, SETH FLEETWOOD; MICHAEL LILLIQUIST; BARRY BUCHANAN; GENE KNUTSON

AB19136 1. NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE QUARTERLY UPDATE

Council Member Fleetwood reported on presentation made during committee. Information only.


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
CHAIR, STAN SNAPP

AB19137 1. INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM AND TRANSPORTATION BENEFIT DISTRICT NO. 1

LILLIQUIST / BORNEMANN moved to authorize the Mayor to enter into an Interlocal Agreement with Transportation Benefit District No. 1. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19138 2. RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF BELLINGHAM CITY HALL BEING PLACED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

A RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT IN PLACING THE 1939 BELLINGHAM CITY HALL ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.”

BORNEMANN / KNUTSON moved final approval of Resolution #2011-04. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.


AB19139 3. HEARING EXAMINER ANNUAL REPORT

Information only.

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

None submitted at evening meeting.

          5. OLD/NEW BUSINESS

Council Member Buchanan reported that he and Council President Snapp have represented the city in discussions of possible new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) throughout the county. Because of the complexities of the discussions, he has recommended the council form an ad hoc committee.

BUCHANAN / KNUTSON moved to form an ad hoc committee, to deal with the complex EMS issues and discussions, of Public Safety Chair Buchanan, Council President Snapp and Finance Committee Chair Lilliquist. MOTION CARRIED 7-0.

Council Member Bornemann thanked organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


EXECUTIVE SESSION - Report and action:
    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.

    4. POTENTIAL LITIGATION: Staff provided information on a potential litigation matter. Direction given. No action taken.

    5. POTENTIAL PROPERTY ACQUISITION: Staff provided information on a potential property acquisition. Direction given. No action taken.

    6. POTENTIAL PROPERTY SALE: Staff provided information on a potential property sale. Direction given. No action taken.


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

Mayor Pike updated the council on his thoughts and discussions with regard to the proposed SSA Marine Gateway Pacific terminal at Cherry Point.


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.

AB19140 1. ORDINANCE TO APPROPRIATE $164,142 TO THE STORM AND SURFACE WATER UTILITY FOR A GRANT FROM WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY (Grant #G1100171 - Stormwater University)

AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET RECOGNIZING AWARD OF A $123,107.00 STATE OF WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY GRANT TO THE STORM AND SURFACE WATER FUND FOR THE STORMWATER UNIVERSITY PROJECT (EV94) AND APPROPRIATING $164,142.00 IN RELATED EXPENDITURES.”

AB19141 2. ORDINANCE TO APPROPRIATE $666,666 TO THE STORM AND SURFACE WATER UTILITY FOR A GRANT FROM WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY (Grant #G1100173 - Residential Retrofits or Homeowner Incentive Program)

AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET RECOGNIZING AWARD OF A $500,000.00 STATE OF WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY GRANT TO THE STORM AND SURFACE WATER FUND FOR THE LAKE WHATCOM HOME OWNER INCENTIVE PROGRAM (EV90), AND APPROPRIATING $666,666.00 IN RELATED EXPENDITURES.”

AB19142 3. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FROM FEBRUARY 25, 2011 TO MARCH 3, 2011

AB19143 4. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR ACCOUNTS PAYABLE FROM MARCH 4, 2011 TO MARCH 10, 2011

AB19144 5. AUTHORIZATION OF CHECK ISSUE FOR PAYROLL FROM FEBRUARY 1, 2011 TO FEBRUARY 15, 2011

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

FINAL CONSIDERATION OF ORDINANCES

AB19114 1. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON, AMENDING SECTIONS 12.08.230 AND 15.12.175 OF THE BELLINGHAM MUNICIPAL CODE, REVISING CONNECTION FEES FOR WATER AND SEWER SERVICES

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 #2011-03-008


AB19122 2. AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE 2011 BUDGET RECOGNIZING AWARD OF A NORTHWEST CLEAN AIR AGENCY GRANT TO ADVANCE OUR COMMUNITY'S EFFORTS REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, AND APPROPRIATING $30,000.00 IN EXPENDITURES

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 #2011-03-009


AB19123 3. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM AMENDING AREA 9 OF THE CORDATA NEIGHBORHOOD TABLE OF ZONING REGULATIONS, BMC 20.00.045, TO CORRECT AN ERROR

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 #2011-03-010


AB19124 4. AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM AMENDING AREA 14A OF THE KING MOUNTAIN NEIGHBORHOOD TABLE OF ZONING REGULATIONS, BMC 20.00.095, TO CORRECT AN ERROR

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 #2011-03-011.




ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Stan Snapp, Council President

ATTEST: Linda D. Anderson City Clerk Representative
APPROVED: 03/28/2011



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